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"The Lone Rhino"

Owned by Dave Eisenhower
Bolter # 10108
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

10 August 2008
# 2400

From Dave :

        Hey Stovebolters! Four years ago, my last truck (a 1994 Mazda with my motorcycle - a 1973 Honda 350four - parked in front of it) were totaled by a young lady "...coming home from a club."

        Luckily, no one was hurt and the insurance money allowed me to by this 1958 Chevy Panel Wagon from a nice guy in Georgia. We call it "The Lone Rhino." This truck has been my daily driver ever since and has really worked out well for me as I am a carpenter doing mostly local work.

        The Task Force Panel truck had 69,000 miles on it when I got it. It had been through a amateur restoration some years before I bought it. But it was essentially sound and complete. The shortcomings of the previous body work are starting to show now and it will soon be time to redo it right. 

        It's a typical 1500 with the 235 and three speed manual. I only have had to do minor mechanical work to keep it going. The only wall I've faced has been with tie rod ends for which replacements apparently don't exist. My mechanic was able to do a little welding to get me over that.

        Other cars in the stable include a my father's 1952 MGTD, a 1972 Jeep Commando with a 304, and my fiance's 2005 Mazda RX8.

        For all you mariners, the boat in-tow with the Panel in this picture (larger) is a 1973 MFG Sidewinder we call "Cacafuego."

        I'm much obliged to the Stovebolt community for all their efforts. You all are a priceless resource for a shade tree mechanic such as myself.



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