Jim and Sabrina's
1959 Chevrolet Apache 32 Stepside Pickup
Comanche Gold and Charcoal - October 30, 2004

Well, although it was a long wait, the interior is finally painted. The pictures below really don't capture the full richness of the character of both of the truck interior's freshly painted original colors. The correct silver-beige paint (originally designated by the factory as "Comanche Gold Metallic") arrived several weeks after our initial order from Jim Carter's Classic Truck Parts. The paint originally shipped from them was a mislabeled batch that actually was correct for a 1939 Chevy truck - a model year just a tad earlier than ours.

After several phone calls and return shipping, Jim Carter's finally ordered the correct paint from their paint supplier and shipped it to us. I am not sure we would have ever received the right paint without the expert assistance from Lynn in Jim Carter's inventory control department. When I called her directly out of desperation, Lynn stepped up to the plate and immediately got the paint supplier to quickly produce a replacement batch of paint and facilitated its shipment to us. Lynn, thanks for all of your help!

Cerny's Auto Painting supplied the Charcoal Gray interior trim color. Both colors were painted in single-stage acrylic enamel. When Larry Cerny gets a chance, he is going to confirm the modern paint codes for each of the colors (both exterior and interior) used on the truck. He offered to provide me with the correct paint codes so I can post them here on the web site for reference by others wishing to utilize any of these correct stock colors for their 1959 Chevy truck. Although it was a long tedious process, I am sure excited that we were able to have the truck painted in its original interior colors. I believe it just might be one of those added extra touches not seen on many restored California classic Chevy trucks of this particular era.

The pictures above and below are good examples of the correct paint lines for the interior color scheme and the transitions between the Silver-Beige, the Charcoal and the Tartan Turquoise exterior color. Getting this correct was a bit of a challenge. We did a lot of research - double checking to make sure the paint lines were correct. We owe a huge “thank you” to Jim Forbes of Sierra Vista, Arizona for providing us with detailed online pictures of his truck collection including his 1957 Chevy Suburban and two 1959 Chevy Apache pickups. His willingness to share his vast knowledge about these trucks was a big help and allowed us to do the job right! If you would like to see all of his awesome cars and trucks, here is a link to his Web site: www.selectric.org/.

The bed wood and side stake assemblies have also been milled and assembled. When we arrived at his shop, Larry had already laid the bed wood out for us in the back of the truck bed so we would have an idea of how they will look when they are completely finished. John Risdon of Orange, CA completed the woodwork. He specializes in vintage automotive woodworking and has done a lot of work on Woodies.

This particular design is based on the side stake assembly built by Mr. Bob Browell of Kansas City, Missouri. To see a picture of his 1957 GMC pickup check out Bob’s Web page at the www.chevytrucks.org Web site detailing exactly how he built his side stake assembly. Here are a few pictures of the progress on on our bed wood and side stake assemblies so far.

After much debate, we decided to go with Birchwood. After John did all of the millwork, and rough sanding, Larry is finishing the wood with automotive clear coat. While I was somewhat skeptical about this, Larry assures me it will hold up under the California sun. I told him, if not, he is the one who will get the honor of refinishing it. He laughed and said, that was just fine with him!

In the picture to the right above, Larry is holding up the stake assembly front panel that will run parallel to the back of the cab at the front of the truck bed. Although it is upside down in this shot, the panel will match the side stake assemblies and will assist in making the side stake assemblies more stable. The top of this front panel should be just below the rear window of the truck. “L” brackets will be utilized to attach the front panel to the side stake assemblies. Carriage bolts will be used to attach the side strips to the stake posts of the stake assemblies. This will give the assemblies a “work truck” original look yet with the high gloss finish it will be clear this assembly is more for aesthetics then practical work!

In the picture above on the right, you can see Larry’s crew was able to salvage the original identification plate and clean it up a bit. When I spray painted the interior back in 1976, I didn’t think it was necessary to worry about over spray on such things as this and needless to say created some extra work for Larry’s folks. Considering what it looked like when it arrived at his shop, his guys did a great job in cleaning it up!

Below, are two pictures of one of four items that I am very proud of. Larry just finished painting them at the end of this past week. These hubcaps are the original hubcaps and while he needed to do some bodywork to them, Larry and his crew were able to restore these “hard to find” original parts back to pristine condition. The bowties will return to their original black color only instead of being hand-painted, they will receive custom made vinyl black bowtie stickers. This decision was made mainly due to avoiding the tedious job of trying to mask off 16 bowties on four hubcaps. If they don’t look right, we will then bite the bullet and have them hand-painted.

In any event, the picture above on the right gives an indication on how they will look on back on the wheels they have been mounted on for 45 years! While the Bombay Ivory color is correct, the Tartan Turquoise wheel color was only an option for wheels of trucks with Custom cabs. Since this truck sports a standard De Luxe cab, these particular wheels were originally black. This was one of the few variations from the technical standard we made mostly to demonstrate that this truck is now retired from many hard years of faithful heavy-duty service and is certainly entitled to be fancied up a bit! However, unlike aftermarket chrome wheels, this little deviation still remains somewhat true to original as this particular paint scheme was originally offered as a factory option for the Custom cab models as previously mentioned.

With respect to the bed wood, that too is of course a major deviation from the technical standard of Southern Yellow Pine painted black or optional body color. More then any other variation, the wood and finish we chose for the truck bed wood also serves as a symbol of the fact this truck will now be used for fun, and not for a lot of work! While it may still function a in light service capacity - such as on trips to and from the nursery hauling gardening supplies and the like, its days as a plumber’s work truck are over for good. We did purchase a nice heavy-duty rubber mat for the truck bed from Jim Carter's that we will use to cover the bed wood when we do decide to use our fancied up work truck on the few little jobs we might need it for.

Larry still has a lot of work left, but the truck is really starting to take shape. The bumpers are also painted, but they were stored away and not handy for a picture just yet. Also, there are still many smaller interior parts that need painting as well as the headlight bezels that are still over at Auto Tek waiting to be sand blasted in the bead machine. The front grill is just about ready for paint as well. The fenders will be installed after the truck has the engine dropped in by the Auto Tek crew and is returned back to Cerny's. But all of that work will be described in our next report.

Click on the next button below to check out the progress made on the bed wood and the side stake assemblies.





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