1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster: Dusty Runner

1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster

I’m not sure why this Chevy Fleetmaster is so captivating, but there is just something about the looks of this big car that I find appealing. Maybe it’s the late ’40s styling or the aged look, but it just looks cool covered in dirt and bird droppings. All cleaned up, it looks alright, but not nearly as eye catching. Based on the look of the paint and what appears to be some bondo, I would guess it is an older restoration that went back into storage. The seller claims it has had $2k spent on repairs since 2002, so that explains the newer license plates and parts under the hood. They also claim it currently runs and drives well, so this one could be a fun car to polish up and drive! You can find it here on eBay in West Union, Ohio, with bidding at $1,500. I would want to make sure there isn’t any serious rust, but I wouldn’t mind giving this classic a home! What about you?

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Comments

  1. kenzo

    Bidding is up to almost 3900.
    Nice find. A big bonus is it starts, runs and stops. the interior looks great.

  2. michaedo

    Grill looks different than I remember with
    that body colored center piece.

  3. Mike D

    Looks to be a decent car, but, not my cup of tea. hope someone treats it well

  4. JW454

    Nice car and appears to be in good condition overall, and with that pouch of pipe tobacco still over the sun visor… I mean…. how could you go wrong?

  5. jim s

    has a lot of bids. might make a nice way into the hobby.

  6. Keruth

    Uew, babbit rods and knee action shocks, liked the Stylemasters sloping roof lines better than this bustle back anyway. But I’d find a later GMC truck motor (’53?), looks the same, pressure oil system, better service. And I’d swear they were orange in ’48 yet. GLWS

  7. DENIS

    Kind of a neat old Sunday cruiser…I think it’s about at the limit of $. re that grille center-piece…isn’t that an aftermarket item??

  8. Rob T.

    Okay Keruth, Let me school you about the old reliable 216 engine. Babbit rod bearings are perfectly fine for the engines (NOT motor…there is a difference) of this period. I’ve owned and driven many that were stock and NEVER had a problem. And the Knee Action shocks were fine as well. The problem was NOT the shocks it was the average knucklehead not keeping an eye on the fluid level. These Chevs of this era were some of the finest, toughest and overbuilt cars ever built by the General. And btw, the GMC 6 was a little too long to fit w/out having to move the radiator foward and making a real mess. Cheers!

  9. Don C.

    I bought this car, got it for $3600.00
    Rides great, starts runs shifts fine everything works. Even has original spare tire. Need some work, not sure what to do. Up in the air about keeping it original, or updating to sbc, which means that I have to get away from the 6 volt system. Needs a few lower trim parts, I’m in Chicago. Went to get car, guy was great, bringing it to Indianapolis. Saved some time, need some help with a few holes. Otherwise I love it. Anyone who has a few ideas for me, please share. Thanks. Don.

  10. Charles Turner

    Hey Rob T. don’t forget to set Keruth straight on two other facts about the Chevs of that era: all 216 & 235 mills were dark grey. Then in ’54 when it was two different hp rated 235s, they were blue. No orange painted straight six until the 235 was replaced by the 194 & 230 in ’63 (same with the later 250.) In ’77 of course, Chev straight six & V8s went to being painted “federal blue”. You’re welcome, Keruth……

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