I am offering my 1951 Chevrolet 1300 (Canadian model) 1/2 ton pickup. I had searched for the right advanced design pickup for many years until finally coming across this pickup. I've had it for over six years and had never expected to offer it for sale, but never say never I suppose. I would place this pickup at the upper end of any unmolested 1[hidden information] Chevy/GMC AD pickup. At the very least the opportunities to purchase an original pickup of this vintage are becoming more rare. With respect to the
body I would fully expect anyone who does end up with this truck to be
pleasantly happy with their purchase. The truck was very well cared for
which is evident of the meticulous records kept of it. The body is very
straight and actually quite absent of even minor dings. I am led to
believe that even the wooden strips in the box are original. There is very minimal rust (just surface). With the exception of a small area of where the seam on the lower inside cowl meets the
passenger side floorboard (pictured) there really isn't any rust/rot
issues. The rest of the truck; floors, cab corners, running boards, fenders etc. are all very solid. This truck is still running on the original 6 volt system.
The real ace in the hole with this truck comes in the form of the extraordinarily meticulously kept documents of its history. I have a binder full of records with an abundance of detailed history. Some of the examples of the documentation included are: original bill of sale, original owners & operating manuals, original owners service policy, original service records dating back to 1951, many many years of original registration renewals, original insurance policies including the original in 1951 (was only $5/yr BTW), many parts/tires purchases, some old photos of it, as well as other info leading right up to the time of my ownership.
This truck is essentially all original with the exception of having switched the original 216 inline 6 engine out for a brand new fully rebuilt 261 inline 6 engine. This engine runs outstandingly. It seems to have a quite an amount of torque. I am including the original engine with this offering as well (pictured). It is clean and did run fine at the time of its removal, but I have no idea if it was ever rebuilt (I don't expect so). The following on this engine:This 261 inline 6 came out of a 1961 Pontiac car and has the desirable '848' head.
The machine shop I used to rebuild this engine uses a cnc machine to machine their blocks.
This block was squared at the deck by .010 and the head by .018.
The cylinders were taken to .040 in order to clean them up and square their alignment.
The rotating assembly has been balanced to within < 1 gramI installed higher compression deck piston. Compression should be somewhere in the 9.0-9.5:1 range.Camshaft /w intake lift .277" 184 duration. Exhaust lift .272" exhaust duration 189 taken at .050" lobe lift.Brand new ceramic coated Fenton split headers were added along /w brand new split dual exhaust and dynamax mufflers (sounds great).Adjustable rocker assembly /w solid lifters
Electronic spark ignitionI have tried to keep this truck as original as possible. With the exception of the engine swap most everything else should be original to this pickup. I went through everything in order to be able to get this truck to pass an inspection in order to get it registered and insured. Things done were:Transmission painted, re-gasketed, and new oil.Differential and torque tube painted and re-gasketedComplete new brake lines and hosesNew brake master cyclinderBrakes and drums all checked and adjusted. Anything needing replacement was replaced
New rear bumperBrand new king pins and tie rod ends installed
Straight axle and steering components sand blasted and paintedWheel alignment completedBrand new front and rear shocksFluids, oils, etc. were all changed
The interior is still pretty much original. I just replaced the door panels and replaced the rubber floor mat, but left everything else untouched. The seat has a small rip on the top and one rip on the bottom near the drivers side. The drivers side door latch and exterior door handle were replaced.
This truck has current registration and insurance. I broke in the cam and put roughly 5-10 miles on this truck, so this engine is still very fresh. The truck runs great, but I did notice that the drive line could use an adjustment. The front u-joint behind the transmission seems like it is out (u-joint was fine at the time of installation). Because neither the transmission nor the rear end had issues prior to my removal of them to paint and install new gaskets I would wager a guess that it is likely only the pinion angle being out on the rear differential, so I would expect it to be an easy adjustment. I ran out of time and have had to put this truck into storage, so I have been unable to address this minor issue at this time.
I do have few minor additional parts, which are not installed, I will include with this truck such as brand new anti rattle kit.
Because I can't put very many pictures on my eBay listing I will also include more on my Instagram page: @1968_ford_camperspecial
*even if you don't have an instagram account you should be able to go onto my page and look at the pictures. Swipe left on the pictures to access more picture behind the front picture on each post.
This truck is located in Stony Plain, Alberta Canada. I will try to accommodate the shipping requirements of any purchaser to the best of my abilities, but the buyer is responsible for arranging their own shipping. The truck is in dry and secure storage and is fine there for a period of time to help accommodate with the timing of the purchasers transportation. I have a trailer and could possibly arrange delivery to a US port of entry in either Montana, Idaho, or Washington State for a reasonable fee. The purchaser is responsible for arranging their own transportation.
Have a good look at the pictures and please ask any questions. I can provide my phone number through a message, but I didn't want to post it opening on this listing. Your satisfaction with your purchase is very important to me, so please ask questions to mitigate any surprises from happening upon receiving this pickup after purchasing.
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