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1948 Big Bolt and I think I've lost my mind... #1175878 Fri Jul 29 2016 02:24 AM
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Micah Offline OP
New Guy
Good evening everyone -
It is with nervous excitement and trepidation that I come and introduce myself. What started as an innocent comment at a local festival by my wife to my brother-in-law, "I've always wanted an old truck like that." has led to a 1948 Chevy Loadmaster 6400 sitting out by the shop. It's not like we don't have three teenagers (one in college and two in high school), a family business and my corporate job, church and family to keep us busy. We thought it'd be fun to add something else like this into the mix... big_eek

Seriously, we love fixing up old stuff. Our first house was 128 years old with no walls, plumbing or electricity so this is par for the course. We'd like to introduce our new 68 year old baby to you folks!

And here she is!


Today I made the first step, I dropped the radiator off at the radiator shop as well as the fuel tank. The first good news is that the fuel tank has too much rust damage to repair so now I will add that to the official list of things to buy. The truck was running when it was parked 10 years ago. I know that's always the story but I know the seller and he can be trusted. (It's my brother-in-law's father. See how that happened....)

Anyway, we look forward to a rewarding journey of getting the beauty back on the road. Plans are to make her road-worthy but not a full restoration. I'd like to put a stakeside bed on it when I get things squared away mechanically.

Always welcome any directions on parts providers and tips and techniques we might find handy. I am thinking my 17 y/o son and 16 y/o daughter still at home will come in handy too.

Micah
-comfortably south of Atlanta, GA

Last edited by Peggy M; Wed Aug 31 2016 03:35 PM. Reason: Fixed pix link

Micah
Located comfortably south of Atlanta, GA

1948 Chevrolet 6400 Loadmaster -in progress
"Lucille"
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

2006 VW Jetta TDI
2002 VW New Beetle TDI
2000 Land Rover Discovery (yes, it is used as it was intended)
1998 Chevrolet C1500
1980 Mercedes 240D
1979 Vespa P125X with sidecar
1971 BMW R60/5
...and a couple of old Gravely tractors and dirt bikes.
Re: 1948 Big Bolt and I think I've lost my mind... [Re: Micah] #1175892 Fri Jul 29 2016 03:38 AM
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 4,837
1953 panel Offline
Shop Shark
Welcome Micah, lots of those big trucks here, you should fit right in. Be sure to check out the big bolts. Be sure to have the teenagers help you out. Good luck.
Leo

Re: 1948 Big Bolt and I think I've lost my mind... [Re: Micah] #1175897 Fri Jul 29 2016 03:50 AM
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 14,697
Achipmunk Offline
Extreme Gabster
Micah, can't seem to get the link to work? Says I need to sign in to flickr.
That's a nice story on the truck....and great news with all that help you have around! Just having someone to hand you things is a tremendous help so you don't have to get up and down a million times for one little problem.
As Leo suggested, be sure to check in at the Big Bolt Forum and get to know the guys. Take a look at the links, pictures ect.

Should you not be able to see a couple things its because as a new member you are "moderated" for the first 4 post. It helps us to keep out unwanted guest. After that many post you will be able to send PM's (private messages) and access to the Greasy Spoon, the Swap Meet section and anything else Stovebolt has to offer.
Good luck, ask questions in the most appropriate forums and let us help you on the journey....it appears you already have the "disease" after looking at your list of vehicles!!


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Panel

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile
Re: 1948 Big Bolt and I think I've lost my mind... [Re: Micah] #1175899 Fri Jul 29 2016 04:00 AM
Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 9,368
joker Offline
Moderator, Passing Lane
big welcome from Tx, enjoy the ride.. would love to see
pix of your collection..


Redryder

My Hotrod

I am fighting cancer and I am winning the fight

A veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard, or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The 'United States of America', for an amount of "up to and including my life."

Pain is part of life; misery is an option.

Re: 1948 Big Bolt and I think I've lost my mind... [Re: Micah] #1175902 Fri Jul 29 2016 04:10 AM
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Rich'sToys Offline
Shop Shark
Welcome to the Bolt! And congratulations on the Big Bolt. As I've always said, anyone can have a pickup!! Lots of good info over in the Big Bolt forum. Will look forward to seeing pictures at some point.


Rich

'47 Loadmaster

I got a pair of those new Memory Foam shoe inserts. Hasn't helped much- When I walk to another room, I still can't remember why.






Re: 1948 Big Bolt and I think I've lost my mind... [Re: Micah] #1175915 Fri Jul 29 2016 05:52 AM
Joined: Dec 2015
Posts: 1,964
69Cuda Offline
Big Bolt Forum Moderator
welcome to the site! I have a couple big bolts myself. First ride in mine was with white knuckles and a huge grin! Now, it is just a huge grin every time I drive it! (little less now that it has mufflers and not open stacks)! LOL


Mike

1955 Chevy 6400 ex-flatbed (no bed now!)
In the Stovebolt Gallery


1958 Chevy 6400 flatbed W/dump
In the Stovebolt Gallery

1959 Chevy Suburban Owned for almost 20 years, Daily Driver -- sold May 2016
In the Stovebolt Gallery

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof
Re: 1948 Big Bolt and I think I've lost my mind... [Re: Micah] #1175935 Fri Jul 29 2016 02:01 PM
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 7
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Micah Offline OP
New Guy
Thanks for the welcome everyone!

Pictures of the 6400.


Micah
Located comfortably south of Atlanta, GA

1948 Chevrolet 6400 Loadmaster -in progress
"Lucille"
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

2006 VW Jetta TDI
2002 VW New Beetle TDI
2000 Land Rover Discovery (yes, it is used as it was intended)
1998 Chevrolet C1500
1980 Mercedes 240D
1979 Vespa P125X with sidecar
1971 BMW R60/5
...and a couple of old Gravely tractors and dirt bikes.
Re: 1948 Big Bolt and I think I've lost my mind... [Re: Micah] #1175973 Fri Jul 29 2016 04:57 PM
Joined: Dec 2015
Posts: 1,964
69Cuda Offline
Big Bolt Forum Moderator
That looks like a real solid truck!


Mike

1955 Chevy 6400 ex-flatbed (no bed now!)
In the Stovebolt Gallery


1958 Chevy 6400 flatbed W/dump
In the Stovebolt Gallery

1959 Chevy Suburban Owned for almost 20 years, Daily Driver -- sold May 2016
In the Stovebolt Gallery

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof
Re: 1948 Big Bolt and I think I've lost my mind... [Re: Micah] #1175975 Fri Jul 29 2016 05:06 PM
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Posts: 7
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Micah Offline OP
New Guy
Thanks Mike - it really is solid and in very good condition considering all things. I get a little overwhelmed because there are so many things that need to be addressed. However, as I read the forums and read about folks who have doors that don't open (or no doors at all), glass that's broken and major assemblies MIA, I count my blessings. I am looking at replacing a few items but most everything is accounted for. I know I am looking for a fuel tank and wheels and tires but I want to get her running off of a small fuel can before I start getting too far down that road.... little steps I need to remind myself.


Micah
Located comfortably south of Atlanta, GA

1948 Chevrolet 6400 Loadmaster -in progress
"Lucille"
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

2006 VW Jetta TDI
2002 VW New Beetle TDI
2000 Land Rover Discovery (yes, it is used as it was intended)
1998 Chevrolet C1500
1980 Mercedes 240D
1979 Vespa P125X with sidecar
1971 BMW R60/5
...and a couple of old Gravely tractors and dirt bikes.
Re: 1948 Big Bolt and I think I've lost my mind... [Re: Micah] #1175984 Fri Jul 29 2016 05:50 PM
Joined: Dec 2015
Posts: 1,964
69Cuda Offline
Big Bolt Forum Moderator
yep, little steps. Get it running like you said, then moving and stopping, then lights... that is my normal progression on a new to me vehicle. Then you can at least go around the block! I then drive it a bit and figure out what else I need to do to make it more reliable and how far I want to go as far as tearing into it, body off the frame, just drive it as-is, or somewhere in-between!


Mike

1955 Chevy 6400 ex-flatbed (no bed now!)
In the Stovebolt Gallery


1958 Chevy 6400 flatbed W/dump
In the Stovebolt Gallery

1959 Chevy Suburban Owned for almost 20 years, Daily Driver -- sold May 2016
In the Stovebolt Gallery

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof
Re: 1948 Big Bolt and I think I've lost my mind... [Re: Micah] #1176072 Sat Jul 30 2016 03:14 AM
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 14,697
Achipmunk Offline
Extreme Gabster
Got to see the pictures this time and WOW. What a deal. Five windows, stainless trim, hood ornament and looks like minimal rust. Way to go. That's truly a diamond in the rough....but not to rough!


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Panel

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile
Re: 1948 Big Bolt and I think I've lost my mind... [Re: Micah] #1176088 Sat Jul 30 2016 05:00 AM
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Rich'sToys Offline
Shop Shark
What Alvin said. Congratulations, and keep us posted on your progress.


Rich

'47 Loadmaster

I got a pair of those new Memory Foam shoe inserts. Hasn't helped much- When I walk to another room, I still can't remember why.






Re: 1948 Big Bolt and I think I've lost my mind... [Re: Micah] #1176102 Sat Jul 30 2016 12:45 PM
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Paul_WNC Offline
Shop Shark
Nice truck, your cat seems to like it as well.

Re: 1948 Big Bolt and I think I've lost my mind... [Re: Micah] #1180515 Tue Aug 30 2016 10:54 PM
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spanky Offline
Shop Shark
Great looking truck. Looks like it acquired a 1948 car hood ornament along the way.


Spanky Hardy
Collector Of Fine Old G.M. COE Trucks & Antique Holmes Wreckers

1948 Chevrolet 5700 COE Holmes HD W35 Wrecker
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pictures on Photobucket

1950 GMC 250 1-Ton
In the Stovebolt Gallery
Re: 1948 Big Bolt and I think I've lost my mind... [Re: Micah] #1181400 Tue Sep 06 2016 04:51 PM
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 2,843
Peggy M Offline
Worker Bee
Okay, we've got Micah's Loadmaster in the Gallery now. Good story and some great pictures.

Keep us posted on the progress.

Peggy M



Re: 1948 Big Bolt and I think I've lost my mind... [Re: Micah] #1191009 Tue Nov 15 2016 06:51 PM
Joined: Jul 2014
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bptweed Offline
New Guy
Hi Micah,
Nice looking truck!
I have a 1948 6400 that I bought last year and have slowly started working on this year.
I hope your project goes well and maybe we can share some ideas and resources as we go along.

Best Regards,
Brian

what I have done so far;
- had the Hydrovac brake booster rebuilt.
- installed new front wheel cylinders.
- new front tires.
- converted to 12v
- got the 235 babbitt running. Drove enough to find out it is shot. Knocking and smoking.
- the pto driven hydraulic dump now works.

current;
- rebuilding a 261 and sm420 that I purchased in great shape form a Bolter here.
- new rear wheel cylinders. (i thought they were good until the fronts held pressure then the booster blew the rears...)
- looking for tires
-getting ready to trouble shoot the 2 speed rear end.

Re: 1948 Big Bolt and I think I've lost my mind... [Re: Micah] #1249259 Tue Jan 02 2018 11:24 PM
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Micah Offline OP
New Guy
Here I sit so much longer later and I have little to show for my efforts. I just wanted to humbly say i still have my truck and I am poking away at little things here and there when time allows. I am in the middle of a project maybe "because of" this truck. I am adding about a 950 sq ft addition to my barn of which a third will be fully enclosed with concrete flooring. That has been designated "truck" space. I am hoping things will begin moving along at a faster pace at that point.... fingers crossed.


Micah
Located comfortably south of Atlanta, GA

1948 Chevrolet 6400 Loadmaster -in progress
"Lucille"
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

2006 VW Jetta TDI
2002 VW New Beetle TDI
2000 Land Rover Discovery (yes, it is used as it was intended)
1998 Chevrolet C1500
1980 Mercedes 240D
1979 Vespa P125X with sidecar
1971 BMW R60/5
...and a couple of old Gravely tractors and dirt bikes.
Re: 1948 Big Bolt and I think I've lost my mind... [Re: Micah] #1249315 Wed Jan 03 2018 04:49 AM
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Rich'sToys Offline
Shop Shark
Sounds like the new shed is a vital part of the project!
Hang in there. Every little step counts.


Rich

'47 Loadmaster

I got a pair of those new Memory Foam shoe inserts. Hasn't helped much- When I walk to another room, I still can't remember why.






Re: 1948 Big Bolt and I think I've lost my mind... [Re: Micah] #1267976 Sun Jun 03 2018 07:02 AM
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Late48 Offline
New Guy
Micah Nice Truck.

Greetings from down under.

Your truck looks just like mine that I found pretty much the same way... Showing a friend some pictures and he says, "Paul's got one next door".
Nearly two years later I finally got organised to pick them up and they have sat through a messy divorce, a change of house, a hand injury and now finally it's time for the build.
I have attached a couple of links to my Pinterest page at the bottom. I want to rebuild the red (read rusty) truck using the body off the blue one and rebuilding the stock crate on the back. Only difference from how I found it is an Independent front end and air bags, I know the purist will hate it, but you don't see one like that around. The red truck is Canadian and the blue one is built (or compliance) by Holden in Australia so I'm trying to ID the trucks I have.

Can you send me some images of the badge on the bonnet (hood) side and the door handles inside and out? Any line on parts for these big girls?

Have fun!

https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/569916527824371720/
https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/569916527824371719/
https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/569916527824371730/
https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/569916527824371748/

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