When it came time to wrap up the sheetmetal work on the cab, Craig had no plans to let his newly freshened welding skills go to waste. With torch in hand, he set about shaving and filling the Fleetside of any holes or seams, stem to stern; a careful eye can pick out the many nuances of Craig’s truck. Once the bodywork was finalized, the truck left Craig’s garage and was sent down the road to South County Auto Body in Lake Forest where it was covered in House of Kolor Tangelo Pearl.
Inside the cab, Craig kept things simple by smoothing the dash out and installing a set of Auto Meter gauges in a billet bezel. Vintage Air climate controls and a pair of vents adorn the custom mini center console, while the original radio faceplate and knobs were retained. A Budnik polished aluminum steering wheel wrapped in interior-matching buff leather sits atop a chrome ididit tilt steering column. A Glide seat was bolted to the floorboards once Craig wired the truck using a Painless kit before it was shipped off to Sergio Necoechea at Orange Auto Upholstery. Sergio set to work stitching up the buff Ultraleather seat cover, panels, and headliner as well as the tan square weave carpet.
Unfortunately, Craig’s father passed away, suffering from multiple sclerosis, shortly after he started the build on the Apache. Though he was gone, all those hours spent in the garage gave Craig a sense of closeness to his late father as that was where he had spent so much time with him while growing up. Now a father himself, Craig says that the most memorable experiences that he has with the Apache are those that he shares with his four daughters, truly passing on the “Legacy.” CCT