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Old 06-20-2018, 06:25 PM   #1
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59 Apache/C6 Corvette build

So I have built a few resto-mods in the past and just sold my twin turbo & supercharged Grand National and am ready to move on to my next project that will be my passion. As I'm getting older I have been really loving old trucks... So I thought I would spends a couple years building a 59 Chevy Apache with all Corvette C6 Grand Sport and ZR1 components.
I live in Arizona and sourced a good body.
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Old 06-21-2018, 12:17 AM   #2
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Re: 59 Apache/C6 Corvette build

Progressive Automotive chassis. Took about six months. Just getting this thread up to speed. I have been reading alot of other builds and getting help from many of you, but just needed to get pictures on Photobucket and posted.
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Old 06-21-2018, 11:41 AM   #3
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Unboxed and cradles installed
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Old 06-23-2018, 08:42 PM   #4
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Re: 59 Apache/C6 Corvette build

NICE!!!!! frame, those boys over a progressive do some nice work
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Old 06-24-2018, 12:41 AM   #5
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Re: 59 Apache/C6 Corvette build

Everything installed and new motor mounts made. Set engine back about 2" so the blower pulley would clear the rack. Torque tube still too short.
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Old 06-24-2018, 12:45 AM   #6
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Engine mounts fabbed up and installed.
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Old 06-24-2018, 03:27 AM   #7
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Apache

This looks like more fun than is good for crazy boogers like us...

I'm in.....



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Old 06-24-2018, 06:43 AM   #8
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Wow. This is going to be nice! Sweet build!

Iím curious how that air compressor behind the truck is working for you. I have the exact same one and it leaks oil really bad. I canít figure out where itís comong from. I ended up putting a pan under it so it doesnít mess up my garage floor and I have to add oil every time I use it. Lol
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Old 06-24-2018, 11:01 PM   #9
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The air compressor is going on 6 years with no issues as of yet. Where are you leaking oil from? sight glass?
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Old 06-24-2018, 11:06 PM   #10
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Gamel Street rods extended the torque tube and did a new larger drive shaft with ZR1 couplers. I have been getting the pics uploaded to get this up to date. The thread is almost current.
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Old 06-25-2018, 12:44 AM   #11
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Nice work, loving the chassis
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Old 06-25-2018, 07:08 PM   #12
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Nice like the chassis and drivetrain
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Old 06-26-2018, 12:40 PM   #13
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Cutting out the old dash and putting in the 59 Impala dash. It was about 4" too wide. decided to take it out of the middle to line up the steering column with the factory location(hole in the floor).
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Old 06-26-2018, 12:55 PM   #14
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Moved dash forward about 2 more inches to give me more room. It looked better where I had it, but it was a little too close. This feels perfect.
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Old 06-27-2018, 05:34 PM   #15
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Cool build! Dash work looks familiar!!

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Old 06-27-2018, 06:28 PM   #16
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Hey Chuck, you did inspire the dash for sure!
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Old 06-29-2018, 08:55 AM   #17
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The air compressor is going on 6 years with no issues as of yet. Where are you leaking oil from? sight glass?
I bought mine around 2009 from Home Depot if I remember correctly. It started leaking a couple of years ago. It doesnít get that much use. I took all the plastic housing off and wiped everything down, but still havenít been able to figure out where itís coming from. Hopefully, I havenít jinxed yours now!
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The dash looks killer!
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Old 06-29-2018, 11:01 AM   #19
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I do use it all the time. It might be due for a leak. Lol


QUOTE=Greenlee;8291107]I bought mine around 2009 from Home Depot if I remember correctly. It started leaking a couple of years ago. It doesnít get that much use. I took all the plastic housing off and wiped everything down, but still havenít been able to figure out where itís coming from. Hopefully, I havenít jinxed yours now! [/QUOTE]
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Cutting out the old dash and putting in the 59 Impala dash. It was about 4" too wide. decided to take it out of the middle to line up the steering column with the factory location(hole in the floor).
tdishon, can I buy the glovebox portion of your 59 Apache dash, I'm doing a double din stereo and the glovebox portion of the dash would save me a lot of fab work (don't need the glovebox door).

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Old 06-29-2018, 08:35 PM   #21
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The truck started out as a GMC. The dash is a GMC. Not sure it itís the same glove box.

QUOTE=idbeast;8291415]tdishon, can I buy the glovebox portion of your 59 Apache dash, I'm doing a double din stereo and the glovebox portion of the dash would save me a lot of fab work (don't need the glovebox door).

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The truck started out as a GMC. The dash is a GMC. Not sure it itís the same glove box.

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Bummer, I just ran out and looked at my 55 2nd GMC and it is different... but thanks for getting back to me!

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Re: 59 Apache/C6 Corvette build

TD

Strong work!!!!! Using C-6 suspension, this is going to be fun to follow.

Are staying stock with leaf/shocks? Or?

Keep on keeping on

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Love the dash, here's a shot of a finished one for inspiration...
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Old 07-02-2018, 01:48 PM   #25
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Black_Sheep: Dash looks right at home in that pic!
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