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Hot Rods I think I’d like to try a 1959 Apache truck project

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 396/425, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. 396/425
    Joined: Jun 11, 2014
    Posts: 70


    i found an all original , driveable 59 Fleetside. It’s got major patina, it sits so high in stock form you’d get a nosebleed. Can I lower it 3” with bolt on stuff? I’m not a skill level that can cut up frames and notch stuff and all that. Basically my question is...can this be done by someone with medium level skills? It’s a 3200 series pickup. Thanks in advance. Oh...I’s leaf spring front and rear, and they are some heavy duty looking bastards.
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  2. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,633

    from Chino, Ca

    New lowered leaf springs.

    Sent from my SM-J737T1 using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  3. lumpy 63
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 1,447

    lumpy 63

    Call Nostalgia Sids for a dropped axle:cool:
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  4. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,795


    I never had any desire to lower mine, although putting the big block in it did drop the front just a bit.

    Maybe I just grew up in a different era....when I was a teenager, having a lowered truck was unthinkable paint13.jpg

  5. Binkman
    Joined: Nov 4, 2017
    Posts: 269


    Nice truck Jim !
    I have had a bunch of 55-56-57 Chevy trucks over the years and even parted out a couple of Cameo's ( don't ask).
    Now I am thinking of doing a Cameo.
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  6. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 5,226


    Get the truck, make it safe and drive it. If you want to modify the suspension, lowering springs, front and rear, are available. A fairly easy mod that can be done in a weekend, keep us in the loop.
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2019
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  7. old school rodder
    Joined: Dec 12, 2012
    Posts: 222

    old school rodder

    I'm just finishing my 3200 Fleetside. I used lowering springs front and rear, front disc brakes. It looks great to my eye. Be sure to spend the small money to change out the steering components. Fun easy trucks to work on, some great parts suppliers out there.
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  8. traffic61
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,514

    from Owasso, OK

    I too am from a time when we didn't lower old trucks. I have a hankering for another Task Force that will retain stock suspension.
  9. ...I like em lower than stock, but not slam'd...but takes some work to achieve,
    good luck with yours, how bout some pics?
    55 pu 2019 015.jpg
  10. AVater
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,680

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    84578357-77A3-4990-829F-45AF150935D7.jpeg Saw this truck this evening(Apache 36). Looked good to me but owner no where near.
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  11. Posies sells 3 inch lowering springs front and rear with teflon buttons to improve the ride, here's mine with the rear springs installed.

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  13. Black_Sheep
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,269


    Someone said TF trucks are "fun easy trucks to work on", I couldn't agree more.

    Good luck with your project...

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  14. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 5,226


    ^If that's the black sheep, I'd like to see the rest of them!^
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  16. Gotta love the '58/59's! I've had my '58 for over 20 years now. I was just getting ready to think seriously about paint and.... got distracted with another project.... LOL
  17. Black_Sheep
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,269


    Black Sheep has been my username on every auto forum and message board I've ever participated in. Inspiration for the name comes from an OT '69 GTX I've had for 37 years. Black paint, black gut, black hood stripes and a bit of an attitude. Fun car...
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