Advance-Design Trucks


 Light Commercial Vehicles Association


Two LCVA Articles about
Advance-Design Trucks




Other Years/Series Trucks



(1947 is the year-designation given by GM; 
introduced in June 1947 and unofficially called
1947-2nd Series)



• Three sizes/styles of bodies: Thriftmaster (1/2, 3/4, and 1 ton), Loadmaster (larger than 1 ton), and COE Loadmaster.  All the cabs were the same but the three styles differed from the cowl forward: hoods, fenders, grills, and bumpers.


• Cab ventilation (and heating) through “New Four-fold Ventilation”: single-piece door side-windows, large cowl-top ventilator, foot (or hand) operated diver's side fresh-air ventilator, and a fresh air inlet on the curb (passenger) side of the cowl for the optional "fresh air" heater defroster.


• 216.5 cubic inch engine; low pressure inline-6 engine with 30 psi oil pressure gauge (the Stovebolt 6, the Cast-Iron Wonder, introduced in 1929).


• 235 cubic inch engine was available on larger trucks; this was also a low-pressure inline-6 engine with 30psi oil pressure gauge.


• Cloth-braided wiring.


• Grille bars and "back splash" bars were body color. In addition, the leading edge of each painted outer bar had a horizontal stripe matching the cab stripe.  There was also a single stripe on the cab "belt molding".


• Chrome grilles, only the outer bar was plated. The "back splash" bar was painted body color, the same as the painted grille.


• Chrome bumpers, three sizes: 1/2 and 3/4 ton, 1 ton, and larger trucks.


• Windlace around door opening is held in place with screw-on metal retainer.


• Gas tank is mounted under the bed & fills through the hole in passenger bedside.


• Bed contains 9 boards, making the bed approximately 2”-3" wider than prior beds.


• This is the last year that the three-speed transmission uses floor shift


• Parking brake was activated by a lever next to the floor-shifter.


• Windshield is 2-piece, non-movable type.


• "5 Window" cab was available as an option on any cab or as part of the Deluxe Cab option  (additional two rear-corner windows)


• Headliner center bow is screwed to roof of cab.


• One piece door glass - no vent windows in door.


• Die-cast single-piece metal hood emblem.


• Hood side emblem says CHEVROLET and either THRIFTMASTER or LOADMASTER, depending on the size of the truck.


• Chevrolet name is stamped into the tailgate (painted the same color as the exterior color).


• Shock absorbers are lever-action type.


• Huck type brakes were used.


• Gas tank is mounted under the bed & fills through the hole in passenger bed side.


• Vacuum wiper is under the dash (in prior years, it was above the windshield).


• Standard took kit included an envelope type tool bag of durable duck containing a set of three open-end wrenches, a spark plug wrench, a 6” round shank screw driver, a 6” pair of pliers, and a 10 oz ball peen hammer.  All of these were rust protected by plating except for the hammer which was painted.  A wheel wrench, also painted, was provided, along with a jack of suitable capacity for the size of truck.


• Exterior Colors (Dupont Dulux synthetic enamel): (new colors in 1947) Cape Maroon, Mariner Blue, Windsor Blue, Forester Green (standard color), Seacrest Green, Savoy Cream, and Sun Beige; and, (1946 colors) Omaha Orange, Amour Yellow, Swift Red, Jet Black and White.  Carryall Suburban standard exterior color continued was a two-tone of Fathom Green and Channel Green (upper and lower colors)

• VID codes started with: EP on 1/2 ton, ER on 3/4 ton, ES on 1 ton, etc..





Classic Parts (Chevy Duty)

Jim Carter Antique Truck Parts

The Resto-Rod Shop

Light Commercial Vehicle Association - January/February, 1984