1958 Chevy Truck For Sale Craigslist, Introduced in March of 1955, Chevrolet’s new ‘Task Force’ series of trucks was quite departure from their existing line of pickups. Smooth, rounded sheet-metal replaced the old pontoon-style fenders, and large, wrap-around windshield glass offered better visibility and gave a more contemporary look. And for the primary time, an eight-cylinder motor was available under the hood.
1955 Chevy truck
1955 Chevy Pickup
The 1955 model year began with the continuation of Chevrolet’s Advance Design pickups, which dated back to 1947. These first-series trucks, built until March of 1955, were durable and sold well. But Ford’s new 1953 F100 pickup, also as Dodge’s new model in 1954, prompted a re-design to a more modern looking truck.
Taking styling cues from their successful coach platform, Chevy’s second-series pickups were re-engineered and restyled for mid ’55.
Task Force trucks rode on a replacement , wider six-cross member frame, allowing longer front and rear leaf springs to be fitted. the quality half-ton 3100 series had a 114″ wheelbase, which it shared with the smooth-sided 3124 series Cameo Carrier. The 3200 series trucks had a extended bed and rode on a 123″ wheelbase. Three-quarter ton models used 3500 and 3700 designations. Chevy’s venerable ‘Stovebolt’ Six, standard on all models, displaced 235-cid and produced 123-horsepower.
Read: Chevy Stovebolt Six
Electrical systems, upgraded from 6 to 12 volts, were one among many improvements on the new series of trucks. the most important news was Chevrolet’s new small-block V-8 engine, introduced on 1955 coach models, was now offered with their trucks.
More efficient and more powerful than the six-cylinder motor, the new “small-block” V-8 was also 30 pounds lighter. First-year Chevy V-8’s didn’t have an filter nor a provision for one. An add-on filter canister, mounted atop the thermostat housing, was optional.
Read: Chevy Small-Block History
1956 Chevy Pickup
Aside from slight emblem changes, 1956 Chevy truck exteriors were unchanged. The long options list from last year was back, including power-assisted steering , power brakes, whitewall tires, full wheel covers, chrome front and rear bumpers, and a factory-installed radio.
1956 Chevy pickup
The Custom Cab option included chrome door knobs, arm rests, dual-sun visors, a cigar lighter , and an outsized wrap-around car window . All V-8 blocks were now machined with an filter boss, allowing a full-flow oil system.
A 3.75 x 3-inch bore and stroke set first-year V-8 displacement at 265 cubic inches
1957 Chevy Pickup
Third-year Task Force pickups received a particular new grille that might be a one-year feature only. Increasing the bore of the small-block V-8 brought displacement up to 283-cid. Horsepower increased to 185-horsepower. Five transmissions were available: three-speed, heavy-duty three-speed, three-speed with overdrive, four-speed, or GM’s Hydra-matic automatic.
1957 Chevy truck
1958 Chevy Pickup
Styling on all Chevy coach and truck models were changed to accommodate an industry-wide switch from two to four headlamps.
The new Apache model came standard with painted grille and front bumper, and will be upgraded to chrome. The new Fleetside model featured a smooth-sided cargo box and bigger bed capacity. Model designations were shortened to 31, 32, 35 and 38 series. A recasting of the 283 small-block gave thicker cylinder walls and side motor-mount bosses.
1958 Chevy Fleetside pickup
Before 1958, Chevrolet had used outside suppliers like Minnesota-based NAPCO (Northwestern Auto Parts Company) to convert their light and medium-duty trucks to four-wheel-drive. A GM-designed 4X4 drivetrain was now available. Air-conditioning also became available as a dealer-installed, factory-authorized option.
old Chevy pickup
1959 Chevy Pickup
The last year of the Task Force line saw minor changes. Front and side emblems were changed to differentiate this year’s model from last year’s. Posi-traction became an option, and bigger drum brakes were used. In all, 13 different truck models were available this year.