Another custom vehicle built by John Harlowe's Moonlight Engineering.
1961 Chevrolet Apache 10 Shortbed Stepside Pick-up Truck
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CUSTOM BUILD DETAIL PHOTOS AND DESCRIPTIONS

Another custom vehicle built by John Harlowe's Moonlight Engineering.

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I have a file folder full of receipts detailing the money spent on parts for this truck. The purchaser of this Apache will receive this folder along with the title.

The brake system on this truck was completely redone — to the tune of $900.00 in parts ( in 2003 ). I considered retrofitting this truck with front disc brakes, however, that would have more than doubled the cost of re-doing the brake system. Since I was retaining the 6 cylinder engine, installing front disc brakes would have been, in a word, overkill, but if I could have had the budget to do so at the time, I would have done it, I like a little overkill every now and then.

The bottom line is: the restoration of the complete factory stock brake system makes the truck safe to drive.


1961 Apache front brakes.

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1961 Apache rear brakes.

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1961 Apache new brake drums.

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1961 Apache rear end.

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    1961 APACHE NEW STOCK BRAKE REPLACEMENT PARTS INSTALLED
  • BRAKE LINING - front and rear
  • WHEEL CYLINDER - front and rear
  • BRAKE HOSE - 2 front, 1 rear
  • WHEEL BEARINGS - inner and outer with grease seals
  • BRAKE HARDWARE { springs and adjusters } all around
  • AXLE BEARINGS AND SEALS
  • BRAKE DRUMS - all around
  • COMBO MASTER / CLUTCH CYLINDER ASSEMBLY
  • EMERGENCY BRAKE CABLE
  • REAR END GASKET


In conjunction with restoring the brake system, I also replaced the inner and outer tie rod ends and sleeves and performed a complete overhaul of the manual steering gearbox — the tune of this song: $375.00 in parts.

Additionally, I purchased new front and rear shocks, another $100.00 in parts, but have not yet installed them due to the fact the existing shocks are still operating properly SHOCKS INSTALLED JUNE 2006 — as with all the other parts not yet installed, these are included in the purchase price of the truck.

This truck is fun to drive — there is nothing "Mickey Mouse" or "leaky-tiki" about it.

Manual steering box installed on 1961 Apache after complete overhaul.

OVERHAULED AND INSTALLED MANUAL STEERING GEARBOX







TOW HITCH


Class III, 5,000 lb. GVWR (  500 lbs. TW ) hitch installed by ECKHART on the 1961 Chevy Apache pickup truck.

Class III, 5,000 lb. GVWR ( 500 lbs. TW ) hitch installed by ECKHART


The Apache has a Class III, 5,000 lb. GVWR ( 500 lbs. TW ) hitch installed on it by ECKHART.

In July of 2006 I drove this truck from Los Angeles to Eureka, CA , ( via Interstate 5 and crossing over to the Pacific Coast via Route 299 ) while pulling a 5 foot wide by 10 foot long Wells Cargo trailer ( with a trailer and load combo of approximately 2800 pounds ).

B.T.W. — great trailer, good price — that I bought from owner Jeff McGreevy at MADDAWG TRAILERS in Oxnard, CA

The only problem I had on this 750 mile trip was that I had to stop and tighten the exhaust down-pipe nuts where it connects to the exhaust manifold. The truck did slow to about 40 MPH on the steep uphill grades with the trailer attached. On this trip with the loaded trailer, sustained highway speed was about 55 to 60 MPH tops.

Without a trailer in tow, and this is due to the stock 3:90 rear end gearing in combination with the high gear on the 3 speed Muncie trans, the maximum sustained ( cruise / highway ) speed of the truck is 60 MPH and it can go to 70 to 75 MPH for passing.

The point of all of this is that if you have a need to tow something, the Apache can do it, although I would not recommend exceeding a 3000 pound total load — remember, the truck is lowered 2 inches all around — and on my 750 mile trip with that 2800 pound load, the truck felt "right" and handling was not a problem.







FLYWHEEL BELLHOUSING ROCK SHIELD


Fabricated flywheel rock shield for bellhousing on manual transmission 1961 Chevy Apache pickup truck. CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE.

Fabricated flywheel rock shield.


It is nearly impossible to find an OEM rock shield for the bellhousing of the 1960 to 1962 Chevy pickup — but it has to have a rock shield — so what is one to do ?

I got out my sheet metal brake and "bent-up" a two piece shield.

This is not a very good angle to see the shield — the best view of it is from underneath but to take a proper photo I would have to have the truck on a lift as jack stands don't get the truck high enough for the camera angle I need. Too bad for that I think because the shield came out looking nice, albeit, in a functional sort of way.

Regardless, the point here to be made ( to those interested in purchasing this truck ) : there is more than adequate protection provided by the fabricated shield.

Attention to detail, I think, is a large part of the "fun" in this hobby because, when you turn the key and head on your way, your vehicle will take care of you if you have taken care of it.







APPEARANCE CHRONICLE SECTION


I thought I'd add this section to the website to have an historical account of how the Apache evolves over time.




DECEMBER 2007 SEMI-ANNUAL COSMETIC DETAIL


Semi - annual wax and polish. That's TR3 resin glaze in the blue and silver can you see on the hood. It works fantastic, however, it takes three days to do the truck with this stuff. The effort is well worth it.

SEMI - ANNUAL WAX AND POLISH. THAT'S TR3 RESIN GLAZE IN THE BLUE AND SILVER CAN YOU SEE ON THE HOOD. IT WORKS FANTASTIC, HOWEVER, IT TAKES THREE DAYS TO DO THE TRUCK WITH THIS STUFF. THE END RESULT ? THE EFFORT IS WELL WORTH IT.


DECEMBER 2007 : 1961 Chevy Apache pickup truck front view of semi-annual cosmetic detail. Click photo for enlargement.
DECEMBER 2007 : 1961 Chevy Apache pickup truck rear view.


DECEMBER 2007 : 1961 Chevy Apache pickup truck passenger side view.
DECEMBER 2007 : 1961 Chevy Apache pickup truck driver side view.






AUGUST 2009 SEMI-ANNUAL COSMETIC DETAIL


1961 Chevy Apache pick up truck short bed, with custom 235 cubic inch six cylinder engine, seen here after a semi-annual cosmetic detail done in August of 2009. Passenger side view. Click for enlargement.

1961 Chevy Apache pickup truck semi-annual cosmetic detail August 2009. Click photo for enlargement.

1961 Chevy Apache pick up truck short bed, with custom 235 cubic inch six cylinder engine, seen here after a semi-annual cosmetic detail done in August of 2009. Diver side view. Click for enlargement.

Semi-annual cosmetic detail August 2009. Click photo for enlargement.





1961 Apache pickup truck bed with tonneau cover removed.Semi-annual cosmetic detail August 2009. Click photo for enlargement.

Tonneau cover removed.

Step plate for 1961 Chvey Apache shortbed stepside pickup truck.Semi-annual cosmetic detail August 2009. Click photo for enlargement.

Customized step plates.

Tonneau cover installed on 1961 Chevy Apache shortbed stepside pickup truck.Semi-annual cosmetic detail August 2009. Click photo for enlargement.

Tonneau cover installed.





1961 Chevy Apache pickup truck passenger side view.

1961 Chevy Apache pickup truck passenger side view.

1961 Chevy Apache pickup truck drivers side view.

1961 Chevy Apache pickup truck driver side view.





1961 Chevy Apache pickup truck 235 c.i. six cylinder engine after August 2009 detail and retrofit, distributor side view. CLICK PHOTO FOR ENLARGEMENT.

Apache's 235 c.i. 6 cyl. distributor side view.

1961 Chevy Apache pickup truck 235 cubic inch 6 cylinder engine after August 2009 detail and retrofit, center view.

Center view.

1961 Chevy Apache pickup truck 235 cubic inch displacement 6 cylinder engine after August 2009 detail and retrofit, carburetor side of engine view.

Carburetor side view.



1961 Chevy Apache pickup truck dash panel interior view featuring AutoMeter Pro Competition gauges.

Engine running ; dash interior view. Features AutoMeter Pro Competition gauges : volts, water temperature and oil pressure.

Each gauge has a harness connector so removal for bulb replacement for night illumination is an easy task.




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