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Don't press your luck!

Sure, you know how to work on old trucks. Or maybe you're just starting in the hobby. Either way, safety is best learned through OPM (Other Peoples' Mistakes), not OJT!

Either as newly discovered wisdom, or a refresher, please read this article and live safely with your old truck!


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#349891 Mon Dec 17 2007 10:33 PM
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 58
Shop Shark
Hi all. Just bought a '59 Apache 3200. I've wanted one for a long time and finally found a good candidate for use and restoration. This is a great forum and I hope to use it a lot!
Will get pictures up when I get the truck home.

Apache3200 #349897 Mon Dec 17 2007 11:09 PM
Joined: Jun 2006
Posts: 875
Welcome aboard, illini52! Lots of help & info to be had here. Be looking forward to your pictures.

1948 Chevrolet 1-Ton Grain Truck
In the Stovebolt Gallery SOLD
More pix in Photobucket

"A Man & His Truck--It's a Beautiful Thing!"

"You're never 100% ready, you're just next"....Ty Murray
a.d.-hawk #355240 Wed Jan 02 2008 04:40 AM
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Posts: 696
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Welcome to the Bolt !!

Some people are like Slinkies, Their not really good for nothing... But they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.

1951 3100 350 TBI Gallery [] Toddzilla... "$old"

1Bad51 #355282 Wed Jan 02 2008 06:40 AM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 2,532
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Welcome illini52,

Can't wait to hear more about your truck.


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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J Lucas #355327 Wed Jan 02 2008 01:20 PM
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Welcome to the Stovebolt, illini52. Looks like you have a solid truck. You will find a lot of great guys and gals on the bolt!

Terry K.

1951 5 window 1/2 ton

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27Capitol #355481 Wed Jan 02 2008 09:55 PM
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 58
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Thought I'd share my adventures with the 59 Apache Fleetside I picked up a month ago.

I've wanted a 50s or 60s Chevy truck for a long time. Any of the truck in Illinois are either rusted beyond any repair or restored and priced out of my range. So, knowing that there are many great vintage vehicles out in the western states, I started searching for a truck while out in Colorado on a military assignment. Searched through the internet, looked in the papers, and put out a few want ads and came across a 59 Fleetside. Drove out to see it in a Colorado snowstorm which was an experience in itself. It looked like a good candiate for restoration, so along it came home with me. The truck was drivable when I bought it, but needed some attention to make it roadworthy. When it arrived home on a flatbed (only 2 days from Colorado to Illinois) I had to take it around the block. I'm sure that was a strange sight for the neighbors. Dad came home from work so we had to take it out then too. Ran it out of gas a block away! Got it back home OK and the work started.

Here's a list of what was ordered/replaced. Door channels, gas tank sender unit (and later the gas tank when we opened it up), installed seatbelts, replaced rusted cab corners and fenders, wipers and blades, new windshield, 3 new brake hoses, new fuel hose, new heater hose (the one inside the heater, luckily nothing wrong with the core), adjusted and repaired muffler and pipes, partially replaced taillight wiring, driver door adjusted, oil, change, coolant change, new oil filter, fuel filter, greased and lubed all grease points, full brake inpection, rear end and trans levels checked, new tires, etc. Lots of other things where checked and repaired as well. After going over this truck, I would say that 95%+ is all original. I hope to keep it as original as practical. Took it on another voyage around the neighborhood yesterday after all the repairs and it drives and sounds real nice. The clutch will need to be replaced unfortunately. There's a lot more work that I will be doing to get this truck looking great.

The truck will be a daily to work driver when practical. Most of the major work minus the body is done. There are a number of dents that need to come out before any paint goes on it, so it may be a while until the rugged look goes away. The original paint is still on the truck. It was cardinal red but has faded to orange. I'll post updates and more pictures when I can. The stovebolt site is great. I've spent a lot of time searching the tech section and looking up old posts for answers. It's been a great tool. The link to the pictures of the truck when I got it is in my signature.

Last edited by Apache3200; Tue Jan 15 2008 05:44 PM. Reason: Update post
Apache3200 #367766 Wed Jan 30 2008 12:50 AM
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Just got done looking at the pics, Apache! Like it lots!!

1948 Chevrolet 1-Ton Grain Truck
In the Stovebolt Gallery SOLD
More pix in Photobucket

"A Man & His Truck--It's a Beautiful Thing!"

"You're never 100% ready, you're just next"....Ty Murray
a.d.-hawk #368050 Wed Jan 30 2008 03:05 PM
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 168
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Nice looking Apache!

Those dash panel guages are my favorite part about that body style.

Reminds me of one of the cars... Bel Airs that had that style too right? I cant remember.


"Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem." -- Ronald Reagan

1966 Fleetside SWB Webshots

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