59 Apache Rebuild

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Scouser
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59 Apache Rebuild

Post by Scouser » Mon 09 Sep 2013, 12:19

Before I get started, I know VERY little about cars and am by no means a petrol head, but it’s always been a dream of mine to own an old pickup…



In 2011 I had a mate who had acquired a 59 Apache minus the rolling chassis – unfortunately he immigrated to Australia so I kindly took it off his hands. The car sat in my yard for a while, partly due to finances and partly due to being unable to find a chassis.



Managed to find a chassis in November 2012 and sent it off to have it sandblasted and prepped. Fitted a jag suspension, new suspension and a few other small bits in between…
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Painting done, starting to see some progress
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Chassis after sandblasting and prep... before painting
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Love at first sight
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Re: 59 Apache Rebuild

Post by Scouser » Mon 09 Sep 2013, 12:33

Next on the list is the bodywork – had it sandblasted and discovered it’s in worse shape than I thought, but fortunately nothing that can’t be fixed. Bodywork is underway as we speak and I’m hoping to have it finished and ready for painting by the time I get back to SA (end of the month).



I’ve recently bought a 350 Chev engine and box from Rocket88 and now sourcing parts to have it rebuilt. Plan is to fit a 408 Stroker Kit, new heads, intakes and a whole bunch of other stuff, but just found the pricing in SA to be excessive – still working on this!! As much as I want to support local, need to watch the bank balance!!



There are a few things I’m still trying to sort out:

- Need to source a bench seat

- Want to fit power steering, but not sure which unit would be compatible…

- Want to fit air conditioner

- Need to build and fit a new petrol tank – still deciding on best location for the tank and the fuel cap

- Chrome bumpers and trim need restoration – may just buy new from LMC Truck

- Paint colour – this is giving me sleepless nights!!



Hopefully I’ll have some updated pics of the bodywork that I can post this week. Was hoping to have the car on the road by December but it’s looking more likely to be February/March…
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Waiting for bodywork...
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And some more...
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And some more rust...
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More rust
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More rust
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Rust worse than I thought once sandblasting was done...
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Starting to look like something
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Bodywork alignment...
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Re: 59 Apache Rebuild

Post by syncromad » Mon 09 Sep 2013, 17:04

very nice, light silver bottom, dark silver charcoal top or the other way around, MY 2c on the colours anyway

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Re: 59 Apache Rebuild

Post by Johann65 » Mon 09 Sep 2013, 18:41

Very Nice!! 8) 8) Take a look at the "C" model Merc's power steering. I fitted it to my 65 Malibu. Real pleasure!! :D What about the Jag power steering?? :?: Should go with your Jag suspension ;)
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Re: 59 Apache Rebuild

Post by Scouser » Fri 13 Sep 2013, 13:15

Johann65 wrote:Very Nice!! 8) 8) Take a look at the "C" model Merc's power steering. I fitted it to my 65 Malibu. Real pleasure!! :D What about the Jag power steering?? :?: Should go with your Jag suspension ;)
Think the Jag power steering might be the answer, thanks!!

Got a few pics today, looking forward to seeing it in person in 2 weeks!! Block will be off to the engineers soon... fitting a 383 Stroker Kit.
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Engine mountings sorted...
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Re: 59 Apache Rebuild

Post by Scouser » Mon 14 Apr 2014, 00:10

Been a while since i posted an update... Body prep after sand blasting
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Re: 59 Apache Rebuild

Post by Scouser » Mon 14 Apr 2014, 00:17

Had to get rid of those sharp edges on the bin.
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Re: 59 Apache Rebuild

Post by Scouser » Mon 14 Apr 2014, 00:27

Starting to look like something now...
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Re: 59 Apache Rebuild

Post by Scouser » Mon 14 Apr 2014, 00:35

Finally got a coat of paint on, pretty happy with the outcome. Still have a bit of rubbing down to go to get the perfect finish though.
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Re: 59 Apache Rebuild

Post by Scouser » Mon 14 Apr 2014, 00:45

Managed to pick up a newly built 383 for a bargain... The 350 is coming out and will be rebuilt and then sold to get recoup some of my expenses.

A number of spares have arrived from the USA, got a wiring harness and the stainless steel bed kit on order which should arrive next week. Currently building a new fuel tank to be mounted at the back, under the chassis.

Hoping to have it on the road by July.
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