1958 Chevrolet Apache Custom Pickup
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The fleet side (or straight side) bed first became available in 1958. The front end was also significantly redesigned for this year. The light-duty trucks had a new name—“Apache”—while the medium duty trucks went by “Vikings,” and “Spartan” was the name for heavy-duty trucks. These trucks now had four headlights and a shorter, wider grille that covered the full width of the front end. The parking lights were moved to behind the grille, similar to the 1955–56 models. And this was the first-year that factory air conditioning could be found in a Chevy truck.
Few changes were made for 1959—just a larger hood emblem and new fender badging. But in 1958, GM was promoting their fiftieth year of production and introduced anniversary models for each brand: Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Chevrolet. The top models for each brand that year shared a common appearance: the Cadillac Eldorado Seville, Buick Roadmaster Riviera, Oldsmobile Holiday 88, Pontiac Bonneville Catalina, and the all-new Chevrolet Bel-Air Impala. The trucks received similar attention to appearance, though staying essentially durable, with minimal adornment.
About this Apache pickup
Highly modified from its original form, this 1958 Chevy Apache features a 355-CID small-block V-8, automatic transmission, Dart II heads, 700R4 overdrive, Ford 9-inch Positraction rear-end, 4-link rear suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, front disk brakes, and custom after-market gauges. It also sports bright green paint with a white-and-green interior to match.
The pickup drives with a fair amount of power and torque. Its lowered wheelbase makes entrance and exit easy and cool. A true low-rider, the wheels are a custom 5-spoke design with chrome on the center caps and surrounding the tire. The added custom wheel and gauges, polished chrome bumpers and light housings, vibrant colors, strong lines, and an aggressive stance make it a unique customization.
The bed is an all-metal diamond plate custom fit with a full-width wheel bridge and custom gas filler in the center. The car finished car has a unique simplicity. It is a beautiful work with a vibrant paint job that can’t be missed.
Resto-mod and customized cars are a beloved way to bring classic cars back to life with a modern twist. As each customization idea and design comes from the mind of the builder, every car becomes unique. This particular truck maintains the beautiful lines of the 58 Apache, but the lowered stance, brilliant paint, and added chrome touches bring its simple beauty to life. It’s easy to let a customization go over the top, but this truck retains much of its true form, merging the past and present together in a custom dream.
“History of the Chevy Truck: 1955-1962.” A Brief History of the El Camino, hhclassic.com/n-11535-history-chevy-truck-1955-1962.html.
Lenzke, James T. (2001). Standard Catalog of American Light-Duty Trucks All Models 1896-2000. Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-933-2.