This is when Dennis brought us a 57 Chevy Apache he had started. This is how it looked when it arrived at the shop.
Finding the rough spots and fixing the dents.
This Apache had 235 Straight 6. You can notice the attempt at a fan shroud which we will be removing and putting in a new one as he is upgrading to Vintage Air.
We have removed the front fenders and are getting ready to remove the motor.
We are chemically stripping the hood.
After stripping the hood, we repaired the imperfections.
First coat of primer and sanded.
Even though this looks like a base coat, it is a product called "All You Need" Polyester Primer, which is fantastic at getting out imperfections.
We are working on the front fender. We also were checking out some colors on the front splash apron.
Here are some spray outs of the different colors we showed Dennis before making a final choice. Dennis chose the Ferrari Red and Vanilla Shake colors for the truck.
This is the drivers side rear fender with the well for the spare tire. As you can see from the picture, there is a hole in the curve of the recess.
There were stress cracks on the fender so we welded them up.
This is the hole in the corner of the curve on the spare tire recess. We fixed the hole.
This is the passenger side fender. It has been stripped and is ready to be worked.
Passenger side fender has been sprayed with "All You Need" to clean up any imperfections.
Rocker and front reveal have been repaired and "All You Need" has been applied.
Working on the top of the bed rails.
Checking the squareness of the bed.
If you have one of these, save it as it's worth a lot of money. This is for the spare tire and will be held to the spare tire bracket.
Body removed and engine is back in place. We will now start putting the brake lines and fuel lines on.