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Old 05-10-2011, 09:49 PM
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Hello I just found this site. I just purchased a '59 Apache. Probably shouldn't have since I have zero experience but my uncle had one when I was a kid and I loved him and the truck so it is kinda sentimental. The truck is pretty rough, I got if from a guy down on his luck and he had started the resto. I need some guidance on where to start. I want to make a daily driver out of it and have a nice look. I'm not opposed to frame off and have the shop space. Is there a "betty crocker cake mix" approach to the sequence? A place to search out options. thanks for any of your help and feel free to email me off list to avoid taking up peoples time here if you like. thanks the banjodr

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banjodr, First of all you need to post some pictures of your project so we can help you.
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will do i have some not a bunch yet will work on it
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i found this on the hamb
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/a...5&d=1277479496
58 impala bumper on a 58 truck
freaking sexy!
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That Looks Really COOL !!!!!!!
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Help!!!

Im trying to use the original gauge cluster on my 56, I can not for the life of me find the bulbs and sockets!! Its insane, all these companies to buy from and the closest I can come is 67-72 stock instrument lamp sockets. Please some one help. This is the only part I can not find for my truck and its driving me crazy!
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Here's my '59 I just bought










Let me know what you guys think. I don't know what the engine is I have the numbers somewhere. I'll get that stuff posted as soon as I can thanks
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your version of rough and mine are definitely different
that truck looks pretty nice for being 52 yrs old...

what are your plans with it?
truckrod, restomod, stock, custom or something else?
it helps if we know what has been done vs what you want to do.
is it subframed? i see a power steering pump

i see it has 1 pc windows
chrome looks good or better
body looks straight, unless it's a bondo bucket, you have a good start point.
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Im trying to use the original gauge cluster on my 56, I can not for the life of me find the bulbs and sockets!! Its insane, all these companies to buy from and the closest I can come is 67-72 stock instrument lamp sockets. Please some one help. This is the only part I can not find for my truck and its driving me crazy!
sometimes you can find a stock cheapo off ebay
you would get everything; sockets, cardboard tubes and spare stuff
post a want add here and any forums you belong to

also check out my dash rebuild a couple of pages back
my dash was pretty blah looking, now it sort of pops out at you
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banjodr
your version of rough and mine are definitely different
that truck looks pretty nice for being 52 yrs old...

what are your plans with it?
truckrod, restomod, stock, custom or something else?
it helps if we know what has been done vs what you want to do.
is it subframed? i see a power steering pump

i see it has 1 pc windows
chrome looks good or better
body looks straight, unless it's a bondo bucket, you have a good start point.
Ogre, I'm hoping to simply have a stock daily driver that if I wanted to drive it to the mountains for the weekend, I could. so that gets into rear end and ratios and all the stuff I don't know anything about. I'm a musician and a small business owner. I had a tiny bit of experience in the 70's with some engine work and none since. I just love the look and feel of these old pieces of Americana. As far as what has been done, I know it has been dropped slightly but not by how. I know power steering added. The trans has a terrible leak and without adding fluid, there is no trans. I think the engine is from an 80's camaro but not sure. A lot of body work done on right side. I have been over with a magnet and maybe not as bad as I first thought just the right side (pictured) mainly. Dual exhaust added. Brakes are terrible and rides rough. I like the rims the bed outside of the wood is not in too bad shape. I have the chrome parts that are not on it. I want to relocate the gas tank for sure, you can smell it. I simply want a good looking driver and comfortable rider. thanks for looking and any suggestions are well taken
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my 59

one other thing about mine. the shifter on the column is non existent you can't tell what gear you are in it is a basket case.
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banjodr, If your smelling gas it might be come from the fillerneck on the tank where the two rubber hoses are right behind the seat by your left shoulder. If you don't want to change out the tank right away, you could try change those. I changed them on my '58 and no more gas smell!
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sometimes you can find a stock cheapo off ebay
you would get everything; sockets, cardboard tubes and spare stuff
post a want add here and any forums you belong to

also check out my dash rebuild a couple of pages back
my dash was pretty blah looking, now it sort of pops out at you


I went to all the parts stores in my town and was able to gather 6 sidemarker sockets that almost fit perfectly, i had to shave down the outsides of the sockets a little with a box cutter and they fit like a glove. Best of all they hold a 194 bulb so no more hunting bulbs or special ordering them. So aside from having to build my own cluster harness everything is coming along, thanks for the help orge.
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banjodr, If your smelling gas it might be come from the fillerneck on the tank where the two rubber hoses are right behind the seat by your left shoulder. If you don't want to change out the tank right away, you could try change those. I changed them on my '58 and no more gas smell!
Hey thanks, i'll check that out. but....I also want the added space I'll gain and the added safety of having the tank moved. I guess that falls under resto mod right?
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