Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1959 Chevrolet Apache 32 Fleetside – Last Year For High Cabs; For The Time Being

1959 was the last year for Chevy’s Task Force pickups, which first arrived in 1955. They would be replaced in 1960 with the first of many generations of C/K Series pickups, which featured a kicked-up front frame, allowing for a significantly lower cab.

This Apache 32 Series (1/2 ton, 8′ bed) was found by Corey Behrens in Castricum, NL, where so many old American cars and trucks go for their retirement years.

Based on the hood emblem which is lacking a wide V under and behind the bowtie, this truck started life like so many of its kind with the 235 c.i. Thriftmaster six, rated at 135 hp. There were some changes to the six in 1959, including a revised camshaft profile which “boosts efficiency and torque in the normal operating range”. Its 8.25:1 compression ratio was fairly high for the times.

The optional 283 V8 Trademaster V8 was rated at 160 hp, tuned for light truck use. A three speed was standard and optional were the four-speed Hydramatic and the HD 4-speed manual with extra low first gear.

Chevy pioneered the Fleetside bed in 1955 with its limited-production Cameo Carrier, whose bed was made up of fiberglass sections surrounding the stepside bed of the times. That was offered through 1957, and replaced in 1958 with a proper steel body that now came in both 6.5′ and 8′ lengths. Their popularity increased steadily over the years. But the floor was still wood, and would be for a number of years yet.

The white “rocket” on the bed’s side looks a bit like a 2″ PVC drain pipe.

Sweet old truck that’s found a new home far from home.