The Advance Design pickups are on the radar with enthusiasts, and if you’ve been holding off waiting for a deal, here’s a newsflash: they will not be getting cheaper. The good news is that you can own this beautifully built 1953 Chevy 3100, not for $35,000, but quite a bit less.
OK, we’ll admit it: EVERYTHING looks good in black paint, particularly vintage vehicles with lots of curves. Accentuated with charcoal gray details, it really lets all those great ‘40s shapes stand out without making it look excessively modern. With straight bodywork that’s uncommon on old trucks, it gets a ton of attention on the street and a lot of folks fall in love at first sight. Sure, it’s been driven over the past few years, but who could resist? Today it’s a great-looking example of a show-and-go pickup that’s fully sorted and nicely turned out. The beautiful wood bed gives it an upscale appeal that will make you think twice about returning it to service duty and it includes a set of matching wood stake sides that look great. Chrome bumpers with oversized bumper guards, nice-looking grille inserts, and custom step plates add a little brightwork. It's not perfect, but the look is right.
Inside it’s still basic and simple, but carries enough details to give it a purposeful and upscale look. The bench seat now wears black upholstery with white piping and pleated for a period look. We'll admit the chain-style steering wheel isn't for everyone, but it does work with the lowrider theme going on throughout the truck. The original gauges remain in the dash and a set of auxiliary dials are fitted underneath in the usual fashion. This is also one of the rare vintage pickups that seem to have been equipped with a radio when it was new, although it’s now a digital AM/FM unit. There's a tilt steering column that makes it a lot easier to get comfortable and the rear window slats are not only a cool period accessory, but they help keep the interior cool on sunny days. And if this were my truck, I'd spend an hour on a Saturday afternoon tidying up the wiring under the dash; not a big deal, but style matters.
The engine is a 350 cubic inch Chevy V8, which is a big step up over the original Stovebolt Six that lived there in 1953.With an Edelbrock intake manifold, a 4-barrel carburetor, and a bright chrome air cleaner, it has a dressed-up look that doesn’t upset its work-ready demeanor. Power steering and power disc brakes were added during the build, both of which came with the GM subframe that was grafted on. A TH350 3-speed automatic transmission is rugged and reliable, giving this truck the ability to still haul some gear, and the 10-bolt rear hangs on stock leaf springs with lowering blocks that help with that slammed stance. A dual exhaust system sounds racy and the frame is in good overall shape, so no worries about a compromised foundation. The suspension is obviously lowered quite a bit, and it has a traditional lowrider look, especially with those chrome wire wheels and 5.20-13 wide whites.
A unique truck that’s ready to enjoy immediately, offering a lot of potential and a great foundation for future builds. Enjoy it now, because prices are only going up from here. Call today!