A lot can happen in the span of nearly 60 years and this venerable truck has been around for all of it - the Cold War, the Space Race and everything else. That impressive span of time in action has done nothing to diminish its continued vitality, however. Far from it. Benefitting from an inspired restoration that has brought it into the present with vigor and yet allows it leeway to show where it came from, this is a classic pickup with bona fide “old man strength”.
With its unique brown with pinstripes paint scheme, this truck just exudes confidence. Its paint is still fresh and the clearcoat has shine, but evidence of its faithful duty remain intact for all to see. You can see the definite intent here, and it's all about sprucing up for adventures that take place after a day of blue-collar toiling, not about botox or facelifts. The patina and evidence of hard work shine through with pride and, like pressure on a diamond, this truck only looks stronger and tougher as the result of it. The tan bumpers, the carefully painted tan expanse surrounding the grille and the matching tan rims all speak loudly, saying, “I don't wear my work clothes out, but I'm not putting on a suit, either.” It's got a lowered, street rod look that underscores the notion it's still VERY MUCH ready for action. As you go to the back and lower the tailgate, you'll also see that the wooden planks lining its bed are intact and in good condition. In front, the prominent Chevy logo over its front grill remains intact and straight to proclaim its heritage.
Look inside and you'll see an appropriate complement to its exterior. The tan bench ultraleather seat is fresh and well padded, but still gives off a “meant to be sat on” vibe. It's clean and plenty attractive, but not too ornate, just as you would expect. A matching tan shift boot and upper door panels are a nice touch and, combined with the distinctive leather-padded headliner, give the interior a finished look. On the road, you need to be able to keep track of the functions that matter - speed, temperature and the like, and you're covered in this area. As you peer through the original steering wheel to the factory original dash, with its original heater controls and brown/tan pinstriped color scheme, you'll see a functional speedometer, accompanied by aftermarket temperature, voltage and oil pressure gauges to stay on top of things. The lights - in both normal and high beam mode - as well as the blinkers, all function properly.
This Apache is configured for real time action. A model-correct and very capable Chevy 283V8 connected to an upgraded 3 speed automatic transmission sits in the engine compartment in place of the original straight 6 and provides substantially more power than its predecessor. It's dressed up by a set of chrome valve covers and chrome Weiand intake. The small-block exhales into a set of headers leading back to dual exhausts. In front sits a nice, large radiator ready to keep things cooled off, even if you find yourself in stop and go traffic. In a nod to comfort and convenience, this pickup is equipped with power steering and power brakes: disc in front and drum in back. Those carefully and creatively painted tan rims are wrapped in B.F. Goodrich Silvertown radial whitewalls that both look sharp and confer the appropriate vintage look. Looking underneath, you'll see that while this truck has certainly put in a lot of duty, the undercarriage looks straight and unmarred.
Looking for a veritable automotive time capsule that stands at the ready to hit the road and embark on a new era of adventure? This is the truck for you. Call today!