Stored 20 Years: 1948 Chevrolet 3600

Advance-Design was a light-and-medium-duty truck series marketed by Chevrolet from 1947-55 (called New Design over at GMC). It would be their first major redesign coming out of World War II. This nice example from 1948 was restored 15 years ago but has spent most of its time before and after in a secure barn. The seller finds himself having to move and needs to sell it, even though $30,000 was invested in the restoration. Available in Wellston, Oklahoma, this Chevy is offered here on Facebook Marketplace for $20,000.

The A-D trucks were larger, stronger, and sleeker than the pre-war AK Series. Going forward, the trucks were changed minimally from year to year until the Task Force Series came out in 1955. The 3100 models were half-ton trucks while the 3600 had a longer wheelbase and were rated at three-quarter tons. Both would be powered by an inline-six with a displacement of 216 cubic inches. The changes must have been successful as the A-D trucks outsold Ford for each of the years it was on the market.

As we understand it, this 1948 Chevrolet 3600 ¾ ton 5-window truck has lived in a barn for the past 20 years. It was pulled out after five years, restored, and then promptly put back in the barn. We’re guessing it was taken out occasionally for a ride as it was running as recently as two years ago. The mileage is said to be 1,000, which may be the miles covered since the restoration.

No expense was spared regarding the price tag for all the work that was done. The photos provided show a truck coming out of the barn with its accumulated dust and dirt and other photos after it was cleaned up. What we can see of the paint, body, and interior appear to have held up, but more detailed scrutiny would be needed to confirm. Perhaps it won’t need much to get it going again and would be a great pickup to take to various shows.


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  1. Howard A Member

    Wow, pardon me for being 1st, but this really shakes up my soda ( what doesn’t) 1st, it’s a fantastic restoration, BUT, $30g’s 20 years ago, comes out to almost $48GRAND TODAY. You mean to tell me, someone pixxed away that kind of money, AND IT SITS? Sorry for shouting, it doesn’t get my point across anyway, but really? 2nd, $20g’s for a stock AD Chevy, despite it’s condition, seems a bit much. Before the restoration, didn’t anyone think spending that kind of money would be a poor choice? And then not to use it is the ultimate kick in the bum. IDK, folks, it’s almost a joke and no end in sight. Whatever happened to “Barn Finds great deals”? Every submission is off the charts,,,for me, anyway.

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  2. Mrtinwoodie

    Only a fool would sink that kind of money to restore a 3/4 ton.
    Not a desirable model

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  3. Lowell Peterson

    Again? The fun to money ratio for someone else cannot be understood. It’s not always about the money! Its often about the DREAM!

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    • Chris M.

      Well by that logic alone I’d respond with, I hate to ruin your dream but I’ll pay you the $10k it’s actually worth.

      Like 7
  4. bobH Member

    I’m with Mrtinwoodie… Looks great with it’s shiny paint. But, 3/4 ton? You gotta be kidding. If the sheetmetal is as good as it looks, I see it as parts to build a half-ton shorty. Sorry, no interest in a 3/4 ton.

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  5. Lbpa18

    You guys can have your half tons. I work my trucks. That ¾ is a great truck and the longer bed 1T is even better.

    Like 7

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