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1958 Apache 3100 Shortbed Fleetside
11 December 2007
From Brain :
I have recently received alot of advice from your members so I thought that I would submit my 1958 Apache 3100 Shortbed Fleetside named "Cooper's Ride."
I originally bought it on eBay from Oklahoma. With a little love and a lot of help, I got it running smoothly. That's when both my dog and I realized we needed to fix her up completely, (or as best that we could).
I started repairing and working on the body for paint prep and I realized that there were a lot of rusted areas and seas of bondo. I became frustrated and plastic media blasted the entire body. At that time, I realized some of the rust repair may be too hard for me to fix so I took it to a shop (BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER).
The shop took a deposit, cut a couple wholes in it, and went out of business while I was in China working.
Upon my return, I had to save the truck again from a lot that the body shop had ditched her on. I had to deal with a German Shepherd, a Pit Bull and the owner of the lot -- all who wanted to extort money. They would not let me take my truck!!
Finally, I called the owner of the original body shop and told him to meet me at the yard because I thought I owed him money. He showed up quickly and I turned him in to my new three amigos and went about loading up my truck.
Upon getting it home, I was bummed and frustrated and I put it up for sale on this very site. That is when some members gave me the strength not to give up!! Since then, I have done things to fix it that I did not think I could do. Check out some of the repairs. I am a rookie, a newbie, and probably not doing things right .... BUT I AM DOING IT. DO IT YOURSELF -- IT GETS DONE RIGHT (or at least with care).
Here is a link to my Webshots site with some on-going repair pics on the chassis, fenders rust repair, the bed, and the cab.
All the best,
P.S. Hit me with some "how to donate info" -- I owe you.
Brian, that's good to hear that you not only "sticking it out," but it looks like you are doing some pretty impressive work there! Glad to hear it and glad that the Bolters are there to cheer you on. Thanks for thinking of us with the contribution, too. Probably will use it to cover some postage for the IRWIPI winners! ~~ Editor
Brian added his second Stovebolt to the Gallery in January 2008 -- a 1950 Chevy 3100 1/2-ton ... a real beaut! ~~ Editor