The pickup truck has long been an essential element of American rural life and one of the best is Chevrolet’s offering front 1941. This distinctive workhorse exuded a muscular sense of strength with its long chrome-striped bonnet and wraparound horizontal chrome nose, above a massive radiator grille with vertical bars that clearly sat in front of a haul-anything engine.
Bullet-shaped headlamps jutted purposefully from rounded front wings and the bumpers were nicely curved to deal with those minor shunts around the farm. The split windscreen could be opened for ventilation. though fancy additions like a second windscreen wiper for the passenger side or a radio were options rather than standard.
The Chevrolet Series AK Pickup was definitely a macho machine, though appearing streamlined compared with contemporary Ford and T-Series Dodge offerings. However, it was nothing like as sleek as Internationals K-line or the ever-so-handsome Studebaker M-series. The Chevy came in half- and three-quarter ton versions, the latter on a longer wheelbase. There was also a choice of two engines and three transmissions, depending on the buyer’s requirements. The larger engine delivered significantly more torque for serious work whilst the standard three-speed synchromesh gearbox could be replaced with a four-speed or sliding-gear four-speed box, the latter also designed for big workloads. The truck body was of heavy-duty steel with a wooden floor protected with steel skid strips. The tailgate was reinforced with box girders.
It was perhaps just as well that this great truck was built to last. The AK Pickup had been in production for less than a year when World War II put a lid on it, though Chevrolet would be the first manufacturer to introduce new pickup trucks after hostilities ceased, when the Advance Design line appeared in the summer of 1947.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
1941 (until 1942)
3,5 l (216,5 cid) or 3,8 l (235,5 cid)
Top speed was around 65 mph (105 km/h) depending on engine and gearing.
YOU SHOULD KNOW:
One popular choice with country boys was the Chevy Pickup with a 6.17:1 rear axle married to the more powerful Load Master Six engine-a meaty combination that carried a self-explanatory “’Stump Puller” nickname.