John Zierman and his son, Mikey, have been working on a ’58 Chevy Apache for a couple years and decided to shoot a few photos and send a back story our way. We’ll let John take it from here…
“I bought it in Iowa a few years ago and stripped it down to the bare frame for a rebuild. You see, I am a past body shop owner who, unfortunately, had a stroke four years ago that left me disabled. Well my son was away at college, getting a degree in accounting, and wanted very little to do with getting his hands dirty on a project like this. Low and behold, he graduated, came home to live with us, and said, ‘hey dad, let’s build a truck’. Over the next 12 months, I taught him to weld, fabricate metal, build an engine, and assemble a vehicle. He not only loves it but has become quite a craftsman. Enough about him back to the ’58.
We handbuilt the truck from the powdercoated frame on up and the last thing to do was the body. It was actually at the sandblaster ready to get blasted and we went to temporarily get the box to set it on the frame and measure for the rear end. My son said, ‘hey dad, that looks kinda cool as it is. Let’s not do the bodywork quite yet!’ We brought back the rest of the body (unsandblasted) and assembled it. After the building process we were kinda burnt out any way and said we will do the body next year. After bringing it to a few shows, you wouldn’t believe how many people came up to us and said, ‘Do not paint this truck, leave it just like it is’.
Well we took their advice and even put a decal in the rear window that says, ‘It is finished.’
We drive the truck everywhere and have a blast with it, and everyone loves the nostalgic-original, hot-roddish look with the so-called ‘patina finish’!
Last year my son said, ‘Hey dad, how about we build me a truck?,’ so we are building him a ’48 Chevy truck on an S-10 frame with a 350 and 700-R4 just like mine!”
Nice truck John and Mikey, and a good father-son story to boot!