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#503405 Sun Feb 08 2009 07:19 PM
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 49
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Hello, all stovebolters! Been reading through the site for some time before actually getting an older truck. It's a '59 Chevy Stepside Apache 31, unless you are looking from the passenger side where someone slapped on a 38 symbol. It's pretty solid, after spending 20 years in Minnesota, it has bondo, but that's more or less expected, I believe. All the drivetrain is currently apart, and everything inside/outside looks good, save for the back cab corners being dented in in what looks like a bed accident. You can find pics/current log here: '59 Apache Truck Log . I've got a year and a half before I'm sixteen, so plenty of time to weld up new metal, get the engine and drivetrain together, and get it all running. I've been told a few things about it, and would like to know: Is it really true that these trucks will sometimes drop the rear suspension? I really am in doubt, but better safe than sorry.

Last edited by J Lucas; Sun Feb 08 2009 08:45 PM.

1959 Chevrolet 3100 Stepside Apache
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welcome to the shop youg'un grin

can't imagine where the "dropping" suspensions idea comes from, the only thing likely to drop fom these ol trucks is the rusty bits big_eek .... it's always a good idea to insure the integrity of all the critical fasteners, and the U-bolts that attach the axle to the springs can be subject to corrosion in bad climates .... OTOH, it's more likely someone was talking about the "rear end" rather than the suspension, and if it's been abused it could well wind up blowing the gears

you'll find that getting a shop manual, and maybe an assembly manual, would be your best bet for determining what's been messed with and how to put it right, for instance the 55-59 did NOT have the pedal operated e-brake, but the handle you describe to the left of the column

good luck with the project, keep looking around the shops here lots, and don't hesitate to fire out the questions


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wave Welcome to the best old chevy site on the web. It's nice to see a younger fellow getting the old truck bug thumbs_up . I'm sure you will enjoy and learn from the people on the site . Have fun exploring . ED H

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Welcome "59", make yourself at home!

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Joined: Feb 2009
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New Guy
Thanks, Red58, for the info, and the answer! I didn't realize that these trucks had column e-brakes ... and thanks to the rest of you, I'm sure that I can definitely enjoy this site. Looking over the gallery pages alone have taught me much (but my E-brake knowledge is apparently just beginning 8) ). I doubt that it was abused that much, by the looks of it, the owner before the last just used it as a highway driver. Thanks!

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59 rolling iron, congrats on your find and welcome to the bolt. We have several young guys, and gals, around that amaze me. You have a nice project and it will be rewarding, although frustrating at times. That's when the stovebolt will come to the rescue. I've seen a lot of trucks in much worse shape and come out looking like a baby doll.
Good luck and keep us posted. We're just a click away.

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Welcome to the bolt 59 rolling iron. Do you know what part of Minnesota the truck was from, and what part of Wisconsin you took delivery of truck?

Joined: Feb 2009
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Achipmunk -- thanks for the inspiration, I'm excited to delve into this. It's only to be basic driver, maybe a coat of paint on it later or two. hayhauler71 -- I have no clue on where it used to reside, the only place I got heard of was somewhere in South Carolina. I picked it up from Mukwonago, Wisconsin.

1959 Chevrolet 3100 Stepside Apache
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Welcome to the Stovebolt, 59 rolling iron. wave

Terry K.

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Welcome to the 'bolt, 59 rolling iron cool

Your truck looks good and your time-frame seems reasonable for getting it rolling.

All the info you need to get your truck going is here in the forums or to be had just by asking so make yourself at home wave

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