A Painstakingly Restored Chevrolet 3100 Is On Display At RK Motors

Classic pickups will always hold a place in our hearts. Extremely useful, devilishly clean body lines, and a desire for adventure continually pull hot rodders back to trucks. Chevrolet had a major part in securing this deep-seated loyalty in the hearts of gearheads everywhere. The Chevy truck began as a workhorse and turned into a customizer and restorer’s dream.

For sale right now, over at RK Motors in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a gorgeous 1957 Chevrolet 3100 pickup. This Task Force model truck has been through a frame off restoration to bring it back to its former glory. The iconic Thiftmaster 235ci I6 still resides under the hood, backed by a standard equipment 4-speed manual transmission. The Thriftmaster is topped with a Chevrolet-branded valve cover, period correct Rochester carburetor, and a modern alternator for making sure you get to the show on time.

The Thriftmaster 235c.i. 6-cylinder engine is an iconic motor that fits beautifully under the hood of this 1957 Chevrolet 3100.

The Thriftmaster 235c.i. 6-cylinder engine is an iconic motor that fits beautifully under the hood of this 1957 Chevrolet 3100.

Loaded with era correct hardware as well as a few modern conveniences sprinkled in, this truck is truly unique. The manual rack and pinion steering and factory-equipped manual drum brakes still serve just like when this truck rolled off the line originally.

The paint was brought to baremetal and reworked before being shot with a deep green two-stage paint.  A one-year-only “wide mouth” grille sits squarely on the front between chrome trimmed headlights. Chrome door handles, mirrors, and bumpers brighten up the appearance as a whole. Multiple “Chevrolet 3100” emblems are positioned correctly around the truck just as they were in 1957. Custom professional pinstripes add the final touches.

The original interior was nothing to write home about when compared to luxury vehicles of the day. Now, the correctly restored interior is jaw-dropping. A two-tone dash, chrome knobs and AM radio all scream “1950s.” For a little modern cruising comfort, a Sony CD player is nestled in the glove box.

Vintage trucks may not be the most luxurious vehicles on the road but they are adored by everyone. This specific truck is a great example of how a classic design, impeccable build quality, and a few modern day conveniences can come together and make a show stopping driver. For more info on this Chevrolet 3100 and RK Motors, head on over to www.rkmotorscharlotte.com

About the author

Jake Headlee

Jake's passion started at a young age wrenching on cars with his Dad. Obtaining that glorious driver's license sparked his obsession with grease and horsepower, and the rest is history. Soon, he was a general mechanic and suspension specialist, and currently designs and modifies products for the off-road industry. Jake enjoys rock crawling, desert racing and trail running, and writing in his spare time.
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