Blank Canvas: 1946 Chevrolet Half Ton

1946 Chevrolet Half Ton

Up for sale is this 1946 Chevrolet, half ton, short bed pickup. It has currently reached $4,000 by one bidder with no indicated reserve. It is located in Audubon, Minnesota, and based on the condition, it looks like it has had quite the existence there. While there are no miles listed, it does have a VIN noted, and the seller claims to have a clear title. Thank you, Patrick S., for the tip. You can view more on eBay.

1946 Chevrolet Half Ton

The seller has noted that this truck has not run in a long time and they have not tried to start it. They do provide a photo of the engine and it does appear to be somewhat complete. It is hard to tell how much work will be needed to get this inline 6 cylinder engine running. Once you do, it is connected to a manual transmission that is in unspecified condition. Being an old farm truck, it might have lived a hard life.

1946 Chevrolet Half Ton

Inside, there isn’t much. It does have the seat springs, a steering wheel, and some shift levers, and that is about it. The dash is still intact as well. There is a lot of surface rust on the floors, but they appear to be solid. According to the seller it is going to need new glass. That is really obvious based on some of the photos. This poor truck was used as target practice. I guess the bullet holes add some character to the truck?

1946 Chevrolet Half Ton

The bed is pretty rough. Some of the boards are warping. Surface rust covers the body, but the seller claims it is solid and the metal is good. They seem to think this truck would be a good rat rod. That very well may be the case because it might take a lot to get this truck into a more original state. It really has a lot of potential and is quite the blank canvas to modify into a rat rod. The price is reasonable for that type of project as well.


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  1. Ron H

    Compared to what we have in Indiana this appears to be an incredible find. Why does the review seem so harsh to my thinking?

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  2. geomechs geomechs Member

    This is another one worth the full trip through the restoration. They are a classy truck no matter how you look at it. And they can be made to look super fine, even bone stock. As always I can understand if someone wants to pull the old 216 and drop in a later 235. Myself, the 216 will do everything I want it to do and wouldn’t change it unless what was already there wasn’t worth rebuilding…

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  3. TimM

    Geomechs!!! Great look at what this one could become!! I’m impressed and the first thing I was going to write after reading the article was for it to be restored and not (yuck) patina’d!! I do however think I would do the fenders and running boards black and keep the cab and bed a similar green as what it is now!! Thanks for your picture!! It does speak a thousand words!!!

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    • geomechs geomechs Member

      Hi Tim. There is a footnote to this particular truck. It was in a flood. As usual the soft parts and electrical components were badly damaged but the truck was salvageable. However, the insurance company refused to authorize a restoration. The owner was in his 80s and could ill afford to take it on himself. So a bunch of good people pooled their resources and fixed it. I might add that the restoration was about 95% complete when I took the picture. I think the black fenders would look good too.

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      • TimM

        It’s a very honorable thing you and your friends have done!! I commend you for your effort!! I try to think the same way and most of the local kids just getting there first cars know when they have an issue they can ask me for help!!ive taught a couple kids to weld and do body work and mostly let them know not to be scared to try!! I feel in doing this things it’s creating a whole new generation of car guys!! Be proud of what you did for your friend!! It’s a great thing!!!

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  4. bigdoc

    If only I had the space

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  5. dogwater

    I’am a chevy guy but that has to the most ugly truck very made sorry

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  6. The one

    jus’ drive it..

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  7. Del

    Nice lines

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