1961 Chevrolet Apache
GOD Bless AMERICA!
From Zack :
In 1961 my Grandfather went down to his local Chevy dealer and purchased a 1961 Apache 1/2-ton SWB that was sitting on the showroom floor. His truck was the deluxe “top of the line” model with side trim and chrome everything. It was Tampico Turquoise and Cameo White. It had the whitewall tires with chrome dog-dish hubcaps.
My Dad (a teenager at that time) vividly remembers that day. He has told me all about that special day over the course of my life.
Sadly for me, Granddad passed away three months before I was born. From all the stories I have heard of him, he was a truly AWESOME person, loved everyone and never met a stranger. So, in a sense, I feel like I knew him somewhat from all the stories.
I spent two-three years trying to find my Grandfather's old truck. I had no luck. Before my Uncle passed away, he told me the truck was crushed after sitting in a local wrecking yard for many years. So, my search came to an abrupt halt to say the least.
About a year ago, as luck would have it, I found a 1961 Apache that is an exact duplicate of my Grandfather's truck. It was not far from where I live.
After some wheeling and dealing, I acquired the truck and now have started the restoration process on it.
This old truck came from Kansas and is a one-owner, bone stock truck. It has the original 283 V8 still in it (numbers matching). Nothing on this truck has been modified. It has he original dealer installed AC unit (I hope to get it rebuilt and working again).
I had been searching for the two missing door trim pieces and recently located and purchased both door side trim pieces (NOS, never installed) and a mint condition replacement aluminum grille for it (mine is damaged).
I currently have the cab, frame and suspension striped awaiting blast, prime and paint.
This truck will go back exactly as my Grandfather's was including the original Tampico Turquoise and Cameo White paint color.
This project is a labor of love for me for how much I love and cherish my Dad and Granddad. I know Granddad is not here but if he was, I sure hope my completion of this truck would make him proud. It will be a very special build for Dad and I.