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History 1957 Chevrolet NAPCO

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,715

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

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    NAPCO's are Gay!
    Joined: Aug 15, 2006
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    cept for Fight'n Commie's!!


  4. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
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    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    NAPCOs are fun. I forget what NAPCO stands for... North American Power co.??
    something like that.

    I think Napco pretty much made ALL the 4x4 stuff for Gm, Ford and Dodge back then.
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  5. FritzTownFord
    Joined: Apr 7, 2007
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    Like a lot of cool trucks and cars, a stock NAPCO is more fun to look at than drive. I had a '59 LWB NAPCO Chevy pretty much like the one in the reel and it beat me to death! Even on the streets. Traded it for a '55 F-100 and never looked back.

    A great film though - those old announcers could really pitch the deal!
  6. the-rodster
    Joined: Jul 2, 2003
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    C'mon Jesse, tell us what ya really think.

  7. Gas Huffer
    Joined: Feb 26, 2007
    Posts: 272

    Gas Huffer

    Granted, they had their purpose and they were much more utilitarian than the 2 wheel drive, but they sure do look out of place (about like a lowered Jeep Wrangler). Sorry, just not my thing.
  8. fiat128
    Joined: Jun 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,428

    from El Paso TX

    I've seen a few of those over here in Mexico still in use.
  9. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,659


    When my Dad was service manager for a Ford dealership, they took in a '59 Ford NAPCO. He said it had a Y-block, I think. He also said he almost bought it instead of the '79 F250 he ended up with. Too bad. We've still got the F250.

  10. '57 NAPCO
    Joined: Dec 17, 2007
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    '57 NAPCO

    '57, First Chevy 4x4 offered by Chevrolet. Here's mine
  11. Faded Love Garage
    Joined: Mar 30, 2003
    Posts: 958

    Faded Love Garage

    If you drive a gay truck does that make you gay?
  12. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,111


    Those babies will pack yer bowels, as my old daddy says. Who was the intended audience? Great video, thanks Ryan.
  13. Ghastly
    Joined: Sep 13, 2006
    Posts: 448

    from DETROIT,MI

    Too bad on eof those cats didn't get flung out the bed of that sum bitch!
  14. stan292
    Joined: Dec 6, 2002
    Posts: 857


    So..."it beat me to death!" he says.

    You're just a bunch of pussies! Trucks like that built this country, boys - and we were damn glad to have 'em. (-:

    Okay.... maybe it was actually my dad's generation I'm talking about. Still, gnarly rigs like that served a real purpose in their time. People were MUCH tougher then too, and didn't think twice about getting jostled and banged around all day, if it meant getting the job done. Probably none of those units came with radios (the vacuum tubes and hand-soldered circuitry couldn't take the pounding), and even heaters were likely a rare option.

    My old man told me he once pulled a low-boy trailer loaded down with a 75-ton battleship turret into (and back out of) Times Square, NYC for a war bond drive during WWII. The load was so heavy they stopped all the other traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge while he crossed.

    Mind you, this is in a truck with straight-cut tranny gears (no syncromesh), so every shift required double-clutching (BTW - how many of you young whippersnappers even know what "double-clutching" is?). Probably mechanical brakes too.

    Every HAMBer should spend a week driving something like a NAPCO, just to get a sense of what it was really like to live back in the days when media bullshit and wannabe posers didn't mean jack. You did what needed to be done and took your lumps. If you had a truck that could take the same punishment, you were happy as hell.

    Great stuff, Ryan!
  15. I LOVE vintage factory 4x4's! Heres my 1960 1/2 ton, my daily driver and all orriginal excpet for the 16" wheels and 7.50's I put on it. It will go about anywere at a crawl. This is a factory Ford 4X4, not a Napco although Napco did make them as well as Marrmon-Harrington. Mine has a 292 Y block, stock Ford 4 speed, Spicer transfer case and a Dana 44 front.

  16. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
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    from Tucson AZ

    We still have some of the old heavy stuff around at the UofA where I work. One gets retired every so often, but driving them around sure is fun!
    Its more like controlling a machine, rather than motoring around casually, thats for sure!:D
  17. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
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    I thought someone else posted this yesterday, but now thread seems to have been deleted. strange time warp?
  18. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
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    Great video, the helmets the drivers wore must've been to keep from beating their brains out on the cab, lol! I remeber getting to ride in stuff like this growing up in Wahington state. You really know you're riding in a truck, unlike the stuff today they really feel solid.
  19. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    Can't say that I really dig 'em, but they look like they could be fun off road. You know, just for the adventure, like climbing Everest without oxygen
  20. Wheres the pics of your blue fleet side

  21. SinisterCustom
    Joined: Feb 18, 2004
    Posts: 8,265


    True heros drive Powerwagons........
  22. InDaShop
    Joined: Aug 15, 2004
    Posts: 2,782

    from Houston

    There was a yellow one at Roundup in '07. Beautiful truck, the guys a hamber but I cant remember from where, College Station?
  23. JD's 32
    Joined: Dec 30, 2005
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    JD's 32
    from TX

    Man i love these old videos, this was a good one, thanks.
  24. PurHell
    Joined: Dec 17, 2004
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    from So Cal

    "I'm Gay .. till it's my turn !...."

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  25. PurHell
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    from So Cal

    McQueen didn't think so ....

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  26. jchav62
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,924


    I think Napco's are pretty cool. I've never ridden in or driven one. I imagine it would be a rough ride...that's fine with me... They're pretty rare too...Rare is cool...
  27. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
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    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    I've often thought about converting my '57 over to a 4x4.... I have the perfect parts truck now....

    Do you think lowrider shops would grind whitewalls into a set of 33" Super Swampers.... Hahaha!!!
  28. Gas Huffer
    Joined: Feb 26, 2007
    Posts: 272

    Gas Huffer

    Steve McQueen's favorite one was a baby blue '58 GMC 2WD though, if I remember correctly.
  29. alleycat
    Joined: Jan 29, 2008
    Posts: 5

    from Oregun

    I had a 1952 Marmon-Harrington Ford p.u. Sold it couple years ago...It had been restored...should have kept but had to make room in shop.
  30. Algon
    Joined: Mar 12, 2007
    Posts: 1,215


    I'm not sure I understand the nancy view on the ride in one of these... The only difference in suspension between a Napco of any ton rating and its 2wd counterpart 55-59 Chevys and GMCs are a pair of rear lift blocks. I do have to admit some bias since I learned to drive in a 58 Napco suburban but its not that much worse than a modern 3/4 ton truck if you actually rebuild the suspension and certainly no worse than any other leaf spring truck from the same era.

    Now if your riding in one of the Napco 9 foot cab/chassis 1 ton trucks with the sixteen per side rear leaf packs without any weight on it, l would agree with you.

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