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New Stuff -- May 2005

New things on the site you just might have missed


The Swap Meet is now in the Forums

Having to part with one of your Stovebolt?Looking for some manuals?      Well, come on now -- This shouldn't be a surprise! We told you May 1, the old Swap Meet would shut down. Judging from all the new registrations, it looks like the transition was pretty smooth (lots of interesting log-in names, by the way!). For our users, it means you only have to use one user name and password to access all the features of The Stovebolt Page.  For us, it means a more streamlined and efficient site administration (with one less stand-alone suite of software to manage and a little more space on the server!) An added bonus has been to see some of the discussion that's been generated when buying and selling stuff. We're glad to finally make this change!

Looking for parts?Gotta get yourself a Stovebolt of your own?Looking for tools?


May feature story

      Tom Truhlar contacted The Stovebolt Page last year about his 1953 Chevy stepvan. Not just any stepvan but a model 3742 3/4-ton forward control chassis with a Grumman all-aluminum body with sliding doors (roll-down windows). Tom and his wife, Kathy, had quite a restoration project before them, but when they finished ... what an accomplishment!

      Tom and Kathy own a small dairy plant in southern Wisconsin and handmake a popular ice cream bar called the BIG BAR. They take their bars on the road to car shows throughout southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Their goal was to have their Stovebolt ready for one of their largest events -- the Spring Jefferson Swap and Car Show in Jefferson, WI April 23-24, 2005.

      And they did! Come one, come all ... read all about it ...


      We've got some more wonderful Bolters to thank for their donations during the month of April.

Raymond Seaborne Brian "sixtyninebri" Davis Mike "Dakota" Jordanger Steve "Nauta" Heath Woogeroo "Woogeroo" Woogeroo

Help keep this site going and growing!


Stovebolters support the "Tools for Cure 2005"

      Many of our regular Bolters are familiar with Brian Moore's annual fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis. The Stovebolt Page is more than happy to give Brian support in the forums to help rummage up tool donations and to sell the raffle tickets. Seemed like a lot of fun last year, some great prizes and some great awareness of CF.

From Brian ~~

      "In March of 2000 our daughter Hannah was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). She is now five years old. To give you an idea of how CF affects Hannah and our lives here's a look at some numbers.

Over the next year:

      CF doesn’t take a break or just go away. CF is fatal in EVERY case. There is no cure for CF, yet! More than 30,000 people in the US, and approximately 75,000 people worldwide have CF. One in 31 people is an unknown symptomless carrier of the defective CF gene.

      Shortly after Hannah’s diagnosis, my wife Sarah and I became involved in fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We soon learned of another local family who also has a daughter named Hannah with CF. Together we teamed up to form the Buck / Moore for CF committee. We have a web site is that tells the story of the two Hannah’s.

      Tools for a Cure was started because even though my wife and I are pretty good at asking anyone for money for CF, we wanted to be able to give something back. I like tools ... no ... I LOVE tools ... so I thought "Hey, let's have a tool raffle!"

      So late in 2003 I started to research and collect names of companies that made or supplied tools. I have tool companies from every aspect of the tool industry (wood working, automotive, construction, craft, etc.). Early in 2004 I sent out over 500 letters to all these companies. I was truly shocked when boxes and boxes of tools started to show up at our house! In all we received over 100 items to raffle.

      So that is how Tools for a Cure was started. In 2004 Tools for a Cure sold more than 300 tickets and raised more than $3,000. Over one-third of the tickets were sold online to my fellow Stovebolters (oooh-rah!). There were a few Bolters that sold tickets for us and some helped promote our raffle on other websites.

      This year we hope to raise $5,000. We have lowered our ticket price from $10 to $5 hoping we will be able to get more people involved. Tickets will go on sale mid-May and the raffle drawing will be held in late August / early September.

      This year we will have sent out more than 700 letters and already have more than 50 prizes that value more than $2,000. Quite a few of the Stovebolters who participated last year won something. Some of the winners from last year donated their prizes to this year's drawing and we really appreciate their generosity.

      Our whole family appreciates all the support, whether it be through tickets sale or just the thoughts and prayers of everyone who has helped us work towards a cure for our daughter and all the other people throughout the world who have CF. I look forward to someday meeting some of my fellow Stovebolters to thank them personally.

Brian Moore
Tools for a Cure Chairman
A Buck / Moore for CF Committee
756 Ansley Drive
St. Joseph, MI 49085

We bring you the Virtual Library

      A big thanks to Woogeroo, Laroke and the other Bolters who helped pull together this initial list of books starting back in October 2004. When asked what books do you use, some of our favorites were:

      If you have something we should add, please let us know.

      We'd like to encourage you to check the "Library" at American Classic Truck Parts (since they pick up the hosting fee for The Stovebolt Page). Besides books, they have many manuals, brochures, booklets, all sorted by years. So, if you're in the market to buy ... please support those who have supported all of us in 10 year endeavor!

      Another great source for on-line manuals is Keith Hardy's Old On-line Chevy Manuals project. As a matter of fact, if you've got a manual to donate to this project, it would be great for everyone. So far, Keith has over 65 Chevy manuals and information (pre-1960) ...all for free! And he's consistantly updating it.

      And did you know that Google now has "Google Print" -- just search on Google as you normally would. For example, do a search on a subject such as "books about old trucks." Whenever a book contains content that matches your search terms, Google will show links to that book in your search results. Click on the book title and you'll see the page that contains your search terms, as well as other information about the book. You can also search for other topics within the book. Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Since a lot of the world's information isn't yet online, they're helping to get it there. Google Print puts the content of books where you can find it most easily; right in Google search results. Right now (January 2005) they're still testing this program, so you may not see books in your results for every search. But you can expect to see more and more books popping up in your search results in the coming months.

      And our local public library now is on-line with a pretty cool data base for searching for information. You might want to see if that is available in your area, too. I can hunt down a book and reserve it on-line. Then just drop by to pick it up. Quite nifty, I'd say.

      Free stuff ... isn't it GREAT!


The Stovebolt Page is growing up...

And so are our cover ladies!!

      We're turning ten this year! And we've had so many people ask about the Stovebolt on the "cover" that we wanted to show you Kip's daughters are growing up with us. And like these ladies... wouldn't you say things have changed a wee bit? We need to ask Kip how much gray hair he's got? And then let him know how much he's gonna get by the next update picture!

And in case you've missed any of these ...

April New Links

April Tech Tip Articles

April Gallery Additions

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