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Craig and Corey Shornak's '58 Apache is as Wild as They Come

by Scott Mason

Another installment of “Straight From The Owner” brings us the tale of father and son team, Craig and Corey Shornak, of South Chesterfield, Virginia. We met up with them at the Southeastern Truck Nationals in Tennessee last July to snap some photos and get the lowdown on their fantastic ‘58 Apache – which happened to win the Best of Show trophy at the event! Here’s what Craig has to say about it the build…

“Corey and I have been building cars together since he was 13 years old (2008). In 2015 I purchased an old convenience store and we turned it into our hot rod hobby shop – the hot rod hangout. It has attracted a lot of good friends who love cars, just like we do. Corey built the Metal Doctor Fab shop truck, and that’s when the Metal Doctor branding started (MDF). When it says “Custom fab by MDF, it’s either one of us or both. I own an industrial machine shop (Master Machine and Engineering Co., Inc. in Richmond, Virginia) and that helps with the tools to do all this crazy fabrication. Every build we do seems to be getting more intense and detailed and we love it!

I purchased this truck in September of 2017. It was listed for sale on Craigslist in Clayton. NC. The previous owner of the truck had it transported to NC in the 90’s from Texas. The truck had 78,000 original miles on it. The floors and inner steps are all original. It’s been repainted at one point in its life with the original color. The bed wasn’t prepped very well and has lost a lot of the repaint. The paint was very chalky, but the Wizard compound brought the patina back to life!

After 2-1/2 years building the truck, my wife and I drove it 350 miles to a show in Myrtle Beach. Oh what a feeling! We absolutely love this truck.

Big thanks to Corey Shornak, Dayn Kahn, Matt Grosso, George Martin, and Brian Wohnig for their help.”

Craig Shornak • ‘58 Apache

  • 6.2L 425HP LS3 from a 2012 Camaro SS
  • Champion aluminum radiator
  • Holley 2-piece valve covers with custom paint by Matt Grosso
  • Holley Sniper EFI with custom air intake by Metal Doctor Fabrication
  • Custom stainless steel headers and 2-1/2” exhaust system by Metal Doctor Fabrication
  • Borla XR-1 Raceline mufflers
  • 6L80E transmission
  • Custom shifter made from 2012 Camaro mechanism by Metal Doctor Fabrication
  • Modified 1985 C30 dually 2-piece driveshaft with 1350 universal joints and modified TH400 slip yoke
  • GSI Machine and Fabrication air ride chassis with custom center section by Metal Doctor Fabrication
  • All brake, fuel, and air lines are hand made from NiCopp tubing and all line clamps custom machined by Metal Doctor Fabrication
  • Moser Ford 9” rear axle with Eaton differential and 3.50:1 ring & pinion
  • GSI 4-link rear suspension with Watts link
  • Wilwood 13.06” (f), 12.19” (r) Dynalite Pro vented rotors with Wilwood 6- (f) and 4-piston (r) calipers
  • Wilwood tandem master cylinder with 8” booster and proportioning valve
  • Custom pedal assembly by Metal Doctor Fabrication
  • CPP stock-style front spindles
  • Rack & pinion steering system by GSI
  • Original steering column machined for use with 3/4” DD universal joints
  • GSI 18-gallon fuel tank
  • Budnik Pivot G Series wheels, titanium finish centers with polished lips, 20x8.5 front, 20x14” rear
  • 245/45R20 Toyo Extensa HP front tires, Mickey Thompson Sportsman 29x15R20 rear tires
  • Eddie Motorsports black anodized hood hinges
  • Factory turquoise paint with touches by Matt Grosso
  • Green tint glass with 1-piece side door glass
  • Front inner fenders custom made from the radius section from a 41 Buick rear fender turned backwards, and louvers punched in lower sections.
  • Original rear wheel tubs, heavily modified
  • Aluminum bed floor panels from Smokey Road Rod Shop. Bed door opens with hidden linear actuators. All of the bed structure is custom fabbed by Metal Doctor Fabrication
  • Accuair management with a VU4 control valve and dual Viair Black 444 compressors with a 4-gallon aluminum tank.
  • Dual yellow top Optima batteries
  • Stock dash with custom panel paint job
  • Dakota Digital HDX gauges
  • Retrosound Apache head unit
  • Rockford Fosgate Prime R2-500X4 amp, T142 front speakers, T1693 6x9 rear speakers
  • Ashtray modified for Accuair controller
  • Vintage Air Surefit series HVAC with deluxe controls
  • Vents custom made by Metal Doctor Fabrication
  • Budnik Stratos steering wheel with titanium finish
  • OBS Chevy seat modified and covered with vintage ‘62 Buick fabric and black leather, upholstery by Montrose Upholstery, Richmond, Virginia
  • Gold loop carpet by OC Auto Carpets

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