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Advance Design Chevy Trucks
(1947-1955 1st Series w/ some TF)
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Brad Allen's Slideshow Project

I don't know how he does it, but my friend Brad Allen has put together some very rare footage of our precious Advance Design trucks and allowed us to present them to you. You will find these slide-shows throughout the site. Some of them are very instructional and all of them are quite interesting! I hope you have as much fun watching as I do!


In The Works: 12 Volt Heater Restoration Project!
The Heater System in these trucks can be one of the most neglected systems both from a maintenance and an engineering perspective. If you have upgraded to a 12 volt power system, it may very well need some TLC before firing up the heat for the Winter.

If you want to know more about your Heater System and how to stay warm and toasty without worry, check out the article and join the discussion in The Think Tank!

Project #1: 1959 235 Engine Rebuild Project!
The idea was to explain in detail the steps it takes to properly rebuild a 1959 235 6 Cylinder Engine. From start to finish, this article goes through every aspect of a rebuild, from tear-down, to the engine shops work, to rebuilding each subsystem, right through to engine adjustment and run-up. This article was completed in the Summer of 2015 with really great results. If you have engine questions, there is a distinct possibility the answers are in this article.

Project #2: High Energy Ignition Plus!
The Plus is, we use the Stock Distributor you already have! To make it even better, we make no permanent modifications to your vintage distributor. The GM HEI system is well known for its hotter spark, more efficient burn of today's gas formulas, and a cleaner, smoother running engine. As our friend, Jim Linder, a renowned Ignition Specialist puts it: "The HEI as built by GM could very well be the best overall ignition system out there ever. It has a varying dwell based on engine RPM and a ramp and fire circuit using 3.6 ms and 5.5 amps output with current control." If you have converted to a 12 volt system, you are on your way! Check out the fuel mileage tests and all of the particulars! Very exciting! KITS AVAILABLE NOW!!
Project #3: 3 on the Floor!
Grandma always had a 3 on the Tree in her grocery getter, but Grandpa drove real trucks so he went with 4 on the floor! In our Feature Article we will show a brand new solution that puts the 3 speed shifter exactly where the original 4 speed comes up out of the floor making the truck look like a stock 4 speed. It may not be the Higgs Boson, but it really revolutionizes the way we look at the vintage 3 speed transmission...

Project #4: Critical Systems Warning
System for your Vintage Vehicle
This is a work in progress and feel it's a very worthwhile endeavor. This system monitors your Oil Pressure, Water Temperature and Alternator Charging system and alerts you if any of these parameters fall below normal. Some of us value our Vintage Rides more than our daily drivers, so now you can have the ability to let your vehicle tell you when things are not going as planned while being an independent redundant system for your most critical systems. Scalable to include more systems, audible vs. lights only, etc. It even includes a very useful Dash bracket!

New and Refreshed How-To Section

What this site is all about is documenting How-To articles to help you finish your Truck Restoration with full confidence. Over the years we have accumulated a few things to help you. Most of these articles were written upon request by kind and knowledgeable people who freely give their time for an worthy cause. If you know something and wish to share it, check out the How-To pages and maybe they will prompt you to write what you know, and others would certainly appreciate.

The How-To section is broken up in sections to make navigation easier. We have a pretty extensive Engine Archive with just about every aspect of your vintage engine covered. The Driveline Archive includes some very rare and important Borg Warner R10 Overdrive Transmission Documents along with a few other Driveline related articles. We would love to have more in this section so if you know something, please share! The Chassis and Sheetmetal Archive has documents from how to Re-Rivet your Frame to how to Cut and Install Bed Wood. This section could use some help as well. Don't be shy! Writing an article doesn't take that much time and look at what you are doing for others! The Misc. Systems Archive is getting stronger and includes Electrical systems so has become very popular. There is alot of stuff in these documents that is new or not previously looked entirely into. We are in the middle of researching some of the more nuanced issues so check back often. The most fun for me is to add things to the Shop Systems Archive. There just isn't enough time in the day to look into all of the Shop helpers out there. Anyone with similar interests, write up a Shop Tip or...

Start your own Blog using our Forum Software! All you have to do is register to be a Member of the DTN Forums and go to the Blog Tab and start your very own! If you have a quick idea that is more suited for the Forums, leave the tip and start the conversation in the appropriate Tech Forum. Your participation will be appreciated by everyone here!

Spin-On Filters for Everyone!
We decided to engineer a bracket system for all styles and types of oil systems so there is something for everyone. For both Bypass and Full Flow Oil Filtration, these Spin-On Adapters make changing oil just a little easier. In addition, they add a little Style using Stainless Braided Hoses. Great for any 216/235/261.

PCV Upgrades!
The 216/235/261 era was the last to NOT have PCV as a standard system. We know now how important evacuating crankcase gases is to the longevity of your engine. This is a simple weekend project that will keep your engine internals cleaner.

It won't bring about World Peace or anything, but it's not for the lack of trying!
The Think Tank.. Forums with a Unique Twist...

I have been a member at almost since the beginning and there just isn't anyplace else that can deliver very quick and very complete answers to your restoration questions. John and Peggy Milliman have done an amazing job of really stepping up in that regard. If you ask them, they will tell you it simply couldn't be done without the myriad of volunteers who hang out there answering questions. If you have questions, they are the place to go for answers. I hang out there myself. The DTN Forums are not competition, but more of an augmentation for a few reasons. I am happy just working in my shop and thinking up new innovations, refining old ones, and trying to complete my projects. With a limited amount of time, I choose to go to The Stovebolt for the usual questions and discuss the less usual and much more technically complicated issues here.

The DTN Forums are set up so that I can announce new How-To's in the Tech section, ask whatever questions are pertinent to that subject, and the main focus then is The Think Tank. Let me explain my vision for this..

The V-Bulletin Forum software I use has unlimited photo and graphic properties. Upload and store as many photos as you want. This was essential to the plan. The idea is to start an idea, let other people look it over, add to it, subtract from it, discuss it, and in the end create a SOLUTION that meets certain criteria. What is that criteria? It's stringent guidelines that are to be adhered to. Let me give you an example...

Let's say we want to explore the idea of installing a High Energy Ignition System in our Truck. We like the looks of the vintage engine just the way it is, so we do not want it to look like it has HEI in it.

Solution Criteria #1 We will use our Stock Distributor.

Then, we may not like this new ignition system and we want to go back to the old Points system if we so choose.

Solution Criteria #2 We will not make any irreversible changes to our Stock Distributor.

Additionally, we can't have this looking like it's been modified. So as much as possible, this new system can't change the look under the hood.

Solution Criteria #3 We will make this system look like it belongs there, keeping everything as stock as possible.

Now that we have Solution Criteria, we can START the process of making it happen. Imagine if this process were used on just about any product you can think of. Maybe the end customer would be happier! Check out how far this process has taken us on this very subject HERE.

The Think Tank- How it works is, a topic is chosen, the group decides what guidelines (Solution Criteria) to follow and then we find a way to overcome all challenges. In the end, as close as is humanly possible to a perfect solution is born. We then compose a single document from the discussions and to share this technology with anyone who is interested.

The most important quality of our contributors is their ability to stick to mathematics and science to prove their ideas are solid. This eliminates conjecture but also takes time to research and 'Think Tank' our way to a successful outcome. If this sounds at all intriguing, you are probably someone who fits right in. We need input from everyone, not just those who post a lot. There has been times when my wife, who knows very little about what I am doing, walks past one of my projects and looks sideways and says,"What about this, or why does it look like that?" Sometimes her walking by causes days and days of extra work because I wasn't thinking!

We are so much stronger as a society when everyone participates, so please stop by from time to time and make sure to critique whatever you feel we need to work on. Thanks in advance for making this project a success! There are several projects just waiting for participants, so please check them out. We are always looking for new ideas, so please tell us your ideas! Check it out at TechNet Forums!