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How much is a Stovebolt?
#1074757 Mon Dec 22 2014 03:29 PM
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http://www.rmauctions.com/lots/lot.cfm?lot_id=1071683
Came across this Truck that will be auctioned off as a stovebolt in January. Its an interesting read, as it is made up of a lot of vehicles that are, and were transportation related. It almost makes me think that Rat Rods were actually Stovebolts (with Chevy beginnings) before Rat Rods were ever built in the 60's. Very interesting history because it was finished in 1951! I know a lot of my fellow bolters will enjoy reading it, but as for myself I know my finances would never even afford the $200 auction entry fee. It will be interesting to see how much this little gem sells for at the January Auction.

Re: How much is a Stovebolt?
vickraft #1074797 Mon Dec 22 2014 07:21 PM
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WOW!


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Re: How much is a Stovebolt?
vickraft #1074809 Mon Dec 22 2014 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by vickraft
It almost makes me think that Rat Rods were actually Stovebolts (with Chevy beginnings) before Rat Rods were ever built in the 60's.


It's a very interesting car, for sure.

I don't follow what you're trying to say though. Rat rods were never built in the 60's. They were and still are hot rods. Rat rod is a modern term to distinguish from the arm chair crying doll street rod people. Hot rods were built from what they had to try and make a fast vehicle. Yes, the same way rat rods (or hot rods) are today, but I think that's just one sweet hot rod. It's a prime example of early hot rodding at its best.


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Re: How much is a Stovebolt?
vickraft #1074817 Mon Dec 22 2014 08:41 PM
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WOAH!
What are "arm chair crying doll street rod people"?

Are those the folks who write checks for fiberglass?

Here' another link to this historic rod:
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/old-hot-rod-125k-lots-to-restore-this-car.944748/

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Re: How much is a Stovebolt?
vickraft #1074834 Mon Dec 22 2014 10:22 PM
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I remember when that was on EBay. My question: If it sells, do you restore it to original or leave it as is? Personally, I would leave it alone just because it's different the way it is. And I definitely would NOT refer to it as a Rat Rod as it looks now. It IS a hot rod of its day that has seen better days.

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Re: How much is a Stovebolt?
vickraft #1074855 Mon Dec 22 2014 11:39 PM
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Imagine building this thing in 1950. No aftermarket help. None! Ingenuity, skills and real creativity were the only tools of the day. Its obvious why there is such a high price earmarked for this truck, it truly 1 of a kind. I'll bet some of the parts used don't exist or can't be found today.

I stand corrected, it is probably a very rare example of a very early Rat Rod

A rat rod is a style of hot rod or custom car that, in most cases, imitates (or exaggerates) the early hot rods of the 1940s, 1950s, and early-1960s. The style is not to be confused with the somewhat closely related "traditional" hot rod, which is an accurate re-creation or period-correct restoration of a hot rod from the same era.

Most rat rods appear "unfinished", regardless of their status, as only the vehicle's bare essentials are driven.

Re: How much is a Stovebolt?
vickraft #1074862 Tue Dec 23 2014 12:45 AM
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"Wow" is an understatement. I'd straighten the rear bumper and drive it as much as I could!

FL front fenders and Servi-Car rear fenders. I love it!


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Re: How much is a Stovebolt?
vickraft #1074864 Tue Dec 23 2014 01:04 AM
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Re: How much is a Stovebolt?
vickraft #1074941 Tue Dec 23 2014 01:34 PM
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Interesting vehicle with some pretty cool provenance, but I don't see the perceived value at all.

Re: How much is a Stovebolt?
vickraft #1074967 Tue Dec 23 2014 04:20 PM
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Love that floor mat, one of the last pictures. I wonder how they did that.


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