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Owned by Shane Kamerer
Bolter # 1037
Beaver, PA

Talking about this truck
in the DITY Gallery

10 January 2011
# 2857

More pictures of my old truck

From Shane :

Here is a picture of my latest project, my 1959 Chevy Apache 32 NAPCO. When I bought it, the body was shot, but it was a factory line built short bed NAPCO. It has a 1960 283 V8 and a 4 speed transmission.

Because of its rough condition, I bought another '59 Chevy long bed that I have decided to combine with the NAPCO. It had a cab from a fire truck that was already in really good shape and it had a Fleetside bed. The bed turned out to be shot, so I decided to use the long bed frame and a Stepside bed.

I have just about completed the chassis and I'm about to start on the body. No major rust repairs just dented up parts from 50 years of use.

Just thought that I would mention my little project that I recently completed. One 1959 16" 1/2 ton wheel + one '93-97 F250 wheel = one 16x7 Task Force wheel. The total cost was15 dollars each. Here is a link to a picture of the final result.  It really was not that hard to do. I cut the center out of both wheels (centers on the '59 wheels were about .050 smaller). Weld up the four ears of the center, turn down on the lathe. Trued them up on the lathe and welded together. Now I can run my hub caps and a decent tire on my '59 NAPCO.

I'm going for the stock look on this one. If all goes well, I hope to have it on the road sometime this coming spring 2011. When that happens, I will send updated pics.



Shane has been with us a long time. He has several trucks in the Gallery and some impressive work! In 2002, the sent in the story of his 1959 Chevrolet Apache Fleetside. In January 2011, he told us about a cool 1959 Chevy Apache 32 NAPCO. We got a story on his all custom work 1957 Chevy Low Cab Forward (that he made into a four door!) in early 2013.


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