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Owned by Mike Boteler
"Mike B"
Bolter # 4283
Hughesville, Maryland


Update: this truck has been sold.

21 November 2009
# 2702

From Mike :

This is my 1970 Chevrolet TM-80 with a GMC 478 V6. It has a 5+2 transmission/rear set up. 

I had been looking for a a tilt cab and I came across this on eBay. It belonged to an electric co-op out in the middle of Illinois. They bought it brand new in 1970.

This truck stayed inside for most of its life, parked in a truck shed. It had been in service up until the day we brought her home. She was still tagged!

This big Bolt was used with the trailer (that we had loaded on top) to haul 70 - 80 foot long telephone poles.

(I have since found a second tilt cab - very similar to this - but on a fire truck!)

Gary Callis (one of our Baltimore-Washington ATHS members) and I flew out to Paxton, Illinois on a Saturday and drove 820 miles to bring my latest toy home.  For most of the trip, we cruised along at about 58 mph at 3000 rpm.  In Western Maryland we went up ALL of the mountains at 40 mph.

Other than the noise due to all of the sound deadener under the cab being gone, the muffler having holes in it and occasional exhaust back-fire (we think it needs a tune up), we made it home safe and sound. But I have to say, it was NOISY.

Mike has some good Task Force identification information on his web site, Mike's Garage.

Another great score for Mike. And just in time to get into the Big Bolt 2010 calendar! ~ Editor

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