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1957 Chevrolet NAPCO 4X4 Pick Up

Scottsdale 2012
Consignment # 1304
VIN:   3B57J102266

Run # TH237

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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 18th – 22nd, 2012 at Russo and Steele's 12th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.

This is a 1957 Chevrolet Apache 3200 series (1/2 ton, long bed) with NAPCO “Powr-Pak” Four wheel drive system. This is believed to be an original United States Forest Service truck from the western states and it is very drivable. The motor appears to be original (Serial No. F1008HE, Block Casting Code 3837004, Casting Date J 8 6). The “HE” designation on the motor serial number indicates a 235 cubic inch Thriftmaster engine with Heavy Duty Clutch option. It has a four speed transmission with “granny gear” and two speed transfer case for “Hi” and “Lo” four wheel drive operation. This rare truck draws attention wherever it goes.

NAPCO stands for Northwestern Auto Parts Company of Minneapolis, MN. NAPCO is famous for its creation and extensive marketing of four wheel drive conversion kits for GMC and Chevrolet trucks. According to the NAPCO Owners’ Group website, www.napco4x4.org, the conversions were available as early as 1950 but by 1957 NAPCO had arrangements in place for factory installed conversions on Chevrolet trucks. The kits could also be ordered and installed by dealers or “upfitters.” Major components such as the transfer case were manufactured by Spicer (later acquired by Dana, but still using the Spicer name), but Chevrolet parts were also used. In 1960, Chevrolet began producing its own four wheel drive pickups, eventually leading to the demise of the NAPCO Powr-Pak, but until then, NAPCO was Chevrolet’s four wheel drive.

This truck is an older restoration of a great example of the Chevrolet “Task Force” trucks, painted in Chevrolet’s 1957 “Alpine Blue.” The bed wood has been replaced and looks good. It has the spare tire, jack assembly and “Deluxe” heater (variable water control valve). It was ordered without a radio and only one sun visor in the interior. It was clearly a working vehicle. It drives straight and the transmission and transfer case all function correctly. It has been well maintained and driven frequently.