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Peggy M Offline OP
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From our "Stovebolt Wayback" ...

Barry Weeks' 1940 Canopy Express

"Barry was our "first contact" with the Stovebolt world. You'll see him all over this site -- Tech Tips, Features, IRWIPI. Barry was our first moderator in the forums. We were collectively responsible for half of his gray hairs smile Plus, he's got his own "web "presence" here. He's a huge help to Stovebolters far and wide! Barry and Kathy are Stovebolters First Class!.

"A few of his Bolts he has listed here are his 1940 Chevy 1/2-ton and 1948 Chevy 1/2-ton. ~~ Editor

We set him up with a spot on the server for Weeks End Machine. After awhile, he realized he didn't need it.


Tom Brownell's Updated -- How to Restore Your Chevrolet Pickup

"Since 1993, when I grabbed it from a rack at my favorite bookstore like a strung-out junkie fiercely clutching his next hit, it has been my constant companion through one and a half frame-off restorations of battered, old Stovebolts. Through its pages of inspiration, I met Barry Weeks and a few other Stovebolt notables. Not the least of whom (if, indeed, any rank should be ascribed to this merry band of Stovebolt Brothers!) is the author of our treasured tome himself." --- part of intro to the feature story by John Milliman


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Peggy M
I don't mean to brag, but ... I just put a puzzle together in one day and the box said 2-4 years. grin
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I met Barry here on the Stovebolt Page in 1999.... Talked on the phone but never in person...Keep his memories intact .....

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RIP Barry.

Another quality post.

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I have never had any communication with Barry directly but have researched my of his Tech Tips. It's sad to hear someone from our hobby passing on especially someone with so much knowledge and influence. Barry was only a year older than me, RIP.


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Sorry to hear about his passing. I remember Barry quite well. Back a few years ago Barry found out I had been in his neck of the woods, when my daughter and I took a road trip, and he "chastised" me for not stopping to see him! I chuckle when I think of him getting on my butt about it.
Thankfully he left a lot of good things for us trucking guys that will last forever. Rest in peace Barry.

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Gone too soon…

I never met Barry Weeks, but after my first telephone call I know I wanted to. I began to know of him as we all did here on the Stovebolt pages and for me it was ‘98 or ‘99. He had the knowledge I was seeking and I recall asking him for advice on a number of matters.
Here’s a story that is revealing of his character. Early in ‘01 I was on the hunt for a set of Fenton headers and he responded to a Parts Wanted thread I had started saying that he had an original set. I recall conveying my address and phone to him, got busy, and forgot about it. One day I arrived home from work and a medium sized, dense and heavy package with war torn USPS scars was on the front porch. Barry sent the headers without payment. I was awed and honored by his trust. I called, thanked him, and definitely felt like I was just an old friend he was giving a part to. A year or more went by and I was turning soil in my garden when, of all things, I uncovered a small, pot metal, swooping lines of Art Deco toy car. It was missing a tire and had a small dent, but I knew from our conversations that Barry collected and was a fan of such things and sent it off to him. A week goes by and I get a call from a voice I’m having trouble recognizing as he’s excitedly thanking me for the gift. One would have thought I gifted him a pound of fifty dollar bills. Excitable, good and true man, Barry Weeks, gone too soon.


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Peggy M Offline OP
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Cosmo, what a great story! Thanks for telling it.

I came across this from the About Us. I had gotten a bit of it wrong in the earlier post I made above. originated in the Fall of 1995 when John Milliman created this site as a project to learn web site coding and design. With old truck input from Barry Weeks, the site started out as just an information site for 1939 and 1940 Chevy trucks. One of very first Bolters was Don "Down2Sea" McLendon. In 1997, Tom Brownell, then editor of Vintage Truck Magazine and author of "How to Restore your Chevrolet Pickup," suggested we expand the site to cover more models. We created the basic site layout still in use today, albeit greatly expanded! In 2000, we added an interactive discussion forum.

Does anyone remember when the site was just part of aloha . net / ~ skipper (or something like that)? I tried to pull it up in the Wayback Machine but I guess that was too long ago and such a very small pebble in the Info Highway.


Peggy M
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Wow. I never thought I would be writing this one so soon… Like many friends, I thought I’d have years yet. And I put it off as it seemed that once I wrote it, he'd really be gone. So it’s taken me days to accept, and then to process, Barry’s passing. I'm sorry it's taken this long to get something together. I could go back through the history of but I will leave that to another time. Suffice it for now merely to say that without Barry … without Barry … there simply would be no There would be none of this.

Whatever we have become, whatever it is that resonates with all of us who call this little way point on the great Internet, whatever that calls each of us to connect with each other to encourage, to help to share and to grow in this hobby … It all started with Barry.

I am shattered now on this day that I neglected to make this known to him. I am so ashamed at the opportunity lost. But here we are. We never know the day when one of us shall rise and the rest shall not.

It goes back to about 1992. I had just bought myself a basket case ’39 ½-ton. I had found a book in a bookstore (written by Tom Brownell – a future friend and another who left us too soon). In Tom’s book, I found a reference to Barry.

In those days, we had no Internet. Restoration was a singular experience. We were on our own for finding information the old fashioned way – either finding people in person or writing letters. In dealing with this derelict truck, recently dragged out of a Kansas Wheat field, I was so pathetically overwhelmed. I didn’t quite know it, but I was. I was in over my head.
But I wrote a letter to a guy I had found referenced in a book I chanced to find on a shelf in a book store and to my amazement ... He wrote me back. A lot.

The information exchange that ensued was … amazing.

The breadth of knowledge, and the generosity with which it was shared, was … at the risk of sounding hyperbolic (so be it, it’s the truth!) … inspirational.

Again, skipping over a lot of boring back story, it was something that a couple of years later I thought would make the basis of a rudimentary web site. A site meant to help other guys like me (and us!) over the hurdles we faced. And many of them we had no idea of.

The freely shared information that Barry had, gained from his years of restoration work, and his experience as a machinist, were priceless, yet he buried me with it. He just kept sending it. It amazed me. It still does.

So that info exchange formed the basis of the tech tips we crafted to build a little web site. But it was the spirit of that free sharing of knowledge and experience that forged the basic ethos of Stovebolt that (I assume) keeps us all here now – A bunch of old truck nuts helping each other enjoy a rich and rewarding pastime, and the joy and satisfaction of just helping the next guy being all the reward we need … well, that all started with Barry.

I could go on about Barry’s forging the role of Moderator that all of us have followed since. He was there at the beginning and helped define how the moderators were to function. He helped set down what things a moderator should do and, perhaps more importantly, what a Moderator should *not* do. He wrote the first Tech Tips that bench marked everything we tried to do since. He defined patience and quiet discipline that helped keep us in line, even after the first attempt melted down.

He was my first mentor in this hobby. He was my first spirit guide in forging whatever it is this site means to anyone. And in his own quiet, reserved and sometimes distant way, he was my friend. He leaves a void in my life that’s difficult to describe and to even wrap my own head around.

Whatever it is you think I’ve done to create and develop this site … it was Barry.

He shared freely. He cared deeply about this hobby and gave us so much of his valuable time and talent. He set a standard I hope we can carry on and live up to.
I will miss him greatly. In short, and to sum it all up, Barry was the quintessential/model/Benchmark Stovebolter. Each of us using this site today and benefiting from the knowledge sharing has been touched by Barry.

I’m not sure what his own personal music muses were, but this tune today made me think of him and moved me deeply. I share it with you for whatever you may get from it..

To Barry…

The Parting Glass []


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Amen, John

That brought a little tear to my eye.

I didn't know Barry personally, but have benefited from his work and wisdom.

Thanks Barry and RIP.

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Thanks Barry. RIP!!

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