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Re: how far have you driven your 'bolt?
5/8 ton #825624 Sun Feb 12 2012 11:31 PM
Joined: Nov 2006
Posts: 2,658
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We drive our '49 216 all summer and think nothing of driving it 60-70 miles from home. I make sure fluids are at proper levels when I fill with gas and do maintenance as needed. I have the same confidence in it as I do my 2001 Silverado. Don

Re: how far have you driven your 'bolt?
don stocker #825639 Mon Feb 13 2012 12:00 AM
Joined: Oct 2007
Posts: 731
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When I bought my '56 3105 panel in 1971, I loaded it full of beer, friends, etc and took off for Carolina Beach on the pre-interstate 2-lanes, just as soon as I got the clutch unstuck and and gas in the tank! After that I drove it everywhere including Canada, Mexico, and California. I parked it in 1984 when the need for an engine became severe.

Like Kurt_51carryall years later, I bought my '71 C10 in Winston Salem. I had no engine trouble, but it was everything I could do to keep it in the road with the the "wore-slam-out" steering box. I am oh-so-glad that I didn't have to stop in a hurry either. I drove this one about 100 miles home.

Last, my '69 panel was purchased in Charlotte NC, about 10 miles on the SC side of the Speedway. I drove this one home, too. The problem this time was the air kept getting out of the old, dry rotted tires. My wife and I got almost as good as a NASCAR pit crew, changing tires along the road, but otherwise it was uneventful, mostly. From where I bought it to home was about 175 miles.

The 1969 and the 1971 are street drivable and the 1956 has the engine out.

Re: how far have you driven your 'bolt?
don stocker #825644 Mon Feb 13 2012 12:16 AM
Joined: Feb 2008
Posts: 1,056
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Driven the '37 with a stock 216 on a highway 180 mile round trip with ambient temperatures at about 95+ degrees and dew point about 60 degrees. The morning drive was pleasant but by the return in the afternoon we were really glad to see the garage door. Normal engine heat and noise added to the other factors, plus wind, wind noise etc. made for a memorable and fun experience. The wife was a good sport...but she did ask if we could add A/C.

I'd do again, but in cooler, less windy weather.

Re: how far have you driven your 'bolt?
Lucille #825652 Mon Feb 13 2012 12:40 AM
Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 187
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I bought my 58 3600 last fall, got her certified just about a month before the snow ussually starts to fly. I took her up and down and around the neighbourhood. I am replacing all things rubber this winter. This spring I hope to built up some faith and take her a little further. It apparently had the motor and trans rebuilt but I don't know when.

58 3600 4 on the floor
Re: how far have you driven your 'bolt?
rickyt #825702 Mon Feb 13 2012 03:35 AM
Joined: Feb 2012
Posts: 61
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I had a '60 1/2 ton, 235, 4 on the floor, drove that thing everywhere! I put over 100k on it in about five years, never let me down, sold it for what I paid for it.

Re: how far have you driven your 'bolt?
abxtc #825762 Mon Feb 13 2012 09:05 AM
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 95
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1951 4400 still on the original low pressure 235. Daily driver and have been on a few 300+ mile trips. Never needed a tow, although it died in the middle of a downtown Seattle intersection the other week. Had to push her to the side and wait about 5 min before it would start again. Nothing plugs, wires etc didn't take care of.

Re: how far have you driven your 'bolt?
lunchbox #825772 Mon Feb 13 2012 01:31 PM
Joined: Feb 2001
Posts: 1,344
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I have done a few 400-500 mile trips with my 1959 1/2ton. Runs good no ptoblems, will take a few more I hope.

59 apache 1/2t
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Re: how far have you driven your 'bolt?
Tommy #825852 Mon Feb 13 2012 06:54 PM
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 9,146
I did an 8,000 mile trip in 28 days with my 52 1 ton. It had a 235 with about 5 or 6 years on a rebuild. No real problems and had a lot of fun.

I'd never been more than 30 miles or so from home prior to leaving for that trip even though I drove it every day for a few years in there.


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1948 Chevrolet 6400 [] - Detroit Diesel 4-53T - Roadranger 10 speed overdrive - 4 wheel disc brakes
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Re: how far have you driven your 'bolt?
5/8 ton #825853 Mon Feb 13 2012 07:03 PM
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 107
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On one trip, we drove our 54 Chevy half ton from the Los Angeles, Ca area to Glacier Park in Montana and over to the section of the park in Canada. Over 3000 miles pulling a Kenskill teardrop trailer. On another trip we drove the 54 and teardop to Yellowstone Park and back to the LA area. The last trip was from LA to Zion Park in Utah and a big loop all around Utah to all the National parks and monuments ending up at the north rim of the Grand Canyon and back home. The 54 has the original 235 in it. Just drove up north of San Francisco a few months ago. We added a 1955 three speed overdrive so we could drive a little faster. The key to driving a Bolt long distances is to rebuild, or at least inspect, all the major systems: engine, trans, rear end, brakes, tires, radiator, etc. We keep spare parts under the seat such as water pump, fuel pump, coil, etc. in case we have a problem in the middle of nowhere. In reasonable weather, a Bolt in good condition doesn't have a distance limitation.

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