Chevy’s tough 4-cylinder displaced 171 cubic inches, which was about the same as the Model T, but it offered overhead valves, which was still a cutting-edge innovation in the ’20s. It’s rated at 26 horsepower, but this little engine is all about torque, and it moves the truck with enthusiasm that minimizes the need to constantly shift. The engine is neatly detailed and looks pretty good considering its age, and the industrial-look of all the copper lines, wires, and heavy-duty fasteners is really kind of neat. It starts easily and drives very, very well, with a comfortable ease that only comes from a vehicle that’s been used regularly. The transmission shifts well with a quick double-clutch, and the rear-wheel-only brakes are decent considering the truck’s performance envelope. It’s really clean underneath and the painted wood spoke wheels look great wearing those dressy wide whites.
Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States