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Re: Daily Driver question/opinions
LookinforaC10 #853479 Wed May 23 2012 02:54 PM
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11k is about top dollar for a driver. no problem using it as a dd. my driver is a 52 1-ton w/ a v8 and 14 bolt rear (4:10) original front end. goes down the interstate at 65 no problem. i like older vehicles as they are cheaper to own and fix. plus the looks you get when ya tell people it's "just my work truck".

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Re: Daily Driver question/opinions
LookinforaC10 #853498 Wed May 23 2012 04:40 PM
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 1,706
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'Bolter
I have a '48 truck but with '57 brakes up front. I still don't routinely go over 45 MPH. I've had to 52 MPH twice. Don't outrun your brakes!


1948 3/4-Ton 5-Window Flatbed Chevrolet [sandeace.com]

28 Years of Daily Driving. With a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, SM420 4-speed, 4.10 rear, dual reservoir MC, Bendix up front, 235/85R16 tires, 12-volt w/alternator, electric wipers and a modern radio in the glove box.
Re: Daily Driver question/opinions
LookinforaC10 #853593 Wed May 23 2012 11:52 PM
Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 187
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Wrench Fetcher
Hi Steve, ya the 50mph is a bit of a drag cuz I like to go fast as well but that aint what this truck is about. As Bill mentioned above, mine is a 3/4 with a much different purpose. Its a farm truck with a granny gear. I guess my ignorance when buying it. But I love the old thing. I really wanted a shorty. They are very hard to find up here at a decent price. When I saw this one and how solid it was and ran as well I thought I better grab it. But it is a joy to putt around with. Just looking at your pics I would say grab it. Looks fantastic.


Rick
58 3600 4 on the floor
Re: Daily Driver question/opinions
rickyt #853631 Thu May 24 2012 02:10 AM
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Posts: 114
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Shop Shark
Hey Steve. I bought my 59 apache as a stock driver with a rebuilt 235. Added the 3:38 rear end, sway bar kit , made sure ever nut and bolt were either tight or replaced and have driven it in the last year alone at least once a month over 300 miles on the freeway at 75-80 without fear or issue of any kind so it can be done. I will be adding disk in the front as it will make driving in traffic around town a bit easier. Not sure if you think mine is as nice a driver as the one your looking at but mine came in at just a hair over 9k when I bought it so 11k might be close or right on depending on how nice this 57 is. Take a look at mine and compare for yourself.

http://s1186.photobucket.com/albums/z362/markireptiles/59%20chevrolet%20apache/

Re: Daily Driver question/opinions
Joshm #853639 Thu May 24 2012 02:41 AM
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New Guy
Josh that's a sweet ride. I'm waiting on some more pics before I decide. Nice part is there wifey likes it. That's always a good start.

Re: Daily Driver question/opinions
LookinforaC10 #853738 Thu May 24 2012 02:40 PM
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Nice looking truck, if every thing works and the motor has good compression and oil pressure, etc the price sounds about right.
I rebuilt my 58 and have more than $11k in parts, no labor. Old trucks are great drivers,long trips and high speeds, I recommend newer vehicles. Good luck


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Re: Daily Driver question/opinions
LookinforaC10 #853805 Thu May 24 2012 06:38 PM
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'Bolter
Looks like a nice truck, and 11k asking in not too bad $$ wise if shes in good shape. Fresh paint can hide a lot of problems. I'd make sure any body work was done correctly, and shes not full of bondo. Check the areas red58 mentioned. The 350 / 3 speed should do OK on the highway but will be revving on the high side = poorer fuel mileage if thats a concern.


1940 Chevy KC 1/2-Ton
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Re: Daily Driver question/opinions
LookinforaC10 #853841 Thu May 24 2012 09:24 PM
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'Bolter
I drive my NAPCO at least 3 days a week. I can only go 55-60 max, so no freeway driving. Also, terrible gas mileage (9.5 mpg). Yours should do better since it is a 2 wheel drive.

Drum brakes I assume? My drums stop me pretty well but the skinny tires will lock up (rear) on a hard stop and then the rear goes sideways. So, you just have to be more vigilant when driving. I do worry about how my face would look after I hit the steering wheel in a frontal crash every now and then though.

Re: Daily Driver question/opinions
jomichael #853948 Fri May 25 2012 05:17 AM
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Posts: 95
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Wrench Fetcher
I drive my 51 1.5 ton every day. Gets kinda lonely on the interstate at a whopping 51 mph max speed, but I like how it forced you to slow down in life and relax / take in the scenery and enjoy the ride. I find myself choosing my other cars less and less just because the commute is much more relaxing in the big truck. This probably goes against all rational thinking, but it works for me.

Re: Daily Driver question/opinions
LookinforaC10 #854089 Fri May 25 2012 09:07 PM
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 381
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Shop Shark
That is one nice 57. My first old truck was a 57 1/2 ton SWB. Back in 1973 I paid $100 for it and drove to work every day 65 miles oneway on shift work. Of course mine didn't look near as nice as that one. Lots of rust in the cab caused me to retire it after 2 years and put together a 56 to replace it with. I eventually replaced the 235 with a 283 and had lots of fun with that old truck. Larry


58 gmc 100 with 350 sbc
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