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|Restoration & Modification
Big Truck (be sure to visit the Big Bolts forum, too)
Electrical Systems (be sure to visit the Electrical Bay in our forums)
Interior (Not here? Well, stop by the Interior forum)
- 1972-2008 GM Passenger and Truck VIN decoding documents -- Randy Luton found this
- The Advance Design Spotting Guide -- Lots of data: The Overview, Field Guide and Date My Truck. As you head to the junk yard, wouldn't it be handy to tell the year of the truck (to verify it as a viable parts donor) from, say ... 50 feet away? Well, here's several handy guides and take-alongs that should just help with that. ~ by John Milliman and a consortium of Bolters
- Chevrolet Series / Model List -- At long
last, a comprehensive list of pickup AND big truck Series and Model
- Deciphering your VIN -- Learn how to let your truck tell you all about itself! -- by Barry Weeks
- General Motors Heritage Center -- Lots of specific information, plus plenty to see and hear from days gone by but not forgotten
- Gross Vehicle Weight -- Been confused about what your truck can load, pull, weighs? No more! It's all spelled out here by Dave "53Moneypit" Gentry
- In Search of the Elusive '59 VIN -- The other place they hid that elusive VIN --by Kevin Pennell
- Spot Art Deco (1941 - 1947) trucks like an expert -- 1941 to 1947 Chevy Art Deco look alike ... not really -- by Kip Bonds
- Tips and Tricks for reading indented numbers -- Get the gouge from fellow Bolters -- assembled by Woogeroo
- 1939 & 1940 Chevrolet Specs -- Deciphering
your VIN, engine specs, options, wheel base, paint colors, tires, etc.
Windows (Not here? Well, stop by the Interior forum)
Radios (Not here? Well, stop by the Radio Clinic )
Engine (Be sure to check our Engine and Driveline forum, too!)
Transmission & Driveline (Remember, we have an entire forum dedicated to the Engine and Driveline)
Suspension and Steering
General Body Work (Check the Paint and Body forum, too)
Thriftmaster -- A restored '47 216 engine
- 261 CID Six Rebuild -- The gang got together to walk us all through rebuilding this desireable engine!
- 4-Barrel Throttle Linkage -- Ya ain't going anywhere until you connect the foot to the carb!
-- by Jason Sternhagen
- Air Cleaner - Oil Bath Air Cleaner Upgrade -- Stock appearance but upgrade performance -- by Marc "Nhluvstruck" Gagnon
- Bellhousings for "Late Six" and V8 Engines -- What fits - by Les "Roadmarks" Parker
- Belt replacement or upgrade -- You've added P/S or A/C -- here's how to measure for a new belt -- by Myron
- Bolts -- Removing broken bolts -- Using your welder to remove those stinkers -- by Brad Allen
- Bolt and Screw Removal -- A few tricks on getting the hards ones out -- by Jim Burleyque and Stovebolt Pit Crew
- Checking Cylinder taper -- A simple way to determine if your block needs a rebore! by Jerry "Hotrod Lincoln" Herbison Updated (and PDF) Sept 2023
- Checking the Connecting Rods -- They might *look* good ... But are they? Here's how to safely seperate them from the pistons and check! By Jerry "Hotrod Lincoln" Herbison
- Cracked engine block? - repair it! -- It can be done, saving yourself a good bit of money -- by John "53John3100" Rooney
- Dead Engine Back to Life -- Not sure if that dead piece of metal is only asleep? Here is a good step-by-step buide to getting an old engine started back up by The Stovebolt Collective
- Engines - 194's and 207's -- A discussion of the early Stovebolts-- by Barry Weeks
- Engine Dolly -- Build a caddy for your engine with these easy instructions -- by Stephen "Farmdog" Peterson
Serial Number Prefixes-- Is your Chevy engine correct?
Don't know? Here's how to find out -- by John Milliman
Swap* -- How to swap your babbit-pounding 216 for a pressurized
Swap II* -- Swapping out a 216 for a GMC 302 -- by Joel Baumbaugh
- Engine Identification: How to tell 216's,
235's and 261's apart -- A short primer -- by Barry Weeks
- FUEL - Converting
to propane -- Want to try a cleaner, cheaper fuel? Try propane!
-- by Glenn Wood
- Gas tank outlets, making a filter -- Don't settle for sediment -- by Tyler Watts
- Gasket goops, lubes and torque --
You've got the right bolt and gasket, now what?? -- by Koolkar
- Head been milled? -- Quick, easy
check if that 235 or 261 head has ever been milled -- by Jim Merritt
- Hood Prop -- Working with a four-piece hood can be perplexing and dangerous. Maybe you need a hood prop -- by Randy Baumann
- Manifolds & Headers -- What manifolds and headers fit or interchange? -- by Barry Weeks and Dave Alama
- Manifold Bolt Replacement -- It's not fast, but it is easy and straightforward - by Roy "RoyV" Vaillancourt
- Milled Heads -- How do you know? Updated! Jim Merritt sent in an image to go with this good old tech tip
- Motor mount switch (side to front) for 235 -- Don't dispair, we've got a drawing for you -- by Woody "Czechman" Vondracek
- Motor Mount (Front ) for the 235 Engine -- You need to know BEFORE you do this - by Don "down2sea"McLendon
- Oil Bath Air Cleaner Upgrade -- Stock appearance but upgrade performance -- by Marc "Nhluvstruck" Gagnon
- Oil Filters - 1933 to 1963 - actual images, differences, instruction sheets, mounting braket kit info - very comprehensive research -- by Pat Doonan
- Oil Pan Gasket Replacement in your 216 / 235 Engine -- If done correctly, oil pan leaks should be a thing of the past -- by Martin Bass
- OILING - Full-Pressure Oiling for
235's and 261's -- Easy mod for full-pressure oiling --
by Bruce Childs
- Rear Main Seal Replacement -- End that
embarrassing puddle! Here's an easy way to do it right! -- by Oly
- Timing cover modification for easy removal -- A nice fix to help you get to difficult places by Chris "Sweet" Sweet
- Valve Adjustment -- It's not
brain surgery! by Oly
- Valve Covers -- 283 on a 350 Engine -- by Mark "Markeb" Brazelton
High Performance (Check the HiPo forum, too)
Painting your truck (Ahhh ... we have a special Paint and Body shop forum )
- De-Rusting with Vinegar -- A quick and not too expensive rust removal technique using vinegar! -- by Alan Christensen
- Electrolytic Rust Removal -- Bust rust the way the pros do -- By Ted Kinsey and updated by Randy Baumann
- Evapo-Rust -- Product review -- Two Bolters check out a new product in battling the enemy: rust -- by Koolkar and Inky05
- Low-Buck Rust Removal -- The Molasses Bath -- cheap
rust removal for the patient restorer -- By Barry Weeks and crew
- Zero Rust -- Restoration rust control in the Real World -- By Bill Irish
- On the road again -- Wake up your
favorite Stovebolt from its winter nap -- By John Smith
- Winterizing Your Truck -- An update of our 2005 Tech Tip done by Kevin Pennell, of the NAPCO Owners Group -- some good tips for getting your truck ready for winter storage.
|Build Blogs, Project Journals and Featured Truck Projects
These blogs are on sites of their own. If you have one to submit, let us know. If you come across a broken link, let us know that, too.
In the Stovebolt Project Journals forum
This group was our original Featured Truck Projects
- 1939 Chevy 1/2-Ton -- Off-frame
resto of a pre-war pickup -- By John Milliman
- 1949 Chevy 4400 --
An in-progress off-frame restoration of a big Advance Design truck -- By
- 1949 1/2-Ton -- An off-frame with an engine upgrade) of an Advance Design pickup -- By John Henry
- 1951 Chevy Panel Truck -- An on-frame resto of a pretty solid AD panel truck -- By Leila Smith
- 1951 Chevy Suburban-- Off-frame resto of a unique, and somewhat rare, old 'burb -- by Stu Sanderson
... "Street Rods"
Stovebolt History with Lou
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