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Owned by Leo Kuiperij
"1953 panel"
Bolter # 13803
Oakwood, Ontario

06 October 2011
# 2910

More pictures of my old truck

From Leo :

A number of years ago, I began to think of adding an antique GM truck to my contracting business. Originally, my intent was to look for a 1967-72 pickup but I was soon drawn to a more unique truck -- an AD panel.

Everything about the Advance Design old panel trucks was cool as well as functional. So, it would be able to earn its keep in the business.

On Labor Day 2006, I was off to look at this truck that was 250 miles away. A deal was made and it came home with me on the trailer.

The VIN tells me it was assembled in Kansas City. Interestingly, I discovered an old chewed up and stained receipt in the glove box dated July 1969 for six hogs that were taken to a processing plant in Stockton, Missouri.

My son and I completely disassembled it, right down to the frame. A local restorer / mechanic whom I had done construction work for, did the frame and body painting. I put it all back together, having everything checked out and or rebuilt beforehand.

The old babbitt pounder was replaced with a newer 261 Stovebolt Six. The original 4 speed with torque tube is still there, and the rear differential gears were changed out with the 3.55 setup from Patrick's in Arizona.

After almost five years of finding the needed parts and putting things back together, it was ready for a safety check and licensing. Since then it has been to the building supply store getting 2 x 4s, and has also been to various job sites.

It has been a fun journey getting this rig back together. Joining the Stovebolt Forum was very good, not only to learn, but also to foster new friendships.


November 2013 Update

Fred Nixon (Radio Bench Moderator) sent in an article from Old Autos newspaper about Leo's trip to the 2013 Stovebolt Reunion in Kansas City, MO in his 1953 panel. Leo brought Fred along (so two Canadians -- double the fun!) and it was such a treat for the Bolters to meet Fred. This is a real good story and we appreciate Old Autos giving us permission to use it here. ~ Editor


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