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This truck ran and drove briefly before needing to be towed back to the sellers residence. On the exterior I noted the wiper system is not working. Further diagnosis is needed. The windshield washer does not work. Both doors appear to be slightly misaligned. The vehicle shows minor miscellaneous dings around the body. All of the body panels around the vehicle have a wavy appearance. The vehicle repaint shows dust under the paint, some orange peel, and signs of poor prep. This is sub-par workmanship. Prior paint work shows signs of overspray. The underside shows areas of minor surface rust. See pictures. The passenger front headlight is out. The lower front lights appear to not be working as well. The passenger rear light is brighter than the driver side. Notated with pictures. The bumpers are rusted and or tarnished. The body seals around the side windows are dry-rotted and deteriorated. The front windshield seal appears to be slightly warped. Notated with pictures. Glass shows no cracks or major chipping, but does show staining from age. I checked the vehicle with a magnet and found it to stick all around but was weaker in the lower panels. Not excessive. The doors are sagging because of worn hinges. The chrome around the vehicle shows corrosion, pitting and rusting. Notated with pictures. Some of the Chrome around the vehicle is also tarnished.

Inside the steering wheel shows cracks due to age.The steering wheel shows some wear and tear as seen in pics. Normal for mileage. There passenger sun visor is missing. The driver sun visor does not have a lock down tab and hangs slightly downward. The horn does not work. There is light wear to the seats. Normal for mileage. The inner door panels show wear consistent with age and mileage. The interior trim shows normal wear consistent with age and mileage. The dash is showing wear and tear consistent with the age of the vehicle. The dash lights are not working. The carpet shows normal wear consistent with age and mileage. There were no floor mats in the vehicle at the time of the inspection. The headliner shows miscellaneous smudge marks from normal use. Speedometer needle jumpy and fuel gauge not working.

Under the hood I noted the engine coolant should be replaced and system flushed. Drive belt loose. The engine is seeping some oil from the underside. There were no drips at time of inspection. This area should be cleaned off and rechecked to verify source of leak or leaks. Technician also noticed that there is a fuel seepage coming from the carburetor gasket. The transmission is leaking from the underside. This area should be cleaned off to determine the source of the leak. Exhaust shows some surface rust throughout, but at this time has no leaks and sounds good.

On the test drive the engine started stalling and cut off less than a mile into the test drive. Seller believes the vehicle ran out of gas but the vehicle had to be pulled back to the seller's house even after gas was added. When shifting gears on the test drive I heard grinding sounds.

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Vehicle Info

Year 1954
Make Chevy
Model 3100
Mileage 6
Transmission Manual
VIN Number H54a015630
Interior Leather
Interior Color Brown
Body Color Blue
Engine 6 Cylinder
Drive Type Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel Type Gas

Exterior

Wiper Blades
The wiper system is not working. Further diagnosis is needed.
Windshield Washer
The windshield washer does not work.
Body Alignment
Both doors appear to be slightly misaligned.
Scratches
Dings
The vehicle shows minor miscellaneous dings around the body.
Dents
All of the body panels around the vehicle have a wavy appearance.
Paint Condition
The vehicle repaint shows dust under the paint, some orange peel, and signs of poor prep. This is sub-par workmanship. Prior paint work shows signs of overspray.
Body Seals
The body seals around the side windows are dry-rotted and deteriorated. The front windshield seal appears to be slightly warped. Notated with pictures.
Rust
The underside shows areas of minor surface rust. See pictures.
Exterior Lights
Passenger front headlight out. The lower front lights appear to not be working as well. The passenger rear light is brighter than the driver side. Notated with pictures.
Door Mirrors
Bumpers
The bumpers are rusted and or tarnished.
Frame Damage
Glass
Glass shows no cracks or major chipping, but does show staining from age.
Body Filler?
I checked the vehicle with a magnet and found it to stick all around but was weaker in the lower panels. Not excessive.
Hood
Doors
The doors are sagging because of worn hinges.
Floors
Rockers
Quarter Panels
Chrome
The chrome around the vehicle shows corrosion, pitting and rusting. Notated with pictures. Some of the Chrome around the vehicle is also tarnished.

Interior

Steering Wheel
The steering wheel shows cracks due to age.The steering wheel shows some wear and tear as seen in pics. Normal for mileage.
Horn The horn does not work.
Seat Condition
There is light wear to the seats. Normal for mileage.
Inner Door Panels
The inner door panels show wear consistent with age and mileage.
Window Switches
Window Function
Dash
The dash is showing wear and tear consistent with the age of the vehicle.
Sun Visors
There passenger sun visor is missing. The driver sun visor does not have a lock down tab and hangs slightly downward.
Dash Lights
The dash lights are not working.
Dash Gauges
Speedometer needle jumpy and fuel gauge not working.
Carpet
The carpet shows normal wear consistent with age and mileage.
Floor Mats
There were no floor mats in the vehicle at the time of the inspection.
Unusual Odors
Headliner
The headliner shows miscellaneous smudge marks from normal use.
Interior Trim
The interior trim shows normal wear consistent with age and mileage.
Inner Trunk

Mechanical

Air Filter
Battery Condition
Charging System
Cooling Fan Condition
Radiator Cap Sealing Properly
Hoses
Radiator
Engine Coolant
Engine coolant should be replaced and system flushed.
Coolant Leaks
Belts Drive belt loose.
Engine Oil
Engine Fluid Leaks
The engine is seeping some oil from the underside. There were no drips at time of inspection. This area should be cleaned off and rechecked to verify source of leak or leaks. Technician also noticed that there is a fuel seepage coming from the carburetor gasket.
Transmission Leaks
The transmission is leaking to a drip from the underside. This area should be cleaned off to determine the source of the leak.
Brake System
Differential leaks
Muffler System
Exhaust shows some surface rust throughout, but at this time has no leaks and sounds good.
CV Joints and Axles
Shocks and bushings
Ball Joints and Tie Rods
Modifications

Road Test

Road Test
Engine Performance
Engine started stalling and cut off less than a mile into the test drive. Seller believes the vehicle ran out of gas but the vehicle had to be pulled back to the seller's house even after gas was added.
Transmission performance
When shifting gears on the test drive I heard grinding sounds.
Clutch Performance
Differential Performance
Wheel Bearing Performance
Braking Performance
Suspension Performance
Steering Performance
Engine Starting

Manufacturer

Driver FrontFirestone Firestone Passenger Front
Driver RearGeneral Michelin Passenger Rear

Size

Driver Front225/75r16225/75r16Passenger Front
Driver Rear225/75r16225/75r16Passenger Rear

Tire Condition

Driver FrontDry RotDry RotPassenger Front
Driver RearDry RotDry RotPassenger Rear

Wheel Condition

Driver FrontCorrosionCorrosionPassenger Front
Driver RearCorrosionCorrosionPassenger Rear

Tire Tread

Driver Front5/327/32Passenger Front
Driver Rear11/326/32Passenger Rear
Spare Tire
Spare tireNo

Tire Tread Explanation

10/32 or more

Tires have plenty of tread!

(standard)

8/32 or more

Tires have plenty of tread!

(low profile)

5/32 to 7/32

Tires will need replacement soon!

4/32 or less

Tires need replacement!

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