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sambo42xa #1444188 Thu Mar 10 2022 05:02 PM
Joined: Dec 2015
Posts: 538
Unconventional Thinker
I'll share my story. Bought the '65 C20 in April 2015, and the PO told me he had rebuilt the rear end, so I didn't mess with that, just changed the gear oil. I did replace the unreliable Edelbrock/Carter AFB carburetor to a 1968 Q-Jet, replaced the plugged 2-row radiator with a new 3-row, water pump, driveshaft, and swapped in front disc brakes. Rebuilt the Saginaw 3-speed with BWOD, and this was done by June 2016 before taking it on it's first 1000+ mile camping trip. We clocked 1,300 miles that trip. Crossed over the CA/NV state lines 5 times on that trip. Fast forward to 2017, I was getting married and the truck needed to make the trip to Texas and back. I did not trust the engine, mainly the heads. I had a spare set laying around, so they went to the machine shop, and while they were being done, I resealed the engine, replaced the camshaft with an old school 300hp/327 grind, and while it was down, I also installed a new fuel pump, and new hoses. Too many little events happened that kept me from working on the truck on a daily basis after work, and it got down to crunch time. Once it was all buttoned-up and the cam was broke-in, I test drove it around town for roughly an hour over the course of a couple days, and fixed any leaks that may have showed up, and adjusted things that needed adjusted. I changed the oil, checked the coolant level and brake fluid level, loaded it up and the real road test was leaving here on a Saturday afternoon around 15:30 and arriving in Holbrook, AZ around 02:00. Luckily there were no issues. No oil burned or leaked, no coolant loss, nothing failed. Back on the road at 08:00 to pick-up my wife to be in Albuquerque, NM and she rode with me the rest of the way to her hometown, and we got there around 02:30 Monday morning. Long drives, bad seat, no power steering, unfamiliar roads and driving speeds I would not normally drive the old truck, but with the overdrive it could do it and stay under or at 3,000 rpms depending on the traffic we were cruising with. We did the whole trip without any issues except needing to replace the rear bumper bolts to make sure the bumper stayed attached to the frame.

I believe your truck will do fine as long as you make sure it is roadworthy.


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2007 Forester XT Limited (2nd Owner)
1991 Cherokee Laredo (2nd Owner)
1981 Chevy 3/4 Ton Fleetside 8,600 Camper Special (3rd Owner)
1965 Chevy 3/4 Ton Fleetside (3rd Owner)
moparguy #1444387 Sat Mar 12 2022 01:56 PM
Joined: Dec 2018
Posts: 1,597
moparguy I see your bride there on the back,I have my tailboard fixed like a porch swing seat so you can lean back,then put your feet on a little 2-step ladder. Put some wooden dowel in the bed edge rollso you have a solid handle. Wife uses couch cushions back there for parades,we made our local paper that way .

fixite7 #1444390 Sat Mar 12 2022 02:11 PM
Joined: Aug 2019
Posts: 138
Fixite7, We need pictures of that to understand it better. Not clear how you can have feet on 2-step ladder during a parade. 🤔

1957 Chevy 3200
PS, A/C, Tilt column, Rebuilt 350, Rebuilt TH350, Reupholstered Bench Seat, sound proof/insulated
sambo42xa #1444397 Sat Mar 12 2022 03:11 PM
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 1,803
Mrs. Wally and I took our '51 Chevy and its 216 with a U-Haul full of household stuff the 1250 miles from Seattle to Laramie WY. We camped 4 nights to save money. This was in 1966 and we thought nothing of it.

I once saw an AD with Alaska plates on I-90 in Montana. He might have taken the ferry down, though. Also, did a member here drive his AD to AK? Am I remembering it was a memorial to the fellow's son but I might be wrong.

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

29 Years of Daily Driving. 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.
sambo42xa #1444413 Sat Mar 12 2022 05:45 PM
Joined: Feb 2001
Posts: 7,179
My 54 is far from stock. 235, t5 trans, nova rear 2.73 end, A/c but I never use it. But I have driven to KC 8 times 1200 miles round trip and Stovebolt HQ 2 times also 1200 miles round trip.

Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2017 Buick Encore
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sambo42xa #1444418 Sat Mar 12 2022 06:23 PM
Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 1,500

1954 1/2 ton 235 4 speed
sambo42xa #1444421 Sat Mar 12 2022 06:46 PM
Joined: May 2015
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Housekeeping (Moderator) Making a Stovebolt Bed & Paint and Body Shop Forums
I ran into a guy a few years back in Delta Junction, AK who had driven a 40's Dodge military ambulance up from the Lower 48. Granted it's not an AD, but shows that just about anything is possible.

Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos []
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
Busting rust since the mid-60's
sambo42xa #1444444 Sat Mar 12 2022 11:49 PM
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 15,855
Ron, don't forget your trip to my house in S.C. I believe it was 2012. Good memories...... especially the bag of biscuits you brought !!!!!

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1937 Chevy Pickup []

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52 Chevy Panel []

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1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
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sambo42xa #1444474 Sun Mar 13 2022 05:03 AM
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 24,558
Kettle Custodian (pot stirrer)
One of my father's cousins bought a retired Nashville Tennessee city bus in the late 1950's, packed up his family and everything they could load into it, and drove to Anchorage Alaska. Back then, most of the Alcan highway was a poorly maintained gravel road. He spent the rest of his life there, working as a civilian electrician on the DEW line radar sites that watched for nuclear bombers. In the mid-1980's we met his widow and one of his sons when we visited Alaska.

"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose"
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Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!

sambo42xa #1444791 Wed Mar 16 2022 02:39 PM
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 952
The furthest destination I've driven my stock 1939 Chevrolet 3/4 ton JD stake truck was 160 miles. It'll do 50-55 comfortably. I use the interstates for long distances. If others want to pass they got the left lane to do so. My daughter and I will be driving it 480 miles one way to the 60th Anniversary meet of the VCCA this summer in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She knows there will be no power steering, power brakes and the only AC is the cowl vent and crank out windshield. I figure it'll be 2 days there and 2 days back. I'm a little apprehensive about that long grade on I-75 in Florence/Covington, Kentucky after crossing the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio. In the past I've had truckers and motorhomes come along side me, toot their horns, and get in behind me and keep others off my tail. Are any of you Stovebolters attending this meet?


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