Regular readers already know that a lot of handsome Advance Design
pickups run through our showroom. This 1954 Chevrolet 3100
3-Window, with searing red paint, a strong 350 small block V8 mated
to an overdrive transmission, and a lot of tricks up its sleeve,
this is the one you've been waiting to own.
We've said it many times before: if you're going to paint it bright
red, you need to invest the extra time to make it worth looking at,
because you're going to get A LOT of attention. Well, the guys who
built this truck did exactly that, spending nights and weekends in
the body shop sanding the sheetmetal. Then they sprayed several
coats of brilliant red paint and another few late nights wet
sanding it to bring up a brilliant shine. So, yeah, it's pretty
darn nice. Now, it's not perfect, strong driver-quality is the best
way to describe it, but the imperfections that can be spotted are
minor and the curb appeal is through the roof. The other thing it
is, is very slick. No graphics, no flames, no distractions from the
clean shape that looks flat-out awesome. Most of the trim was
restored, polished, or replaced (including the bumpers and badges),
and the final result is so good that you don't really notice what's
been altered without another truck parked right next to it. This
one just looks right, from the roof visor, to the color-matched
grille, to the vinyl tonneau cover over the shortbed out back.
Inside, the bed is neatly restored with a handsome patina wood bed
tied in place with black slats, along with a cool built-in fuel
filler that fits flush so it stays out of the way and shows that
the tank has been relocated for better safety. There's just nothing
on this dialed-in driver truck that wasn't tweaked to a very high
level before being bolted back on.
It's also comfortable, thanks to a nicely finished and elegantly
simple interior. The original bench has been covered with black
vinyl with white pleated inserts, and with matching two-tone door
panels and a gray headliner, it's easy to forget this is an ancient
pickup truck. Black carpet ties it together in a rather handsome
way, and the upgraded tilt steering column is fitted with a custom
Weld Racing steering wheel that continues the restomod theme.
Classic Instruments gauges were installed in the original pods,
which gives them a very trick look, an aftermarket tachometer was
added to mind the revs, and the long-handled Lokar floor shifter
has an old-school vibe that works extremely well inside the cab.
There is a discreetly hidden JVC AM/FM/CD/AUX stereo radio under
the dash, as well as a neatly installed aftermarket A/C system
(which needs servicing to be fully functional again).
As you'd expect, this Chevy still carries Chevy power, a neatly
installed 350 cubic inch V8 in this case. With plenty of horsepower
now powering this 3100, it runs superbly and looks fantastic inside
the painted engine bay. It's very functional, with an Edelbrock
4-barrel carburetor, HEI distributor, aluminum intake manifold, and
a lot of polished and chromed parts to make it glitter. The rest of
the engine bay is very nicely finished, too, offering painted inner
fenders and firewall, providing a great backdrop for the bright
bits on the engine. The front suspension is a Mustang II setup with
power front disc brakes and power rack-and-pinion steering, which
means this truck feels much more modern every time you take it out.
A sturdy 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission and a
10-bolt rear round out the powertrain, leaving you with no worries
about reliability and transforming it into an easy high-speed
cruiser. Finally, American Racing Torque Thrust "Old Styles" wheels
look great on just about everything and wear staggered 235/60/15
front and 275/60/15 rear BFGoodrich T/A blackwall radials.
So yes, we sell a lot of these. But not a lot of them measure up to
the standard set by this one. So, if you're looking for a great
one, it's just arrived. Call now!