Jim and Sabrina's
1959 Chevrolet Apache 32 Stepside Pickup
Happy New Rear - January 07, 2005

With the New Year ahead and the holidays behind us, it is great to get back into our restoration project. Sabrina and I drove over to Cerny's Auto Painting and were excited when we saw the progress they have made on the truck.

The pictures below illustrate how Cerny's crew assembled the whole back end of the truck. It looks great. The tailgate, the rear bumper, and the rear fenders with the new body stripping – it all looks so nice! Needless to say, both Sabrina and I were very pleased with the results thus far.

As you can see from the first set of pictures above, in addition to completing the assembly of the rear of the truck, the guys at Cerny's also mounted both of the cab doors. The Bombay Ivory rear bumper with the stainless steel bolt caps really looked good next to the Tartan Turquoise tailgate and the black and chrome taillights. With the fenders in place, the side stake assemblies also look much better. I can’t wait to see it with the original hubcaps back on. After Sabrina snapped all of her pictures, we wished Larry and his crew a Happy New Year and headed over to Auto Tek.

As he almost always does when we pulled up, John greeted us with his usual friendly disposition and shared several stories with us about his holiday adventures. Tom was finishing up with a few other customers and soon he too joined in on the conversation. After we shared with them our tales about our holiday trip to Michigan to spend the holidays with Sabrina’s side of the family, we reviewed the progress on the truck.

Tom told us that now that the holidays are over, things are returning back to normal around the shop and he should be able to get Steve back to work on the engine rebuild real soon. The engine block is back from getting the sleeve pressed in the number six cylinder and it is all ready for Steve’s expert craftsmanship. With that we wished Tom and John a Happy New Year and said goodbye.

It is hard to believe another year has passed us by. It was just about a year ago when we first decided to restore this old truck and a lot of changes have occurred since then. One thing that remains the same is the fact that we are blessed with our family and friends. Just as this old truck looks much different then it did in the horse corral a short time ago, one of the things that I have come to realize is while we all grow and change as the years go by, at the end of the day, what is most important is not what life brings you, but what you do with each opportunity that comes your way. Enjoy each day as they come because you never get a second chance to do the same day over again. Sabrina and I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year and wish you the best in the year ahead.

This page is dedicated to Muna D. Walker, a special person in our lives who was laid to rest today. Muna, we know you’re with the angles! God bless you and thank you for the love you bestowed to all those you encountered. You will always have a special place in our hearts.

To check out the start of the rebuild of a heardy old engine, click on the the Next button below.





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