The 1962 Chevy truck had a major redesign in the hood. The big oval openings on either side of the hood on the two previous years were now gone and the 62 Chevy truck hood took on a much more modern look. The grill had some minor changes as well as the body of the truck, but for the most part the body was very similar to the previous two years. Turn signals were now standard instead of optional and the dual headlamps were replaced by single headlamps.
The following two trucks are examples of the extreme two ends for a potential buyer of these classics. The first one has all original parts but is not in working condition, has rust problems, and is need of a major restoration. The second truck has been completely restored to show standards, although the parts aren’t exactly faithful to the original 1962 Chevy pickup.
This 1962 Chevy truck for sale on Craigslist in Oregon is listed for $2500. The listing claims that most of the parts needed to get it in working order are included in the price. The listing also says that it runs but is in need of a carburetor. It has been lowered and the tires and wheels are new. The body has some rusting and a few dents to work out but from what can be seen in the pictures it looks pretty solid.
All in all, it looks like a pretty good project truck to get someone started. Some minor body work and a new paint job would really make it look like a whole new truck. Beyond that, it sounds like it only needs minor mechanical work to get it running smoothly and from their it’s just how far you want to take it. Perhaps all of the way to our next truck. The bonus of the first truck is that it includes all of the necessary parts to get it working so you don’t have to spend time and energy looking for compatible 1962 Chevy truck parts.
This show truck is a far cry from the project listed previously. It was nicknamed The Tonka and it’s not hard to see why. It currently lists on Ebay for a bid price of $12,000 but the reserve has not been met yet. It’s likely the reserve is over $20,000.
I mentioned early that’s it not exactly faithful to the original 1962 design. For one it has dual headlights which were replaced in 1962 with single headlights. The body sits on a 1974 Chevy chassis and the engine is a custom V8 350. And obviously it has been lifted and fitted with much bigger tires than the originals. But there is no denying that it is a great looking vehicle, even if the only thing that’s actually from the 1962 Chevy truck is the body.