Who doesn't like a Chevy Task Force era truck? They've got a ton of personality, they're super popular at car shows, and they look like they're raring to go even when they're parked. This pretty 1956 Chevrolet 3100 has all of the charm and style with plenty of power and some nice upgrades...sounds good to us!
The handsome burgundy paint comes from a late-model color chart and you have to admit it looks great here. The paint job was done a few years ago and it's holding up great with a nice gloss that seems about right for a pickup, not perfect but it shines up nicely. The 3100 was all-new in 1955, ostensibly to showcase the new small block V8, so they didn't mess with a good thing in '56, and that was the right choice. You'll note the grille has been chrome plated in a nod to tradition, and the rest of the trim is in excellent shape, although the hood has been cleaned up a bit. Gaps are good all around and the stepside bed wears a set of chrome bed rails that give it a dressed-up look. Out back you'll find a smooth tailgate, custom LED taillights, and a trick roll pan with exhaust pipe cutouts. The front bumper is similar to those found on passenger cars to further tie the two together in consumers' minds. The bed is beautifully finished oak and it looks great, with a vintage look that has character.
Inside you'll sit on a late-model front seat setup that includes power buckets and a functional center console. The dash was painted to match the exterior, as were the doors and the rest of the interior, although the handsome gray inserts on the doors soften things up a bit. There's matching gray carpet on the floor and a late-model steering wheel on the original column to help you get comfortable, A/C has been neatly installed under the dash, it still uses stock gauges in a beautiful chevron-shaped pod (again, a nod to the passenger car line), and it has power windows, too! An AM/FM/cassette head unit has been installed in the center of the dash although that is probably due for an upgrade as well. And with that giant rear window, it sure is bright and airy inside!
Pop the hood and check out the smooth 283 cubic inch small block V8 inside. It's pretty mild but offers useful power that allows you to still use this truck as a truck. It also looks pretty much the way you'd expect when you open the hood of a truck like this: freshened but not radical. You could get a small block motor in 1956, but it certainly didn't run or look this good. There's an Edelbrock carburetor up top, a set of finned valve covers, and a chrome alternator makes plenty of electricity. Original ram's horn exhaust manifolds feed a dual exhaust system with performance mufflers, so it sounds racy enough, but the front suspension remains a solid axle on leaf springs so it doesn't lose its vintage truck feel. Power routes back through a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission and on to the original rear end. 15-inch aluminum wheels hold a set of 225/75/15 General tires, so it's got a sturdy look that's ready to work or play.
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