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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by donfrancisco, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. donfrancisco
    Joined: Dec 4, 2008
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    I'm buying a 1961 chevrolet apache straight 6... 3 on the three tomorrow morning for 500 bux running with tags... I would appreciate any insight to the truck like lowering and any other to do a mild 60's custom on the cheap... This is going to be my first chevy build and first chevy truck... I always preferred ford trucks... But love to give this truck a chance...
     
  2. donfrancisco
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    I also plan on driving on a daily basis since I lost my job and needed to give my car back to the finance company.... I need ideas to keep this truck running..
     
  3. sixbangr
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    I own the same truck, like it a lot. All your parts are at Rock auto online with very good prices. The Chevy truck site is a good place for info. You can lower the rear with Jeep springs and the front by turning the torsion bar.
     

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  4. jonzcustomshop
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    I second that , there is great info here on the hamb as well, but the 60-66 part of the 67-72 forum is the best.
     
  5. donfrancisco
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  6. Brad54
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    from Atl Ga

    stovebolt.com is also another excellent source for info.

    One thing you need to be aware of: the torsion-bar front suspension is breathtakingly expensive to rebuild. Upper and lower ball joints are in the neighborhood of $400.
    That said, I've put about 40,000 miles on my '62, and it was well-used when I bought it. It's gotta have over 200,000 on it, and still has the original front suspension.

    Car Quest has been GREAT about getting brake parts, etc.

    It's got a hydraulic clutch system... the slave cylinder frequently goes away, but it's a cheap and easy fix.

    Get yourself a shop manual... it's really mandatory for the truck. You'll need it to sort out 50 years' worth of Bubba fixing the clutch linkage, electrical diagrams, etc.

    My daily is a '61 Suburban.
    -Brad
     
  7. ErikDaViking
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    I'm building a '66 C10 with my son, I have learned a LOT from the Stovebolt website. Mostly not hot rod people, but there is a lot of info and knowledge about Chevy trucks there. If you have questions, somebody there will have the answer.

    http://www.stovebolt.com/

    **Edit: I see great minds think alike, somebody beat me to it. Still a great site.
     
  8. donfrancisco
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    Thank you Brad i'll be careful
     

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