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New Stuff -- May 2006

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Stovebolt Poster Contest

- Larry's Big Roll Out by Todd Simmonds
- Memories ~ made and still making 'em
     by Jerry Scarborough and John Milliman

Spring Wake-up

Tech Tips
Mom's Day
New Links
New Gallery Additions


Memorial Day

May 30

Remember those who gave it all

Whizzerick's poster

Poster Contest entries in and time to vote

        In case you missed it last March, American Classic Truck Parts sponsored our first Stovebolt Poster contest. The Posters are in and voting is in process! Will continue until June 4th. We'll announce the winner on June 5th.

       Come check out the entries and vote!

        Besides the cash prize, we have a prize for each participant ~~ thanks to a kind and generous Stovebolter! If you like some so much you can't stand it, we'll circle them through the Hoo-ya shoppe. Got three of them in so far. But also a fellow Bolter has contacted us about possibly printing a few for us. Coolamundo

Saga - Larry's Big Roll Out by Todd Simmonds

       The words uttered to me in a casual conversation are ones of myth and great fantasy. They are sounds we have all dreamed to have uttered in our presence.

        “I got an old '52 Ford F1.  It’s finished mechanically, but needs the body completed”  I told the man before me, while on a break from our day. The other person participating in the conversation replied to me, “I have a '53 Chevy 3100.  I really need to do something with it or get rid of it.”

        "How much ya want for it?”  I asked, while knowing in the back of my mind the pointlessness of the question. The ruler of my household would not be allocating any more funds toward my affliction to own old vehicles which I have intentions of fixing up "some day."

       The reply came with the same intensity as a casual checker game being played between two old timers in front of a Sinclair Station.  “You can have it if you come haul it away.”

       The emotions of his statement didn’t seem to set in on him for a few seconds. He then began to inform me of the truck's history and location. It was bought new by his Grandfather in 1953 and was used on the family farm all its life. He also had the factory livestock racks for it. With the passing of his Grandfather, so was the passing of the truck to him.


        “You sure you don’t want anything for it?” I asked to make sure I was hearing him right, all the time trying to contain myself. Human nature being what it is and all.

        “Well you can buy me a steak sometime”  he replied. “The truck is just rusting away sitting in a shed on our family farm in Mississippi.”

        “That’s terrible”  I replied in a saddened voice. None of us want that to happen to an old truck, or anything else for that matter. The truck began developing a soul of sorts, even though it was sight unseen. 

        “How long has it been sitting and why was it put there?”

        "I drove it to the farm about six years ago and it hasn’t moved since”  he said.

        “You mean it ran six years ago?”  I replied with less control over myself. I needed to take a calming breath. Just think, a once-running truck for free. 

        “It ran when I parked it” came his reply, in a North Louisianan twang. “I’m sure if you change the fluids and get a battery for it, it will run.”

       Ahh ... the words we love to hear ("It ran when I parked it"). So, come read Todd's "less than short" but oh so funny and true saga of his great adventure!

Another Saga - Memories ... made and still making 'em

       Two stories in one! / Read it all here. A 31-year-old picture brings back some fond memories for Jerry Scarborough who's Dad owned the Gulf Service Station in Street, Maryland. When his Dad turned over the operation of the 1963 Chevrolet 1-ton tow truck to Jerry, he had a good idea for a little exposure and fun!

       Roy Moxley started Moxley Welding and Machine in 1954 in Dublin, Maryland. One of Maryland's living truck legends, Roy (at 84) is still out there hauling stuff up and down the road. Mr. Moxley's truck was one of the poster trucks for the American Truck Historial Society's 2006 Annual Convention held in Baltimore, Maryland May 25-27.

Photo courtesy of Truck26

On the Road again

         It's time (hope so anyway ) to read up on John Smith's timeless Tech Tip on waking up the old Bolt from her long winter's nap. Now if you find yourself in the predicament as these fellows, it may be a bit early yet.

        Fits in real nicely after reading Todd's story. Some of the stuff John points out:

take a tour of your truck ~ check crankcase oil ~ watch for smoke ... or FIRE!
check radiator fluids ~ get the grease gun

        Lots of good tips and always good to get a spring re-fresher!

Tech Tips

Basics of Basics -- by Brian Martin

       Most Bolters have experienced the pain of being "lovestruck" (loves truck, get it ) once they've gotten grease and oil in their blood. There is no cure. All it takes is time, attention and money (in large doses). And don't forget the occasional "mood swings." But even if you've sauntered off in a royal huff, that ol' gal still calls out to you and you just can't keep your hands off her - dirty as they are. And some Bolters wonder why their spouses just can't figure any of this out. Well, who really can answer that? And are the spouses really the ones who need to do the figuring? So, here's Brian with some sage advice that may help keep the traffic lane between the garage and the house more enjoyable.

Installing the Patrick's Rear-End Kit on a 1951 Chevy 1/2-Ton (1947-54 pickups) by Fred Stevens

      We've got a "how to" for installing Patrick's 3.55:1 ring and pinion set in 1947-1954 pickups. (There is at least one other vendor I know of who sells similar parts but I have no idea how good / bad their instructions are. My main goal was to help some one that had Patrick's instructions in their hands and then would run into something they didn't understand.) So, I thought that I'd put some of the things I ran into down on paper while they were fresh in my mind. I hope this helps some one else. This is a good project to do with a helper!

How to do a Camaro Front Suspension on an Old AD Truck by Mark Smith (our Tool Chest Moderator) --- Just what lies underneath that old 'Burb there?

      A lot of work involved but nothing an ordinary Joe with ordinary skills can't do!! I've been asked a few times how I did my clip. There are actually a couple of places on the web that I found that helped explain what to do. Hopefully, my explanation will only add to the information that is already out there.


"Why God made Moms" answers given by elementary school age children to the following questions
Why did God make Mothers?
  1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
  2. Mostly to clean the house.
  3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

What ingredients are Mothers made of?

  1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
  2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think

What kind of little girl was your Mom?

  1. My Mom has always been my Mom and none of that other stuff.
  2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
  3. They say she used to be nice.

Why did your Mom marry your Dad?

  1. My Dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats alot.
  2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
  3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?

  1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because Dad's such a goof ball.
  2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
  3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than Dad.

What does your Mom do in her spare time?

  1. Mothers don't do spare time.
  2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

How did God make Mothers?

  1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
  2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
  3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

Why did God give you your Mother and not some other Mom?

  1. We're related.
  2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.

What did Mom need to know about Dad before she married him?

  1. His last name.
  2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
  3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

What's the difference between Moms and Dads?

  1. Moms work at work & work at home, & Dads just go to work at work.
  2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
  3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
  4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What would it take to make your Mom perfect?

  1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
  2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your Mom, what would it be?

  1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
  2. I'd make my Mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
  3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on her back.

      If that one didn't roll you over enough, try this link -- especially if you have boys! Hilarious.

New Links

Thanks to Mark Smith (Tool Chest moderator) for sending in this batch:


Gallery Additions in May


We've got some mail

   I will certainly add a post to the forum about the "new guys" update - and as an intro. I've already posted a couple questions and gotten some wonderful responses. We belong to several other forums (ExpeditionPortal.com, and my husband does several others for his many interests) and am always awed by the wonderful communities of folks on these things.

   Stovebolt is by far and away the best of the Chevy and old truck ones. We're certainly excited about our truck and will keep active on the forum.

Roseann Hanson
1953 3600 Chevy 3/4-Ton

       I'd like to give a special thanks to all the great folks at " Stovebolt " for all the help so many have rendered. As sort of a "lurker," I've been working hard on broadening my "learning curve" and this site has been a tremendous source of good, legitimate information. The basics of restoration are pretty universal but when you go past the surface in any project, there is nothing like having a great bunch of folks who will dig into their knowledge-base and share some of the bits and pieces that take years and years to accumulate.

       The Chevy folks on your site are to be commended. Without help from your Stovebolt site and the folks, Bobbi (my truck) would not be the truck she is today!!! My thanks to you all!

David Razey
1954 Chevy 5-window Shortbox


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