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Stovebolter....Again
#898044 Tue Nov 20 2012 04:04 PM
Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 28
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Wrench Fetcher
When I was about 30, I found an old truck sitting in the tall grass at a nearby junkyard and fell in love. Looked at it for a couple years every time I was there and finally asked about it. It cost me $150, delivered. A slightly battered 1941 Chevy 1.5 ton Grain Truck, which looked like it had been painted with a broom...assuming the broom to have been several years past its prime. I put a battery in it and some gas and away we went. It became my daily driver (for short drives, anyway) and required very little maintenance. The occasional shorted spark plug, plugged gas filter, a used tire now and then. I had it for a good number of years when a passing motorist saw it parked behind my house and asked if it could be purchased. Seems he had driven a 1941 chevy gasoline delivery truck as a boy for his father's business...he still had the tank. I agreed to sell, realizing I had under priced it when he wrote the check for $100 more than I asked. Oh, well.

Pause for the passage of 20 plus years....

I always missed that truck and regretting selling it, although the smile on the old guy's face when he drove it away was worth a lot. Now another retiree is looking for a replacement and spots one on eBay close enough to home to buy. Thus I became the proud owner of a 1946 46 Chevy in Salvage Yard Chevy 1.5T flatbed (actually, no bed. It was all wood and totally rotted). By the ID it was built in Kansas City. As far as I can tell, the only thing it is missing is one inside door handle. It has a Chelsea PTO and a Sprague??? Steel Products hoist. The brakes have been repaired, the clutch unstuck and several problems with the fuel system overcome (some just temporarily) and a short maiden voyage taken using a 5 gallon bucket for a seat. Ultimately, it will be painted Bud Lite blue and Black but for now, it's just great to have it as it is.
I never heard the term stovebolt in this context or knew I was a fan of an Art Deco style truck until after I bought this truck.
Of course, after I got it home, I found one I could have bought for $1000, 20 miles from home!

Re: Stovebolter....Again
Huckleberry #898093 Tue Nov 20 2012 07:42 PM
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 15,184
Boltergeist
Huckleberry, welcome to the Stovebolt. I believe you'll make this your home base as many of us have. There is even a "big bolt" forum for guys like you.
Nice story about the trucks. Now, don't let this one get away from you and RUN RUN RUN and buy the other one to. Once this disease bites you there is no known sure cure smile Just more bolts.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Panel

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
Re: Stovebolter....Again
Huckleberry #898167 Tue Nov 20 2012 11:00 PM
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 4,861
Shop Shark
Hi Huckleberry, welcome. Sounds like you have the same addiction/affliction as the rest of us here. Be sure to hang around, lots more to learn. Good luck with it.

Leo

Re: Stovebolter....Again
Huckleberry #898639 Thu Nov 22 2012 11:32 PM
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 3,562
R
Shop Shark
I love the Art Deco Bolts. Welcome!!


Rich

'47 Loadmaster

Life is like a roll of toilet paper--the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes!






Re: Stovebolter....Again
Huckleberry #899562 Tue Nov 27 2012 09:23 AM
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 735
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Shop Shark
Howdy Huck...and welcome to The Bolt! --- Nice find there. Looks to be in pretty good shape and will be fun to follow your build. Great people & resources here that will help the process a lot.


1946 1.5-Ton Chevy Shorty Bus
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

All my best --- Tango
Winter Update
Huckleberry #924108 Sat Mar 02 2013 07:53 AM
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Posts: 28
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Wrench Fetcher
Well, due to prolonged medical problem and an unheated garage, not much to report. I took some light projects inside for the winter and have a nice new instrument cluster to show for my efforts http://s1356.beta.photobucket.com/u...&_suid=13622321268410604999370296199 . And work continues on the bed rebuild. Also playing with a project to replace the non-functional temperature gauge with an electronic replacement using another fuel gauge in the temperature gauge position.

Re: Winter Update
Huckleberry #924190 Sat Mar 02 2013 01:26 PM
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 15,184
Boltergeist
Thats a really nice job,Huckleberry. Maybe in a few weeks you can get back outside. At least the guage project kept you from getting cabin fever!!


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Panel

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
Re: Winter Update
Huckleberry #924218 Sat Mar 02 2013 02:52 PM
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 231
S
Shop Shark
Huckleberry,

Nice Find!!! Looks straight also! Nice job on the gauges! Yes, you will be right at home here with the rest of the BOLT infected
group! Did you at least go peek at the other truck? Ha ha! Enjoy and keep us posted!


Stranger
Frank in Iowa

1955 Second Series Chevrolet Shortbox NAPCO with a Rockwell Transfer Case
"Mater's Cousin"
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Still at it.
Huckleberry #952093 Sun Jun 23 2013 02:18 PM
Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 28
H
Wrench Fetcher
Hopefully done with chemo and radiation and back to more pleasant things. Bed is framed and ready to mount as soon as hoist frame is ready. But I admit to total bafflement on the issue of securing the bed decking to the frame. There was no evidence on the bed when purchased on how the planking was held in place (mostly because the planking was all missing). So, anyone have a suggestion?

Re: Still at it.
Huckleberry #952161 Sun Jun 23 2013 09:41 PM
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 15,184
Boltergeist
huckleberry, glad to hear your finished with Chemo and Radiation. Sure hope, and pray, all goes well from now on.

Since everyone doesn't visit here in the Welcome Centre your question will be best answered in the sub forum for beds. I think its a sub forum of the paint and body..or just below it. You'll find it and also a link to Mar-K.

I will comment that as for the bed placement it may be good for you to check out Mar-k. They have a link here and I think you can see, or get, a pictorial of how the bed goes on.
I had one years ago so I'm not sure anymore....but there are cross sills that go across the chassis for the wood to lay on and "generally" the boards are held down with metal strips that have the square headed bolt hole's that the bolts drop down through between the boards.... that is how I remember it...and basically how my 37 bed is on my pickup.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Panel

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
Re: Stovebolter....UPDATE
Huckleberry #975887 Tue Oct 01 2013 10:33 PM
Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 28
H
Wrench Fetcher
Coming along, if slowly. Interior is in progress, bed is finished. Most of electrical has been replaced (fyi: LED marker lights marked 12 vdc which I was going to modify for 6 vdc, worked fine at 6 volts with no modifications at all). Visit to body shop is close now that vehicle is street legal. Still waiting for new fuel tank. A number of new photos are in the photobucket album with =132618063&filters[recent]=1&am...=138067961050808484371735261038]this one which was taken at nearby car show where it actually won the "Kid's Choice" award!

Re: Stovebolter....UPDATE
Huckleberry #975889 Tue Oct 01 2013 10:43 PM
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 15,184
Boltergeist
I like it, I like it, I like it. Got to get me a flat bed one day!


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Panel

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
Re: Stovebolter....UPDATE
Huckleberry #975896 Tue Oct 01 2013 11:28 PM
Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 62
J
Wrench Fetcher
Looks really good. Those gauges are sweet!


Whenever you leave behind failure that means you're doing better if you think everything you've done has been great you're probably dumb
-Louis CK-

'53 GMC
Re: Stovebolter....UPDATE
Huckleberry #975906 Wed Oct 02 2013 12:00 AM
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 3,562
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Shop Shark
VERY nice! I love that body style.


Rich

'47 Loadmaster

Life is like a roll of toilet paper--the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes!






Re: Stovebolter....Again
Huckleberry #1326563 Tue Sep 17 2019 08:32 PM
Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 28
H
Wrench Fetcher
Truck is mobile..Now just waiting for somewhere to go now that It's all dressed up. Adding some pictures.....1946 Chevy Truck

Last edited by Huckleberry; Tue Sep 17 2019 08:45 PM.
Re: Stovebolter....Again
Huckleberry #1326565 Tue Sep 17 2019 08:46 PM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 1,809
J
Workshop Owner
Picture link not working.


J Lucas





1941 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1942 Chevy 1.5-Ton SWB
1959 Chevy Apache 31 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Apache 32 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Viking 40

My Flicker Photos! [flickr.com]

Re: Stovebolter....Again
Huckleberry #1326573 Tue Sep 17 2019 10:11 PM
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 3,735
Moderator - The Electrical Bay and Rocky Mountain Bolters
Wow. nice project. Keep on nickle diming it, and soon it will be done.


Another quality post.


Real Trucks Rattle

HELP! The Paranoids are after me!
Re: Stovebolter....Again
J Lucas #1326575 Tue Sep 17 2019 10:16 PM
Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 28
H
Wrench Fetcher
Got it fixed. Tnx

Re: Stovebolter....Again
Huckleberry #1326627 Wed Sep 18 2019 03:52 AM
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Posts: 3,562
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Shop Shark
Looking really nice! I assume there's no hoist on it?


Rich

'47 Loadmaster

Life is like a roll of toilet paper--the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes!






Re: Stovebolter....Again
Rich'sToys #1326692 Wed Sep 18 2019 06:21 PM
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Posts: 28
H
Wrench Fetcher
Hi Rich,
Yes, it does have a hoist. I have a post on the Big Bolt forum looking for someone who can identify the manufacturere.

Re: Stovebolter....Again
Huckleberry #1326724 Wed Sep 18 2019 10:02 PM
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,661
S
Shop Shark
Keep the progress going, less than 6 years please.


1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, torque tube still,omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare, all done
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bli...n05i04t1aokgm4p04jiwgffwhyyih5xbk0h00410
1964 GMC 1000
305 Big Block V6, sm420, the next cab off restoration
Re: Stovebolter....Again
Huckleberry #1326783 Thu Sep 19 2019 03:53 AM
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 3,562
R
Shop Shark
Originally Posted by Huckleberry
Hi Rich,
Yes, it does have a hoist. I have a post on the Big Bolt forum looking for someone who can identify the manufacturer.


Oh, OK. I didn't see any controls for it on your interior shot, which is what prompted the question.
That is one beautiful truck!!


Rich

'47 Loadmaster

Life is like a roll of toilet paper--the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes!






Re: Stovebolter....Again
Huckleberry #1335173 Mon Nov 25 2019 02:57 AM
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 3,608
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Shop Shark
Nice grille and instrument panel.

Ed


'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
'55 GMC 370 w/270, 420 4 speed, grain, dump bed truck from ND. Works OK.
Re: Still at it.
Huckleberry #1344122 Wed Jan 29 2020 11:11 AM
Joined: Jan 2020
Posts: 5
B
New Guy
Good morning, great story and best of luck on your project, I don’t own a1.5 ton but a 33 1/2 ton commercial that I’m redoing, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it regardless.


33 Chevy 1/2 ton with all the 29-32 left overs. (Woody)
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