Almost Ready To Work: 1953 Chevrolet Pickup

A great looking old truck combined with really nice photography will surely lead to the sale of this nice looking 1953 Chevrolet pickup! It’s listed here on eBay and as I write it’s at $4,400 with no reserve. To pick up the pickup after you win the auction, plan on a trip to Roberts, Wisconsin. 

The seller says they have too many projects and therefore this one is up for sale. They tell us that the fenders have minor dents and dings and that while the front and rear glass are ok, the driver’s window is missing and the vent windows are cracked. The outer cowls are fairly solid but there is one small hole in one corner of the cab. The front floors and kick panels have rust holes and there’s also some rust in the lower part of the front fenders.

As long as it’s solid, I’d leave the bed alone for the moment. As a matter of fact, I’d leave almost all the truck as it is!

I think after fixing the rust holes I’d make the seat upholstery a priority. I know this is just a cover but it just doesn’t go with the rest of the truck.

Surprisingly the engine runs smooth after warming up, although at the moment it is hard to start (the seller suggests a tune up would be in order). The truck has had some recent work with blasted and painted wheels, new tires, brake cylinders, brake shoes, muffler, and shocks. The clutch was also just replaced. I think this truck would make a fine addition to a lot of collections and it doesn’t seem to be hitting ridiculous pricing (yet). What do you think?

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  1. ChevyTruckGuy

    Honestly, I don’t think I’d change a thing. I’d just enjoy driving this old truck on occasion. Just do the required maintenance. It has a great, well-used look, not worn out. Handsome Chevy. Great post.

    • Jeff

      I couldn’t agree more. I’m from a several-generation Ford family, but I’ve always loved this generation of GM trucks. The 216 is a stout, reliable mill if you keep up with valve adjustments, and has good torque for effortless cruising around town with a load.
      Love it.

  2. JerryDeeWrench Member

    Really nice truck. To bad its a. 3/4 ton and a long bed. Make a great driver.

  3. CanuckCarGuy

    Fantastic driver, these old Chevy trucks are really growing on me – I’d patch the rust holes and show this old beauty off around town. I like to see these older trucks in their original “used” condition… the signs of gentle use add personality.

  4. Kman

    It’s green but I like it. Drive it as it looks.

  5. Jimmy Ding

    Totally agree. Deal with the glaring rust perforations, the broken/missing glass, clean up/tune up the engine/bay, maybe re-upholster the seat, and that’s about it..what a great conversation piece around town or at the Friday night burger bar cruise-in…man they made ’em sold back then…

  6. Howard

    Looks to me like it’s been rattle can touched up to make it look better than it really is……. but I’m more concerned about it quitting and then being hard to start. It could be something as simple as a bad ground strap or the engine could be completely worn out. But from decades of experience with these stovebolt 6s, they usually fired right up no matter how slow they rolled over. Dad’s 53 blew thru a quart of oil every 20 miles or so, but never failed to start on those coldest of Michigan winter mornings

  7. Wrong Way Member

    I have to say that even for a ford guy I would jump on this bow tie! I would stuff some shop rags in those holes and enjoy this old truck just as it is! Fix any major concerns, and drive it!

  8. Rodney - GSM

    This is why I love this truck….

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