Stovebolt New Stuff - March
  'What we're doing around the site (It's a "Never-ending Newsletter" )

In This Issue

JIM CARTER spring sale!
Wake up call -- Get that Bolt ready to roll!
Safety Primer -- A yearly "must read"
LOTS of Tech Tips
   <> Keeping your cowl clean
   <> Bolt and screw removal
   <> Removing broken bolts
   <> Wheels and tires for Advance Design Big Bolts
   <> Fabricate a spare tire mount
   <> Remove / install ignition switch
   <> Calculate RPM, Tire Size and Rear Axle Ratio
   <> Driveline Set Up
   <> Headliner (ABS) Installation

New Links
Saga -- Chapter Nine of the Great Adventure
Stovebolt Topper Auction
Supporting the Site
Vintage Truck Mag winner!
New Gallery Additions
Stovebolt Stats

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Nothing new under the sun ... got some good Frequently Asked Questions here, and will probably have more!

Sagas, Feature Stories and some stuff we've done here and there and don't know where else to put it!

Stovebolt Hoo-ya
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Stovebolt Office
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Another happy 'Bolter who's just read Grigg's wheels and tires Tech Tip!

The Auction
This was cool!

       Bill Schickling wanted to raise some money to support the site. He had an extra Stovebolt Topper he was willing to part with. So, he set up an Auction in the Dispatch forum. (Here's the story from the February News page.) As he said "Bid high and bid often."

       Well, the auction was fun and a great success. Mitch "tangovino" La Fortune was high bidder at $350!! What a great donation for the site.

       Thanks to everyone for this!



Vintage Truck Subscription winner for February:

Jimmie Etterle
Okatie, SC

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Good news for all those Spring truck projects:

     A     BIG    SALE

       Besides sponsoring the News page for March, JIM CARTER is having a


10% off sale for our Stovebolters AND a 15% off sale for our Super Stovebolters !!

       For your 10% sale, be sure to use this code: SB0308. Our Super Stovebolters should use the SS code!

Sale ends Midnight, April 14!






Spring! It's almost here! And Spring brings the promise of a new start, of new flowers of fresh air and all that! A chance to get those projects out that you've been working on all winter. Ready for that? Well, we've got a whole pile of things that may be helpful. Some of them are oldies but goodies (Spring Wake Up and the Safety Talk!) and then we've had some of the gang really working on some helpful Tech Tips.

       So ... charge on! And check back each week for updates!


Wake-up Call!

       It's time to get ready for all those shows, cruise-ins, parades and Stovebolt GABFests! John Smith presents a nice run down on how to wake up your treasure from its winter nap. The snow is gone (hopefully), the trees have their buds swelling! It'll soon be time to get ... On the road again.

       Read all about it!

       The picture to the right is Scott "Scott54" Powell under his 1954 Chevrolet 4400 1.5-ton Dump Truck. Check out his Gallery page for the great "after" picture! She's definitely ready to meet and greet!



Oil Change Instructions


  1. Pull up to Jiffy Lube when the mileage reaches 3000 miles since the last oil change.
  2. Drink a cup of coffee.
  3. 15 minutes later, write a check and leave with a properly maintained vehicle.
Money spent
   Oil Change: $20 | Coffee: $1 | Total: $21


  1. Wait until Saturday, drive to auto parts store and buy a case of oil, filter, kitty litter, hand cleaner and a scented tree, write a check for $50.
  2. Stop by 7/11 and buy a case of beer, write a check for $20, drive home.
  3. Open a beer and drink it.
  4. Spend 30 minutes looking for jack stands. Find jack stands under kid's pedal car.
  5. Jack car up.
  6. In frustration, open another beer and drink it.
  7. Place drain pan under engine.
  8. Look for 9/16 box end wrench.
  9. Give up and use crescent wrench.
  10. Unscrew drain plug.
  11. Drop drain plug in pan of hot oil: splash hot oil on you in process. Cuss.
  12. Crawl out from under car to wipe hot oil off of face and arms. Throw kitty litter on spilled oil.
  13. Have another beer while watching oil drain.
  14. Spend 30 minutes looking for oil filter wrench.
  15. Give up; crawl under car and hammer a screwdriver through oil filter and twist off.
  16. Crawl out from under car with dripping oil filter splashing oil everywhere from holes. Cleverly hide old oil filter among trash in trash can to avoid environmental penalties. Drink a beer.
  17. Install new oil filter making sure to apply a thin coat of oil to gasket surface.
  18. Dump first quart of fresh oil into engine.
  19. Remember drain plug from step 11.
  20. Hurry to find drain plug in drain pan.
  21. Drink beer.
  22. Discover that first quart of fresh oil is now on the floor. Throw kitty litter on oil spill.
  23. Get drain plug back in with only a minor spill. Drink beer.
  24. Crawl under car getting kitty litter into eyes. Wipe eyes with oily rag used to clean drain plug. Slip with stupid crescent wrench tightening drain plug and bang knuckles on frame removing any excess skin between knuckles and frame.
  25. Begin cussing fit.
  26. Throw stupid crescent wrench.
  27. Cuss for additional 5 minutes because wrench hit bowling trophy.
  28. Beer.
  29. Clean up hands and bandage as required to stop blood flow.
  30. Beer.
  31. Dump in five fresh quarts of oil.
  32. Beer.
  33. Lower car from jack stands.
  34. Move car back to apply more kitty litter to fresh oil spilled during any missed steps.
  35. Beer.
  36. Test drive car.
  37. Get pulled over: arrested for driving under the influence.
  38. Car gets impounded.
  39. Call loving wife, make bail.
  40. 12 hours later, get car from impound yard.

Money spent
   Parts: $50 | DUI: $2500             Impound fee: $75
   Bail: $1500 | Beer: $20
   Total: $4,145

But you know the job was done right!

Thanks to Dean Meltz (Lurch's professional oil-changer) for sending this in! Read Lurch's latest saga.

A Shop Safety Primer

       We all know that working on our old trucks is dangerous! But sometimes, either through lack of knowledge or complacency, that danger can rise up and strike even the most competent and skilled restorer.

       With that in mind, back in 2005, we put together a great Safety Primer Tech Tip. It's worth reading every year. A continuous big thanks to Tony Pascarella, Jim Proffit, Kip, Racecarl, Chief, Boyoconnor, TT, Barry Weeks, Joe H, Ken, Jeff Nelson, Phat, Stingray, 52CHEVY, and Dakota for bringing all the pieces together. We received a few kudos from outside Internet sources for how well this piece really "hit the mark."

       So, brush up on your safety skills and keep yourself from the clutches of complacency. We wanna see you at the GABFests!!

      Read on


LOTS of Tech Tips
Some great "how to's" as you get back in the swing of things


New Links



The Saga Continues
Doom Despair and Agony on Me

       Here we have Chapter Nine of the Great Corvette Adventure. We thought we had Steve "Builder" VandenBerg on the road again. The guy just didn't get too far -- Physically speaking.

       In an philosophical sense, Steve had been to the moon and back. Twice. So far. He learned a few new social skills (no parts chicks this time, tho). And the man finally got a bath. (Good aroma therapy.)

       "I had just made it about one third of the way so far. It couldn’t be any worse the rest of the way could it?" He said it, not us!

       Read on!




Supporting the Site

       We have a lot of people who interact on this site, help one another out -- that is the whole purpose of us being here. And we have a few Bolters who stick a little change in the coffee can now and again (many "agains" ) and I really need to tell you how much we appreciate this. The idea of having to track down advertisers, and mess with all that stuff, would be a super stresser for me. So, besides the cash coming in to help keep the site running, I want to personally thank you for keeping me from going nuts! You are the best! ~ Peggy

       Here are our contributors for March:

  • Terry "27Capitol" Kirberger (Terry is an "again")
  • Regie Bryant
  • Mark Smith
  • Bill Schickling (auction)
  • Mitch "tangovino" La Fortune (auction and second donation)
  • Ray "47GMC1ton" Peters
  • Brian "49Brian" Davis (sold a truck in the Swap Meet!)
  • Steve "JIMBO59CHEVY" Giminiani (donation #6 for this year)
  • DJ Chance
  • Spencer Shafer
  • George "Wrenchbender Ret" Capito
  • Joseph Wilson
  • Stephen "jss1956" Schindel
  • Cleon "31,32,33" Eck
  • Brian "colettesbro" Johnson (donation #4 for this year)


New Gallery Additions

       We had another big month of Gallery additions, so we've included a link again. We have a good Gallery team helping to pull these together. Folks have been doing really well with their write-ups and information. Very entertaining. Very helpful. Thanks to all!


From the Mailbag

       "I know many people have never tried to create a user-friendly web site and do not realize the difficulties. I am retired University of Georgia faculty and my wife is on the faculty presently. We both have watched and participated in the computer "craze." She has a Masters in Computer Educational Technology and works every day with computer programs and web sites.

       "I want to tell you how impressed we both have been with both from the technical aspect but also more importantly, the "user friendly" ease for people "not so good with computers" like me. And I am sure there are countless users that find using your site most rewarding.

       "The overall purpose of Stovebolters: to record ideas, stories and what works, is unique. More groups with special interests should do the same. The documentaries of all the old trucks are interesting. I have read all the ones about the 1936's at least twice. My purchase of a Chevy has been rewarding to say the least.

       "Thank you for all your hard work."

       Horace Hudson
       1936 Chevy 1/2-Ton Low Cab


       Just wanted to tell everyone at the site thanks for everything you've done to make the site what it is. I ordered my calendar the other day, and can't hardly believe that someone thought it deserved to be on a calendar. I know the work that went into getting the truck to the point it is now. I'm sending the calendar on to my Uncle so he can see it all the time. With everything you have going on in life, you make the effort to see that all of us can get together and keep these old trucks on the road. It has been the best therapy for myself money could buy.

       Again, a BIG THANK YOU for everything all of you have done for all of us. Makes me proud to be able to say I'm a Stovebolter. It makes the smile when I'm out riding around just a little bit bigger.

       dj "Tramp" durant
      1964 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup Truck


       DJ has a truck that's been in the family since it was new. He's done a great write-up with his Gallery submission. Well worth the read. Talk about putting a smile on your face ... this'll do it. ~ Editor


Stovebolt Stats

       Always try to get some fun stats in here. This one came in from Dave "54TOW" Colter (1954 Chevy 3600 Tow Truck):

       On March 6, Dave reported "The Stovebolt odometer is rolling over 333,333 posts today. That's one-third of a million posts. Way cool. Glad to be a part of it."

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