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#1441015 Sun Feb 13 2022 10:19 AM
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'Bolter
1959 Apache with 440 Big Block

My 59 Apache,
just done a full stripdown, replaced doors, rebuilt everything, replaced the
mototr with a 440 big block,
31 spline Strange diff in ford 9" axle,
was built for pro steet but have dumped the wide rear wheels and tubs
so has a nice uninterupted flat bed
Last edited by Peggy M; Sun Jul 17 2022 12:43 AM.
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sssammm #1441040 Sun Feb 13 2022 04:32 PM
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Wow. thumbs_up Very nice, but now I have many questions. Did you retain the straight axle? If not, what did you use for the front suspension? I noticed your instrument cluster has a built in tachometer along with the larger one mounted on the dash. Are they both functional? There are many choices for steering columns out there, just curious which one you decided to use and why? Was it based on price, reviews or some technical reason? The white paint goes very well with the plain (but highly polished) emblems. How did you remove the paint from your emblems and was it difficult? Looks like you purchased after market doors. Did you have any issues fitting them to the factory cab?

I really like the looks of the seat and love the gun rack. Here in the Midwest it was very common to have gun racks in many trucks and not uncommon to see a rifle or shotgun on display. That was way back in the 60's and 70's. The old school wheels and tires fit your build well.

Just my opinion, I'm not a big fan of wheel tubs so I agree with not messing with the bed floor. After all, it is still a truck. Even though you'll only be hauling butt. grin


Great addition to the Gallery forums. Thank you for posting.

John


J Lucas





1941 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1942 Chevy 1.5-Ton SWB
1959 Chevy Apache 31 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Apache 32 Fleetside
1969 Chevy C-50 Grain Truck

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sssammm #1441185 Mon Feb 14 2022 07:06 PM
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sssammm Offline OP
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Hi John,
Front axle and suspension is Mustang II, the polished emblems are previous to me restoring them, now have lovely colour, the Tacho's are for drag racing, the car was previously
built for the drag strip, ive converted back to street, aftermarket doors fit well, but my cab had been mutilated previously in the sill area and needed surgery

sam

sssammm #1441205 Mon Feb 14 2022 10:00 PM
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Workshop Owner
Sam, thank you for the additional information.

John


J Lucas





1941 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1942 Chevy 1.5-Ton SWB
1959 Chevy Apache 31 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Apache 32 Fleetside
1969 Chevy C-50 Grain Truck

My Flicker Photos! [flickr.com]

sssammm #1441488 Wed Feb 16 2022 11:46 PM
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'Bolter
How do you like the Dakota Digital gauges?


58 Apache, long bed fleetside, V8 w/SM420
Drivable but the rear axle needs work.
sssammm #1458857 Fri Jul 15 2022 06:04 PM
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'Bolter
Nice! I like the stance. Not too low. How much did you drop it with the M2 front suspension?


59 Chevy 31 Short Stepside


Tom

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