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#396206 - Tue Apr 01 2008 05:46 AM Welcome to the new Forum!!
phantom Offline
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Registered: Sun Mar 30 2008 07:31 AM
Posts: 13
Loc: north texas
thanks for the welcome - and what a WONDERFULL site! My name is Richard and I live near Weatherford tx. At 57 im finally able to buy/restore that old trk i've always dreamed about. I recently purchased a 52 chevy truck out of the pasture where it had been sitting for 8 years. I won't bore you with the details of fighting wasps and snakes or with the fact that my wife thinks maybe I've lost my mind paying a thousand dollors for some rusted junk but my first "scare" started when I tried to get a lost VIN looked bogus and didnt match any known 52 in the world....just as i was about to agree with my wife that i am an old fool...I FOUND YOUR SITE...and through it figured out i had bought a 1953 1/2 ton short bed commercial with a PERFECT VIN!!!! I have been reading this site every spare minute since,and cant wait to get started on my project ( as soon as i figure out what i want to do with it...restore.rod,customize ,et!) thanks to all of you at stovebolt
#396247 - Tue Apr 01 2008 09:32 AM Re: Welcome to the new Forum!! [Re: phantom]
31,32,33 Offline
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Registered: Fri Mar 11 2005 12:00 PM
Posts: 885
Loc: Dallas, TX
Welcome Phantom, Your out there in Cletis Country. You will find a lot of friendly folks and good information on your project here, no matter which way you decide to go with it. Cleon
Life is like a roll of toilet paper, the nearer the end the faster it goes.

1949 Chevy 6400
1931 Chevy Firetruck

#396251 - Tue Apr 01 2008 09:41 AM Re: Welcome to the new Forum!! [Re: 31,32,33]
gtow69 Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 02 2006 12:00 PM
Posts: 1137
Loc: Long Island New York
Welcome to the Bolt, Phantom. I also have a wife that thinks I have lost my mind and a 1953. Hummm... small world lol.
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Must be able to cook , clean , sew , tune engines and polish trucks. Must have old Stovebolt and garage. Please send picture of old Stovebolt and garage.
#396993 - Wed Apr 02 2008 08:26 PM Re: Welcome to the new Forum!! [Re: 31,32,33]
phantom Offline
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Registered: Sun Mar 30 2008 07:31 AM
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Loc: north texas
dear fetcher and gtow /all...thank you for the warm welcome. I apologize for waiting so long to answer but the bandages on my fingers made typing near impossable.

finally got started on my 53,,still not sure where im going with it but decided to do a full frame off job. never really done this before but i got a really nice shop and lotsa power tools,,so how hard could it be? to begin with theres only 4 or 5 bolts ya can get to w/power 1/2 inch impact. but i soon discovered that a box end 1/2 and 9/16 is all you really need.

stood and looked at trkfor awhile and thought i would start by removing hood first. must be some trick to it cause theres 6 bolts on each side.....i took out 2 and the ^%*$ hood FELL on me!!! banged up my shinns and head a little but "no pain no gain" right? anyway I got hood and 2 water hoses off and only smashed 3 fingers and busted all the knuckles on one hand. the real harm started when i was carrying hood (looking for a safe place to put it) when i tripped over the air hose that i wasnt using anyway and fell against engine hoist. the hood is fine and para-medics swore nothing was broken. I figured that was enough for the first day as my fingers were sarting to bleed pretty bad anyway.

can't wait till next week end to get started again.

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