Survivor Pickup: 1947 Chevrolet 3100


It’s always nice to read an honest-sounding ad with great photography! The seller of this patina-filled old truck seems to be very upfront about everything when selling it here on eBay. There’s a lot of information in the listing, which details how most of this truck is stock and how the seller currently uses it for running errands around Hailey, Idaho. Much of the work necessary to get it to this point was done professionally; the seller created the wood bed and bed rails themselves. There’s only a little bit of rust in the cab, and the seller says they will share the method they have used to keep the body solid without refurbishing it. Take a look at the ad and share what you think – would you continue the patina theme and drive it or would you restore it instead? 


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  1. grant

    Probably the only accurate use of the word “patina” in a car ad this year. Neat old truck.

  2. DENIS

    I like this truck..would love to own it up to $5000….not sure what I would do with it. …wish it was closer to Minnesota

  3. Derek F

    I’d be tempted to pull the body off as-is and restore the chassis, engine and cab interior. The cab floor is a little too rustic for me, but the body looks fantastic!

  4. pontiactivist

    I’m positive this isn’t a 47, but I love this thing. Keep the patina and just enjoy it and maintain it.

  5. Matt Tritt

    Could be a late 47, actually. Neat truck!

  6. geomechs geomechs Member

    Now you’re talking! A perfect hauler for daily use. A little bit of WD40 to keep the rust from spreading or penetrating any further. Then just drive it. This would be a perfect companion to my (original) ’49 Chev Styleline.

    • Howard A Member

      Hi geomechs, yes, leave it alone. I’d make sure those front cab mounts are solid. Bad spot for these, or any pickup. I only hope it stays this way. So many turn into this. BTW, it is a ’47. Wiki sez, in’48, the shifter was moved to the column, and ’49, the gas tank was mounted behind the seat, and filler was behind the left door handle.×372.jpg

      • Ed P

        I wonder whose bright idea it was to move the gas tank inside of the cab?

      • 1969Deuce

        While I appreciate the workmanship, I’m not knocked out by the result and loss of a classic truck

      • geomechs geomechs Member

        Hi Howard. Good observation. I missed the 3spd tranny the first time. It’s interesting the rather slow evolution of the Advanced Design series. I could never figure out why GM put the tank in the cab but that’s where it stayed for many years. That link you sent, it’s giving me nightmares…

  7. John H.

    With 4 days left, it wouldn’t surprise me to see this bring $8K.

  8. jim s

    going to need some exhaust pipe work. i like everything about the truck but the price. i think it is going to get to costly to be used as a daily driver. great find

  9. Barzini

    I’d hate to see someone paint this truck. It looks wonderful the way it is.

  10. Texas Tea

    Nice old truck. They need to install at least a manuel hot water shut off valve on one hose going to the heater core. Nice job on all the pictures.

  11. Ed P

    This guy knows how to write a great detailed add.

    • Howard A Member

      Hi Ed, I agree, Some people get it, some don’t. BTW, I found, apparently, in the 30’s, the gas tank was under the seat. Due to concerns of leaking tanks in the cab, they moved it to the inside frame rail, but were concerned about rocks, debris, and stumps (?) would puncture the tank, so it was moved back inside the cab.

      • Ed P

        Thanks for the info. Good point on tank location.

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