1950 Chevy Advance Design 3100
From John :
I live with my wife Caroline (Caz) in the small village of Dundonald on the west coast of Scotland U.K. It's in the county of Ayrshire, home of one of our most popular exports -- the Bard Rabbie Burns! (apart from Whisky that is!)
I originally found my 1950 AD 3100 pickup in an ad in my favourite U.K. hot rod mag "Custom Car." I finally took the plunge in October 2004 and drove 914 miles in one day to collect it! The picture shows it before I tore it apart!
It's originally a Californian truck so thankfully rust hasn't been a huge problem. Plus, it was almost complete.
Over the past few years, I have added air-ride front and rear suspension with Mustang II front end and power rack, a 4-link rear which I paid a local fabricator to do and have subsequently had to re-do (including some of the front end as well)! I have also installed a dual servo/dual master cylinder from Master power brakes.
I'm in the process of installing a 350/Th350c from an 1981 Corvette C3 to which I'll have my buddy at Meerkat Exhausts fabricate a one-off system. It sits so low on full drop. I've raised the pick-up bed 2" to clear the diff!
Plans for the future are shiny, shiny deep blue metallic paint, 20" Billet Specialtie "Bullit" wheels. I'll probably run with primer initially to 'iron' out any bugs before I tear it down for paint!
Sourcing parts over here hasn't been too hard as there has been an explosion in popularity of Stovebolts, especially A.D.'s. I also have my buddies Sean & Denise in Newport News, Virginia to send parts.
I was in the USA in October last year and, needless to say, I came home with a fair bit of excess baggage! Trying to get a wiring loom through Customs was interesting! I think the baggage X-Ray was in a panic! Thankfully no rubber gloves were required! GULP!
My "better half" has been amazing over the past three and a bit years. In fact, she actually bought the truck for me in the first place! It's certainly been a steep learning curve as it's the first major re-built i've undertaken, I 'cut my teeth' on early VW's but it's nice to be working on some American Iron!
All going well I hope to be on the road early next year -- but then again -- I've said that for the last two!
Stovebolt has been a "Godsend" for information and of course, meeting fellow Bolters! I've also started a collection of pics on a Flikr photo account and will continue to add to it!