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We are still asking:
What did you
get done on
your Bolt today

The question, initially posted May 23, 2005, was:
"Whatcha do on your Bolt
this weekend?"

After 51,906,997 views, 7378 replies over 185 pages, this thread in General Truck Talk is a happening! And it's not just weekends anymore.

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So ...

What did you get done on your Bolt today????

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Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1308519 Thu Apr 25 2019 01:20 PM
Joined: Apr 2019
Posts: 5
New Guy
Thanks N!

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1310899 Thu May 16 2019 01:58 PM
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 23
New Guy
Anyone in the CT Fairfield County area with some good knowledge of a 3100 with 216 motor? I could use some help setting the timing, adjusting the carb and figuring out this thing with some old school tips and tricks. Thanks!

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John Milliman #1311472 Wed May 22 2019 02:55 AM
Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 179
Not that ritzy corner of CT!
I found that using a vacuum gauge to set the timing gave the best running motor. Warm the engine, disconnect the vacuum advance and plug any other suckers ( like wipers ), connect a gauge to the intake manifold port and adjust the timing by rotating the distributor to get max vacuum. Make sure your valves are properly set first but that's another story.
Still playing with the carb, but mostly go by the shop manual procedure, just rebuild the carb first or you are going to waste a lot of time tweaking a bad carb if it's the stock Rochester.

1951 3100 5-window
51 Chevy Restoration Page
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1322667 Tue Aug 20 2019 12:35 PM
Joined: Jul 2019
Posts: 548
Hello all. My name is Luke. Just checking in from Connecticut. My current ride is a 1949 GMC 150. It’s basically all original except for wheels/tires and the 5.3 under the hood. Here is a pic from the goshen fairgrounds car show this past weekend.

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Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1331217 Fri Oct 25 2019 10:41 PM
Joined: Sep 2019
Posts: 20
1953 3100 5win 325
Hello my name is Matt. Originally from SoCal but for the last 20+ here in Fairfield County, CT.

Just acquired my dream vehicle, a 1953 5 window 4 speed 3100 with a ‘59 235 engine upgrade.

I have enjoyed my short time on Stovebolt and look forward to much more of the same.


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Carpas13 #1331250 Sat Oct 26 2019 01:31 AM
Joined: Jan 2017
Posts: 436
Matt-nice ride................

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DaveMcK38 #1344227 Thu Jan 30 2020 01:34 AM
Joined: Jan 2020
Posts: 8
I just recently join as well, I am down in hope valley Ri I recently retired and I’m doing a complete resto. Except mine is a 33 and all the wood is in need of replacement. Good luck on your project. I figured I would say hey, your the closest one I’ve seen on here so far?

33 stovebolt shoved into a Chevy 1/2 ton with all the 29-32 left overs. (Woody)
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1344610 Sun Feb 02 2020 12:43 AM
Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 144
Shop Shark

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Ed Hotaling #1370069 Tue Jul 21 2020 08:52 PM
Joined: Jul 2020
Posts: 5
We just bought a 49 1 1/2 ton for our little farm for basically the same use as yours. Hay hauling, grain, gravel, & attention for the farm. Plus loving old trucks helps. I’ve missed my 65 step side since I wrecked it in 93.

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1370929 Tue Jul 28 2020 12:06 AM
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 53
Wrench Fetcher
Been on and off the site for a few years, lots of great information and great folks willing to give helpful advice.

Still working on a 59 3600 !!!!!!!!!

59 Chevy 3600
New Hampshire
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