A classic truck like this 1946 Chevrolet loves to give you an honest and fun cruiser
So you have vintage details like the two-tone paint and real wood truck bed. But there are also upgraded driver details, like the upgraded upholstery and control of a five-speed.
This is the pickup truck that got America moving again after WWII. It looked much like the pre-war Chevys, but this was part of the first full post-war production year. Chevrolet would change the style again in 1947, an interesting single-year designation. The paint theme looks nice, with the classic green and black two-tone providing a dark style that contrasts the chrome on the grille and bumper. It all looks good while being a driver-ready and driver-quality presentation, and as you dig into the details, you’ll understand exactly why. This has great vintage pieces, like the step plates and whitewall tires. And we like the look of the lumber in the real wood truck bed. It looks detailed and useful, and those who want something showier can give it a sand and stain project one weekend. What’s particularly a nice standout is the country mural on the tailgate. The open meadow, horse carriage, and big red barn set the tone right for this classic. But other pieces like the dual exhaust tips and blue dot tail lights hint that this was also subtly upgraded to be a better cruiser.
Those who know these classics will be instantly relieved when they see the seat inside. For a long time, truck seats offered only basic comforts. So this upgraded one with a long lower cushion and cloth inserts is inviting. And the two-tone tan and brown sets the color theme for the rest of the interior. It’s an overall comfortable feeling without taking away from the vintage charm. The factory heater was a nice luxury to warm you on your way home from the fields decades ago, and now it can be a handy feature for those mornings when you want to be first in line at the car show. The three-spoke steering wheel has that great vintage feeling that instantly connects you to generations of hard workers before you.
Under the hood is a 216 cubic-inch inline-six. It’s the right-style powerhouse for this Chevy, but there are also the right additions to make sure you are going to want to cruise this pickup. You’ll see it everywhere, from the 12-volt electrical system to the split manifolds that give you a true dual exhaust. It’s a strong-running powerhouse, and you get to take full control better than anyone in the 1940s, thanks to an upgrade to a five-speed manual transmission.
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