Some Assembly Required: 1957 Chevrolet Truck

Some of the best project vehicles come from the desert southwest.  The arid climate with little humidity and minimal precipitation make for relatively rust-free vehicles.  This 1957 Chevrolet Pickup appears to be an example of a solid project and with the current state of the truck, there are not too many surprises to be had.  The truck can be found here on Craigslist with an asking price of $4,875 and it currently resides in Pine, Arizona.  Are you brave enough to take on a pile of parts and make them whole again?

There isn’t a lot of information in the ad.  It does say that the truck has a title along with the parts that are pictured in the ad and a “box misc. parts.”  The good part is that the tri-five Chevy pickups are fairly well supported by the aftermarket.  You can get high quality reproduction parts of nearly everything in the vehicle.  It will take a lot of knowledge (and a hefty bank account) to completely restore this pickup.  But, if a hot rod or similar vehicle is your direction, this could be a great start.

The photos in this ad almost make you thirsty.  Everything is so dry, which is great for preserving metal.  I hope this truck gets a new home and is put together in some form again.  It may not be a 100 point restoration, but there is more than enough to make a cool vehicle.  Certainly some great projects have started with less.  What would you do with this pile of parts?


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  1. Beatnik Bedouin

    “Was running when parked…”

    • Don RC Hetzler

      They could have at least turned it off before they left it sitting there…!

  2. Derek

    Does it come with a tube of glue and set of decals?

    • Beatnik Bedouin

      No glue, Derek, and you’ll need to get a note from one of your parents to buy it…

      • Derek

        No problem. I got pretty good at forging my mom’s signature. Lots of practice with report cards.

  3. Butch

    What happened to our share on Facebook link?

  4. JW

    Someone will probably buy it for the original parts to repair one they already have.

  5. geomechs geomechs Member

    Quote: ‘I was thumbing through the want ads in the Shelby County Tribune when this classified advertisment caught my eye.’ Close quote. C.W. McCall sure spun a wild tale of a guy buying an old ’57 Chevy pickup. I still love to listen to that song…

    • gaspumpchas

      use a nail to start it,ah lost the key–
      Don’t pay no mind to that whirrin sound-she use a little oil but outside o’ that she cherry- will sell or swap for a hide a bed and 35 bucks….it took 2 full quarts of 40 weight oil jus to getter to the Conoco station….”
      CW McCall, AKA Bill fries was a hoot–wolf creek pass, convoy, mavis-“she was built like a burlap bag full o’ bobcats–she had it To-gether…”

  6. Classic Steel


    If you take it apart and loose all the bolts and are lost then it’s a basket case!

    $1000. obo. 🙀👍

  7. KKW

    What a waste of a pair of Mustang taillights.

  8. 8banger Dave Member

    Geez, I kinda like the ‘stang lights – looks rather Art Deco/streamlined…


    No motor no trans no interior pieces electrical or steering column. Lots of stuff not there and doors look pretty rusty. Not sure if the box and frame are even from the same truck. Hogde podge of parts that could be a start on a cool truck but not worth more than $1000.00 IMO!
    Good luck trying to get what your asking.

  10. ruxvette

    To echo the previous posts…unless it comes with a BIG box of nuts/bolts/screws/fasteners/etc. it is waaay over priced.

  11. Bobinott

    I didn’t know Ikea made pickups! Now, where is that Allen wrench….

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