As long as I can remember, I've loved the look of the Advance Design pickups. In the early 70's, I had a 1949, 1/2 ton, with a redwood, "hippie" style camper on the back. The camper eventually became a playhouse at a local nursery school and the truck was sold when I moved from California to Paducah, Kentucky, an action I have regretted ever since (the sale of the truck, not the move to Kentucky, a place I truly love.)
Today, I'm the proud owner of a 1953, 3/4 ton. The previous owner (also known as "the dreaded PO") had dropped in a 1959 235ci inline 6 to replace the original 216, converted the electrical system to 12 volts, and replaced the generator with an alternator. Other than that the truck was pretty original. I purchased it in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in 1989. From 1989 until July, 1998, I drove it daily except when I was working on something on it. The summer of 1995 I pulled the engine and had it completely rebuilt. At the same time, I had the transmission rebuilt. I am now in the process of a full, frame-off, restoration. In June, 1998, one of my oldest and best friends moved from California to Paducah. The place he purchased has a 40' x 60' metal shop and he said I could use a large portion of it to do my restoration. The Truck (I haven't named it, but my wife and all my friends know what I mean when I say "The Truck") was rolled in on July 1, 1998, and the restoration was begun. To see the progress I have made, follow the "Restoration" link below the "1953 3/4T Project Truck" link on the menu to the left.