1961 Chevrolet Apache 10
From Robbie :
Hello! Here is my submission for the Gallery. About me: I am a Columbus, Georgia entertainment reporter and professional photographer.
This is my 1961 Chevrolet Apache 10. I got it a few years back for a great price – free – from my Uncle. He bought the truck in the '90's after the motor locked up in his original old truck, a 1960 Chevy Apache 10. He had acquired the 1960 from a friend, but the love of the old trucks came from his Uncle – my Great Uncle – who owned a 1965 Chevrolet C-20 back in the late '80's and early '90's.
The 1961 Chevrolet Apache 10 was a great truck. Two owners before my Uncle, it was owned by a drug dealer, who fixed it up to look and run really nice. After the drug dealer encountered legal troubles, it was "paid" to his lawyer. The lawyer – who just so happened to also be a used car salesman (I'm not kidding) – sold it to my Uncle.
My Uncle drove it for several years and enjoyed the heck out of it – especially the fact that it could cruise easily at 70 miles per hour – plus! Then the clutch went out and shortly after that the motor and starter died, or appeared to.
The truck sat for a couple of years, which led to the breaking of the windshield, and then my Uncle hired his Brother-in-law to tow the truck over to his house and repair the motor. He got it part way up the road from my Uncle's house when the back axle mysteriously snapped and the truck hit the pavement. With some difficulty, the truck was towed back to my Uncle's house, where it continued to sit until it was passed on to me three years ago.
I have always had a great interest in it. For the past three years, I have worked on the truck as I could, with the little help that I had. I got the old, but STRONG 235 started again. But shortly after, the starter died and my help with the old truck slowly began disappearing.
In those three years, I bought a new windshield for the truck and have been searching for a local '60 – '62 rearend. Buying a windshield for the truck went something like this:
"How much for that windshield?"
Junkyard guy: "Five hunnert dollars!"
"I've got 50."
Junkyard guy: "Sold!"
I also bought a '63 rearend for it, before I learned that it wouldn't just "bolt right in" as everyone around my area told me it would.
Now, finally, I am having the truck towed over to my house, where I will begin – slowly – fixing it up and getting it road worthy again. I'm not going to seriously restore it, but I'm not going to rod it at all. It's just going to be a stock daily driver. I'm looking forward to working on it but I'm not looking forward to installing the wrap around windshield!!
It is powered by a strong 235 out of a Corvette (if I remember right) and a three-on-the-tree transmission. Just recently my Uncle bought a 1965 Chevrolet C-20, which will be painted identical to my truck, so they will be "matching." Here is a picture of both trucks.