The Gallery
 

1938 GMC T 16 B


Around the 'Bolt...

Search
Search the 'Bolt - more than 100,000 pages of info. Start here if you're hunting!

Discussion Forums
More than 38,400 registered Stovebo
lters from around the world talking old trucks, and sharing technical help.

Gallery More than 3,140 old truck stories with photos from Stovebolters worldwide! More in our DITY Gallery.

Tech Tips
Helpful tips on truck restoration, identification, preservation; project stories, Build Blogs and Stovebolt histories.

Links
More than 1,025 useful sites for information, parts, electrical, fire trucks, services, other sites and more.

Events
Find out who's doing what, where and when! See who else is in your neighborhood with an old truck.

The Swap Meet
FREE Classified ads for trucks, parts, truck citings, eBay / Craigslist, Hauling Board.

FAQs
Nothing new under the sun ... got some good Frequently Asked Questions here, and will probably have more!

Features
Sagas, Feature Stories and some stuff we've done here and there and don't know where else to put it!

Stovebolt Hoo-ya
'Bolter wear, calendars, bling and other goodies!

Stovebolt Office
About Us, Contacting Us, Stovebolt Supporters, and other pertinent administrivia.

Home
Return to the home page







No parts of this site, its contents, photos or graphics may be used without permission.

Copyright © 1995-2017
Mechanicsville, Maryland

 

 
 

Owned by Archie Messer
"Archie's36"
Bolter # 23497
Deer Park, WA

Talking about this truck
in the DITY Gallery


15 February 2010
# 2755

More truck pictures of my old truck

From Archie :

I was moving an old Ferd for a friend, and saw a fender sticking out from in front of a semi box. (This was in a field of semi trailers.) I later talked to the owner of the yard and he said let's go take a look. That is when I saw this classic truck for the first time.

The truck was last licensed in 1956 in Oregon.

This old GMC truck has approximately 40K on her. Five of the six tires hold air. The motor is stuck. It has a HUGE rear end. Most all of the truck is there with the exception of a few emblems and glass, as well as the headlight buckets (which were snapped off) and are gone.

It took me about a month to get a price from the owner. I finally got to bring her home late in January. The truck was just a few miles from the house and it was a simple matter of blowing up the tires and trailering it home.

I have started to dismantle her so I can determine what all is wrong. Getting out the several pounds of yellow jacket nests was interesting.

So far, the gauges all work. The horn works. The radiator still had water in it (and mud). I was even able to get the choke cable to work again.

The hardest thing so far was getting the windshield crank to free up but it works fine now.

There was no rust in the gas tank and just some surface rust under the tank. I wish I could find the lower seat springs then the interior parts are all there. I found the original keys in the dirt on the floor and all the locks work.

I am really surprised by how little serious rust there is. It has mostly surface rust that cleans right off.

The engine is a mystery as of now, and hopefully, I'll have an answer soon. It is currently locked up but I hope to be able to get it freed.

You can view the truck's progress on facebook (Archie Messer). I hope to be able to restore it to like new, but if I can't get the few things I need, we aren't above making a rod out of it.

My wife really liked the truck until I told her how much the missing grille / headlights are going to cost. Then she isn't sure if it is a good idea for me to have a play thing.

Archie Messer



This is a very solid-looking project, considering its age. Good luck and keep us updated on your progress. ~ J. Lucas, Stovebolt Curator

-30-


Home | FAQ | Forum | Swap Meet | Gallery | Tech Tips | Links | Events | Features | Search | Hoo-ya Shop