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20 years ago today...
#1368700 Sat Jul 11 2020 06:30 PM
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This old 216-powered truck made it to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, the northernmost road-accessible point on the continent (11,802 miles round trip). To celebrate I've posted a dozen or so pics that I don't think ever got online to the link in my signature. Will try to post more through the weekend. If any of you long-time Stovebolters attended any of Shelley's events or have any related photos from that time, including the Rt 66 drive the following year, it'd be great if you could post or link them here. Special thanks to all the Stovebolters who were a part of that effort. If there's any doubt whether you should attempt a big road trip in your old truck, all I can say is if you have the opportunity, get prepped and do it. thumbs_up

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1952 Chevy 1/2-ton 3100
Dalton Highway survivor
www.truckwithaheart.com [flickr.com]
Re: 20 years ago today...
Skooter #1368717 Sat Jul 11 2020 09:06 PM
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Best post I’ve read in awhile! The adventure must continue. Would you recommend a 1/2, 3/4 or 1 ton for the the same trip today? I am putting together a GMC 1 ton flat bed. Thinking about making a camper to for it.

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Re: 20 years ago today...
Skooter #1368727 Sat Jul 11 2020 11:46 PM
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Wow that is quite amazing. Do you have a write-up on your whole trip? Did your truck have any problems on your journey?


-Patrick
1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 / 4-speed / 4:11 / Commercial Red

Re: 20 years ago today...
tom moore #1368742 Sun Jul 12 2020 01:12 AM
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Originally Posted by tom moore
Best post I’ve read in awhile! The adventure must continue. Would you recommend a 1/2, 3/4 or 1 ton for the the same trip today? I am putting together a GMC 1 ton flat bed. Thinking about making a camper to for it.
Thank you kindly. Absolutely would recommend it for any stovebolt or antique vehicle, given enough preparation and time. I'd gotten letters and spoke to folks who actually drove the Alaska Highway back in the day with stock unmodified vehicles, and all those roads including the Dalton are in better condition nowadays...although still at the mercy of the weather so repairs are constantly needed throughout summer and I suspect that will never change.

Still digging in boxes for a particular image showing inside the camper fully loaded up, will post when (if??) found. Was made from luan plywood, maybe 1/4-inch at most, because it needed to be lightweight. Never put it on the scales but was never the slightest strain for myself and another weakling to lift on/off the truck.

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2 Chronicles 7:14

1952 Chevy 1/2-ton 3100
Dalton Highway survivor
www.truckwithaheart.com [flickr.com]
Re: 20 years ago today...
Green_98 #1368746 Sun Jul 12 2020 01:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Green_98
Wow that is quite amazing. Do you have a write-up on your whole trip? Did your truck have any problems on your journey?
The best write ups are the Classic Trucks (Aug, 2001 issue I believe) and the Associated Press articles, both accessible via the truckwithaheart link below. They're the first half dozen photos on the site. On the trip, had to rebuild the generator in TX (took a southwestern swing from TN through TX and AZ on the way), replaced dead battery in Ogden, UT, had FIVE flat tires, broken muffler hanger/bracket, and an annoying axle seal leak due to pitted ring around the axle surface requiring tire removal and brake cleanup about once a day. Funny that axle seal had never been a problem until you start driving hundreds of miles a day. Also, a short time prior to the trip some stupid idiot (meaning myself) decided to remove too much rear main bearing shim because she leaked oil like crazy and wanted to close up the seal. Then less than a week before the highly publicized departure event she spun the bearing, and there I was 3 days till departure underneath replacing that bearing and this time, leaving LOTS of clearance, leak be damned. Long story short, as a result she leaked 10 quarts of oil on the trip, but I was happy anyway. grin

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2 Chronicles 7:14

1952 Chevy 1/2-ton 3100
Dalton Highway survivor
www.truckwithaheart.com [flickr.com]
Re: 20 years ago today...
Skooter #1368760 Sun Jul 12 2020 03:35 AM
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Courageous and inspiring!


1951 Chevy Panel Truck
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Skooter #1368766 Sun Jul 12 2020 04:27 AM
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Great story Skooter. I hope to make a long trip in mine some day.

John


J Lucas





1941 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1942 Chevy 1.5-Ton SWB
1959 Chevy Apache 31 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Apache 32 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Viking 40

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Re: 20 years ago today...
Skooter #1368790 Sun Jul 12 2020 02:51 PM
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A great inspirational account. We want to tour The Blue Ridge in the Spring. Thanks for your story, here in the south as a kid I remember seeing the 47 thru 55.1's bed covers with a galvanized sheet of barn roofing. Like what justhorsenround is using on his barn. They would roll the tin (galvanize), to the bed rails and place wood the shape of the roll for re-enforcement. Normally connect each wooden end with 1x2 or 2x2's. Be sure to put 2x4's all the away around the bottom paying attention to the bevel of your bed. 54 up had a flat bed rail so no need to bevel the bottom. Looks like a military quonset hut. One can add window's on each end. Most had a hinged door over the tail gate. There you have it. Use your imagination. Doc.


Currently making 1954 3100 better than new
Re: 20 years ago today...
Skooter #1369060 Tue Jul 14 2020 02:31 PM
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I think I remember your trip at the time but I didn't meet you along the way. How impressive. You have a lot of us dreaming. Was this a memorial trip? That's what I'm remembering but it may have been someone else on a long trip.


1948 3/4-Ton 5-Window Flatbed Chevrolet [sandeace.com]

28 Years of Daily Driving but now on hiatus. With a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, SM420 4-speed, 4.10 rear, dual reservoir MC, Bendix up front, 235/85R16 tires, 12-volt w/alternator, electric wipers and a modern radio in the glove box.
Re: 20 years ago today...
Skooter #1369192 Wed Jul 15 2020 02:50 PM
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Great idea for the tin roof quonset camper Doc. The drive it was a cancer benefit in memory of my father who died two years prior and had always wanted to homestead in Alaska.

Pics of nice clean 216 after the drive. Yours too, can look this good! grin

STILL lovin' my Rochester B after all these years grin eeeek

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1952 Chevy 1/2-ton 3100
Dalton Highway survivor
www.truckwithaheart.com [flickr.com]
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