In the decade following World War II, Chevrolet developed several effective engines, which helped improve sales for its pickup series. In 1947, Chevrolet released their Advanced Design Series of pickup trucks, which stayed on the market until 1954.
In 1952 Chevrolet was putting six-cylinder engines in all of its pickup trucks. The V-8 would not arrive on the scene until 1955. In 1952 Chevy truck buyers had to settle for a 216 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine rated at 90 horsepower. By today's standard this is a small six, especially in such a large body, but the 216 seems to have held up well. This engine also came with a three- or four-speed transmission.
The 1952 Chevy pickups had bench seats, a roomier cab and a solid frame. They were rated as half-ton, three-quarter-ton and one-ton trucks and were given a numerical series, such as the 3100 series for the half-ton and the 3600 for the three-quarter-ton. The half and three-quarter trucks came with a standard three-speed manual transmission, but a four-speed was an option. Meanwhile the one-ton, 3800 series had just the four-speed option.
During the entire Advanced Series run, Chevy was the number-one selling pickup truck in the U.S. Overall, Chevy trucks changed little from 1948 through 1953, but the new six-cylinder engines in 1954 and the arrival of the V-8 in 1955 opened a new era for Chevy trucks.
- Photo Credit Chevrolet image by Daniel Toliver from Fotolia.com
Chevy Vs. Ford 1 Ton Diesel Truck
The Chevy 3500HD and Ford F-350 Super Duty 1-ton pickup trucks have been competitive in payload and towing capacity. However, the slightly...
1952 Chevrolet Truck Specifications
The 1952 Chevrolet short-bed light pickup truck is sought-after by customizers, hot rodders and old truck collectors. With their big chrome grilles...
How to Restore a 1949 Chevy Half Ton Pick-Up Truck
Many people who enjoyturning a wrench and working on their own vehicles have always wanted to undertake a project vehicle, like a...
How to Replace a Windshield on a 1952 Chevy Truck
Regularly maintain and service the windshield on your 1952 Chevy to keep it in the best possible condition. If a crack or...
1948 Chevy Truck Specs
With its rounded front end, the 1948 Chevy Truck is an attractive classic automobile. The body resembles that of the 1947 model,...
Chevrolet 216 Specs
The Chevrolet Motor Company was founded in 1911 by Louis Chevrolet and William Durant, which eventually merged into GM Motors. Throughout the...
1954 Chevy Pickup Specs
Chevrolet got the jump on Ford, Dodge and Studebaker by producing its Advanced Design series of pickup trucks in 1947, a radical...
1946 Chevy Pickup Specs
World War II forced American auto manufacturers to limit production of vehicles. 1946 marked a return to pre-war assembly numbers. Chevrolet built...