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Arizona Big Bolt
#1381127 Sat Oct 17 2020 09:18 AM
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blueck Offline OP
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Hello, just wanted to introduce myself and my truck. A 1953 GMC 453 dump. Picked her up a few months back with fresh brakes, running on a mix of rust and varnish, front military and rear Toyo Jetliners (from the 60/70s?). No idea where they found this thing, but the previous owner got it running and driving for the most part. My plans are to put it to work on our small property. So far I've ordered all the interior parts I can for it, some WheelsNow Accuride copies (22.5 Budds) and new Toyos. I have a few questions converting from Motor Wheels to Budds, but I will post that in the appropriate section.

Thanks for this great forum, there isn't much info on these big bolts out there so it's definitely nice to find some people that share an interest in these.

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Re: Arizona Big Bolt
blueck #1381178 Sat Oct 17 2020 04:21 PM
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 3,777
Moderator - The Electrical Bay and Rocky Mountain Bolters
Welcome to the bolt. Ole Girl looks to be in decent shape. I did hear a rumor that those military tires are not the best when the roads are wet and slick (that were on a 1/4 ton jeep). You will be ok off road, but I'd be wary if its on the road in one of those monsoons!


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Re: Arizona Big Bolt
Rusty Rod #1381181 Sat Oct 17 2020 04:35 PM
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 2,790
Housekeeping (Moderator) Making a Stovebolt Bed & Paint and Body Shop Forums
Originally Posted by Rusty Rod
I did hear a rumor that those military tires are not the best when the roads are wet and slick (that were on a 1/4 ton jeep). You will be ok off road, but I'd be wary if its on the road in one of those monsoons!
I can confirm that rumor, especially on ice, and if the pressure is low. It was exciting ride in that jeep and trailer combo. drive

That does look like a nice rig, and mostly complete. Welcome to the 'Bolt. smile


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Re: Arizona Big Bolt
blueck #1381197 Sat Oct 17 2020 08:37 PM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 9,017
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Welcome to the Stovebolt madness. There is no cure! shake


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Re: Arizona Big Bolt
blueck #1381212 Sat Oct 17 2020 10:44 PM
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Unrepentant VW Lover
I can also confirm, as an owner/operator of both an M-37 and an M-817, that the Military spec NDT tires are NOT meant for sustained highway use. Let me foot stomp that .... NOT!!! If you plan on driving much on improved roads, you can either replace them now or replace them soon. The NDTs are soft rubber and were spec'd for off-road conditions in the Fulda Gap. Nothing else.

Okay, other than that, let me say what an absolutely COOL TRUCK that is!!! Welcome to Stovebolt.com!!

Ask lots of questions! We have a lot of experts here who can fill in the blanks for you. Unfortunately, I am not one of them.


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When tomorrow comes..."


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Re: Arizona Big Bolt
blueck #1381235 Sun Oct 18 2020 01:27 AM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 1,832
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Workshop Owner
Very cool, and it's a five window thumbs_up What a great find.

Welcome

John


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Re: Arizona Big Bolt
blueck #1381247 Sun Oct 18 2020 03:11 AM
Joined: Jul 2004
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That's a really cool truck!
Welcome to the Bolt!


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Re: Arizona Big Bolt
blueck #1381260 Sun Oct 18 2020 07:09 AM
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blueck Offline OP
New Guy
Thanks everyone. Love this thing. Yeah, I got the truck with the military tires already on the front. No intention on keeping them. Swapping to 22.5 tubeless with regular highway for the steers and m608z for the traction.

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Re: Arizona Big Bolt
blueck #1381271 Sun Oct 18 2020 02:21 PM
Joined: Dec 2015
Posts: 2,115
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welcome to the site! Great find!


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Re: Arizona Big Bolt
blueck #1381277 Sun Oct 18 2020 03:19 PM
Joined: Mar 2019
Posts: 1,030
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Awesome truck and glad to hear it is going to be put back to work. drive

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