A House Di­vided

Can a ’58 Chevy Apache & ’63 Ford F100 be built to­gether?


When it comes to trucks, we all know brand loy­alty is a key factor when de­cid­ing what to buy. It’s not a com­mon thing for a Chevy and Ford to be in the same house­hold, but for the Vow­ell fam­ily, it cer­tainly be­came a house di­vided. Al­though raised in dif­fer­ent places, Al­bert and Ash­ley Vow­ell both grew up in the au­to­mo­tive cul­ture. Al­bert and his fa­ther were into drag rac­ing, and Ash­ley grew up with the fa­mil­iar sounds and smells of loud en­gines and race fuel. It seemed it was only fate that they would meet and fall in love.

It hap­pened when Ash­ley moved next door to Al­bert and the cou­ple be­gan dat­ing al­most im­me­di­ately be­cause of their shared in­ter­ests. At the time, Al­bert was driv­ing a ’bagged C10 and Ash­ley had a mom-style SUV they took to lo­cal shows. Al­bert had his heart set on a

’63 Ford F100 his great grand­fa­ther owned, which was passed down to his grand­fa­ther and even­tu­ally to his mother.

Al­bert was able to pur­chase the truck, and al­though it was stock, it had good bones to it, so it went un­der the knife. The longbed was re­moved and re­placed with a short­bed. The stock 292 mo­tor was pulled, and the small-block 350 was added for speed and dura­bil­ity. The next step was ad­just­ing the sus­pen­sion by adding a full air-ride kit to the clas­sic Ford.

Two years into the build, Ash­ley wanted to one-up her hus­band, but she didn’t want a Ford. Her eyes were set on the Chevy brand—and that pas­sion only grew when she saw an ad for a beat-up ’58 Chevy Apache. Once the truck was brought home, the cou­ple was ex­tremely sur­prised by how poorly it had been built. That meant the clas­sic Chevy would have to be re­done to Ash­ley’s lik­ing. A step­side was added to re­place the stock flatbed. Aut­o­fab in Fort Worth, Texas, was en­listed to handle all the metal work. In or­der to main­tain her flare for cre­ativ­ity, Ash­ley found a vin­tage wooden swing and had it in­stalled, re­plac­ing the stock seats. Al­bert added a full air-ride sys­tem to match the body drop on his Ford. With the help of her fa­ther, Ash­ley swapped in the ’04 Chevy Ta­hoe LS mo­tor for re­li­a­bil­ity.

Al­though they own com­pet­ing brands, Al­bert and Ash­ley travel to shows to­gether side by side as a demon­stra­tion of sol­i­dar­ity. A house di­vided by Chevys and Fords has ac­tu­ally brought them closer to­gether. They both wish to thank all the help­ing hands that as­sisted in their unique builds. Al­bert named his Ford F100 Big Boy be­cause that was his grand­fa­ther’s nick­name, and Ash­ley named her Apache Rustina, which goes well with her truck club logo that was etched in rust on the back win­dow.

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