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#1434768 Sun Dec 26 2021 02:30 PM
Joined: Dec 2021
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Wiz02 Offline OP
Hi everyone,

Planning to acquire a retirement project vehicle in the next year or so, and want to make an informed decision. Looking forward to seeing what folks are doing to their trucks and most importantly how did they do it. If anyone is in Southeastern PA and would like to meet for coffee sometime, PM me.

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Welcome to the Stovebolt madness. There is no cure!
Enjoy your hunt and when you acquire your Chevy/GMC truck be sure to drop back in with photos. We can help with the mechanical stuff too. shake

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Wiz02 Offline OP
Thanks Martin, right now I'm in the "choices, choices" stage, need to study up so that I can narrow the field. I will be lurking and learning as time permits.

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Good decision you have come to the right place welcome from downunder would love to have a coffee maybe we will meet one day

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Welcome Wiz,

Let us know when you find that project truck.

Happy Hunting


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welcome to the site! You'll find everything from a complete restore (all stock) to complete custom here. Some leave the truck mostly as-found, but make it go and stop properly, and then just drive it! Poke around and look at the gallery to see the different body styles, and color schemes and get an idea what you really like, then it is just a mattter of finding the right onew that fits your budget. Remember, cheaper initial cost may be more costly to re-do in the end!


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Wiz02 Offline OP
Thanks everyone for the warm welcome and sage advice. As I look over my options and budget, my 1979 El Camino may have to find a new home to make room for a Stovebolt project, but then I will have nothing to haul with until the truck is road worthy. First world problem to be sure!

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Welcome to the 'bolt... you can haul a lot in a grocery getter.. my father brought me a TH350 in the back of his chevy metro once.

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Wiz02 Offline OP
Hi TPR57C, a trip downunder is on the bucket list and I would love to have coffee.

@Rusty Rod, I'm not putting plywood, mulch or a tranny in my vette, just saying! cool

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Wiz02 Offline OP
Thanks Rusty Rod, but I'm not hauling plywood, drywall or tranny's in my vette or camaro nono so my cargo options are limited if I sell my elky.

TPR57C, making a trip downunder is on my bucket list, maybe we can have a coffee, when things settle down, unless I blow the budget on a stovebolt instead.

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