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Gallery Over 3,100 old truck stories with photos from Stovebolters worldwide! More in our DITY Gallery. Year at a Glance - all the new Gallery entries from 2014.
Helpful tips on truck restoration, identification, preservation; project stories and Stovebolt histories.
More than 978 useful sites for
information, parts, services, other sites, tools, insurance and a "publications library."
Find out who's doing what, where and when! See who else is in your neighborhood with an old truck. Read some great stories and enjoy all the pictures.
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Nothing new under the sun ... got some good Frequently Asked Questions here, and will probably have more!
Sagas, Feature Stories, The "Roadkill" Commentaries, The old "It
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done here and there and don't know where else to put it!
'Bolter wear, calendars, bling and other goodies!
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to our Virtual Garage for pre-1973 GM trucks -- If you're restoring, preserving or just driving an ole "Stovebolt," our "e-zine" has information we hope you'll find useful for living with your old truck -- from links to parts vendors (the best list
of Stovebolt-related links on the 'Net!), a Gallery of old trucks to
a virtual Swap Meet where you can find (or sell) those elusive parts
to complete your restoration projects. We even have a discussion forum where
you can ask questions, post ideas and even hang out with some old rusty
We have a lot of things here but the best one is knowledge and we share
it for free (no membership dues or pay-to-view).
So pull up a virtual running board, cop a squat and check the Gallery for lots of old truck stories. If you have some questions about the old GM truck project you are working on, try our FAQ, Tech Tips or jump right into The Forums, where the Stovebolt Brain Trust resides.
We've got everything in here from 1/2-tons to 3-tons, COE's, Panels and 'Burbs, Firetrucks, Tow trucks -- Lots of trucks in all shapes, sizes and stages of restoration and enjoyment.
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Because none of us are as smart as all of us!
New in the Gallery
- R & G Paint and Body -- California based shop that provides "High quality, cost effective auto paint & body services" [ Services / Restorations ]
- Vintage Auto Squad -- Radio restoration located in Vancouver specializing in FM conversions, speaker kits, sales and repair of vintage "auto" radios (formerly Wood Radio) [ Electrical / Clocks & Radios) ]
- Auto Body Toolmart -- Direct distributor of specialty tools and auto body equipment located in Elgin, IL [ Tools ]
- TBRT Engineering -- Trailer hitches for classic cars and trucks -- 1947-1958 Chevy and GMC 1/2 and 3/4-ton trucks [ Trailers / Equipment ]
- Vintage Motor Cars -- Find or sell in a global market [ Services ]
||Restoring an old truck
When all the zip-lock baggies go in the trash
Jerry "Hellomrwilson" Wilson's
1959 Chevy Apache 3200 Stepside
Read Jerry's update in the Gallery from his first entry in 2011 to his "it is finished" proclamation in 2015. He's got an entire Journal on Facebook to follow him along in this journey.
"I just smile as I look at my Excel spread sheet that I made to plan each segment of the restoration. It was massive! I would color the task in gray when completed. My whole spread sheet is pretty much gray!"
"It was bitter sweet cleaning the garage in mid-January. I had so many labeled zip-lock baggies for screws and such, and labeled boxes for project sections. It made finding my parts easy at time of reassembly. Now all boxes and baggies are emptied and in the trash."
Congratulations and enjoy the ride!