Very straight, Very original and well documented 1951 Chevrolet 1/2 ton pickup

  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: Other Pickups
  • SubModel: 1300
  • Type: Standard Cab Pickup
  • Year: 1951
  • Mileage: 64800
  • VIN: 1131421311
  • Color: Burgundy
  • Engine size: 261 inline 6
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Gray
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Vehicle Title: Clean
  • Location: Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada


I am offering my 1951 Chevrolet 1300 (Canadian model) 1/2 ton pickup. I had searched for the right advanced design pickup for many years until finally coming across this pickup. I've had it for over six years and had never expected to offer it for sale, but never say never I suppose. I would place this pickup at the upper end of any unmolested 1947-1955 Chevy/GMC AD pickup. At the very least the opportunities to purchase an original pickup of this vintage are becoming more rare. With respect to the body I would fully expect anyone who does end up with this truck to be extremely happy with their purchase. The truck was very well cared for which is evident of the meticulous records kept of it. The body is very straight and even quite absent of minor dents/dings. I am led to believe that even the wooden strips in the box are original. There is very minimal rust (just some surface patina). With the exception of a small area of where the seam on the lower inside cowl meets the passenger side floorboard (pictured) this truck is absent rust/rot issues. The rest of the truck; floors, cab corners, running boards, fenders etc. are all very solid. This truck is still running on the original 6 volt system.

The real ace in the hole with this truck comes in the form of the extraordinarily meticulously kept documents of its history. I have a binder full of records with an abundance of detailed history. Some of the examples of the documentation included are: original bill of sale, original owners & operating manuals, original owners service policy, original service records dating back to 1951, many many years of original registration renewals, original insurance policies including the original in 1951 (was only $5/yr BTW), many parts/tires purchases, some old photos of it, as well as other info leading right up to the time of my ownership.
This truck is essentially all original with the exception of having switched the original 216 inline 6 engine out for a brand new fully rebuilt 261 inline 6 engine. This engine runs like a Swiss watch. I am including the original engine with this offering as well (pictured). It is clean and did run fine at the time of its removal, but I have no idea if it was ever rebuilt (I don't expect so). The following on this engine:
  • This 261 inline 6 came out of a 1961 Pontiac car and has the desirable '848' head.
  • The machine shop I used to rebuild this engine uses a cnc machine to machine their blocks.
  • This block was squared at the deck by .010 and the head by .018.
  • The cylinders were taken to .040 in order to clean them up and square their alignment.
  • The rotating assembly has been balanced to within < 1 gram
  • I installed higher compression deck piston. Compression should be somewhere in the 9.0-9.5:1 range.
  • Camshaft /w intake lift .277" 184 duration. Exhaust lift .272" exhaust duration 189 taken at .050" lobe lift.
  • Brand new ceramic coated Fenton split headers were added along /w brand new split dual exhaust and dynamax mufflers (sounds great).
  • Adjustable rocker assembly /w solid lifters
  • Electronic spark ignition
I have tried to keep this truck as original as possible. With the exception of the engine swap most everything else should be original to this pickup. I went through everything in order to be able to get this truck to pass an inspection in order to get it registered and insured. Things done were:
  • Transmission painted, re-gasketed, and new oil.
  • Differential and torque tube painted and re-gasketed
  • Complete new brake lines and hoses
  • New brake master cyclinder
  • Brakes and drums all checked and adjusted. Anything needing replacement was replaced
  • New rear bumper
  • Brand new king pins and tie rod ends installed
  • Straight axle and steering components sand blasted and painted
  • Wheel alignment completed
  • Brand new front and rear shocks
  • Fluids, oils, etc. were all changed
The interior is still pretty much original. I just replaced the door panels and replaced the rubber floor mat, but left everything else untouched. The seat has a small rip on the top and one rip on the bottom near the drivers side. The drivers side door latch and exterior door handle were replaced.

This truck has current registration and insurance. I broke in the cam and put roughly 5-10 miles on this truck, so this engine is still very fresh. The truck runs great, but I did notice that the drive line has a vibration. The front u-joint behind the transmission seems like it is out (u-joint was fine at the time of installation). Because neither the transmission nor the rear end had issues prior to my removal of them to paint and install new gaskets I would wager a guess that it is likely only the pinion angle being out on the rear differential, so I would expect it to be an easy adjustment. I ran out of time and have had to put this truck into storage, so I have been unable to address this minor issue at this time. Remember that this has a torque tube instead of an open drive.

I do have few minor additional parts, which are not installed, I will include with this truck such as brand new anti rattle kit.

Because I can't put very many pictures on my eBay listing I will also include more on my Instagram page: @1968_ford_camperspecial

*even if you don't have an instagram account you should be able to go onto my page and look at the pictures. Swipe left on the pictures to access more picture behind the front picture on each post.

This truck is located in Stony Plain, Alberta Canada. I will try to accommodate the shipping requirements of any purchaser to the best of my abilities, but the purchaser is responsible for arranging their own transportation. For American buyers, because of covid restrictions, importing this pickup would just require a bonded transporter to haul this pickup across the border. I have a trailer and could possibly arrange delivery to a US port of entry in either Montana, Idaho, or Washington State for a very reasonable fee. This truck is in dry/sheltered and secure storage. I can offer the option for this pickup to stay where it is at for a reasonable amount of time. Please confirm this with the seller prior to purchasing though.

Have a good look at the pictures and please ask any questions. I can provide my phone number through a message, but I didn't want to post it opening on this listing. Your satisfaction with your purchase is very important to me, so please ask questions to mitigate any surprises from happening upon receiving this pickup after purchasing.

On Oct-24-20 at 12:54:23 PDT, seller added the following information:

Great news Americans. The Province of Alberta will have relaxed border crossings restrictions starting November 2. The Sweet Grass, MT/Coutts, Alberta crossing will be the only crossing in Canada allowing this. Details are on this link: