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Welcome
#1038948 Mon Jun 30 2014 08:36 PM
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 4,556
J
Unrepentant VW Lover
As a Native New Englander myself, I'm pleased to finally have enough interest from back home to standup a side lot forum for New England 'Bolters! We'll be tweaking this forum for a bit, and we'll be adding content to it shortly, but for now, if you're in New England, please introduce yourself, post where the cruise-ins are and generally get this forum underway! It's a good diversion from the black flies ...

John


John
"There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes..."


'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1038974 Mon Jun 30 2014 09:39 PM
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Posts: 83
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Shop Shark
Greetings from north central Mass. Name is Richard Patrick, I am attempting to get a 1946 (actually '47,1st) Suburban back on the road. Been at it for a few years, long story. It is still in my home town in Iowa. I go back every Summer to work on her.
Anyway, as far as cruises go. There is a come one, come all cruise every Friday evening at Kimball Farm in Lancaster, Mass. No fee, just drive in, park and walk around look at cars and chat. The ice cream is legendary.


Richard J Patrick
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1039240 Tue Jul 01 2014 05:13 PM
Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 34
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Wrench Fetcher
Hello all, I'm a AD bolter with a couple 49s. One complete and 1 in rebuild mode. Still trying to get the engine to start but I think it is time to think about another engine or rebuild the 50/51 in the truck. Welcome

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1039267 Tue Jul 01 2014 07:22 PM
Joined: Mar 2014
Posts: 168
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Shop Shark
Hello from Southern Maine. Me and my 51 chevy 3100 reside in a little town on the New Hampshire border called Newfield. Even though I do get a few thumbs up as I drive around my truck isn't too remarkable. There are alot of old trucks around here. A few towns away in Waterboro there is a restaurant called Blast From The Past that hosts a gathering of antique motor vehicles of all kinds on Friday nights.---Jack

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1039275 Tue Jul 01 2014 07:51 PM
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 2,911
Worker Bee
Well, speaking of the Blast from the Past, here is a post about another possible meeting point ...

Peg

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1039422 Wed Jul 02 2014 10:30 AM
Joined: Mar 2014
Posts: 163
1
Wrench Fetcher
Hello from upstate NY. I am so glad to see a spot like this finally. My Panel is not road worthy yet, but I can't wait to bring her out and cruise with some other local bolters.

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1039432 Wed Jul 02 2014 12:16 PM
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 56
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Wrench Fetcher
Hello from Western Massachusetts, me and my 51 4400 not ready for the road in anyway. Hopefully by fall I can get her running, stopping, and ready for some driving.

Cruise nights around here theres one at the
Ludlow Elks Tuesday nights.
Moose club in chicopee I think Wednesday nights
Janines frosty in ware I think friday nights not sure on that one

Jon


47.5 chevy 4100 red primer
51 chevy 4400 grey primer
Pics in the bucket
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1039493 Wed Jul 02 2014 04:32 PM
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 2,911
Worker Bee
Jon,

Why not start a new thread for the Cruise Night. It will draw more attention with it as a subject.

Thanks,
Peg

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1039853 Fri Jul 04 2014 12:33 AM
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Posts: 128
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Shop Shark
Hi all- Grant here in CT. Currently relocating to Scotland with my 50 1/2 ton Chevy. Brining enough parts with me to build a 3/4 or 1 ton GMC- maybe one of each. Nice to have a forum for New England.


Grant
1950 Chevy 3100
1952 GMC 150 (In Pieces)
1968 Chevy K20
1966 Shovelhead
1978 BMW 100S
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1039934 Fri Jul 04 2014 08:25 AM
Joined: Jun 2006
Posts: 759
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Shop Shark
Hey everyone - Tom here from the Northeast corner of Mass (Newburyport area). Finished up my 56 3100 just under two years ago, now I am onto a different (non-truck) Chevy project. If I can help a local 'bolter in any way - give me a shout!

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1040285 Sun Jul 06 2014 03:39 AM
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 418
J
Shop Shark
I was hoping to see a side lot for the New England Bolters.
I knew it would only be a matter of time.
This is good!

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1040400 Sun Jul 06 2014 08:21 PM
Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 96
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Shop Shark
Hi Gang,
I'm in Burlington, VT and have a 59 3200 Fleetside. Working on getting it on the road this Summer, hoping to sell it once it's on the road and stickered (inspected, that is). I play upright bass, and while I love the truck, I need a wagon to haul the bass. I've been "window shopping" on craigslist for 40s-50s hearses, ambulances, wagons etc, and need to free up the capital!

Though even as I type this I'm having second thoughts....


1959 3200 Fleetside
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1040481 Mon Jul 07 2014 02:33 AM
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 4,556
J
Unrepentant VW Lover
We just expanded this forum to include the Maritime provinces and Quebec -- Please join me in throwing open the border and welcoming our brother/sister 'Bolters from further DownEast!

Bienvenue, mes amis!


John
"There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes..."


'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1040483 Mon Jul 07 2014 02:34 AM
Joined: Dec 2012
Posts: 208
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Shop Shark
Hello from southwest Massachusetts. My '46 6400 grain truck is still working for a living on my tiny little farm. BeRT (the Big Red Truck) hauls in loads of natural fertilizer and hauls out produce to the local farmers' market every Friday. The truck draws in a lot of people and gets conversations started, leading to an occasional sale or two.

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1040505 Mon Jul 07 2014 03:33 AM
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 2,911
Worker Bee
Now we just have to find a good picture / map that will work. Our brains are tired for tonight, tho. Suggestions welcome.

Peg

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1040511 Mon Jul 07 2014 03:46 AM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,131
ace skiver


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1040591 Mon Jul 07 2014 01:33 PM
Joined: Jul 2014
Posts: 3
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New Guy
Mark Dufresne here and I grew up in Western Mass out in the hilltowns, I have been living in southern Maine for over 20 years now. I have two 46 trucks I am working on a 3/4 ton and a 1/2 ton I just picked up.

(NA) Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1040594 Mon Jul 07 2014 01:50 PM
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 2,911
Worker Bee
Tim,

You have the same problems we were having last night. Most of the Googled maps only showed USA states and then "Canada."

The closest I got was a fairly good map from a travel agency - but it didn't have Newfoundland.

We'll keep looking and pondering. Lot of water up there. Maybe we can make it all a water theme park look. smile (Oh, sorry, except for Vermont (as best I can tell)

Peg

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1040595 Mon Jul 07 2014 01:52 PM
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 2,911
Worker Bee
Well, how about that. I may have found a map that will work. Will need to crop it.

Added to the pile.

smile

Re: Welcome
Peggy M #1040622 Mon Jul 07 2014 03:56 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,131
ace skiver


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1040656 Mon Jul 07 2014 06:03 PM
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 2,911
Worker Bee
Wow, those look good. I think if the Island guys want to have a get together with the mainland folks, someone needs to bring a boat.

I didn't realize Nova Scotia is really out there. It will be good when we can get that pin the map thing figured out and going.

Good job, Tim.

Now can you come up with a Northeast Bolters Fight song? grin


Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1040779 Tue Jul 08 2014 02:43 AM
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 4,556
J
Unrepentant VW Lover
Hi Mark! And welcome to Stovebolt!

My family is up in Mid-Coastal Maine (Kennebec and Lincoln Counties), so Stovebolt has a natural affinity for the Pine Tree State!

Stay tuned and help us get this forum active!

John


John
"There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes..."


'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1040791 Tue Jul 08 2014 03:05 AM
Joined: Jul 2014
Posts: 3
M
New Guy
Hey John what towns do they live in?

I was just up in the county for the weekend and it was a nasty hurricane up there. Tons of water and wind downed trees. Despite the bad weather in between the rain I went for a ride and came upon a pickup on the side of the road with a pile of 41 to 46 parts piled in it. They were hauling out a 46 dual wheeled log truck. Not in bad shape either. I was worried the guy was a scrapper so I pulled in behind him and asked what he was doing. Scored a nice set of extra front fenders for cheap money and a lead on a few other parts. I love Northern Maine!

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1040910 Tue Jul 08 2014 02:06 PM
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Posts: 997
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Shop Shark
Nothern Maine is great..I travel thorugh there a lot.

I'm Mapleleaf, I've been on this forum for years. I've got a 55 Belair, a 55 3200, putting together a 49 3600 and I have a 51 3100 to work on somewhere down the road.

I've met a couple guys from the NE area. Good bunch as to be expected.

If you guys travel up to NS feel free to drop in. NS is waaay out there but is not an island as many believe. You can drive here or take a ferry now from Portland ME.

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1040954 Tue Jul 08 2014 04:34 PM
Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 224
5
Shop Shark
South NY here, 59 Apache 3200. I am confident enough in drive-ability to take her to car shows this year.

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1041067 Tue Jul 08 2014 11:23 PM
Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 95
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Shop Shark
Hi,
I'm in northern CT. I have a 38 Chevy that I have partially apart, and hope to get back on the road before summer is over. Hope to cross paths with some fellow NE stove bolters.


1938 Chevy 1/2 ton
She looks good at 50 yards and 35 miles per hour on a dark night.
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1041095 Wed Jul 09 2014 02:27 AM
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 3,952
S
Shop Shark
Peggy. Glad to see my old home town on that map you found. Pointe Claire, just a bit west of Montreal. Now I am about 2500 miles west of there. A BC Bolter.


"Sedgewick"
1949 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1989 Caprice

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1041159 Wed Jul 09 2014 01:01 PM
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 2,911
Worker Bee
Sedgewick!! We found you then. headscratch Awesome ohwell

Yes, Mapleleaf has been with us a long time and had been a good friend. We did a fun feature story that is about one (?) of those trucks listed. (I see we ended with 2007 ... "to be continued"). The story of Randy really starts with Part 2 and Ecum Secum. smile

Peg


Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1044792 Fri Jul 25 2014 03:44 PM
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 125
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Wrench Fetcher
Hello to all, from Brooklyn, New York. I recently acquired a '65-'66 Chevy C10 Fleetside, 250 I6 with 2 speed automatic aluminum Powerglide. I am new to trucks in general, having recently swapped my Harley Softail Deluxe for her. I am leaving the city in August 2014 to retire (drop out) to the northeastern woods of Maine. Swapping the Harley for the truck was next on my to-do list after buying the land. The truck seems to be in fine, stock, condition, and mostly restored. But I have many plans for her, including a custom dash instrument cluster, re-doing all of the wiring, bumping up the alternator, replacing all lights with LED's, sway bars, and whatever else can be done with limited funds and mostly my own two hands. She also needs a mod of the rear end to improve highway mileage. At the moment she is in the shop for a tranny rebuild. (Regrettably, this is the second week she is there -they just can't seem to get something right. See my post "Haunted Powerglide?" in the driveline forum.) This truck will be my only vehicle up there, so she has to be in top shape. But I am very happy to have this truck. If anyone else on this forum is from Brooklyn, it would be great to hear from you.

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1081426 Sun Jan 25 2015 08:01 PM
Joined: Jan 2015
Posts: 85
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New Guy
Hi, as a new member I thought I'd introduce myself.

My name is David and I've lived in Vermont all my life.

I have been a GM guy as far as truck go ever since my first truck at 18 - a 1979 Chevy 4WD Shorty Stepside with a 350/4sp that I bought with only 11,000 miles on it. Since then I have had several (all 4WD) Chevy or GMC trucks or vans (Astro and Safari). I'm sad to say that I am not so impressed with the latest GM offerings, however - I bought a new 2014 GMC 1500 and sold it after a year, replaced with a Ram with the 5.7 Hemi and I love it...

I've always had an interest in performance and/or old cars, but have never had the budget to do much with it. The only real classic I've ever owned was a 1972 MG Midget that I drove for a few years in "needs restoration" mode. I started work on it but didn't have the time and ended up giving it away to a friend.

My personal preference would be a mid-late 60's muscle car, but my wife has always wanted a "rounded" pickup. I have no trouble making that concession as I like them too, and it kills two birds with one stone by making Her happy.

For the last year or so we've been perusing the options and at this point I am most interested in the 47.2-54.1 (I've seen it said that the cross grill & 1-pc windshield started in '54 but I've seen plenty of '54s with the 4 slat grill and split window, so I'm assuming that was a mid-year change) AD series. I like the GMC better than the Chevy for two main reasons - 1) I prefer the grill and front running lights, and 2) GMC only makes trucks, so if you want a truck you should have a GMC. They're the Truck People!

Anyways, so far we are still just looking, but am getting a bit more serious now. I need to sell my Mercedes CLS 550 to free up cash and garage space before we can do too much...

The most likely scenario is to buy a fairly stock driver, and do projects over the winter. I'd eventually want IFS, 4-Link rear, 4 wheel discs and a V8. I won't go too crazy with power, I mostly like the sound of a V8, and the extra grunt is nice, but this is to be a Sunday afternoon driver, not a hot rod or street racer. I also don't have any intentions of going all out with a frame-off restoration - just fixing what's broke and get it running and driving a little more modern.

This forum looks like a great resource. I've learned a lot already and expect to become part of The Bolt as I continue my GM journey.


Thanks,
David
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1094030 Fri Mar 27 2015 04:39 AM
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 52
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Wrench Fetcher
Hello to all from southern NJ. Just 20 minutes across the river from Philadelphia. About a year and a half ago I bought a low mileage, great shape 1954 3100. I am just the third owner. The first had it for nearly 50 years. It came out of storage where it had been forgotten for a couple of years and needed some help to wake up again. I sold my 55 second that was still a bit farm fresh for this beauty. So glad I did.
Mike


Love the classics!
1954 3100
1965 Mustang vert
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1094035 Fri Mar 27 2015 05:47 AM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,131
ace skiver
Hello, Mike,

If you have a hosting site for photos, post a few links.



Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1108466 Mon Jun 15 2015 10:00 PM
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 8
J
New Guy
Hi all,
John from Stow, MA here. Newbie to the forum. Love all the info!!!! I go into instant sponge mode whenever I'm reading about someone's build. Also really appreciate plugging my issues into the search bar to see if other had the same issues, and how they worked them out. I just recently picked up a '54 3100 5 window. My son named her Clyde the Glide. I informed him (in a joking way) she's a lady and you'll treat her with respect. To which he said, ya, well she still looks like a Clyde. She's a project. Too many owners did too many modifications to her in the past. I'm attempting to make her presentable again. Somewhere along the line a previous owner dropped a Camaro front clip in and lowered her all around stance. I'm looking to bring her back up close to factory ride height. He/she took a lot of shortcuts and fuglied their way through a partial build. I'm fumbling along best I can, identifying and correcting issues as I find them. Previous owner said she has a SBC 350 wTH350. It's a SB, but I haven't run the numbers yet, so we'll see. Anyway, like I'm sure is the case with most of you, family, work and life in general doesn't allow me as much quality time as I'd like with my 61 yr old mistress ;o)
Sl'inte, John

Re: Welcome
Johnny's 54 #1108949 Thu Jun 18 2015 03:23 PM
Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 83
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Shop Shark
Hello John,
Bring your truck on over to Kimball Farm in Lancaster. We have a cruise-in every Friday evening. We normally have a DJ, however this Friday we have a band. No charge, just drive your old truck or hot rod or whatcha got and wear a smile.
Officially 5-9, but some show up as early as noon!

Patrick



Richard J Patrick
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1116424 Thu Jul 30 2015 12:09 PM
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 8
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New Guy
Thanks Patrick,
I brought my son over last Friday night. The weather wasn't great, so there wasn't a huge turnout. But it was fun and the ice cream was great :o) I heard there's also a show down in Foxboro by Bass Pro Shops every other Thursday. Is that still going on?
Thanks,
John

Re: Welcome
JH51 #1125607 Tue Sep 22 2015 08:09 PM
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 720
J
Shop Shark
Originally Posted by JH51
Hello from Western Massachusetts, me and my 51 4400 not ready for the road in anyway. Hopefully by fall I can get her running, stopping, and ready for some driving.

Cruise nights around here theres one at the
Ludlow Elks Tuesday nights.
Moose club in chicopee I think Wednesday nights
Janines frosty in ware I think friday nights not sure on that one

Jon


also @ Klems in East Brookfield


just-a-hacker


'49 3100 before '99
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1125885 Thu Sep 24 2015 01:11 AM
Joined: Feb 2012
Posts: 207
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Shop Shark
Hello All: my wife and I live in my native town (even my family homestead) on Cape Cod where we enjoy our '65 C20 long-bed truck in stock condition. It is being restored now in the body shop at the local technical high school. Unfortunately, the restoration was not completed by the end of the last school year so we missed the summer cruise season. Hopefully by Christmas break it will be finished. The truck had a camper on it for most of its life so it still has the original wood bed painted in factory black. It's a great truck and lots of fun!



Click here to view my 1965 Chevy C20 Stepside: http://s1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/Cape1965C20/
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1126998 Wed Sep 30 2015 01:54 AM
Joined: Sep 2015
Posts: 1
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Moderated
Hello Everyone! New to the forum (my first post), from Lincoln RI. I just picked up a 1949 3100 that I plan on going through.

A little background on me: my history with vehicles has always been slow and low. I've built 5 custom S-10s, 4 of which were on airride. I started building my 6th (and was going to be my lowest, was gonna plant the rockers on the ground) when this truck fell in my lap

. I will not be doing the ever so popular frame swap. I plan on keeping the original frame and lowerung it with the soild front axle. I have a built up 350 and beefed up 700r4 that will be going in the empty engine bay. I've been doing a lot of research and I want to keep it (mostly) a traditional style hotroding. And it will be getting painted. No flat black or primer. This will be one of my biggest and definitely my nicest build. Wish me luck! Haha!

Vinnie


Vinnie

1949 Chevy 3100 Project
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1130621 Wed Oct 21 2015 04:38 PM
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 720
J
Shop Shark
from Western/central mass
49 3100 getting close to roadworthy



just-a-hacker


'49 3100 before '99
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1134383 Sun Nov 15 2015 10:38 AM
Joined: Feb 2012
Posts: 532
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Shop Shark
I'm excited to see a NE Bolters forum. I'm originally from upstate NY (Stamford: northern Catskills). 26 years ago I married into a Red Sox family from Newport, RI. Having grown up a Mets fan it wasn't that hard a transition. :-)

I have a 1958 Suburban that is currently tucked away in Kansas City, MO while I finish my 2 year tour in Kuwait. When I leave here next summer I'll have 2 years to go to 30 year retirement from the Army. Eventually I'll end up back in Newport. We bought my in-laws house about 5 years ago so Newport will officially be home at some point. Not sure I'm ready to settle down quite yet though. When I do get back I plan on being a big part of the classic truck scene in the area. I usually end up in town for a couple of weeks in the summers so I'll try to link up with some folks next time I'm in the area.


Thanks

Larry
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Larry_58_Burb #1134777 Tue Nov 17 2015 07:23 PM
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Posts: 720
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Thank you for your service !!!!

I am originally from Norwich,NY (south central) and my father spent his service time in Newport,RI

We go there often enough, good restaurants in Newport

good luck and stay safe

Last edited by just-a-hacker; Tue Nov 17 2015 07:24 PM.

just-a-hacker


'49 3100 before '99
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1146551 Mon Jan 25 2016 05:38 PM
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 30
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Wrench Fetcher
Hmmm, I missed this. My name is Tom and I live in south east CT, lived in CT all my life and winters are getting a bit old....and so am I.

Recently picked up a 1956 3600 that somewhere during it's abused life gained a flat bed dump and a broken frame to go along with it. I have the rear end our and futzing with the frame. Cool gay-raj and cold tools making work a real event.

I have been in mfg all my life and have a pretty well stocked shop, lathe, mill, welders and other tools of distruction.

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1146941 Thu Jan 28 2016 05:15 PM
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 720
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Shop Shark
welcome Tom,

welcome to the best place for real information !


just-a-hacker


'49 3100 before '99
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1146963 Thu Jan 28 2016 07:03 PM
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Posts: 96
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Tyler here, in Burlington, Vermont. Thought I'd post a "hello" in the neighborhood thread!

Been on this site since '02. My 59 3200 has been off the road most of that time, with a brief trip about 6 years ago after installing the rebuilt 235 without adding a fuel filter. Carb clogged up with rust from the tank, and is has sat in the garage since then!

I plan on getting it on the road this Spring, stickered and legal-like. I want to drive it for a spell, then decide if I want to sell it or not. Needs the fuel system put back together, some tinkering with lights wiring, probably a couple weekends worth of work.

I play upright bass and would love to have an early 50s wagon or ambulance or something to haul it and its gear to gigs in the nicer months. I love the old Plymouth wagons and Packard Henney coaches! I'd need to sell the truck to free up the capital and garage space, though!

http://www.stovebolt.com/gallery/bolles_tyler_1959.html


1959 3200 Fleetside
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1147205 Fri Jan 29 2016 09:58 PM
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Posts: 720
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Shop Shark
Tyler,
welcome back, good luck getting it running, hopefully you won't have to pull fuel tank to clean it.
Had to google Charlotte, nice area

I am in in Central Mass


just-a-hacker


'49 3100 before '99
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1149676 Fri Feb 12 2016 01:54 AM
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Posts: 207
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Thank you for your military service...Best wishes!



Click here to view my 1965 Chevy C20 Stepside: http://s1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/Cape1965C20/
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1154464 Thu Mar 10 2016 09:24 PM
Joined: Mar 2015
Posts: 24
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New Guy
Hey everyone,first post on Stovebolt....here in coastal NJ....restoring 1956 GMC 1/2 ton s/b 270 cu in 4 speed...bought out of a barn in Montana from the original owner....having lots of trouble with single bbl Rochester carb,leaking all over after 2 rebuilds...........any ideas??

Re: Welcome
nj56gmc #1159123 Fri Apr 08 2016 04:17 AM
Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 172
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Shop Shark
Hey New Jersey, welcome to the obsession.
You'll have more luck if you ask this in the Engine shop forum. The depth of knowledge here is insane!


NHluvstruck...
1951 3100 5-window
https://stonefacegarage.wixsite.com/mysite
51 Chevy Restoration Page
Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1203932 Sun Feb 12 2017 02:25 AM
Joined: Feb 2017
Posts: 5
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New Guy
1956 GMC Snub nose (LCF)
Looking for front fenders
Any info out there?

Re: Welcome
John Milliman #1204569 Thu Feb 16 2017 04:30 PM
Joined: Jan 2017
Posts: 129
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Hi, Dave McKee here in Danbury Ct. I've got a very rusty 38 1/2 ton that I'm attempting to do a resto-mod on. The back half of the frame was so far gone I just cut it off and replaced everything from the cab back with box tubing. I've had it for a long time and now that I'm retired have started working on it again. So far I've been working on the doors putting patch panels on and refurbishing hinges, latches and window regulators. Once the weather warms a bit I'll get the doors rehung then square up and stabilize the cab and start welding floor and patch panels on to it. When I'm satisfied with the cab I'll be more comfortable putting money into the drive train and suspension. This is a great site and am sure I'll be spending a bit of time here.
Dave


38 Chevy 1/2 ton being resto-moded
65 AC Cobra replica
USAF vet
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John Milliman #1225742 Sun Jul 16 2017 12:47 PM
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Hey all, Joe Cinko here in Middletown NJ. I just picked up a 54 Chevy 3800 long bed pickup truck to get running for my father. I've never attempted to work on something this old, so it should be a pretty good learning experience for me. I've already gotten the strange glances from the Napa guys as a 20 year old kid walking in asking for parts for something three times my age is rather unusual around here. I've been poking around here the past few days and I've found a lot of good information. Hopefully I can find someone fairly local in NJ to bounce ideas off of.

Joe


1954 Chevy 3800 Long Bed: ex-fire truck turned farmer's town run about turned restomod retirement project
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John Milliman #1225744 Sun Jul 16 2017 01:04 PM
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Welcome to Stovebolt.com, Joe

If you have questions, ask away.

If you have not already done so, go to the Tech Tips on Stovebolt.com (here) and start from the top. Scroll from top-to-bottom to see what is in there.

THEN, go back a read a few/many of the articles in the first three sections of Restoration & Modification.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
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John Milliman #1225760 Sun Jul 16 2017 02:17 PM
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Been there, done that. Yesterday was a slow day at work so I spent most of the day reading through articles. It will probably make more sense when I'm staring at the truck to better visualize what I'm looking at. I definitely feel more confidemt working on the truck after reading the tech articles and looking at some of the diagrams online. The next major hurtle is going to be getting the linkages unstuck and sourcing an ignition switch, as someone robbed the one out of the truck. And figuring out the wiring.

First question, did all of these trucks come with turn signals? There's no holes in the fenders for the big orange ones, but I thought I saw some really long wires dangling by the steering column that looked like they would go to a switch.

Second question, I was flipping through the online service manual to find all the grease points and it said to use transmission lube to grease the u-joints. Do they actually mean gear oil, or can I use regular grease? I haven't checked to see if my driveshaft has zerk fittings on the u joints or not. I should probably check to see if those are wiped out yet as well.

Thanks for all the help so far.

Joe


1954 Chevy 3800 Long Bed: ex-fire truck turned farmer's town run about turned restomod retirement project
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John Milliman #1225763 Sun Jul 16 2017 02:45 PM
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Posts: 30,131
ace skiver
What trucks are "these trucks"?
(always state year/make/model, if pertinent to your question/post)

I think that turn signals became standard equipment on trucks in the late 50s?
Factory-installed Optional turnsignals on trucks first became available in 1954.
GM accessory turn signals were available for trucks for many years before 1954, and the wires ran inside the steering column, exiting the column low under the dash.

We need to know your year/modell/size truck to answer the u-joint lube question.
Until 1954/55 u-joints were inside an enclosed drive-shaft "torque-tube", and were lubricated by transmission fluid (from the transmission).
In 1954, the 3800 u-joints were not in a torque-tube. They had grease fittings.
What document did you read regarding u-joint lubrication?


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
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John Milliman #1225767 Sun Jul 16 2017 03:51 PM
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My mistake, the truck is a 1954 Chevy 3800. It does have an SM420 with an actual driveshaft with u joints, not a torque tube. I read one of the service manuals posted on here.

http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/shop/1954truck/54ctsm0006.html

I was told the truck was uses by the fire department when it was new, I'm assuming by a fire chief or something, so it may have had turn signals or maybe some sort of switch mounted on the column or somewhere. I know there aren't any holes in the column drilled for wires to poke through.

Joe


1954 Chevy 3800 Long Bed: ex-fire truck turned farmer's town run about turned restomod retirement project
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John Milliman #1241989 Sat Nov 04 2017 11:45 PM
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Hello I am Wendell , I live in Epping,NH. I am interested in 47-53 3100 series Chevy pickups, I look forward to talking with other "bolters" and maybe learn more about these nifty trucks. and their owners. Just so I am clear I do not own a classic,antique vehicle, however I hope to in the future. In the mean time I am looking for connections and good conversation. and maybe make a friend or two..
Personally I prefer the 5 slat horizontal grill design. my dream truck would be fire engine red with gloss black fenders,gray interior. A 235 in-line 6 cyl. engine, have a good heating system, Also I would prefer a 4 or 5 speed floor shift manual transmission. I am also thinking I would like a short wheel base..as I do not need a lot of vehicle. please feel free to send me a note or say hello .

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Wendell #1244102 Tue Nov 21 2017 12:28 AM
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Hey Wendell, welcome aboard. Good to see another NH guy here. This is a good place to get up to speed when you are just truck shopping. Be sure to check the want ads too.


NHluvstruck...
1951 3100 5-window
https://stonefacegarage.wixsite.com/mysite
51 Chevy Restoration Page
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John Milliman #1267826 Fri Jun 01 2018 09:14 PM
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Upstate NY. Trying to get my '61 Apache 10 pickup on the road! Already been helped immensely by the good people here on the 'Bolt.


�The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.�
― Thomas Paine
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John Milliman #1308422 Wed Apr 24 2019 08:33 PM
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Hi All. Thomas from Connecticut here. Just bought a 56 3100. Want to get closer to original rims and tires. Currently running 255.60.r15 but I'm thinking of changing out to 205.65.R15 along with rallye style rims to accommodate the narrower tire. Any opinions/advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Sfizio #1308500 Thu Apr 25 2019 04:33 AM
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Welcome Thomas. You'll find lots of info by searching the forums on this. Better yet, post your question in the appropriate forum area, in your case most tire questions are addressed in the Driveline area.
You'll soon get lots of opinions, links and photos etc. Do your research and find examples of trucks with the look you want.
Good luck with your new old truck!


NHluvstruck...
1951 3100 5-window
https://stonefacegarage.wixsite.com/mysite
51 Chevy Restoration Page
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John Milliman #1308519 Thu Apr 25 2019 01:20 PM
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Thanks N!

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John Milliman #1310899 Thu May 16 2019 01:58 PM
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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
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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.


NHluvstruck...
1951 3100 5-window
https://stonefacegarage.wixsite.com/mysite
51 Chevy Restoration Page
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John Milliman #1322667 Tue Aug 20 2019 12:35 PM
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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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John Milliman #1331217 Fri Oct 25 2019 10:41 PM
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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.

[img]https://photos.app.goo.gl/17Vq2mkmEsQvE66R8[/img]

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Carpas13 #1331250 Sat Oct 26 2019 01:31 AM
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Matt-nice ride................

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DaveMcK38 #1344227 Thu Jan 30 2020 01:34 AM
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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 Chevy 1/2 ton with all the 29-32 left overs. (Woody)
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John Milliman #1344610 Sun Feb 02 2020 12:43 AM
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BBMONG WELCOME YOUR VERY CLOSE TO ME IM IN WARWICK RI.

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Ed Hotaling #1370069 Tue Jul 21 2020 08:52 PM
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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.

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John Milliman #1370929 Tue Jul 28 2020 12:06 AM
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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 !!!!!!!!!


Clem
59 Chevy 3600
New Hampshire
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John Milliman #1371757 Sun Aug 02 2020 09:15 AM
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where in NH are you, Clem?

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