Rich With Patina: 1954 Chevrolet Pickup


Patina is either loved or hated, but this 1954 Chevrolet Pickup is just stunning with its original paint, and patina. In solid shape, this barn found truck needs to be revived for street duty. Although wearing a lovely patina, this truck does have a little rot. With six days to go, this truck is currently bid up to $1,075. Find it here on ebay out of Lake Park, Minnesota.


The drivetrain is complete but with no information as to condition. This truck has an unusual transmission choice, as it has a Hydromatic automatic according to the seller.  There are some various wires astray in the engine bay, but they appear to be disconnected rather than cut or chewed. The ever so famous Chevrolet inline 6 could hopefully be revived, as parts aren’t that difficult to find.


The interior is a little crispy, but not too bad. A little cleaning would really do a lot, and show what you are working with. We rather like appreciate the patina on this truck, so we would opt to maintain the interior as well. Obviously clean and polish it a bit, and cover the front seat, and use floor matts to cover the surface rust on the floor. For those of you who don’t care much for patina, this truck is a solid starting point for a full on restoration. The exterior of this truck is fairly solid. The seller mentions some rust in the corners of the cab, and above the front and rear windows. There also looks to be some rust around the mid-level body line around the back of the cab. The tail gate has some minor denting, and there appears to be a dent in the driver side rear fender. The Chrome work is pretty nice on this truck. The bumpers look as if they would clean up nicely with a little polishing, and the grill looks excellent.


We love the looks of this truck, and would love to see the patina maintained, but depending on the rust situation, this truck may be better destined for a restoration. What would you do with this truck? Make it a driver or restore it? What do you think the final selling price for this 1954 Chevrolet pickup?



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  1. Scot Douglas

    I’d get it driving, upgrade the brakes and run it as is. As far as the final price, far north of what my stingy butt wants to pay!

  2. cyclemikey

    If you haven’t driven one of these, you can’t appreciate just how cool they are with the automatic. But for the record, it’s a HydraMatic.

    I like this a lot. Basically solid, and you could sympathetically restore it as you go. I’d rather have the standard (3-window) cab, but that’s just me.

    • John

      I was amazed how well that I-beam front axle cornered when I had mine

  3. Joe Muzy

    Pull the engine and interior,roll up your sleeves to start a great project.They look great restored and hold thier value.

  4. chad

    funny, this IS the 1 I’d want cuza the 6 windows (& 6 cyl/automatic)…

  5. geomechs geomechs Member

    You could get away with leaving the surface rust and just treating it with WD40 or equivilant. This is a rather rare truck with the automatic so it should be slated for a full restoration. I still disagree with the P-word. ‘Patina’ is an old Indian word meaning: ‘Lazy bodyman.’

    • cyclemikey

      Probably true in a lot of cases, particularly when it’s faked. That just makes no sense.

      But I could go either way on this truck, because there’s no doubt that patina is real. I could rock it happily just the way it is for a long time.

    • randyflt219

      Ha!…I didn’t know that but makes sense!

    • randyflt219

      I like the WD treatment but it is a dirt magnet.

  6. seth karpen

    would make a good truck for home depot runs, dump runs any anything else if you are close to it.Have you looked at the prices for new trucks. For less than the down payment on a new truck you can have a truck for that once a week use.

  7. Joe Muzy

    You got that right Seth. Just paid 65,000 for a company truck but I needed the tax write off. For 65,000 you can do a couple of restorations.

  8. Marvin

    Patina is slick for Hipsters…the rest of us just call it ‘covered in rust’.

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