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1953 Chevrolet C3100 Pickup Specs

by Phil Whitmer

The 1953 Chevrolet CS3100 light-duty, short-bed pickup truck is a model prized by those who collect and restore classic trucks. It came in a five-window or three-window version.


The 1953 Chevy C3100 pickup featured an inline overhead valve, six-cylinder Thriftmaster 216.5 cubic-inch engine. Its bore and stroke was 3.5 inches by 3.75 inches, with a compression ratio of 6.6:1. It generated 84 net horsepower at 3,400 rpm. Its maximum torque rating was 170 pound-feet at 1,000 to 2,000 rpm.


The 1953 C3100 half-ton stepside pickup had a ladder-type frame with channeled side rails and five cross members. Its three- or four-speed manual transmission used a single-disc clutch. It had an I-beam type front axle with a semi-floating rear axle. Its rear-end axle hypoid gear ratio was 4.11:1. The brakes were hydraulic expanding-drum types.


The C3100 had a 116-inch wheelbase. It was 191.25 inches long and 74.5 inches wide. It rode on 6- by 16-inch tires. The front tread width was 56.75 inches with a 61-inch rear tread.

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