The Chevy 350 engine is dressed up with Proform Bow Tie emblem valve covers and a Wysco air cleaner. An MSD Street Fire ignition fires things up, with a 570-cfm Holley Street Avenger four-barrel and Edelbrock Performer manifold keeping it fed. On the exhaust end, Patriot headers feed into custom pipes with Cherry Bomb mufflers providing ear candy. The small-block is backed up by a TH350 transmission.

Bucket seats from a 2006 Impala, separated by a flipdown cupholder console, were covered in black Ultraleather with tweed inserts. The stock dash was fitted with a repop '55 to '59 billet dash insert from Boese Engineering, loaded with gauges from Auto Meter's Old Tyme line. Melvin built the column for the Billet Specialties steering wheel. The 23-inch Lokar shifter and some Juliano's seatbelts are other components. All interior work was done at the shop, including installation of the Vintage Air A/C and the Db Drive audio components.

The rest of this story is still waiting to be written, but Melvin's working on it. The Apache had been finished a weeks when he took it to Mississippi for the Cruisin' The Coast run and was still fresh when Melvin participated in the 2010 Hot Rod Power Tour. Undoubtedly, there will be other road trips. In the meantime, there is a shop full of customer cars and trucks to build, not to mention that '55 Chevy. And Melvin recently told us he wants to build another '59 Apache that he found on eBay-although, the truth is it probably found him.