Tim O’Connell – 1961 Chevy Apache


As most of you may know, if you have read my posts, i have a deep love for trucks. My absolute favorite is the 1965 Chevy Step Side.

There is no great reason why, it just is. However, I absolutely love the trucks from the 1960’s, especially step sides, of which, this truck is.

Tim contacted me via the new form, which you can do as well, if you have a project you would like to feature. Just click here.

Now, to see pictures of this truck, as I am sure you do, please go to the bottom, reading the article as you go, to see great shots.

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Make, Model, Year of Project:

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This is a 1961 Chevy Apache

What stage, if any, is this project in?

This is a Completed Project.

When did you purchase it and for how much?

I picked it up for $3500

Why did you choose this vehicle?

For one, my dad had a 1963 that I drove to high school.

I originally saw this this truck parked. Rode by it every day. Finally, I stopped in Icon Automotive and asked if it was for sale.

They said yes, but they wanted way too much.

So, I started hanging out there, and became one of “the guys”.

After another year, I asked again. Now the price dropped dramatically, and I jumped in. No regrets.

What sort of condition was it in when you started the project, what was wrong with it, etc.:

Old farm truck looking thing.

What, specifically have you done, or had done to it?

Lowered it and added 22” Transports.

Painted the top and bumpers

Dressed out the engine with all aluminum parts

Added dual custom exhaust

Can you list any and all parts that you have put in?

I put in shorter rear springs and 22” transport wheels

Upgraded to disc brakes

The interior was soundproofed

I added custom dual exhaust

The aluminum on the engine was an aluminum intake, aluminum pullies, polished alternator

The paint work was done under hood and exterior

Where have you purchased your parts?

I got a lot of parts at local shops, I also used Summit Racing

What about you?

I’m just an old guy who loves trucks. I am the owner/Admin of the facebook group, 1947-1997 Truck Nutz.

This is my 5th build. I have had a 1948 that’s now in Great Britain. A 1952 that’s now in Tennessee. A 65 and a 56 that have been and gone. I also have a 1997 Silverado. I love trucks.

Any stories regarding this project:

This truck has been to the Hot rod nationals, GoodGuys  and several local shows

Any garages, parts stores, fabrication shops, etc you want to call out specifically?:

Icon Automotive. Those guys are the best and the best at what they do. Builds!

I would hang out there after work. They are two streets over from the BMW/Mercedes shop I worked at. 

They do restoration and fabrication on older vehicles. Camaro’s, C10’s, Chevelle’, 3100 Chevy’s, you know, everything I love! It’s a good place to lean on their counter, talk cars, pet their dog, and just hang out.

Their door is always open.

Mike and Ben (Father son duo ), have helped me with my “61” tremendously.

Lowering, drilling wheels for hubcaps, wiring, you name it. Those dudes keep me running. They even gave me keys to the shop.

So, I am officially “one of the boys “. 

From the editor:

This came attached to one of the emails from Tim and I felt it just needed to be added. I would steal it as my own, if it was possible.

Tim’s tag:

You see, they look at it, and they just think it’s a truck. 

They see it as a rusty old hunk of junk that’s able to carry a couch or a refrigerator.

They see it as a tool and not much of anything more.

But, we see different.

We see memories.

We see bench seats and dates riding close.

We see rides in the back and feeling free.

We see country roads with the windows down.

We see learning to drive a stick, learning how to change oil and plugs.

We see a friend.

Yeah, they may see a truck, and they’d be right.

But we see our trucks. And they are beautiful.

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2017 – A Year in Review

Well, another year has gone by and we have had some milestones happen. This has been a good year for us, so, in an effort to recap what has been happening, let’s look back at last years review. (Make sure to scroll down and check out all of the articles. Also, write a comment on your favorite article, or articles.)


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As for this year, well, let’s just say it started a little slow. January through April, we had a total of 1,019 views to our site. Four months and we barely had any viewership, which made me wonder if this was at all worth it.

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1940 Chevy Business Coupe Model Master 85 – Bob Malin

Not every car is Hot Rod material, but, some cars just scream to become one. The level of work it takes to make something into a Hot Rod can be extensive, to say the least, but, when finished, the joy is insurmountable!

This is the story of a guy, a Business Coupe and a desire to make a Hot Rod. Read on and enjoy!


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Bob, what type of vehicle is this?

Car is a 1940 Chevy Business Coupe Model Master 85

Who is the first owner of the project?

Not sure of the original owner, but I purchased the car from a person in Brookfield, WI.

When did you purchase it and, if you are ok discussing it, for how much?

I purchased the car in 1996 for $5,000.00, to make a hot rod out of it myself

Why did you choose this vehicle?

I chose this vehicle because when I was 15, I knew a neighbor who had a 1940 Ford Coupe, black, 327, 4 speed with a Indian blanket interior. It was low, black and wicked. I wanted to build a similar car one day.

Give me some backstory, are you a mechanic, do you like to fabricate, are you really good at body work, etc. Some info about you.

I am an Industrial Designer and have been for 45 years. I graduated the University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT.

An Industrial designer is able to come up with concepts, engineer it, and make prototypes of: Consumer Products, Automobile Designs, Interior Design, Package Design, Exhibit Designs, Graphic Designs Literally anything that can be thought of and engineered, an Industrial Designer can do.

I’ve worked on cars since I was a teen. I have good mechanical and fabrication skills

Give us some information about the vehicle prior to starting it.

When I purchased the car, it had been restored 15 years earlier to stock and put into storage. It was driven a few times a year. It was in ok driving condition when I bought it.

What have you done to it so far?

Initially, I put duel Stromberg’s and split manifold with new radial on it. I drove a few years then started in on my transformation.

First I purchased a 292 truck motor, rebuilt it with all new 270 Wolverine Cam, 3×2 Offy Intake, New split manifold, T-5 Trans, a rebuilt 10 bolt. New IFS with 11” power discs, new drums in the back with Chassis engineering springs and shocks. All new fuel and brake lines, custom dash with classic gauges, Vintage Air/Heat/Defrost, new interior and trunk lining.

A few years later, I had a few knowledgeable guys and me, chop the top. It’s a custom chop where none of the center of the roof was cut to keep the roundness. 3.5” in the front and 4” from the back. The roof was moved forward and the rear window leaned forward to meet. This was not an easy chop and it took a while to get it right.

Where is it now, in the rebuild stage?

The car is completed now and has been since 2005.

Any special parts you have used?

There are a lot of custom touches that you see but don’t really know what I did. The wing vents can be slid out to have a full opening window. The wheels are one-off chrome smoothies with custom offsets. I did the flames. Special one off metallic pearl paint. Custom made dash, grill cover, etc.

I purchased the essential engine parts from Tom Langdon @ Stovebolt Engineco in Livona MI. He’s the best and used to work at GM 6 cylinder division.

I purchased misc parts from a lot of vendors. Chevs of the 40’s, Mid America Corvettes, Yogi’s parts and Speedway.

Any help you have gotten?

I did have a lot of help with the heavy stuff. I really do appreciate all the extra folks that helped me transform this stock Chevy into my dream ride. With careful planning and designing, everyone should build their dream car.

I had help with the Bonneville Chop on my car. 2 guys, Larry and Donnie from south Milwaukee, who chop Mercs, helped me with the cuts. I was there for welding, grinding and block sanding. They worked out of their garage.

I also use Doug Bennet in Milwaukee (Bennet Coachworks) for the help in installation of the drive train and wiring.


From Bob

My wife and I have taken many trips in the Coupe. From Ohio to Florida and to Long Island, NY. Car always ran great, got good mileage and lots of “Thumb’s up”. We have gone on weekend trips to Bed-n-breakfast places and always got “preferred” parking to keep an eye on it. I have driven it to all 100+ car events in the past. Kalamazoo, Back to the 50’s, Indy, Columbus, Louisville, Corn roast in Wi. As we were driving through the Amish Country, we stopped for lunch at a diner. We were the only vehicle in the parking lot among a half a dozen Horse Drawn carriages. They all commented on the car when we sat down for lunch and then came out to look at it when we left.

I have enjoyed my car for quite some time. It is for sale as I want to tackle a new project. The Boss (wife) says it needs to go to fund my new project. Someone out there will get a truly Kool ride!

If you are interested in buying this car, please contact Bob, via email, at rimalin21@gmail.com


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Hot Rod Fuel Hose – The Company

Recently, I found out that there is this small start up company that was making a product based on real needs of the Hot Rod community. (Actually, I won a free Sticker and that led me to their story.)

These guys had found a need, based on their own issues in building a project and decided that it would be a great idea to make a product that was superior. Below, you can read their story and see why they did it, for yourself.


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This is their story, who they are and why they feel they will succeed.

So, Justin Gorzitza, tell me a bit about yourself, why you started this.

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High school was when I first inherited my dad’s 1980 Chevy C10, boy did I ever have big plans for this thing. At 15 when I started working on this puppy I wanted it to have the best of everything and spent way too much money to try and make that happen. I also had no clue what the hell I was doing and a lack of confidence in how to make it happen. I took a lot of stuff apart including the engine, transmission, and the rest of the drive train. Spent too much money at the speed shop and then didn’t know how to get the thing back together again.

It Sat and Sat and Sat, I got married, had a Son, and It followed me as I moved multiple times but never really got the time or the desire to get back onto this project until 2015 when I finally got serious again. My desires changed at this time and I thought it would be really impressive to rebuild this back to a stock look and still be a reliable driver. You can check out my build thread on 67-72chevytrucks.com The idea was to impress my dad with this truck that looks just like when he bought it.

1980 C10 by Hot Rod fuel hose

So, what made you get into fuel hoses and lines? Why would that even be an issue?

I had been reading lot’s on fuel injection over the years and considered installing a Mega Squirt at one time and converting some type of other injection system to my 383 stroker that I had built, but was always turned off by how much work would have needed to go into learning how the mega squirt and fuel injection system worked.

The year I started back seriously on finishing this project a company called FiTech released an affordable fuel injection system and it had great reviews and was gaining a following of automotive enthusiasts. So I gave it a shot and ordered one up.

I went down to the local speed shop and was seeking out ways to install my fuel system –

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A sample of their fuel line and connections

Well, they want almost as much cash for the rubber stainless steel braided line as I paid for my EFI FiTech system. That’s not right! I thought I could do better than that, my gut told me so.

I reached out to a ton of manufacturers and ordered samples, tested the product, and negotiated like crazy.

Once I had a product I believed in, at a price I felt is better suited to people like me, we ordered some. A LOT of hose and A LOT of fittings – probably too much but we believed so strongly that there is an opportunity for a High Quality PTFE braided hose in the market with awesome looking AN fittings that we committed to taking the idea forward.


A side note, so everyone is up on the terms and what the products are.

What is PTFE hose and what is it used for?

PTFE is a specific chemical composition commonly referred to as Teflon. We chose to only offer PTFE lined AN braided hoses due to better chemical resistance with common automotive fluids and specifically the higher ethanol content gasoline that is offered today.

It is most commonly used for fuel lines and transmission cooler lines. Many guys use it for LS swaps, EFI installations, and good old reliable carbs. Typically fitting adapters are needed to convert to an AN style fitting.

What are the fittings made from?

Our PTFE hose end fittings are made from 6061 Aluminum alloy and anodized to give it a sharp look. We also engrave our logo to really make them pop.


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A close up look at a fitting with their logo.

Ok, so, you have your fittings, you have your hoses, what’s next?

Well, we are still a new business selling PTFE hose for Hot Rods so we want to do a great job at getting our name out. Sales so far have been very strong and in fact above expectations. We have had to order new product already thanks to support from our Awesome customers and we look forward to becoming a premier supplier of Hot Rod fuel hose and AN Fittings and continuing to search out new opportunities for finding quality products at great prices so we can all continue to enjoy this hobby we have (and that our wives definitely don’t like) and I hope you will all support us and let your friends and hot rodding buddies know we exist as that has definitely been the biggest challenge in this venture so far.

This is a new company with some great reviews already. (Check out their reviews!)

Want to contact them? Check it out!

Email us at info@hotrodfuelhose.com

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Call US (866) 797-0384.

Let them know you saw them here. We don’t get anything from it, but, it would help them to know that they are out there.


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1965 Cadillac Combo (Hearse/Ambulance) by Superior Coaches

This combo is just getting started in it’s journey to a new life, but, oh, what a story it has already had. We will follow the journey as they go throughout the year and hopefully, by next Halloween, it will be ready for a new feature article. So, sit back and enjoy learning about this former “Razorbacker” and see where they plan on taking it in the future.
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What type of vehicle?
1965 Cadillac Combo (Hearse/Ambulance) by Superior Coaches
Who is the first owner of the project and is it still their project?
It was bought from service in Tennessee by  Joe & Edith Reed of Conway, AR in the 1970’s to be used to travel to every Arkansas Razorback game. They no longer own it, they sold it in 1998.
When was it purchased?
I purchased it in October of 2017.
How much was it purchased for?
$3500.00
Was this a father/son, Daughter project?
No
Why this vehicle?
It is one of 3 hearses/coaches I own – the others being a 1998 Cadillac and a 1987 Cadillac both by Superior Coaches.
I’ve always wanted a hearse. They’re beautiful, unique, and versatile vehicles. They’re made to order, so no two are alike.
My favorite thing about the mid 60’s Superior made coaches, is the roof line. It gives them such a sexy silhouette.
Give me some backstory, are you a mechanic, do you like to fabricate, are you really good at body work, etc. Some info about you.
I’m no mechanic, but cars are in my DNA.
I was raised in a junkyard and spent summers and weekends at racetracks. My grandpa and step-dad were tow truck drivers, and I was babysat at the junkyard. I learned to read by reading license plates and badges on cars.
Info about the vehicle prior to starting it. (i.e., condition, missing parts, just needed paint, no engine, etc.)
I’ve only had the car for about 2 weeks. So far we know it needs some carburetor work, and some wiring (the headlights work when they feel like it).
She runs, but she is not exactly street ready. It once had a spare tire mounted on the rear door, which the door isn’t set up to support, so the hinges are sprung and the latch is broke.
It needs paint, a windshield, and quarter window.
What have you done to it so far?
Nothing yet, still in the planning stages. Still mapping things out, figuring out what all we need to do to get her back on the road.
Any help you have gotten? 
My boyfriend, Paul, and our friend Ian at Oak Valley Customs has been helpful with advice and is going to help here soon with getting her going.
Also the myriad of hearse clubs & Facebook groups that have been helpful in sourcing parts.
The car has quite a history. Like I said it was purchased from service in Tennessee, and brought to AR to be used to travel to Razorback games. It was originally black (according to the handwritten TN title included in the paperwork I was given when I bought it), and was painted red & white and lettered in the 70’s.  It was then called “The Razorbacker,” and was featured in a 1979 issue of Southern Living magazine, as well as other local publications. (I’m told, although I only have the copy of SL, not the other publications.)
The rear compartment was customized to seat 6 with a bench seat and fold down seats. The rollers and casket/gurney bed was removed and red shag carpet was installed.
The car has sliding glass dividers that separate the cab from the rear – between this divider and the bench seat, beer coolers were installed.
Mrs Reed hand sewed the curtains that are still in the rear. They installed a PA system, and several novelty horns as well.
The documentation I have with it says that a man named Richard Nicholson bought the car in 1998 and was trying to get it registered/recognized as a state historical object. What I gathered from the paperwork, it wasn’t old enough at the time. I’m not sure why he sold it, he seemed pretty determined to do something with it as late as 2013. The guy I bought it from didn’t seem to know much about the car aside from the paperwork, and had just bought it on a whim, then discovered they aren’t cheap vehicles to restore.
I don’t plan to restore it back to The Razorbacker, but I think I am going to keep it red (maybe red & white), get the upholstery redone, get her running again – hopefully next year in time for Hearsefest in Hell, MI.



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1956 Hearse

1990 Hearse

1991 Hearse


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1969 Chevy Camaro – Chris Judge

 

As many may know, I attend the Ridgely, MD Car show, Richard Petty Days, each year. (This is my 3rd year) While there, I try to get car owners to share with me, their story, so I can share it with you.

Below is just such a story, of a man, a car and a dream, which has come into reality and is being laid out, just for you, the reader.


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0609172200_HDRWhat type of vehicle?

1969 Pro Street Twin Turbo Ls Camaro.

When was it purchased and for how much?

Purchased in 1997 by myself a senior in high school for $2700.

Was this a father/son, Daughter project?

1997 original

Shortly after being purchased in 1997

No, it wasn’t, but, all work was done at my home with many hours and a ton of help from great friends.

Give me some backstory, are you a mechanic, do you like to fabricate, are you really good at body work, etc. Some info about you.

I have owned many year Camaro’s over the years but have always favored a 69.

I have been a full time mechanic and professional metal fabricator since 2001. But have always wrenched on cars since I was very young.

2005 dragracingInfo about the vehicle prior to starting it.

My car was in driving condition with a basic small block Chevy . I drove it for a few years while gathering parts to make it a big tire ProStreet. In 2003 it was sent off to Kens Kustom Chassis in Reading Pa to get its big tire transformation.

As for the first setup back in 2003. It was a 406 small block chevy, brodix heads and the best of everything, built by Jensen Engine Tech.It was backed by a turbo 350 transmission.

The same year my wife and I bought a house and only had a single garage. The bodywork was never to what I wanted till 2007, after we adopted our daughter. I build a 3 car garage and tore the car apart.

FB_IMG_1507936729093What have you done to it so far and what parts you have used?

Since 2007 I replaced all the sheet metal from local vendor Dennys Camaro parts.

The motor setup is an 2005, 5.3l Ls1, out of a truck with twin Precision 6265 turbos.

48mm Wastegates and Tial 50mm bovs.

Edlebrock Pro Flo intake with Holley 160lb injectors, fuel management is Holley Efi with an automotive A1000 pump.

All that power is run through a fully built Trans Specialties turbo 400 and a Chevy 12 bolt rear.

Wheels and tires are 15×4 Weld Pro fronts with 15×14 weld rts rears with deadlocks, all wrapped in Mickey Thompson sportsman tires.

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Paint work Will be finished this winter and will be a beautiful 04 Gto Impluse Blue with flat black accents.

Estimated horsepower is around 800rwhp and will be final tuned as well over the winter months.


 

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Check out some of our other Camaro articles here.

Article about the 1969 Chevy Camaro

Bruce’s 1969 Camaro

Jimmie Johnson’s 1968 Camaro


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1956 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Combination

I generally take the information given and fashion it into a pleasing article all can enjoy. However, this particular article was written by the owner and carried itself as such a well done piece, in and of itself, I decided to just go through, correct minor grammar and punctuation and let it roll.


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1472018_10153462354440506_814941106_nIt is not often when best friends stay that way for 40 years.  My friend and owner of Dutchman Customs, Bill Ade, has been part of how I got involved with cares and just finished a 3 year build on a very rare 1956 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Combination coach.

Bill Ade grew up around a dragster family, his father helped race and set up some of the first race cars in the Edmonton, Alberta area, along with Sitko family who are still racing in Edmonton with their nostalgia nitro car and I helping on a nostalgia car called White Trash.

I myself am a big Halloween nut and have been doing a haunted house for many years and our original hearse was a made up 2007 HHR with landau bars on it.  We purchased our first hearse, a Blue 1991 Cadillac Brougham.

We had found a local hearse club and joined in going to car shows.  One of our hearse 994018_10153308766385506_578336658_nfriends posted about this teal green 1956 hearse for sale on Kijiji.  It was posted on Wednesday and on Friday I went 4 hours south of Edmonton to a town called High River, Alberta and bought the car for $11,000.00 Canadian funds and we drove it home.


Editors Note: Some information about the exterior finish.

The outside of the coach has not been touched since the eighties when it was last repainted … any other 1956 does not exist , other than the stock wiper conveyor to move those every wire has been replaced


The coach had been gutted of all of its original funeral items and made to be more of a limo.  It had a badly installed 350 with an R-4 tranny.  I drove it for about 2 years until the tranny went so it was due for a remodel. Bill had the garage to do it in and decided to take in the task of Project Nightmare, as it was nicknamed.

The first task was choosing a power plant; the LS3 was a popular, modern motor that was being used in may restoration mods.  Bill knew these motors and their capabilities; we want to go forward with this build as I wanted east to replace parts off the GM shelf and all the hearse stuff had been removed previously so it was a new build.


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Next were handling, steering and brakes.

12525393_10156457517235506_4644480465458753588_oMorrison IFS Mustang II modified to fit Cadillac Escalade rims.  All on air ride tech shockwaves designed for diesel trucks as the original weight of the car was a lot of pounds.

Everything other than the sheet metals and windows was ripped out of the car.

In that process we found original interior pieces that were blue for the roof of the car.  It was an original teal color car, although it is unknown if it was a tri-color coach like the advertisement for these coaches.

These cars are custom from the factory, they went from Cadillac to the Miller-Meteor car company in Piqua, Ohio to build the hearse or ambulance component.  The car was basically twice the size of an average build so everything was custom made.

The drive line was mocked into the car after the Morrison IFS chassis was installed.

The power plant came from a 2010 Silverado that was recently rebuilt, we found it was the 6.0/6.3L model, so we bought a Camaro intake and a better camshaft and made our own LS2/LS3 hybrid.

One of the major challenges was the transmission set up, getting it to speak the same 15350640_10157886402055506_2233250092874545458_nlanguage as they were a few years apart and many forums were saying it can be done.  Finding the right guy to speak to about the computer issues was key, finding the right tuner to speak to the LS motors was ultra-important.

I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and the car and my friend were 12 hours away in Chilliwack, British Columbia, so helping him was every 2 months for a week or whenever I could catch an air miles flight for a weekend to help with the car, or any help he needed in his garage.

I knew I could never repay him for his work and dedication to Nightmare the hearse project is his stamp on the Hotrod world.  Not only is this hearse a one of a kind, it rivals the Thunder Taker, because it was not built by a team of guys, it was built by one guy, Bill Ade of Dutchman Customs.

Andrew, Steve, Jimmy the Finger, Kracker, Ashley, Avery and Melissa and many others all contributed to making this possible.

They say drag race families are the best around, Bill Ade is one of the special people, through many ups and downs he stayed dedicated to seeing this build on the big teal green Frankenstein aka Frankie as we call it.  It has truly come true to its name as it is a car of many makers, parts from all sorts of things and a mad scientist at Dutchman Customs, Bill Ade.


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