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08 August 2010
More pictures of my old truck
From Paul :
This all began over 20 years ago while visiting our daughter in Colorado. I volunteered to help her husband install a furnace and air conditioner in a customer's home. The truck was taken as partial payment for the furnace job. The old girl sat for a couple years before they decided they weren‘t going to restore her. I had a double barrel shot gun my daughter liked and I liked the old truck. So for a days work and a double barrel shot gun, I got me a STOVEBOLT.
Here is the "before" picture.
Now what? It’s 1500 miles from my house to hers. No problem. I’ll just hook a car trailer up to my '84 GMC and drive out and bring her back.
That might have been okay except I didn’t take into consideration that my GMC was not quite powerful enough for the job. The trouble is I didn’t find this out until 50 miles East of Denver ... on the way home. That’s when the GMC boiled over and I had to get my son-in-law to drag the old truck back to his place. Yes, I towed the trailer out and back ... empty.
Two years later with a tow bar and a borrowed three quarter ton truck, I finally got the old girl home. I didn’t do anything to the truck for several years except drive it occasionally.
About four years ago, I decided to do a frame off restoration. Boy, I’ll give that a little more thought next time. I installed a 235 engine from a 1956 Chevrolet, changed over to 12-volt, and installed LED tail lights. I did all of the work myself, except for the wiring and pin striping.
The picture above is the "after" picture. There are plenty more in the Photobucket album!
Thanks to The Stovebolt Page, Jim Carter, LMCTruck, Restoration World and all the folks who contribute to the BOLT.
Paul S Grice