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Which project would you choose?

59 Apache or a 60 Apache? I am still a couple of years away from having my 72 El Camino finished but I have always like the 59 Apache. I have a chance to pick up one that is probably a 3 out of 5 as far as body rust and frame. Glass is all in tact. I wouldn't modify the body but it would definitely have an updated drive train and suspension. I have always like that body style but I like the 60 short wide bed as well. What is you guys favorite. Those are stock photos and not the truck I have a chance to pickup.




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59 Apache without a doubt. May be more work since the 60 is a lot better bodywise, but I don't care for the hood on the 60.

You do your own bodywork & paint or get someone else to do it? That dent needs to be taken out in the left rear quarter and the rust around the edges of the doors along with a good paint job and bumper respray or rechrome.

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Stepside ftw!

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I would pull it off the frame, send it out to be blasted and powder coated. I would do any
"light" body work but major stuff I would leave to the pros.
I have done enough body work that I would prime it and do the rough blocking to keep the man hours down at the professional place.
Mechanically, I would do all the work.
I have had an offer on my El Camino and I have lost interest in it. So I was thinking this would be a pretty bad ass project. Especially when you light it up next to some kid in a honda civic.

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i very much like that '59 apache...

do you have pictures of the el camino..?? just to see what you are possibly want to get rid of to start this new project..??

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I voted 59 for esthetics, I prefer the step side look.

In terms of the truck itself, I think the 60 will be a better truck. It will ride better, handle better, be more comfortable and easier to do an engine swap.

I'm pretty sure all of the 59s came with a six. The 60 had an available V8. If you want to swap the motor and transmission on the 59, you might have to cut the floor by the firewall, those old transmissions weren't very large.

My father had a 68 with a 292 inline six, it was a great engine, very powerful, but not an engine that would be good for driving on the highway. I think the top speed in his truck was around 85mph. It had a 4spd manual (MUNCIE SM465), but first gear was a super low gear. Basically you would drive it like a 3spd, only using the L for really heavy loads. The truck was a one ton (non-dually) with a 9foot dump bed. The tailgate had a sliding door, it was originally purchased as a feed truck.

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Personally, I like the 1960. It has a nice sleek look to it and would look bad-ass as a hotrod.

If you was to cut down the 1959's cab so it wasn't so big and bulby looking, I'd go with that truck.
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59, 2 inch chop on the roof, fill in the spare pocket on the fender.
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59, 2 inch chop on the roof, fill in the spare pocket on the fender.
I like the square pocket, put a nice white wall tire with a dome hub cap, or put nice rims (those are wheels Bad Dad) on the truck with a matching spare.

Or attach a chair on the side, Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom style, in case you need to chase down a rhino.

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With no doubt the '59 stepside. Or what I'm looking for my self a '54 ford f100...


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I am not a fan of the hood or the overall lines on the 60. The 59 is more pleasing to my eyes.

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59 for the cool factor, 60 for the availability of parts to make it cooler. My wife had a 65, that hood would totally change that truck.
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With no doubt the '59 stepside. Or what I'm looking for my self a '54 ford f100...

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that is even funnier than i thought at first glance...

wasn't fred always talking about his arthur-itis..??

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that is even funnier than i thought at first glance...

wasn't fred always talking about his arthur-itis..??

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