1926 Chevy 1-Ton
13 March 2006
From Richard :
I found this old and beaten up truck in a farmer's field on September the 25th of 2005, actually by accident. I was driving a grain truck and waiting for the next load of the combine, so I could go back to the yard and dump. In a pile of junk and old farm equipment my eye caught a fender-like shape and I had to have a better look.
This "pile" had been sitting there since the early '60s and when the land was sold to the present-day owner Jim Walsh of "Scattered Acres," it came along with the inventory. In that time there were still a few windows in it and it looked a bit better. During the '70s when the copper price went up, someone removed the radiator with brute force and left its grille damaged as it is now. What was it? From what year? What did it look like when it was new?
I found The Stovebolt Page by accident, too and then I got all the help I could ask for. Dean Meltz and Tim Carter gave me the hints and asked me for additional information and within a day, I knew what it was. A Chevrolet 1-ton, on a Series X commercial chassis from 1926 with a cab built by Springfield. It could have been my Great Grandfather's truck.
Is something like this restorable? What did it look like? Is this still a truck or a pile of junk? The quest started. And the Bolter-virus started to take over my brain. You canít leave a piece of history in the field to die like this. How will your grandkids know how this all started? Trucks like this one were the first step to the world we know now, with air-conditioning, V10 engines and GPS. But also -- going to town without packing a lunch.
After phoning Chevrolet Canada, I found out that they don't have records of vehicles older than 1934 -- so there goes my restoration package. Now we have a problem, where to turn to get info on this truck. Editor: Gm now has pdfs of all trucks back to 1930. Thanks to Dean Meltz ("Lurch"), I phone the Reynolds-Alberta Museum and there they were real friendly and helpful. Mr. Randy Kvill, Curator of Documentary Collections and Agriculture, knew right away what we were talking about. We have a "Brantford" cab on the truck and they have a F@#d with a Brantford cab in the collection. They have a big library and the best days to visit are Tuesdays and Thursdays. I think I have to take that 1200 km trip up North as soon as wallet / weather / work and animals allow it.
I’m slowly getting in some prices of the parts I need and I think that the best solution would be to play the lotto, a lot. That’s the only way to keep this truck original. I have some local leads, too and that might turn out cheaper. I jacked it up yesterday, so it moved for the first time in 40+ years. The wheels aren’t really apart but they need to be redone. The wooden spokes need to be replaced. Fortunately, that doesn’t seem to be a too big of a problem. Although I need to make them 48 times, it might get boring. We’ll see. Every day a surprise and every day different. It keeps you on your toes and ready to smile.
I might have found the original engine of the '26, in my own yard! The guys of the Engine and Driveline forum are having a look at it. I hope. That would be Cool. Now I have to leave it all original. How can it be in my yard and I don't know it? Simple ... a good farm rule around here: every good farmer needs at least five acres of rusting objects in his yard to feel secure, have parts, and to snoop through when nothing else will help and the shop can't deliver the new part today. So when we bought the place (150 acres) four years ago, it came completely furnished with its own outside warehouse of a 100 year's of farming equipment leftovers. I threw out two truckloads of unrecognizable rust and left the heavy stuff there, to rust into smaller, movable parts. (Richard has a "Puzzle" page on his site, if you want to help him figure out some of this stuff!)
But I was not planning on writing a book, but I have started a website. I just wanted to show the progress, (0.015%) up till now and some pictures of how I found the truck. In time I'll put down all about its facelift, surgery and the final recovery, more pictures than text, because my spelling checker keeps cursing at me. (Richard is from Holland, but lives in Canada ... and he thinks his English isn't very good but it IS!)
Bolter # 8972
Rural Foremost, Alberta
Richard has been around with us for some time. Besides his website (which you've just got to see - great and funny stories / great detailed pictures ), Richard wrote an informative piece on Searching for Stovebolt Heaven, that is just a treat to read! And did I mention he's read the entire Stovebolt website (about 20,000 pages) ... he is one of our notorious link-checkers and boo-boo finders! Just LOVE this guy ~~ Editor
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