EXCLUSIVE: 1938 Chevrolet 3/4 Ton Truck

I’m going to go ahead and say it, this ’38 Chevy truck has great patina. I know, there are those that hate that word right now. And I get that rust is rust, but this old work truck has a cool look to it just as it is. Now that’s not to say that it wouldn’t also look good with shiny new paint, but there is just something rugged and interesting about a beat up old truck. Eventually, it will need the rust treated, but I would leave it looking rough while I worked on getting it running and driving. Reader Len S has decided to let this old truck go to a new home, so if you are interested, be sure to message him via the form below.

From Len – 1938 Chevy Truck long bed. The driver’s side is almost perfect. There is some rust in the cab corners but solid cab overall. The passenger side has a few dings and rough spots in the fenders but is otherwise solid. The bed has some bent sides panels but is complete: sides, headboard and fenders. The wood is gone and so is the tailgate.

The original motor and tranny are there… both look to be in good condition. The transmission shifts between gears smoothly. The grill is missing but a replica is available online. Patches of rust on passenger side running board. Truck has clean TN title and original key. Looks like it was the original Junkyard Dog monster truck. It will make for a great restoration. Asking $3,000.

Whether the next owner decides to give it a proper restoration or leaves the exterior as is, it’s going to be a cool rig to cruise around it. It’s going to be a big project either way, but I think it will be worth the work!

Special thanks to Len for listing his truck with us and I hope someone here gives it a good home (and keeps us posted with what they do with it)! If you have a neat old truck that needs a new home, please consider listing it with us.

Asking Price: $3,000
Location: Crossville, Tennessee
Title Status: Clean

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  1. Warren

    Passenger fender has a rough spot. Got that right.

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  2. Jesper

    1100$ for Mercedes, and 3000$ for this🤑 Aha….

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  3. Jay M

    3k is optimistic for a non runner, needing tailgate, pass side fenders, grille assembly, chin splash apron, etc.
    Workable (37/38 only) steel fenders come up for sale occaisonally and they are expensive.
    Yes, there are fibreglass repops, too.
    However, on the positive side:
    Fair cab and hood/hood sides, and glass. Workable box sides/running boards.
    Would be a good project truck for under 2k.
    And someone out there will buy any possible part you have left over…

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  4. Dave Wright

    Was used as a parts truck……the expensive parts are missing.

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  5. geomechs geomechs Member

    I think 3K is getting on the edge, for my budget anyway. I’ve seen projects start with much less than what is offered for sale here, and they’ve turned out very well. Restoration for sure. It is fairly complete. The 216 will run that truck around to everywhere you want to go and bring you back. Just not very fast. But then, the truck wasn’t designed to go very fast….

  6. whippeteer

    When I saw this sitting behind the Mercedes yesterday, I was wondering if it would show up.

  7. Jimbot

    Literally nothing left of this.. $500. Unbelievable.

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  8. MGgezer

    This is what’s left of a parts doner.

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  9. jwinters

    “The passenger side has a few dings and rough spots in the fenders but is otherwise solid”

    yea just a couple little dings. im sure they will buff right out.

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  10. AdamW

    If this was a really rare truck, $3k would make sense. That thing is missing the expensive parts and will need a LOT to get it road-worthy. It’s yard art at best right now.

  11. Loco Mikado

    It does have the manual operated windshield wiper sticking out from the dash. That should add another $500. to the value.

    • Jay M

      That’s the crank to open up the windshield.
      Wiper motor is vacuum operated and mounted above the windshield on the drivers side.

  12. GP Member

    Will someone please explain to me what a Ding or a rough spot is, I think I have been misinformed.

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