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Owned by Pancho Roeleveld
Bolter # 17859
Conondale (Sunshine Coast) Queensland, Australia
17 April 2008
# 2300

From Pancho :

           Hi! New guy here. And here is my 1959 Chevy Apache 3200 Fleetside powered by a 235 6-cylinder (currently in overhaul progress) 3 on the tree. This is just the way we like it!

           I have been wanting to own a 1959 Chev. It has been on the wish list for a long time. Finding an unmolested stock 1959 with the right combination (which is for us the 3 on the tree -- no stick poking out of the floor, 'cause all floor space is needed when you travel with a family of four) proved to be a bit harder than we thought. Of course, maybe not when you have $ 100,000 in your bank account.

           Anyway, weíre happy with what we found. [ Side view ] Even with the engine not running, we decided to go for it. In the back of our minds, we knew it would be a smart move to have the engine overhauled [ engine ] . Especially in our case where the truck is gonna be my daily work truck. Plus, the area we live in is pretty hilly. Can you imagine going up the hill with a heavy load in the truck?

           We found her in Washington State (not running) on Craig list for the right price. We noticed she had Texas plates which is a big plus as there is virtually no serious rust to be found.

           The wooden bed needs replacing. What do you expect for a truck that age and replacing a couple of wooden planks is the least of the problem.

           After dealing with an engine that had shattered piston rings (because thatís what appeared to be the problem) after taking the engine apart.

           In my opinion, it was a good thing that the truck was for sale not running, 'cause surely it would have ran past my opportunity to buy it. I guess some things are just meant to be.

           Other than that I donít think Iíll be doing much more to the truck. I donít want her to be too flashy, as I will be worrying too much about the paint job if Iím going to an on-site job. After all, she was build to work.

           One of the funny bits while negotiating the price was that the owner would only sell us the truck if he could have a picture of the truck with the Australia Zoo (Steve Irwinís) in the back ground. We happily agreed to do that since itís only 15 miles around the corner from where we live.

           Got some detailed pics for you with some nice pics of the engine with a big head ache.

Kind regards,



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