The 1951 Chevy truck is interesting because it was built without a rear bumper. This would be against current regulations but back then things were different. The no bumper design may seem strange but it allowed the tailgate to drop down all of the way which I guess could be a benefit. These trucks were definitely for work and I imagine if you were loading and unloading a lot of heavy material it would be nice to get as close to the bed as possible. The rest of the design looks mostly the same as the previous year but one big upgrade was the introduction of the windshield washer. It’s hard to imagine using a truck or any vehicle without a windshield washer so this introduction must have been an amazing innovation at the time.
The above picture clearly shows the non existent bumper on the 51 Chevy truck. It looks kind of funny but the webbed tailgate is neat. I also like the pronounced rounded wheel wells. They really stand out and give the 1951 Chevy pickup it’s iconic look. The one in the picture needs to be painted a classic color to really bring back the old days, but it looks like the restoration is coming along nicely. One interesting fact is that although chrome was very popular at the time, after 1951 chrome was a lot less common on these trucks and all vehicles because of the materials required for use in the Korean war.
The most important of all the 1951 Chevy truck parts to be concerned with is the engine. After all, you want to be able to drive the damn thing and engines are usually the most expensive single item. The engine in this truck looks to be in surprisingly good shape. Obviously it’s not the original engine but that is asking a lot from a 60 year old vehicle. However, there are some available with the original engine if you look hard enough.
Some work still needs to be done but a Chevy truck for sale in this condition is going to run anywhere from $4000 up to $10000. This one was listed on craigslist for $8000 which seems a little high for the body condition but makes more sense once you take a look at the engine. The most important thing to look for is rust. It’s hard to do a proper inspection from a picture but this truck appears to have minimal rust so it would potentially make a great restored vehicle for someone willing to put in some time and money finding and buying the necessary 1951 Chevy truck parts.