1956 Chevrolet Apache

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1956 Chevrolet Apache

Posted On May 1, 2023

Owned by Alan, St. Thomas.

A trailer load of pieces is how I started. The parts were retrieved from a barn owned by the lady that does our upholstery. She stored it for a family friend for many years.

The story is that the son had received it from his late dad’s estate and he was going to restore it. His dad had taken it apart and was in the process of rebuilding it when he passed away. I bought the truck from the son and began the rebuild.

We first sand blasted the frame and welded a mustang front suspension plus a four link rear suspension. After all the brackets were welded on, the frame was powder coated and I started the assembly of the rolling chassis.

The rear axle was rebuilt with the 4 link and coil over shocks both front and rear.

I had the 283 Chevrolet engine and a 200 R4 transmission rebuilt. The power brake assembly was installed on the frame under the cab. The power steering rack and pinion was installed as well as the rear fuel tank. The new box, tailgate and stainless strips were purchased from Pros Pick in Arthur. The wood in the box was rough cut oak that I planed, cut and finished.

My friend made the polished aluminum bowtie third brake lights. I asked a good friend Paul if he would do the body work. He said yes only if I was going to help him. We ordered new floor panels, door skins, step and roof panels. It was a lot of work but when we got finished with the primer and sanding it was straight.

The colour is called Mango Tango. Paul was not sold on the colour until after it was assembled.

I really enjoy the hobby of building and showing my trucks, and meeting a lot of great people.

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