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  • 1958 Chevy Apache, 1963 Ford F100- A House Divided

1958 Chevy Apache, 1963 Ford F100- A House Divided

Can a Chevy & Ford Be Built Together?

Phil Gordon
May 11, 2018
Photographers: Phil Gordon
When it comes to trucks, we all know brand loyalty is a key factor when deciding what to buy. It’s not a common thing for a Chevy and Ford to be in the same household, but for the Vowell family, it certainly became a house divided. Although raised in different places, Albert and Ashley Vowell both grew up in the automotive culture. Albert and his father were into drag racing and Ashley grew up with the familiar sounds and smells of loud engines and race fuel. It seemed it was only fate that they would meet and fall in love.
It happened when Ashley moved next door to Albert and the couple began dating almost immediately because of their shared interests. At the time, Albert was driving a ’bagged C10 and Ashley had a mom-style SUV they took to local shows. Albert had his heart set on a ’63 Ford F100 his great grandfather owned, which was passed down to his grandfather and eventually to his mother.
Photo 2/23   |   A House Divided Front Views
Albert was able to purchase the truck, and although it was stock, it had good bones to it, so it went under the knife. The longbed was removed and replaced with a shortbed. The stock 292 motor was pulled and the small-block 350 was added for speed and durability. The next step was adjusting the suspension by adding a full air-ride kit to the classic Ford.
Two years into the build, Ashley wanted to one-up her husband, but she didn’t want a Ford. Her eyes were set on the Chevy brand—and that passion only grew when she saw an ad for a beat-up ’58 Chevy Apache. Once the truck was brought home, the couple was extremely surprised by how poorly it had been built. That meant the classic Chevy would have to be redone to Ashley’s liking. A stepside was added to replace the stock flatbed. Autofab in Fort Worth, Texas, was enlisted to handle all the metal work. In order to maintain her flare for creativity, Ashley found a vintage wooden swing and had it installed, replacing the stock seats. Albert added a full air-ride system to match the body drop on his Ford. With the help of her father, Ashley swapped in the ’04 Chevy Tahoe LS motor for reliability.
Photo 3/23   |   A House Divided
Although they own competing brands, Albert and Ashley travel to shows together side by side as a demonstration of solidarity. A house divided by Chevys and Fords has actually brought them closer together. They both wish to thank all the helping hands that assisted in their unique builds. Albert named his Ford F100 Big Boy because that was his grandfather’s nickname, and Ashley named her Apache Rustina, which goes well with her truck club logo that was etched in rust on the back window.

Inside the Build

Year/Make/Model: ’58 Chevy Apache
Owner and City/State: Ashley Vowell; Fort Worth, Texas
Club Affiliation: BodyDropINC
Photo 4/23   |   A House Divided 1958 Chevy Apache Front
Front Suspension: ’97 S10 clip, 2-inch DJM drop spindles, Michigan Metal Works extended control arms, Ultra gas shocks, Slam Specialties SS6 airbags, four SMC ½-inch valves
Rear Suspension: Custom back half from the cab back, triangulated four-link bag on bar, Monroe gas shocks, Slam Specialties SS6 airbags, ½-inch SMC valves, two Viair 480 compressors, 5-gallon tank
Engine: ’04 5.3L, ceramic-coated headers, cold-air intake, K&N air filter, battery mounted in ice chest in bed
Transmission: Turbo 350
Rearend: GM 10-bolt rear end
Photo 5/23   |   A House Divided 1958 Chevy Apache Rear
Body/Paint: Traditional body drop, factory with natural patina, raised bed floor, mounted bottle opener, rust-etched logo on back window
Interior: Vintage porch swing bench seat, ididit steering column, burlap headliner, Forever Sharp 14-inch steering wheel, custom switches mounted to dash with vase Stereo: Infinity hands-free head unit mounted in glovebox, two Pioneer 6x9s under seat
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 20x8 Dodge spares painted to match, white lip, early 50’s Chevy caps
Tires: 245/35/20; Federal
Special Thanks: Heath Spurling, Austin Miller, Thomas Gray, Danny Vowell, Billy Vowell, James and Deborah Burrows, John Nix, Diego at A&K Muffler, Octavio at AutoFab, and everyone who helped at some point.

Inside the Build

Year/Make/Model: ’63 Ford F100
Owner and City/State: Albert Vowell; Fort Worth, Texas
Club Affiliation: BodyDropINC
Photo 6/23   |   A House Divided 1963 Ford F100 Front
Front Suspension: ’78 Trans Am clip, 2-inch Belltech drop spindles, Air Lift 2,600-pound bags, Monroe shocks
Rear Suspension: Custom three-quarter frame from firewall back, triangulated four-link bag on bar, six 3/8 SMC valves, two Viair 444 compressors, 5-gallon tank
Engine: Small-block Chevy 350, ball-milled aluminum valve cover, air cleaner, Edelbrock intake and carburetor, polished aluminum pulleys, custom radiator hose, 16-inch electric fan, 8-inch brake booster
Transmission: Turbo 350 with shift kit
Rearend: Trans Am GM 10-bolt
Photo 7/23   |   A House Divided 1963 Ford F100 Rear
Body/Paint: Stock floor body drop, original blue cab, color-matched shortbed, raised bed floor, shaved tailgate, bead-rolled inner bedsides, ’78 Ford rear bumper sectioned
Interior: All original, ididit steering column, 14-inch billet steering wheel, Lokar shifter
Stereo: Pioneer head unit in glovebox, 3x6 speaker in dash
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 20x8, 20x10; Detroit Mobsteel Tires: 245/35R20, 255/35R20; Bridgestone