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Owned by Ben Allred
Bolter # 19186
Riverton, Utah

Ben added a 1959 Chevrolet Apache Suburban (SPEC truck -- you'll have to read that Gallery story to see what it means!) to the Gallery and reported that he had sold the 1960 Apache 10. He had to move and couldn't take the Apache with him. So sad! Sadder still: the guy who bought it was storing it behind a shop that his buddy worked at. The shop manager didn't know it was his and towed the vehicle away. It was basically scrapped before he had much of a chance to get it back.~ Editor

21 March 2009 Update
# 2404

From Ben :

It's been a while since I sent in anything, so here is an update for my 1960 Chevy Apache 10.

I stripped the front end off of the '60 and took out the motor (which I sold shortly thereafter). I cleaned out a very mud / oil infested chassis. I got it looking pretty good and let it sit until I could do some more work on it.

While the chassis sat, I happened upon a 1966 Chevy C20 3/4-ton. It was only $100, and I figured I could use the parts off of it. So I picked it up. It sat side by side with my '60 for a few months, as the snow and cold weather kept me from doing much.

While the trucks sat, I had numerous thoughts going to my head on what I was going to do with the two trucks. I finally decided on something.

I took the 250 that was in the '66 out. After a trade around with some parts and what not, I ended up with a 350 v8 from a '78 Chevy that I'm currently trying to put onto the '66 chassis.

I really love the '60 style though, so I'm fixing up the '60 cab and am gonna drop it on the '66 chassis with the 350 in it.

A miracle happened in me cleaning out enough of my garage to fit the '66 in there to work on. Things seem to be going pretty quickly since then. I hope to have something at least running, if not road worthy, before May. Then the swap meets and shows start flowin' in.

I have numerous possibilities with plans I could do, but that's as far as I've gotten thus far. My friend down the road has been quite a bit of help. He says I seem to know more about the '60's pickups than he does though. Which kinda makes sense seeing as how he is mainly stuck with the Advance Design and Task Force trucks. (Hopefully he'll update, as he quite a few updates to make ... including a GMC Suburban 4x4).

Ben Allred

15 August 2008
# 2404

From Ben :

        I have a 1960 Chevy Apache 10 . My friend Eric Radack has a 1954 Chevy 5 window (his truck is in the Gallery). I've loved his truck ever since he got it, and I always wanted to get myself a classic truck. I watched his truck go through the full restoration. During the time we were both serving LDS missions, we constantly sent letters back and forth on getting me a truck and doing my own restoration.

        I've been back from the mission field for a little over a year. I have been putting most of my money and time into drifting in my 2000 Miata, and getting ready to go visit Spain again this year.

        The day I found this truck on a local site, we were searching and just talking dreamily about getting me a truck. I straight up told Eric I didn't want to spend more than $400 on the truck.

        An hour later, I had a couple phone numbers to some old cars, including this one to a supposed 1961 Chevy pickup in a little town called Levan, Utah. I called the guy the next day (Sunday). I paid him for the truck on Monday, picked it up on Tuesday, and dropped it on the side of my house on Wednesday.

        I never thought I'd actually get one. This was just one of my wilder dreams come true. Now I'm having a hard time keeping my dreams within my wallet. I will have a hard time making it through the next couple years. But they'll be good years, well worth it.

        I'll be heading back down that way as there were many 1960's trucks around Nephi, Utah. I will hopefully get some decently priced parts.

        The main things my truck needs are: a bed, both fenders, passenger door, and interior / exterior work, and mechanical work. Luckily, it was running only four years ago so I probably won't have too much of a problem getting it going. Here's a view from the rear.

        I do a lot of thinking about my truck when I'm at work especially what it'll take to get it running. So, it is constantly on my mind. Eric lives just down the street from me, so he'll be able to hop over and help me whenever he can / wants to help.

        I'll keep you updated as things happen.

        Nothing like having a "Bolt Buddy" ... just makes things better. You two enjoy and hope you get it running soon. Look forward to updates! ~ Editor


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