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1952 Chevrolet 3100 5-Window Pickup

 

This is the perfect truck for the person that wants to own a 1952 Chevrolet pickup that is exactly as it would have rolled off the showroom floor in early 1952. Notice the 3100 emblems on the hood, these only appeared on early 1952 models. The reason given most often was it helped conserve metal supplies for the Korean War effort, but more likely the move reportedly saved General Motors $450,000 when the emblem was deleted as standard trim.  Everything about this truck is just as right as it can be with a few optional extras added. This isn’t just any ’52 Chevy 3100, but a highly collectable 5-window  Deluxe Cab model finished in extra cost Fisher paint code WA5127 Swift Red. Personal touches include Chevrolet step-plates added to the running boards, and stake-sides heavily varnished to match a varnished original equipment style Yellow Pine bed floor. Inside the cab is where the difference between a base model work truck, and the Deluxe model really becomes apparent. Instead of ordinary painted steel, fully-polished stainless steel was used by Chevrolet on the dashboard to give the higher end trim level trucks a distinctive look not unlike that found on top-of-the-line Chevrolet Bel-Air passenger cars of the era.
 
Completely correct “dipper-rod” 216 under the hood
There’s not a more authentic ‘52 Chevrolet 3100 engine compartment to be found than under the hood of this particular truck. Under the hood is where almost every Advance-Design series truck on the market, or held in a collection fails miserably when it comes to an authentic restoration. Typically starting with the engine the color is incorrect, and the inaccuracies continue all the way to the original equipment 216.5-inch dipper-rod engine appearing absent. As a matter of function replacing the original 216 with a later model full-pressure hydraulic lifter 235-inch Stovebolt is a good idea . The 235 swap adds more horsepower with less engine noise, but the mechanical sounds and characteristics of a traditional dipper-rod Stovebolt engine are lost. The first step to correcting a bad restoration requires exhaustive research done by a person well acquainted with Advance-Design series trucks with access to a complete research library. For example after 30 years of Chevrolet equipping Stovebolt 6 engines with a Carter carburetor a switch was made to the GM Model B (Rochester) carburetor. New revised G.M. Model B Carburetors have been released for 1952 production and for service use on 1932 to 51 trucks.
Identification
This is the kind of intense attention paid to achieving an authentic restoration throughout this truck. Please view the photos and take note of the brass tag attached to the carburetor: Inasmuch as the carburetors are similar in exterior appearance, each carburetor will be furnished with a brass tag carrying an embossed part number. This tag will be attached under one of the air horn attaching screws. In addition, each carburetor will have the last two digits of the part number stamped on the air horn , either on the inlet fitting boss or on the dome over the accelerating pump plunger, for identification in case the brass tag is lost.
 
In 1951 door ventilators (vent windows) were added to Advance-Design trucks. In 1952 the trucks were equipped with stationary type door handles with a push button type latch control in each handle. The outside key lock is in the right hand push button. 1953 was the last year the traditional dipper-rod 216 cubic-inch engine fondly renown for its distinctive mechanical sounds was available in Chevrolet light-duty trucks.
 
Hard-to-find absolutely rust-free body
As with all 1947-55 (first series) Chevrolet trucks, and 5-window Deluxe Cabs in particular damage from rust is at the top of the list of things that must be thoroughly investigated while searching for the best example. The additional two windows on a Deluxe Cab allow two more spots for aged weatherstriping to let rainwater pour in. The most convincing way for someone to fully appreciate how perfect this truck is, is to slide underneath and see the sheet metal is as smoothly painted in Swift Red as the topside is. A closer look reveals there are no areas that have been sectioned in or patch paneled. Running one’s hand over the outside of the cab corners, and then on the inside of the same area confirms this cab has never been subjected to rust. Not one detail was overlooked during this truck’s 100-point professional restoration.

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