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05 October 2008 Update

From Bruce :

       I haven't done much to my truck except for moving it all over the country.

       I'm in the process of completing the body work now. As soon as I can afford it, I'm going to paint it -- flag and all. Then all I'll have left to do is upholstery, wiring, and install the glass.

       I took the truck to the Brothers 10th annual Chevy / GMC truck show in July. That's when I took these pics.

       The man and his truck / and if that one wasn't enough: another angle (sorry, but I like this shot ~ Editor ) / towing her to the show /

       I told Bruce ... "not much done?!! What are you talking about??" He said, " I guess it's easier to see what been done as a bystander. To me, I've had it on the back burner quite a bit for the last couple of years. I have made progress though. Just slow."



       If that wasn't enough, we got an email a few days after the update. Bruce did make it to the 2008 Brothers Classic Chevy & GMC Truck Show & Shine. "I made it in another magazine - Custom Classic Trucks!! I'm mentioned by name in the article, and my truck is the big grey one on page three of this article. Hope they like the truck when I finish it."

        Don't forget Bruce's web page -- it has a lot more pictures of it. ~~ Editor

06 February 2006 Update

From Bruce:

          Here's an update of the '51 NAPCO. I'm having to put it back together since I'll be moving. I haven't added the flag to the firewall yet. It is farther along than it ever was though.

  • Replaced cab back panel [ pix ]
  • Engine [ pix ] reinstalled
  • Front clip reinstalled [ pix ]
  • Inside engine compartment
  • Inside cab -- Ididit steering column, 2002 Silverado seats (with seatbelts) [ pix ]
  • CHROME!!

          More later.


                    Don't forget Bruce's web page -- it has a lot more pictures of it. ~~ Editor

February 1 2004 Update

          After working diligently on the links for The Stovebolt Page, Bruce got to work on his web site for his '51 NAPCO. Great show. You need to see it.

          Plus, Bruce's American-pride "paint job" is included in the Stovebolt Page Tech Tips.


          Thanks muchly Sir Links-A-Lot! You've been doing a great serevice for all us here!

Stovebolt Staff


October 1 2004 Update

From Bruce:

          Hey fellow Stovebolters! Here's an update to my '51 for the Gallery.


  • USAF ID number A-913
  • 1951Chevy short bed (fully boxed frame and hand-fabricated crossmembers) [ pix ]
  • Chevy 383 stroker, est 450 hp/500ft lbs torque [ pix ]
  • Turbo 400/NP 205 transfer case (drivers side front output)
  • NAPCO 3/4-ton under carriage (built specifically for Chevy Advance Design trucks)
  • 4.57 gearing
  • 1949 GMC five window cab (SSSSHHHH don't tell anybody!!)


22 August 2003

From Bruce:


          My truck [ pix ] was an old Air Force Truck. I bought it in 1999.  I converted it to 4 X 4 [ pix ] with 3/4-ton NAPCO parts. 

          I hope to be finished in a couple years.

          My web page has a lot more pictures of it.



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