Adrian Tomlin of Great Bend, Kansas, has owned this ’61 Chevy Apache pickup since 1979 when he purchased it for $500 as a junior in high school. Resurrected twice since then, it wasn’t until 2004 that he decided to restore it once and for all.
The original 261 six-cylinder was left in place, complete with dual Rochester carbs atop an Offenhauser manifold, Clifford long-tube headers, and a mild Offenhauser cam backed by the same compound four-speed Adrian rowed through to get to high school. A 12-bolt rear stuffed with 3.08 gears rounds out the drivetrain package.
The front sheetmetal was restored using a combination of NOS and aftermarket parts while a wiring kit from Affordable Street Rods replaced the aged stock unit. The fuel tank was removed from the cab and replaced with an under-the-bed unit from No Limit Engineering. New Red Oak bed wood with chrome strips from Golden State Pickup Parts was installed to surround the bed floor fuel filler.
Inside the cab, Adrian’s Chevy boasts a Haneline engine-turned panel and gauges, tilt steering column, and a Grant wheel. PPG Pearlescent Dark Pine Forest Green Metallic is the name of the exterior hue, in case you were wondering, which is complemented by chrome American Racing wheels shod in Goodyear rubber.
Adrian says he’ll keep his old truck ’til he dies, so it looks like there are many more Best Of awards in his future!
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