Apache Resto-mod

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BEN ADLER’S ’59 CHEVRO­LET APACHE COMES OUT OF THE AWARD-WIN­NING JP RACE CARS IN PORT­LAND, MICHI­GAN. With its pati­naed ex­te­rior hid­ing a host of restora­tions, it’s not dif­fi­cult to see why this Apache claims the ti­tle of Home­town Hero of the Month.

Start­ing un­der the hood, the Chevy houses a West Coast En­gines 383-ci stro­ker mo­tor with com­pe­ti­tion Prosys­tems car­bu­re­tor. Dyno tested to

480 hp, this per­for­mance pow­er­house also fea­tures a 3-inch dual ex­haust with Black Widow muf­flers, mak­ing it sound as mean as it looks. The four-speed Sag­i­naw trans­mis­sion and Hurst shifter al­low Ben to rip through the gears and get the most out of his setup.

The ’59 fea­tures a static drop sus­pen­sion, sit­ting 6 inches off the ground and pro­vid­ing a re­mark­ably smooth ride. The Chevy now fea­tures a 1985 Chevy truck frame, pow­der coated and mod­i­fied to ac­cept the 1959 Apache body. Rear leaf springs and coil springs, as well as front and rear shocks, brakes, brake lines and the up­per and lower con­trol arms have all been re­placed with brand-new gear to help this Chevy put power to the pave­ment. A Hell­wig sway bar means that Ben doesn’t sac­ri­fice any ma­neu­ver­abil­ity among the host of sus­pen­sion up­grades.

The in­te­rior has been en­tirely re­worked with a TMI Prod­ucts’ cus­tom brown hound’s-tooth bench seat. Cus­tom car­pets by Univer­sal In­te­ri­ors set off the new up­hol­stery. A new Hurst shifter, ididit chrome steer­ing col­umn, red in­stru­ment gauge clus­ter, ped­als, han­dles and cranks top off the in­te­rior. A por­tion of the Chevy’s bed has been re­moved so that it’s just more than a foot longer than a short bed.

De­spite the co­pi­ous amount of work that has gone into bring­ing this Chevy to mod­ern stan­dards of per­for­mance, this sleeper might fool the un­trained eye. Orig­i­nal glass and win­dow seals re­veal the ’59’s age, with dis­tress clearly pre­sent. More­over, while the ex­te­rior fea­tures new lights and a mod­i­fied oak bed, the weath­ered paint and patina add char­ac­ter. Still, smat­ter­ings of moder­nity are ap­par­ent, like the 20-inch Ram­bler Wheels from US Mags wrapped in Nitto tires.

As Ben has put it, this Chevy has gone from a trou­bled past, gath­er­ing rust in Ap­palachia, to a “wicked fast, eye-catch­ing resto-mod.” In­spired to make the most of each mo­ment from his own ex­pe­ri­ences with ad­ver­sity, this ’59 Apache is ob­vi­ously one of a kind.

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