Video: Classic Chevy Pickup Gets Reborn With 6BT Power

50 Chevy 6BT-2Whether your a car guy, off-roader, or love rollin’ coal, there’s one thing almost all of us have in common. We love the classics. And there are very few things more classic than a 1950 Chevy pickup truck like the one seen in the video above. This particular 1950 Chevy pickup is a little different, though. But first, let’s explore the history of this beauty.

General Motors’ first major redesign of its pickup trucks after the end of World War II was what is known as the Advance Design Series. It was bigger, stronger, and sleeker than it’s predecessor. Rolling off the line and into showroom floors beginning in June of 1947, this generation of trucks went through a few minor changes over the years until March of 1955, when Chevy introduced its Task Force Series.

While General Motors used this front-end sheet metal, and to some extent the same cab, on all of its trucks except for the cab-over models, there were three main sizes of this truck: half-, three-quarter-, and one-ton capacities in short and long wheelbase. It became a big hit, and from 1947 until 1955, these pickup trucks were number one in sales in the United States.

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They are extremely popular to this day, and many consider them the most attractive GM pickups ever made. They are certainly the most collectible. This brings us to the example seen in the video above. The basic facts are that this 1950 3600-model has been shortened with a four-inch chop, carries a narrowed Trans Am stub, a nine-inch Ford rear axle with an Eaton Truetrac, and most importantly to Diesel Army fans, it now harbors a 1990 Dodge 12-valve Cummins with a 727 transmission underneath that sweet shell.

Watch the video and listen to the growling rumble of that diesel powerplant, and check out the custom rear suspension and frame work as the camera swings from the engine bay to the bed of the truck. It’s not that hard to imagine what it would be like to cruise this classic down the turnpike.

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About the author

Stuart Bourdon

A passion for anything automotive (especially off-road vehicles), camping, and photography led to a life exploring the mountains and deserts of the Southwest and Baja, and a career in automotive, outdoor, and RV journalism.
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