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There were a lot of sore necks amongst the congregation sitting in the pews at the Blanchard Community Church on a bright spring Sunday morning back in 1956. The sore necks were a result of straining to see a rare and curious sight in the little northern Idaho town. The day before, at the Blanchard Trading Post there was a crowd of folks checking their mail and stocking up on supplies for the week, when a brand new, bright yellow Chevy pickup truck slowly pulled up. Out stepped old Bud Melnor, the reclusive confirmed bachelor who had never been seen driving anything but his black 1923 Ford Model T truck for going on thirty years. People stood at the windows and gawked as Bud, the former bearded and disheveled hermit, scrambled around to the passenger door. He was clean-shaven now with hair greased back as he slowly opened the door and helped an attractive middle-aged redhead step out of the truck. Folks were even more surprised to find out that Bud had recently married the lady and bought the new truck all in the same day. When asked what brought about this seemingly strange turn of event in his life, Bud simply said, “Well I been savin’ up for a spell to git me a new truck and a wife..It just took me a might longer than I’d planned."

This could very well have come from Bud Melnor’s 1956 Chevy pickup is that story were actually true. Regardless of its origin, it is still piece of Detroit-made coolness. The OEM factory instrument cluster was used in Chevrolet Trucks from 1955 to 1959. It is 13.5” wide, 7” tall and 5” deep and features a chrome metal bezel with chevron shaped bottom. It has a black background with large white speedometer numbers. Above are Temp, Amp, Oil and Gas gauges. There is a chrome Chevrolet logo at the bottom. We think this piece would make a cool bookend or simply display it by itself on a desk or shelf. Would make a great gift for a gearhead or person who appreciates mid-century Detroit automobile design.

This original instrument panel is in pretty decent shape considering its age and the fact that it as probably been sitting in a barn for many years. We have no idea if the speedometer or gauges work, we are selling this as a display piece. The chrome bezel has some pitting but is not rusty. The plexiglass has some fine spider cracks but is still sturdy and unbroken. The back side of the metal housing has some light surface rust.

1955 thru 1959 Chevrolet Pickup Truck Instrument Cluster "Fun Find for the Gearhead"


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: chrome, steel, plexiglass
  • Only ships within United States.
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