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  Owned by Keith Bevan
"Workinonit"
Bolter # 13605
Victoria, British Columbia
Canada
01 November 2007 Update
# 1986

From Keith :

          It's a dog's life here in the great wet north. The Government always takes their share and more. However, we live and buy another day. We wore the shirts to the Fall Fair at the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society (SHAS) today (they made up some special Stovebolt t-shirts ... and we are hoping for a fashion picture ~ Editor) and people liked them. They can't get over the quality of the print. We also referred a few of the people to the Bolt site. So it's all good.

          Hope to see you next year -- bring your umbrella.

          Want to update the pic in the Gallery, please. This shot above has the correct wheels, caps and tires.

          Here's my web site with more information about my Chevy Stovebolt!

Keith


03 July 2007
# 1986

From Keith :

           Well, as in most cases, our truck stared as a basket case in Bellevue, Washington. She ran and moved even with three stuck brakes, all be it with significant reluctance. She's a 1942 Chevy 3/4-ton built in April as a stake truck (these are the original).

           When we arrived in Bellevue, she sat under a tree on a down to the rear angle. So with no other help but my wife, we used the trailer to tow her from her resting place. After another several hours of winching and cursing, Kim and I finally got her on the trailer. We then had to drive to Seattle to pick up paperwork we needed for the border.

           It was then a race to the border as the USA customs only exports until 3:30 PM. When we got there, the office was closed so we headed for the Canadian customs and were with amazement able to import the truck. You have never seen two more relieved people when we got the stamp and paid the duty.

           From there, it was a someone more leisurely trip to the ferry and Victoria.

           We spent four months sanding the black goop that was spread all over, not just the body, in the parking lot of the apartment. Then came the eight months of assembling parts, finding a welder to fix the damaged metal work, and a body and paint guy. During that time, Kim talked to previous owners and we were able to trace the history back to the farm in Nebraska where she started work.

           The current engine is a 216 from 1946 with a 4 speed crash box and 4.55 diff. We've taken the truck to Penticton, BC (about 800 mile round trip) and used about a pint of oil. We were astounded by the 15-18 MPG we got through the mountains.

           We have met some wonderful people because of her and have a great time talking to people who have never seen anything like her.

           We have the 16" rims (need tires) and still have to finish the interior as time and weather permit. We drive her every day.

          Here's my web site with more information about my Chevy Stovebolt!

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