So finally after many years of wanting my Advance Design daily driver, I just bought a nice one from Texas!! I had just returned home to Cali from my trip back to Maine to see the family where I sold a like new 2008 Chevy work truck I still had there. Ive been on a mission to replaced it with a classic Chevy 5window 1/2 ton. After reviewing many trucks and options on how to keep this build in budget and being let down at on ones I went to see I finally found the truck I wanted, right here on The HAMB! A fellow HAMBer was posting for a good friend who had come down with cancer and had to let the truck go. After talking with him in depth about the trucks history and the hotrodding world I knew he was not filling me full of BS! So I agreed on a very fair price and I gave him my word I would be there to get it on Thur morn the following week and not to sell it on me. I was heading for AZ to see friends and catch the GG show anyhow so I went a few days early. Got to Mesa for Tuesday, on the road wed morn at 4am and headed for Dallas at 1050 miles away ( I totally dig road trips thru the Southwest). After 14.5 hrs of driving thru amazing country I landed in the beautiful city of Dallas at 830pm, grabbed some grub and a cold brew then hit the wrapper for a early rise! Picked up the trailer at 7am and then off to meet Dennis, a Dallas native. Dennis was as cool in person as he was on the phone, after taking me for drives thru the old Dallas towns and neighborhoods the truck was better then he described, so we did the paperwork and loaded the 51 up on the trailer!! I would have liked to grab breakfast and listen to more stories but had to get back on the road. I promised him his baby was in good hands and I would not do it wrong. The trip back to Mesa, AZ seemed even longer then the way out but that Chev strairing me down in the rearview kept me rolling strong...even when I blew a good rear tire in the middle of the New Mexico Desert in the middle of the night, an then changed it with my cell phone light! To all you folks in Texas....its beautiful, but Damn its effing long!!! 630 miles from NM border to Dallas, To put that into perspective, its Maine to VA but all in one state! So backed to the truck...its a 283 w hydrol lifters/327cam topped with a edlebrock 4brrl, perfect for what I wanted in a daily driver. The rest of the truck is pretty much stock, all the suspension and even the steering box is stock (yes the V8 fit with stock box in place)...just how I wanted it. The brakes were switched over to 54 drums and and they work great..same as the steering...Im leaving all of that intact. The interior is nice..just needs a new steering wheel. The body is super straight and rust free, I could not be happier with the whole thing! My plans are to take the front end and bed apart to clean, strip and do some body work. Ill strip the cab inside and out, re-wire with a new kit due to alot of non working small things and that it looks like a mess plus new glass rubbers that are dry rotted. The chassis im going to clean, paint and drop some lowered leafs on the back and a dropped axle up front. Drive line will be cleaned, painted and install a new raidiator and a under the bed tank asthe stock tank is releasing alot of grit. Im going with a single stage darker tan (mocha/coffee) color I think and re-instaling all the black interior. A Fulton visor is a must and black paint on the rims with some trim rings and moon centers...white walls will follow but the tires on it now are good so ill have to live with them for now....no sense waisting them! Dont forget some mild pinstriping by Philly The Greek! Well heres some pics of the truck and the trip, Ill be starting to take it apart in a week or 2 and loading pics as I go along...hope you all enjoy! Sorry for being so long winded...just seemed like a fun hotroddin road trip! Eric This is what I headed East for... Def Needs a classic wheel! A great running little 283! It looks tight but theres just enough clearance for everything to work well!