It’s official! The barbecue is set for Noon on Saturday, May 14th, at Stevinson Chevrolet in Lakewood, Colorado. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Patty Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 9th. The Captain Hays Apache truck will be there, along with the Stevinson technicians and staff who will be working on the project. Please plan on spending a couple of hours having lunch, viewing the truck and discussing the project.
The truck restoration is making progress. Last week the cab went back on the frame at WyoTech after it was taken off to be painted. The color is a GM color, #39 Indigo Metallic, and the bed spears on the side of the truck will be a yellow, exact color to be decided. We’ve uploaded more restoration pictures to the website, which you can see on the 1959 Chevrolet Apache page, courtesy of Gary Puls, the Street Rod and Custom Fabrication Coordinator at WyoTech.
The engine mounts and transmission cross member have been fabricated and installed. Before the trip to Denver, the technicians at WyoTech will be pulling the cab one last time after the floor around the transmission cover is relieved for clearance. A notch will be made for a cross member for driveline clearance, the engine and transmission will be pulled and the bare metal on the frame will receive a coat of epoxy. The fender wells and core support will go on for the last time as well, and the doors will have latches and handles to keep them secured on the trip.
Shortly after the BBQ, the truck will be transported to D&D Performance in Longmont where the engine, transmission, interior and stereo will eventually be installed. May 21st is D&D’s 10th Anniversary Open House and Car Show from 10 AM to 2 PM where the Apache truck will again be on display. It turns out the transmission that Charles Dunsmoor so graciously built could not be used in the truck, but D&D will be raffling it off to one lucky winner on the 21st with all of the proceeds going to the Captain Bruce Hays Scholarship fund. For more information, contact Rob Davenport of D&D Performance at email@example.com or 303-776-5628.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the barbecue on Saturday, May 14th!
Kent P. Stevinson