DESIRABLE 5 WINDOW, BLACK ON RED, WOOD BED, 350 CRATE, AUTO, UPGRADED SUSPENSION
If you've been planning on building an old Chevy pickup, you should probably just buy this one instead. Featuring a 1950 5-window cab, an awesome color combination, a crate V8, and all the luxury amenities, it's exactly the way you'd do it for about half the price of building your own. What's holding you back?
The Advance Design pickups are probably even more popular today than when they were new, and with the market's new-found interest in vintage haulers, they're getting harder to find by the day. The best ones preserve all that's great about the original design and simply update the hardware underneath, and they totally nailed it with this one. The black paint keeps it looking simple, as if it could still head out into the back 40 and get the job done, and I think that's a big part of the appeal. Finish quality is quite good overall, with a clean bodywork and paint that is about right for a commercial vehicle. It's all steel, no fiberglass reproduction parts here, and the fit of the various pieces and parts is quite good, so it feels carefully built. Keeping all the chrome and stainless trim is a big plus, giving this truck an old-fashioned look that's even more appealing with the subtle modifications. The warm wooden bed is surrounded by walls with spray-on bedliner material and those classic taillights are now filled with LEDs for a slightly high-tech look.
Bright red is always a great choice inside a black vehicle, and the handsomely appointed interior of this pickup is light years nicer than it was originally. That might be the factory bench seat, but it's wearing a brand new seat cover that uses pleats for a proper period look and a custom center armrest to make it a bit more civilized. Custom door panels help soften the interior a bit from the original steel pieces, and black floor coverings anchor it so it's not red overload. Custom gauges from Auto Meter fit into the original holes in the dash, so no cutting was required to get that trick look and a late-model tilt column and steering wheel keep it looking OEM. A modern A/C system was discreetly tucked under the instrument panel and there's an AM/FM/CD stereo cleverly hidden with the original slot using a fitted block-off plate. It's highly finished and refined, making this the kind of truck you're going to have a hard time resisting on the next sunny day.
A crate 350 slots right into the old truck's engine bay, giving it a far more useful powerband for today's traffic than the original six. Topped by an Edelbrock 4-barrel carb and intake, plus a few chrome pieces, it runs and drives superbly. Upgrades like power rack-and-pinion steering and front disc brakes, not to mention a Mustang II front suspension, make this Chevy feel far more modern and capable. A TH350 3-speed automatic spins a 10-bolt rear end from an S10 pickup, which is an easy fit in the back of this vintage pickup. A custom exhaust system with throaty mufflers was just installed and the gas tank was relocated under the bed for safety. Obviously the stance was modified a bit, and it really hunkers down over those staggered steel wheels, which were painted red to add a bit of contrast. 215/70/14 front and 275/60/15 rear blackwall radials give it the perfect commercial look that's just a little bit hot-rod.
A gorgeous truck with the right features, why would you build when you can buy today and start having fun immediately? Call now!
- Air Conditioning
- AM/FM Radio
- CD Player
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Tilt Wheel
- Vinyl Interior
- Transmission Spec
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