The 1951 Chevrolet

This is the car that I, my father, and my son toured in earlier this week, driving a total of 160 miles on a beautiful but slightly sunny Michigan day. We left our town and headed northeast for Bad Axe, Michigan. I haven’t been in that nice little town for many years, it’s just as charming as it was in those days.

The transmission is a Power Glide transmission that has two gears, the engine simply winds up the faster you go. I find this transmission to be just like the modern CVT transmission used in many foreign cars in this country today. Honestly, I don’t care for the VRT one lick.

The engine is a very simple in-line V-6 powerplant of which I don’t know how much horsepower it produces. The carburetor is a simple one-barrel carb. The car drives very well, but in my opinion, rides damn near as well as a Cadillac does these days, very impressive!

26 thoughts on “The 1951 Chevrolet

    • I didn’t know that transmission was still in use in 1969! I did drive a Nova though, it had a 350CID engine in a 2 door body.

      Great cars back then.

      So many cars have llawn mower engines today but not my truck. It’s 4.3 litre V6 is a gas guzzler by comparison but I like it!

      • My Nova was a straight 6, 230 cc engine. I bought it for $200 at 100,000 miles and put almost another 100,000 miles on it. I first learned to work on cars on the Nova.

        • Wow, that’s wonderful! Having grown up in the auto industry, I’m so happy that you got your $200 bucks worth and more from the car.!

  1. WOW – that’s in awesome condition too! I’m so happy you got to share cruising time with family. I wish you could see my smile across my face knowing you had such a great time!

    • Awww, thank you so much Shelley! I was and am sooo excited to see may family again! My daughter is so beautiful inside and out. My son is hopefully getting the job at the hospital and the home he’s looking at. Dad is doing so good for a 93 years young man too. My heart is full!

            • And there have been many pandemics through human history but I never expected to be in one in my time, Shelley. Patience is something I lacked when I was younger.

              • Yes, indeed, and the last couple ‘pandemics’ were handled appropriately, no lockdowns, no crazy masking – this one, well, it was part of the bigger game that’s going on. 😉

                    • This is like the global warming lie to me. Geologists have proven time and again that Earth has warmed and cooled by itself for millions of years.

                      Our idiot politicians use this lie to control the lives of as many humans as possible.

                      This is a hot topic that I rarely express my opinion on and I find it very sad that the schools in this country preach this crap as being factual.

                      Yet of course the so-called news totally omits this… Evil.

                    • Yes, indeed, that’s another one of the aspects being manipulated by MSM. I rarely poke the bear, but this past year has made me into a momma bear willing to fight like hell! 😉

  2. Thanks for the pics. I learned to drive on the street (been driving farm trucks and tractors since I was ten) in a ’51 Chevy, H pattern on the column. Yes those old heavy cars rode very well.

    • Your welcome, it did ride like a Cadillac! Needs more horsepower but that was then, the in-line 6 did a great job. This car has the 2-speed transmission, I’ve never tried a column shift ever, even the old pickups with the three on a tree. I drove big tractors while working on that estate years ago, so fun.

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