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The Advance Design Trucks

16 November 2012
# 2987

Owned by
Kyle Grimes
Bolter # 32991


1950 Chevy 3800



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From Kyle :

Pit Boss is my truck ... it's a money pit and bosses me around!

I found this old 1950 Chevy 3800 pickup truck in Smithville Texas and trailered it to Austin. I don't know very much about it -- only that it came from the Dallas area.

I had a 1965 Chevy and a 1971 Chevy truck. The 5 window is my favorite truck of all time. The Advance Design is my favorite body style of all time. It is one I'll keep forever.

The truck itself is fairly solid. It had no motor or transmission but my Brother-in-law, who lives in Smithville, found a 350 motor for me that was freshly rebuilt and bored .30 over.

The new re-built motor has never been started and needs a radiator, fan, carburetor, starter, and an endless list of parts and repairs. I want to get it running and I have a friend who manages a machine shop ... but he wants it running first before he starts on anything. We'll need to work on the brakes then, too.

I did remove the bed and started to sandblast the chassis. I burned thru a dozen grinder wire wheels just getting the back recognizable again.

I removed the cab and stripped it. I've pulled the old rusty gas tank and am working on the cab supports.

This truck has about six different paint jobs and now has numerous more colors of primer.

My plan is to drive this truck so more than likely, I'll be doing a a rebuild rather than restoration.

I'll need wiring and a floor pan but ironically the seat is in pretty good shape.

Like most barn finds, this one has a dozen socks that mice had made a nice nest with under the seat. I'm missing some glass but the round corners are intact and seemingly new. The hood is great but I'll need a new driver side rear fender.

I like that this truck is a one ton truck but it does not look like one. I was fortunate that someone has already put a 10-bolt rear end in it most likely from a Camaro or Nova.

These trucks are so fat in the fenders you can do almost anything with 'em.

I've always loved the AD trucks and a good five window is kinda hard to find. I think with this set up, it will fall into the RatRod category but I'll do my best to make her look as original as I can. A sleeper truck like this will certainly provide a lifetime of fun for sure.

Besides this project, I have a classic 1974 Super Beetle Convertible Volkswagon that I got about 10 years ago. All the glass is removed so it looks like a t-bucket.

I'll post progress in my DITY Gallery thread and add images to the Photobucket as I go.




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