Anchoring the drivetrain is the gold standard combination of a 350 small block engine and TH350 automatic transmission. That’s the de facto selection for most any GM restoration, as it provides both good power and long dependability. A few enhancements like an Edelbrock carburetor and intake and HEI ignition add a little more pep to a motor that was plenty stout to begin with. Punch the gas one time, and you’ll see just how responsive this engine is. She’ll break the tires loose at the drop of a hat. The substantial investment in the running gear didn’t stop with the engine and tranny. The stock differential has been swapped out in favor of a later model Camaro 10-bolt rear end. Meanwhile, the front suspension was upgraded with the front clip from a Nova-complete with disc brakes, coil springs, and power steering. It’s a handling package that makes this Apache hit the road as straight as an arrow and hug the curves like a turnpike cruiser.

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