It is based on a new platform, comes with an all-wheel-drive system, and features many other modern touches while looking old-school

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American trucks from back in the day are some of the hottest restomod projects that aftermarket companies and individuals are taking up today. We generally see a lot of Ford F100s go through the restomod process, but here we have a truck that isn’t quite as popular. This is a 1959 Chevrolet Apache work truck that was part of the ‘Task Force’ series launched by the bowtie back in the 50s. The restomod includes putting the Apache on a new chassis, tossing in a V-8 engine, and fitting a four-wheel-drive system to make it a practical, daily driver work truck, as opposed to a pavement pickup like the yesteryear GMC Syclone.

This Is A Retro-Looking Modern-Day Work Truck

This 1959 Chevy Apache Work Truck Restomod Includes A V-8 Engine That Makes Over 500 Horses
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Chevrolet had come up with a range of trucks in 1955 called the ‘Task Force’. It stayed in existence for only six years, but the automaker offered light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks called Apache, Viking, and Spartan, respectively. The folks at RJ Fab worked on this build and it was documented by AutotopiaLA.

The requirements for this operation were clear. The owner wanted a work truck that could be a daily driver and wasn’t just a garage queen. So, it was decided that the truck was moved to a competent platform and the Silver 2500’s chassis was selected for this. It had to be shortened by seven inches to fit the body on it.

It Doesn’t Look Starkly Different From The Original Apache

This 1959 Chevy Apache Work Truck Restomod Includes A V-8 Engine That Makes Over 500 Horses
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Being a six-decade-old truck, there was a lot to be done to the body work. It has been patina painted to create a blue hue with a shiny clear coat on top that takes care of all the dents and scratches all around. The tailgate retains the ‘Chevrolet’ embossing while the ‘Fleetside’ badges can be seen on the side of the bed.

The truck bed will come with a fifth wheel and features a tool kit, too.

Upon the owner’s insistence, the truck was also equipped with a rack. The truck rides on 16-inch steel wheels wrapped in 33-inch tires. The company also installed two fuel tanks totaling up to around 48 gallons.

This 1959 Chevy Apache Work Truck Restomod Includes A V-8 Engine That Makes Over 500 Horses
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On the inside, it isn’t very plush. There is switchgear for a lot of goodies equipped on this truck, like the two fuel tanks, onboard air compressor, etc. The analog gauges add to the retro touch and so does the simple steering wheel. The seats are original, too, only reupholstered. Oh, and there’s also an air horn!

A V-8 Replaces The Original Six-Pot Mill

This 1959 Chevy Apache Work Truck Restomod Includes A V-8 Engine That Makes Over 500 Horses
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The original Apache came with a 4.6-liter engine that made 160 ponies and 270 pound-feet of torque. Power was sent to the rear wheels via a three-speed gearbox. Now it features a Chevy LS3 V-8 that displaces at 6.2 liters and makes around 560 ponies. The engine is paired to a 4L80E transmission and an Atlas transfer case.

Conclusion

This 1959 Chevy Apache Work Truck Restomod Includes A V-8 Engine That Makes Over 500 Horses
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The owner said he’s had the truck in the family right from the beginning. After driving it for three decades in the stock condition, the owner went for a heavy restomod on it. Generally, people tend to make it more of a showpiece and retire the vehicle, but, that’s doesn’t seem to be the case here as the owner will use it as a daily driver.

What are your thoughts on this fancy truck? Share them with us in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read full bio
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