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Do You Need A Tow? 1954 Chevy 3800

'54 Chevy 3800 tow

Most of us need a tow every once in awhile, don’t we? Wouldn’t it be nice to have your own tow truck ready to go for any situation? Listed here on craigslist in Phoenix, Arizona is this 1954 Chevrolet 3800 tow rig priced at $1,600.

'54 Chevy 3800 replaced engine

Pictured above is the non-original engine. This, according to the seller, is a 1960 GMC 305 V-6. They say that the truck is all there, but they don’t have the time to get this project back on the road.  We don’t know what needs to be done to get this project rolling along.

'54 Chevy 3800 tow rig

The owner states that this truck has a tow truck package and looks like, wait for it, “Mater” from Disney’s Cars.” We don’t know about that last statement, but it definitely has a rugged and tough look to it.

'54 Chevy 3800 int.

There is a key in the ignition, so maybe she starts right up? How great would that be if you could jump in this truck and go without having to do much work?

'54 Chevy 3800 tow front

It would be nice if someone in the neighborhood or the local car club had a working tow-truck like this! It would be even better to have it parked in your own shop so you could tow home any barn finds you come across! So are you going to step up and bring this truck home?



  1. Bruce E

    When I went to the Craigslist link all it has is Chinese writing. Seems a lot of these adds do that now…????

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    • JW

      Thanks Bruce I thought it was just my home PC doing this.

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    • Old School

      I had this problem also. In the right hand upper corner you can pick a language.

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  2. jim s

    listing has been deleted.

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  3. Jose

    Hey, I agree with Bruce. Whereas I can read English, Spanish, and French, I CANNOT read Chinese. If I were interested in a vehicle, as I WAS on this one, I wouldn’t know the particulars as to how to acquire it. Can you please help?

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  4. jeff6599

    Anyone else notice that it is a 1954 front clip mounted on a 1953 or older cab? All 1954 and early 1955 cabs had a curved windshield. I assure you that IF his title says 1954, that the serial no. tag doesn’t match it. This could be why it was pulled off Ebay.

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    • Gary

      Right you are Jeff. First thing I noticed when I saw the picture was the two piece windshield, all the ’54 model’s I owned were one piece smooth curved. What we have in the picture is a “marriage” of several different truck parts. Good eye!

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  5. Mark S

    I recognized that engine from when I was working on school buses back in the 90’s, that same engine was in some of our older units that were close to being retired. From what I can recall they were a very bulletproof engine, but fairly gutless too. From what I can remember they were rated as one of GM’s industrial engines. The buses were early 70’s vintage 66 passenger units. I believe that this is a fairly rare engine now.

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  6. Dave Wright

    GM changed to one piece windshields mid 53 and used them until the new body was introduced in mid 55. My 53 GMC had a one piece windshield.

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