1958 Chevrolet Apache
Ford’s first-generation off-roader has gone from cult classic to mainstream collector.
The Dodge Li'l Red Express set a standard on how to make a great performance truck. All Dodge Li'l Red Express trucks came from the factory painted in Bright Canyon Red in 1978 and Medium Canyon Red in 1979. Every Li'l Red Express was a regular cab Adventurer with a stepside bed.
Classic Car Overview
2020 NetGain HyPer 9HV engine
Seven Tesla Model S batteries (80-90 mile range)
GM MA 5 speed manual transmission out of 2008 Chevy Colorado
Orion battery management
Canadian EV transmission adapter plate
2008 Chevy Colorado 5 speed transmission
TCI front suspension with Ridetech coilovers
Wilwood disc brakes in front with custom master cylinder mounts
Stock 3:55 rear axle
15x7 Voxx Ralley wheels with 225/75/15 Hankook Kinergy radial tires
Montana truck with Authentic patina
Factory seating interior with upholstered black/grey vinyl bench seat
Factory gauges and stereo
Featured in Street Trucks magazine and EV Builders Guide magazine in 2022
Featured at the SEMA show in 2022
Comes with adapter cord to a 220v outlet
Be different! This truck gathers a crowd anywhere it goes!
Conductive Classics built the truck and this is taken from one of the articles written about it; The goal was to have something with similar power to what the stock truck had when new torque somewhere in the range of 160 pound-feet. using a NetGain Motors only makes 120 horsepower, but its hard to compare the output to a traditional internal combustion engine because the power is so linear with an EV. Although the original three-on-the-tree gearbox was tossed out during the conversion, the team chose to keep a manual transmission in the mix. Theres some different perspectives on that in the EV world, but were glad we decided to keep a manual transmission in the truck because its still engaging to drive it, The motor revs to 8000 RPM and we have a tachometer in the truck. But you can also tell when to shift by ear, just like you would with an internal combustion engine. Everything is hidden in the beds toolbox. A battery pack sourced from a Tesla Model S delivers roughly 90 miles of range and came as part of the kit that the team selected. Once we had everything, we started deliberating over where we were going to put the batteries, he tells us. We didnt really like the idea of raising the bed because we werent going to C-notch the truck or anything like that. Then my partner suggested that we put them in a bed tool box. And it turned out that we were able to fit not only all of the batteries in there, but also all of the EV controllers, converters, and just about everything else. It worked out brilliantly. Also this is an area where you plug it in.
The team chose an AR-5 five-speed gearbox from a GMC Canyon for the job. We use these transmissions behind 800 horsepower LS engines, so we knew it could easily handle the power. More importantly, though, we also knew there was an adapter plate available to mate this transmission to the electric motor.
Lowered but otherwise more or less stock aside from the EV-related components, the Apache was Built in the spring of 2021 the team decided to bring the Chevy out to the inaugural Holley High Voltage event at Sonoma Raceway. In 2022 they then took it to SEMA. It has made it into many magazines and articles. We have copies of some of them.
- Classic Car ID101892070
- Stock NumberP1777
- CategoryClassic Trucks
- Body StyleN/A
- Mileage10,451 miles
- EngineOther 1.0L
- TransmissionManual 5-Speed
- Exterior ColorBlue
- Interior ColorGray
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