Customized and diesel-driven ’55 Chevy pickup


Engine swaps are common among those seeking more power for their vehicles, especially with customizers who frequently opt for a Chevrolet small-block V8, which offers both power and reliability. But the customizer of the Pick of the Day went another route. The Pick is a 1955 Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck which is powered by a diesel-fueled Nissan V8.

In the truck’s advertisement on, the pickup’s private seller says that with the Nissan, the truck is “fun to drive, great on fuel,” and that the engine “will last forever.”

That surprise beneath the hood comes packaged in a vehicle with looks, well, downright spectacular.

The truck is a short-bed, stepside-style pickup, but with a 3-inch chop, custom wood bed, and gorgeous burgundy paint. It also has power steering and brakes and windows and locks, and it rides on new Coker whitewall radial tires.

Oh, and that diesel engine is linked to a 5-speed manual gearbox.

“I am selling off my private collection,” the owner says in the advertisement, adding that “collectible vintage pickups have historically appreciated every year as documented by many articles and auction prices… These old pickups are always in demand.”

And for this one, which is located in Dunwoody, Georgia, the demand is for just $26,500.

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To view this listing on, see Pick of the Day.


A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. Would like to find owner info on
    Pick of the day
    1955 Chevrolet truck 3100
    In Dunwoody Ga
    Thank You
    Robert Thorpe
    813 957-3026


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