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Have you checked the forums? You have an old truck and an insatiable desire to work on it, drive it, learn more about it. You are not alone. There are others like you ... many others ...

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"When we tug a single thing in nature we find it attached to the rest of the world." ~ John Muir

"When we tug a single thing on an old truck, we find it falls off." ~ Bill "red58" LePage

 


OLD TRUCKS ROCK!


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Chevy trucks

Over 6,000 pictures
Brad Allen has an awesome collection of Chevrolet factory pictures that he has set up from film strips.

This one is on AD Chevy trucks (1947-1955).

Lots of work on Brad's part ... pure enjoyment for you.



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These reader-submitted articles are "Living Documents" -- They will never be "finished" products. You (we) will be continually adding to these and refining them. So don't limit yourself or think we have to get a certain amount of info for it to be "done." They can always be added to and improved.

So ... Submit an article!
New for June 2016

Build Blog -- Rebuilt 1958 235ci L6 from a 3/4-ton truck.  Adam "engineerd" Friedman documented the process as he went along and thought it might be helpful to others.  "It was the first time I had rebuilt this type of engine so I tried to take as many pictures as possible and note unique / interesting items as I worked.  I am not a mechanic so it was a big learning experience that can hopefully help others." He has a LOT of detail!

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Restoration & Modification
Shopping for Buying / Selling a Stovebolt Identifying your truck Getting Started Big Truck (be sure to visit the Big Bolts forum, too) Electrical Systems (be sure to visit the Electrical Bay in our forums) Interior (Not here? Well, stop by the Interior forum)

Windows (Not here? Well, stop by the Interior forum)

Radios (Not here? Well, stop by the Radio Clinic )

Engine (Be sure to check our Engine and Driveline forum, too!) Transmission & Driveline (Remember, we have an entire forum dedicated to the Engine and Driveline) Brakes Axles Suspension and Steering General Body Work (Check the Paint and Body forum, too) Rust Removal
  • De-Rusting with Vinegar -- A quick and not too expensive rust removal technique using vinegar! -- by Alan Christensen
  • Electrolytic Rust Removal -- Bust rust the way the pros do -- By Ted Kinsey and updated by Randy Baumann
  • Evapo-Rust -- Product review -- Two Bolters check out a new product in battling the enemy: rust -- by Koolkar and Inky05
  • Low-Buck Rust Removal -- The Molasses Bath -- cheap rust removal for the patient restorer -- By Barry Weeks and crew
  • Zero Rust -- Restoration rust control in the Real World -- By Bill Irish
Painting your truck (Ahhh ... we have a special Paint and Body shop forum )

General Upkeep

Product Reviews Seasonal Advice
  • On the road again -- Wake up your favorite Stovebolt from its winter nap -- By John Smith
  • Winterizing Your Truck -- An update of our 2005 Tech Tip done by Kevin Pennell, of the NAPCO Owners Group -- some good tips for getting your truck ready for winter storage.

Build Blogs, Project Journals and Featured Truck Projects

Build Blogs
   These blogs are on sites of their own. If you have one to submit, let us know. If you come across a broken link, let us know that, too.

In the Stovebolt Project Journals forum

This group was our original Featured Truck Projects

... "Originals"

  • 1939 Chevy 1/2-Ton -- Off-frame resto of a pre-war pickup -- By John Milliman
  • 1949 Chevy 4400 -- An in-progress off-frame restoration of a big Advance Design truck -- By John Milliman
  • 1949 1/2-Ton -- An off-frame with an engine upgrade) of an Advance Design pickup -- By John Henry
  • 1951 Chevy Panel Truck -- An on-frame resto of a pretty solid AD panel truck -- By Leila Smith
  • 1951 Chevy Suburban-- Off-frame resto of a unique, and somewhat rare, old 'burb -- by Stu Sanderson

... "Street Rods"
Stovebolt History & Random Facts
GM History Stovebolt History with Lou MacMillan, Stovebolt Historian Emeritus

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