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1961 Chevy Apache Fleetside Shortbed

Owned by

Tony Acosta
"tonys 61 Apache"
Bolter # 8963
Southwest Missouri


20 September 2007 Update
# 1301

From Tony :

           Hello to all! Well, it's been one and a half years and I finally have the exterior complete (almost). I have several photos here, as it progressed.

           I started with having the truck running good mechanically. Here is a picture of the "after" motor (the "before" shot is in my first submission below ).Then I tried to do some body work myself. As you can see, I had my hood replaced with one from a 1964. I found two doors in good shape at a local junk yard. I had the rocker panels, cab corners, cab supports and front side panels replaced by an experienced local shop. Here are a few photos of the rocker panel work: a good close-up showing some serious issues to deal with; a look from the other side.

           After riding all winter in a multi-colored truck (I really miss it), I made a deal with a local body shop and got my truck straightened and painted in exchange for a web site design! Here are a few of the "before" pictures: from the driver's side and the passenger's side. And besides the one above, here's an "after" from the backside.

           I still need to get the rubber for the doors and finish the interior myself This truck has ALWAYS been my daily driver. I installed an Edelbrock carb, new floor shifter, and other miscellaneous parts. I have a new steering wheel, chrome carpet and door trim to install. I use the truck to promote my web site business and usually get a thumbs when I drive around.

           I really appreciate ALL the help and info on this web site. You guys are great. Keep it up!

30 November 2005
# 1301

From Tony:

             Here's the specs on my 1961 Chevy Apache Fleetside (shortbed)

  • 1965 engine
  • 283 8-Cylinder bored out .030
  • 3-Speed automatic tranny
  • Floor Shift Holley 650
  • 4 bbl carburetor
  • New breaks
  • New radial GT's
  • Completely rewired from cab all the way back

             I just bought my truck two months ago and am VERY happy with it. Although I have allot of plans for it in the summer, it's currently my daily driver.


Tony Acosta
"Tonys 61 Apache"
Bolter # 8963
Southwest Missouri


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