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New Stuff -- December 2005

It's a "Never-ending Newsletter"

In this issue

New Forums

Feature - A Stovebolt Music Man

New Tech Tips

New Links

New Calendars

Thanks for Donations

Words / Dots to Keep in Mind

Stovebolt Stats

 

 

 

Wishing you and all yours a very wonderful Christmas season. And may your New Year be full of great and wonderful memories.

The Stovebolt Staff

Marlyn Orson's 1948 Chevrolet 1/2-ton
Marlyn Orson's 1950 Chevy 3100 - Decked out for Christmas
Merry Christmas . . .

 

New Forums

 

New Forums

 

New Forums

Help with Hauling

     Bolters have asked for this over the years and we have been sending them to Yesterday's Tractors all this time. Well, maybe it was just good timing but Clay "taskforcetrucks" Duckworth sent in his request while we were having a moment of weakness, I suppose.

     "I've enjoyed using the Stovebolt site for the past several years.  I wondered if you considered adding a section where members could advertise their truck hauling needs.  I buy old '55-'59 projects in all parts of the country and am always looking for a cost-effective way to get them back home.  With these old projects I don't usually care if the carrier has a $1M insurance policy or a covered trailer. I just want to get an old, non-running truck back to Texas for cheap.  Anyway, I wondered if you've considered incorporating a hauling schedule into the site."

     Well, setting it up wasn't hard. But I knew we'd need a moderator. But no sooner had I posted a request for help, BARRY WEEKS came to the rescue!

     "I think it's perfect. The Yesterday's Tractors hauling schedule works very good, but really belongs to the tractor guys even though many others have been using it. Usually when someone hauls a car/truck/tractor, they end up driving empty one way.  These hauling boards really help fill that empty space. There are many people crisscrossing the country now hauling vehicles and parts, especially with the popularity of buying and selling on eBay.

     "Hauling can even be important for someone buying parts, as shipping parts too big for USPS, UPS or Fed-Ex can cost more than the parts themselves.  Parts such as engines, cabs, pickup boxes and even front fenders can be a pain in the butt to ship without spending a fortune.  Hopefully we can provide a place for people to hook up and move some parts.

     So -- Barry is back on staff! Yee-ha! The forum seems to be working very well. We set it up in the General area to start with but we'll move it to the Swap Meet area -- since it kinda fits in with all that stuff. (By the way, that's Matt Droege with his '55 Chevy 6500 -- hauling Christmas trees!)

 

Come shuffle around ... The Clinics

All things Radio-related

 

The Doors

 

Making a Stovebolt Bed


    Tune in as Fred “Truckernix” Nixon and Alan Horvath lead discussions on the repair of that classic piece that’s mounted in your dash (commonly known as the radio!) and other subjects theretofore related (dash, mounting, antenna repairs, etc.).

     Even if you’re a little more high fidelity than that, feel free to send in your questions, tips, suggestions, and tips on upgrading your Bolt to include some of the latest available sound upgrades.

     We’re planning a step-by-step restoration with Fred walking us thru an actual repair on a vintage radio or two. Welcome all questions for now.

 

    Common baby, light my fire! Or is that, oh baby is your hair on fire? Hmmm … unsure here …

        So, after trying to get some new weather stripping around your window that won’t crank up anymore … or replacing the window itself … you are ready to set your Stovebolt on fire. Na na NA! Not necessary. We’ve got a clinic here to help you get thru all these very minor (snicker) aggravations.

        American Classic Truck Parts is sponsoring this clinic. They may be able to help you find some of those pieces that you need. As a matter of incredible timing, ACTP is setting up a Store Front on eBay.

        So, come posts your questions, tips and tricks on doors. How to repair, remount, align them. Windows, door seals, channels. Mirrors, vents. Mounting a cup-holder. C'mon in -- let's work on these. Give some tips. Share some tricks.

       A big thanks to Scott “48bigtrucks” Ward for moderating. He’s standing duty with the fire hose! And as the Doors sing "Specialize in havin' fun"

 

         Starting in January, Mar-K Quality Parts is sponsoring our clinic on "Making a Stovebolt Bed." Weve had quite a few new gallery additions lately with some great-looking beds. And weve noticed a lot of questions being asked about everything from sheets to pillow cases. Well, okay ... bed kits, parts, specific woods, stains, dimensions, materials, mounting tailgates, mounting the bed, and general how tos.

        Mar-K techs will be available to help with some of your questions. So bring 'em on. And if you've got some tips yourself, please join in.

        Mar-K is an American manufacturer of top quality pickup bed parts including tailgates, front panels, bedsides, sills, bedwood, bedstrips, anglestrips, and many other hardware and trim items. Custom options and upgrades are available so you can purchase bed parts made "your way."

        The Mar-K website is very informative and helpful, with technical and installation information, an extensive photo gallery, links to hundreds of automotive websites, and the full Mar-K product line available to order online.

        THIS is gonna be another fun clinic!


 

New Feature

 

New Feature

 

New Feature

A Stovebolt Music Man

        Irwin says, "The good thing about the steam calliope was that you can hear it two miles away.  And the worst thing is that you can hear it two miles away."

Irwin Arnstein Inc.
Photography – Audio Recording – Computer Repair and Consulting Musician – Light Hauling – Garbage Removal

        The local newspaper refers to Irwin as the "Music Man of North Texas." He is a volunteer at the Age of Steam Railroad Museum in Dallas, Texas and he plays the steam calliope at the State Fair and on weekends.  In a clip from a news piece (that's on the Features page), he is playing a 1905 calliope that he restored himself.  It weights 3-400 pounds and he is pressing on keys with 25 inches of steam pressure!  The calliope came off the Golden Rod Show boat.  There are only five or six playable calliope in the United States.

        About such notoriety, Irwin says, "The media is full of superlatives. There are far more that are far better."

        Irwin has a few different ‘sets’ he plays on the calliope, such as Americana (patriotic music), popular music (standards, mostly from the swing era), folk music, and light classics. Stuff you would expect to hear on a calliope. If he gets ambitious, he’ll try to play Light Cavalry Overture or Can-Can by Offenbach. But those have a lot of notes and he says it's hard to squoze them into two and half octaves.

 

        "If I am not playing the steam calliope, at least I can pull one. Here’s my friend Bill Flynt (right) with his 1923 Tangley Circus air calliope getting pulled by Big Red – my '59 Chevy 1-ton. As it turns out, the granny gear in the SM420 4-speed is perfect for parade mode as the truck would just idle along and pull the calliope without a hitch.

 

Come check out the rest of this melody ...


New Tech Tips

 

New Tech Tips

 

New Tech Tips

 


 

New Links

 

New Links

 

New Links

     We are now at over 500 links in the Lots O' Links Section! Zowie. Thanks for continuing to send them in. And thanks again to Sir Links-A-Lot (Bruce Michaels) for helping to validate they are Stovebolt-related (we get a lot of requests - and so many don't fit here). And while we were adding these, we re-did the Electrical Links page to make it easier to find wires, lights, sites about clocks, radios and gauges.

 


Calendars

 

Calendars

 

Calendars

Just added our Second Edition 2006 Calendar
with a great variety of old iron.
And if you STILL need a calendar, why not get exactly what you want?
Here's Ken Cluley's 1950 Chevy 3100.
Just ask!
And we finally finished the 2006 Calendar from the
2005 It Ran When I Parked It photo contest.

 

Thank you

 

Thank you

 

Thank you

To our December supporters!

     We want to thank those who have made donations towards the operation of the site for this month. We have no intention of having our site globbed with advertisements all over the place. And it's contributions like these that help us cover our costs and keep the place fairly tidy. We can't thank you all enough. All of the work on the site is done by volunteers, so all donations go back into running and funning the site!

Anthony McGowan
Charlie "Cletis" Hardin *

     * = two-time donor


"Words" to live by (and think about)

     We had an interesting email exchange with Michael Katz as we were trying to help with his truck questions. He sent me this comment - which really is great internet insite.

"That's the big problem with email.
Yes, the words come through, but not the inflection, not the nuance, not the body language.
Not the smile or the twinkling eyes, not the irony, not the humor.
Not the facial expression -- just electronic dots on a screen.
Shoot, they're not even words, just dots that represent words."


 

Stovebolt Stats

 

Stovebolt Stats

 

Stovebolt Stats

Here's what's been happening in December
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