Oldie But Goodie: 1941 Chevrolet Pickup

Jamie PalmerBy Jamie Palmer

It’s nice to see some real patina after some of the trucks I’ve seen lately! This 1941 Chevrolet pickup has the looks and not only that, it has the “go” too! That’s right, this is a running, driving truck that’s for sale here on eBay, where bidding is up to $11,000 and has met the reserve. The truck is located in Ringoes, New Jersey.

The bed has been replaced, and while it isn’t original, it does look nice and would be very useful if you were to actually use the truck to carry things. There is a new gas tank installed and a new wiring harness as well. The seller tells us that there has been some beating and pounding done on the rear fenders, but other than that the body hasn’t been touched, and that the paint may even be original. Any opinions on that claim?

There’s something about stake sides on a pickup that just does it for me. I don’t know why, because I know the sides won’t last forever even if they are properly weatherproofed; I’ve had to replace the stake sides on my trailer for the same reason. We’re also told that the running boards have “minimal rust” but are “solid.” I hate rust, so that’s one thing I would have to tackle. I hope I could leave things looking original, though. Now as to the issue of repainting, I’ll leave that to you in the comments. I’m sure you have an opinion; please share!

The interior is pretty clean and shows a solid floor. The seat has been reupholstered already, but the rest looks very original, although the gauges have been replaced with rebuilt units.

Under the hood, we have what the seller believes to be the original engine, although they state it needs a carburetor rebuild. The engine has been the benefit of a tune up and a new fuel pump as well. So what do you readers think about the truck? Is it a good deal? Have you got room in your garage?

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Comments

  1. Sam Sharp

    Outstanding. I’m glad that I was able to spend my formative years learning to drive in these work/war horses. Long before the current days of shifting with a knob on the console. A real truck.

    4+

  2. Woodie Man

    I love the 41 Chevy trucks . The P word looks too organized to me to be a result of natural weathering but it’s hard to tell. Sweet Truck

    1+

  3. RH FACTOR

    I can believe original paint. First engine I ever rebuilt was one of these 216’s. It was in a 52 chevy sedan that I purchased. Engine in the trunk in pieces. Must have been 14 or 15 yrs old. Anyway, it had poured babbit rod bearings with scoops. You had to set the clearance with shim stock between the caps. The Mains had pressurized oiling as I recall. Got the parts from Montgomery Ward for really cheap. Course, it was fifty some yrs ago. I was really proud when it actually ran!

    8+

  4. Vegaman Dan

    I would have no issues with cleaning this one up and repainting it as a good fun usable truck.

    2+

  5. Flash

    This truck deserves to be repainted to original colors. It’s a great example of quality products our country used to produce.

    3+

  6. Johna Hays

    I hope whoever is lucky enough to get it restores it to it’s natural state instead of some kind of street vehicle. Love it. Reminds me of my Grandfather and hauling hay!

    1+

  7. Leman

    I can’t understand why this vehicle is bid up to $11,000.00 when it is so obvious it is not worth that much money, granted it is in pretty good condition for being that old but what makes it worth that much is a joke to me

    1+

  8. geomechs

    I’d never kick this one off my driveway. Looks like a good truck to drive and fix up while you go. Otherwise a driver quality restoration would be in order. That old 216 will go a lot of miles. It would stay under the hood if it came to my place.

    1+

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