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1959 Chevrolet Apache


Owned by

Willy Pelzers
Bolter # 15893
Wanganui, New Zealand

06 February 2008
# 2220

From Willy :

           Hi guys. Well, I sold my 1958 Chevy Stepside to a lady who fell in love with it. She pleaded with me to sell it to her.

           So after selling it, I decided to go with something more modern. On eBay, I found a very nice 1959 Chevy Fleetside fitted with a new 305 engine, a 700R and a 1978 half ton front clip. After talking with the owner to try and make sure it was genuine, I arranged for it to be shipped to my brother in California and then on to me. The owner seemed like a very genuine guy who was very concerned about what was going to happen to his truck -- if we were going to show it, etc. I must send him an email with a pic of the truck with the caravan so he can see someone else loves the truck and is looking after it -- not chopping it up into some kind of rat rod or something.

           I also found a nice little 10 foot 1971 Caravan down south last year. It was built here in New Zealand in Christchurch. We had it painted the caravan to match the new pickup.

           Last month, we took it to one of NZ's biggest car events -- the Kumeu Hot Rod Festival. It's a classic car and hot rod event. There were 3500 - 4000 vehicles and 65k- 80k visitors there this year. It was a 650 mile round trip and the little Chevy never missed a beat. Here's a picture of our "campsite."

           My wife Lea absolutely LOVES the pickup and insists we drive it whenever we go somewhere. Last weekend we went to a friend's daughter's wedding where our daughter was a bridesmaid. Well, Lea insisted we take the truck to the wedding which was in a small town three hours from us. Who am I to argue !! I did as I was told


Kiwi Willy

In March 2009, Willy made a trip to the US to pick up two parts to make a 1948 Chevrolet COE -- his first big Bolt! ~ Editor