Joe Croft's

1942 Chevy 1/2-Ton


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5 September 2006 Update
# 1517

From Joe :

       I finally painted the cab. After all ... it was ready for paint for almost a year! I have some more photos on Picturetrail.

       It is a two stage paint rusty and believe it or not, it is supposed to be British racing green (you know how fast those old Chevys are ). The color is just a little darker in person. I think the white background (in the photo) has something to do with it looking lighter.

       As of the end of August, I've got the hood back on and the dash is in. I may have it running for the first time in six years in another week or so.

       I can't wait to hear how it sounds.

       Thanks for all you do. God bless.

Joe Croft
and crew: Sara, Hanah and Abby
"dad6timz"
Bolter # 6012
Binghamton, New York


15 May 2006
# 1517

From Joe :

       Here is the story about me and the truck, a 1942 1/2-ton pick up. My friend gave me this truck five years ago. It was in his field at his farm. It was a basket case -- we even had to cut down a tree that had grown up thru the floor. There were more patches than original metal in the cab. Well, we pulled the truck thru the field with a bulldozer during a snowstorm.We loaded it on a U-haul trailer for the one and half hour ride home (still in the snowstorm). I had detailed pictures of bringing it home and all of the work that was done but my computer crashed and I lost all of the digital pictures. I have a few pictures on this site.

       I worked very hard on it for the first year and a half then we moved and it went on the back burner. I started to work on it again about a year ago and that's when my girls (Sara, Hanah and Abby, ages 6, 9 and 11 years old) got interested in working on it with me. My girls really are a big help. The goal was to have it done for the St. Patrick's Day parade this year because it will be two-tone green. It was originally used during the war as a troop truck with wooden slats in the box for seats. I hope to make it as original as possible.

       Well, I will make a long story short. I hurt my back in October and have been out of work since November and I have not worked on it since. I' had surgery the end of March to try and fix it. They tell me the recovery time is 3 to 6 months. So, the truck is in pieces right now and it's going to be awhile before I can start working on it again.

       I have been building truck models to pass the time. This site has been a God send during the last few months. Thanks to everyone who makes the Stovebolt site possible.

       Thanks again and God bless.

Joe Croft
and crew: Sara, Hanah and Abby
"dad6timz"
Bolter # 6012
Binghamton, New York



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