Auction includes much of what the truck needs to be completed
It might not look like much right now, but this 1950 Chevrolet 3100 consigned with the Hemmings Auctions is a running and driving pickup with good bones that comes with most of the parts to put it back together. The silver lining of it being sold incomplete is that it's much easier to see what's been done to it by the auto shop students who've worked on it over the last few years, what still needs to be done, and the condition of everything normally hidden away. More important than all that is the fact that the proceeds of the sale will help establish a scholarship fund for some of those above-mentioned students to go on to post-secondary vocational school. Who knows, maybe a student who benefits from that scholarship will get the chance to build a similar scholarship truck and continue paying forward the good deeds. From the seller's description:
This 1950 Chevrolet 3100 Half-Ton Pickup is being sold for a very good cause—to start a scholarship fund for high school students to attend a vocational mechanics school after graduation. The running and partially assembled truck was originally donated to Pagosa Springs (Colorado) High School in 1980 by a local rancher, Ruby Sission, who was also a teacher at the school. She and her husband, Red, bought the truck new in Pagosa Springs for use on their ranch in the upper Blanco Basin.
The truck was kept intact for 26 years before being disassembled for repairs and paint by auto mechanics students under the guidance of the school vocational teacher and a retired teacher/certified auto mechanic. The truck was made drivable during the 2019 and 2020 school years.
The 216-cu.in. OHV inline-six engine, which would have produced 90 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque when new, has not been rebuilt and it has approximately 60,000 miles on it, according to the seller. The engine has a manual choke on the new carburetor for cold starts and it idles fine after a little warm-up, with no smoke per the seller, who adds that there are no leaks from the engine, transmission, or rear end. The oil pressure is reported at about 15-20 psi, which is said to be normal for a 216 in-line 6 of this year. The four-speed manual transmission is reported to shift fine by the seller. The truck’s electrical system was converted to 12 volts. According to the the seller, the new 12-volt conversion system has a master breaker switch and uses a 1-wire Delco alternator with an original belt and pulley. All 12-volt components are reported as new.
The bodywork on this ’50 Chevrolet pickup was performed in 2020. The fenders are green and the cab and hood are coated in black primer that the seller rates as being in “fair to good” condition. The truck was totally disassembled during its refurbishment. The body has a small amount of rust in the lower cab corners and some surface rust on the cab floor, according to the seller. The original windows, windshield, new window gasket, and door hardware still need to be installed but they are in good condition and are located in the bed of the truck. The truck doesn’t have any door or windshield gaskets/seals but the rear window gasket is new. The truck doesn’t have any headlights or taillights.
The brown bench seat was reupholstered in Naugahyde years ago and it has a few blemishes, according to the seller, who says there is no carpet or headliner. The interior trim items and original gauges have been removed and are stored in the truck’s bed. There are three aftermarket gauges in a panel beneath the dashboard. The truck doesn’t have a heater.
The steering box has been rebuilt and the suspension was checked in 2019 and given an “OK,” according to the seller, who adds that the original shocks “work fine.” The seller reports that all brake components have been inspected, repaired, and adjusted, including the master cylinder, wheel cylinders, brake lines, and hoses. The brakes have a “great pedal feel,” in the seller’s opinion. The steering box has reportedly been rebuilt and adjusted. The Power King Premium Super Highway LT tires are a few years old and have “almost new tread,” per the seller. DOT date codes are not visible in the images provided.