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Don't press your luck!

Sure, you know how to work on old trucks. Or maybe you're just starting in the hobby. Either way, safety is best learned through OPM (Other Peoples' Mistakes), not OJT!

Either as newly discovered wisdom, or a refresher, please read this article and live safely with your old truck!


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#1461833 Mon Aug 08 2022 03:07 PM
Joined: May 2021
Posts: 13
I'm a rebuilder since I retired. Finished a 1956 Chevy 3100 stepside big window and am now working on my 1950 Chevy 3100 that I have owned since 1973. I like to restore to a close origional condition if I can with a few polished items included just to have a few beauty marks. Most of the time I know what I'm doing so I keep busy. There are times when I need an answer or two and maybe a photo. So this is why I am here with you. Thyanks for being available and the help. Hope I can contribute. Curt

Curtis Lee #1461839 Mon Aug 08 2022 03:38 PM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 11,513
“Grease Monkey” “Former herder of cats”
Welcome to the Stovebolt madness. There is no cure! shake

'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2) “Emily”
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe “Clarence”

"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line"! Hug a cop!
USAF 1965-1969 Weather Observation Tech (I got paid to look at the clouds)

Curtis Lee #1461844 Mon Aug 08 2022 04:14 PM
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 4,595
Authorized Pest

Glad to have you here. I see you've already been busy with a few other posts, with photos I see. thumbs_up Good to see that. Those photos are very helpful when looking for answers to your questions. (Helps other people who may have the same problem, once they realize what it is. headscratch)

I think the site should be very helpful since you have a popular year and style truck.

Being retired, wink you may have some time to put your trucks in the Gallery Forum. You can post up to 25 photos there. Other Bolters can check it out and post comments.

If you like chronicling your re-build (with photos pix), it would be great to have you start a thread in the Project Journals forum.

Again ... glad you are here ... and we hope we can be of help.

Peggy M
I distinctly remember forgetting that. grin
Curtis Lee #1461848 Mon Aug 08 2022 04:28 PM
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 5,287
Drafted Moderator!
Curt, welcome to the Stovebolt Garage!,
You are plenty close enough to join us at the Heartland Stovebolt Reunion in September.
Check out the Reunion threads and the Heartland threads for info on what’s going on!


Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most!

1967 GMC 9500 Fire Ladder Truck
"The Flag Pole"
In the Stovebolt Gallery []
'46 2-Ton grain truck
'50 2-ton flatbed
'54 Pontiac Straight Eight
1954 Plymouth Belvidere
'70 American LaFrance pumper fire truck.
Curtis Lee #1461859 Mon Aug 08 2022 06:31 PM
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 4,505
Moderator - The Electrical Bay and Rocky Mountain Bolters
Welcome to the 'bolt, please post some pictures when you get a chance.

Another quality post.

Real Trucks Rattle

HELP! The Paranoids are after me!
Curtis Lee #1461878 Mon Aug 08 2022 08:31 PM
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 1,900
Gearhead, Moderator for The Swap Meet and General Truck Talk
Welcome Curt wave

Looking forward to seeing your posts in the forums and sharing knowledge and experiences. Great to see another "Bolter in the Heartland and hope to get a chance to meet if you can attend the get together Don spoke of in September.

Should you find yourself in need of a helping hand, feel free to reach out (send me a PM). I am not far (just south in Grandview, MO) and also being retired, might be of assistance if needed.

Glad to have you in the community! thumbs_up


Last edited by Gdads51; Mon Aug 08 2022 10:49 PM.


1951 Chevy 3 window 3100 (My Grandpa's hunting truck)
1966 Chevelle (Wife's Hot Rod)
2013 Chevy Silverado (Current daily driver)
US Army MSG Retired (1977-1998)
Com Fac Maint Lead Tech Retired (1998-2021)

Finely time to get to work on my Grandpa's (now mine) truck!
Curtis Lee #1461890 Mon Aug 08 2022 09:19 PM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 2,532
Workshop Owner
Hello Curtis, glad to see you decided to join the gang.



J Lucas

1941 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1942 Chevy 1.5-Ton SWB
1959 Chevy Apache 31 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Apache 32 Fleetside
1969 Chevy C-50 Grain Truck

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Curtis Lee #1461931 Tue Aug 09 2022 02:07 AM
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 15,931
Welcome to Stovebolt. Consider yourself at home.

1937 Chevy Pickup []

1952 Chevy Panel []
1952 Chevy Panel []

1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile
Curtis Lee #1461973 Tue Aug 09 2022 12:30 PM
Joined: Feb 2019
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Welcome to the ‘bolt! Glad to have you aboard! Not only can you get help, but seeing that already got one under your belt, you’ll be able to help others. That’s what this forum is about! See you around the garage!

Last edited by Phak1; Mon Aug 15 2022 11:44 PM.

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