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Re: 1950 3100 value
Bill Trotter #1413673 Sat Jun 12 2021 09:57 PM
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,552
Everything’s expensive in California. Just one of the reasons I wouldn’t live there.

It’s a 3-window with an “iffy” motor and bad tires. It’s a $6,500 truck. $7K tops if you really want it.

1950 Chevy 1/2 ton (all original)
1951 Chevy 1/2 ton (future streetrod)
1941 Chevy coupe
1938 Chevy coupe streetrod
Re: 1950 3100 value
Bill Trotter #1413687 Sat Jun 12 2021 11:44 PM
Joined: Mar 2014
Posts: 2,520
I passed on a 53 in West Texas last November for $2500 with no rust, almost no body damage, original paint still there and decent enough tires I could have towed it a long way. 5 window with fender spare, but no engine, no transmission and no title. My guess is the engine/transmission disappeared decades ago. Did not look as if any recent work had been done anywhere. At $1500 I'd have taken it, but it costs big $ to bring one of these back to good nick today. A lot more than it did just 3 or 4 years ago, and the price of even a really nice one seems pretty well frozen in the mid 20s. I have a feeling this truck we're looking at is going to have plenty of hidden surprises.


1952 1/2 ton with 1959 235
T5 with 3.07 rear end
Re: 1950 3100 value
Bill Trotter #1413745 Sun Jun 13 2021 05:17 PM
Joined: Aug 2020
Posts: 4
These conversations are always interesting. While it shouldn't come as a big surprise that prices vary across the country, at times it can be shocking to hear the differences!

I picked up my '49 3800 last summer near Detroit for $3k. Fair amount of expected rust. Fenders, lower cowls, parts of floorboard, lower door pillars, tailgate, cab corners etc. Not a complete rust bucket. But, sheetmetal replacement or repair needed just about everywhere.

The previous owner had done a fair amount of work coating the frame with a POR15-like paint, replaced the bed, replaced the original engine with a 1960 235, replaced the gas tank and bought about every seal/weatherstrip from LMC and refurbed the gauges/speedo. The truck ran and drove on/off the trailer to get it home.

I know this is the usual midwest view that south/southwest people are probably tired of hearing. But, from your description, the asking price wasn't terrible at all for a running/driving truck with body in that shape. At least, it would be reasonable around here!

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