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1952 GMC 3/4-Ton


Dale "Spanky" Holt
The Little Rascals Rod Shop
Bolter # 5781
Castle Rock, Washington
20 July 2009 Update
# 2634

From Dale :

           Hello all. We have finished the Hot Rod Power Tour. Sorry it took so long to send in the pic’s and the story but had to deal with home / work.

           We spent about three days thrashing on the truck to get ready for the 8400 mile, 22 state round trip with no cruise or air, I might add.

           We first built a hard cover for the bed so our luggage would stay somewhat dry (haha). Then we installed a new AM / FM / CD and a 500 watt amp, new brakes, u-joints, starter, water pump, air shocks, and new tires. We also installed a GPS unit and Sirius Satellite Radio.

           We packed the truck with an extra fan belt, radiator hoses, and miscellaneous parts “just in case.”

           On May 29, we were off to bed early so we could get on the road at the crack of dawn. My best friend Craig McCurdy and I left Castle Rock, Washington at the crack of noon on May 30, 2007 to start the Power Tour and an adventure of a lifetime.

           We stopped in Spokane, Washington at around 6 pm to have dinner with my good friends Jim and Maggie Denison. Then we drove on to Mazola, Montana where we arrived at a Comfort Inn at about 2:30 am in the snow. Day one down and no problems.

           I could take you day by day but I’ll just hit the highlights.

           As we drove through Yellowstone [ pix ] and blocked traffic to get pics of the truck at the entrance, we heard a loud bang and then a dragging noise on the rough road. So we pulled over to inspect the problem. It was our left air shock, installed a couple of days earlier to hold the truck up with two fat guys and all their stuff. It had blown out. So we drove a little slower until we could fix it.

           We finally found a parts store that had air-shocks in stock in South Dakota. We installed them in the parking lot of our Hotel at 0700. We went on to Mt. Rushmore [ pix ] and Crazy Horse. In Yellowstone we went across the Continental Divide [ pix ] at 8600 feet. Then on the east side of Yellowstone [ pix ] , we crossed a mountain pass at 0300 that was 9300 feet high and snowing. The truck did not miss a beat.

           We arrived in Cleveland, Ohio on June 1 and met some great people at our hotel and began our trip (after driving 2500+ miles already).

           It rained very hard in Michigan and in Wisconsin. We hit construction season in Chicago, and got lost in Kentucky. But overall the trip was uneventful. If you do not count the rain coming in around the doors and the windshield, our only mechanical problem was our new starter. It failed in Tennessee. We had to replace it at the car show. Otherwise we had a great time and would do it again.

           The tour started in Cleveland, Ohio and went to Kalamazoo, Michigan, Racine, Wisconsin, Springfield, Illinois, Evansville, Indiana, Memphis, Tennessee, and ended 2500+ miles later in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 9. There was a car show in each town. By the end of the tour, we had already covered over 5,000 miles and we still had to go home.

           We drove on to Dallas, Texas, and spent the night with a good friend and saw the sights. We drove to Amarillo to the Cadillac Ranch (the buried cars not a brothel). We drove as much of old Route 66 as we could -- which is not so easy in New Mexico. We went to the Grand Canyon and drove across Hover Dam. We drove through Las Vegas in 114 degree heat with no AC and the truck did great. I wish I could say the same for myself.

           When we arrived at home, we had driven through 22 states and covered around 8,400 miles and had the time of our lives. We usually drove12-14 hours a day. We usually arrived at our hotel around 0200 in the morning. We normally were out on the road by 0800 every morning.

           A couple we met in Cleveland fell in love with the GMC and when we returned home, they contacted us and made a deal so the “Little Rascals Rod Shop” truck now lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- but such is life. We drove that little truck everywhere and enjoyed it. Now it is someone else’s turn to enjoy it and start a new chapter in the truck's life.

           We did not own that truck. We were just one of its caretakers and now it has a new caretaker. If that old farm truck could only talk. These pics are from the humble beginings to the sad end when it went on the transport truck to leave.


Well, Dale and Rascals -- congratulations. What a fitting ending to your time with this old Bolt. From all the stories and pictures, this has been quite an adventure. And since you have two others projects, I'm sure you won't be without something to tinker on. And good timing, I suppose ... we just ran through the entire alphabet on your pictures <yet another record here>!! Thanks for making us all part of this. ~~ Editor

05 March 2007 Update
# 1000

From Dale :

             Here's another update for you all. I thought I've give you the low down on our summer plans.

             We are taking the 1952 GMC a/k/a "Little Rascals Rod Shop Truck" on the "Hot Rod Power Tour" this summer in June. The tour leaves Cleveland, Ohio on June 2, 2007 and ends up in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 9, 2007. It will be a 2500 mile trip from our home town to Cleveland. Then the power tour covers 900 miles. Then it will be another 2500+ miles home.

             We will send you pic's and updates from the road and fill you in on our progress. We plan on going to Mount Rushmore, the Salt Flats and stopping at Yellowstone along the way. The trip will take a total of three weeks to complete.

             We have already started to rebuild a new engine for the truck (that's the picture here). We are replacing the brakes, u-joints, tires, and putting on new exhaust to make the trip safer and "trouble" free since we will cover 6000+ miles in three weeks.

             You may enjoy some of these pictures. Here's the brake pedal. And here's the pinstripping design on the dash. We also pinstripped the engine compartment.

             Thank you guys for your support.

Dale "Spanky" Holt

             In case you don't read all the way to the bottom, you might want to check out their feature story -- "Motivating the Next Generation." ~~ Editor

27 October 2006 Update
# 1000

From Dale :

             I thought I'd send you a couple of pic's of the '52 "working." We still use it as a shop truck. We haul junk and parts with it. We took the truck to the Unique Tin car show held August 24, 2006. This was the third year it has been there -- this is the show that started it all.

             We also went to the Unfinished Nationals in Elma, Washington which is about 75 miles one way from our house. The Model 'A' Roadster in front of the '52 is our new toy.

             We sold our 1965 GMC to fund both this 1952 GMC "Little Rascals" truck and our 1953 5-window.

Keep up the great work.

Dale "Spanky" Holt

25 September 2006 Update
# 1000

From Dale:

             Hello gang. It's Dale Holt and "The Little Rascals." I thought I'd update you all on our truck.

             We had to retire the old 305 and the original Monte Carlo transmission. So we replaced them with a fresh 327 V-8 and a turbo 350 automatic [ pix ] . We also painted the fire-wall and the interior metallic green while the truck was down for repairs.

             We have only made it to about five or six car shows so far this year, but we are driving the truck every day. Here's a photo from the Home Depot car show.

             I have enclosed a few pic's and will try and send some more later. Here is a shot of the firewall "before," coming out from a nice, long covered bridge and the interior painted.

             Thanks for the site and your support.

Dale "Spanky" Holt

16 November 2005 Update

From Dale:

             Hello it's Dale Holt again (The Little Rascals). I thought I'd send some more pics of the kids' 1952 GMC at a few local shows from this summer.

            We took the truck up to Tacoma (Washington) for the Hot-Rod-Arama. The event was about 100 miles one way but the old truck drove great on the freeway at 75-100 mph all the way there and back.

             The next day we drove it to Kalama, Washington for "The Bash" (Rat Rod show) about 40 miles one way.

             The truck was honored with a jacket at Kalama. The jacket has the '52 painted on it.

            Next we were off to Vancouver, Washington for the summer festival. We parked next to fellow Bolter Ken Brown's GMC (photo on the right).
            Then we took the truck to The Unique Tin car show in Longview (the show that started it all). While at this show, the truck was pinstriped.

             The boys are having a great time with the truck Chris my oldest will get his license in December and wants to start driving the truck to school. We have two new projects -- a 1965 GMC 1/2-ton and a 1953 Chev 1/2-ton 5-window.

Dale Holt

             In case you don't read all the way to the bottom, you might want to check out their feature story -- "Motivating the Next Generation." ~~ Editor

15 July 2005 Update

From Dale: 

             Hello. It's The Little Rascals. Thought I'd drop you a line and update you on our 1952 GMC.

             We have received quite a few emails from fellow Bolters showing their support plus a few wanting to build one like it. We think this is great! We would rather see the old trucks on the road instead of rusting away in a yard or field.

             It has been on the road for almost a year now, (it will be a year in August). We have our running boards and front bumper on now. We also had to put in a new cam, lifters, and timing chain. We drive the truck all the time -- no matter what the weather is.

             The boys have won a total of four awards with the truck to date. Here is a picture from a big shindig in Vancouver.

             We hope we have inspired others to build and enjoy their truck and not to hide them in the garage because it's not done or not perfect. Our truck gets more attention than the finished trucks because it's different and raw. (Don't get me wrong -- I love finished trucks!)

             It doesn't take a lot of money to have fun.

Dale Holt

01 February 2005
Gallery Submission #1000

From Dale: 

             This 1952 GMC started life as a 3/4-ton abandoned in a field. It was free as long as we hauled it away.

             This truck was built with NO money, just parts that where lying around the shop or with donated parts. The goal was to get the kids interested in old cars and to teach them how to work on old cars. It was built over the course of two weeks with the help of two 14-year olds (Chris and Josh), one 11-year old (Zac), and one exhausted 37-year old father (Dale). Patti (Mom) painted lettering on the doors, and painted gauges.

             The goal was reached and a pretty cool old truck was created as well.

             The frame and running gear are out of a 1984 Monte Carlo that we already had and the wheels where in the barn for years. Cedar Hill Street Rods donated the wiring, some paint and many miscellaneous grinding and sanding tools - plus much more. Don (The Hulk) Hauler donated scrap metal and miscellaneous parts to help with the project. [ pix ]

             We drive the truck almost daily. It drives great! Future plans are to completely strip it down and paint it.


Dale Holt

             What a great story ... what a great Stovebolt! We ended up doing a feature story on all of this "Motivating the Next Generation." We sent the gang some special "Stovebolt 1000" t-shirts, too! This is great! ~~ Editor


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Spanky and the Little Rascals have four trucks in the Gallery -- a 1953 Chevy 1/2-Ton Five Window :: a 1952 GMC 3/4-Ton :: a 1957 GMC 1/2-Ton :: and a 1965 GMC 1/2-ton which has been sold to fund the other three. We have a great feature story on the beginning of all this: Motivating the Next Generation Stovebolters. Enjoy the reads. ~ Editor