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#1492585 Fri Mar 17 2023 03:25 AM
Joined: Mar 2022
Posts: 12
Going Saturday to check out a 52 one ton and wanted to know if there's anything specific I should what out for. It's a driver so, I will put it through it's paces.
My uncle is concerned it will be extra stiff being a long bed one ton. By the pics it's complete and not rotted. In person will tell if that's true.

OH47Pickupman #1492598 Fri Mar 17 2023 04:49 AM
Joined: Mar 2022
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Here's some pics of what I'm going to see. This is one time playing 52 pickup won't mean picking up a deck of cards.

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1952 PU V.jpg (218.67 KB, 343 downloads)
1952 PU VI.jpg (169.28 KB, 340 downloads)
1952 PU IV.jpg (85.92 KB, 341 downloads)
1952 PU.jpg (169.23 KB, 340 downloads)
1952 PU II.jpg (127.92 KB, 340 downloads)
OH47Pickupman #1492600 Fri Mar 17 2023 05:02 AM
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Looks like a decent unmolested truck. thumbs_up

Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos []
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
Busting rust since the mid-60's
If you're smart enough to take it apart, you darn well better be smart enough to put it back together.
OH47Pickupman #1492608 Fri Mar 17 2023 11:16 AM
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 9,212
Well I have a 51 1 Ton and my concern is that someone might get there before you get there!!!

OH47Pickupman #1492610 Fri Mar 17 2023 11:30 AM
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 115
That looks like a great truck to start a project with. Glad to see another 1 ton out there. My truck is a 1950 1 ton with the 9' bed, been in our family since new. Specific parts to the 1 ton are the 9' bed sides, longer running boards, longer filler panels between the bed and the running board, and a bit different front bed panel (is available new). The tailgate and most other body parts are shared by the 1/2 and 3/4 ton trucks. Mechanically, the rear brake drums will probably be the hardest thing to get ahold of. Wheel cylinders, master cylinder, brake shoes are all available. These 1 tons will ride pretty stiff, not much comfort was ever built in to them, but it's great driving them, You get a lot of looks when driving them around, I'm sure most young guys today never knew a truck with a stock 9' bed ever existed. I know I will never get rid of mine, good luck on Saturday, don't be scared to take a chance on it just because it's a 1 ton. It is certainly worth restoring, hope you can swing a deal on it if it's something you really want. Thanks, Tom

OH47Pickupman #1492616 Fri Mar 17 2023 11:56 AM
Joined: Nov 2021
Posts: 572
Definitely loooks to be pretty complete, which is a great starting point.

Assuming that you are not planning to use it as a daily cruiser the rougher ride shouldn't be a problem.

1949/50 3600 Project
OH47Pickupman #1492619 Fri Mar 17 2023 12:33 PM
Joined: Dec 2018
Posts: 2,586
OH47pickupman It's not a 1-ton,no duals,looks like a 3600 3/4 ton 9 foot bed ,truckernix is right...get on over there and get a grip on that title take cash !! With tire and suspension work you can make that ride like a baby buggy.

Last edited by fixite7; Fri Mar 17 2023 12:37 PM.
fixite7 #1492631 Fri Mar 17 2023 01:27 PM
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Posts: 262
Rustbucket Ranch
Just because it doesn't have duals doesn't mean its not a 1 ton. The 9' bed came on 1 tons with single rear wheels, like my '58.

1949 Chevy 3100 (In the family since new)
1955.5 Chevy 3100 - in the DITY Gallery - (Dad's truck)
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1958 Chevy 3800 w/9 ft bed - in Project Journals - (Current project)
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OH47Pickupman #1492635 Fri Mar 17 2023 01:42 PM
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Gearhead, Moderator for The Swap Meet and General Truck Talk

If you don't already have it, check out 1952 Chevrolet Truck Data [].

It's a downloadable/printable PDF file with all the original GM data and specs you can use to help identify/confirm things on the prospective new truck.

Another resource with less technical but similar related info is 1952 Chevrolet Trucks brochure [].

Looking forward to seeing how your visit and prospective deal turns out!



1951 Chevy 3 window 3100 (My Grandpa's hunting truck)
1966 Chevelle (Wife's Hot Rod)
2013 Chevy Silverado (Current daily driver)
US Army MSG Retired (1977-1998)
Com Fac Maint Lead Tech Retired (1998-2021)

Finally time to get to work on my Grandpa's (now mine) truck!
Possum #1492771 Sat Mar 18 2023 03:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Possum
Just because it doesn't have duals doesn't mean its not a 1 ton. The 9' bed came on 1 tons with single rear wheels, like my '58.

I would agree. We had a '46 1 ton pickup when I was growing up. It also had the long pickup bed and no dual wheels.

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