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1959 Apache Stepside Project #1274721 Thu Aug 02 2018 02:14 PM
Joined: Jul 2018
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59ApacheMod Offline OP
Hello All

New to Stovebolt. I have a 1959 Chevy Apache that I am beginning to work on. Planning on keeping it patina. Not planning to go back to bare metal and repaint. But will make the interior plush with fresh paint. It’s all original body parts which is awesome. Started as a CALi truck. I am now the 3rd owner. Only thing is the current (non running) engine and trans came from a 1968/1969 Chevelle. 396 & 400Turbo. All the casting numbers are good and matching.

In the process of deciding engine and also how to improve ride in the 59. I don’t have welding/fab skills. Considering putting her on a Square Body C10 frame (73-87). Can’t afford a custom chassis. Not planning to race her. It will be a pleasure cruiser with occasional rubber layed down at red lights. Haha :D

I do have a few questions that I may ask on the other forums. In the meantime, if you’re up for offering any advice or tips I am all ears. This is my first ever restoration / Restomod.



Re: 1959 Apache Stepside Project [Re: 59ApacheMod] #1274791 Fri Aug 03 2018 01:23 AM
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Lots of ways to approach a rebuild/resto but the main thing is to have a plan for what you want your truck to be. I've always like the twin headlights but one never came my way when I was searching.

One thing I have preached to my everyday, and Stovebolt buddies, is to do at least 15 minutes EVERY day. It is amazing what will get done and your accomplishments will be motivators to keep at it. It is a process and it takes time and money so be committed to it when you start.

This may be new to some folks...and not everyone can do it, but on my last build, my panel, I prepared each piece as I took it apart. When the fenders came off they were blasted and coated and put up....then the next piece and then the next. I always had some parts finished and some ready to finish. Sometime I just took the time and ordered some "small stuff" each month and stored them. Then, the day I finished blasting the chassis and coating it I had all the stuff to put it back the end, it was satisfying/fun, to take it apart and work on it...and fun putting it back together.
...ok, I've said enough.

Good luck and, as you mentioned, post questions in the garage forum and let us help you along the journey.

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Re: 1959 Apache Stepside Project [Re: 59ApacheMod] #1274814 Fri Aug 03 2018 02:27 AM
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welcome to the site! Ditto what Alvin said!! make a plan, do a little each day, and you'll get there!


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