THE ONE THAT STARTED IT ALL

There are lots of cool Chevy trucks, but this is the one that made them cool

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY KEVIN WHIPPS PHOTOS BY CHRIS HAMIL­TON

TAKE A MO­MENT AND THINK ABOUT AN OLD CHEVY TRUCK. No, not a C10; those are too new. And no, don’t think about the “Mater” era 1955-1959s, be­cause those are also fresh out of the wrap­per. When it comes to truly old Chevy trucks, most peo­ple think of those fat-fend­ered beau­ties, the 1947-1955 first-series Chevy trucks. They’ve been known by many names over the years, but mostly they’re the Chevy Ad­vance De­sign series (CAD), and they’re ab­so­lutely gor­geous.

YOU’VE GOT A GREAT-LOOK­ING RIDE. YOU CAN EVEN BUY A LONG BED LATE-90S ERA S-10 AND USE THAT FRAME IF YOU WANT, BUT WHAT­EVER YOU DO, MAKE SURE THOSE RUN­NING BOARDS SIT CLOSE TO THE GROUND AS THAT’S THE IDEAL LOOK...”

Un­der­stand that the trucks that came be­fore the CADS were nice trucks, too. The orig­i­nal 1918s were neat be­cause they were the first of their kind.

The 1929 model shift is also su­per cool, but noth­ing about it par­tic­u­larly stands out. 1938-1946 had some real nice Chevys as well, and they were get­ting a lot closer to a win­ner, but those 1947s were just the per­fect mix of en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign—at that time at least. They bleed Amer­i­cana, so much so that cloth­ing store chain Old Navy bought a ton of them to put in their stores back in the day. So let’s face it: Chevy Ad-series trucks are the quin­tes­sen­tial Chevy truck for the gen­er­a­tion.

Of course, there’s a Street Trucks an­gle to this whole thing too as you may have guessed. Man do they look good laid out when you strip out the crappy fac­tory-in­stalled front sus­pen­sion, re­place it all with a new in­de­pen­dent front sus­pen­sion (IFS) and then stuff a set of 18 or 20-inch wheels un­der there. You’ve got a great-look­ing ride. You can even buy a long bed late-90s era S-10 and use that frame if you want, but what­ever you do, make sure those run­ning boards sit close to the ground as that’s the ideal look, don’t you agree?

Want a good ex­am­ple of a cus­tom CAD? Look no fur­ther than this 1955 first series owned by Ja­son Martinez in Loxahatchee, Florida. Laid out on 20-inch wheels still rockin’ the orig­i­nal, but re­stored, 235c.i. six-banger is the com­bi­na­tion of choice for Ja­son, and very few body mods were made due to the amaz­ing con­di­tion the truck is in. Why not per­form a few body mods any­way? You don’t need them when the truck looks that good stock. It’s just fur­ther proof that when you’re try­ing to pick what the Chevy truck is of the past 100 years, the 1947-1955 first series should be the first thing that comes to mind.

BE­LOW. THE FAC­TORY IN­STALLED 235C.I. SIX-BANGER STILL POW­ERS THIS PRIS­TINE PICKUP.

ABOVE. FAC­TORY BUMPERS WERE RE­STORED AND RE­IN­STALLED TO GIVE THIS CUS­TOM CLAS­SIC A UNIQUE LOOK. BE­LOW. JA­SON MARTINEZ FROM LOXAHATCHEE, FLORIDA, IS THE PROUD OWNER OF THIS FIRST SERIES AD­VANCED DE­SIGN CHEVY

RIGHT. A COOLER IN THE IS AL­WAYS READY TO SERVE ICE COLD CO­CACOLA, BUT IF YOU DIG DEEP ENOUGH YOU CAN FIND SOME FUNNER OP­TIONS TO CHUG BACK.

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