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1963 Chevrolet

Apache 10 Pickup


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Engine Size
5.9L Cummins Turbo Diesel
Transmission Type
4 Speed Automatic

1963 Chevrolet Apache 10 Pickup

1963 Chevrolet Apache 10 Pickup

The year 1963 brought Chevy C10 trucks major engineering changes to the frame, suspension, and base six-cylinder engine while marking the last year for a dual-pod dashboard and wrap-around windshield. The 1963 Chevy C10 grille was a one-year-only design with round headlight doors that foretold the coming of identical 1964-66 Chevy C10 grilles with square headlight doors. The base model grille was stamped steel painted white, and the Custom grille was anodized aluminum. In 2020, the 1963 has become the most sought-after first series Chevy C10 truck.

For consignment a hot item lately based on trends at Classic Auto Mall…a 1963 Chevrolet C-10 custom cab, big window beauty the beneficiary of a full body off restoration. During such time an engine swap was completed with a 5.9 Liter Cummins diesel, complete repaint, and a brush up of the interior surfaces. A beauty of a bed, and just a wonderfully done project, you can haul whatever and look great doing it…Why Not??

With all well documented in pictures, a prospective buyer can peruse the photos and look at the gallant efforts that were put into the restoration of this classic truck. Now all bathed in Battleship gray, all steel construction with no rust, and just shiny paint. A few minor faults in the paint, as nothing is ever perfect in the world of cars and trucks, and this one is very nicely done, so don't be fooled by a writer's critical comments! A shiny egg crate grille with round headlight doors flanking either side, with a single headlight, and mounted turn signal lights above in the hood, this would be the only year for this design, and it would also be the most revered of the early 60's C-10's designs. This step side has mostly black trimmings around windows, clean shiny bezels in chrome for the lighting. The rear roll panel now sans bumper, has 6 mini running lights lined up and in a row flanking the license plate cove. Big round fenders on the exterior of the bed, allows for more flat cargo room, and creates the step-side directly in front of the fender and behind the cab. A red Chevrolet badge runs across the rust-free tailgate, and lowering it, reveals a nice stained oak boarded bed with shiny dividers, and straight battleship gray tub surrounding the bed. Interestingly enough the hood utilizes a similar bump up to the famous split window 63 vette “stinger” right on this truck for the world top see, but no one notices! Beautifully restored and painted red steel wheels in 16-inch form, have red bowtie badged moon caps, and a deep shiny trim ring on the outside. All corners are wrapped by BF Goodrich T/A Radials.

Maintaining its original utilitarian charm, door panels are straight steel presenting in two tone gray (light and dark). An arrowhead pointed panel is pressed into the panels and houses the door opening lever and the window crank. Inside we note late model velour bucket seats with high backs and headrests. This takes one seat position away, but now offers fully individual custom positioning of each bucket, independent of each other. Upfront a gray painted dash has the dual eyebrow curved panels, one housing the gauge cluster, and the other the glovebox. In front of the driver is the original cluster black background and central speedometer with lined up smaller warning lights on either side. Below is an aluminum bezel where various knobs and switches as well as where the ignition is located. In the center is a new vintage looking radio, temp and fan sliders and some aftermarket gauges hanging below the dash. The headliner is shiny metal with horizontal ribbing and painted more battleship gray.

A flip of the vintage hood, and we now are greeted with a Cummins 5.9-liter turbo diesel 6-cylinder engine. This engine is fuel injected, and a 518A 4 speed automatic transmission is on back. Seen for the rear axle is a 12-bolt version. Presenting like a shiny gem, this engine has plenty of red accenting to keep your eye in candy land.

I just love these frame off restos' as you know the bottom is going to be just as nice as the top, and indeed it is! Stainless big pipe exhaust with an outlet at mid-point. Independent coil springs suspension for upfront, and a swing arm with coil springs is on back. Power disc brakes are on the front, and power drums for the back. Stainless steel mufflers are noted too. All road dirt free and new showroom as one can get!

A pull of a knob and she fires up into a diesel idle. Not an 18 wheeler but sounds like it when you take off and get the turbo whirring between shifts. Not only does it sound fab, but runs excellently, and is all buttoned up on the mechanical end. Buckets are a comfy plus, and all functions are working. Good brakes, now power, and I would feel confident to pull something.

Taking off the body from the frame always yields great results, and this classic truck is no exception. The battleship gray with some black accenting and hints of red peppered around the exterior, and we have a well-built classic that is a real eye-catcher, is mechanically solid as a rock, and will be able to take nearly anything you have to anywhere. That's a LOT of choices!

14-1/2 Ton 115" Wheelbase
N-Norwood, OH Assy Plant
124660-Sequential Unit Number

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.