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#766235 Thu Jul 28 2011 02:06 AM
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In 1961 my Grandfather went down to his local Chevy dealer and purchased a 1961 Apache ton SWB that was sitting on the showroom floor. His truck was the deluxe top of the line model with side trim and chrome everything. My dad (a teenager at that time) vividly remembers that day. Dad has told me all about that special day over the course of my life. It was Tampico Turquoise and Cameo White. It had the whitewall tires w/ chrome dog-dish hubcaps. Sadly for me, Granddad passed away 3 months before I was born but from all the stories I have heard of him he was a truly AWESOME person, loved everyone and never met a stranger. So, in a sense I feel like I knew him somewhat from all the stories. Anyway, to make this long story short. I have spent the last 2-3 years looking trying to find his old truck. I have had no luck but, before my uncle passed away he told the truck was crushed after sitting in a local wrecking yard for many years. So, my search came to an abrupt halt to say the least. As luck would have it, I found a 1961 Apache that is an exact duplicate of my Grandfathers truck a year or so ago not far from where I live. After some wheeling & dealing, I recently acquired this truck and now have begun the restoration process on it. It came from Kansas and is a one owner bone stock truck that has the original 283 V8 still in it (numbers matching). Nothing on this truck has been modified. I had been searching for the two missing door trim pieces but have recently located and purchased both door side trim pieces (NOS, never installed) and a mint condition replacement aluminum grill for it (mine is damaged). I currently have the cab, frame and suspension striped awaiting blast, prime and paint. This truck will go back exactly as my Grandfathers was including the original Tampico Turquoise and Cameo White paint color. This project is a labor of love for me for how much I love and cherish my dad and Granddad. I know Granddad is not here but if he were, I sure hope my completion of this truck would make him proud. I will try to keep pics coming as I progress along. The first pic is my Granddad shortly after he bought his new 61. The others are mine the day i got it.

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CVA59 #766326 Thu Jul 28 2011 12:12 PM
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Welcome to the 'bolt, CVA59! That is an amazing story, and I'm glad you've got a truck to match now. It will be a meaningful project for you for sure. smile

Is that an air conditioner in the cab? It's really neat.

Keep the pics and updates coming.

Husker #766337 Thu Jul 28 2011 01:24 PM
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Welcome to the Bolt! Good luck on your project, and keep us posted as it progresses.


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Rich'sToys #766362 Thu Jul 28 2011 02:46 PM
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Thanks guys. It will be a very special build for dad and I. Yes, that is the orginal dealer install AC unit and i hope to get it rebuilt and working again.

Thanks
Zack

CVA59 #766502 Thu Jul 28 2011 11:03 PM
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awesome!! grin

Husker #766521 Fri Jul 29 2011 12:58 AM
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good story, please keep us up to date on the restore.


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Husker #766524 Fri Jul 29 2011 01:13 AM
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Zach,

Both your story and your find of this near look-alike truck like your grandfathers is awesome!!

I am glad to hear that you have found door side trim and a replacement grille.

Please send me/us a link to your online photo album so we can follow your progress as restoration develops.

Thanks,
Brian



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colettesbro #766660 Fri Jul 29 2011 02:14 PM
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If you guys know where i can find two more 15", 7.00" outside to outside rims with clips inside i would be very grateful. I have two mint rims but i am needign two more.

Thanks
Zack

CVA59 #766750 Fri Jul 29 2011 10:28 PM
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CVA59,

Sorry to hear about your trim pieces (from a former thread). I trust will have found an alternate source or does your mention above predate the previous/former post?
From your post on the 67-72 site I deduce you were somehow connected to the carrier navy. (CVN 73, CVN 69, and a few landings on an assortment of others including CV 16)
I do have clipped wheels on my 62. Once I have my knubbed wheels refinshed, I will have available. Not sure when that will be (Winter timeframe at current pace). If you can wait.
Keep us current on the restoration and we (the staff) hope to include your story in the GALLERY.
Hambone


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