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Posted By: Cletis Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 19 2012 12:01 AM
I enjoy reading about everyone's progress in the 'What did you get done...' thread. With the show season already alive and well here in North Texas and coming soon to a community near you Northern types, I think those of us with drivers need a thread for our adventures.

Last weekend we attended our first show of the season in Hamilton, TX. We drove the Suburban about 100 miles to get there. Rained all the way there and back and my wipers quit. Got fed free BBQ and took home first place plaque for unfinished class.

This Saturday morning we met at a club member's place and waited for a caravan to arrive. The Guys and Dolls Car Club took off from Jacksboro, went to Decatur and picked up a bunch more from the Wise County Auto Club, proceeded to Weatherford to pick up the Parker County Cruisers and brought them all to the meeting point. With our group added there were over 50 vehicles. We then caravaned to Fort Richardson State Park. We got a catered BBQ dinner out of that one, too.

When that was over we left Jacksboro and headed to North Richland Hills and entered the Christian Classic Cruisers show. By the time we got home we had put 186 Miles on the 'burb.

Today I got her out again and put about 50 miles on her putting up flyers for our car show in little country crossroads towns. We took the county roads back home. I enjoy putting down these old former wagon roads in an old truck.

OK, who's next?

Posted By: Mr. Lang Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 19 2012 04:36 PM
This weekend, I finally got my ring-job done, and went for a smoke free drive. While seating the rings, I had the realization, that I can't actually remember the last time I drove anything with the pedal to the metal. After changing the oil, I took a leisurely 50 mile drive around the peninsula where I live. Here, other than the highway, every road is a two laner. It's also starting to get spring-ish, so with the Southwind heater toasting my toes, I can drive with the windows down. It's daffodil harvesting season here, and I always like driving past the fields of flowers.

Who's next?
Posted By: LarryW Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 19 2012 09:24 PM
I'll bite. Got my 66 GMC out for a trip to Lowes, about 4 miles up the road. Went in got couple things I need and when I came out there was a lady with small child standing there. They waited for me to get in and as I started off she commented to me "Nice truck". I was as proud as if I'd won 1st place at a car show.Larry
Posted By: oldbluetruck Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 20 2012 12:29 AM
Did some landscaping over the weekend. Drove the 48 to home depot for supplies. We received lots of smiles and 'love the trucks'
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 20 2012 02:34 AM
...does it count if I drove the panel to the end of my street and back? I don't have tags on it yet but it kept calling my name Alllllllvvvviiiiiiiin. Just had to take it for a ride!!
Posted By: Mr. Lang Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 20 2012 04:46 AM
I think that counts Alvin.

I put 60 miles on the bus today. With the tools in the back, she's a real low rider, in fact, when I turn left the curb feelers drag. I'm thinking I should get some extra striker flints....

Nothing like hearing the sweet roar when six in a row makes it go!
Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 20 2012 09:03 AM
I drove mine to work... and back home.

It is covered in pollen, Imma hafta wash the winders.

-W
Posted By: Kurt_51carryall Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 20 2012 12:42 PM
I drove the '51 burb to work yesterday, and on the way back ran into a real cloudburst. Even worse than having no wipers, rainwater shooting up through the holes in the floor and pouring down onto my feet from the open cowl vent, was trying to peer through the totally fogged up windshield. The defrost hoses are not hooked up.

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Reminded me of the old days when the burb was my only vehicle.

But I do look forward to getting my wiper motor back from the Wiperman. Three weeks and counting.

Kurt
Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 20 2012 01:25 PM

Kurt,

Your description " . . . rainwater shooting up through the holes in the floor . . . ) brings back memories of driving my Suburban in the rain (back in the 70s). However, back then my defroster worked quite well. And, that was when the rusted-out-floor-burb was our main vehicle.
Posted By: johntsmith Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 20 2012 01:28 PM
Got up at 5 AM on Saturday so I could drive over to Dupont Registrys Cars and Coffee. It runs from 6 AM to a little after 8 AM. Plenty of muscle and exotic cars. The 53 felt right at home parked between a Ferrari and a Lamborghini. Theres no registration or judging, just everyone walking around admiring each others ride. Afterwards some of us headed over to the local Bob Evans and grabbed some breakfast and then headed on to the rest of our day.

It would have been a perfect morning if Id had remembered to stop and put gas in it. Fix the gas gauge has moved up on the to-do list.
Posted By: kenneycj Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 20 2012 01:49 PM
Started up Matilda on Saturday for the first time since December. Fired right up and ran great. Went to Lowes and loaded her down with bags of mulch. Right now she has several bags of lawn debris loaded up ready to go to the landfill. Love the looks and waves that I get when people see the truck doing what she was made to do. I do need to watch the winter dirt off her though.
Posted By: Kurt_51carryall Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 20 2012 02:22 PM
Tim,

Yeah, my old burb is a bit of a time machine from when I got her in '73. Little more rust, few more dents. Same amount of paint more or less.

I put a piece of plywood under the drivers area so my feet wouldn't go through the floor. Still there, same piece.

Kurt
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 20 2012 06:08 PM
Mine doesn't leak through the floor, it comes through the windshield seal. Not so bad while driving as we can keep our feet out of the drips. But at a stop I get my left leg soaked because of the drip above the clutch pedal. I love adventure.
Posted By: hapydirty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 20 2012 11:31 PM
Daughters coming home from college for a few days during spring break. Her one request while home was to be able to drive the '50 around a little. Looking forward to that. Taught her to drive a standard in this truck, she loves it. cool
Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Mar 21 2012 01:33 AM

hapydirty -ya musta raised her right then. grin

-W
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Mar 21 2012 09:19 PM
First drive of the year. Went to price a job with it. Since I did all the insulation and front rubber mat over this winter, it's way way quieter. It feels so good driving this old truck, still a novelty for me but very enjoyable.
Posted By: lunchbox Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Mar 22 2012 03:49 AM
Drive Cecil to the Union hall down south today. About a 70 mile round trip. I love the looks it gets on the interstate during rush hour. The gals at the hall seemed to love it too.
Posted By: Rich'sToys Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Mar 24 2012 12:23 AM
Originally Posted by Kurt_51carryall
...rainwater shooting up through the holes in the floor...

Kurt

At least the water has a place to run back out! grin
Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 25 2012 05:50 AM

I rode out a little over 50 miles one way to a car show... and it was going real well until it rained about half way through.

Met up with a few folks and had some laughs.

Then rode it back home, no problems other than the not so great windshield wipers on my '65 c10.

-W
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 25 2012 10:41 PM
We drove the burb to the first Parker County Cruisers dinner cruise of the season Friday evening. Skinny's burger joint in Weatherford. Had a real nice visit with fellow club members.
Posted By: magfarm51 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 26 2012 03:26 PM
Our car club had its first cruise of the spring. It was a beautiful day, the truck is running great and I'm glad the rain held off since I need to replace the wiper motor...

Mine is the ugly stepchild.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 26 2012 03:45 PM
Originally Posted by magfarm51

Mine is the ugly stepchild.


Mine is uglier than that and I park it right up front.
Posted By: WE b OLD Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 26 2012 04:51 PM
I accepted a full time position at work so i work mostly days so i have been driving the truck too work as much as possible. the trip is too a new location about 6 miles further.
Posted By: magfarm51 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Mar 29 2012 11:02 PM
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Mine is uglier than that and I park it right up front.

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Posted By: One ear dicky Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Mar 31 2012 02:48 PM
Hey guys, NO SUCH ANIMAL as an ugly old truck!I always say they are so ugly, they are beautiful!
Posted By: fredoly Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Mar 31 2012 09:09 PM
Picked up 20 bags of blow-in insulation and a big ol' blower from Lowes. After a long 2 days of getting the stuff in the attic, took the blower back to Lowes and spent almost 2 hours getting back home. Just felt like driving, and drove with the windows open until I was no longer covered in insulation! Lot's of "nice truck!" and thumbs ups today.
Posted By: Kurt_51carryall Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Mar 31 2012 09:58 PM
Spent the afternoon giving the '51 burb a tune-up, grease job and new fan belt in preparation for a 150 mile run to the beach tomorrow and a little vacation. I'll let you know how it goes.

Kurt

Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 01 2012 02:38 AM
The club I'm in in Mineral Wells held our car show today. I entered the '54 and Mrs. Cletis entered the '56. No plaques but I got a free pizza and she got a tire balance and rotation in the door prize drawings.
Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 01 2012 07:41 PM

I drove around 93 miles or so yesterday and went to two different cruise in's on the other side of town. I'd never been to either one, nice turn out for both.

Truck rode great with the usual rattles.

Life is good when the old truck is running right.

I went to another local show this morning with a bunch of high dollar rides and it was packed, but amazing turn out.

Good times.

-W
Posted By: Mr. Lang Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 01 2012 10:53 PM
I'm helping a friend move, about a 1/2 mile! Got the old single wheel Allstate on behind the bus. Nothing like being a show off in the parking lot, backing up in circles.
Posted By: Kurt_51carryall Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 02 2012 12:36 AM
Drove the '51 burn to the beach today. 150 miles from Raleigh to Emerald Isle. The. Truck ran like a champ. Did have some noise from the genny,I maybe loosing a bearing. This is the first road trip I have taken since I rebuilt an installed the Carter YF 2100s carb. I ran 55 the whole way down. I kept careful track and to my astonishment, I got 19 miles to the gallon. I double checked and even tried to get more gas in the tank. Wow! See what it gets on the way back.

Kurt
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 02 2012 02:35 AM
Kurt, you definitely will have no excuses for not showing up in S.C. in about 4 weeks smile Thats good news to hear. Congrats on your sucess.
Posted By: Kurt_51carryall Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 02 2012 01:20 PM
Looks like I am going to need a new bearing in the generator before I get much further. I might see if I can pick one up today. Seems to me that it is a simple thing to put in. Can any of you post a simple blow by blow of how to replace the bearing. I have only got a cell phone here.
thanks
Kurt
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 08 2012 01:55 AM
You need to post the generator question in Electric Bay.

We drove the burb 150 miles round trip to Billy the Kid Days car show in Hico today. The truck didn't win anything but Mrs. Cletis won a $300 necklace on a $2 ticket.
Posted By: drew_vigil Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 08 2012 03:06 AM
Ive been driving the 80 miles round trip from denver colorado to boulder. Even the Granola eaters on bicycles smile..
Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 15 2012 02:22 AM

Well, after buttoning up the 2nd fuel pump of the week... I rode up to the local cruise night and walked around.

More cars at that event than I have ever seen before.

Nice weather, lots of different types of rides.

I got a Chik Fil A sandwich and a large lemonade too, so I was happy.

grin

-W
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 15 2012 04:41 AM
I drove the burb to show in River Oaks today. Brought home another trophy.
Posted By: jockbolter50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 15 2012 06:46 AM
Originally Posted by cletis
I drove the burb to show in River Oaks today. Brought home another trophy.


What's your next job Cletis,build a new (bigger) trophy cabinet? thumbs_up
Posted By: healingbear Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 16 2012 07:37 AM
Drove my 54 to our local OSH on Friday and ended up meeting two two GMC bolters... One of them said he has a 53 GMC with a Hydra-Matic in it... I said to him that my 54 also has a Hydra-Matic... Both of our trucks were first years for the Hydra-Matic in trucks... Spent more time talking about trucks then in the store...

Posted By: healingbear Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Apr 21 2012 09:33 PM
Took some old paint and oil to the Haz-Mat station across town... Lots of stop and go traffic... Truck did good, even in the heat of the day the engine did not over heat... The Hydra-Matic did pretty good too...

There was a old car show at a local car dealership... Here a couple pics...

41 Chevy flatbed and a Chevy AD Pick Up

Posted By: DMGfifty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Apr 21 2012 09:38 PM
Looking good. It's sunny up the coast from you today. First time in a while. A hot day here is 68 degrees!
Posted By: darenhg72 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 22 2012 02:12 AM
heres my 2 cents. last week my original radiator gave out comming home from town, lots of steam lost about half the water in 6 miles. Had a "hot rod" radiator from summit on the wall for my next build. so instead in the 52 it went. 2 hrs,handmade aluminum brackets, a trip to napa in the '46 for hoses, a cutout in the top of the radiator guard for the new cap and back on the road. as a bonus, the transcooler is built in on the new one. (SBF w/ a C4)
love going to town and seeing the expression of people when i tell 'em it's just my work truck.

daren
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 22 2012 03:24 AM
Drove the burb 40 miles to a show in Graham today. It won the sponsoring club's 'Club Choice' award. There were probably close to 100 vehicles registered. I've taken home a dozen or more plaques and cheap plastic trophies with it but none of them felt as good as this.

picture

More pics
Posted By: Virginiafiretruck Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 22 2012 03:24 AM
I took the 51 out on a drive to the beach as it was sunny and 71 this afternoon. Lots of fun, sun and compliments from those along the way. No problems as it ran like a dream!
Posted By: Tom Lovejoy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 22 2012 04:17 AM
Took my 47 to Joshua Tree, antique motorcycle run. Had three bikes on the back, did 320 miles round trip. Truck ran very good, ran a steady 60 mph going. Coming home took allot longer - tons of traffic. My rebuilt carb worked very well :-)
Posted By: Mr. Lang Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 22 2012 04:41 PM
Last weekend, I went to Maple Ridge, to meet the BC Bolters:
I always have a sort of trapped feeling when I'm on the ferry.

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Then, yesterday, I went over to Sooke, and picked up an "new" engine.

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All in all, hundreds of carefree miles, except when I have to fill up with gas, I don't care for that part.
Posted By: healingbear Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Apr 25 2012 03:48 AM
Took the 54 for my longest trip... Went and picked up 2 rototillers ( one is about 50 years old ) and a lawn mower and other miscellaneous stuff... Round trip about 90 miles... Stop and go city driving, freeway and my favorite country roads... Got home and was unloading and found this little guy looking for a new home... Caught him in a bucket and took to a better home a couple miles away...
Posted By: Kurt_51carryall Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 29 2012 11:59 PM
We just got back from the 5th Annual Southern Stovebolt Reunion at Alvin's place in Boiling Springs, SC. This is about a 460 mile round trip from Raleigh, NC

The '51 Suburban with the mighty '53 235 Powerglide engine and the Carter YF2100S carb was in top form. Kept it around 55 the whole way except for the last hour or so on I-85 where we ran 60.

Mileage for the whole trip was an impressive (to me) 18.8 mpg.
The best I ever did in the whole 39 years I have owned the truck before I replaced the Rochester B carb with the Carter YF was 15 mpg.

Got a lot of waves, beeps, and conversation at fueling stops.

Kurt

Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 30 2012 02:44 AM
That's what I'm talking about, Kurt. I bet you got 9-10 hours of seat time out of it. What a great way to spend a weekend. Don't you just love the feeling of putting down the road in an old truck, all the windows down, just like the old days. They called it 'motoring' back in the day.

Someday I hope to make one of Alvin's meetings.
Posted By: hardshell Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 30 2012 03:00 AM
I finally got my third short drive around the farm with my 50 chevy 3100. This trip was more fun than the last since I had brakes this time. My new upgraded brakes worked very well and since I had brakes, my wife went for her first ride in the truck today! I was also testing the new radiator and water pump install as well and all looks well.
Posted By: Kurt_51carryall Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 30 2012 12:42 PM
You got it, Cletis. Brought back a lot of memories of the old days (really not so long ago) when this truck was my only form of transportation.

Air conditioning is highly over rated. Nothin' like having all the vents, cozy wings and windows open. You can smell the rivers and lakes and....barnyards as you wizz by.

Kurt
Posted By: John Milliman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 30 2012 01:41 PM
Peggy and I took the Stovebolt Flagship (the '49 1-ton) to the first show of the season yesterday. It was pretty special -- Not only did they park us right in front of the port-o-me's cool , but one of the brakes started locking up as we were pulling into the spot. Nothing like screeching and making a fuss as your grand entry blush

I guess I need to get in there and clean things out a bit ...

John
Posted By: SWEET Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 01 2012 12:50 AM
Might be squeezing the brakes harder since he is running like the wind now eh?

drive
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu May 03 2012 11:16 PM
Took mine to work today, 3 different job sites and the building supply. It sure makes the day more enjoyable. I'm impressed with the torque of the stovebolt six (261) up some of the hills.
Posted By: healingbear Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri May 04 2012 09:18 PM
Drove over to our local Tractor Supply... A few waves on the way... When I came out of the TS there was a gentleman in his early 30's taking pictures of the 54... There was also a woman who said tho she liked Ford's but said she did like the 54 and that her granddaughter would really like it ...

Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 06 2012 03:43 AM
I drove the burb to the Fort Worth Boat Club classic boat and car show today. Got to hobnob with the rich folks. Best of show, car, went to a 1924 Rolls Royce The owner drives it as much as I drive the burb.
Posted By: WE b OLD Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 06 2012 02:11 PM
On the way back from Alvin's a man came up too me at a rest stop and wanted too look at my truck and i said ok and went up too the rest room when i came back he said he had set off my alarm, i had set it and forgot and thought he just wanted too look but he opened the hood and the alarm went off. he was curious what engine i had in it he assumed that i had a v/8, BTW he had passed me a ways back. it confirmed what i suspected that when you cruise at 65-70 they think you have a v/8. grin
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 07 2012 02:47 AM
....and it also proves inquisitive folks will open your door. And not all folks are as nice and honest. Good that you have an alarm. I usually let Victoria be my guard dog....unless she has to go first!
Thanks for coming Ron. I'm still in shock from seeing you pull in the drive!! Glad all went well and your welcome back anytime.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 07 2012 03:03 AM
I finished off the weekend by driving the burb 150 some miles round trip to the Inliner's meeting in Grand Prairie.
Posted By: lunchbox Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 07 2012 04:10 AM
Took Cecil out to west Seattle to pick up a load for a customer. Beautiful day and using the truck as it was intended. Ran great. Got lots of thumbs up and even ended up next to a lil bolt at a stoplight on 99.
Posted By: healingbear Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu May 10 2012 11:55 PM
Went to The Hose Shop here in Yuba City to get hoses made up for my oil filter canister... While I was waiting a local city police officer walked out of the shop... He came back in about a minute later a asked me if that was my black truck out front, I said yes it is... He laid down he keys next to me and said and said he wanted to trade vehicles, my black truck for his black police cruiser... I told him I would but only for the rest of the afternoon and if I could run it with the lights and siren!!! Well I kept my truck and he drove off in his black cruiser...

Here is a pick of my New Oil Line Hoses ... It only took them about 10 minutes to make them and that included the time it took to show them what I needed... All for only $ 31...Added to the local economy...

Posted By: healingbear Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 15 2012 03:10 AM
Went to Home Depo for lumber then to the nursery for a 1/2 yard of soil... Probably could have taken the full yard of soil but the truck has not hauled that much weight in 35 years... Still had a good 4" before the rubber blocks hit the axle... Its good to have a truck that I can haul stuff in... Its a lot easier to load up an open bed...


Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 15 2012 03:48 AM
Good to see a truck earning it's keep.
Posted By: healingbear Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 26 2012 03:16 AM
54 out working again today hauling 1/2 yard of Red Lava Rock for new plants in the front yard ...

Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 27 2012 04:11 AM
I drove the burb to Justin to a hanger party then went from there to Fort Worth for a show. Brought home a trophy from the show.
Posted By: speed 6351 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 28 2012 08:06 AM
Took the half ton and hauled some metal to the scrap yard,about 10 miles away. Stopped on the way out of town and put $20.00 of gas in the tank. Made the trip no problem,got $18.50 for the metal. Almost got home and ran out of gas again. Discovered a loose fuel line where it goes through the floor-it doesn't leak unless the engine's running. headscratch Was able to coast the last block and a half,ALMOST made it up the driveway. Used the BroncWorth to push it the last 10 feet. Realized the pick up REALLY needs the kingpins and the carb replaced. Smiled the whole time.
Speed
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Jun 15 2012 09:33 PM
Picked up some building materials with the panel today. I had to get some steel at the Amish supplier, even they had a good look at the old girl. Then went to the lumber yard for some 2x8, everyone wants to help load.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Jun 16 2012 03:48 AM
Drove the 37 up to the Tryon,N.C. BBQ fest last week and had a blast on the back roads and cruising the interstate as well.

Way to go Leo and Speed. I'm sure those were Kodak moments.
Posted By: healingbear Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jul 01 2012 11:59 PM
Drove to Chico and pick up all of this for $ 60... A running 56 235, two 4 seed transmissions and a rear end... A 100 mile round trip... Most weight at one time since it been back on the road... Truck likes the the load seems to run quieter...

Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jul 02 2012 02:27 AM
Riding around in my '65 C10 truck this weekend here in our Southeastern heat wave with the windows down was like being a fly stuck in a blowing hair dryer.

YOWSERS!

-W
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Aug 07 2012 09:49 PM
I took the panel camping this past weekend, 100 miles away. Other than a loose generator pulley, no issues. I caught at least 4 different people taking photos of it in my campsite, including the park Yogi's.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Aug 08 2012 12:02 AM
Way to go, Leo.
Posted By: drew_vigil Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Aug 08 2012 09:40 PM
lol jonny law said i should have came to a complete stop.

the traffic had a green arrow, so there wasent any car, or pedestrians to the right, i coasted thought at 16 mph.

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Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Aug 18 2012 11:16 PM
Drove the 37 down to Ga. today. A little over 300 miles round trip. "ole blue" loves the highway and loves to RUN. 80-90mph the entire trip.

..and got to meet a couple new bolters and renew friendship with Woogeroo. Good food to...yum yum.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Aug 19 2012 12:59 AM
I drove the burb to Arlington to see a private collection of automobiles. Probably put on 130-140 miles.
Posted By: Kurt_51carryall Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Aug 19 2012 09:09 PM
Drove the burb to the local fancy car show. We were some of the first to arrive. Here is a picture of me with my '51 burb and my wife's '73 Mercury Cougar XR7. Was a really fun show, and I got quite a kick out of the number of people who wanted to paw over the truck rather than the zippdy-do-super-everything-fancy-paint mustangs.

Kurt with '51 burb and wife's '73 Cougar

Kurt
Posted By: Kurt_51carryall Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 09 2012 09:47 PM
I drove my '51 burb to Buena Vista Virginia and back this weekend from Raleigh NC. I attended the Rockbridge Mountain Music and Dance Festival. It was great. It was a fantastic drive. About a 380 mile round trip. I averaged about 20 MPG which is an all time record for the burb. The carter YF 2100 carb rules.

The last 60 miles or so is pretty hilly and mountainous at the end. The mighty '53 235 powerglide engine made short work of the assents. Coming down the mountain was done almost entirely in 2nd gear.

I took the interstate to Durham and then followed 501 all the way to Buena Vista. I ran 60 on the interstate, 50 or 55 most of the way on 501, and 25 to 40 in the mountains. Big truck are banned from this road.

The burb created a sensation at the festival. Here is some video of the drive and the festival. I just uploaded it to Youtube, so it may take a bit before it is completetly processed.

Kurt drives the burb to Rockbridge.

Enjoy!

Kurt

Posted By: DADS50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 09 2012 10:36 PM
Originally Posted by Kurt_51carryall

Looks like your bolt stole the show
Nice video
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 10 2012 11:49 AM
I'm on my way home from Kansas City. The burb has performed beautifully. We've been over 1000 miles already with nearly 300 more to go today.
Posted By: DrewP Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 10 2012 12:02 PM
Kurt, That was thoroughly enjoyable.
Posted By: joeflanagan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 10 2012 01:01 PM
Wow, Kurt, that was fun to watch. I love your Suburban.
Posted By: Kurt_51carryall Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 10 2012 01:07 PM
Thanks, Joe.

Kurt
Posted By: rickmg Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 10 2012 02:26 PM
Kurt I'm 50/50 in liking the suburban. That's only because I play the mandolin, daughter the fiddle, and grandson the guitar. Soooo, 50% goes to the pickin'. Loved it!!!!!
Posted By: Kurt_51carryall Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 10 2012 04:05 PM
Great Rick. I play the mandolin too, as well as the tenor banjo and the fiddle. Daughter also plays the fiddle.

Just to keep it on topic, maybe the stovebolters who play can all drive to some central point and have a good 'ol fashion pickin' session. What a driving report that will be!

Kurt
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 10 2012 08:04 PM
She made it the last 300 miles with no problems.

Great video, Kurt.
Posted By: joker Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 10 2012 08:34 PM
Great, so nice to see you and June again,
you really have a neat dog ..thanks for
taking Carolyn and me for a ride in the Jimmy, fun, fun
Posted By: healingbear Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 11 2012 03:28 AM
Took the 54 up to the mountains... Lots of steep hills on the way up ... Truck does runs different at 5000 ft elevation then it does at much lower elevations... About 130 miles round trip in one afternoon... Here a few Pics ...

Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 11 2012 02:39 PM
Mine is running and might be road worthy, however I'm not convinced yet enough to take a long trip. The Decatur Swap-meet is this weekend and I have lots of parts (new) I bought and did not use I would like to sell there but I'll wait until I have a few more (300) miles on it.
Posted By: drew_vigil Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Sep 22 2012 11:31 PM
drove my burb into the back of a jeep grand Cherokee that decided to rubberneck four cars that were apparently involved in a accident just before us.

I was taking my kiddo to school in the morning cruising about 40 mph when she just stopped to observe these other cars.. I Pumped 2 or three times then laid in to the brakes, i slid and slide then tapped her.

Im glad everyones fine but bummed my insurance said im liable for her damage.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 23 2012 12:09 AM
Anytime someone crashes into the rear of someone their at fault. Sorry for your troubles. How much damage did it do to your burb?
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 23 2012 07:43 PM
I got the '56 out for some exercise today. I drove it to Fort Worth to deliver a seat I sold. It purred down the road like it was built for it. As usual it got plenty of thumbs up. Sure is fun driving an old truck.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 23 2012 08:58 PM
...drove the 37 to a nearby town for some BBQ and met some nice folks at a cruise-in..... and actually found two other bolters there.... and we plan to "caravan" to Ga. for a bolter get together at Brad's swap meet and gabfest in a week or so.
(Saturday Oct6th)
Posted By: TPR57C Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 24 2012 06:34 AM
drove my 57 to Boat Harbour for weekend and had first swim for summer chevvy runs like a clock
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 24 2012 09:50 AM
I had to check your location on that first swim. lol
Posted By: drew_vigil Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 25 2012 02:18 AM
totaled the grill which was already pretty smashed up when i bought it, contorted the hood latch panel, and made the bracing in the hood, from the front to the side pop off the screws gone. I think i also have broke rear motor mounts cause the fan hit the radiator and it leaked all over when i had the accident.

frown Glad were ok but its a bummer.
Posted By: billm Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 25 2012 09:53 PM
I really enjoyed your video...makes me want to finish my 49 truck and hit the road......with the 4/11 gears!!
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 08 2012 01:53 PM
On Saturday we drove the Suburban 75 miles west to Eastland for a car show. Yesterday I drove it 76 miles east to the Inliners meeting.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 08 2012 11:33 PM
Took a little trip down to Ga. this past Saturday and met a few more bolters. Little over a couple hundred miles. The 37 loves to RUN.....
Posted By: Sedgewick Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Oct 12 2012 12:36 PM
I enjoy my truck more when I have a purpose. I buy hay bales and the ride to the farm is about 30 miles round trip on a highway. I cruise about 55 and the truck just purrs along. I used to like cruising but this being a relatively small city with old road systems and a big increase in trafic, cruising is not as enjoyable.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Oct 12 2012 12:51 PM
Originally Posted by Sedgewick
I enjoy my truck more when I have a purpose. I buy hay bales and the ride to the farm is about 30 miles round trip on a highway. I cruise about 55 and the truck just purrs along. I used to like cruising but this being a relatively small city with old road systems and a big increase in trafic, cruising is not as enjoyable.


Ah, Victoria, my favorite vacation spot ole boy.
Posted By: healingbear Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Oct 12 2012 09:11 PM
Took the 54 out hauling gravel to keep the dust down around the dog house ... Hauled a half yard at a time ad still had about three inches of clearance between the rubber block on the frame and the axle... The 235 and the Hyrda-Matic runs better with the load...

Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Oct 12 2012 09:37 PM
Oh, a working truck. Cool.

This evening I drove the Suburban in the old car cruise in Mineral Wells to open the Crazy Water Festival. We get to cruise from one end of town to the other and back with police escort.
Posted By: Tommy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Oct 13 2012 07:13 AM
On thursday I took a 225 mile round trip to Cruisin The Coast in Mississippi. (the gulf coast) Drove 70mph on I-10 and cruised along the beautiful coast on a nice sunny day. There must have been 4/5 thousand cars/trucks. It was a very nice way to spend the day. Saw some nice ad style trucks, a few task force also. Had three people inquire about purchasing my truck.

Combined hwy and in traffic mileage was 14 1/2. not bad for a 261 with 3:90 gears.
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Oct 18 2012 11:38 PM
I went to the lumberyard for some 2x8s. Came back to the job site and the concrete contractor said he had a '52 Chevy 5 window, about a year from being on the road. Then he said it had a 228 in it, turns out it's a GMC.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Oct 19 2012 08:11 AM
We completed the first leg of the Lone Star Loop 1000 yesterday. 241 miles to Marble Falls. We're off for Rockport this morning. The burb is running great. 72 registered vehicles this year. You ought to be here.
Posted By: Hellomrwilson Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Oct 19 2012 09:15 AM
One day, Cletis... smile
Looking forward to that!
Jerry
Posted By: WE b OLD Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Oct 20 2012 08:10 PM
Drove the 54 to work a couple of days this week, left the new GMC at home it felt neglected so i took it on a 60 mile trip today. i have to put a new thermostat on the 54 not getting warm enough now that the weather is cooling off. only gets to 120 degrees even at 75 degrees ambient temps.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 21 2012 12:07 AM
Day 3 of the 1000 mile loop. We are in Galveston tonight. We've put over 700 miles on so far. Tomorrow we head home the long way.
Posted By: Kurt_51carryall Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 21 2012 09:50 AM
Picked up a load of concrete block and mortar in the '51 burb. She sure does drive nicely with a load....

Kurt
Posted By: DMGfifty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 21 2012 10:03 AM
I wonder what RPM you were turning with 3:90 gears? Or do you have an overdrive?

Originally Posted by Tommy
On thursday I took a 225 mile round trip to Cruisin The Coast in Mississippi. (the gulf coast) Drove 70mph on I-10 and cruised along the beautiful coast on a nice sunny day. There must have been 4/5 thousand cars/trucks. It was a very nice way to spend the day. Saw some nice ad style trucks, a few task force also. Had three people inquire about purchasing my truck.

Combined hwy and in traffic mileage was 14 1/2. not bad for a 261 with 3:90 gears.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 21 2012 11:11 PM
We finished the Lone Star Loop 1000 today. We traveled 1133 miles, with a tad over 400 today.

The brakelight wire to the door light shorted out. I scrounged a piece of wire from another driver and wired direct from the brake switch to the turn switch so I had brake lights on the side.

Then on the way home the turnsignals quit. I haven't troubleshot that yet.

It was a blast. There were 72 registered vehicles this year.
Posted By: LonnieC Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 22 2012 08:13 PM
My '54 definitely didn't make a 1,000 mile trip this weekend, although if felt like it at times.

Drove about 175-200 miles round trip to Lakeland FL from Orlando for the Lakeland Lake Mirror Classic car show this weekend. Left Friday, returned home Sunday.

I had the generator apart five times on Friday trying to get it to charge. Still no charge. So I drove on battery power. Had to use the headlights the last 30+ minutes. My wife followed in her car full of tools in case I couldn't make it. In spite of everything, the 235 ran like a dream.

Hotel was overbooked, so we had to go to another hotel. We sat on the sidewalk in back of the hotel at 10:00PM and ate a burger while my charger on a 100' cord charged the battery.

The show was outstanding. Blue sky, no clouds, 72-degrees, great crowd. About 200 cars in the concours show parked around the lake. My truck was outclassed, but I didn't care. Over 600 cars on the adjacent streets. Classic wooden boats were also judged and made a few trips around the lake. Brian Redman was the Honorary Chairman and discussed his racing career for almost an hour.

I met Stovebolter "johntsmith" and his friends. We were doing that truck-talk thing, when a guy approached us and asked us where we learned about trucks. John and I looked at each other and laughed -- then we said in unison ... "Stovebolt.com" !!

John called me a while later and told me that his truck had been awarded a ribbon by one of the sponsors. I told him that my truck had also received one. We were both pretty proud. It was even better because it was a total surprize.

Guess what ... on the drive home, the system started charging again ?!?! The gen and voltage reg are apart and sitting on my bench. Ken Warner "Kennethw" of classicgenerator.com is helping me diagonse the problem.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 22 2012 08:55 PM
Sounds like a great weekend, Lonnie.
Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Nov 25 2012 07:09 PM

I rode about 90 miles home from some weekend visiting with folks.

-W

Posted By: johntsmith Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Nov 28 2012 09:29 AM
driveWe took the '53 over to the Mirror Lake Car Show in Lakeland. Friday Night they had a concert and at 8 PM all the cars on display started and rev'ed their engines, it was pretty impressive. Saturday was the main event and we ran into Lonnie with his '54 - very nice truck. We spent the whole day wandering the downtown area gwaking at all the cars and trucks. But the best part was walking back to our's and finding the blue ribbon on it. drive
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Nov 28 2012 02:16 PM
Congrats on the ribbon.
Posted By: DADS50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Nov 30 2012 09:18 PM
Driving home from work today noticed a nice sunset. had to pull over and snap a pic

...pic...

...pic...


Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Nov 30 2012 11:16 PM
Beautiful.
Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Dec 01 2012 10:25 PM

DADS50 - wow, that is a great shot of a really nice truck.

gotta save that one for a background image. grin

-W
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Dec 02 2012 12:44 AM
Drove the '56 to Weatherford today for Christmas on the Square. A local bank offered our club $1000 for our charities if we could display 25 antique vehicles. We had 36.
Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Dec 02 2012 01:09 AM
Way to go cletis and gang. grin

-W
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Dec 02 2012 07:52 PM
Today I drove the '56 to the Inliner meeting in Grand Prairie and took the long way home. 180 some miles.
Posted By: DADS50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Dec 02 2012 11:53 PM
Thanks for the earlier comment on the pic I posted.


today we went and got the tree
...getting the tree...
today was he first drive with wife and the boy in the truck at same time.

it was tight with the kids car seat but we fit.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Dec 03 2012 11:39 PM
....since our cruising season ended a month ago I had not driven the 37 but I did take it for a "spin" today. Man, it felt good. We have ONE benefit to do this Saturday so I'll drive it again. Then it gets some much needed attention after the past 10 years.
...."ole blue" is just like me. Old and slow, well, ole blue is not slow but I am smile
Posted By: Ecratrods Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Dec 04 2012 12:15 AM
1000 to your charities. Way to go cletis . MERRY CHRISTMASS
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Dec 04 2012 09:13 AM
Originally Posted by Achipmunk
....since our cruising season ended a month ago I had not driven the 37 but I did take it for a "spin" today. Man, it felt good. We have ONE benefit to do this Saturday so I'll drive it again. Then it gets some much needed attention after the past 10 years.
...."ole blue" is just like me. Old and slow, well, ole blue is not slow but I am smile

What a truck, lust, lust!
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Dec 19 2012 12:17 AM
Not much driving involved but I did use the yard dog to swap out a rear end.

Truck at work.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Dec 19 2012 08:34 AM
Originally Posted by cletis
Not much driving involved but I did use the yard dog to swap out a rear end.

Truck at work.

Now that sounds like fun. I wish I had been around to watch.
Posted By: darenhg72 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jan 10 2013 08:43 PM
well due to my winter truck(4x4) being down for the day, had to use the 52. little slippery on the ICE!!! with the big rear tires. went slow and made it in one piece. other truck is now fixed, so back into hiding for the 52 till the salt is off.hopefully. daren
Posted By: johntsmith Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 21 2013 09:52 AM
I took the '53 to a show on Saturday, what a great day for a ride and show - temps were in the 70's all day.

The girls really liked the truck

http://s783.photobucket.com/albums/yy117/johntsmith1056/?action=view&current=girls112113.jpg

http://s783.photobucket.com/albums/yy117/johntsmith1056/?action=view&current=girls212113.jpg

Took 3rd place trophy. 1st went to an absolutely pristine '53 suburban
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 21 2013 11:50 AM
That's quite a load you were hauling, John.

Congratulations on the trophy.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 21 2013 05:00 PM
Originally Posted by cletis
That's quite a load you were hauling, John.


You're looking for trouble there Cletis! lol
Posted By: healingbear Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jan 31 2013 09:53 PM
Had the 54 out working today... Lady down the street had her Ash tree removed... Got the wood for a good price and help loading it from the tree trimmers ... Wood pic 1 , Wood pic 2 and Wood pic 3

Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Feb 03 2013 07:06 PM

did a 58 mile round trip run to look at some super fancy cars in the cold of the morning... old truck ran great.

-W
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Feb 03 2013 07:43 PM
.....did I tell you. I put 12 miles on the panel running up and down the street. Didn't like the sound of the rearend and pulled it in the shop. The center section is laying on the floor.

...but you'll get another driving report SOON smile
Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Feb 03 2013 08:59 PM
Well, that's why you do shake down runs...

... my pop was in the Navy, he taught me that.

grin

-W
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Feb 03 2013 10:09 PM
Drove the burb 150 miles round trip to the Inliner's meeting.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 24 2013 12:10 PM
Am I the only one driving them?

Yesterday we drove the '56 to a car show in Hamilton, 94 miles away. A big show with over 160 entries, some of them very nice.
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 24 2013 12:30 PM
Originally Posted by cletis
Am I the only one driving them?

I had mine out a few times last week. I use it for work, went to pick up some steel, then down to the jobsite. About 50 miles that day. If the snow goes down soon, I can find my scrap metal back and haul it off in the panel. The added benefit of hauling it down to the scrap yard is I can get it weighed.
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 24 2013 12:39 PM
Yesterday I drove 98 miles round trip to Daytona International Speedway. Met with several other Stovebolter's for our Florida Gabfest.
Gabfest

There were 1000's of cars in the show. We stirred quire a bit of interest with 10 trucks all parked in a row. Many people took a double take when they realized we are all part of 1 group. Hopefully they will visit here.

LonnieC, Jeanie and I drove together. It was kind of embarrassing when we were passed by a Smart car. We drew lots of looks and at one point passed a biker bar, they took photos of us.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 24 2013 01:29 PM
Drove the 51 30 miles over to Terrell for the first annual Texas Car Toys show. Great show and great hotdogs. Elvis could have stayed home.
Posted By: johntsmith Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 25 2013 06:21 AM
Spent a long weekend in Daytona for the Fl Gabfest. Spent Friday cruising all over the land side of Daytona. Then Spent Saturday at the Speedway for the show and had to leave early Sunday to avoid the storms. Wayne did a great job organizing the gabfeast and Lonni cooks the best bruts. Got to put a lot of faces to names. It was a really great time.

So what's the back story on the tape toss?
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 25 2013 09:28 PM

the "stovebolt toss" is legendary. Its been around for as long as I can remember. The first time I seen it was my first trip to Kansas years ago.
There is a certain Stovebolter that also made sure I had some rolls for the "tape toss" for our reunions. Most of us know it was "Dakota". He is a quiet guy but all of us have felt his generosity in some way. (He recently lost his wife, so keep him in your prayers)
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Apr 06 2013 09:47 PM
We drove to Hico, about 100 miles away, in the '56 for the Billy the Kid Rides Again car show. Lots of nice rides so my old dog didn't win. But she wasn't trailered there.
Posted By: jockbolter50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 07 2013 03:08 AM
Still at the shakedown stage at the moment but hope to rack up some more miles soon,still got slight alignment issues to be resolved.
Drove it to work over a week ago (18 mile round trip) for the first time and I still smile when I think about it depite being scared witless by the steering.(or lack of!)
Posted By: johntsmith Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 08 2013 12:01 PM
Try and top this one:

I drove the '53 about an hour away to Paradise Lake Resort for thier fist annual car show. Paradise Lakes is a clothing optional resort. yahoo This was my first experience there. What a hoot and not what I was expecting. Ages ranged from in their 20's to really old, both male and female.

I know your next question pix, but sorry no camreas were allowed.

John


And yes I did remove my jacket - buts that's as far as I went! grin
Posted By: LonnieC Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 08 2013 12:11 PM
John -

Thanks for the report. Great location for a car show. You don't have to worry about some bumpkin scratching your paint with his belt buckle!! Sat was a nice sunny day. Hope you didn't get sunburned in those special places!

I was in Tampa on Sat while my wife attended a conference. I thought about going to the Paradise Lakes show -- then I came to my senses and knew that she would ask me what I did while she was in the meeting. Ended up stopping by a small "fully clothed" show near Fletcher.

- Lonnie
Posted By: coffeeman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Apr 09 2013 08:28 PM
LOL!!! You guys should have PM'd me on that one! I would have had to warn everyone they needed a tetanus shot if they got too close to my rust spots!!
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Apr 13 2013 11:33 PM
Just a short run in the '56 today. The show was only 10 miles away.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Apr 20 2013 10:05 PM
Caravaned with 3 other club members to a show in Fort Worth. Another showed up and we all took home trophies.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Apr 20 2013 10:25 PM
Chris and I drove our pickups to the GabFest today in Tenn. The old 37 just purred like a happy kitten all the way up and back. I think it was about 325 miles round trip. Nice day for us all.
Posted By: healingbear Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 21 2013 12:52 AM
Last Thursday I needed some top soil. Went to our local quarry. They weighed the 54 empty. The tare weight was 3720 Lbs with me a few odds and ins. They loaded the soil with a a 988 Cat loader. The operator was being careful not to drop it in all at once. He had it almost half full and was trying to dump just a little more in and the soil in the bucket let loose. I felt the extra weight hit and knew it had a heavy load. I drove back over to the weigh station and got weighed again. The gross came out to 5980 Lbs. Net weight came out to 2260 Lbs.. Drove 8 miles home on flat pavement with no issues. The old straight six with the Hydra-Matic plugged right along with no strain. The ten ply tires looked good, showed no sign of being compressed. Pic 1, Pic 2 By choice, I would not put that much weight in it.

I remember 45 years ago or so going out with my father and brother in the Sierra Nevada mountains where we lived cutting green oak wood and hauling it back to the house. I can recall the truck hauling real heavy loads back then. Its always been a good work truck. The old truck still can pull a heavy load and earn her keep.

Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 21 2013 07:29 AM

did a run yesterday in old truck, about 580 miles, mostly highway... most I've driven anything anywhere in a long time.

vrooom.

-W
Posted By: johntsmith Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 22 2013 04:02 PM
Drove the '59 (second time driving it) from our garage down to our storage unit and parked it with the '53. It drove real nice. Had to move it so I can have room to work on it's bed. The only problem is the 20' x 30' unit only has a single wide door so getting them both in was a little tight. A set of car dollies should really help. drive
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Apr 27 2013 11:27 PM
I drove the Suburban to the swap meet and back 3 times this week. Total 381 miles.
Posted By: johntsmith Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 04 2013 10:53 AM
Drove the '53 down to the car show last night (about 20 miles away) and came home with the top trophy.
Posted By: jockbolter50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 04 2013 11:14 AM
I'll be giving the truck it's first reasonable distance run tomorrow,up to Glasgow (25miles) for a breakfast meet with the guys from the Klaymore Kruisers.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 04 2013 11:20 PM
Drove the burb to a car show in Decatur today. Glad it had a heater on the way home.
Posted By: jockbolter50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 06 2013 04:20 AM
I'm pleased to report my first distance run to a breakfast meet in Glasgow yesterday went well,75 mile round trip,no mechanical issues,oil pressure,temp etc all as they should be,the only problem was a lost headlight rim (Guess who forgot the screw...) blush

I just hope it didn't hit anyone or anything!
Posted By: Trooper Jeff Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 18 2013 07:34 PM
During the winter, my 1955.1 3100 got new brakes, new kingpins, steering box rebuild and carb rebuild. Yesterday, a beautiful, warm sunny day, I took her for her first long drive after the work. Drove 50 miles of secondary roads, with my wife following in a chase vehicle (running interference if anyone got impatient with 45 in a 55 mph zone) loaded with tools, etc. if the worst happened.

She ran great! The motor ticks over quietly. The new brakes reliably haul her down to a stop, pulling straight and even. The steering is firm, but showed up the tires, which need to be replaced when $ permits.

What fun it was to putt along in the slow lane, windows down, vents open and everything working as it should. Completed the ride without a hiccup. Got to get that radio working and it will be darn near perfect.

Thanks to my friends who helped with the work, the folks here for their helpful tips and my long suffering wife, who puts up with me and my old truck.

Trooper Jeff
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 18 2013 09:27 PM
Since our car was wrecked last week I've used the panel as "my vehicle" while my wife drove my Silverado.

I now have over 300 miles on it and each short trip it feels better. I still have some work to do but after 6 years its nice to ride.
Tomorrow, I'll take it for another spin.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 18 2013 10:44 PM
300 miles? She ought to be house broke by now.

Jeff, congratulations on your first drive. It can only get better. Each trip builds your confidence in the truck. Like Alvin said, each short trip it feels better.

I enjoy riding back roads in my Suburban. Last night I drove it to Mineral Wells and met a few other old car nuts at Auto Zone on the main drag to talk about old cars. Hey, it's what people do in small towns on Friday night.

This morning we drove it to a car show in Springtown which lasted way to long. Then after that a bunch of us drove to Bridgeport to eat at Yesterdays, an old car and movie themed restaurant. Then back to the house, all on secondary roads.
Posted By: dsmith Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri May 24 2013 04:39 PM
I have been driving my 1951 GMC back an forth to work the last 4 days this week. My regular truck has a busted radiator. Waiting on the local radiator shop to get it fixed under warranty. It is about 26 miles each way to work. but I also have to visit job sites so it has been nearly 100 miles on two of the days. The 454 likes to stop at gas stations and with only a 16 gallon tank that can get pretty frequent. Just this morning had a guy pull off the side of the road to take a photo of my truck headed towards him. It is lots of fun and I enjoy it a lot. Wished I could get about 30 mpg rather than 10 mpg though.
Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri May 24 2013 05:46 PM

Hmmm, a 1951 GMC would have had a 228 and might have gotten 15-18 mpg with the 4.11 rear end.

The 454 is almost exactly 2x the cubic inches. 10mpg does not seem bad - you pay for the cubic inches, but you also get the power you must have been looking for.

Alvin,

What are you getting for mpg? Remind us of your engine, transmission, and rear-end ratio.

Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri May 24 2013 06:39 PM
The work van was in the shop for some front end issues so I had the panel at work today. The dozer operator couldn't get enough of it, asked me if it was a work truck. (Yes) I always enjoy having it at the jobsite.
Posted By: dsmith Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri May 24 2013 09:07 PM
Tclederman,
I understand what you are saying. Just it does get expensive filling up everyday. Love my truck and the power it has. I cant complain about how it drives. If i had it to do again it would be a tuff decision whether to stick with the power or go with something with a little less power with better mileage for driving around town. This truck was built for towing, which i do occasionally. I could actually pull a house if i could hook on to it.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri May 24 2013 10:54 PM
Tim, my 37 gets 15.5 mpg at 75-80 MPH with the 373 gear 700R4 and 350 engine that is definitely not stock.

...I'm getting the feel for the52Panel with a 305 and 350tranny with a 3.08 ring gear. I've only driven it about 325 miles but so far it seems pretty nice on the mileage. I'm also having a 700R4 currently being built for the panel but I will have to report back on it in a week or so. I just have not filled the tank up on the panel yet. Just doing short drives as "shake down runs". So far so good.
Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri May 24 2013 11:32 PM

Alvin,

15.5 at 75-80 sounds very good, given the wind resistance.

What do you think you would get at 65? I'd bet around 18-20 MPG? That's not bad.

Your MPG with the 3.08 rear will be interesting to see.
Posted By: healingbear Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 26 2013 12:42 PM
Hauled a yard of garden soil yesterday. The wife put up a Tuff Shed where my garden area was, so I am having to relocate the garden into boxes.

Posted By: WE b OLD Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 26 2013 12:57 PM
My 54 is all done and sometimes i miss the hauling capability. If i had a tonneau that i could remove or slide out of the i would haul more but it so inconvenient the way i have it set up. Have been thinking of getting a small trailer but my boss said i could use his but that is not too convenient either he lives 20 miles away from me.
Posted By: healingbear Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 28 2013 06:15 PM
Picked up some free wood . Was only 11 miles round trip.

Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 09 2013 03:31 PM
Drove the '54 to El Reno for a wonderful weekend. It performed flawlessly for 444 miles. Got 15 mpg going up and 17 coming back.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 09 2013 10:12 PM
Drove the panel to Columbia yesterday and visited with a couple bolter buddies at a big cruise-in. It was a another good shake down run for 225 miles. I did find out I need to install a rear sway bar if I'm gonna run high speeds and make quick exits smile
Got 14.8 mpg with the 395 and 350 tranny. With the 700R4 being built next week I hope to get that number on up there a bit.
Posted By: Trooper Jeff Test Drive Report - Sat Jun 15 2013 04:18 PM
I'm trying to take my '55 for regular test drives, trying different conditions, times of day, etc. This morning my wife and I took the truck to the local diner (built in 1940), navigating through the traffic, traffic lights and so on. She runs through the gears beautifully and the rebuilt brakes and steering box are working well. I'm about to start on the suspension, and after that, perhaps new wood in the bed. Here are some pics.

http://i1354.photobucket.com/albums...d-4fb9-bd6f-949a5d180df3_zps29937888.jpg

http://i1354.photobucket.com/albums...9-4634-9881-ca9e3736bb40_zpsc0e99475.jpg

Posted By: DrewP Re: Test Drive Report - Sat Jun 15 2013 07:25 PM
Neat. Definitely a Stovebolt calendar pic to summit for 2014.
Posted By: dsmith Re: Test Drive Report - Mon Jun 17 2013 04:56 PM
I just found time to load photos from when I had to pick hay up from the field over Memorial Day weekend. Pictures were taken by my 10 y.o. son. You can see him at the end standing on the top of the stack. We had lots of fun that day. The baler would not tie the strings, I tore the bailer apart I bet 100 times trying to get it to work right. It took all day to get up 65 bales of hay. At least the truck worked without a problem.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/...9734836674&oid=106716362244541990571

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https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/...2338216738&oid=106716362244541990571
Posted By: Cletis Re: Test Drive Report - Mon Jun 17 2013 07:00 PM
Beautiful. I love to see old trucks earning their keep.
Posted By: Larry_58_Burb Re: Test Drive Report - Tue Jun 18 2013 10:20 AM
Dsmith;

Awesome pictures. I threw hay bales all through high school. I got nostalgic looking at your pics. Beautiful job on the truck too!
Posted By: Cletis Re: Test Drive Report - Sat Jun 22 2013 10:06 PM
Today the Brazos River Cruisers drove to Dublin and toured a cheese farm. I lead the way in the Suburban. 170 mile round trip.
Posted By: Woodchip Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jun 25 2013 11:44 PM
This weekend I plan on driving my 63 C30 from CT to upstate NY to watch the speedway races. 470 mile round trip. Curious as to what kind of mileage I'll get with dual rear wheels, 250 straight six, 4 speed and 4.10s out back dang
Posted By: Flxible Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Jun 26 2013 12:15 AM
with a full tank you'll come close to getting there, another tank to get back, but carry a gas can wink

Bill
Posted By: Larry_58_Burb Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Jun 28 2013 01:47 PM
Swamp Yankee;

Where in "upstate NY" are you going to see the races? I grew up in Stamford. Its a small town in the northern Catskills about 60 miles southwest of Albany.
Posted By: alkay3 At the Car Show - Tue Aug 06 2013 04:29 PM
Took the '40 to the car show last Saturday in downtown Troy, MO. Weather turned out great and we had a good time with the family. Lot of interest in the truck and made a lot of new friends.

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Posted By: johns truck Re: At the Car Show - Sat Aug 24 2013 05:03 AM
took the 51 for a little ride. well it took me for a ride my drag link is at a very bad angle bump steer was so bad i could hardly keep it in the road when i hit a dip in the road. very scary i will work on getting it leveled out today.
Posted By: johntsmith Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 03 2013 03:04 PM
We took the '59 over to Disney world this past weekend for it's debut at the Dream car weekend. Over 1800 cars and trucks showed up for the 3 day event.

http://s783.photobucket.com/user/jo...amp;_suid=137823420105406963527787676218

Here you can see my new tonnue cover

http://s783.photobucket.com/user/jo...amp;_suid=137823442876903702765458972273


http://s783.photobucket.com/user/jo...amp;_suid=137823456639800950367020890378

And in the background you can see Lonnie's '54

http://s783.photobucket.com/user/jo...amp;_suid=137823463397108767181340789973

http://s783.photobucket.com/user/jo...13_zps26246c27.jpg.html?sort=6&o=159

If you look real close, you can see Lonnie laughing at me for scattering my new (12 miles on it) stroker engine as we were pulling into the resort. I'd post the pictures of it up on the flatbed, but want to maintan a little dignaty.

All in all it was a really fun weekend - just a little hot.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Sep 14 2013 07:28 PM
We drove the burb to Palo Pinto for a show today. Brought home a trophy.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 15 2013 12:10 PM
Cletis, you are going to have to build a new room just for the trophies!
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 15 2013 05:32 PM
They make good targets.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 15 2013 08:01 PM
Originally Posted by cletis
They make good targets.



Donate them back to a club for recycling. I've donated a bunch of mine as the club does a lot of good things for others. Saves the club money to help various charities we help support.

(Now, Charlie, you don't really use them for target practice) smile
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 15 2013 10:17 PM
I put about 2400 miles on my panel last week. I went to Kansas City and back. I was extremely pleased how well it did, good gas mileage, low oil consumption and great highway speeds.
Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 16 2013 04:57 AM

I drove around a 150 miles this weekend visiting with friends.

Nice rides for the most part.

-W
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Sep 21 2013 11:20 PM
Drove the Burb to Weatherford for a car show then caravaned with 13 other classic vehicles to Granbury for a club dinner cruise. Cliff59 and I cruised back to Mineral Wells together.
Posted By: 55shaker Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 22 2013 01:12 AM
Put 156 miles on the 55 3100 TF today. Checked the mileage and got 17.4 MPG. I'm happy with that.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 22 2013 10:11 AM
Cletis, good to know Cliff59 is still alive!
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 22 2013 09:00 PM
Drove the panel to a show over in Gaffney benefiting veterans. First show, and first trophy for the panel. Started raining coming back and the Newport wipers worked nicely.
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 22 2013 09:14 PM
Originally Posted by Achipmunk
Drove the panel to a show over in Gaffney benefiting veterans. First show, and first trophy for the panel. Started raining coming back and the Newport wipers worked nicely.


Congrats Alvin. A trophy 1st time out is quite an accomplishment. smile
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 22 2013 10:27 PM
Now you're gonna be expecting them every time. Good job, Alvin.
Posted By: DADS50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 30 2013 03:03 PM
Took a trip to the local nursery
...pic...

Sure do love driving the truck around and getting a little dirt in it.

Installing the sod.........not so much
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 30 2013 04:18 PM
I drove the Burb to Fort Worth for a car show Sunday.
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 13 2013 12:06 AM
I took all my scrap copper and aluminum down to the salvage yard. My panel empty weighs 3734 lbs.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 13 2013 03:27 AM
The 3100 made a dump run then made a problem free 1.5 hr cruise.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 13 2013 03:35 AM
Drove the panel into Spartanburg this morning and cruised around. Then I went to the County Fairgrounds to an "event". I was told my truck was "2nd" but since I worked for Carolina Driveline, who was helping to put on the show, I was disqualified!! LOL

.....it was still a good day.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 13 2013 05:14 AM
Any day you drive 'em is a good day.
Posted By: DADS50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 21 2013 09:09 PM
Two trips to the local collection dump
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Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Oct 22 2013 12:00 AM
It was a nice weekend so I drove out to Amberley Beach to visit some friends , about 70k round trip.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Oct 22 2013 04:28 AM
Whoa, I thought you wrote 70,000 miles until I saw where you are. Sounds like a nice trip.
Posted By: jockbolter50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Oct 22 2013 08:57 PM
I've been using my truck to commute to and from work as and when funds (bear in mind gas prices here are nearly $10 a gallon) and ongoing handling issues have allowed.
Never the less I was suprised to notice the other day i've racked up over 600 miles so far and that's just since I got the speedo calibrated and had been driving it some weeks before that.

I know that's small beer by some accounts here but considering the problems i've had i'm pretty pleased.
It's still a bit nerve racking to drive at higher speeds but that will be dealt with over winter...

Main thing is it's still getting lots of approving waves and thumbs up!!
Posted By: harryr Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Oct 22 2013 09:26 PM
Just took my 1954 3100 from NC to FL, about 800 mile trip. Averaged about 50 - 55, spent two nights on the road, no problem. I was also towing a 17' boat on a trailer.

I did learn one thing: I95 was the best bet for me. Originally I planned to use parallel roads, like US 17 or US 1, but I quickly learned that those roads have plenty of traffic, lots of lights, constant gear shifting and not a lot of fun. On I95, however, I stay in my lane, the truckers can see me from far away, they all go around me, and quite a few give me a "hello" toot.

I carried spare belts, hoses, condenser, etc but I had no mechanical issues. I think I got about 12 mpg.
Posted By: 55 1st suburban Worked the truck today - Wed Oct 23 2013 11:29 PM
Fired up Barry today and gave him a work out. Hauled just short of 3000 pounds of scrap metal to be recycled. After that went over to my Moms place and hauled two loads of branches torn off the trees from winter storm Atlas. We were lucky only loosing trees, the ranchers in the area have lost an estimated half BILLION dollars of cattle which died in the storm. The good news is Barry worked flawless and I put about 75 miles on him today.

Bruce
Posted By: don stocker Re: Worked the truck today - Thu Oct 24 2013 12:40 AM
Good to hear you got him out and working Bruce. What did you end up doing to get him running good? I remember you said you were having no power issues.
Posted By: 55 1st suburban Re: Worked the truck today - Thu Oct 24 2013 01:16 AM
I really don't know eek. I checked the vacuum pressure, adjusted the valves, adjusted the timing (I think) and made sure the vacuum advance was moving. I think that might have been my problem, not broken just stuck. I also painted the valve cover which is probably the real reason Barry worked so good today. I bought some NOS king pins which he needs really bad so that's the next project.

Bruce
Posted By: Woodchip Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Nov 07 2013 12:13 PM
A few weeks ago I drove my '63 C30 to Vermont. 580 miles round trip, took 60 gallons of fuel dang Oh well. Now I'm working on installing an auxiliary 44 gallon tank so next time I don't have to stop for gas every 2 hours haha
Posted By: Volfandt 49 3100 taking a cruise - Wed Nov 27 2013 09:53 PM
Woke up to a light wintery snowfall this day before thanksgiving which is highly unusual around my parts. The 3100 is running pretty good and has some decent radials mounted so I decided to take it out for a little cruise. I took this short video on the straightest part.
Dave
Posted By: 52Carl Re: 49 3100 taking a cruise - Thu Nov 28 2013 12:39 AM
Sound track makes me miss my mechanical lifter 216. Are your brakes always that loud or were they wet?
Posted By: Volfandt Re: 49 3100 taking a cruise - Thu Nov 28 2013 01:21 AM
I've got approx 1k miles on those new shoes and believe it or not they've quieted down a little grin
Unfortunately available funds at the time dictated the cheap shoes from O'Reilly's & I'd say I'm getting what I paid for......

Ultimate plan is to go w/discs but I may try another shoe brand before hand. At least people know when I'm brakeing grin
Dave
Posted By: Volfandt Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? - Sat Dec 07 2013 08:10 PM
Took an enjoyable shakedown cruise after getting it chargeing again. While cruising through a small town along the way there were people lined up on both sides of their short main street and they all started waveing at me so I smiled and waved back as I passed along on my merry way.
Ends up they were waiting on the Christmas parade to start and thought I was the lead element grin
Glad I had a wreath in the grill...
Merry Christmas
Dave
Now that is funny.
I cranked her up and drove to the Elks lodge for breakfast with a few Scouting buddies. Afterward went by and gassed her up and added 3 ounces of Sta-bil fuel stabilizer in case I don't get the chance to put her on the road till spring.
Posted By: Jeff Ogden Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Dec 25 2013 12:45 AM
Did not drive my 37 much this year,I was kind of worried about the rattle in the front suspension which turned out to be a loose shock bracket,it did got to a few shows and the family reunion and plan on driving it more next year if the motor holds togather.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Dec 25 2013 02:30 AM
Not a long trip but I did get the 37 out yesterday and drove it all around town running some Christmas errands. Its been covered up for a few weeks due to caring for my father-in-law. I had forgotten how much fun, and enjoyable it is to drive. I doubt I can make it to spring so it'll be coming out fairly regular. I just like to drive it.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Dec 28 2013 04:30 AM
The '56 hadn't been driven in months so I decided I need to burn some old gas out of it. Fired her up and Mrs. Cletis and I headed for Lake Possum Kingdom. Had a nice drive and saw some awesome scenery. Stopped at a lakeside joint and had burgers. Put 80 miles on it and filled it with fresh gas.
Posted By: jockbolter50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Dec 28 2013 09:54 AM
I took the truck for a run into town and entered 'enemy territory' (the local F*rd dealership) yesterday as i had to collect a part for Mrs Jocks car.
It drew more attention than the shiny new cars in the forecourt!

It's just a 16 mile round trip but add to that 60/70mph winds and driving rain it made for an interesting drive but was fun,like Cletis I topped the gas up too,my gauge has been a bit off so it was just in case...
I've got lots to do over the winter that involves major component removal but I can't bring myself to cut it's throat and put it off the road!
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Dec 28 2013 03:06 PM
My weekend warrior has been avg'ing 200 to 300 miles a weekend for 6 months or so now and it just gets better and better. It's almost like it appreciates being driven grin
At 1st I was getting around 10 mpg but on this last fillup I got a wopping 12.5 mpg! It's purrs like a happy kitten @ 40 mph and doesn't mind hitting 50-55 to run w/the young-uns, as long as it's not for too long.
Dave
Posted By: Jeff Ogden Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Dec 29 2013 12:57 AM
Drove the 37 the first time since I done a little work to it,its nice not having to listen to the rattle from the front suspension and now that I have the timing bumped back up the 235 is a bit more peppy. Now if I can just keep the 235 togather for a couple more years until I can get another 235 in it,it has a possible death rattle in the #2 cylinder and worried it will let go now that I know the source of the noise.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Dec 29 2013 02:07 AM
Drove the '56 to town today and took pictures of it in front of the courthouse Christmas tree. Hopefully we got a good shot to use for next year's Christmas cards.
Posted By: johntsmith Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 06 2014 04:02 PM
Decided to brave the cold FL weather (64 deg) and drive the '59 60 miles to a show on Saturday. The recirculating valve for the heater stuck and wouldn't allow hot water to the cab. But after a while the cab was okay from body heat alone. The show was good, a lot more trucks than normal. We spent about 5 hours out in the cold and decided that was enough and drove her home. It ran like a top...... drive
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 06 2014 06:50 PM
I drove the burb to the Inliners meeting yesterday. First drive of the new year.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? - Sun Jan 26 2014 05:36 AM
Spent another Saturday not doing a thing to the 3100.
Just fired it up and took it out on some weekend errands.
Altho it was in the teens and spitting a little snow, it kept me nice and warm and didn't slip around too much grin
This past tankful almost and pert-near got to 12mpg. It got 13mpg once during the summer but is giving a consistent 11.5 - 11.8 over the past 3 months or so.
Dave
Posted By: johntsmith Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jan 26 2014 02:16 PM
Drove the '59 over to Dade City for the annual KumQuat festival. 40,000 people were there. The car show portion was packed. We left early after just a few hours, too many people for me........

Got the heater valve working so the 60 mile ride to and fro was very enjoyable.
Posted By: Roy Rodgers Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 27 2014 09:51 PM
Made a round trip to Mesquite, TX and back yesterday (Jan 25)roughly 240 miles total. Went to pick up a small pipe organ. Had another truck and trailer with me.

My 58 Chevy got right at 20mpg running 65mph.

The drive on I-30 between Ft. Worth and Dallas was interesting due to the number of people looking at the old ugly beast. One guy had the driver of his van slow down so they could take pictures.LOL

Left at 1pm and got to Mesquite at 3pm. Left for home at 8pm and made it in by 10pm

Overall a good day, got in before the cold air got here.
Posted By: DADS50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 27 2014 10:29 PM
thumbs_up
Got any Pics?
Posted By: Bread Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jan 28 2014 12:35 AM
Roy,
How did your truck do going back up Ranger hill?

Bread
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Posted By: bryooha Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jan 28 2014 07:23 AM
Well since I drive my one ton bolt every day, nothing really different accept winter here in southern Ontario this year has been a cold and snowy one. Had to thaw out the heater hoses a couple of mornings with the wife's hair blower. Sure that antifreeze is good to -40C it was only -28C. Sorry Yanks, forgotten what that is in farenheit except -40C is equal to
-40F. Check out my truck on his facebook page Bob Blue.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Feb 02 2014 01:29 AM
Hit the 13 mpg mark on this last fillup.
The stock gearing works pretty good for most of my country road cruising but it would be sweet to have an OD when I run at speed w/traffic.
When I'm tooling along @ 45 - 50 in 3rd (high) the auto pilot in me wants to shift again grin
Dave
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Feb 17 2014 02:28 AM
Drove the '56 to Mineral Wells last night for dinner with the Brazos River Cruisers.

Drove it today to Fort Worth for a car show. First show of the year for us.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Feb 23 2014 02:14 AM
Drove the Suburban to Decatur for the swap meet three days in a row. Today coming home I took the back county roads to change the scenery.
Posted By: cfesting Working trucks - Mon Feb 24 2014 12:57 AM
A couple of weeks ago, picked up a load of fencing from a Craigslister; about 50 mile trip.

Today we put it up. This photo is near the end of the day.

I love having a six-plus foot wide bed.



Posted By: DADS50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Feb 24 2014 01:24 AM
Picked up some furniture.

...pic...

Saved 50 bucks
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Feb 24 2014 02:09 AM
Thumbs up to both of you. It's good to see old trucks still working.
Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Feb 26 2014 12:12 AM
Did a 104 mile round trip to meet up with a family member for lunch... iz old, but she runs good.

-W
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 02 2014 03:59 PM
Drove the Suburban to a show in Burleson Saturday. There were six of us from Parker County Cruisers and we all won a plaque each plus and extra one for club participation.
Posted By: Tommy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 02 2014 10:13 PM
Drove 80 miles Saturday night to a car show, and 140 miles sunday morning to meet up with bolter Bobbyg123 in Mississippi to give him some extra parts. Nice day for a ride.
Posted By: Jeff Ogden Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 03 2014 02:54 AM
No driving and snow on the roads again,it was nice yesterday but the roads had been pretreated with that liquid salt for the storm that was coming so it stayed in the garage.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 04 2014 04:26 AM
....it wasn't enough to even mention but, I did take the 37 for a few miles and visited a couple stores...and naturally, I had to heat the tires up at least once!
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 04 2014 02:36 PM
Got to cruise the 49 3100 this past Saturday w/the heat off and the window partially down. Crusied around so much I had to refill the as tank grin
Since Feb went out like a lamb March just had to come in like a lion, bringing along snow and an ice storm.

I am ready for spring.......
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Mar 07 2014 10:03 PM
Last week I was asked to bring my truck to a young boy's birthday party. He is fascinated with a book: Little Blue Truck

Here are a couple of photos: birthday boy

bed full of kids

It was fun to see the joy in this little boy's eyes when his favorite book showed up in real life.
Posted By: jim911 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Mar 08 2014 12:10 AM
I'm getting excited about tomorrow's drive to the dump. It's supposed to be 55 degrees here after a week of single digits. This will be the longest trip for "RUSTY" since 3 months of Saturday's working on him. This will be historic because I'm taking my wife too, so no "free" tow back to the house if he decides to act up! I hated making that phone call but she's towed me back four times. Total round trip 18 miles, wish me luck!!
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Mar 08 2014 03:34 AM
Looks like a good time was had by all, Wayne.

I drove the '56 to Old Air in Fort Worth today and picked up a new compressor and bracket.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Mar 08 2014 03:55 AM
Wayne, it just doesn't get any sweeter. Good for taking the time to let that happen and make one little boy happy.
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Mar 08 2014 04:20 AM
Originally Posted by cletis
Looks like a good time was had by all, Wayne.
Originally Posted by Achipmunk
Wayne, it just doesn't get any sweeter. Good for taking the time to let that happen and make one little boy happy.


Thanks, I feel the only way to keep this disease we call a hobby is to get the younger generation involved. smile
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 23 2014 04:35 AM
We drove the '54 to Hamilton for a car show today. Just under 200 miles round trip. Brought home a plaque for 1st place, unfinished class.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 23 2014 07:35 PM
Drove the '50 about 25 miles up to Spring Branch, TX yesterday morning for a car show at the McDonalds there hosted by the South Texas Car club. About 15 cars and my truck. Had a nice time visiting with the guys. Then Al Cunningham, Jerry Hendricks and myself drove on up another 45 miles or so to Dicks Classic Garage Car Museum in San Marcos for another car show there. Must have been about 60 cars and trucks. Nice overcast skies and temp. Great live music by two bands. I won a door prize and Al won "Survivor" class with his 1932 Ford truck. He also won a presentation grade Snap-on impact wrench and case. Lucky dog!
The old truck ran great for the first time stretching his legs this year and we both made the 125 mile round trip home safe and sound with no mechanical problems. Thank you Lord!!! And even though at times I wish I had another rear end in it so I could cruise faster and get better gas mileage, there is just something nice and relaxing about driving that far going 40-45 MPH.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 23 2014 08:05 PM
Kustoms CC had their annual swap meet this weekend. I put the camper on the '40 and went to it. There was a live band on Sat night , too loud for me , so I camped down the road a bit smile Sunday was great , nice weather , about 100 sites selling , perhaps another 80 cars on display with a great selection of pickups present. Commercials seem to be gaining popularity smile

Oh, and I found a couple of wee treasures for my shed. A great weekend.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Mar 29 2014 11:50 PM


Took the '56 to Weatherford Thursday for the Parker County Cruisers dinner cruise, our first one of the season.

Then today drove it to the Brazos River Cruisers show. It was just down the road. Took home a trophy for top 10 out of 69 entries.
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 30 2014 03:16 AM
Took 'Vern' to a local Farmers Market and petting farm today. They offered a touch a farm vehicle for the kids. There were dozens of kids. Had a good time letting them climb into and onto the truck.
Posted By: Peggy M Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 30 2014 02:09 PM
Well Cletis (and everyone), I just now noticed this thread. You're right. It's as good as the "what did you get done" thread.

Now that the weather is starting to change, and events happening, we'll see more posts in here.

(I'll have to pull a few video pieces out for the cover / index page -- thanks for the source!)

Lots of fun reading. Thanks all.

Peg
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 30 2014 07:51 PM
Took the panel out for a short spin this week... after the snow plough went by. I wanted to test out the new SM420 I put in this winter. The speedo works now, first time ever for me. I doesn't want to downshift though, have to figure that out still. But it was good to have it out though.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 30 2014 07:57 PM
Wayne, what a great idea. I hope it results in some of the children taking an interest in the old vehicle hobby.
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 30 2014 08:46 PM
Originally Posted by cletis
Wayne, what a great idea. I hope it results in some of the children taking an interest in the old vehicle hobby.

Thanks, I have a sign that I put on the windshield:

This truck is kid friendly, please touch and climb on and in this truck with permission of the owner.

I want to help a child grow an interest in our hobby. It also helps with the parents desire to restore an older vehicle.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 31 2014 04:36 PM
Saturday I drove the '50 half ton from San Antonio to Bulverde to a car show. Didn't enter but it was great. About 100 cars. Then Sunday afternoon me & a friend drove the truck thru Blanco & on over to Luckenbach to listen to some great live music outdoors & enjoy a couple of cold ones. Ate dinner at Alamo Springs Cafe at the Old Railroad Tunnel State Park then headed back home via Comfort & Boerne. It was 111 miles round trip & the old truck never missed a step. It was a great weekend!!!
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 31 2014 04:58 PM
That had to be a nice drive.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 07 2014 05:07 AM
I drove the '56 to the Inliner meeting this morning in a driving rain. The new windshield didn't leak a drop.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Apr 08 2014 03:29 AM
Today we drove the Suburban to the Brazos River and made a video at Oaks Crossing, which has been in use since the 1850s.
Posted By: johns truck Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Apr 08 2014 11:44 AM
drove the 51 to work 2 days this week about a 60 mile round trip, finely ran pretty good. oh yea got 2 correct turn down handle doors with 0 rust installed this week that I bought on ebay for 100 each surprisingly the handle were in great shape too good spring action with no sagging..... yea.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Apr 09 2014 03:09 AM
Congrats John. I know you been working for that day a long time.
Now, you have no excuse for not driving it to Columbia for the gathering on May 10th.....right smile

I also drove the panel. The more I drive it the better the tranny seems to shift....nice weather means I'm driving it even more. (the 37 feels neglected so I'll take it for a spin this week)
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Apr 09 2014 04:21 AM
Hoped in the 51 this afternoon and took a short ride around the neighborhood. I need to pick up my door panels I had redone sometime tomorrow.
Posted By: Dogface Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 28 2014 03:07 AM
I entered my truck in my first car show yesterday. We have LOTS of great looking American Iron here in this small town and there were over 300 cars and trucks in the show. I didn't win anything but got lots of comments and compliments on it. The winner of the truck class had an El Camino !... That ain't no truck...LOL.. Nice guy though... Not many 'real trucks' there that were as nice as mine...IMO of course...;)
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 28 2014 04:56 AM
We drove the Suburban to Pate Swap Meet Thursday, Friday and Saturday. That is nearly 400 miles.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 28 2014 09:29 AM
Sunday 13th was USA Day car display in Timaru. I still had the camper on the truck so Saturday I drove most of the way there (100miles) camped overnight at Winchester, Sunday was a nice display of about 140 vehicles.Drove home Sunday afternoon in a fine drizzly rain.
Several ugly bits of road works to splash thru in the wet ..... its a truck .... its OK smile
Posted By: johntsmith Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 28 2014 02:44 PM
Took the '59 to a show on Saturday. These two girls came along and started taking pictures next to my truck. I offered to let them sit in the truck. The two girls quickly zoned in on each other and not to anyone else. Before you knew it, it was for mature audience only with about 20 guys crowding behind the car next to my truck snapping pictures with their cell phones. Below are the only ones I can post on this site.

http://s783.photobucket.com/user/johntsmith1056/media/showb42614_zps60193157.jpg.html?sort=6&o=0

you can guess what she was showing in this picture.

http://s783.photobucket.com/user/johntsmith1056/media/showc42614_zps42cd1342.jpg.html?sort=6&o=1

Them with my buddy before it turned mature

http://s783.photobucket.com/user/johntsmith1056/media/showa42614_zps7b364a84.jpg.html?sort=6&o=4
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Apr 30 2014 03:57 AM
Drove the panel to the Stovebolt Homecoming Thursday-Sunday. Ran fine and the 700R4 with 3.38 rear gears got me 18 MPG. Could hardly believe it. Round trip over 1000 miles.

....did have one little hic-up. The fan quite working about 400 miles up the road. Turned out to be a lost bolt on the ground wire to the fan. After I got it figured out the rest was smooth sailing. And the homecoming was great.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 04 2014 04:56 AM
I drove the Suburban to a show in Cleburne today. Brought home another trophy in under construction class.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 04 2014 11:59 PM
Today I drove the Suburban to Grand Prairie for the Inliner's meeting. I put almost 300 miles on it this weekend.
Posted By: Peggy M Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 05 2014 12:09 AM
The annual produce / flower auction was yesterday (about 10 miles away). John sent my brother with the Hoopty Van and he drove ol' Charlie. Charlie carried all the trees a friend brought (plus two of the neighbor kids). The Hoopty carried all the flowers and veggie plants. I'll get a pix up as soon as I can. John wasn't doing no 70 mph with the kids and trees in the back. I was hoping he'd get a chance to take my brother out for a speedy trip but the ended up taking the old rear end apart.

Peg
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 05 2014 01:40 AM
I drove it to the flea market yesterday, in the drizzle. On the way home I locked up the brakes because the car in front suddenly decided to turn off without signalling his intention. It actually stopped quite well with the single MC and 4 drums.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 05 2014 03:36 AM
....drove the panel over to Gaffney today for our yearly Family Reunion. I think Victoria like it to smile
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 11 2014 04:21 AM
...drove panel to Columbia, S.C. today to meet more bolters. Panel ran fine. Round trip for me was 225 miles. Still getting great gas mileage.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 11 2014 11:14 AM
Drove the truck to Ashburton Friday, (about 60miles ) camped overnight ready for the early start at the Vintage car club swap meet on the saturday. Found a couple of treasures smile

Drove back to Harewood (50 miles) and camped the night ready for the Kustoms Hot Rod breakfast on Sunday morning .
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kustom-Car-Club-Inc-New-Zealand/131093520265997#!/pages/Kustom-Car-Club-Inc-New-Zealand/131093520265997

Beautiful weather all weekend .
Posted By: Steve_H Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 11 2014 09:01 PM
Put a 1/4 yard of sand in the 52 1/2 ton. It was "full". Got home and...I was the one worn out after getting it all out by shovel and wheelbarrow. The truck could have cared less.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 19 2014 06:53 PM
Was out enjoying an extended back road cruise when I noticed my temp needle had moved up to the outer edge of the "0" in the 180 degree stencil on the temp gauge. It wasn't that hot out, maybe 65. I've been noticing the engine seemingly running alittle hotter with the coming of warmer temps and my closing of the the water valve to heater core.
So I pulled over and for grins and giggles opened the heater water valve while idling. The temp immediately dropped to between the "1" & "8" (just to the left of the dot). It stayed there for the rest of the cruise.
Looks like cycling coolant through my heater core is good for an approx 5 degree drop in engine temps.......

I may change back to the 160 thermostat I had in it before I changed to the 180 over the winter if it runs hotter come the heat of summer.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 20 2014 07:14 AM
Last weekend I was back in Ashburton for the Wheels Week Parade.

I had removed the camper in anticipation of winter being upon us , but the weather forecast was fine , so I put it back on and had another weekend away smile smile

Today , after dismounting the camper I took a trip into the city to look at a replacement car for wifes accident damaged one.

Dissappointing day as it was a Piece of rubbish , and it was a difficult drive as so many of the roads in the eastern suburbs are still unrepaired from the e/quakes 3 yrs ago!!

Still , the truck is always a pleasure to drive , and the dog loves it too smile
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed May 21 2014 04:42 AM
I charged up my new A/C in the '56 yesterday. Took a test run last night and all was well. I decided to take it to the car club meeting tonight.

We left the house with big ol' grins, enjoying the cool cab with it 90 degrees outside.

The grins didn't last long. By the time we got to town, 22 miles, it was blowing hot air. I had a few choice words to say about that.

Haven't checked it out but I suspect it lost refrigerant.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed May 21 2014 02:05 PM
Gloom, dispair, and agony. If it weren't for bad luck, Cletis, you'd have no luck at all.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed May 21 2014 04:35 PM
I trailered mine down to Blanco for their annual car show last weekend and won a "Top Twenty five" plaque. So far that's 4 shows and 3 awards.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed May 21 2014 07:08 PM
Congratulations on the trophies but...

This thread is about people driving their trucks, not trailer queens.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 25 2014 03:43 AM
The '56 has been getting lots of use. Last night we attended a benefit show with Parker County Cruisers. There was a raffle for a restored Omaha Orange '55 Chevy 3100. We didn't win it. We had around 20 cars there.

Today drove to Fort Worth with 8 other vehicles from the Cruisers for a car show. It was canceled due to lack of interest. (?)

So we went to Braum's and had ice cream.

From there Mrs. Cletis and I drove to Cool for dinner and live music. Drove about 10 miles home in the rain.
Posted By: Jeff Ogden Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 25 2014 04:23 AM
Drove my 37 to a local show and swapmeet.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 25 2014 08:24 AM
After the various trips south this month , I have noticed a noise developing in the engine , so , after some serious thought and discussion, today I drove the truck into the shed and started stripping it for an engine replacement.........
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 25 2014 12:31 PM
Drove to a local show,Hot Rods and Rock and Roll. Met LonnieC there with his beautiful '54. Lots of cars, around 100. My wife and 2 grandkids joined me for dinner.
Posted By: johns truck Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 31 2014 11:10 AM
first real trip went with Alvin to Columbia about 180 miles for me. the carb needs a little tweeking to get better mpg but I was vey happy with how the truck drove.
Posted By: Stove Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 01 2014 03:18 PM
I went on a poker run on Saturday. This was the truck's first time on the highway since I've owned it. It was a bit slow to start hot, and first thing I was told I should convert to 12 volts.

It was doing fine cruising at about 50 or 55 mph (not too sure, no speedo). It almost felt like it would travel even faster without too much trouble! Oil pressure was holding steady at about 8 lbs and the temp gauge was pegged on 180.

And then a tire blew! It looks like the valve blew right out of the rim. The tires have tubes on 6-bolt split rims. Maybe it's a good time to get new tires instead of crummy old skins. And also a spare tire.
Posted By: Jeff Ogden Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 01 2014 04:00 PM
Took the 37 out to see how it ran after bumping up the timing and the rattle I tried to hide with thicker oil came back even louder so it looks like its going to be sitting until winter.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jun 03 2014 03:32 AM
Arrived home this afternoon after a 1088 mile trip in the Suburban. We drove it to Springfield, MO to the ATHS show. Met up with several Stovebolters and had a great time. The trip was trouble free.

Took a pleasant drive through the Ozarks on the return trip. It was beautiful.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 08 2014 02:53 PM
In whats become the norm, SOP if you will, the venerable ole 49 has become mt Saturday morning garbage truck. I know that sounds kinda bad but I don't mean it in a negative sense. Basically I haul my weekly household refuse off to the dump as opposed to paying outrageous fees for curb side pickup.
I also use it as an excuse to take the long long route to take care of this necessity.
The convenience center is a mere 4 miles away as the crow flys but I somehow manage to work in a 50 mile road therapy cruise into it. Ends up It's as good for the the 3100 and as it is for me.
I'm blessed w/ beautiful nice and smooth back roads that slice through some of the finest scenery this side of heaven grin It's as if this truck was made for 40 MPH back roads grin

Whilst out enjoying my latest cruise I could see this late model Beemer approaching my six at a somewhat high rate of speed, a speed that was going to overtake me in mere moments. It ran up as close to my rear bumper as it could then settled back at a respectable distance behind. We stayed this way for a minute or 2 until I did something I usually don't do.
I slowed and got over as far as I could to the right and signalled for them to pass. The beemer didn't waste anytime getting around me and as it passed an arm and hand extended from both windows and waved. I waved back and it was out of site in an instant.
This simple little act worked out good for us both, I continued on my unhuried way, enjoying the sound and feel of the 216 hitting every lick at it's sweet spot and the beemer probably made it to it's destination on time.
I had a great cruise, as usual
Dave
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 08 2014 05:26 PM
Sounds like a great morning, Dave. I love putting down the County roads in my area at 35-40 mph. Turning a 4 mile errand into a 50 mile pleasure trip sounds like something I would do.
Posted By: hotshoe36 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 08 2014 07:07 PM
Today I intend to impose on the vendor's sabbath and pick up my newly-acquired 1951 5-window cab, some 25 miles away. That'll be Epic's excercise du jour. I have to cut some timbers to support the cab on top of her bed rails. Like loading a mule, a pack frame ... pics to follow.

Gotta go.
Posted By: GMCJoe Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jun 10 2014 02:25 AM
I also enjoyed the trip to Springfield. Drove the '47 w/o incident and enjoyed meeting new folks and familiar faces, too: Cletis and Sunshine (she took some great pix), Grigg, Jim Carter and saw pictures of Mike Taylor and Mongo. Looking forward to Riverside.

Joe
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 15 2014 03:40 AM
We drove the '56 to Strawn for a show today. Had fun at their town festival. Ate good ol' greasy burgers at a shop there. Hand made patty dripping all over the plate. Brought home a trophy and got to use the new A/C on the way home. What a great day.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 15 2014 03:34 PM
Dang, Cletis, more hardware and the joys of a greasy spoon burger and A/C to boot. June must be in tall clover.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 23 2014 03:37 AM
Drove the '56 to New York Hill Restaurant in Thurber yesterday with the Brazos River Cruisers.

The line up.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 23 2014 04:32 AM
Stopped by a garage sale on my round about way to the dump Sat. While there I puchased a 4000lb engine hoist for the inevitable Stovebolt engine pull and a hardly used floor transmission jack that I envision as an engine R&R jack for my 72 Ghia among other chores. Got both for a good price. If he hadn't already sold the engine stand I would have made a nice trifecta grin
Since the 3100 was loaded down w/my weekly refuse, which included the box a new washing machine came in (man they are proud of them) I had to make my dump run before I could load up my booty.
The 3100 didn't mind the extra trip back nor the added weight in the back as I continued on my leisurely Sat morning cruise with the booty...
Showed it off at the dump too.
Dave
Posted By: don stocker Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 23 2014 12:24 PM
Drove the '40 to St. Paul MN for the Back to the 50's show, made the trip friday, saturday and sunday. My brother drove our '50 all 3 days also. 11,811 registered for the show. Great weekend.
Posted By: DavidF Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 23 2014 02:22 PM
Drove my '52 for the first time ever yesterday after a 3+ year ground up restoration. Other than the overheating (original radiator), the truck drove nicer than I expected. However, with the 3.55 gears and 215/85-16 tires, I think I geared it too high. Would not climb a steep hill in anything other than first gear. But, it was fun before the overheating sidelined the truck for another week or so while I wait for new radiator. Forget trying to "rebuild/clean" old radiators...lesson learned.
Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 23 2014 07:33 PM

David,

What year/size/condition engine?

What transmission?
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 23 2014 07:52 PM
Congrats on the inaugural cruise DavidF.
Interesting on the lack of climbing ability w/the 3.55 gears.
I'm currently running Wrangler ST 225/75 R16's w/stock 4.11 gearing on a 216 and it'll pull hills in high gear with no problem.
My long range plans includes changeing of the gearing to a 3.55 to try and coax some highway speed out of my 3100. My stock gearing and powerplant gives me a very comfortable 45mph cruising speed but 50 on up to 65 is for very short passing speed only. I can do 50 for a sustained run but prefer 45 for cruising.
Womder if your rebuilt 216 is makeing all it's 90hp? I know your breaking it in so perhaps it'll improve as it loosens up.
I'll be watching your updates needless to say grin
Dave
Posted By: DavidF Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 23 2014 09:44 PM
Originally Posted by tclederman

David,

What year/size/condition engine?

What transmission?


Dave gave it away: 1952 3100, original 216 (new aluminum pistons at .30 over, rebuild head) with Saginaw (I think, cant remember it was so long ago that I rebuilt that sucker) 3 on the tree. Throttle response and drivability is fine. I am talking a very steep grade (about 20%) of which we have many of in Austin, Texas. First gear is fine, second started to lug the engine, so I had to go back to first gear. The transmission shifts much better and precisely than I was expecting. A little clutch judder upon starting off...hopefully will smooth out after the friction material wears in a little.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Jun 27 2014 04:16 AM
Drove the '56 to Weatherford for our monthly dinner cruise with Parker County Cruisers. Then to Willow Park for a cruise in.
Posted By: jockbolter50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Jun 27 2014 08:52 AM
Since my redundancy i've been using my '50 as my daily and thoroughly enjoying it.

Although....I had quite a serious problem yesterday,the left front brake flexi banjo fitting let go (sheared),I just missed a car on the roundabout and managed to coast it to the side.

I removed and took the offending pipe to a local shop to get a replacement made and the guy was shocked at the quality.
The flexi incidentally was bought as part of a kit from a reputable chassis/parts supplier in the States.

Yet another case of cheap ROC made produce methinks....

I can understand some quality/fit issues with something like a body repair panel or the like but BRAKES!
Posted By: CJSTP Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Jun 27 2014 10:57 AM
I've been driving my 51 3100 for over a week now. I drive it about 8 miles to a friends house at 7 am to commute to work.Drive home from there at about 5pm.I love finally driving it.One day this week I came around a sharp corner at about 40 mph(speed limit is 45 on that stretch of country road) and there was a stopped school bus with children loading right in front of me.I jammed my foot onto the brake pedal and my new brakes performed marvelously.The truck stopped dead and even slid a little to the side.When the kids looked at me,alarmed,I smiled and waved. I was so proud of that truck and I look out for buses in that area and slow it down now.---Jack
Posted By: Ecratrods Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? - Sun Jun 29 2014 02:56 AM
Well a local car club I belong to had a cruise in then we proceeded in a 200 mile trip to stretch her legs for first long haul. ran good but oil pressure started getting low on the way back. Well I open it up to see whats going on. But it was GREAT never the less.
Posted By: Cletis Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? - Sun Jul 06 2014 08:58 PM
I drove the Suburban to Grand Prairie for the Inliners meeting this morning. Dang it was hot driving home. I'm getting used to the A/C in the '56. Hate to drive a bent 8 to an Inliners meeting though.
Posted By: Cletis Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? - Tue Jul 22 2014 05:22 AM
Either there aint much driving going on or there aint much reporting going on.

Friday evening a bunch of the Brazos River Cruisers held a 'show and shine' at a nursing home in Weatherford. We had about 10 cars. Some of us had our hoods up. One lady resident said to one of the staff, "It's strange they all broke down here." We all laughed out loud when she told us about it.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? - Tue Jul 22 2014 01:35 PM
Odd you would bring up the lack of driving as thats exactly whats happened to me this past week. Rain storms kept me and my vacuum actuated wiper bladed 3100 dry docked all weekend and it's almost like I'm going into withdrawals.........
I even had several folks come up to me at church this past Sunday asking where the "old Chevy truck" was.
I even cut my dump run short as it's just not the same w/out the ole 3100.

We really need all this rain we're getting but I wish it would do it's thing during the week and go away for the weekends grin
Dave
Originally Posted by Volfandt
Odd you would bring up the lack of driving as thats exactly whats happened to me this past week. Rain storms kept me and my vacuum actuated wiper bladed 3100 dry docked all weekend and it's almost like I'm going into withdrawals.........
I even had several folks come up to me at church this past Sunday asking where the "old Chevy truck" was.
I even cut my dump run short as it's just not the same w/out the ole 3100.

We really need all this rain we're getting but I wish it would do it's thing during the week and go away for the weekends grin
Dave


Check Newport
Posted By: DADS50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jul 22 2014 11:02 PM
TTT
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Jul 23 2014 01:03 AM
Doctor says I can drive now so I drove the Panel down Interstate to Gaffney and back just to "lube it up" and check the new tires out. Man, I sure missed riding in it for the weeks I was laid up.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Jul 23 2014 04:04 AM
Glad to see you're back in the saddle, Alvin.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Jul 25 2014 06:38 PM
Last night we drove the '56 to the Parker County Cruisers monthly dinner cruise. We went to a restaurant in Willow Park that has a radio station sponsored car show on Thursday night. A pretty good turnout and lots of nice rides
Posted By: cmayna Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? - Tue Jul 29 2014 08:24 PM
I need to borrow the wife's daily driver tomorrow to go fishing and so she get's to drive my truck to work. Last night she reminded me by showing, how well she can drive the old rig. Afterwards, she asked if she could take the truck out more often.

Oh heck yeah I said. The truck loves all the attention it gets.
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report. - Sun Aug 03 2014 01:39 PM
Drove to my local Lowes to buy a big bag of rocks. Parked under the canopy. Couldn't get into the store before guys started asking about Vern.
Barely squatted when the bag was loaded with a forklift. :-)
Posted By: rbs56 Re: Stovebolt driving report. - Sun Aug 17 2014 02:41 PM
Did a 60 mile round trip in the GMC yesterday. First real highway miles in a while. It was over 90 degrees out but everything was great, no issues at all, unless you count all the folks waving at the old truck
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report. - Sun Aug 17 2014 09:04 PM
Drove the Trailer King down to Weatherford to see the guys at Phoenix Transmission, have some great barbeque and test my new 3.75 gears and kick down adjustment. Coming back, I got 3 blocks from home and lost my power steering. In checking I found I had crimped a line from the pump to the rack causing it to leak. It was a quick fix and shes ready to go again.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report. - Mon Aug 18 2014 02:50 AM
Good going, Jim. Glad you got her home before any major damage.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report. - Thu Aug 21 2014 02:58 AM
We drove the '56 to Weatherford last night for the Parker County Cruisers meeting. Then a bunch of us cruised to Braum's for ice cream.
Posted By: TK421 Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? - Mon Aug 25 2014 06:24 PM
I got nothing done on my new '41 stake bed. I did manage to drive it about 60 miles over the weekend. Getting better at the double clutch. Front end needs work so I sent out to get new tie rods and will adjust the steering box. Lots of play. I still love it!!! I'm hooked.

Andy
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Aug 30 2014 04:57 AM
We drove the '56 to Weatherford for the Parker County Cruisers monthly dinner cruise.

From there drove to Fort Worth to see Buddy Whittington.
Posted By: Skips41 Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? - Mon Sep 01 2014 01:59 PM
Drove it to the diner for breakfast

Truck at diner
Posted By: jockbolter50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 02 2014 12:09 PM
I've been using my truck as my daily for some time now during which i've been attending to small jobs around the truck,and i'm pleased to say it just gets better and better!
Nearly....I said nearly rattle free now!

14mpg @ $10 a gallon's getting old though..... frown
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Sep 03 2014 11:04 AM
Originally Posted by jockbolter50

14mpg @ $10 a gallon's getting old though..... frown


They're mighty proud of that petrol over there......
My 216's avg'ing real close to 13 mpg now but I couldn't afford my frequent cruising at those prices....
Course we'll all do what we gotta do smile

Nothing new in my weekend cruising. My Saturday dump run always ends up as a 50 mile back road stress relieving cruise and it carry's me on a 10 mile round trip to church on Sundays.
I didn't cruise it last Sunday due to thunderstorms and must have had 10 or so inquieries about it. One fellow that always asks me if I want to sell it to him wanted to make sure I didn't sell it and to remind me I best tell him 1st if I do grin

Dave
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Sep 05 2014 04:00 AM
Made it to KC in the '56. About 600 miles over 2 days. Let the party begin.
Posted By: johns truck Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 07 2014 10:25 AM
Drove the 51 to work all week 60 mile round trip after changing the cam and lifters back to roller. the truck ran great no issues cost me 60 dollars for gas for the week. not sure what mpg is but it sure is better than the 8 or 9 mpg I was getting. My daughter and I took the truck to the upstate sc gm truck club picnic yesterday and had a great time. very happy.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 08 2014 01:12 AM
Drove the new (to me) '48 Burb into town this morning for breakfast. Thumbs up from everyone.
Posted By: GMCPic Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 08 2014 04:01 AM
Well my little Fxxx Ranger is down, so I have been using my 48 GMC pickup as my daily driver...been getting a lot of looks an smiles, head nods, especially since I added the window mounted swap cooler (old fashioned A/C), get a lot of questions on that one.

Any way having lots of fun driving around the town in the ole "Puddle Jumper".
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 09 2014 04:14 AM
Got home around sundown from a 1307 mile trip to the Stovebolt reunion. We took the '56. It was the most troublesome trip I can remember taking. But there was good luck with it.

The A/C couldn't keep up with the hot air coming into the cab from leaks the first day. After about an hour on the road we had to turn it off and open windows. We didn't even use it going from Muskogee to KC. Used it some there and it works good in town. Also we used it today for the final 150 or so miles and it was OK. (Cooler outside today)

Friday night the alternator quit. We went to a BBQ joint for some blues and it quit coming back. I noticed it when I signaled to get off the freeway at the motel. Made it to the motel no problem. Thanks to Don and Terry's help, we fixed it Saturday morning in the motel parking lot.

Sunday I broke a motor mount and it resulted in a broken rotor. It quit about 10 miles from my mother's and I had it towed there. This morning my step-dad took me to a friend's house so I could weld up the mount. Installed it and a new cap and rotor. On the road again.

Then, about 15 miles north of Decatur on a farm road a rear tire blew. There is no shoulder on this road. I had to pull onto the grass right-of-way. And the jack is in the suburban. Pretty soon a good ol' boy stopped and looks all through his work truck with stuff scattered everywhere in the bed and tool box and he can't find his jack. He left and pretty quick another good ol' boy in a Lincoln Navigator stopped. His ol' lady was driving and she was nervous as a prostitute in church. But he got the screw jack out and even jacked it up for me. Lucky I was on dirt. The jack wouldn't go high enough to get the spare on so we dug a hole for it. Got 'er done and the ol' boy wouldn't even let me buy him a 6 pack.

We limped it back home on the spare. I was glad that drive was over.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Sep 11 2014 12:32 AM
Cletis,

That reminds me of the old Indian on Dogpatch who wandered around with a Black cloud raining and lightning over his head. As they said on He-Haw, "If you didn't have bad luck you wouldn't have luck at all". It also reminds me of the time I slid off a wet red clay road, getting stuck and running out of gas, trying to back out of my predicament, then discovering my left rear tire was leaking air fast. I was sixteen and in major trouble when I got home.
Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Sep 11 2014 12:48 AM

Joe Btfsplk?
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Sep 11 2014 02:30 AM
Yeah Tim, that's what I'm talking about. He must be kin to the Indian and his Kickapoo Joy Juice.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Sep 11 2014 02:32 AM
Drove the 52 Panel from S.C. to the Reunion in K.C. which is over 900 miles each way. Except for a NEW alternator going bad it was a great trip. I'm ready for the next adventure.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Sep 11 2014 02:37 AM
We enjoyed visiting with you and the Mrs.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Sep 11 2014 11:39 AM
The 216 has been running very well lately (knock on wood).
I've avg'ed 13 MPG over the last 3 fillups. (been tracking MPG since the beginning).
That's an increase of 2 MPG since I got it running. Gas is reg 87 octane. Engine is std tune per manuals spec's.
Avg speed on my cruises is around 40 MPH but theres stretches where I have to run 50 to keep traffic off my tail and 30-35 on rough back roads and in bumper to bumper.

Who knows it may improve more with use but it is starting and running pretty good so I rekon I won't fix it for now grin
Dave
Posted By: Curt B. Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Sep 12 2014 01:24 AM
Finally I'm gonna get mine out for a road trip. 180 miles to Calgary tomorrow where 3 days of snow broke half the trees in town last weekend. Then to Banff, Alberta near the continental divide in the am(80 miles)to provide wedding transportation for a buddy then cruise home Sunday with a speed limit of 110 kmh/68 mph (the slow lane) the whole way. Truck is stock mechanically except for a gearset and later 235. If not for that I'd be scaring up a stock intake/carb to get a fellow bolter going.


Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Sep 12 2014 02:07 PM
Sounds like an interesting trip Curt. My wife and I are thinking about visiting that big hotel near Banff. Have fun, be safe...
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 14 2014 02:43 AM
Drove the Suburban to Azle for the Stingfest car show. Our club judged. Another member and I judged the '50s cars and trucks. It was an experience.
Posted By: Waves2275 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 14 2014 11:07 PM
Well, folks, La Noche and I have done it! Just got home late Wednesday from a 9,500-km round trip to Cape Spear, Newfoundland -- the most eastern point of North America. Last fall, we motored to Tofino, British Columbia, on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
My Bucket List cross-Canada trip is now complete and La Noche ran like a dream (although she did need some fluids topped up, but her driver did too...).
Along the way, we drove the amazing Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, the world's biggest one-day car event with an estimated 50,000 vehicles of all types. With more than 1 million people in attendance, my '53 had her picture taken so many times that it's a wonder the flash bulbs didn't scorch the paint.
Soon she'll be back in the garage for winter and next spring she may awaken with a new GM 350 crate that has a little more HP and the long-term reliability I'm seeking in a daily summer driver and extended road-tripper. (Thinking about Highway 1 down to Pomona next summer and across to Florida and up the East Coast.... So many roads and so little time, eh?)
Cheers.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 15 2014 04:50 AM
Sounds like a great trip. Glad you made it home trouble free. I hope you are putting together a picture album.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 15 2014 02:24 PM
We had some nice cool temps over this past weekend which surprised me when on a nice back road cruise I noticed the temp needle hanging steady just above the "0" of the 180 indicator. It wasn't overheating but that's about as high as I've ever seen it get on a steady cruise.
It originally had a 160 thermostat in it and I switched to a 180 last winter to see if it would cut down on the condensation buildup at the valve cover filler hole, it didn't. Only warm weather did away with it.
So I believe I'm going to go back w/the 160.
Otherwise not only did I enjoy my normal long back road cruise but I also ran some errands which entailed several stops and restarts, she did great.

I ended up giving some basic engine and truck education to a couple very interested young parts counter boys at O'Reilly's. It took the youngest one a couple minutes to let it sink in that the 12v 3rd brake light he was trying to sell me wouldn't work on my 6v electric system. They both seemed pretty impressed with their 1st look at a working 216 too grin

One thing I've finally gotten used to when I take it out on the weekends is my "waver" works pretty good. I haven't returned waves like this ever, mighty friendly folks around my way. grin

Dave
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 16 2014 02:36 PM
Drove the '48 Suburban uptown to get gas and put er in the shop for some much needed front suspension work. Lots of looks and waves, even some from the High School kids on their way to class.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 16 2014 04:07 PM
I expect to see that burb in our Parker County Cruisers show next spring.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 16 2014 06:27 PM
That's the plan. Got to get Terry B to help me post some photos.
Posted By: LarryW Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 16 2014 08:32 PM
Other than a couple rides around the block and in the driveway I made my first trip in my 58 GMC. Brought it home to my house in Richmond Va from Louisa Va. It's 49 miles door to door and it did great. My brother paced me with his Harley, when he's at 55 mph I'm at about 43 mph. Happily it was an uneventful drive and fun. Larry
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 16 2014 08:59 PM
Now that is a switch, a Harley following a truck. Congratulations on your first drive.
Posted By: LarryW Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 16 2014 10:25 PM
Thanks cletis. It's a ride I've been itching for a good while now. Larry
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Sep 17 2014 03:27 AM
Drove the 37 some today. It's been awhile since I got it out on the road. Drove it for quite a while and it was good to remember just how much fun it is to drive.....and yes, had to smoke'em one time!
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Sep 17 2014 12:23 PM
Originally Posted by Achipmunk
Drove the 37 some today. It's been awhile since I got it out on the road. Drove it for quite a while and it was good to remember just how much fun it is to drive.....and yes, had to smoke'em one time!

What great therapy Alvin.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 22 2014 01:45 PM
Replaced the 180 thermostat I put in last winter w/the original 160 that came in it and I'm more happy w/the running temps.

I put the 180 in in-hopes it would do away w/the cold weather condensation buildup in the valve cover and it didn't. Not to mention I just didn't like the engine temps running above the 180 mark on the gauge.

On my nice 50 mile cruise the temps never got above the "8" in the 180 mark. MO better, grin
I know it'll run cooler come cold weather but that's OK. I can do a partial block of the radiator if need be as I'd rather this old 216 not pushing the temp limit.

Dave
Posted By: Flxible Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 22 2014 04:13 PM
Dave, the way to avoid that condensation [as much as possible] is always make sure you get the engine to max temp for an extended period, never short trips, and when you shut it down take off the breather/fill cap until it cools - don't forget to replace it before the next trip grin

Bill
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 22 2014 09:38 PM
Made the 4 mile trip from town back out to the ranch after getting a bunch of front end work done.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Sep 24 2014 04:57 AM
You're ready for a road trip now Martin.

Today I drove the Suburban, with the club, to Nocona to see Horton Classic Car Museum.

From there, Mrs. Cletis and I drove to Spanish Fort, now considered a ghost town that once served the Chisholm Trail cattle drives.

Next we went to Muenster to Fischer's Meat Market to buy some German sausage and some other goodies.

Had a fantastic time and put 245 miles on the 'burb.

But on a bummer note, the alternator started chirping. I pulled it and it appears to be bad bearings.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Sep 24 2014 02:18 PM
Not quite ready Cletis, front end alignment and a bit more finish work.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Sep 25 2014 07:29 AM
Originally Posted by red58
Dave, the way to avoid that condensation [as much as possible] is always make sure you get the engine to max temp for an extended period, never short trips, and when you shut it down take off the breather/fill cap until it cools - don't forget to replace it before the next trip grin

Bill


Good info Bill, I'll be trying the fill cap removal once I start detecting the condensation problem come cold weather.
Most of my trips avg a minimum of atleast 1/2hr with most going well over an hr. When I leave the driveway theres no telling where I end up letting it run grin

Engine blowby has decreased to the point I don't see any coming from the vents/fillcap when running now. Before it would poor out and find it's way into the cab through all the worn firewall seals. Giving me a distinct smell the Mrs doesn't appreciate.
Seems the rings are sealing better w/use.
I do get smoke/blowby out the vents/fill cap at shutdown so removing that cap may cut down on it as I'm of the opinion that blowby is a big contributor to the condensation buildup in cold weather.

I've been toying w/the idea of fab'ing up a deflector of some sort to mount infront of the valve cover to try and deflect the cool fan forced air away from directly hitting the front of the valve cover. The hot engine air inside the VC hitting a cool VC is a big contributor to the condensation no doubt.

To keep to the intent of this driving report thread, a couple more cruises after the thermostat change have kept the gauge temps down where I like them. The truck performed great both in back road and bumper to bumper driving. It's going to be really hard to take this truck offline for any reason now, I'm not even concerned or upset at how long the 235 build I'm doing is takeing as this venerable ole 216 is running strong grin
Dave
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 29 2014 01:49 AM
....got the panel out and drove it to Greenville. 30 miles one way. First time I've drove it since K.C. Reunion.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 29 2014 03:15 AM
last weekend I had the camper on the truck and went to the http://www.hororataswapmeet.com/

sold a few items , found a treasure , as you do :), weather was perfect , truck went REALLY good . About 120 miles for the w/end.
Posted By: jockbolter50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 30 2014 08:04 AM
I'm continuing to use my '50 as my daily at the moment,still generating lots of smiles and thumbs up as I go.

While visiting a customer to discuss a job yesterday I was gifted 25 gallons of gas.
They had drained a customers car who had inadvertantly filled their diesel car with it! (A common problem it seems).
Thankfully their tank was virtually dry when they filled up so the diesel contamination is minimal.
The 25 gallons was more than enough to dilute what was left in the tank and won't cause me any problems,and at roughly $10 a gallon here,every little helps.....

I'd been driving it like a maiden Aunt to try and squeeze every mile out a gallon but threw caution to the wind when a kid in a Mitsubishi EVO blipped past me on the way home,out of curiosity I stuck my foot in to see what happened,he was shocked to see a big old Chevy grill looming up in his rear view.

I don't think he expected a ratty looking 64 year old truck to be so fast,in fact neither was I! grin
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 30 2014 12:58 PM
These old power plants can surprise us at times....
25 gals, that's a nice gift. Any residual diesel will lube up the valve stems for a stroke or two.....
It's rare when I have to pass in my 49 but I had to the other day and I was nearly "floored", well not literally grin when I stomped the gas down and the 216 roared to 65 much to the shock of me and the old folks I was passing.
That 216 sounded like it was about to fly out of the truck!
Thankfully it stayed together and kept on trucking grin

Dave
Posted By: jockbolter50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 30 2014 02:18 PM
Originally Posted by Volfandt
These old power plants can surprise us at times....
25 gals, that's a nice gift. Any residual diesel will lube up the valve stems for a stroke or two.....
Dave


Dave,I should mention mine has a 350 small block and trans pirated from a rear end fire damaged '81 Corvette,sadly my 216 had thrown a leg out the bed when I got it.
That's probably part of the superstructure of a Chinese skyscraper by now!

Stovebolts were still relatively rare here when I bought mine so the V8 route was deemed the easy option,mind you that was 10 years ago now.

Now it's almost getting to the point you can hardly spit without hitting an AD these days! grin
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 05 2014 04:32 AM
I drove the '37 to Ga. today and met up with a few bolters at the drag stripe/swap meet. About 225 miles round trip. It ran like a champ and a nice day for a drive. Victoria even mentioned how nice it was smile
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 05 2014 10:39 PM
Woke up to our 1st frost of this fall so I decided to up open up the hot water valve on the water pump just in case I needed some defroster during the cruise. Loaded up Abby, my daughter and SIL's 7 yr old Bassett and took my usual dump run and back road cruise.
Didn't need to run the heater fan and even cracked the window for Abby to smell the constantly changing scenery.
Engine temps ran approx 5 degrees cooler and Abby seemed to love her country cruise in the 'Bolt.

Dave
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 06 2014 04:46 AM
I drove the burb to Grand Prairie today for the Inliners meeting. It was a really nice day to be driving an old truck.
Posted By: txturbo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 06 2014 12:17 PM
Got the 54 out of the driveway for the first time yesterday. Runs good but I have some work to do on the clutch. Have some binding or something because it doesn't release immediately when the pedal is pushed in. But other than that things went well.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Oct 08 2014 03:31 PM
Drove the Suburban around town a bit today after picking it up from the alignment shop. Lots of looks and thumbs up. Stopped at the gas station to fill up and quickly picked up a small crowd wanting to know about it. Guy with a custom '67 Chevy C10 pulled in next pump over so we chatted Stovebolts for a bit. Turned him on to Stovebolt.com so maybe he will sign up. Now back to work/play.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Oct 08 2014 09:41 PM
Send us some picks so we can send you some "thumbs up".
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Oct 09 2014 02:37 AM
Would love to Jim but I'm lucky just to navigate through the basics of these 'puters. Check the Mr Joker thread in the Greasy Spoon for a photo. Oops I just checked and that thread has dropped off. Sorry.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 12 2014 02:58 AM
Drove the '37 to a show at the Spartanburg Fairgrounds today and picked up the "Fan Favorite" award along with a $50 gift certificate for O'Rielly's.
Then the little short lady treated me to dinner. Nice day!
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 12 2014 03:16 AM
Alright Alvin!
Posted By: MtneerMike Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 12 2014 04:05 AM
First drive, went to Cracker Barrel about ten blocks away. Steering wheel not centered and the horn quit working. The good news is no parts fell off.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 12 2014 06:19 AM
That is good news. Congratulations on the first run.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 12 2014 01:34 PM
Mike your pic didn't come through.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Oct 14 2014 03:16 AM
Hey Mike, I'll bet the vehicles pictured with your truck won't last as many years as the pickup has smile Tell our buddy Ernie hello for us. That new wife must have given him a looong list of "honey do's" smile

You have a nice pickup. We need a Tenn. GabFest next Spring!!
Posted By: ol 55 Re: Frame number - 1955 3100 first series - Sat Oct 18 2014 03:07 PM
1955 First Series on the way to classic motorcycle show in San Luis Obispo. 1955 coastal run



Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Frame number - 1955 3100 first series - Sun Oct 19 2014 12:00 AM
Drove the '48 Burb to OKC (about 30 miles) to the Central Oklahoma GABFest. Ran great with no issues til 1/2 way home and the darn brake lights quit working again.
Posted By: DADS50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 19 2014 06:45 PM
Drove to my sons school for the halloween Trunk of Treat event


...pic...

Fun night
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 20 2014 01:54 AM
Drove the 49 to the back field and set it up as the haunted farm truck. It was one of the featured haunts on the haunted hay ride.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 20 2014 02:23 AM
Finished another 1000 mile run in the Suburban today. We did the Lone Star Loop 1000. We drove to Childress and got a room Thursday and took day trips out of there Friday and Saturday. There were about 50 old vehicles participating this year. We went to Palo Duro Canyon and to Shamrock Texas on Route 66. We had a blast, as usual.

This was our third Loop and we'll for sure be back for the next one next year.

The GPS showed 1007 when I pulled in this evening.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 20 2014 03:09 AM
Way to go cletis. Drive the wheels off of it and then put on some more. I bet you had some nice weather.....hey, a 1000 mile will get you to my house smile
Posted By: LarryW Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 20 2014 02:20 PM
What a weekend. Went to cars and coffee Saturday, parked my 58 gmc in a lot with a lot of other car nuts vehicles. There was everything from nice, read Massaratti's to hot rice rockets to, well you named it, every model cobra, mustang, corvett, evan a really nice 34 ferd pickup with late model flat head. My old GMC held it's own, even caught a couple of people taking pictures. Lots of lookers and seems everyone owned one of these old task force trucks at one time. Most didn't pickup on the GMC/Chevy deal until I pointed out the dash and grill. What fun.

Later took the wife out to dinner in it. I think she really liked it much better than the Harley.Larry
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 20 2014 04:22 PM
Larry, Chevrolets are 'Task Force'. Your GMC is a 'Blue Chip'.
Posted By: LarryW Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 20 2014 09:47 PM
darn, you caught me Cletis. I knew that just had a brain fa-t. Most eveyone I met had one of the task force trucks but didn't know it was a GMC, Blue Chip, until I pointed it out. I didn't have a complete grille to put back in it so I used the idea one of my fellow bolters had and used some Stainless tubes to fill in the missing lower part. Makes for a unique grille.Larry
Posted By: jockbolter50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Oct 22 2014 10:17 AM
My daily driving adventures continue....
Now fall has arrived and given my new found confidence in the trucks handling I am exploring the wet weather limits....not through choice in this instance!

Most of the roads where I live are rural two lane and as I was driving into the nearest town yesterday,I rounded a left hand corner and hit some wet leaves and completely lost it,causing a huge slide resulting in lots of opposite lock and much puckering in a certain area.

Thankfully there was no oncoming traffic,but the guy following backed off about 5 car lengths.

I arrived at a junction to turn right and given the left hand drive I was right next to the guy who was turning left at the same place,as he pulled up beside me he opened his window and congratulated me on my skid control.

I told him I just got lucky!

It took about 20 mins for my adrenaline levels to return to normal.

....and so it continues,albeit slightly more gingerly than before!

Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Oct 22 2014 07:09 PM
Glad you were able to keep it under control.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 26 2014 12:45 AM
I have been keeping the Suburban busy.

Thursday evening Parker County Cruisers put on a show and shine at a rehabilitation center in Weatherford.

Friday was the PCC monthly dinner cruise. We went to Mineral Wells.

Today we put on another show and shine at a fancy resort about 50 miles west of here.
Posted By: Skips41 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 26 2014 03:28 PM
I have to work on Saturdays and decided I might as well enjoy having to go in to work so I jumped in "ole Rusty" and had fun going to work and coming home, On the way home I stopped at a convenience store for a few things and when I came out 2 older women were taking pictures next to the truck and they asked if I drive it often and wanted a picture of me and the truck together then I jumped back in and fired it up and made my way home.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 26 2014 08:42 PM
Drove the wife to dinner last night in the '48 Burb. Mechanic working at the shop next door came over and gave it a once over before we could get inside to eat. He gave it a thumbs up. The A/C does work but it has a lot of cubic feet to cool down. Good times.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Oct 28 2014 03:01 AM
Loaded a 235 block into the 'Bolt and carried it over to the machine shop to get the new cam bearings installed and the cam assembled and fitted.
It was a nice 40 mile round trip.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Oct 28 2014 12:01 PM
Cool picture of a working truck.
Posted By: Stove Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Oct 29 2014 11:53 PM
I hauled 5 yards of topsoil (5 trips of one yard each) last weekend.

The truck performed admirably, it didn't overheat or ride too low. But it was a little slow to start from a dead stop, and a little slow to stop.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Oct 30 2014 01:27 AM
Another working truck. Cool.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Oct 30 2014 04:00 PM
I hauled myself to Troop 707's weekly meeting on Tuesday night.
Another working truck.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 03 2014 01:12 AM
We drove the Suburban to the North Texas chapter of Inliners picnic in Alvarado today. New brakes work as advertised.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 03 2014 05:24 AM
Just got back from a week helping out on the http://targa.co.nz/ rally. Did about 1000miles . Truck went perfect smile
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 03 2014 05:48 AM
Sounds like a fun way to spend a week.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 03 2014 10:16 AM
Yes , it was a fascinating insight into how another group of petrol heads has fun.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 03 2014 09:39 PM
If any of you folks haven't click on Dusty's NOMADICISTA link you've missed one interesting aspect of bus ownership in New Zealand.
Posted By: LarryW Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 03 2014 10:30 PM
Drove my truck from Richmond to Devils Backbone Brewery for a get
together with fellow ODSS stove bolters, 216 mile round trip. I got 15.5 mpg gallon and had more fun than was legal. Also found out that I need work on the old 3 spd. So I'll be replacing it with another one.Larry
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Nov 04 2014 01:09 AM
Drove the Burb to the bus stop this afternoon to pick up my 4 year old grandson after school. The bus driver pointed out the ride to the kids up front. Grandson had a blast riding back to the ranch.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Nov 08 2014 05:51 PM
Victoria and I got up early and met up with a bunch of the Upstate S.C. Truck Club at Cracker Barrel in Duncan S.C. for breakfast, then cruised to Mason's Rod Shop for a big gathering. It was nice but unfortunately Mason deals mostly in Ferds! Not even lunch time and its already a good day.
While the 37 is out we may just do some more cruising. Great day for it with Temps in he 50's and low 60"s.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Nov 08 2014 10:33 PM
Ms Kathy and I took the '48 Suburban up a couple of towns north for the last big show of the year. We didn't enter but got plenty of comments from the attendees. Several Art Decos and a couple of AD's. Had we entered my competition would have been stiff. Weather was great and the cruising was even better.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Nov 09 2014 01:12 AM
We took the '56 to Fort Worth and the Civil War Museum.
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Nov 20 2014 01:03 AM
Took a load of animal crates from my church to the local animal rescue center.
click
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Nov 20 2014 01:30 AM
Beautiful.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Nov 20 2014 03:13 AM
Having some painting done on the Silverado, replacing ring and pinion on the panel..... so I'm having to drive the 37 again this week. Its fun but there is no heater in the 37... brrrrr Still fun though!

Wayne, I bet you got a lot of thumbs up hauling those crates thumbs_up
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Nov 20 2014 04:13 AM
Originally Posted by Achipmunk

Wayne, I bet you got a lot of thumbs up hauling those crates thumbs_up


It seems to always attract attention when it's on the road.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Nov 22 2014 07:28 PM
Good news. she got me home on 4 cyls..
Bad news after tightening up the loose rocker tower which had worked loose and disabled cyl's 5 & 6, it somehow broke the rocker oil line back behind the side cover.

Better news, she purred like a sewing machine after I retorqued that rocker tower so no damage other than having to deal with that danged oil line. Push rods are OK too.
I hate to admit what I'm going to do but if I can find the clearance I'm just going to splice the line back together w/compression fittings.

But all things considered it got me home, danged good ole truck grin
Dave


Posted By: David Bush Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Nov 23 2014 06:36 PM
Took the '46 from Decatur Ga to Hartsville SC for a class reunion a few weeks ago. The trip is about 300 miles - one way. I stuck to the back roads and had a fine time except for some noise and vibration out of the U-joint. Stopped in Pontiac SC and added a bit of W140 to the pipe tap on top on my crashbox 4-speed, which seemed to smooth things out a bit. The weather was fine and it was a great trip. When I got back I'd clocked 650 miles on her (at about 7 1/2 hours each way LOL).

http://s456.photobucket.com/user/blastenpene/media/46%20Chev/image1.jpg.html?sort=3&o=2

David
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Nov 23 2014 07:00 PM
Sounds like a great adventure.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 24 2014 03:29 PM
Took Ms Kathy for a Sunday afternoon cruise in the '48 Suburban. Drove past a couple of our previous homes to see what the "New" folks had done with them. No issues with the "Burb" she ran like a top. Got to get the heater hooked up.
Posted By: kenneycj Traditions - Sat Nov 29 2014 01:00 AM
Hi everyone,

My wife and I continued our tradition of getting our Christmas tree with our 1951 3100. It is usually the last trip of the season before I put it away for the winter, but tomorrow is suppose to be more mild, so I might take her out again. It was only 27 degrees out but she started just fine (6 volt)and the lights and heater worked great!! See our tradition here. http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv183/kenneycj/Photo11281650.jpg
Posted By: Leo Re: Traditions - Sat Nov 29 2014 01:30 AM
Keep it up! Good tradition.
Posted By: ol 55 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Nov 30 2014 03:21 PM
Good weather on the central coast on Thursday and Friday and I try to get my '55 first series 3100 on the road at least once a month. When the truck sits for a while, I prime the carburetor with a tablespoon or so of gasoline to ease starting; otherwise, the six volt starter must crank a while before the engine fires. It's a working truck without many changes other than maintenance and upkeep for 60 years; for example still has 16" wheels, six volt system w/ generator, points ignition, original block bored 0.060" over, 0.010" under crank, etc.

This long Thanksgiving weekend I had the truck out. Went to the local landfill with a load of scrap metal and used motor oil. It's a 15 mile highway run and the truck's sweet spot is 58-62 mph; it can run there all day long. Then, took the hood I just acquired for our '67 Mustang to the body shop for painting. The bed is a perfect fit for the hood.

Btw, I run Delo 400LE 15W-40 motor oil in my 235; it keeps the oil pressure in a comfortable range at highway speeds and I read good things about its effectiveness in flat tappet motors. No problems; engine was rebuilt in 1979, running strong and uses quart about every 1500 miles.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Dec 02 2014 11:30 PM
We've had some big wind recently , caused some damage to some of my trees. So for the past week , every day I've taken 2 or 3 truck loads of macrocarpa away. I'm about half way thru and have a stunning supply of firewood piling up.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Dec 03 2014 04:25 AM
Originally Posted by Dusty
We've had some big wind recently , caused some damage to some of my trees. So for the past week , every day I've taken 2 or 3 truck loads of macrocarpa away. I'm about half way thru and have a stunning supply of firewood piling up.


macrocarpa???
Is that a tree
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Dec 03 2014 07:48 AM
Leyland Cypress , sorry for the local confusion smile

Tree was 50 ft tall , I'm gutted it split apart, probably 150 yrs old.
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Dec 06 2014 11:33 PM
Pulled a Float today in Winter Garden, FL Christmas Parade.

The float theme was 'It's a Wonderful Life'. The designer/owner was thrilled to have a period correct truck. The movie was made in 1942.

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Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Dec 07 2014 05:05 AM
Cool, Wayne.

I drove the '56 in the Weatherford Christmas parade today. No float but I had a lighted Santa silhouette in the bed.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Dec 07 2014 05:46 AM
Drove the truck in the Coleridge 100yrs anniversary parade today

http://www.lakecoleridgenz.info/coleridge_centenary_open_day

There were 1000s of people there and a huge parade including draught horses , traction engines , veteran cars and vintage and post vintage cars and trucks .

It was a much bigger event than I had imagined , I took the truck because it spent the first 33 yrs of its life just up the road from there.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Dec 08 2014 12:12 AM
I drove the '54 to Grand Prairie this morning to the Inliner meeting.
Posted By: Skips41 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Dec 08 2014 02:57 PM
Used it as a truck loaded with a hot tub and the Ole truck did great!

Picture
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Dec 11 2014 03:41 PM
Used the '48 as my daily driver Tuesday and Wednesday. Why? Just cause I could. Had a blast.
Posted By: Skips41 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Dec 13 2014 02:03 PM
Drove Rusty to work yesterday...

http://s10.photobucket.com/user/Ski...ving_zpsd189d5a7.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0
Posted By: DADS50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Dec 19 2014 03:44 AM
...Picked up a Christmas tree...


...QuickTime...
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Dec 19 2014 05:02 AM
Nice pic. I'll bet you turned some heads on the way home.
Posted By: DADS50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Dec 19 2014 03:44 PM
Thanks

Did get a few thumbs up driving home

Becoming a tradition getting the tree in the old chevy

2010

2011

2012

2012 video

2013 visited Dads resting place at christmas. 1200 mile road trip

2014
Posted By: jockbolter50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Dec 20 2014 10:27 AM
Following my recent fuel/ignition problems I hadn't been out in the truck for a couple of weeks.
I was getting antsy!
Got out yesterday for a 60 odd mile trouble free trip,the weather was howling wind and rain but did I care?

I even got a thumbs up from a guy in an F-150.

See,even the F*rd guys know what's cooler....
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Dec 20 2014 06:03 PM
When I started it up this morning it had a slight miss which I figured was due to the cold. I let it warm up at high idle as I loaded it up for it's Sat chore, dump run.
Pulled out and noticed the miss was still there and got worse with increased rpm.
Went a mile and pulled it over as it wasn't getting better.
Popped the hood and the problem just about jumped out and smacked me upside the head.
The coil wire had fallen completely out of the upside down coil and was atleast an inch below it. How it was ever fireing is amazing.
Shut it down, reconnected and she started right back up and ran like a singer sewing machine for the rest of the cruise.
I probably knocked it loose wiping it down last week.

Dave
Posted By: DennisM Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Dec 20 2014 06:34 PM
Nice that it was a quick fix. I put small zip ties on my wires for vintage racing as an added precaution. They hardly show when trimmed. You might want to do something like that just to that coil wire.

Dennis
Posted By: Skooter Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Dec 21 2014 02:55 AM
Finally a sunny day for a drive and a few pics. 17 of the first 20 days of Dec have been solid overcast, as confirmed by the TV weatherman. I ain't makin' that up!
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Posted By: EchoBravoSierra Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Dec 22 2014 11:54 PM
While doing our weekly house cleaning chores, my sweetie asked if I wanted to cruise the truck some yesterday afternoon. We headed west out of the suburbs to a nearby town not yet swallowed by the suburban sprawl with hopes of finding a cool building to park in front of and take pictures. Ended up not getting any pictures, but browsed a couple of antique stores before cruising home, with a stop at the grocery store along the way back. Truck ran well, hummed along happily in the right lane as folks breezed by us. Got a couple of thumbs ups from teenagers, got a "nice truck" from a crotch-rocket biker in the next lane at a red light, and had a VERY brief stop sign chat with fellow Stovebolter (and almost-neighbor) 'Jetlag' while driving through his neighborhood to get home to mine.

I pulled over on the way home and opened the GPS app on my phone, and discovered my speedometer is still pretty accurate (reads about 1 mph high), so the previous owner who picked out the tires for the 15" wheels did a good job size-wise.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 05 2015 11:17 PM
Been a bit too cold to enjoy driving without a heater.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jan 06 2015 04:39 AM
We don't discuss the weather here.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jan 06 2015 06:02 AM
Used the truck to shift my cousins daughter into her new place .

I hate that job , but the truck loves it ............ So !
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jan 06 2015 07:17 AM
Yep, when you have a truck, you're the first one they think of.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 12 2015 06:05 AM
Took the '50 up and down every street in my neighborhood today while the temps were up in the mid 50's. She ran good even though I couldn't get her up to speed. It was last April in route to the New Braunfels Swap meet that the 3-speed tranny started acting up. Kept popping out of 3rd gear, then it even became hard to shift it into 2nd. I've got a good friend in my Inliners club that has offered to help me swap out the transmission for one he's rebuilt at his shop but he's been under the weather and/or covered up with work in his shop so I haven't had it fixed yet. Truck ran really good in 1st and 2nd today so we both enjoyed getting out for a spin. Hopefully it won't be much longer before I can get it out to his shop for the repair.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 12 2015 02:18 PM
Drove the 49 over to the Cabin fever car show that was in town this past weekend. The 49 ran great and was looking pretty good w/the brand new shiney beauty rings santa brought me so I couldn't help driving it past the front doors showing it off alittle grin

There were quite a few classics mixed in w/the chromed out trailer queens and only 3 Stovebolt trucks. All 1/2 ton, 2 were rat roddded and one was a trailer queen, all had SBC's. No 6 banger parts to be found at the large swap meet tables....

Still a nice cruise on a cold cold day.

Dave
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 12 2015 06:28 PM
Originally Posted by Volfandt


There were quite a few classics mixed in w/the chromed out trailer queens and only 3 Stovebolt trucks. All 1/2 ton, 2 were rat roddded and one was a trailer queen, all had SBC's. No 6 banger parts to be found at the large swap meet tables....

Still a nice cruise on a cold cold day.

Dave


Sounds like fun Vol.

I like my "Trailer King" w/ a SBC even though it doesn't get trailered anywhere. I also like women with make up. Nothing wrong with sprucing an old truck to look like it did when new./
Posted By: 46oneton Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Jan 17 2015 05:15 AM
I have not had mine on the road yet but it has been doing a great job of pulling trees and shrubs up in land clearing,I bought the paint for her as a thank you.

Done pretty good with no bed or weight on the back.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Jan 17 2015 05:53 AM
Finally got my panel back on the road. Drove it from Greenville the other day and it sure felt good to have it back in MY shop!
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Jan 17 2015 07:15 AM
Originally Posted by 46oneton
I have not had mine on the road yet but it has been doing a great job of pulling trees and shrubs up in land clearing,I bought the paint for her as a thank you.

Done pretty good with no bed or weight on the back.


I have been feeling bad that I haven't had my street legal trucks out but you reminded me I have been using the yard dog. I have been hauling stuff to the scrapper and the yard dog has been a very essential tool.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jan 20 2015 07:54 PM
Drove my daughter to lunch today in the '48. She had forgotten how to open the door to get out. Funny to watch a grown woman fight with a door handle.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 26 2015 03:24 PM
Took the wife for a out to dinner cruise in the "Burb" Saturday evening. Lots of smiles and looks from the other drivers. Good hearty fried catfish dinner and a drive around the lake. Good times.
Posted By: jockbolter50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Jan 28 2015 05:24 PM
Racked up another 80+ miles today,Ma nature was doing her best to spoil the fun though.
I had disconnected the heater as the core's leaking again,bad move,to use a local expression it was chankin'!
(Chankin'=Freezing) brrrrr

Add to the fact there were blizzard conditions at a couple of points and I was soon finding the limitations of the wipers despite the fact they're now electric.

It's funny just how small the windows become when packed with snow!
Still had a big smile on my face though.
People look at you in utter disbelief that you're driving a 65 year old vehicle in these conditions....
Posted By: showme Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Feb 08 2015 01:34 AM
I finally got to take the '51 out on its first "long distance" ride since I bought it. Took a 45 mile trip up the highway to visit an old friend last night, and everything went fantastic. Ran smooth, and now that the speedo isn't jumping all over, (thanks to advice to spray WD40 down it while it was disconnected), I found that it cruises comfortably at 55mph. Lights are all ok, the heater works, all the gauges are doing their jobs, and it even steers and handles the bumps better than I expected it would. And I got more smiles and heads turned than I thought I would, and it was night, to boot. What really surprised me was that it didn't hardly use much gas for a 90 mile trip. (After driving a dually for a year and getting 10mpg, I'm used to watching the gas gauge drop as I drive). So, all is well, and I'm now ready to put the '83 dually on the block. Thanks for all the help up to this point, everybody.
Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Feb 08 2015 02:05 AM
Congratulations
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Feb 09 2015 01:51 PM
Noticed on this last fillup ($1.98 a gal) that I had passed 9K miles and am approaching 10K miles on this ole 216 since I got it running.
Oil pressure has decreased some, down to around 8 or 9 psi at cruise but no unusual noises and plenty of pep for 90hp that is grin
So to celebrate I ran it all day running errands and such, maybe 100 miles or so. It did great and asked for more grin

Dave
Posted By: David Bush Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Feb 12 2015 03:37 PM
Put the '46 to work. Loaded her down with big shipping crates to haul to a guy who wanted to buy them. Ran good, but tough to see out the passenger side with no RH rearview mirror. Might have to remedy that.

http://s456.photobucket.com/user/blastenpene/media/46%20Chev/Loaded_46_Chev.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0
Posted By: kenneycj Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Feb 14 2015 07:34 PM
My 51 3100 continues to impress me. I had to take it out of winter storage yesterday to pick up a new piece of furniture. She is stored in an unheated garage and it was about 15 degrees out yesterday. She was last run in early December. She fired right up and after a few minutes to let her warm up we were on our way. The heater did a pretty good job of keeping the cab warm. Glad the roads were dry and salt free yesterday. Several inches of snow and below zero windchill today.

She's back in the garage until Spring now!
Posted By: showme Re: Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Feb 14 2015 08:53 PM
No, thank You!, tclederman. You're very kind, and thanks for putting this stuff where I can find it. I do appreciate it. Lee
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Mar 11 2015 08:56 PM
Did a couple of small errands in the '48 Burb today. Had to check out the new radiator for any leaks. None found and she stays around 170 on water temp. I'm happy.
Posted By: Leo Re: Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Mar 11 2015 09:25 PM
Most of the roads are now clear of snow, took it out for a spin today. I had to get some small parts. Running great.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Mar 12 2015 12:53 AM
Nice to see we're getting them moving again. I took the Suburban for a short country drive today. Enjoyed it so much I plan to do it in the '56 tomorrow.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Mar 13 2015 02:39 AM
Took the '56 for a drive in the country today. I took the dogs with me. They enjoyed it as much as I did.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Mar 14 2015 02:37 AM
I drove the Suburban to Mineral Wells for the first Auto Zone Friday night bull session of the year. Seven classic vehicles showed up.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Mar 21 2015 02:02 AM
Had to run down to Home Depot to pickup a oouple 4x8 3/4 plywood sheets and my daily driver was stuck in the garage as one of the springs busted on the over head door. The 49 handled this chore remarkably well. I chained the tailgate level w/the bed and the sheets fit perfectly with a little over hang. The ride was pretty smooth. Those old springs and lever shocks are still doing the job.
This old truck loves to work.
Posted By: helitack32f1 Re: Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 24 2015 08:17 AM
Just got the truck up and running. After a bit of tinkering to bring the truck out of what I believe to be a 9 year slumber, I was so excited it started that I just drove it out of the chicken house and kept on going around the loop driveway. Of course, it never occured to me to check the brakes, until I was on the downhill portion of the driveway and the brake pedal went to the floor!

After installing a new master cylinder and not bleeding the brakes, and after stopping the somewhat troubling cascade of gasoline out the carb and down on the exhaust manifold, I finally fired her up again, monitored the gas situation while it warmed up and then finally went for a nice long drive. Around the driveway three times and a 1/4 mile down the road and back. I have tasted success and I like it!

Next? Get it licensed and drive it to the car wash. I can't wait!
Posted By: Cletis Re: Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 24 2015 03:12 PM
Cool.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 29 2015 02:39 AM
I drove the Suburban to a car show in Mineral Wells today but didn't enter it.

As beautiful as the weather was in the D/FW area today, surely I wasn't the only one to take the old truck for a spin. C'mon guys, report in.
Posted By: tclederman Re: Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 29 2015 02:44 AM

Still in hibernation. Had a little snow today.
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 29 2015 03:09 AM
Attended a local Family night out with a classic car show:

Winter Springs family night out
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 29 2015 03:28 AM
One of my old buddies, who was stationed in New Mexico, came by today and the first thing he wanted to do was go for a ride in the panel. We rode around for quite awhile...... I had taken the pickup for a "spin" a week ago. It feels good to be "on the road again".
Posted By: Dusty Re: Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 29 2015 06:42 AM
I took the truck + camper to Winchester on Friday , for the Saturday swap meet , then to Timaru for the car display Sunday (rained out ) then home via the inland road, a lovely 350km drive , truck went great and I am really happy with the Fentons and dual exhaust , the engine is obviously breathing so much better smile
Posted By: 55shaker Re: Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 29 2015 03:02 PM
Waiting for the rain to wash the salt off the roads around here. Maybe today it will happen.

Brian
Posted By: CJSTP Re: Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 29 2015 09:53 PM
After getting my 51 chevy dug out of the snow.I brought the battery in the shop to warm it up. I ran an overnight trickle charge through it. I put it in the next day and she fired up first try. I let it run until completely warmed up then took her for a drive.I so love driving that truck! I parked the truck in front of the house where it belongs and removed the steering wheel. It's time to repair it. Been working the epoxy into the cracks and then cleaning off the excess. Some final sanding and I can paint it.I knew if I didn't do this first off I would keep putting it off because of the down time to my wheels.---Jack
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 30 2015 12:37 AM
Drove the '48 Burb to Yukon, Ok to help teach a firearms class to a bunch of rookie Deputy Sheriffs. Good 30 minute cruise at hiway speed. Felt great. Now gotta get the wheels/tires balanced.
Posted By: Steve D Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 30 2015 10:11 PM
Drove the Good Humor truck to first car show held by Las Vegas Cruisin association at the dealership 5 miles way. Truck handled beautiful, arrived early around 8am, third vehicle there. Showing was for 10am to 2pm,there was 80 plus vehicles there. Giving free hot dogs and soda, once people knew I had ice cream bars
I was selling all that I brought along. I got a lot of pictures taken with guy`s girlfriends and wives with me and the truck. I met a lot nice people here. At the end of the day I won third place and $50.00 cash. Ended being very last person to leave kept talking and showing the truck after 3pm.I was approach for a photo shoot, schedule early Friday morning. They are always looking for different vehicles for magazine covers and calendars and the Good Humor is exactly what they want.
Models posing with the truck, I don`t think they want me in the picture, just the truck. I`ll bring my camera and take pictures if they let me.

http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/s554/icecreamman55/012_zpszktkr8ir.jpg

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Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 30 2015 10:44 PM
Beautiful truck.

Is that you standing at attention?

Thanks for posting the story and the photos.

Show us the photos with the models - how could they more appealing than you (those magazines have not class).
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 31 2015 02:39 AM
Steve D, fantastic truck. A nice restoration.
Posted By: TPR57C Re: Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Apr 03 2015 08:57 PM
Great looking truck how could anyone not want an ice cream from that truck do you have hokey pokey flavour
Posted By: Steve D Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 06 2015 02:36 AM
Update on photo shoot, Earlier I was approach to do a photo shoot scheduled for 9am Friday same week the Viva
Las Vegas 4 day car event at the Orleans casino. 20 miles from my house to the location a private residence. Eager to go being this my first time in a photo shoot with any of my past restored vehicles, arrived at location early at 8am. So I could detail the truck and be ready. Models started arriving an hour later and with Rene the photographer, very easy going person,did not mine me taking pictures. Actually showed me some tips and what lens works, like a wide angle lens 33-22mm for my canon camera. I thought the truck would be out in the open area. Actually the truck was close in the shaded area. This was for close up of the models. You can`t control the sunlight, but in the shade you can adjust the lighting with several strob lights and wide angle you capture the model and part of the truck a in great setting.
I was ask to bring an extra white shirt also brought along a bow tie they also used my good humor hat and popsicles. The shooting was for Delicious Dolls Magazine a retro vintage pin ups showing legs and garters. For the photo shoot there was my truck a black 58 chevy 1/2 ton and a red 55 t bird in the shoot. They brought in caprottis sandwiches at the pool side. I was there intill 4 pm and still had a drive back home in the traffic . The truck handled real good going home. At one point in the traffic of the Las Vegas strip in bumper to bumper traffic. Some people would get out of their car and started taking pictures of me in my white outfit and the truck before the traffic would move again. And asking if I am selling ice cream. Needless to say I had enough adventure for the day and would always remember this first photo shoot.


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Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 06 2015 04:15 AM
Wow, what an exciting experience. Thanks for posting.
Posted By: Uncle Brad Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 06 2015 05:56 AM
Steve, I'm glad you & Good Humor made it through Friday rush hour traffic after such an arduous day.
I have a great auto - detailing resume if you need help on the next shoot.

Brad
Posted By: hotshoe36 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 06 2015 05:54 PM
Well, I hauled about a ton of scrap steel to the recycler - should have been a turn of around 20 miles but I thought I'd make a detour or two - all perfectly legitimate work for a truck en route, which ended up totalling something over 50 miles.

She was kicking up her heels a bit after getting that load off. Perky old girl.
Posted By: WE b OLD Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 06 2015 11:04 PM
I thought it was going to have a truck in the photo shoot???????
Posted By: mikec4193 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Apr 07 2015 04:48 PM
Hey Hotshoe

So how does the old truck run with all that stuff on the back end of it? Is it all stock or have you done some modifications? What kind of speed are we doing with it?...did you upgrade the braking system too?

just wondering out loud...cant wait to get mine out of the garage and see what it'll do with a load on it...

MikeC
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Apr 10 2015 07:18 PM
Steve, you lucky dog you!!!!
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Apr 11 2015 01:56 AM
Just got in from a run to the Hill Country in the Suburban. 522 miles. Got a lot of nice pictures. I'll post a link when I get a photobucket album up.

Lost my overdrive this morning. Made it home OK on the regular 3 speed. It's like the OD isn't even there.
Posted By: DADS50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 12 2015 11:25 PM
drove to work

lost truck keys while at work

hot wired truck, drove home....... white knuckled

spare key at home


one of those days
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 13 2015 02:39 AM
LOL, had on of those days too.
Drivers window handle fell off. Finally found the allen wrench I carry just for this reason. It wasn't where I usually leave it...

Stalled out at a busy 4 way stop. Didn't want to start back up nut finally did. Did I mention I was on a steep incline?

I did eventually get a nice cruise in, but thinking things always run in threes I stayed preoccupied thinking of that.

Time for an extended PM I rekon
Dave
Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 13 2015 07:14 AM

Did a 67 mile round trip on the highways and byways tonight in the old '65... running good. grin

-W
Posted By: helitack32f1 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Apr 16 2015 05:53 AM
Drove the truck to work today for the first time. I found it to be a bit alarming that it will not go over about 42 mph. On the way home, I took the back roads just so I could go slow.

Before I got home I stopped to watch my daughter at lacrosse practice. I parked next to my wife, then got in her SUV and sat there with the window rolled down. All of a sudden I hear a hissing sound coming from my truck and looked down to see the left front tire going flat! I had to run home and get a spare tire, jack and a lug wrench and finally got it going but the tire and wheel do not match the others.

In the mean time, I sure got a lot of complements, stares and smiles!
Posted By: EchoBravoSierra Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 20 2015 03:25 AM
Took my 50 to the Lone Star Round Up in Austin this weekend, about a 150-mile drive from home. I've never driven my truck farther than about 15 miles away at one time before. Ran with a buddy of mine in his 66 F100, and we went about 55 mph the whole way, tickled 60 a few times, though I tried not to maintain that speed very long. Truck was turning around 2600-2700 rpm at 55. Temp never got up to 180, oil pressure was steady. It ran like a top for a 216/3spd/4.11. We went the last 80 miles to Austin on Friday in the rain with no wipers. I also discovered that the big nose punches enough of a hole in the air that there's not much wind going across the windshield to help the RainX do its job, so I had to look between the drops most of the way. But we survived, and I have a whole lot more confidence in my truck, and a much better feel for what it's capable of. We had a great time at the show, and on the trip home in the sunny weather.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 20 2015 04:01 AM
Sounds like a great adventure. That will build your confidence for a long trip. (Like maybe Kansas City in September.)

I've noticed on my '54 there's not much wind to blow the rain off. Don't have that problem in the '56.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 20 2015 02:26 PM
Took the Suburban on a short shakedown cruise Sunday PM to test for any more leaks in the cooling system. None found, knock on wood, and the temp held steady at 180. Next project is to get the tires balanced.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Apr 22 2015 01:46 AM
I drove the '40 to Dunedin , my daughter decided she HAD to have the fantasy wedding in the Larnach Castle . A great trip , the truck went well and I took the camper so it was a week away. Total 750kms .
Posted By: PAUL NOLZ Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Apr 22 2015 05:47 AM
Couldn't resist jumping in .Drove my 48 2 ton flatbed big bolt 4.900 miles round trip at 45 mph max speed from Atlanta to Arizona last year (2014)then at thanksgiving I drove it from Atlanta to Port St Lucie FL 400 miles and a couple of 200 mile round trips from Port St Lucie to Miami .
45 mph isn't that bad ,it teaches you how to be patient
Paul
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Apr 22 2015 07:25 PM
The 216 was singing on the last cruise. Avg'ed 50mph on the 60+ mile round trip. It seemed to respond better to these warmer temps.
The engine temp did raise slightly over the "0" in 180. Will raise higher once I shut off the heater core.
About time to switch to the 160 thermostat.
Dave
Posted By: Steve D Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Apr 28 2015 04:24 AM
Drove to a car show event last sunday. It had rain Saturday most of the day. By early sunday it was slight windy and open morning night sky.I drove the truck at 4:30 in the morning to the event which was from 8am to 3pm it was 30 milies away.The event had limted parking space 70 vehicles setup for.Needless to say I was the first one there for an hour before anyone else showed up. The event took place in Boulder city area off of Hwy 93 . Chilly Jilly`z sponsored the event, they are a bakery and caf, excellent food.Alot of people on the way to the Dam stop by to admire the car show a lot of them out of state and foreigners.They loved the Good Humor Truck everyone wanted to take a picture with me and the truck, girls and guys. I let the kids ring the ice cream bells, I think the moms got more out of it then the kids.The event gave out raffles and placks.It was the first time I drove on the freeway, got it up to 60 mph. The truck behaved beautifully to and back home.Great time.


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Posted By: Jeff Ogden Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Apr 28 2015 01:57 PM
Been driving the 37 trying to figure out where the rattle in the motor is coming from and checking all the simple stuff but no fix so its time to drop the pan and pull the head and get #2 piston and rod out to see what is going on.
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri May 01 2015 09:09 PM
I drove down to Stovebolt HQ in Maryland, 650 miles each way. The truck ran great, ran out of gas 3/4 of the way down John & Peggy's driveway. (gas gauge don't work) Top speed is 85 mph, but cruised mostly between 65-70.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 02 2015 01:10 AM
This site needs a 1000 mile trip club for guys like you. Congratulations. I know from experience it is quite an accomplishment.
Posted By: Steve D Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 03 2015 10:18 AM
Drove over Saturday morning with the good humor truck to Team Ford Lincoln sponsored car event with the Las Vegas mustangs Club. Opened to all cars, trucks and models 25 years and older. They had hot dogs and sodas and I brought ice cream bars. They had raffle tickets and were donating to the childrens charity foundation.I met some new friends and ended up winning the grand cash prize donated half to the foundation after all the cost of the raffle tickets and also winning first place at the event.


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Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 04 2015 01:13 AM
Yesterday I drove the '56 to Mineral Wells and washed it and filled the tank. Then yesterday evening drove it to a car show in Cool.

This morning drove it to Grand Prairie to the Inliners meeting. Then on to a car show in Arlington. I had to fill the tank again before I brought it home.

I ran the A/C coming home. Still blowing cold after a winter nap.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 04 2015 09:19 PM
Drove the 37 to a local show Saturday then drove the panel to our family reunion yesterday. Its nice to be cruising again. Plan to be driving a lot more!
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed May 06 2015 08:19 PM
Took the SIL with me to TSC to pickup some gardening materials. Let him drive the 49 back home. I let him figure out starting and shifting, he couldn't thank me enough,

Later that evening one of my brothers was helping me get my rebuilt 235 from the engine stand to the run stand. After the 235 passed some static tests we celebrated by me letting him drive the 49 down some country roads. Ee couldn't thank me enough afterwards. The drive was payment in full for his help.

I'm not used to riding shotgun in that 49 but after I relaxed a bit I thought that it ran pretty good and how good duals is gonna sound grin

Dave
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 12 2015 10:17 PM
2nd weekend in May is always the Ashburton swap meet , about 60miles away from me.
I enjoy going away Fri night , camping in the truck near to the swap meet so I am ready for the dawn start on the saturday. smile
As always , the truck went great and attracted its fair share of attention.
Sunday is the local hot rod breakfast (first sunday of the month). So another opportunity to camp out Sat night on the way home from Ashburton, this time it was the 5th anniversary of the b/fast so about 400 cars showed up . Very nice display and social morning.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed May 13 2015 01:42 AM
I took the Suburban for a short shakedown run after reinstalling the transmission. The OD quit about 200 miles from home last month. I was able to drive home without OD. After a costly repair I'm back in business.
Posted By: Steve D Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed May 13 2015 03:25 AM
Saw this blog about my Good Humor truck at the ATHS Las Vegas chapter truck show I attended.



http://www.antphographic.com/carshowsalsa/2015/4/22/las-vegas-had-a-truck-show

I was spotted coming home from the truck show.

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Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 18 2015 02:26 PM
Seems like the blogger wanted some ice cream, outstanding resto..

Washed the 49 up (yikes) and got alittle shine going on a few spots, then drove it to church and around the back roads some.
It ran and looked pretty good for an old farm truck.
I believe it appreciated the bath grin

Dave
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed May 20 2015 04:19 AM
I drove the Suburban to Weatherford for the Parker County Cruisers meeting.
Posted By: DADS50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 25 2015 06:10 PM
Buckled the little guy in the 50 first thing this morning

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Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 25 2015 06:17 PM
Nice photos, DADS50
Posted By: DADS50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 25 2015 08:09 PM
Thank you
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed May 27 2015 02:20 AM
I drove up to Fred's place (truckernix), about 75 miles each way.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed May 27 2015 02:41 AM
That's a good little run.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 31 2015 02:44 PM
Put a few miles on the "Burb" last night. Getting ready for the show/cruise next weekend. No overheating so I hope we are good to go.
Posted By: helitack32f1 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Jun 06 2015 08:34 AM
Well, today we finally took the truck on a kind of maiden voyage. It was only a couple of miles of driving but I had just recently learned that every Friday, a bunch of classic vehicles randomly show up at a local burger joint. So, I loaded up the wife and child and headed down for some chatting and some burgers. Lots of nice vehicles, good people and good food. I even joined a newly formed classic truck club!

Anyway, it was nice to make it back home without a tire going flat or having the truck spontaneously combust or something.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 07 2015 03:14 PM
Drove the "Burb" to the big Smalltown Weekend Show Saturday AM. Lots and lots of AD's and a couple of Art Deco's thrown in for good measure. Took second in class which I thought was good for a daily driver quality truck. Spent Saturday evening on the Route 66 cruise. All in all a fun Stovebolt day.
Posted By: Wally / Montana Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 07 2015 11:21 PM
The 48 took me fishing. The bumpy US Forest Service road reminded me of the phrase "She rides like a truck."

Up the Creek.

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Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 08 2015 12:48 AM
Wow Wally, that is a calendar shot right there.
Posted By: Peggy M Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 08 2015 01:01 AM
Cletis, that is a great picture. Wally, you'll have to send it to us (editor@stovebolt.com). Hopefully, it is high rez enough.

Sounds like you all are having a lot of fun. This is a good thread. I've only noticed it in the stack. This is the first time to really look at it.

I'll have to make it an "include" for some of the empty spaces on the pages. You guys will have to include some videos, too!

Keep drumming up participation for Kansas City, Cletis! grin

Have a good week all.

Peg
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 14 2015 01:13 AM
Drove the '48 Burb to the end of the line cruise last night. Local Drive-in Joint that's been around since 1948 is closing and last night they had a Cruise-in to finish it all off. This place was famous for it's Char Burgers. Elvis Presley was said to have circled through on one of his trips to Vegas. It sets right on Route 66. This morning they held an auction and sold off all the equipment and furnishings. The recipe for the Char Sauce sold for $24000 and the building and lot sold for $68000. Probably will be torn down.
Posted By: Marc. Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 15 2015 03:21 AM
We just returned from two weeks on the road in the '72 Jimmy.
2,906 miles. Gonzales, La. to Madison, Wisconsin and back.

The second week we did the Hot Rod Power Tour.
7 car shows, in 7 days, in 7 cities. cool

Best part, we took the 7 year old grandson along with us! Priceless.
someone caught us on the highway

From Hot Rod web site:
Trucks on the Power Tour
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Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 15 2015 04:16 AM
Now that is the way to drive 'em. Good show, Marc.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 28 2015 03:05 PM
Drove Ms Kathy to her Birthday breakfast in the '48 Burb this morning. Good to get out and put a few miles on the old girl, the Burb not Ms Kathy.
Posted By: Steve D Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jul 07 2015 05:24 AM
Spent part of 4th July at Dodge dealership car show event. Nice turn out, took third place. Little rain and over cast at 109 degree weather. About fifty five vehicles attended. Music, Hot dogs, hamburgers and sodas and ice cream.

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Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Jul 15 2015 01:55 PM
Between work and constant rain (we usually complain about the lack of rain this time of year) I've only got to take the 49 out once in over 2 weeks and got caught in a down poor about 20 miles out on my cruise. Those vacuum wipers are a skill to use but got me home safe and sound. Glad I put a new center cowling drain hose in back in the winter cause even though it was raining it was still 80* degrees out and I needed that ole fashioned AC to work grin

Wonder if some one still makes those SS/chrome window visors for 49 style windows without the vent windows?

Dave
Posted By: Steve D Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jul 20 2015 07:46 PM
Went to a Saturday car event. Live music, Free food a lot of nice rides. Weather was cooler 60 percent chance of rain which it didn't. Wore my good humor outfit, after the hotdogs people were ready for ice cream.

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Posted By: Gazz Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jul 26 2015 03:31 PM
I drove my 1950 3600 to the Owls Head Transportation Museum truck show. I put about about 450 miles on it and stayed off the highway for the most part. Once I followed the signs for route 1 while leaving Portland and suddenly I am on the highway! Interesting trip although the show was not as prolific as I hoped it would have been. The museum stuff is nice and the people there are great. It was to foggy for the biplane flying exhibitions though.

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Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jul 26 2015 03:39 PM
That was a good cruise.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Aug 03 2015 01:54 AM
Didn't go any place in particular, just my normal cruise through the country side on a nice traffic free Sat morning. Logged around 75 miles, just wasn't in any hurry to get back and mow grin
Got almost 13 mpg on the last tank.
Dave
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Aug 03 2015 02:58 AM
I drove the Suburban to Grand Prairie today for the North Texas Inliners meeting. About 150 miles, about 60 of it in the country.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Aug 16 2015 02:21 AM
I put off yesterdays firewood run due to the bad weather .

Today , it's still raining , but I just needed to do this. So all's good , another load of wood smile
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Aug 19 2015 07:03 PM
We drove the '56 to Weatherford last night for the Parker County Cruisers meeting.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Aug 24 2015 12:23 AM
Didn't set out on my Saturday run until around dusk. Most of the folks out in the country side were taking advantage of the cooler temps and we're getting their yard chores done. I'd say that just about everyone I passed raised a hand and waved as I cruised on by. I adjusted my driving habits to ensure I could return a wave. I guess folks like seeing a working reminder of the past grin

The 15w40 oil pressure on the old 216 is avg'ing around 7 psi at normal temp/cruising rpm now. alittle higher when cold. No unusual noises clanks or banks so I'm not overly concerned. Blowby has decreased to a barely visable vapor out the valve cover vents which cuts down on the engine smell in the cab.
I've put alitle over 11K miles on it since I got it running. I don't know how much more it'll go but it's replacement is almost ready. The 216 will eventually get rebuilt if only because it was original with this truck....
Enjoying every bit of this journey.
Dave
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Aug 24 2015 12:29 AM
Sounds like an enjoyable cruise.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Aug 24 2015 02:34 PM
Took the '48 Burb for a late afternoon cruise Sunday. Saw a couple of other old classics out and about. Lots of waves and gawkers. Had issues with the throttle not closing. The idle speed was at 1200 and getting progressively higher. Found the Lokar cable had come loose from one of the fittings. Made temporary repairs. Will do a proper repair later.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Aug 24 2015 04:39 PM
It's always something.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 01 2015 02:27 PM
Drove the Burb out to Ft Reno to watch the Glidden Tour cars coming and going. Lots of cool pre-war cars and trucks. Wish I knew how to link photos. We took about 150 between the two of us.

A few of them paused long enough to take photos of the '48. Them taking photos of me taking photos of them. Fun morning.
Posted By: Jeff Ogden Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 01 2015 10:31 PM
Drove the 37 to a show about 50 miles away even with the iffy bottom end in the motor,it made it but was noisy when I got where I was going and turned up the radio on the way home.
Posted By: MtneerMike Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Sep 02 2015 12:58 AM
Drove the 53 to a local car Show about 25 miles away. Got her up to sixty on my rebuilt speedo.Ran like a sewing machine and all of my lights worked. Got several complements and I loved it.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Sep 02 2015 01:19 AM
Churned my way thru a boggy paddock , wore myself out cutting/loading firewood , slithered and slopped my way back out of the paddock smile great fun . Its gonna take me several days to recover .

The truck is fine smile
Posted By: Dogface Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Sep 05 2015 03:12 AM
Getting my '49 ready for Fall car show.. Love having it as a daily driver and not having to worry about break downs.. Not perfect but I do get a lot of thumbs up from locals. Many will recognize it in the show...big one of the year. Over all, the best DD I ever had wink
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Sep 05 2015 03:22 AM
Been so busy I had just about forgot how nice it is to drive the 37. Took it for a spin around town and took the little lady out to eat in it.....and yes, I did have to spin the tires! How sweet it is.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 07 2015 12:16 AM
I drove the '56 to the other side of the county for an old car nut picnic today. Lots of nice rides. And a nice ride in the '56 with the A/C going. The sun seems to think it's still summer in Texas.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 07 2015 02:34 AM
An old car "nut" picnic you say? We all must have been invited to that hoedown.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 07 2015 03:30 AM
I think everyone in the D/FW area was invited.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 13 2015 05:24 AM
I drove the Yard Dog today. Pulled a truck I sold out of the pasture to the loading area then winched it onto the trailer. I first thought that truck had taken root but the Yard Dog prevailed. Man, she's a work horse.
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 13 2015 01:08 PM
I drove the panel about 300 miles yesterday, came home in the rain, after dark with a bunch of stuff in the back. Very dependable, always gets me home.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 14 2015 01:11 AM
Rain cut my Sat cruise short also. The further north I went the darker and wetter it got. With little flat terrain in my area, those old vacuum wipers were acting like modern intermittent wipers as I accelerated/deaccelerated the hills and dales back to the house.
On the positive side the old 216 really liked the thicker,cooler and wetter air, seemed to run much better and quieter...
Dave
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Sep 16 2015 07:03 AM
Another morning in the paddock cutting firewood , it was dry this time , so no dramas . smile
Posted By: Lightholder's Dad Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Sep 17 2015 07:23 PM
Made it back from my trip to Kansas City for the Stovebolt Reunion. Total of 2500 miles. I averaged 15.8 miles per gallon and considering the head winds I had coming back (35-40 mph at times) that is not bad. Only problem I had was with the radial tires with tubes. In one 300 mile stretch I had 3 flat tires. A diagnosis rendered by a rural Kansas tire shop may be the key. Tires often have an adhesive label (in this case thin aluminum)inside which should be removed or will rub a hole in the tube. The distributor of the tire, Coker, confirmed that today on their tech line,by saying any label should always be removed when using tubes.
Kent
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Sep 17 2015 09:43 PM
Quite an adventure. Congratulations.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Sep 19 2015 02:41 AM
Drove the panel some and gave Mike a ride. Drove it around town the last couple days just enjoying the cooler weather and cruising. Also took the '37 for a "spin". With nice weather like we've had and you just have to take them out.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Sep 19 2015 02:56 AM
I agree. Alvin. It has been just too hot to get the Suburban out, so the A/C equipped '56 has been getting the use.

But this evening was cooler and we took the Suburban to The Steak Shed in Graford. Some of the best steaks in the state and they are in a little unincorporated town and they don't advertise. Only open from 6-9 Friday and Saturday and they pack 'em in.

Sorry I got off topic but I can't get that steak off my mind. Back to the ride. It was great. Down a 2 lane state hwy for 17 miles and back. Beautiful scenery and the truck purred like she's supposed to do.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Sep 19 2015 01:53 PM
Took the Burb out for a Chocolate Shake in the heat of the afternoon while momma was at work. A/C felt good and the 45 minute cruise was what I needed to unwind from a busy morning.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 20 2015 12:47 AM
Took a side trip from my normal Sat morning cruise to attend a pancake breakfast to support my SIL's HS girls softball team. It was a nice 20 mile or so back road detour and the with 216 running so much better in the cooler thicker morning air it made the cruise that much more enjoyable.
At 40 mph it was hitting on all it's cylinders grin
Dave
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 20 2015 01:51 AM
I had left the panel sitting outside the shop last night so this morning the little short lady wanted to go with me to Chic-fil-A for my morning biscuit.....HOP IN I SAID. Ended up driving to Gaffney and back to work on the coupe which was about a 60 mile trip. Absolutely a beautiful day for a drive.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 27 2015 03:02 AM
I drove the Suburban to Weatherford today for our club's annual show. We had a real good turnout.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 05 2015 06:50 PM
Rain postponed my usual Sat morning cruise but a beautiful Sun afternoon lured both me and the 49 out from our peaceful Sun afternoon napperhouse's grin

While fueling up, a fellow pulled in to the pump beside me in a 49 Dodge Meadowbrook in original condition and we shared a nice convo that folks driving vintage auto's would happily engage in.

An unusual feature of the 49 Dodge Meadowbrook is that it utilizes a fluid coupler as well as a normal clutch in between the flathead powerplant and 3 speed tranny. Altho the coupler is similar in operation to a torque converter it isn't one. He said he can shift into gear at idle at a stop, any gear, release the clutch and the engine won't stall. Said 1st gear is really too low so he usually starts out in 2nd and rarely downshifts from 3rd to 2nd when cornering. A really neat feature. It also sported a 6v pos ground electric system and a lot of chrome trim on both the interior and exterior. It was a big heavy looking car.

We were both checking out each others rides and he offered to trade as he always wanted a Stovebolt pickup. After some thought I turned him down. I've nothing against an old classic Mopar but figured I'd have a time trying to get my nearly finished 235 bolted in it grin

A great day indeed
Dave
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 05 2015 11:19 PM
That transmission was called the "Gyro-Matic". My first car, 1950 Dodge, had it. I couldn't tear it up and believe me i tried.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Oct 06 2015 01:01 AM
I think they also called them "fluid drive".
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 12 2015 12:34 AM
Another rainy Sat morning kept the 49 garaged but it cleared up by the early evening twilight. It was a cool evening so I decided to open up the hot water valve and close the vents then set out for an evening cruise under the lights.
The engine ran around 5 degrees cooler and the 6v electrics lit my way up good. High beams let me see far out enough to maintain my regular 45 mph speed and a portable radio setting on the open glovebox door let hear hear the victorious postgame programming of my favorite college football team. A great evening cruise grin
Dave
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 12 2015 02:24 PM
Sunday morning breakfast cruise for the Mrs and I. Got to figure out how to adjust the Frenched headlights. Way too close for my taste.
Posted By: Paul_WNC Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Oct 13 2015 10:48 AM
Had the day off yesterday, and the weather was beautiful so I figured it was a great time to take the '41 for a ride. When I was getting everything together to go, my border collie decided it was time for her first ride. She kind of seemed adamant about it really as before leaving for the last several previous runs she would stand in front of the drivers side door and look up into the cab. Took a relatively short 30 mile run down along the river enjoying a nice fall day.

Picture of dogs in cab
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Oct 13 2015 03:59 PM
That picture is precious.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Oct 13 2015 08:30 PM
Spent the weekend at the local vintage car swap meet , took a trailer load of treasures smile sold a bunch of it , had the camper on the deck , lovely weather all weekend .
Posted By: DADS50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 18 2015 09:44 PM
Drove down to the kids school for trunk or treat event

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Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 19 2015 12:50 AM
Drove the panel to the County Fair yesterday and cruised for a while. Nice day.
Posted By: Paul_WNC Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 19 2015 01:31 AM
Cruised around in the '41 today to look at fall leaves, bright sunny cool weather, a beautiful day and a nice drive. The truck took the trip in stride, like a good steed.

Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 19 2015 01:59 AM
Made a side trip off my usual Sat cruise and picked up 5 hay bales for the upcoming halloween festivities. Being that it was a farm truck I bet one couldn't count the bales it's hauled.
Had to do some 4 lane running and it did pretty good avg'ing 55.
Posted By: TRUCKBIZ Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 19 2015 02:12 AM
Well, I wanted to go look at something on craigs list about 30 miles away, it was such a beautiful day I took my 49. The C/L thing didn't work out but I saw a couple yard sales and had some nice conversations at both of them. Got a real nice Toro lawnmower too. Honestly I should not take a truck to yard sales.
I have been enjoying the truck a lot this year, but it is smoking quite a bit now and the clutch is just plain worn out, but I think it will hold up until work slows down and I have time to start the needed replacements and repairs.
Posted By: Jeff Ogden Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 19 2015 03:48 AM
Drove the 37 to a small show today,might be the last time its driven until the engine change.
Posted By: Steve D Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Oct 23 2015 11:43 PM
Drove to a car show in the rain, rain or shine the event was on. Stop raining about an hour and 1/2 later. Still a good turn out People wanting Ice cream and a picture with the Good Humor Man. Took Best Of Show, Trophy and two bottles of Cherry Liqueur.









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Posted By: Paul_WNC Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 25 2015 12:23 PM
Went for a 60 mile leaf watching ride. Took the 41 up a long and steep old mountain grade with many, many, many switchbacks. Old Audra took it all in stride. When driving on road grades cut back in the 1920-30's this old gal really is in her element. Beautiful views and a great drive.
Posted By: 53 green 1- ton Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 25 2015 01:49 PM
The "53" is still earning her keep!
Doing yard work on Saturday, and needed 1.5 yards of top soil. The 014 dually already had work equipment on it. So I started the "53" and off to the landscape supplier I went. After talking to people that were reminiscing about the old girl I got her loaded. Should have seen the equipment operators face when I told him to dump it in! The weight of the soil settled the springs to a position that they haven't seen in a long while. Leaving, I was actually able to run 1st gear out for more than a couple seconds! The old girl took it In stride, "what weight, I could hear here mumble"! The best part was the ride, nice and smooth!! It's good to let those springs do what they were designed to do!!
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 25 2015 10:27 PM
The 49 only got in some short trips this past weekend. After a few short errand runs it settled in the back field with spooky Mr Bones at the wheel scaring and entertaining all those who dared to cruise by on the haunted hay ride.

Dave
Posted By: Red 49 Truck Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Oct 28 2015 10:11 PM
I told "Hot Rod" about this so I'll tell everyone else. Started up "Red 49" the other day. Started great, good oil pressure, truck never runs hot nor does it rattle, ping or knock. Took me a drive around the neighborhood just to warm it up real good. When I got back low and behold NO oil pressure but still no rattles or anything else. Still ran great. Kinda' worries me. Also put some gas in it while I was gone, over ran it and the paint below the gas filler bubbled up-ran down to the running board and bubble it up too. I think I'll just let it set for a while. Don't need any more bad luck.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Oct 29 2015 12:52 AM
I got the Suburban out today for the first time since I don't remember when. We drove to Weatherford to run some errands and fill it with fresh fuel. It ran great, as usual. We putted the back roads rather than take the highway.
Posted By: Paul_WNC Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 02 2015 01:37 AM
Yesterday; we took the 41 to run some errands in town, do lunch, and drive around and look at late leaf colors. Truck was running so good we decided to go for a longer foray. Double clutching is getting pretty second nature now, but fast downshifts on steep inclines are still a challenge. The old truck gets loads of attention, all positive. It is so fun to cruise the back roads of yesterday.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 02 2015 02:01 AM
Originally Posted by Paul_WNC
It is so fun to cruise the back roads of yesterday.


I know that's right.
Posted By: Jeff Ogden Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 02 2015 02:18 AM
Drove the 37 to see about getting a crank hole cover made.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 02 2015 03:54 AM
Had a little excitement on the dump run Sat morning, while unloading the bags into the dumpster I heard the unmistakable sound of the parking brake letting loose and the 49 started to roll backwards. Good thing I left the door open as I quickly hoped in and stopped it before it rolled into the car behind me.
Afterwards the 216 ran great though the back roads and it's now avg'ed 13 mpg on the last couple of tanks.
I keep running into folks who will remark that they saw me out and about in the 49.
For a stock looking paint job needing old truck it sure draws the attention.
Dave
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Nov 04 2015 12:38 AM
We took the '56 on errand runs today. First went to Garner and voted. Then to Mineral Wells, Weatherford and back home. Even fired up the AC on the back home run.
Posted By: Steve D Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Nov 08 2015 09:40 PM
Friday drove Downtown, Park with the Auburns Acords And Duesenbergs. For the 59th Annual West Coast Meet.Paid to hand out ice cream to the folks from 3pm intill 8pm.Got My picture in the paper and saw some amazing classic cars. Wore my silk long johns, under my Good Humor suit for the first time. I love them. The weather was calm, but was at 47 degrees. Still a great turn out. A lot of tourist admiring the cars and The good Humor truck.


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http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/s554/icecreamman55/1106151854a_zpsnnrfofpv.jpg

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Steve

Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 09 2015 02:02 AM
You are having too much fun, Steve.
Posted By: Paul_WNC Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 09 2015 02:13 AM
Took the 41 out for a 45 mile drive, hope to have a few more runs before road salt season. Driving around in a time machine is just so cool. On modern roads it seems old, but on old routes is seems to be current or modern. Fun anyway, and it always gets lot of attention.
Posted By: TRUCKBIZ Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 09 2015 02:30 AM
Boy, cletis hit the nail right on the head. I had just been looking at your pictures Steve, and was thinking what cletis beat me to saying!! You must be very proud and rightly so. Sure looks like fun.
Posted By: Steve D Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 09 2015 04:16 AM
Thanks Guys, Its been a great 8 months of enjoying the Truck and driving it. after 3 years of restoration And dressing up as the Good Humor Man and selling Ice cream Its like being Santa Claus kinda but doing it any given day through-out the year. I have donated some of my proceeds to different charities and gave away alot of ice cream to small children just to see their smiles and the parents posing with me for pictures . I end up selling more that way in the long run. I am retired and started my own business as a Good Humor Truck owner. I enjoy going to work for a change and like what I do, meet people and getting pictures taken with people and people waving, honking their horns while driving down the road. And I`m getting paid for it. I even approach Unilever which owns Good Humor Ice Cream . They love my truck and my uniform and already thinking of ideas using me at picnics and at Schools promoting their Ice Cream in Las Vegas. I`m even thinking about doing another Good Humor truck a 1934 pickup I`ve been looking at. Right now I having fun.
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Steve
Posted By: Paul_WNC Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 16 2015 01:24 PM
Took the 41 out for another ride yesterday, 50 trouble free miles. She made a bone crushing steep grade that I had previously been afraid to try. Approaching the gap she was grinding away in second gear going a blistering 15 MPH but it still made it with no problems. The best part is that the engine temperature barely went up while pulling the steep grade. These old gals are tough.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 16 2015 03:16 PM
Drove the second oldest grandson to the school bus. The grin on his face when he gets to ride in the '48 Burb makes my whole day.
Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 16 2015 05:41 PM
thumbs_up
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Nov 21 2015 11:26 PM
While on my Sat cruise, out around 30 miles or so, I noticed the ammeter pegged all the way to +30 amps. I had been running the heater some and figured it must have really put a draw on the electrics and perhaps jammed the needle so I pulled over and at idle the gauge zeroed out so I knew it wasn't stuck.
Popped the hood and the problem just about jumped out at me, the horn relay "hot" wire which is still the original cloth wrapped had a bare spot and was shorting out on the top of the regulator cover. I moved it off and secured it out of the way and the charging system was back to normal and got me home safe and sound. I had put new brushes in the generator awhile back and cleaned the regulators contacts but don't know how long the charging system would have lasted putting out a constant 30 amps!

Dave
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Nov 22 2015 02:21 AM
A stroke of luck that you didn't have a major meltdown, Dave.
Posted By: 46 Texaco Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Dec 01 2015 10:58 PM
That is why your father taught you to look at your gauges and understand what they meant!
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Dec 06 2015 12:43 AM
We drove the '56 to Fort Worth today for the toy drive and show at Streetside Classics. Got to drool over a warehouse full of fine rides.

On the way home one of my wiper arms started flapping in the breeze. Trouble shooting found the pin that holds the spring clip missing. I robbed the pin off a parts truck and am back in business.
Posted By: MtneerMike Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Dec 12 2015 10:09 PM
i finished the install of the 3:55 ratio ring gear and pinion today. Took her down I-24 and ran her up to 75 and it was GREAT. My tach quick working so I did not know rpm however we had throttle left on the 261. Best thing i have done to the old truck, she drives like a newer vehicle. Mtneermike
Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Dec 12 2015 10:30 PM
Nice, Mtneermike

"Best thing i have done to the old truck, she drives like a newer vehicle."
I agree
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Dec 14 2015 04:07 PM
Swapping the rear gears on my 49 is on my "round tuit" list, a list that seems to grow daily. good to know the benefit is impressive enough to be noticed.

A yr or 2 ago I happened upon a Christmas parade as it was staging and found myself inadvertently in the lead (by accident but I still enjoyed it).

This yr I was running late and missed the parade but still got to cruise through the little town and get a few waves just afterwards. Matter of fact I get waves anytime I cruise through, its great little town and folks seem to enjoy old American iron cruising through and don't get upset when it cruises through at moseying speed grin

Dave
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Dec 21 2015 08:27 PM
Still cruising around on the 216. It's a year round cruiser. I've decided to keep the 160 thermostat instead of changing to the 180 as my cruise this past Sat with outside temps at 28 was nice and toasty warm. I got 2 seasons out of the previous after-market heater motor rheostat switch and the new one I just put in has a working low speed. The previous one smoked all the speeds except high before the it's 1st heating season was over ....

This also means I'm punting on trying to control cold weather condensation buildup in the valve cover. The 180 didn't stop it so there you go ...

Dave
Posted By: Larry_58_Burb Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Dec 22 2015 09:39 AM
Mtneermike:

What gears did you start with? How big a drop was the 3.55? Good to hear that you are satisfied with the result.

Dave;

Probably a stupid question, but why would the 160 thermostat keep the heater hotter than a 180? I would have that it would be the other way around.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Dec 22 2015 08:19 PM
Larry, the 160 doesn't keep it hotter than the 180 but it does keep it hot enough to get good heat out of the heater.
The engine definitely runs hotter on the 180, by about 5-10 degrees according to the temp gauge.

The engine had a 160 in it (from the original owner) and I went to a 180 trying to do away with the condensation buildup in the valve cover in the winter. I only get the condensation in cold weather. The 180 didn't cure it so I'm just going to stay with the 160. I also didn't like how much hotter the 180 ran in warm weather so I would change to the 160 for the warmer months.
Basically I saw no improvement running the 180.

Hope this explains it better, sometimes getting words from my head to paper (and to speak) don't come out just right I rekon grin

Dave
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Dec 22 2015 11:30 PM
Don't want to hi-jack the thread but I'd like to make a comment about the condensation...The best way to keep out condensation is every time you start the engine let it run until it runs at operating temperature for a little. This will also keep the condensation out of the exhaust pipes and keep them from rusting out.
If I start the engines in any of my rides I let them run until they reach operating temp, and run a little, before shutting them back off....or I don't start them.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Dec 28 2015 04:30 AM
My 15 year old grandson from Ohio was visiting here the past week and we enjoyed cruising around places in the 52panel.

We cruised, ate Frosty's, Chick-fil-A and he waved back to the women! No wonder he likes hanging round with Pa-Pa. Nice having him in the shop to as he wiped down both the panel and the 37.
We didn't get to take the 37 for a spin though. Rain rain rain!
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Dec 28 2015 06:52 AM
Took the truck to the "Rods at Methven" show , a nice 2hr drive away , camped the night , about 100+ cars in the show , nice sunny drive back again.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 04 2016 03:38 AM
We drove the '56 to the Inliner meeting in Grand Prairie.

Yes I drove a V8 to an Inliner meeting. It has a much warmer cab than the Suburban.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jan 10 2016 08:12 PM
Cruised over to the Cabin Fever car show that was in town over the weekend. Thought about entering the 49 since it's still close to stock condition but hee-hawed around and never got round toit.
Lots of nice entries, saw 3 stovebolts, 1 rat rod, 1 modified (V8) and a very nice trailer Queen sporting UT VOLS colors. There was a 53 Bel Air with a power glide 235 with dual Rochesters and what looked like factory power steering. Also a VERY sweet 59 Apache with a stock looking 235, I wanted that one.... Otherwise it was a "how many ways you can build a SBC " display grin
1/3rd of the Fords had SBC's......
Saw an old Trashy Nash (Rambler station wagon) that had a clear bowl on the carb, I thought that was neat.
On leaving the show there was anote on my windshield telling me to call the listed phone number if I was wanting to sell the 49.

Afterwards I had to point the 49 towards the back country and get away from all that traffic. It actually did pretty good when I took my little show-off cruise by the show's front entrance on my way out grin

Dave
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 18 2016 10:20 PM
I drove the Suburban to Mineral Wells today to run errands and to circulate the fluids and top the battery.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jan 19 2016 12:46 AM
How'd she drive.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jan 19 2016 02:02 AM
Like a 60 year old truck should.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jan 24 2016 05:29 AM
We drove the '56 to Graham today for the Brazos River Cruisers dinner cruise. Had an excellent rib eye at Wildcatter Ranch.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jan 24 2016 04:21 PM
Seems like I've seen that Jag before!
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jan 24 2016 04:48 PM
Yes you have. And that '66 Impala and the red '56 truck.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jan 24 2016 10:42 PM
Took Ms Kathy for a cruise around town. Seems everyone was out enjoying the sunshine. Lots of friendly waves. Put some fresh 100% gas in the tank and got a good charge on the battery.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jan 24 2016 11:17 PM
Spent some time parked up on the main street , watching the cars go by .
Annual Muscle Car Madness event this past weekend , hundreds of cars.
Only a few nice stovebolts , but lots of everything else (good and bad LOL).

Some pics here
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1676520875928908.1073741854.1604268153154181&type=3
Posted By: Old Indy 36 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 25 2016 03:32 PM
This is what it's all about, driven those bad boys around and haven fun. Can't wait to get my 36 on the road.
Posted By: basham Stovebolt driving report - Wed Feb 03 2016 03:09 AM
Took my 53 out for a test drive today after my t-5 installation. It was getting dark so i just went a couple miles on some side roads but i can tell it's going to make for a much nicer driving experience. Need to double check a few things and take it out for a longer drive but so far so good.
Posted By: solarguy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Feb 03 2016 06:42 AM
I am in Dayton OH and also have a 53 that I am putting a T5 into. Right now I am rebuilding the 235. Also am replacing the 5:14 rear axle gears with 4:10's. I figure with the original 17" tires the engine rpm's should be around 2100 @ 60 mph. Can't wait to see how it goes.
Posted By: basham Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Feb 03 2016 10:49 PM
Went back out for a longer drive today, sunny and 60. It did very well, long grades or flat ground so much better than the 3 speed. Neighbor has a 41 and a 52 so i took him for a ride and he could not believe the difference. Well worth it.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Feb 06 2016 11:30 PM
Beautiful day here so the '48 just had to get out of the driveway for awhile. Spent about an hour cruising Route 66 and Oklahoma #3. Fun time was had by all.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Feb 07 2016 04:24 AM
I forgot, last week I drove the 37 over to Greenville to have lunch with another bolter. Bdammers drove his 50 pickup and has his rebuilt engine purring like a kitten. Good job, Bill.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Feb 08 2016 01:45 AM
Good to see the trucks are starting to stir again.

I drove my '54 to the Inliner meeting in Grand Prairie today.
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Feb 15 2016 01:28 PM
I was honored to be in the Asian New Year Parade with the Minions in the back of my truck. Thanks to Universal Studios.
Minions
Posted By: Uncle Brad Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Feb 15 2016 03:52 PM
Wayne, those are some huge minions.
AWESOME truck by the way!

Brad
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Feb 15 2016 06:49 PM
I love a parade.
Posted By: Steve D Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Feb 16 2016 06:44 AM
Drove Down Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas Strip Friday night the weather was great. Stop over at Rusty Spur Saloon, they held a Car event. Live Entertainment Beer and Ice Cream. Took 1st place, later drove down town Fremont showed the truck off. A lot of picture taking with the truck. Some of the Bouncers needed Ice Cream at the Bars that I parked at, happy to help. Ended staying out to Mid Night with the Good Humor truck. I was very happy how well the truck handled at night time.


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Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Feb 19 2016 03:25 AM
We drove the Suburban to Weatherford tonight thinking it was the Parker County Cruisers dinner out night. We were a week early. Oh well, it was a pleasant drive, we had a nice dinner and we get to do it again next week.
Posted By: Uncle Brad Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Feb 20 2016 03:43 AM
Drove the 55.2 to a local Mexican restaurant tonight for dinner. It was our first outing (wife came with us) as a family I guess & the truck drove great. An oriental gentleman with a thick accent was playing blues on an electric guitar at the Mexican restaurant, so me & my son went out to survey the truck quite a few times.

Brad
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Feb 26 2016 02:31 AM
I drove the Suburban to the Decatur swap meet today. Came home then drove it to Weatherford for dinner.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Feb 28 2016 12:41 AM
Took the wife to lunch today in the '48 Burb. When we came out we noticed a large plume of smoke south of town. That's the direction we live, so we started that way. Soon realized the fire was way south of our place. We took a nice slow drive to the area of the fire. Field and a big stack of round bales was burning, putting out a huge amount of smoke. Cruised on home to find the electricity out. Eventful day for just a short cruise.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Feb 28 2016 01:23 AM
I drove the Suburban over 400 miles this weekend.. Three trips to the swap meet and back and one trip to Weatherford and back. Running great, as usual.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Feb 28 2016 01:41 AM
One Sunday when we were kids, riding home from church, we saw a firetruck with lights flashing and siren blasting and my parents thought it would be fun to follow it to the scene of the fire. We did follow it, and right to our own house that was on fire.
Posted By: Stove Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Feb 28 2016 03:16 AM
Went to the dump today. 3 different people said "nice truck!".
Posted By: Uncle Brad Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Feb 28 2016 03:31 PM
Originally Posted by BIG CHEVY 3600
One Sunday when we were kids, riding home from church, we saw a firetruck with lights flashing and siren blasting and my parents thought it would be fun to follow it to the scene of the fire. We did follow it, and right to our own house that was on fire.

Yes...
You would definitely remember THAT Sunday forever.

Brad
Posted By: BDammers47 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Feb 28 2016 10:35 PM
Loaded the truck up this afternoon with the recycling and some newspapers for the animal shelter. My wife hopped in and we went for a pleasant Sunday afternoon drive (beautiful today here in South Carolina).

It's fun to share the hobby with the family! drive
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Feb 29 2016 03:42 AM
Had a nice long cruise on the 216 powered 49 3100. Met some highly talented restorers/modifiers on a stop at a local hardware store.I needed to get some plumbing repair parts and so did they. They saw the truck and we became instant friends. Stopped by their shop later and was highly impressed. No less than 6 AD's of differing yrs were on their premises, all in different stages of modification or repair. One even had a Cummins diesel power plant and was running fine until their customer hit a deer with it.
LS engines and S10 frames seemed to be their specialty, i.e. what their customers wanted.....
I eye balled several parts for future mod's for my 49 so we'll be doing some trading and I'll be stopping by more often.
Dave
Posted By: Tommy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Feb 29 2016 02:05 PM
Saturday was a beautiful day for a ride,(2/27/16). Myself and 28 members of a car club that I belong to, went to lunch in Long Beach Ms., In an eating spot overlooking the gulf of mexico. The view was fantastic, the food was very good,and we all had a nice time. It was an uneventful outing as no one had any car problems on a 140 mile round trip. Some of the players were, 1934 Buick, 37 ford pickup, my 59 Apache, 52 Cadillac convert., 40 ford sedan, 55 Pontiac, a pair of mercury cougar convertables, and a 69 Camaro. We will do this again.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Feb 29 2016 04:15 PM
That's my idea of a dinner cruise. One club I'm in wants to meet somewhere in town and call it a dinner cruise.
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Mar 02 2016 02:03 AM
Originally Posted by Wayne67vert
I was honored to be in the Asian New Year Parade with the Minions in the back of my truck. Thanks to Universal Studios.
Minions


When I removed the door stickers, some of the paint was damaged and ruined the painted sign.

I repainted both doors and today I had them re-lettered. I used a professional painter not a stencil like the 1st one.

before
I changed the look of the door signs. The new signs are more period correct.

after
side view
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 13 2016 01:49 AM
We drove the Suburban to Dublin today for the St. Patrick's day celebration and car show. A lot of fun and brought home some hardware .
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 13 2016 02:50 AM
Drove the panel around most all day yesterday and then put the '37 through the same thing today. Weather is super.

...Cletis, nice piece for the mantel. Way to go.
Posted By: tclederman Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? - Sun Mar 13 2016 07:27 PM

Started up and ran the Suburban for the first time in NC. Drove it up and down our road and waved at the neighbors.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 14 2016 12:07 AM
Sounds like a SUBer day for all. thumbs_up
Posted By: John Milliman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 14 2016 12:40 AM
I drove the '49 1-ton over to NAPA to get stuff -- about a 30-mile trip. A nice late winter wake up run -- first of the year. Ole Charlie ran great. Big upgrade over the winter was an Optima 6-volt battery.

Got back and fired up the '72 Jimmy (I plugged in the block heater the night before). I had it on a Battery Tender all winter and the 6-71 fired right up with the first flick of the key. Very happy with the Battery Tender smile
Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 14 2016 02:17 AM
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention:

My 11 year old 6v Optima battery once again this year started up the Suburban after sitting all winter in the truck in an unheated garage. Even with the extra "start of season" cranking to get fuel up to the carburetor, the battery/starter cranked a while and got it started.
Posted By: Stove Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 15 2016 10:03 PM
Went to the dump on the weekend, picture here:

Truck at dump

Not pretty but it works!
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Mar 16 2016 03:06 PM
Took the '48 Burb out for a test drive. Ran it up to about 80mph to check if my efforts to eliminate a wheel vibration were successful. So far so good.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Mar 16 2016 07:46 PM
80 mph be careful Deputy or you may be back to fighting the law again. lol

Congratulations on the quick fix to the vibrations. I've spent months looking for rattles and vibrations.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Mar 16 2016 09:59 PM
Stretch of road where the TV show Street Outlaws was filmed. Nice and safe just 10mph over limit. HaHa. Just got back from another run and took the better half this time. All is good I'm happy.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Mar 17 2016 12:23 AM
I drove the Suburban to the Parker County Cruisers meeting last night.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 20 2016 12:14 AM
We drove the Suburban to a car show in Weatherford Thursday.

We drove the '56 a little over 200 miles today. The Brazos River Cruisers went to Hico for our monthly dinner cruise.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Mar 26 2016 09:28 PM
Drove the '48 Burb to OKC for the 2016 Oklahoma Stovebolt Coalition GabFest. Visited with 46sparky, Patrick66, f18delta. The rest of the Okie group decided to sleep in. They missed a good time. Drove home using old Route 66. The Burb did just fine.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Mar 26 2016 11:33 PM
I've been driving the panel around quite a bit this week. Visiting some friends and a few of my buddies at a total restoration shop.....wish I had my camera with me to show a 50 Chev pickup they did. Whoa.....a statement was made the guy had possible over a 100 grand in it. It was one bad country Cadillac!
I just got in my panel and smiled as I drove off knowing how "little" I had in mine smile
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 27 2016 02:46 AM
Took my normal Sat back road cruise then cruised down to the congestion on the outskirts of town to a car show that benefited the local high school. I went ahead and entered it in the "survivor" class and had a good time talking to many folks that have seen me cruising on Saturdays. One fellow was able to tell me about the unusual front bumper guard I have because he was the one that had it modified. It was off a 54 Bel Aire and he cut it down some and made up the piece to rejoin the shorter pieces up. So the bumper guard is an authentic dealer add-on for a 54 car, modified to fit a 52 AD truck bumper. He was also the original owner of the chrome grill and some other parts I had traded for. He sold his 52 AD to a fellow that I had traded with for those parts. Small world I rekon grin
Didn't win anything but had a great time and met many a good folk.
Dave
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 27 2016 02:49 AM
We drove the Suburban to Hamilton today for their car show. This one always packs a crowd because it's free registration and free BBQ lunch. Almost 200 vehicles.

In addition to scoring a free BBQ plate with brisket, ham and sausage I won a $160 tool box in the door prize drawing and took home a plaque for first place, unfinished class.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 27 2016 03:12 PM
Way to go Cletis!
Posted By: Peggy M Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 28 2016 12:12 AM
Cletis,

Now that's what I call a show (FREE). Good on ya about the toolbox. Your truck is "unfinished" ... ?? smile
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Apr 01 2016 12:56 AM
Drove the '56 90 miles today to get it's picture taken in a field of tulips. When we got there the place was closed for the season. The wind had destroyed all the tulips.

Oh well, it was a nice drive through the country.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Apr 01 2016 03:27 AM
Does driving one to Chic-fil-A count? I'm still making short trips in mine but its still fun. Looking to drive the panel,or the pickup, to Ga. the 1st day in May.

...sorry about the photo opt Cletis. But, as you say, a nice drive is worth it all. Besides, you said "WE" so I'm sure your sweetie was with you and that's makes it all worthwhile!
Posted By: Tramp Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 03 2016 06:30 PM
Just got home from a trip to the Gulf. Spent a week camped right on the beach and it was glorious. Fuel pump went out in Leesburg, Georgia, and the local sheriff stopped by to help keep me from getting ran over while repairs were made, and even drove me to the local parts store to get a new pump. Of course, it happened while Victoria was driving. 2 hours and back on the road. I know I still don't like riding in the back of a police cruiser, for any reason.
Tramp
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 03 2016 10:48 PM
Sounds like a great adventure, Tramp.

I drove the '54 to the Inliner meeting in Grand Prairie today. Nothing exciting happened on the road.
Posted By: gsharum Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 04 2016 01:41 AM
I've been taking lots of short trips trying to figure out all the "issues". Today I went on a 60 mile round trip and it ran great. I love this old, rusty, loud truck! I've yet to go anywhere without someone giving me a compliment or asking about it.
Trip to the country
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 04 2016 02:00 AM
Looks like a calendar picture.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Apr 11 2016 02:30 PM
Drove the '48 Burb up to the Fire Department's new station last night for hamburgers with Daughters boyfriend and the rest of the on-duty crew. Got a tour of their new digs. Very impressive. Even got a close up look at the '46 American LaFrance open cab ladder truck they restored a few years ago. Began to rain and I have no wipers yet so made a quick dash back home before the storms hit.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 17 2016 08:57 AM
Drove to Winchester (Friday) , to the swap meet (Saturday)
http://www.southcanterburyvintagecarclub.co.nz/swapmeet/
, only found one treasure , then went to the Wheat and Wheels event in Ashburton on the way home (Sunday).
I heard there were nearly 800 entrys there , all sorts of tractors , farm machinery , trucks (big and small) several traction engines , classic cars etc . It was a great display , I did approx 200kms and with the camper on the deck averaged 15mpg smile
http://www.midcanterburyvintagemachineryclub.co.nz/wheat-and-wheels-rally-2016.html
Posted By: Paul_WNC Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 17 2016 12:34 PM
Took the 41 out for a nice 50 mile spring drive. She gets lots of attention and is great fun to drive. Double clutching is starting to become second nature.
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 17 2016 12:59 PM
I've been driving my '38 all week. My church had it's annual flea/rummage sale yesterday and I've been making pickups of furniture and such. I also pulled my car trailer to move the clothing racks from and back to the public storage unit.
Lots and lots of positive comments when people see this old truck on the road.
Posted By: Ssrjim Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Apr 29 2016 03:00 PM
Mine went on its first drive yesterday. Drove it from the transmission shop, to the gas station, to the alignment shop.
Posted By: 69Cuda Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Apr 29 2016 03:03 PM
Originally Posted by Ssrjim
Mine went on its first drive yesterday. Drove it from the transmission shop, to the gas station, to the alignment shop.


Sounds like a GREAT day!!!
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Apr 29 2016 07:35 PM
I had out and about the last few days. Checking everything out for the big trip to Maryland next week. (650 miles)
Posted By: TPR57C Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Apr 29 2016 09:05 PM
Taken my truck to boat Harbour for its weekly run to the beach next weekend homecoming looking forward to meeting you all safe travelling for everybody
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 01 2016 03:24 AM
....and I too took a nice ride in the panel after some "maintenance" on it. Just took a real leisure ride on the interstate to the neighboring town. Just opened the vents, let the seat back and really cruised......
Planned on driving it to Ga. tomorrow but the weather is not looking good and "mama" wants to take the car this trip. Oh well.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 02 2016 04:28 AM
Drove the Suburban nearly 200 miles today. Tried all today to get the adjustable main jet set right. And it still aint right.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 02 2016 07:15 PM
After dressing up the highly worn rocker arm tips, replacing the cracked rear rocker shaft and setting the valves just right, I drove the 216 powered 3100 all over the place this past weekend. The topend sounds so quiet now (for 49 216 with 113K miles on the bottom end that is), I used it to run my normal errands, errands for the Mrs and even some for the daughter and SIL. I even used it to pick up my old rear tine tiller I had loaned out to a friend. The low box height makes it ideal for such tasks.
It still has a slight tick when warmed up but compared to what it's been since I got it running, it's like a singer sewing machine grin

Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 02 2016 08:51 PM

Nice report, Volfandt

My 235s and 261 with smooth rocker faces and good rocker shafts are also quite quiet.
Posted By: jockbolter50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 03 2016 07:39 AM
Looking forward to contributing to this thread on a regular basis again real soon.
I'm hoping to get the jalopy fit for the blacktop (again) this week.
I'll need to steal my battery back from the 'bosses' daily driver first...
Hers gave up the ghost a few weeks ago.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 03 2016 08:40 PM
..just leave your battery in her car and go get you a new one!!!
Posted By: jockbolter50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed May 04 2016 08:50 AM
Originally Posted by Achipmunk
..just leave your battery in her car and go get you a new one!!!


That's the plan Alvin.... grin
Posted By: Goach2 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu May 05 2016 02:15 AM
I'm so stoked to finally be able to post to this thread. Yesterday I finally got my brakes/wheels back on and was able to take'er out for a short run up and down the road. Man, I've become spoiled with the hydraulic clutch. Does anyone have any pointers on going gear to gear? The first trip, I would take my foot off the gas, shift, and slowly start giving gas while letting up on the clutch. I couldn't get it past 2nd gear without bogging down and stalling! The second time around I would floor it in between gears and that seemed to work, but the gears would grind in between. Am I close with the 2nd approach? The funny thing is, I let my Dad drive it, who's in his mid-60's and he flew through the gears without issue. When I asked him how he did that, he said "I don't know, it's just what came natural". In this case, I hope I didn't miss that gene!
Posted By: Jim Sears Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu May 05 2016 03:27 AM
Sounds like you're not running it high enough in each gear before shifting. The idea isn't to see how quickly you can get through the gears, it's to run enough power through each gear so the next one is in a good power band when it drops in.
Posted By: DennisM Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu May 05 2016 03:41 AM
Probably easiest to ride around with your Dad some and get an ear to when he shifts. A lot has to do with knowing the feel of the transmission so you can make a smooth and relatively quick shift. Not race quick, just good easy flow. Since it works with your Dad's technique, you should get the hang of it in no time. Have fun.

Dennis
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 07 2016 06:13 PM
Took my 90 year old mother in a ride in my '50 half ton. Flew her down to San Antonio from Plano for Mother's Day. She's got a childhood friend since 1st grade who lives here in an assisted living facility and I drove her to his place in the old truck for a 3 hour visit. Truck ran perfectly. They both loved it and we took pictures!

Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 07 2016 06:15 PM
Good for you, Chuck,

My mother is too far away, also 90 years old, and almost all her friends have left us.

I'll call tomorrow and listen to many stories.

In the mid-70s, to/from Christmas Eve Services, Mom would go with 7 other family members in my junky 1954 Suburban - we would all joyously sing Carols.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 07 2016 10:07 PM
Drove the '48 Burb to our local Onion Fried Burger Day festival this morning. Car Show, bounce houses, petting zoo, craft and food booths. Google El Reno Onion Fried Burger for the scoop on the celebration. I don't show so we parked and walked the show area. Good turnout of Stovebolts this year. Sorry guys no photos. Good time was had by all.
Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 07 2016 10:29 PM
Oklahoma Onion Burger - looks yummy
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 07 2016 11:34 PM
Tim, thanks for the link. What is pictured is not the traditional Fried Onion Burger. The meat should be no more than 1/4 inch thick and the onions are imbedded in the meat not piled on top. The history of the burger is out there, just requires more searching. Try "Onion Burger Day" festival. Sorry I don't know how to post links. I'm tech challenged.
Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 07 2016 11:49 PM
Thanks, Martin, I'll try again.

They show this crowd pleaser.

And this tray of regular burgers - they look more like my first post.

Here's the crowd pleaser with a cover/top.

Here are more of the regular burgers.

All from this Facebook page.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 08 2016 01:15 AM
I put the camper back on the truck and drove to the Ashburton VCC swap meet
http://www.ashburtononline.co.nz/si...p;task=view&id=143241&Itemid=378
A drive of about 120 miles for me , just made it there and back on the tank full of gas smile taking the camper is a bit like hauling an old shed down the road , lol . not very aerodynamic.

On the plus side , I found a torque wrench I wanted , also I found 2 full 216 engine gasket sets for $15 the pair smile

I consider that a win for the weekend .
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 08 2016 01:24 AM
That's the "Big One", thanks Tim, you da man!
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 08 2016 02:35 AM
We drove the Suburban 333 miles round trip to Sulphur, OK for an Inliner's picnic at a member's buffalo ranch. He served us buffalo burgers. (With raw onions.) Mighty delicious. Truck ran great.
Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 08 2016 02:39 AM
cletis/Charlie,

The trip sounds nice and the buffalo burgers sound better.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 08 2016 03:17 PM
Buffalo Onion Burgers, yummy!
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 09 2016 02:08 PM
Made a round trip of about 1300 miles to Stovebolt HQ.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 09 2016 03:27 PM
Way to go, Leo.
Posted By: Peggy M Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 09 2016 04:20 PM
Cletis, You'll have to make the trip here one year! I think the gang would enjoy having you here. Plus, you would fit right in with the Wrenchmen.

Leo, I guess that means you got thru DC alright! I just got thru a morning nap and I think my gyro is back on track.

Peg
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 09 2016 07:47 PM
Originally Posted by Peggy M


Leo, I guess that means you got thru DC alright! I just got thru a morning nap and I think my gyro is back on track.

Peg

DC was a breeze. I can easy keep up to any beltway traffic, just can't stop on a dime. I also have 2 big blind spots and others zip around me on both sides, with or without signaling.
Posted By: Peggy M Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 10 2016 03:15 AM
Yes, that was the beltway. Every morning the traffic report on the radio, there is a mess/accident on there.

I've only driven on it one time back in 1983! I was scarred to death and I'm guessing the traffic wasn't as bad back then.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 10 2016 03:18 AM
Leo, you make us proud! Nice to hear you had a great trip and I'm hearing stories it was a great time by all.

...Sorry I missed ya, we were at my father in laws all weekend. I'll catch up with you later.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 10 2016 03:51 AM
We took the Suburban and the new camper for a test run to the overlook at Possum Kingdom Lake today. I need to start looking for a 302. This thing is a load for the 248.

Picture

Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 10 2016 02:17 PM
Charlie, that's just perfect! Way to start my day. Going to drive the Burb out north of Ft Reno today to visit an aging friend.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 15 2016 05:24 AM
Took my '50 half ton to the local car show Friday night. First time I'd ever taken it. Drew lots of attention. Mine's all original, so it looked pretty unusual among all the modified street rods, Corvettes, Camaros, and Mustangs. Truck ran really good and I enjoyed taking it out.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 15 2016 05:35 AM
Good going, Chuck.

We drove the '56 to a show at a cafe in Cool this evening. Great food, live music and lots of cool cars.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 15 2016 06:48 PM
Put the 49 to work yesterday. Altered my normal cruise to a 45 mile run to pickup a new tiller. Ran 55 mph most of the way, around 2300/2400 rpm according to my new tach, and the old 216 didn't miss a beat. It hardly noticed the 405lb tiller.
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Pic 3
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri May 20 2016 05:20 PM
Using the '48 Suburban as a DD today. Hit a unseen hazard in the dark roadway last night while driving Ms Kathy's 2016 Dodge Durango R/T. Cut the sidewall of the r/r tire. Special order of course. So the "Burb" is the go to for today. Even got Ms Kathy to drive it to her hair appointment.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 22 2016 03:23 AM
Got caught out in a driving rainstorm today. I've had the 49 3100 out in a few light rains before but this was a gully washer.
The vacuum wipers needed all the speed they had and more.
It did pretty good considering.
I'd like to find a set of those chrome (or aluminum) window vents to fit a 49 with no vent window.

Also discovered why the passenger side floor pan has rust holes while the drivers side is solid with no rust, the windshield leaks in the bottom far corner, and it drains down directly where the rust through holes are. It must have leaked for a long time as it sat in the dry from 1969 until I pulled it out and got it running a few yrs ago.

The 216 ran strong in the thick wet air, the gauges didn't indicate any difference but it sounded like it ran better.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 22 2016 03:29 AM
Drove the panel to neighboring city, Gaffney, to my nephews shop, about a 50-60 mile round trip, and worked on the coupe. (ran it for about 30 minutes)
On the way home I got caught in a BIG storm coming down Interstate I-85. There was no exit close by to pull off. I dared not stop and get run over by some maniac. The Panel does not do well in HIGH winds. Couple of scary moments with the BIG cross winds!
There is something to be said for electric 2 speed wipers. I can attest to that. Thankfully the panel is back in its stall and resting well. Did I say a BIG storm!!!!
Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 22 2016 06:42 AM

in my old beat up '65 C10...

Went for a nice ride up to a car show about an hour away, then I decided to take the slow way back on the local state roads, at least most of the way home. Saw some areas I haven't seen in years... listening to my music with the windows down, just riding.

A good time.

-W
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 22 2016 03:19 PM
Drove the '48 to a newly started Cars & Coffee event here in town. Only "Bolt" there. Small event sponsored by a local BBQ chain.
Posted By: dirtball Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 23 2016 01:43 PM
Drove the 50 1 ton napco on a 200 mile round trip to Frankfort, KS for the annual White Way car run... 1st run I've ever been on and had a blast... drove about 40-45 the whole way...16 mpg
Posted By: panel fan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed May 25 2016 01:45 PM
Just returned in my 62 1 ton panel from a 250 mile round trip to a car show / drag race east of home. Half the miles were at highway speeds , between 60 - 65 mph and half back road at 50 - 55 .
I've run the truck before at these speeds but never for any length of time. After 2 hours of constant motion no problems were detected.
I plan another trip north to a swap meat in 2 weeks but I'll put the rubber seals around doors back before so that I can hear the radio.
Average mpg was 14 running between 2000 to 2500 rpm
Posted By: 69Cuda Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri May 27 2016 05:38 AM
took the 58 out on the road for the first time. Just 1/4 mile down the road and back but, it was fun! Need to put seat belts in it and fill the gas tank, not sure how much gas is in it!
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri May 27 2016 06:28 AM
Ran out of gas today .......... gauge showed 1/2 full . frown
Posted By: 69Cuda Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri May 27 2016 02:50 PM
Originally Posted by Dusty
Ran out of gas today .......... gauge showed 1/2 full . frown


Hate it when that happens!
Posted By: oldbolter Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri May 27 2016 10:56 PM
Drove the '59 to our farm in beautiful hurricane valley for a day of erecting fence (not exactly fun in this 90+ degree heat). As usual, the '59 performed flawlessly while loaded with fencing material and towing an 18' trailer with tractor loaded on it. This truck works!
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 29 2016 04:24 AM
I put the '50 half ton to work today hauling brush. I'm the President of our homeowners association, and usually take the lead in doing chores around the neighborhood. The area behind the large 30 foot monument at the entrance had been neglected for decades. I used a chainsaw, lopers, & lots of muscle work to trim the large overgrown trees and shrubs, then hauled & stacked it all in the bed of the truck. It was higher than the cab when I finally quit stacking. Had to put the sideboards on to keep it all inside. The local landfill closed at 5 PM today, so I'll have to make the 20 mile round-trip to unload one day next week after the holiday.
Posted By: 69Cuda Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 31 2016 07:19 AM
took my 58 out for a spin. Filled the tank, went to Lowes, dropped by my dad's house, and then cleaned the cab out and went for a quick drive on the freeway.
Posted By: CJDublu Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 31 2016 06:03 PM
Drove Clyde out to my wife's favorite Garden center and back, about 50 miles round trip.

The truck did well running 40-45mph.

The cab got pretty warm, I need to get that windshield crank working...
Posted By: Jeff Ogden Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 31 2016 06:25 PM
Drove the 37 to the local cruise in friday night.
Posted By: EchoBravoSierra Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 31 2016 10:23 PM
Took mine out to the local cruise night Saturday evening, then around the corner to the local Lowe's Sunday morning to help with the yard work. The guy at Lowe's who helped us load up said he has a '52 GMC project, which I thought was kind of a funny coincidence- AD's are common, but that common?

Mulch!
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Jun 01 2016 03:27 AM
Got caught out in a little rain again. This time is was lite and only lasted a few minutes. Left the blacktop steaming afterwards.

Added a 12v power outlet and brought the Garmin along to match up against the wavering speedo and new tach.
The speedo is close enough but wavers up to 5 mph when it gets above 40.
Ends up the engine is happiest between 2K to 2200 rpm, which propels the 49 3100 down the road between 40 to 45 mph.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Jun 01 2016 03:34 AM
Put quite a few miles on the panel the past few days trying to find a small vibration. Having a problem trying to find it but hey, it allows me to keep driving it.
Problem "might" be solved. Will let you know it the next "driving report".
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 05 2016 02:58 PM
Drove to dinner Friday evening then around town a bit checking out the start of our Smalltown Weekend festivities. Then to the Car Show Saturday morning and the Cruise Saturday night.
Posted By: mikec4193 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 12 2016 06:25 PM
Drove Howard Knapp about 13 miles to a guy from works house / garage...he is going to trouble shoot the gas gauge...nothing broke...

I am hoping he can figure it out....everything is new and nothing works....hmmmm

MikeC
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 12 2016 11:24 PM
Took 'Vern' to the Saturday night cruise and visited the Traveling Viet Nam Memorial Wall that was set up close by.
Posted By: John Milliman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 13 2016 01:42 AM
Just got back in from a short road test of the '65 after a couple of years dealing with a carburetor upgrade (Holley 300), new brakes (MC and hydrovac), Pertronix HEI and a few other things... Finally it all came together and today had a nice run out on the big road at 70 MPH. Not too shabby for a 51-year old fire truck smile

See you all in Macungie, PA if the weather holds ...
Posted By: 32vld Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 13 2016 02:41 AM
Where's the fire?
Jeffrey
Posted By: Moonlight Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 13 2016 02:48 AM
Racked up close to 400 miles round trip to Wildwood, NJ last weekend to check out "The Race of Gentlemen". The old 253 never skipped a beat and rolled held her own on the highway.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 19 2016 03:21 AM
Brazos River Cruisers held a cruise-in at a nursing home in Weatherford today. We drove the '56.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 19 2016 03:36 AM
No long trips but I have been driving the panel locally for the past few days. I've left it sitting outside in the yard making it easier to drive rather than having to open the garage doors to get it out. We have had some really good cruising days.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 20 2016 03:05 AM
Took my medicinal cruise a day earlier and a little later in the day. This unfortunately put the 49 3100 into heavier traffic. So my avg speeds increased from 40-45 to 45-55 for most of my highway portions. The old 216 performed admirably with no increase in temps. Probably wore half the lifespan out of the Huck shoes tho.
Posted By: Mike B Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 20 2016 03:53 AM
I drove my '56 3100 to the Macungie, PA Truck Show. Put about 450 miles on it without any issues. This was the longest trip to date...I'm starting to feel more confident.

Mike B smile
Posted By: dgrinnan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 20 2016 12:26 PM
I took the longest drive since I got my 54 3100 back in January. My cruises have been limited to a trip or two around my local small town. Took it on about a 40 mile round trip. Fun drive bouncing and rattling down the backs roads. I think this old girl wanted to be on the road. It seemed to run and drive better the longer we were on the road.
Posted By: dgrinnan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 20 2016 12:28 PM
Mike B, I am in the same boat. I have had my 54 since January 1st. Took a 40 mile round trip this weekend. I keep increasing the trip length testing her. I hope to be able to take it on a 400 mile plus trip with confidence soon.
Posted By: TPR57C Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 20 2016 12:53 PM
How was the truck show how many stovebolters
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jun 23 2016 12:59 AM
My work van has rear axle bearing issues so my panel is now my work vehicle. About 30 miles each way, for at least the next week.
Posted By: TPR57C Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jun 23 2016 07:37 AM
Bet you enjoy the next couple of weeks love it when I'm driving the chevvy
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 27 2016 08:35 PM
Washed the 49 3100 up and actually got alittle shine going in a few spots. I think the ole truck may have had just a tad more pep in it's step, maybe aided in it's slip stream'n alittle grin
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 27 2016 10:33 PM
I forgot to log in the Parker County Cruisers dinner out Thursday. We took the '56 and had the only classic vehicle there. What's wrong with these people?
Posted By: 69Cuda Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Jun 29 2016 05:33 PM
Drove my 58 2-ton about 70 miles to a rat rod run last Sat night. Other than burning 9 gallons of gas each way, everything went smooth! 6mpg is gonna kill me! LOL
Posted By: carryall jerry Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Jul 01 2016 08:40 PM
I drove it!! 8 miles, the most it has moved in 8 years.
it starts easy, but ran rough, sounds like i may have a stuck lifter. All 4 tires feel like they have flat spots. It felt so good to be behind that big steering wheel!
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jul 04 2016 06:03 PM
I put the '50 half ton in the annual neighborhood Fourth of July parade. Decorated it with three American flags on poles mounted in the bed holes, and bunting bows on the mirror, wipers, grill, and rear bumper. Taped small American flags to the bumpers on all 4 corners. When I offered to let anyone who wanted to ride in the bed, about 6 little kids and 2 adults took up my offer. Must've been about 100 participants riding decorated scooters, tricycles, bicycles, wagons & walking dogs in costumes. But the center of attention (After the fire truck of course) was the old Chevy. Everybody loved it and I got lots of compliments! The truck ran perfectly and didn't overheat.

P.S.

Is the sound of that 6 V horn the best that Chevy engineers could come up with?!? LOL
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jul 04 2016 08:10 PM
Cool
Posted By: dgrinnan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jul 05 2016 01:03 AM
I wasn't in a parade today but I was in my 54 3100 making a run to Lowe's. I was forced to detour because of a parade and ended up taking my truck on the interstate for the first time. I was worried how it would do. I had to travel about a mile to the next exit. I was able to crank it up to 56-57 MPH. It did good. I wouldn't want to maintain that for a prolonged time but it is good to know it will do it.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jul 05 2016 02:35 AM
Took my old pal Leo for a ride in the pickup and panel this weekend. smile
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jul 05 2016 07:39 AM
I took the dog to the park yesterday , stopped in at the gas station on the way , put $60 fuel in , went to pay .............. Left my wallet at home !!!

Guy behind me in the queue pulled 60 out of his pocket , paid my bill and said see you another day !

AWESOME !
Posted By: TPR57C Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jul 05 2016 09:45 AM
You wouldn't get many litres for 60$ in Nz great show of generosity
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jul 05 2016 07:10 PM
No "official" parade for me but it seemed like I had an impromptu (cool, passed the spell checker) one truck parade going on Sat. I strapped a couple Stars and Stripes to the rear stakes and on my normal cruise I must have gotten (and returned) dozens of waves grin Felt like I should have had some hard candy to toss out grin

While cruising I got to pondering about the craftsmen (and women) who built this truck back in 49 and how many were probably WWII Vets working their way back into society. Well they did a mighty fine job as this truck is still close to being what it was when it rolled out the factory, and it's still going....

Posted By: dgrinnan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jul 05 2016 09:51 PM
Here here! Does anything go together better than a Stovebolt and the stars and strips. How much more American can you get? My only regret is I did not acquire my truck until after my dad (a WW II vet) passed away. He would have loved working on this with me.
Posted By: Steve D Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Jul 09 2016 07:53 PM
I was accepted in this July 4th 2016 Parade in Summerlin. My first parade with the Good Humor Truck. The Parade started at 830 this Monday morning, got there early to Setup. Slow moving, not worried the Truck handles the Heat very well at 185 degrees on the instrument gauge all day long even in bumper to bumper traffic. It was more Humid, then hot great experience and fun

http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums..._41702755_ver1.0_900_675_zpsjhbrl2pa.jpg
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Steve


Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Jul 09 2016 10:00 PM
Steve D., just a great looking ice cream truck...period.


....drove the panel over to my hometown today to work on my old coupe. 50 mile round trip. Lots of thumbs up and "we like your truck". Now, Steve, if only the good humor truck had been around about 1pm smile Temps here are soaring!
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jul 10 2016 09:55 PM
Well, this is not nearly as exciting as the Fourth of July parade we were in last weekend, but I did some more brush hauling with the '50 yesterday. We had a bunch of low hanging limbs on the main street through the neighborhood that were getting complaints, so I stood in the bed of the truck and cut them off with the pole saw. Also, the city does a poor job of trimming the trees in the median near our neighborhood, so I took it upon myself to do it for them. By the time I was through three hours later I had a pile of brush taller than the cab of the truck! Hauled it all to the brush collection site and after weighing in and out learned that I had 450 pounds in the back end. The truck acted like it wasn't even there! I love using the truck for what it was built to do........ WORK.
Posted By: 69Cuda Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jul 11 2016 01:41 AM
drove my 58 to church and back today. On the way home, I noticed that the driver side exhaust stack seemed to be leaning a bit farther back than it had been, a minute later, it was leaning back even more, By the time I pulled off to the shoulder, it was bent all the way back and only holding on by about an inch of rusty sheet metal (more rust than metal!) It looks like it is time for exhaust. I'll miss the look of the stacks but not the noise (mufflers were straight through, no glass left in them and no baffles!)
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jul 11 2016 07:52 PM
Drove the 49 3100 all weekend and it ran great. At one point it was winding it's way up a fairly steep single lane back road when I had to upshift back to 2nd about 100' or so from the crest. While slowly making my way up to the crest I couldn't help but notice the old picturesque church off to the left and the finely maintained graveyard beside. It then dawned on me that there in that cemetery lay the original owners of this old stovebolt, Glee and his wife Jewell. I didn't stop but got to thinking how many times this old truck must have made that trek carrying them to and from that church. I wondered if they had to upshift as I did or if it made that climb in high gear back in it's prime.
I any case, I'm thankful I knew them and once I topped the ridge and started down past their old farm I was glad I wasn't distracted by a radio and just enjoyed the ruminations of that 216 and it's gear train carrying me back towards my place.

Dave
Posted By: Flatblu4748 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jul 14 2016 02:57 AM
So the wife retired this spring and decided we needed to move closer to family. We found a beautiful property in Georgetown Tx that we both agreed on, just 3 blocks from her sister, and so we're moving from St Louis. All this past week I'd been getting Old Blue (1948 3100) ready for the trip and so this morning I crossed my fingers and hit the road. Now I'd never taken this truck on anything more than a 60 mile drive so I was a bit nervous. This was the BEST 614 miles I've ever driven: just me and my old truck.....man, it ran great!!! Made it all the way to New Boston, Tx where I'm spending the nite and then tomorrow it's just 324 more miles to my new home. I've got a much better appreciation now for the old technology. Sure I've upgraded to a V8, auto trans, AC, etc. but all the old bones are still there: stock riding height and leaf springs, solid axle and king pins....I'm not sure if I was driving the truck or if it was driving me!?! Felt like I was in a time warp peering through that clear flat glass all those miles looking over that huge hood and fat fenders leading the way....the truck kept reminding me that no matter how fast I drove that it was still 1948. Life is good, I slowed down and still made great time, "enjoy the ride," every place I stopped people had questions and comments, taking pictures, lots of thumbs up.....great trip. Hey, are there any Bolters in the Georgetown area? Me and Blue are looking to make some new buddies. Thanks guys.
Dave
Posted By: jockbolter50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jul 14 2016 08:33 AM
This is a pre-emptive post as it hasn't happened yet!

As mine is a daily driver I could bore you with my everyday stuff,but on Saturday coming i'm chauffeuring a groom to his wedding.
A friend and budding potential 'bolter asked me to help his mate out.

His pal is in a rock band and wanted something more fitting the theme,step up the '50 Chevy.
They're bikers and consequently there will be a motorcade of bikes to escort us to the church.
Should be quite a sight.

It's in Edinburgh some 60+ miles from me and as I have a show to attend in Stirling the following day so rather than run all the way home on Saturday evening my plans are to throw the camping gear in the back and continue on to Stirling from the wedding as it's reasonably close and it also gives me an opportunity to check out how the new Forth Road bridge is progressing en route.
It means I can let my hair down at the show entertainment on the Saturday night too and not worry about having a couple of refreshments. chug
As a bonus it'll save me some gas too..... grin

The weather forecast doesn't look to bad by our standards so a fun weekend ahead!

My fee?
Some gas money and a little bottle of something to celebrate the union.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jul 14 2016 02:53 PM
Took the '48 Burb out for it's shakedown cruise after the engine repairs (documented in the "What have you done" Forum) were completed. All is well. It runs like it should and so far no leaks.
Posted By: mikec4193 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jul 14 2016 06:29 PM
Drove it to work...wife's car was in the shop...she took my daily driver 1998 S10 truck to run errands...11 miles each way..

pic 1

trying to fit in

still sitting around...

Missed all the rain showers too

mikeC

Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jul 14 2016 08:24 PM
Dave, that is quite a trip. Welcome to Texas.
Posted By: Flatblu4748 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Jul 15 2016 03:19 AM
Cletus, thanks for welcoming me to your great state of Texas, but I'm sad to say that I'm going to keep my trips with Old Blue local from here on out. Looks like Parker County is more than I'll want to drive the old truck after my ordeal today on the second leg of my trip. I got up early all excited about another day in the saddle as yesterday was a great trip.....624 miles and I enjoyed every moment of me and the truck....plenty of time to ruminate and meditate....Zen trucking you know. Today the truck did great but that excitement went to hell in a handbasket as soon as I got close to Dallas: the roads were crap, the traffic was s...., the highway construction on I30 and I35 was unending and although the truck did not let me down, this leg of the trip kicked my butt. Although I found the truck can cruise all day long at 70-75, admittedly it does not handle highway bumps and swerves and curves and hills very well at all. I did 324 miles today, the entire last half of which was a bummer. After 950 miles in 2 days, Blue is in the garage tonight taking a well earned rest. I'm gonna grab another Lone Star.
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Jul 16 2016 12:05 AM
I've been going back and forth to work for several weeks now, 25 miles each way. Hauled a big skid of windows, got some concrete blocks in it right now. It rides better with some weight in it.
Posted By: Anthony315 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jul 17 2016 05:46 AM
Drove my 57' 3100 around the neighborhood today for the first since pulling it out of the barn last year. It was an awesome experience to share with my three boys. Made a memory today I'll never forget. Well worth all the hard work to get it rolling...and stopping. Lol
Posted By: EchoBravoSierra Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jul 18 2016 07:32 PM
Drove my '50 to a local show about 40 miles away on Saturday. I think the July heat affected the driver (me) more than the truck- It did great. Despite the heat, we had a good time. Cruised over there with one buddy who was in his '66 F100 with a 460, and met up with another who was in his '58 Chevy with a 261. Here's a picture of our three trucks.
Posted By: dgrinnan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jul 18 2016 08:04 PM
EchoBravoSierra: Super cool picture. I am fairly new to this world (got my 54 3100 January 1 this year) I am on the search to find other local classic truck owners in my area. A good friend from high school has a 63 ford PU. I have only seen one other AD truck in the area at a local car show a few weeks ago. I was told by a co-worker they saw another one that thought was mine at first going down the street the other day but I have not been able to track it down.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jul 24 2016 11:10 PM
We drove the '56 to the Brazos River Cruisers pizza party in Garner yesterday evening. Only about 10 miles round trip but at least she got some exercise.
Posted By: MiraclePieCo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Jul 29 2016 08:28 AM
Took my '50 up to a mountain lake. Rewarded it with a rest in the shade of some pine trees.

http://i.imgur.com/gxbpvlA.jpg

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Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Aug 06 2016 04:48 PM
Been working on the engine in the '48 Burb, so the wife and I went for an early morning cruise. About 50 miles of back road America. Nice enjoyable leisurely paced cruise. All went well however it is time for new spark plugs. Engine never got over 175 degrees so everything I worked on held up. drive
Posted By: Tommy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Aug 07 2016 12:38 PM
Saturday morning met a few local members of a club I belong to for breakfast and coffee and general B.S. discussion of the world. Drove about twenty miles before the weather got hot. In the evening another friend called he wanted to go run one of his fleet of cars,so I took the truck and we cruised about 30 miles, had a nice drive and got some waves and BIG smiles from some pretty young ladies out at the lakefront.
All in all a good day.
Posted By: Ssrjim Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Aug 07 2016 04:14 PM
Went to a nice morning carshow yesterday. We have to have 6am shows here due to our extreme heat. (Phoenix)

https://flic.kr/p/KStw7G
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Aug 07 2016 11:25 PM
I drove the '56 to Grand Prairie for the Inliners meeting this morning. It only got to 106 here today. Running the A/C the truck ran at about 220 or more on the freeway. It didn't loose any coolant though so I aint concerned about it.
Posted By: Steve D Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Aug 10 2016 08:56 PM
I stumbled on this new game Pokémon Go. After detailing my Good Humor Truck I drove over to the park at 9pm hundreds of people playing this game. People coming up to me for Ice Cream and water. Needless to say money to be made. This helps me to pay for the restoration on the Helm`s Bakery 55 1st series panel truck.
Four weeks now, driving at night at different locations. The Good Humor Truck handles Good at night. Me on the other hand changes my sleeping habits out 2am and sleep till noon. People love the Truck, seeing it all lite up at night. This is what the truck was design for to be used. I have 4,000 miles on the speedometer now. I hope this game last the whole year.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Aug 10 2016 11:05 PM
Great set-up. Get to drive a Stovebolt and make money doing it.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Aug 14 2016 11:32 PM
Took the '48 Burb for breakfast this morning. Good positive interaction with several folks at a local convienence store. Making note of some little things I need to get done before the reunion.
Posted By: Ssrjim Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Aug 18 2016 09:16 PM
Ran some errands:

https://flic.kr/p/LbiCCe
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Aug 18 2016 09:46 PM
Bought used shelving for the garage and need to haul it home.
Always thumbs up when I'm out with 'Vern' smile
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Aug 20 2016 10:19 PM
The Mrs and I took the '48 Burb to the local cars and coffee this morning. Last one of the year. Not many takers today.

Checked out a '57 Chevy Wagon with a LS1. New build leaving the original patina but updating the drive train. Super reliable and 21 mpg highway.

'63 Corvair Convertible a restored driver quality ride.

'63 Studibaker Avanti original survivor.

Time to get a good tune-up on the Burb for the Stovebolt Reunion next month. drive
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Aug 21 2016 02:24 AM
It probably doesn't count but I did back the panel out of the shop for some road time but its been sitting outside for 5 days now. Maybe tomorrow or Monday I can "drive' it back in the shop!

...but I did take the 37 for a "spin".
Posted By: MiraclePieCo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Aug 21 2016 10:49 PM
Originally Posted by Achipmunk
I did back the panel out of the shop. Maybe tomorrow or Monday I can "drive' it back in the shop!


You're an animal! ;-)


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Posted By: MiraclePieCo Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? - Mon Aug 22 2016 09:40 AM
Finally took the truck for a test drive after all the stuff I've fixed lately. It all worked better than I'd hoped!

Door weatherstripping: The Frost King self-adhesive weatherstrip significantly reduced wind noise and door rattles, while still allowing the doors to shut more easily than they ever have. Success!

Gas gauge: It's a relief to have a working gas gauge! New sender, new gauge, finally I was able to get it functioning by removing a weird inline resistor wire on the hot wire. Success!

Freeway overheating. I suspected that my fan shroud was actually restricting airflow at highway speed. I removed it and sure enough, I can now go over 6% mountain passes at 100* outside temperature and the gauge climbs only to about 190. After that my new big Spal fan takes over. Success!

Here's a photo of what I got to enjoy today: a working gas gauge and a centered temp gauge (please forgive the 54 gauges in a 50 dash!):

http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/attachment.php?attachmentid=1563472&stc=1&d=1471853359
Posted By: 69Cuda Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Aug 22 2016 04:17 PM
Drove the 58 close to 600 miles to get another big bolt cab! averaged about 7.5 mpg... but had a great time with my wife and saw a lot of pretty country!

http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p494/69B-Cuda/1958%20Viking%2060/58%20cab%20coming%20home.jpg
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Aug 22 2016 06:25 PM
Great picture. Sounds like a grand adventure. I'm sure you turned a lot of heads.
Posted By: dgrinnan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Aug 22 2016 07:09 PM
Met a friend at a local Sunday night cruise in. He has a 63 Ford PU. I don't hold that against him. First time I have been. Weather was great. About 60 cars and trucks. Counting my 54 3100, there was 4 other AD trucks, 2 50's model Fords, A Ford cab over truck, 2 dodges and a 50's era Studebaker. It was very unusual. The owner also had a 50's era moped/scooter strapped in the back. These were all pre 1960. There was also some 60 to late 70's trucks. Cars were all over the map. Some very nice classic vehicles. First event of this type I have been to. It was a lot of fun hearing the stories behind the trucks and cars from the owners. When it was time to leave, my friends Ford PU would not start. I had a lot of fun giving him grief. While we both had our heads under the hood looking at his engine trying to figure out the problem I told him "I could not remember my Chevy ever not starting" (even though that is not true). He grumbled a little bit and we were able to get it started about 15 minutes later.
Posted By: jaydee5150 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Aug 24 2016 04:09 AM
Originally Posted by 69Cuda
Drove the 58 close to 600 miles to get another big bolt cab! averaged about 7.5 mpg... but had a great time with my wife and saw a lot of pretty country!

http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p494/69B-Cuda/1958%20Viking%2060/58%20cab%20coming%20home.jpg


That's an awesome picture and a great trip!
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 05 2016 05:41 PM
Nothing spectacular to report. This 3 day holiday has allowed me an additional cruise day which I took advantage of. So far today I took a slower than usual route through the valley and the 216 just purrred along at around 1800 - 1900 rpm. It sounded almost happy to cruise at that rpm which by default made me happy grin

Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Sep 10 2016 11:32 PM
We drove the Suburban to the Parker County Cruisers car show today. We only had 51 registered cars because of a rainy morning. We usually have about 200.

Suburban was running sickly on the way home. Think it might be old fuel.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 11 2016 12:38 AM
Sunday last weekend was fathers day . Kustoms Car Club
https://www.facebook.com/Kustom-Car-Club-Inc-New-Zealand-131093520265997/
put on their monthly petrolhead breakfast . Stunning day with over 500 cars etc displayed .
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 11 2016 12:39 AM
Driving home this morning , truck spluttered and stopped ..

ran out of gas ,

fuel gauge reading 1/4 .........

gotta fix that.
Posted By: Tommy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 11 2016 01:48 PM
Saturday evening took a cruise to bay St.louis, Ms. car show. A nice little town with a nice night life vibe. Lot of people walking the streets, bands playing, shops/ resturants open, just a nice relaxing outing. Nice but small car show maybe 30 cars/trucks all very nice vehicles. Have wanted to visit this show for a long time, mission accomplished. Had a nice breeze off the water, ( did I forget to mention waterfront?)and plenty of nice people and places to look at. A 140 mile round trip, truck ran flawlessly as usual. My friend riding with me just can't get over the people always complementing the truck. He has 6o's muscle cars and never gets the attention from people that we get when in the truck. On the way home stopped at a local car show also. All in all a nice way to spend a Saturday evening.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 11 2016 03:04 PM
Way to go, Tommy.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 11 2016 10:31 PM
Friday and Saturday drove the '48 Burb around Riverside, Mo. 2016 Stovebolt Reunion. Started running bad. Found the dist was loose, so retimed it and all is well. Fun time. drive
Posted By: 69Cuda Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 11 2016 11:23 PM
Saturday, drove our 58 2-ton a couple hours North to a vintage trailer meet. Very happy to get 9.4 mpg! LOL.
There were over 190 trailers registered plus some cool tow rigs. Got to see a friend of mine with the twin sister to our trailer, except instead of being completely torn down for a frame-up restoration like mine is, his is mostly all original but in good condition!
Posted By: Paul_WNC Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 12 2016 10:24 AM
Took the 41 out for a 50 mile drive on Saturday...just to joyride and enjoy late summer. I don't really think about double clutching much anymore.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 20 2016 11:08 AM
This last weekend I put the camper on the truck and went to the Hororata swap meet (an hour and a quarter drive, each way).

http://www.hororataswapmeet.com/

Stunning fine warm weather , good crowd and an unexpected bonus watching a hot air balloon depart at dawn smile
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 20 2016 03:23 PM
Looks like a great outing.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 25 2016 12:23 AM
We drove the Suburban to Weatherford today for the 100 year celebration of the Bankhead Highway. The Bankhead was the first all weather, year round coast to coast highway. After we had as much fun as we could stand we drove about 25 miles of the highway on the way home.
Posted By: Jim Sears Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 25 2016 02:24 AM
The client drives the '48 2 ton everywhere. Took it into Boston / Charlestown for business meetings. Shared pics of crossing Charles river and driving past the Bunker Hill Monument (narrow old city streets).
http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/jsdesign2/library/
Posted By: Skooter Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 25 2016 03:14 AM
Little jaunt down Rt 66 this beautiful morning. grin
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 03 2016 12:47 AM
I drove the '56 to the Inliner's meeting in Grand Prairie this morning.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 03 2016 01:59 AM
Cruised a bit of Route 66 this afternoon. drive
Posted By: Tommy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 03 2016 12:14 PM
Sunday went to Cruisin The Coast in Mississippi, 185 miles round trip. Was a nice day lots of cars and trucks.I sure like going places in my truck.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 03 2016 02:50 PM
I'd like to see that some day.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 03 2016 03:24 PM
7000 old cars/trucks in a 35 mile loop. Way too cool! yahoo
Posted By: dgrinnan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 03 2016 04:16 PM
Nothing special this weekend. I drove my truck to get my haircut. It just makes me smile anytime I can drive it. Getting a haircut was just an excuse.
Posted By: EchoBravoSierra Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 03 2016 04:31 PM
Picked my son up from school Friday afternoon in the truck since the weather was so nice. Saturday night I took it to the local cruise night show a couple of miles away.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BLC-N0whHQV/
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 03 2016 07:47 PM
I took the Suburban on a 40 mile run today to try to find why it was running bad last time I drove it. Good news- it ran great. Bad news- I still don't know what caused the problem last time or if/when it will return. I hate intermittent problems.
Posted By: Tommy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 03 2016 11:34 PM
Cletis,
Cruisin the coast.com At the end of the week they will start posting pictures of the activities.Last year I believe 7,200 cars were registered and probably twice that number just riding around.
It really is something to see, all the bands playing at the venues,the swap meet with all the vendors is really nice. And of course the cars and trucks and all of the other scenery.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Oct 04 2016 01:32 AM
Ran through a tank of gas by not going anywhere in particular last weekend. Sat morning started out pretty cool so I closed the cowl and side vents as well as the pass window. By the time I put it up for the night they were all open again.
Briefly thought about opening up the hot water valve but it was just too pleasant.
I actually think that 49 stovebolt is providing me with a good cardiovascular workout when I run errands in it.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Oct 04 2016 01:45 AM
Pete52 visited me this afternoon and so we took a ride in the 37 and visited a restoration shop then returned and took the 52 panel out for a ride. We had a great visit.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 09 2016 02:23 AM
Cruised down to a little car show to benefit the local volunteer fire dept. It so happened to be on my normal cruise route so I entered it and met many good folks. I had several to come up to me at the truck and say that they didn't know me from Adam but knew that truck from my Saturday cruises. Said they were glad to finally see it up close. I had to leave due to other errands to run but was more than happy to contribute my entrance fee to support the FD. They also had a small town fall festival across the street. Also sponsored by the VFD.
Was invited to participate in the Christmas parade and I think I will.
Classic cars and trucks, good food, happy kids and friendly folks, A great day and cruise.
Posted By: Grigg Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 09 2016 02:48 AM
Just got back from a drive in movie in the GMC. Backed the flat bed in and a couple chairs in the back.

Grigg
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 09 2016 10:14 PM
20 mile leisurely country drive this afternoon. Burb ran fine. A few thumbs up from other folks doing the same.
drive
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 10 2016 02:45 AM
We drove the Suburban to a car show in Fort Worth today. It ran great.
Posted By: dgrinnan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Oct 11 2016 05:11 PM
Took my 54 3100 on it's longest trip to date. My son had an outdoor wedding at a state park. 55 miles one way. They used my truck as part of the backdrop for the reception and some of the wedding photos. I took the back roads I really enjoyed the drive. I averaged about 50 MPH. I did notice I was a little sore at the end of the drive. This old girls is not like driving a modern vehicle. You constantly are "driving" them. No sitting back with your hand on the wheel relaxing. They require 100% of your attention. Especially on the back roads where 12 inches off the edge could send you rolling down a step hill.

Great shot of the reception tent and my truck as they were setting up.

http://i1216.photobucket.com/albums/dd368/dgrinnan/Mobile%20Uploads/FB_IMG_1475974180987.jpg
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Oct 11 2016 08:32 PM
The truck adds a nice touch to the reception area. Sounds like an enjoyable ride on the back roads.
Posted By: Ssrjim Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Oct 15 2016 05:01 AM
Won my first award tonight. Turns out all it takes is a bail of straw..

https://flic.kr/p/Na8C6Y
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Oct 15 2016 01:48 PM
Congrats on your first award.
Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Oct 15 2016 11:07 PM

Just been going and back and forth to work lately in my ol '65 C10, nothing fancy.

-W
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 16 2016 02:33 AM
Ssrjim, congrats on your award.

I have had my Silverado in the shop for a few days so I have been driving the panel everywhere I go.
This has really been a good week of weather for cruising. I got the Silverado back on the road last night so the Panel will finally get some rest!
...think I'll drive the 37 all next week. This is actually fun.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 16 2016 04:41 AM
We drove the Suburban on the Brazos River Cruisers' monthly dinner cruise. We went to Loco Coyote Grill outside of Glen Rose. It was a sweet ride on back country roads. About 160 miles round trip. The 'burb ran like she should.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 16 2016 02:48 PM
Cletis, sounds like you got the gremlins all removed from the Suburban. It's great when they run like they should.
No cruzin for me this past week. Momma's been ailin.
Posted By: Paul_WNC Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 17 2016 11:04 AM
Took the 41 out for a 52 mile run to look at fall leaves, and well, to ride around. Beautiful day and the truck ran great. She pulled a long steep incline and the temperature guage never moved up a bit. Lots of other motorists giving the "thumbs up". Not sure how to take this, but a lady at the gas station said the truck was "cute".
Posted By: John Milliman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Oct 22 2016 12:21 AM
Our neighbors here at Stovebolt HQ asked me to respot their reefer unit, so I enjoyed a nice Friday afternoon spin in the Detroitbolt. The distance from where it was to where it needed to go was about 100 feet ... What;s the fun in that? That tag on the trailer was a Nebraska Permanent, so what the heck? I took the trailer for a nice 10-mile joy ride.

It had two recently deceased deer in the back, not a load of Coors, but still ... I was

Eastbound and down, loaded up and truckin!

Fun fun fun 'til Smokey takes the T-King away ...

Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 24 2016 04:36 AM
We drove the Suburban to the Brazos River below Possum Kingdom Lake to take the dogs for a nature walk. A good time was had by all.
Posted By: Tramp Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 30 2016 04:35 PM
Had some great tickets to the races at Talladega given to us, and we hooked up the teardrop and the 64', and parked in the infield. Had lots of people wanting to check it out, but the coolest part was when we were leaving, going through the tunnel and having the NASCAR racers literally driving over the top of us. First time for Victoria to see a NASCAR event, and the drive was a good excuse to get out. 300 miles, and plenty of thumbs up.
Tramp
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 30 2016 05:17 PM
300 miles from central Kansas to Talladega? ohwell
Posted By: Skooter Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 30 2016 05:54 PM
Neat to see teardrops towed by the old trucks so post a few pics if ya got 'em. thumbs_up
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 30 2016 09:12 PM
Ahhh what a difference new baloney skins make. After getting the psi just right it steers with ease (compared to before)and absorbs the bumps like new shocks.
Posted By: Tramp Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Nov 01 2016 07:41 PM
Living part time in north Georgia.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 07 2016 12:41 AM
We got the Suburban out yesterday for the Brazos River Cruisers monthly dinner cruise. We went to a member's house south of Weatherford for a pot luck. Truck ran great.
Posted By: dh53 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Nov 12 2016 03:12 PM
Beautiful evening last night. I took my 58 suburban to a local cruise night. It has been awhile since I took it out, and I seem to forget the smile it puts on my face when driving it. Hopefully a few others enjoyed it as well.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Nov 12 2016 03:54 PM
Old Suburbans seem to create smiles in everyone.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Nov 12 2016 11:57 PM
Didn't drive very far but I took the little lady to Chic-fil-A for breakfast today in the 37. Nice morning for a ride.
Posted By: Bart Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 14 2016 03:35 AM
I started the pickup and let it run for a while. My seventeen year old wanted to see what it was like to drive her so we took her out on a short drive.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 14 2016 04:24 AM
Drove the '48 Burb uptown to the parts store for a gallon of antifreeze. Ran great and got thumbs up from the kids at the parts store. drive
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Nov 20 2016 03:37 AM
We drove the Suburban to Granbury for the last show of the year. The show raised over $2800 for needy children to have a nice Christmas. We took home a trophy in the rat rod category. Whoda thunk it? I guess they thought my hummingbird on my intake was a rat. About 98 miles round trip and the burb ran great.
Posted By: Ssrjim Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Nov 22 2016 01:47 AM
Made it into hotrod networks coverage at goodguys this weekend. #91, 92, and 103..

http://www.hotrod.com/articles/clas...-the-scottsdale-goodguys-2016-classic-61
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Nov 22 2016 03:36 AM
Cool.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Nov 25 2016 07:59 PM
Took the '48 Burb out for a Thanksgiving day cruise yesterday. Ran like a champ. Spent about an hour cruising around the local area. Lots of thumbs up.

drive
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Nov 26 2016 02:52 AM
Played 18 holes with my friend Jim and drove the '50 half ton to the golf course today. A couple of golfers and some of the maintenance crew gave me thumbs up! It was a course in town, so many Mercedes, BMW's and big SUV's. The old truck looked a bit out of place, if ya know what I mean, but I was proud!!
Posted By: TPR57C Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Nov 26 2016 09:31 AM
I bet all the mercs looked out of place you are keeping the dream alive
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Nov 27 2016 04:13 AM
Saturday , the Ashburton branch of the VCC http://www.ashburtononline.co.nz/si...p;task=view&id=143241&Itemid=378 had their "commercial rally" there were 42 trucks / pickups of various sizes and all makes . I drove 60 miles to Ashburton , then about 70 miles on the run and 60 back home again. We visited 3 separate venues and looked thru various collections of antique machinery smile It was a great day smile
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 28 2016 04:45 AM
My mower is on the fritz, so borrowed a neighbors and drove the old truck to pick it up and bring it back home. He always admires the truck and it puts a smile on my face.

Posted By: dgrinnan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 28 2016 07:34 PM
To get ready for the Christmas season I outfitted my 54 with wood side boards on the bed that have a vintage sign. Fresh Cut Christmas Trees. I also place a wreath on the front grill. I took it for a ride around town and had a lot of fun. One women stopped me to tell me how some of her best childhood memories were going for a Christmas tree with her dad in their 56 pickup. I also drove past a small boy about 10 years old. All he could do was stand there with his mouth wide open as he watched me drive by. I took some pics in the local park. Just for fun I photo shopped one of them to add snow.

Original:

http://s1216.photobucket.com/user/d.../20161126_114843.jpg.html?sort=3&o=1

Photo shopped to add snow:

http://s1216.photobucket.com/user/d...C9F-FA6B452B8DF7.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Nov 29 2016 02:30 AM
Beautiful pics. I prefer without snow.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Dec 03 2016 11:53 PM
Strung 3 strings of flashing multi-colored Christmas lights around the 49 3100, powered them up with a spare 12v battery and inverter strategically stowed in the bed and along with a wreath tied to the grill headed out to a neighboring small town and cruised in their annual Christmas parade. I was placed in between the Grinch on his mini hotrod and a float with a living Nativity scene. Had a great time.
There were 2 other AD's and atleast 15 other earlier classics. I counted no less than 10 Johnny Poppers pounding away. I'll estimate 50-60 motorized vehicles from the fire trucks to a 3HP Wheel Horse. Took about an hr to cover maybe 5 miles....
Decided I'm going to do another next weekend.
The 3100 did great but I could have sure used a 4 speed with a granny gear LOL.
Posted By: dgrinnan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Dec 04 2016 12:23 AM
The parade sounds like a lot of fun. Good way to show off your truck.
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Dec 04 2016 12:56 AM
We had Vern in the Longwood, FL parade today. We represented our Church's Preschool.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Dec 04 2016 01:36 AM
Drove the '50 onto the front yard so it would become the centerpiece of my outdoor Christmas decorations. Put the inflatable Santa behind the steering wheel and let him hang out the window waving to folks passing by. Hung some garland around the perimeter of the bed then put several strings of multicolored mini lights on top of it which looks really good when plugged in and lit up. Put about 35 wrapped boxes in the bed stacked as high as the top of the cab! Finished it off with a spotlight pointing directly at Santa. Folks drive by and stop to get out and have their picture taken in front of it all the time. Many use it as next year's Christmas card. Lots of compliments, and it's sure fun to see the old truck front and center during the holidays!
Posted By: DADS50 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Dec 04 2016 02:26 AM
pix
Posted By: joker Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Dec 04 2016 02:52 AM
do you have a pix
Posted By: Paul_WNC Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Dec 04 2016 01:52 PM
Took my 41 truck for a good long ride yesterday. May be the last ride for the season as we may get some snow today...bummer.
Posted By: 6571 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Dec 08 2016 04:46 AM
Got a chance to drive the 58 today. Picked up new furniture for my office and delivered the old furniture to my grand daughter. Was able to get in some night driving and use my backup lights. Man do they make a difference. I also had a chance to enjoy the pleasure of my custom made arm rest. Made from 2 x 6 pine from Mitsubishi pattern, sturdy as can be. Life is good.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Dec 09 2016 12:47 AM
6571, we, or at least me, would love to see a picture of the arm rest. Stovebolt ingenuity is always in demand!
Posted By: 6571 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Dec 09 2016 03:59 AM
Worked late today getting that furniture into the office. Will get some pictures up the next day or so.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Dec 13 2016 06:27 AM
Drove the 49 in another Christmas parade this past Sat. This time my oldest grandson rode shotgun. I gave him a bag of hard candy to chuck to the waving younguns on his side and I had a bag for my side. He really seemed to enjoy it and said he wanted to do more.
This parade was a short one, maybe a 2 mile circle around the very small town square. Lots of on lookers tho.
There were no other stovebolts but the 60's and 70's were well represented. This one had a lot more horse drawn floats and riders. Had to avoid the um, piles LOL.
The 49 did great. I wasn't behind any real slow movers so a slow steady cruise in 1st was the ticket.
Merry Christmas
Posted By: Ssrjim Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Dec 14 2016 06:14 AM
Drove it to the blue big box store today to order some flooring for my "canned ham" restoration project. It will be painted to match the truck.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Dec 14 2016 07:36 AM
Drove the '40 down to the local river , just to give the dog a good run (chasing rabbits) , decided on the way home to get some gas , then drove across the station to check the tyre pressures , finished there and the darn truck wouldn't start !
First time in 20yrs it failed to start .......... broken ballast resistor ! I put it down to the shingle roads , nothing to do with the river bed smile smile
Posted By: dgrinnan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Dec 27 2016 01:36 PM
Not so much a driving report as a parking report. After driving the truck to the local HD to pick up some items I parked it in front of the house and decorated it with Christmas lights for the holiday weekend.


Check it out on Photobucket
Posted By: Hambone Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Dec 27 2016 01:45 PM
snazzy.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Dec 28 2016 01:40 AM
I have the front end torn apart on my 312,000 mile Silverado doing the ball joints/bushings/tie rods/sway bushing ect..... and now I'm driving the panel everyday. The weather is nice and the panel answers the call when needed. It'll be a few more days before I finish up the Silverado and the more I drive the panel the more I think about making it my Daily Driver!! Aww, what fun.
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Dec 28 2016 02:05 AM
Alvin, you only go around once...do what's fun!
Posted By: Wally / Montana Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 02 2017 05:37 PM
One of my big goals after my new left hip was installed was to drive the '48. It sat next to the house for a while but I swept off the snow and took my grandkids for rides around the neighborhood. No clutching problemo at all. I didn't dare stop because I have no winter-weight in the bed and the snow was deep on the streets.

'48 hibernating before the drive.
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Posted By: 6571 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 02 2017 08:48 PM
Sorry to hear about the hip, hope everything is going well. If that's average snowfall you won't be able to find that 48 come spring.
Posted By: Wally / Montana Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jan 03 2017 01:24 AM
Actually, folks who really need a new hip are very, very happy to get one. I'm glad the clutching is good and the '48 is on the road again.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jan 03 2017 04:40 AM
Drove the Panel for a week. Enjoyed every minute of it. The Silverado is back on the road but the panel is not "put up for the winter".....as long as it don't get too cold!!!
Posted By: wraymen Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Jan 04 2017 03:33 AM
Originally Posted by Achipmunk
Drove the Panel for a week. Enjoyed every minute of it. The Silverado is back on the road but the panel is not "put up for the winter".....as long as it don't get too cold!!!


We had a decent day Sunday and I took the 50 out. It was put up for the winter but I couldn't resist. Calling for a chance of snow and then temps in the 20's this coming weekend so I'm glad I did. Don't mind the cold its the spray they put on the roads now that I hate. Liquid rust.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 09 2017 01:32 AM
I had to move the Suburban out of the shop today to do something. Before I put it back I decided the dogs and I need to take it on a maintenance drive. We drove about 25 miles putting around on back roads here in Parker County. The truck acted like it enjoyed the exercise. I know I did.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 23 2017 04:03 AM
Enjoying the reasonable weather. Drove the '48 Burb to lunch. As usual, lots of thumbs up and positive comments.
drive
Posted By: Ssrjim Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jan 29 2017 05:12 AM
Made a homedepot run to pick up some lumber for the canned ham project..
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jan 29 2017 02:14 PM
Drove to Cars and Coffee then to the box store for mulch.
Posted By: shp4man Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 30 2017 12:01 AM
Been driving my '65 to work every day. In Kalifornia, everybody thinks Sanford and Son truck (ya, I know Sanford's is a Ford, but they don't)) is really slow, so I get cut off a lot. Ha ha, old truck ain't so slow. How does it feel to get overtaken by the past?
smile
Posted By: Skooter Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 30 2017 02:44 AM
Originally Posted by shp4man
Been driving my '65 to work every day. In Kalifornia, everybody thinks Sanford and Son truck (ya, I know Sanford's is a Ford, but they don't)) is really slow, so I get cut off a lot. Ha ha, old truck ain't so slow. How does it feel to get overtaken by the past?
smile

That's funny. Way back in college my truck was brush painted w/red tractor paint and the guys on the football team nicknamed me Fred Sanford. (fwiw I lasted through winter workouts and played in the spring game and that was all for me!)

Got gas this morning when it was cold. Always make sure to shut off the pump at the first gurgling sound to avoid overflow. Drove 5 miles home, parked in the garage, and jacked up the left rear to do some work and left it that way. Got warmer this afternoon and discovered dripping gas had blistered the paint on my running board. That's ok, it's brushed on Rustoleum black and I been thinking about "ratting" out my truck with some 1500 grit anyway. Got about 25 years on the current paint job and it's about time for a matte look. She's so lumpy under the shine it's almost embarrassing. eek

Posted By: txpete Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Feb 24 2017 02:36 AM
Drove my 58 fleetside short bed on a parts run for my 58 Viking 60 two ton,,,,,so funny watching the kid employees at the big box auto chain starring and talkin bout it while I was behind. Punter ger ring brake lines to make for the Viking ,,,,the fellow at counter kept telling me ,," but that's not a two ton out there". I finally got him to under stand that I had more than one 58 Chevy truck ..... Should have seen his eyes when I told him I had 4 ,,,,,, like I was a crack head or something?....... But then again it is a addiction.
Posted By: Woodchip Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Mar 04 2017 06:27 AM
Drove the '63 C30 from Waterbury, CT to its winter hiding spot in Coventry, NY. 189 miles. Maiden voyage on brand new motor spent 2 years putting in had 75 miles on it when I left. Took a while, some pulling over to tune carb and distributor required. She made it.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 05 2017 03:22 PM
Got the replacement vacuum advance installed and took it out for a cruise. Night and day is the difference that comes to mind when comparing how that ole 216 ran. Felt like it added a hp or two, almost like how adding a new chrome goody increases hp LOL.
Posted By: Helmut Barth Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 12 2017 10:20 PM
After a lot of work over the winter I changed the oil the other day and today it was really nice and sunny outside, so today was rewarding day: Took my '54 3100 to visit my parents some 16 Miles away. I avoided to take the shortest route. I had some difficulties when leaving from home, but nothing that couldn't be handled with a screwdriver, which I had purposfully left in the glovebox. After that I had a fine drive.

Started the journey back just before sundown and it got quite cool rather quick. I'm happy with my now working Harrison heater, the working generator/regulator and had much fun with the very direct indication of any gas movement in the tank by a nicely working gas gauge.

I found some minor issues as well, so I will not run out of work soon. The car ran best at 48mph and would not go beyond 52 but on the way back I had the impression like it has gained some hp by simply having a little uphill climbing workout.

Back in the garage I did a quick check on oil and spark plugs. The Oil was as clean as when i put it in which kind of surprised me with regard to the black oil I took out. The spark plugs were dry and a bit sooty at the plug but electrodes and ceramic were clean. I guess it is running a bit on the rich side but for now I think I will live with it that way and do a bit more driving and check back later.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Mar 18 2017 05:27 PM
Helmut, congrats on the successful run. I've been running detergent oil in my 49 and it's staying clearer longer the more I run it and keep the oil regularly changed. Course dark oil is a good indication that the oil is doing it's job.

Took the 49 out on it's regular Sat cruise and it ran surprisingly well. Even the top end was quieter than usual.
Normally if I head out with 1/2 a tank of gas I usually have to fill it up when I return. With the aftermarket tank I fill up at around 150 mile intervals. Didn't have to today as it still showed approx. 1/4 tank. It's possible the replacement vacuum adv improved it but the air was also cool, thick and high in humidity, so I dunno. It sure ran great tho....
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Mar 31 2017 05:59 PM
Window detached from the track on my 2004 Dodge 3500, so I had to use the '48 Burb as a daily driver for a couple of days while I waited for the rain to stop. Had a blast driving it to morning coffee and the parts store.
drive
Posted By: 6571 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Apr 05 2017 04:37 AM
Drove the 58 today around metro Atlanta after the 98 cheyenne went down. It was a little testy with the destruction of the I 85 bridge. I just finished the modification of the pcv system and I must say the old truck ran like a top. Did about 120 miles round trip all cross country no interstate. This will be repeated for the next 5 days until the job is finished.
1955 - 235 with rochester B carb, 3.90 rear end with overdrive
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Apr 06 2017 12:55 AM
6571, That sounds like a great trip with smiles all the way even in "testy" situations. It takes a while to build the confidence needed to jump in and drive anywhere.

...check out the Southern Forum. Michael posted about a show in Canton that I am going to try to make. Can't remember the exact date right now but there are quite a few bolters that are definitely in driving distance. Check it out and post there what you think or if you can make it....and tell everyone you see.
Posted By: 6571 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Apr 06 2017 03:12 AM
I couldn't wait until work was done for the day so I could drive back home. The long way around.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Apr 06 2017 01:50 PM
As been the rule for the last 3 years or so, all Saturday runs and errands are done in the 49 3100. This includes a very soothing 40+ mile cruise through some very rural settings. It seems that truck is picking up some fans.
I was told the other day by a fellow that saw me on one of my Sat cruise's that the truck sounded great and if I would consider selling it. Course it's not for sale so he told me to be on the look put for an old truck for him.
Now I'm gonna get my SIL to cruise by me a couple times at 40 mph cause I want to hear how good it sounds too LOL.
Posted By: moparguy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Apr 08 2017 03:02 AM
Hello All, a quick summary on our truck trip: 1951 3600 flat bed, original 216 with T5 tranny and 4.57 rear gear. A few weeks ago I had a wild hair to drive the 51 to Luckenbach Tx with the excuse it was to see the bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush in bloom. Well that and the music and adventure.

Trip went unnaturally well. Perfect weather, truck did great, lots of good people met and visited. The 1,300 mile trip did uncover a few details I'll address before we head out to Nashville Tn (900 mile trip) later this spring/summer.

Details include 4.10 gears, relays for the 6 volt headlights, and fix the windshield wipers.

Fuel mileage ranged from 16 to 20 mpg depending on speed and headwinds.

Oil consumption on the original unrebuilt 48,000 mile (now) engine was as high as 1.5 qts for the first 400 miles then down to 1 qt. for the next 900 miles. Difference being slowing down from 60/65 mph to 50/55 mph. Also the high speed driving could well have helped with ring seal, however I didn't test the theory.

My advise is DRIVE em. I could have stayed busy in the shop fixing all kind of little details, but my policy in the last few years is work on/em enough to drive safely. Then just enjoy.
Posted By: Cletis Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Apr 08 2017 05:21 AM
Sounds like a great trip and an adventure you'll remember for a long time.
Posted By: moparguy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Apr 08 2017 02:34 PM
Cletis, correct on both points. Just remembered a detail that the wife got irritatingly giggly over. On the trip home we were pretty much just eating highway since we didn't have anyone to feed the horses and dogs last night. My need for a speedy return caused me to jump into the Dallas traffic mixing bowl at 55 mph.

Well, needless to say I wasn't passing Anyone. Then suddenly while on I-20 in many lanes of traffic I notice we're catching a late model Nissan suv. I tell the wife to holdon, we're about to hit Passing Mode! Well I ease around the Nissan, I'm celebrating, ALL HAPPY inside and out...then they start passing me, with cameras clicking away and all thumbs up. I was set up, but grinned and gave a thumbs up back. Wife thought it was so funny.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Apr 12 2017 10:53 PM
Turned the heat valve off, opened the cowl vent, side vent and rolled the window down then had a nice back road cruise. Weather was near perfect.
Posted By: 6571 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Apr 14 2017 02:33 AM
The 58 and I have really gotten to know each other these last 3 days in this Atlanta traffic. I'm somewhat surprised at the way she responds at 60 mph. Rather peppy when passing. The guy that built the engine installed a performance cam , I do not what type or grind but it rattles the doors and glove box. On the down side at 60 and 65 mph I only get around 10 miles per gallon driving into the wind and the big trucks. I have got more comfortable with it since working out of it and for now it is holding its own in this Atlanta metro traffic. While driving down Ponce De Leon even the rich folks smile and wave.
Posted By: moparguy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Apr 14 2017 03:21 PM
Good Report! Mirrors my drives with the smile/waves, also lots of thumbs up. Wind is a huge issue on fuel mileage with my truck as well. Sounds a little obsessive, but I try to plan longer drives with an eye to favorable winds. Not just for mpg, but road noise...much nicer with a tail wind.

Enjoy the 58, you may inspire others to get their precious metal on the road.

Ron



Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 23 2017 10:58 PM
Finally got the exhaust pipe welded back to the flange on the manifold so it didn't sound like a log truck! Midas did it no charge and asked me just to tip the technician, which I did. Thought that was very nice of 'em!

Drove it yesterday from San Antonio 62 miles round trip to the annual swap meet in New Braunfels. Ran like a sewing machine! Me and the truck both feel real comfortable between 40-45 MPH, so it took us a while to get there and back but I sure enjoyed driving the truck again. Hadn't driven it in a while 'cause of the bad exhaust pipe. It was overcast and a cold front had blown in so it was in the low 60's and really nice inside the cab. Man I love these old trucks!!
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Apr 26 2017 02:30 PM
A bit late but took the wife for a nice hour long cruise on the country back roads Sunday afternoon. The Burb hadn't had it's legs stretched in a while so it felt good to exercise it a bit. Got to get tuned up for the "Big Cruise" the first of June.
Posted By: WE b OLD Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Apr 27 2017 12:25 AM
I drove to HQ and back last week over 1700 miles and averaged 22 mpg. Had a few hiccups but mostly uneventful. But the GPS did get me lost a few times. wink
Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Apr 27 2017 10:13 AM
Originally Posted by WE b OLD
I drove to HQ and back last week over 1700 miles and averaged 22 mpg. Had a few hiccups but mostly uneventful. But the GPS did get me lost a few times. wink


Ya can't trust them modern contraptions...

-W
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Apr 29 2017 04:58 PM
At the apex of my usual Sat ruise, I pulled over to top off my coffee cup from the thermo's for sipp'n on the way back, when I fellow pulled in behind me and walked up to the cab. The fellow introduced himself and said he loved the truck and see's me cruise through every weekend and enjoys seeing the old truck cruise through. we talked awhile and I offered him some coffee. He declined then asked the question I generally get asked, would I consider selling it. After saying I wasn't we talked alittle more and he said he'd see me next weekend.
Great cruise as usual.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 30 2017 11:50 PM
I'd been gone all week for a sales meeting in Dallas and the fiancé had a tough week too, so we wanted to go out on a nice date last night. I had cleaned up the '50 for the New Braunfels swap meet last weekend so it still looked nice. I decided to treat us both by taking her out in it on the date. She likes that the old truck goes slow which helps her relax and unwind. Another cold front had come through so it was cool and breezy and we enjoyed having the door windows down all the way, and it ran perfectly. We even got lots of honks and thumbs-up along the way! It was dark when we finished our dinner at La Madeleine (her choice not mine!), so other than the headlights being a little dimmer than I'd like, the drive home was peaceful and enjoyable. We both said how much we enjoyed taking the old truck out on our date, and that riding in it made our date perfect!
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 01 2017 12:55 AM
This afternoon, went to our church's storage facility to pick up the clothing racks for our annual flea market.

Kind of looked like the Clampet's moving to California smile
Posted By: 6571 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu May 04 2017 04:37 PM
Today was first time in 5 years since I got the 58 on the road that it was used in the rain. Ran some errands this morning and the new rebuilt Wiper Man wiper motor worked very well. In light rain they slap a bit more but all in all it did well. May just be me but I think the darn thing drives better when the road is wet. Ran thru some big puddles of standing water to test the brakes, stopped fine afterwards. Truck is heavy enough to plow thru the water without hydroplaning. I'm really enjoying this while the 98 is down for repairs. Just needed to relax a bit and let the 58 do its own thing at its own pace.
Posted By: moparguy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu May 04 2017 11:15 PM
Good to hear! Wiperman should have received my wiper motor last Thursday. Looking forward to getting it back. By the way, what was your turnaround time?
Posted By: 6571 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri May 05 2017 01:22 AM
If I remember it was about 2 weeks. He also told me that my wiper motor was from a 57 year production. That was the number stamped on my oil pan also. I guess mine was some of the first produced . It was worth the wait.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 07 2017 08:40 PM
Drove the '48 Burb uptown yesterday to the 29th annual Burger Day Car Show. Didn't show it but got a lot of smiles as I was driving around. This morning the better half and I took it to breakfast at Braums. Always draws a crowd.
🍔👍🏻
Posted By: Mike B Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 08 2017 03:18 AM
Drove the '57 Fire Engine along with two other Fire Engines on Friday to the Apple Blossom Fireman's Parade in Winchester, VA. We then drove over to Walkersville, MD to ride the antique train on Saturday and finished the weekend by participating in the Mason-Dixon ATHS Truck Show that was held in conjunction with the Antique Farm Tractor Pull at Gladhill John Deere in Frederick, MD on Sunday. The BIG circle had me in 3 State's and we drove 310+ miles...GREAT weekend even though it rained most of the time!

Mike B smile
Posted By: dgrinnan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 08 2017 12:49 PM
Took the 54 3100 to the season opener of a local Dairy Mart's Sunday evening Cruise Ins. They always have a DJ in the parking lot and you could tell the local crowd was glad to see the season kick-off. It was a big turn out. A close high school friend met me there in his 63 F*** pick-up. As we were touring the parking lot and viewing a 56 F100 he starting complaining about how that the owner had placed a Chevy 350 in a F100. I politely explained to him that he could not fault the owner. He probably only wanted to make sure he could get home at the end of the night. (this was a reference to the last cruise in of the season last summer when his F*** would not start when it was time to go home) He chuckled and acknowledged a point well made.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 27 2017 04:27 AM
Forgot to report that last weekend on Saturday I did some volunteer landscape work in the HOA and used the old '50. There was a ligustrum shrub that had been neglected for 35 years and had "treed up" as we say, and was obstructing the view at one of the entrances. Couldn't see the oncoming traffic too good. I decided to cut it down. After about a half days work I had a bed full of trunks, limbs and branches that was taller than the cab! Both girls were home from college so both of them, me, and Momma squeezed into the cab and made a run to the brush collection center before it closed at 5pm. They all donned gloves and helped pull everything out, then Mom took the broom and swept out the bed real nice. We weighed out and learned that we had hauled over 400 lbs of brush in the old truck. It handled it like a champ and never flinched. Everyone enjoyed riding in the old truck even though it was cramped. We didn't mind! It was a good day!
Posted By: PackAttack Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 28 2017 06:16 PM
We took the '53 up north for a drive last weekend. It was good family time but the nice cool weather is gone for sure and summer is here. Looking forward to fall and cooler temps so we can drive with the windows down.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Jun 03 2017 03:58 PM
The roof over the picnic table at the kiddy park was in bad shape. Loose and missing shingles after 25 years. Three of us board members volunteered to put a new roof on it yesterday. I used the '50 to buy 6 bundles of shingles and nails from Lowes. The fellows loading me up told me how much they liked the truck and I got several thumbs-up from customers. We loaded the torn off shingles in the bed of the truck and they're bound for the dump as soon as I can find time to go. Truck ran like a top and it felt good to use the truck like a truck!
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Jun 03 2017 10:44 PM
Drove uptown to our Smalltown Weekend event. Car show started a 8am and got home a few after 4pm. Won a $50 gift certificate from RockAuto.com. Took home the 1st place trophy for my class. Terry B got the Mayors Choice Award for his '53. The '48 Burb had a big smile on its face all the way home. Visited with 46sparky (Lee) and f18delta (Scott). Headed back out in a couple of hours for the Route 66 closed course cruise. Up and down old 66 from 7pm to 10pm. Fun day!🛠👍🏻
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 12 2017 05:59 PM
Still had the shingles in the bed of the truck from the roofing project weekend before last, but found some more limbs that needed cutting, so I spent a couple of hours piling them in the bed of the truck as well. Finally finished and headed to the dump. Truck ran really well and handled the load well. Unloaded the limbs and brush, then weighed out and got charged for another 400 lb. load. That's on top of the shingles!! Drove across the lot to the "bulky items" area to unload the shingles and the gate was closed.........."Closed on Sunday". Darn it!! I'll have to go back again on a Saturday to finally have a cleaned out bed. The city employee driving the Hyundai diesel front-end loader stopped by the truck and turned off his machine to tell me I had a really nice old truck and wanted to know the year. "1950 Chevy" I said. He said his granddad had one like it. Then he took out his phone and started snapping pics and said he was sending them to his wife to show her. It was a fun day at the dump today!!
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 18 2017 08:59 PM
Washed the '50 5-window and then loaded up with my fiancé, Sujata, and we began our trip from San Antonio up Hwy. 281 to Bulverde and on up to Spring Branch where we attended the June meeting of my Inliners car club. The weather was really cool yesterday morning so we were comfortable in the cab. The old truck ran like a sewing machine and never missed a lick. We all like inline motors, and everyone had fun looking at all the different vehicles. The old truck got plenty of attention, and I got lots of compliments on keeping it all original. We had our business meeting, then ate grilled sausage tortillas with mustard and plenty of side dishes for lunch. Climbed back in and had a great ride home on the back roads. It was a fun day!

Posted By: Kilted54 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jul 03 2017 01:22 AM
First drive ever! Wonderfull even when Sitting on a moving-pad on a plywood seat. Enjoyed every minute. Recent rebuilt engine runs strong; no over heating. Windows down cowel vent open,beard blowing upon my face like out scooting on my Harley . Drained 3/4's of the tank.

Brakes were surprising good, fairly easy to steer w/ 18" wheel-- belly rubs a little ... weight loss motivation!

Exhaust sounds awesome

Downside,
A. I do believe my alignment is toe out not in. Squirrelly above 45. Top speed is at most 55mph
B. Running rich - so carb adjustment.
Posted By: Hambone Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jul 03 2017 11:24 AM
Inspiring for all.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jul 03 2017 01:25 PM
Took the '48 Suburban to breakfast yesterday morning. As usual it got lots of thumbs up. drive
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Jul 05 2017 02:14 AM
Got up early this morning to clean up and decorate the old truck for the annual Fourth of July parade in the neighborhood. I had plenty of flags and bunting all over it so it looked real patriotic. The firetruck from the local station showed up at 9:30 AM to lead the parade. Had lots of kids with their decorated bikes, trikes, and wagons following behind the firetruck, along with plenty of decorated pooches! Several adults and kiddos piled in the back and I brought up the rear in the truck. I noticed lots of folks taking pictures in front of it before the parade started, and then got lots of comments and thumbs-up along the way. I sure had a good time today driving the old truck!
Posted By: Jeff Ogden Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Jul 05 2017 03:43 AM
Took the 37 to a show today and got first place in the truck class,the people must have liked the prewar trucks the best today since it was participant judged.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jul 11 2017 03:51 AM
Took the truck up to Lowe's to get several bags of mulch and a bunch of plants to put in a flower bed the Mrs. wanted me to overhaul. After about a half hour of shopping I came back out to the truck to load up and go home and there was a piece of paper on my windshield. I picked it up and took a look at it and there was one word written on it ...... "BEAUTIFUL".
I thought it was nice that someone took time enough to find a piece of paper and pen, write the note, then go over and put it on the truck. I'm keeping it in the glove box!
Posted By: 69Cuda Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jul 11 2017 04:26 AM
drove to the federal detention center this evening to visit someone.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jul 11 2017 02:00 PM
Drove the '48 Burb 50 miles in 95* temp to p/u the title to my '62 C10. Didn't run the a/c on the way there and she ran at about 175* did run a/c on the way back and she did 180*. The new 4 row aluminum radiator a couple of years ago has done what I hoped it would. Lots of Trucker honks and waves from folks at the stop lights.

Mike, glad you were only visiting and not turning yourself in. drive
Posted By: 69Cuda Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Jul 12 2017 02:00 AM
Originally Posted by Justhorsenround
Mike, glad you were only visiting and not turning yourself in. drive


LOL, thanks, Martin!
Posted By: Helmut Barth Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jul 13 2017 02:06 AM
Hi folks,
as some of you might already have read I took my nearly stock '54 3100 for a long journey to sweden to the "power big meet" where I met our fellow bolter organbuilder.

Now I am back home and the odometer clocked 2.020 Miles in the course of 8 days. It took me 2 and a half days to get there, and another 2 and a half days to get back home. On the trip to the event I visited friends and on the way back places. It was a great pleasure but also an exhausting experience to drive this much, and for one night sleeping, in the truck. I wasn't very confident at all in the truck when I started this trip, but the confidence grew with each Mile I got farther away from the safety of my garage.

Of course I encountered some problems, but none of them was holding me up for more than an hour or two. When I started I had a tire with uneven wear at the front left wheel. At the first tank stop I had the impression, that it has gotten worse. So I looked for a tire service and had them change the wheels from back to front and vice versa. After that I checked the wheels at every stop and didn't notice uneven wear for a very long time. It just showed up again after I encountered some pretty bad parts of the german autobahn on the way back, so there is something to look after.

I checked the oil level also at every tank stop. There was not much loss of oil although the truck marks his territory. After 1.000 Miles I put in about half a liter (roughly a pint) of oil, which lasted for the second half of the trip. After the first 1.000 Miles the engine ran a bit rough when idling and had some misfiring when running downhill or with low rpms in first gear. So at one evening I checked spark plugs, timing, mixture and valve lash and made some minor adjustments and a test run. Then the engine ran much smoother. On my way home I did another minor adjustment and it runs now pretty well.

The only thing that really got broken was the lightswitch. At first I got no parking lights, and on my way back home I noticed that I had no lights when leaving a swedish motel. In Sweden and Denmark it is a safety requirement to drive with lights on at all times, so I had to sort things out rather quickly. Since I encountered the parking light problem quite early in the trip I had bought a new and better switch at the meet (the one that came with the truck had no dimmer for the dash lights, the replacement does, the old one has a glass tube type fuse, the new one a thermic one). I had the opportunity to change the lightswitch when a blackout disabled the cash register at a gas station near the motel right when I was about to pay and I had to wait for the return of the electricty. A quick check of the old switch revealed that a bad contact has heated up the switch and the fuse above so much, that the fuse wire became unsoldered from the metal cap. I'll check the inside of the switch, and if it is possible work it over and keep it as a spare.

On my way home I got caught in bad weather which showed me that the windshield seal isn't tight and that the steering loses a lot of resistance when it is getting wet. The result was that my direction corrections sent me zig-zagging all over the lane and I had to reduce my speed severly, head for a parking space and sit the rain out. This was necessary also because the wipers couldn't cope well with the rain. If only I had knewn at the meet, that I have a problem with the window seal and wipers I might have been on the lookout for these things also. So I had bought there only a handful of 6V lightbulbs, the lightswitch, truck shop manuals in print (an original one to keep and a reprint for the shop) and some small rubber parts.

Another thing that I experienced from time to time was a noticeable shake, when I got off the gas pedal and the truck was pushing the engine. This is another thing which I will have to look at. I remember that this was a topic in one of the forums.

I am pretty sure that a thorough inspection will bring up further things to do, though. But I am quite happy that this episode went much better than I expected when I entered the truck to start into this adventure.
Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jul 13 2017 02:39 AM
Nice write-up, Helmuth

Lowering your tires' air pressure (especially in the front) might have helped a very little in the rain. Slowing down is the safest technique.

Good luck dealing with the good old vacuum wipers. It is hard to gain the skill for driving with them in a hard rain (there is no easy to do it well).

One easy check for the shaking engine is a loose/bad motor/transmission mount.

You're long trip is admirable.
Posted By: moparguy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jul 13 2017 01:42 PM
Helmuth, great to read your report. I've had a few items pop up on my longer drives of late as well. My longest is app. 1300 miles total, nothing like your 2,020 mile adventure though, Congratulations! On the vacuum wiper issue in heavy rain, I resorted to monumentally lifting for a moment every few seconds while pulling a grade so the wipers could make a full sweep. It does take bit of practice for sure. My planned solution (well actually more of a crutch than solution) is to install a 3 gal. or so vacuum tank I salvaged from a 40' big truck trailer. It'll be interesting to see how long it takes to deplete the vacuum reservoir tank in normal driving.

Keep up the reports, always entertaining.

RonR
Posted By: Bruce W. Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jul 13 2017 03:31 PM
Helmuth, if they had a prize for the "Top Driving Report of the Month", I would bet yours would win! Thanks for sharing and glad you made it home with little fanfare.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jul 13 2017 05:28 PM
Nice report Helmuth. Your truck performed great and it sounds like you've got a good grasp of it. You've taken road trip to the next level.. Even sleepng in the Stovebolt, you are the man LOL.

Dave
Posted By: TPR57C Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jul 13 2017 08:19 PM
Would of loved to of been on that road trip
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Aug 04 2017 06:53 PM
Sounds like a cool adventure, Helmut. Are we still meeting up in a few weeks?

Today I had to drive the panel to work. (My work van started leaking coolant.) Had to haul some 16' lumber, scaffolding and other supplies. Got caught in a very severe downpour of rain. The panel is very dependable, always gets me there and back. But it was the first time I've had it out since last summer.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Aug 05 2017 07:10 PM
Been a while since I took a cruise in the vehicles so I got the pickup and panel out for a short drive to keep them lubed up. Sure was nice to hear them hummm again. Drove each one about 20 miles each.
Posted By: Jeff Ogden Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Aug 05 2017 09:25 PM
Drove my 37 to a truck show today.
Posted By: Mike B Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Aug 06 2017 01:57 AM
It's been a while since I drove through the Fire Engine but I drove it to the Truck Nationals at Carlisle on Thursday. We stayed to see the truck light show tonight...it's something you can't explain, you have to experience. We drive home tomorrow!

Mike B smile
Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Aug 14 2017 05:19 AM
did a little work on the '65 C10 today, then I took it for a spin around the area and back home, nothing fancy but it was nice to drive it again.

-W
Posted By: truckernix Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Aug 14 2017 01:57 PM
We made our annual trek to the Bothwell car show and flea market this past weekend.This is my yearly favorate drive in the 1 Ton. Eight hours drive down on Friday and Eight hours back on Sunday. It covers about 300 miles of back roads. We usually get over twelve hundred vehicles. This year the 50/50 draw was 32,500 each way. here is a You Tube video from a previous year. Bothwell Show
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Aug 16 2017 04:04 PM
Drove the '62 C-10 around a little yesterday. It's been 35 years since I drove a vehicle w/o power brakes. Gives your right leg a workout. Engine runs good and the truck goes straight down the road. Still lots to do before KC.😎
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Aug 21 2017 02:09 AM
First ride for the wife in the '62 C-10. Drove into town for breakfast this morning. Drove back home and put it on the lift in anticipation of the new gas tank Tuesday.👍🏻
Posted By: Helmut Barth Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Aug 21 2017 11:56 AM
Hi folks,
today Leo (1953 Panel) stopped by for a short visit and surprised me with a stovebolt flag and announcing me to be the stovebolt ambassador for Germany.

Of course I fired my '54 3100 up and we went for a little ride. On our way we stopped for some photos.
It was a great pleasure to meet a fellow bolter and have short trip and chat with him in the truck.

http://www.bilder-hochladen.net/files/big/m0et-9-1400.jpg
That's Leo with my truck

http://www.bilder-hochladen.net/files/big/m0et-8-fafa.jpg
And thats both of us with truck and flag

(I hope the picture links work)
Helmut

Posted By: 2-Ton Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Aug 21 2017 12:01 PM
Pictures worked good Helmut.
Yep, that's Leo alright.

Great story and this would look good in the international threads also.

Safe travels Leo
Don
Posted By: TPR57C Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Aug 21 2017 12:08 PM
Good to see international bolters meeting up I have met Leo and I'm sure everybody should get out there and meet other bolters I'm glad I did
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Aug 29 2017 04:29 PM
Been driving the '62 C-10 around town doing errands. Tons of thumbs up and hey can I take a picture comments. Getting some miles on in preparation for KC. laalaa
Posted By: doyle1950 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Sep 02 2017 03:39 PM
Had to go for a drive to Edmonton Thursday to pickup a front drive shaft for my Dodge ram work truck so I took the Chevy, about 40 miles round trip. Drove perfect a little loose steering with the pavement ruts but all in all a great day for a drive. Lot's of thumbs up and smiles with most of the comments from bikers when stopped at a traffic light.
Posted By: WE b OLD Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Sep 02 2017 05:46 PM
Went 10 miles to an annual fly-in, cruise in at the airport. I talked to a guy about his model T that is similar to the one featured on Jay Leno that a young man did himself. I found out he also has a tutorial on shifting the T trans and guy said he learned to shift his from the tutorial.
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 11 2017 02:33 AM
I've been driving the panel back and forth to work this past week. 60 miles round trip. My regular work van, a 2003 Savana 2500, blew a waterpump and it's not worth repairing. So, it will be my daily driver for at least the month of September. (Not sure where the 'daily driver' forum went.) I had it at the building supply on Friday and the owner of the store saw it and wants to buy it from me. I had to load 7 sheets of plywood and they nicely slid into the panel, between the inner wheel wells, Smart but basic technology.
Posted By: 69Cuda Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Sep 12 2017 10:32 PM
pulled our 1951 35' travel trailer a couple hours North of here to a vintage trailer rally this last weekend with the 58 2-ton. Pulled it fine and stopped when I needed to!
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Sep 20 2017 11:39 PM
Drove the '62 C-10 to breakfast downtown Sunday and on some errands in town Tuesday. Drove the '48 Suburban to the Tag Office today to renew for another year.
😃
Posted By: 62Stick Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Sep 21 2017 04:59 AM
I've been doing a lot of "little"repairs. Basically just the annoying little things that I usually don't worry about, but I have finally had time to fix. It makes the '62 C10 a lot more fun to drive.

Today, I took it out for a drive, about 20 miles, just for the heck of it. Then later in the day, ran some errands, and this evening, the wife and I took it out to go to dinner.

She's starting to enjoy the truck a bit more now. That's a big plus in my book. :-)

Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Sep 24 2017 12:12 AM
I'm the landscape liaison for our HOA. A garbage truck hit and severely damaged a large limb on one of our common area oak trees. I cut that limb and loaded it in the truck. There were many limbs that were overgrown and hanging over the fence around the tennis courts. I took a pole saw and cut them all back, then loaded the limbs onto the truck. Finally, I cut back a 35 year old ligustrum tree that was blocking vision as you pulled out of the rec center parking lot. I put all of the cuttings on the truck. Drove 10 miles to the brush collection center and the truck drove great and handled the load effortlessly. I weighed out and was told I had 425 lbs on the truck. Stopped at Home Depot on the way back and bought several bags of soil and mulch. A suburban pulled up beside me at a red light and asked me what year model it was. "Take a guess", I said. "A 1950?' she replied. I told her she was absolutely correct, then she began telling me how pretty it was. I told her thanks, and that it was a working truck and earns its keep! It was another good day driving the old Chevy.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 02 2017 02:17 AM
I cut some more limbs this weekend, so I had to make another trip to the brush collection center today. I unloaded all the limbs, then drove over to the mulch pile to get a load to take back home. When the brand new Hyundai front end loader drove up and the window rolled down a woman stuck her head out and told me how much she liked my old truck. Of course, I was shocked to see a woman driving such a big piece of equipment, but then we started what turned out to be a 15 minute conversation about the old Chevy. She filled the bed with a heap of mulch, I weighed out, paid, and headed home. The truck never even acted like it knew there was 500 lbs. in the bed. Another good day with the old truck!

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Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 02 2017 03:19 AM
Still driving my panel to work every day. Had a flat last week, patched it up and it's good to go again.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 02 2017 06:21 AM
I got T boned last week , Not too bad , but REALLY upsetting . 20yrs driving the truck and this is the first vehicle incident. Just the running board and rear fender bent up. Modern other car , plastic bits everywhere . We both drove away ok.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 08 2017 07:33 AM
Finished fixing the panel damage , painted , cut and polished , doesn't look any worse than it ever did smile

SUCH a relief to be able to mount the camper and spend the weekend at the swap meet smile smile
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 08 2017 02:04 PM
Drove the '62 C-10 uptown to the restaurant this morning for breakfast. Parked next to a '67 C-10 that is a semi regular on Sunday mornings. Had our own mini car show. drive
Posted By: Tommy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 08 2017 09:43 PM
Went to Cruisin The Coast in Mississippi this week, 325 miles no problems. What a difference the 5 speed transmission makes on the highway. Got lots of thumbs ups, and waves from spectators. Had a great time till the weather changed everything friday.
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Oct 26 2017 09:40 PM
Going to work again this morning in the panel. But this morning was quite a heavy hoarfrost. Had to scrape the windshield at home, then again two miles down the road. Should try to fix the defroster soon. (Heater too.)
Posted By: moparguy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Oct 27 2017 02:37 AM
Originally Posted by Tommy
Went to Cruisin The Coast in Mississippi this week, 325 miles no problems. What a difference the 5 speed transmission makes on the highway. Got lots of thumbs ups, and waves from spectators. Had a great time till the weather changed everything friday.


Tommy, Cruisin the Coast is on my list. A good friend goes every year with a 67 blue Barracuda 273 convertible and this year a fresh 1971 black on black SixPac 340 Duster. Like you he left a bit early due to the hurricane.

Ron
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Oct 27 2017 05:03 AM
Took the dog to the beach (Amberley) good for her and a nice drive (35mins) for me smile
Posted By: dgrinnan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Oct 27 2017 12:24 PM
After being out of commission for the entire summer I have my truck back on the road. I made up and excuse to run to HD just to take a spin. I am loving the fall weather.

Taking a spin in the 54
Posted By: 62Stick Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Oct 27 2017 08:53 PM
Drove the '62 C10 to Marysville, CA and back on Wednesday night. That's about 80 miles round trip. I got to cruise State Highway 65 at a sustained speed of 65mph with a few bursts of 70-75mph. Truck performed well with absolutely no problems.

Windows open, fresh air enjoyed. :-)
Posted By: Tramp Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 29 2017 02:00 AM
Left home(north Georgia) Sunday at midnight and was in southern Oklahoma Tuesday morning at 7am. About 1100 miles, with no problems. Odometer doesn't work, so not sure of the mileage. In OKC to check on my Mom and visit family. Heading on up to central Kansas later to load up the 38' on a car trailer and start back to Georgia by Thursday. Hopefully the ol' gal will behave herself and I can get home without any problems and get busy on the 38' for the winter. I've met so many good people every where I go, and people always want to talk about the truck they used to have like it. Stopped at a Wal-Mart for some things, and when I came out, there was a 52' Chevy coupe and a 56' Ford truck parked beside me. Made me feel like a youngster in the 64'. Having a good time, but wished the cold weather had held off. Near 80 the day I left, and just below freezing when I got here.
Tramp
Posted By: 62Stick Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 30 2017 12:48 AM
Tramp,

Great story. I love how these old trucks draw a crowd nearly everywhere we go. In this Cookie Cutter World, we stand out.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 30 2017 03:51 AM
Took the '50 to buy groceries after church today. Stopped at Sprouts, Walmart, and a mom & pop store. One of the young stockers at the mom & pop loves to go outside & look at the truck. Said he found a '53 since I was last in the store and bought it from the owners widow. We both had a good time talking trucks.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Nov 05 2017 07:47 PM
Drove the ‘48 Burb up to the Parts house this morning. Couldn’t find my feeler gauges so I bought new ones. Lots of Sunday morning thumbs up.
👍🏻
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 06 2017 03:13 AM
Took the 37 out yesterday to Lowes, Grocery store and of course Chic-fil-A and got some fresh gas.
Posted By: EchoBravoSierra Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 06 2017 03:52 AM
That's unfortunate. I'm lucky- Chic-Fil-A doesn't give me gas when I eat there.


I took my '50 out to the swap meet in Conroe, TX and back home. Then a few hours later I went out to the local cruise night, which is probably the last one I'll make for this year since it shuts down for the season in two weeks.
Posted By: Tramp Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Nov 06 2017 04:44 PM
Just made it home from a 2500+ trip to Kansas. Had the 38' that had to be picked up, and the only way it was going to be done was if I brought it back. Rented a Uhaul trailer and headed home. Had problems with the carb, the temp running too high for my liking, have what sounds like an exhaust leak, slight misfire, and the brake pedal has too much travel. But...it made it home, and I feel like I've been beaten up. I'm too old to be this tired. About 1000 miles in 20 hours. Gave her bath, put it in the shop, and I don't have any intentions of even looking at it for a few days. Had planned on having it hauled home, but the transporter failed to do what he said he'd do 3 times, so that is why I went. She did me good.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Nov 07 2017 12:06 AM
Friday I drove over to Lincoln to pick up a spare '46 bumper I found. Then travelled down to Ashburton for the Saturday Big Rig show . Nasty nor' wester blowing , making it a bit of a workout keeping the truck(with camper on ) on the road . Home again Sat afternoon , total miles about 150. Dismounted the camper.
Sunday was the local car show/gathering at Woodend, about 400+ entrants and a bit of sunburn smile Got home exhausted smile
darn good weekend.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Nov 12 2017 12:21 AM
Drove the ‘62 C-10 to a small car show a coupe of towns north of home. Ran like a champ with the new HEI system. Chilly windy drizzling day. Small turn out, maybe 35 vehicles. We seldom enter these shows, just go to see what’s out there. Ate lunch at the downtown Greasy Spoon. Good ole Cheeseburger and chips and a glass of tea. Thumbs up from the local Sheriff and a bunch of locals.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Nov 26 2017 06:01 AM
The eldest daughter brought the new boyfriend home for thanksgiving. Mom planned a day-long bike ride today complete with lunch along the trail at a nice restaurant. I loaded all 4 bikes in the old truck and put the girls up front with me while he rode in the back keeping the bikes steady. We drove about 5 miles to the trailhead, had a great 20 mile round trip bike ride, then loaded up and drove back home tired and happy. The old truck drove like a champ and everyone enjoyed riding in it today.
Posted By: moparguy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Dec 16 2017 02:10 AM
Loaded a few bales of square hay on truck today and hauled it to the new road going to the cabin. Put em out at a culvert where a bit of erosion is getting a toe hold, they'll act as a water barrier.

Before heading to the cabin road I made the 10 mile drive to town to pick up a couple items while wearing a pair of very faded overalls (wear em a lot when doing real work) and a old leather flat hat. The perfect complementary uniform to a 51 flat bed truck. Lots of thumbs up/waves, old period looking guy in old truck.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Dec 16 2017 03:30 AM
Got the 37 out today for a run to Chic-fil-A. Then just cruised around for awhile. I hadn't drove it for a while and almost forgot how much I enjoy driving it. I think I'll take Victoria to CFA in it tomorrow morning. With the running boards she should be able to get in OK.

.......and yes, I did clear the cobwebs out of it. It just seems to beg for a good run!
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Dec 16 2017 01:49 PM
Drove into town yesterday in the '62 C-10 to pick up oldest (14) grandson from school. His first ride in it. First thing he did was roll down the window and yell at his buddies, "Hey check this out. Cool right". As we were cruising to his house he commented "hey, I like the noise it makes when you take off in 1st". I explained that when he gets old he will make strange noises too. Got a big laugh out of that one. When he got out at his house he promptly hit his knee on the "knee knocker cab" door frame. Welcome to the "Old Trucks Club", Cole.
drive
Posted By: Jeff Ogden Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Dec 16 2017 02:32 PM
Moved the 37 out to do some welding on a go cart frame,salt is on the roads so it will not be leaving the driveway any time soon.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Dec 17 2017 12:07 AM
Today makes two in a row for the 37. Drove it to a local cruise-in. It was my first this year but the last for the season. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed talking trucks/cars with the guys. I was the only truck there!
Its back in the garage. Maybe for the winter unless we get a nice day or two here and there. Got to keep it lubed up!

.....I also fell in love with a 62 Chevy Super Sport!
Posted By: dgrinnan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Dec 27 2017 06:55 PM
Made a run to the hardware store this morning. it was 3 degrees out and with only a little prompting from the choke and a couple pumps on the gas the ole girl fired right up.
Posted By: oldbolter Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Dec 28 2017 04:39 AM
Drove the '59 ton truck from my home in north Alabama to a fabrication shop in Lincoln County TN to get a new headache rack welded on the bed. From there over to Franklin County TN for a load feed for the cattle. Then it was back home to unload the feed. Just another day in the life of a working truck. This will probably be the last time the workhorse will be on the road for a while since I'm about to pull the 235 and install a newly rebuilt 261.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Feb 24 2018 02:52 AM
Got to spend some time in shop today and decided it was a pretty day for a cruise. Got the 37 out again and just drove around for a while. Seems I had lost a little interest the past weeks but then when it roared to life it was all adrenlin.
Was going to take the panel out and get it all warmed up but the little short lady said it was time for me to quit....and take her to supper.......yes, mam.... Surf and Turf to end a good day.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Feb 24 2018 06:29 PM
Originally Posted by Achipmunk
Got to spend some time in shop today and decided it was a pretty day for a cruise. Got the 37 out again and just drove around for a while. Seems I had lost a little interest the past weeks but then when it roared to life it was all adrenlin.
Was going to take the panel out and get it all warmed up but the little short lady said it was time for me to quit....and take her to supper.......yes, mam.... Surf and Turf to end a good day.



The smartest words ever spoken by a married man, "yes, mam...."
Posted By: TPR57C Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Feb 24 2018 09:27 PM
Alvin Good to hear you are out and about with Victoria love a surf and turf myself
Posted By: 2-Ton Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Feb 24 2018 10:13 PM
Great to hear Alvin!!
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Feb 27 2018 04:50 AM
I decided to shift the cars around so I could get the '37 into the shed , time to start working on it . I pulled the choke and cranked and cranked and cranked and cranked ............................................................... nothing . Got out of the truck to inspect fuel supply ............ bloody headlights are on ?! ...... pulled the wrong knob eh !! .................... a bit of actual choke , bruuum smile drove into the shed , LOL , what a moron .
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Feb 27 2018 02:13 PM
Took Ms Kathy for a cruise around town in the '62 C-10 Sunday afternoon. Didn't get to drive it to the GABFest Saturday because of heavy rain so I needed to get my driving fix for the week. Beautiful sunny afternoon, doesn't get any better than that. drive
Posted By: moparguy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Feb 28 2018 01:15 AM
Drove over to the cabin to check on the new road (1/4 mile, build last fall) after the 3 days of rain. We got 8.7", 3rd wettest Feb on record. Managed to get up just enough steam for the Mohawk ground grips to get us through the one muddy spot, two times.

To clean the under carriage I drove down a near-by county road that was under water for about a hundred yards into the overflow (Very little current) and stopped when the water was about a foot deep. I've been crossing that flooded area for the past 50 years when we get this kind of rain. But it's usually in a diesel rig. Old gas burners require special consideration like not too fast or the distributer gets wet and it dies, brakes get wet and NO work water gets into areas it shouldn't be.

We made it home in fine shape and Yep, it was clean when I got home. Need to grease it good now.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 25 2018 08:21 PM
Took the ‘62 C-10 to town for Breakfast this morning. Still dark outside so the lights got a good workout. All the old guys at Braum’s just love that the truck is still on the road after 56 years.😃
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 26 2018 07:50 AM
Put the camper on the '40 and drove to Winchester for the VCC swap meet (about 100 miles for me ) didn't find the treasures I was looking for , but stayed a couple of days and then had a nice drive back home .

Truck went GREAT as usual smile
Posted By: John Milliman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Mar 30 2018 11:26 PM
Washed the '49 3804 and drove it to run errands today -- What a fun afternoon! Even passed my grandchildren in traffic smile Recently rebuilt 261 ran flawlessly -- Thanks Hotrod!
Posted By: 69Cuda Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 01 2018 12:39 AM
took the 58 up to the barn that my wife was cleaning stalls at and brought home about 4 yards of horse manure. Went fine, does not like to stop after going down a long hill though. Brakes get a bit warm and fade!
Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 01 2018 01:40 AM
I had the panel out for the first run of the season. Took it to work because the stuff I had to bring was too big for the car. It's running decent but not great.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 01 2018 02:04 AM
Retirement party for a former supervisor so I drove the ‘62 C-10. Warm day and enjoyed driving around with the window down listening to the monster 235 hum along.🛠
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Apr 03 2018 01:44 AM
Washed it, then drove us to Sprouts and Wally World to get groceries for the week. It’s our Sunday afternoon routine. She likes the old truck ‘cause it goes slow and lets her enjoy the scenery.
Posted By: VEW Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Apr 03 2018 01:15 PM
Woke Doughboy up from it's winter's nap. Fired right up and seems ready to go. Cleaned it up a bit to get it ready for Homecoming.
Posted By: dgrinnan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Apr 03 2018 04:41 PM
Finished replacing the kingpins on my 54 3100. I washed the winter grim off and took it for a lengthy test drive. It was like power steering comparing to the old kingpins. I had no idea how bad they were until I replaced them and took it out for a spin.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 22 2018 08:01 PM
This weekend was the annual swap meet in New Braunfels Texas. I wanted to load the ‘50 with several large items to sell at our Inliners International booth, and drive it there the 80 miles round trip from San Antonio. I drove 40-45 mph both days and the truck performed flawlessly. I averaged 16 mpg Friday and 13.8 mpg Saturday. I can’t explain the discrepancy because the driving conditions and my speed were the same each day. Only had to add 1/2 qt. of oil and 1 qt. of water over the course of the 2 days, and no plugs fouled. Had lots of folks stop by the booth just to look at the old truck. Lost count of how many people asked me if it was for sale.
Posted By: Mike K Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Apr 25 2018 06:26 PM
Two Saturdays ago I have a couple young boys visiting that like my Ol'66. So, it was our transportation that day. We drove it several times that day. Last Saturday, I got it out to take to my truck club breakfast. Always good to drive the old truck.
Posted By: moparguy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Apr 26 2018 12:15 AM
Wish me Luck, we head out in the AM, Arkansas to Luckenbach Tx, about 600 miles one way. Plan is to stay in a B&B just outside Luckenbach and do a few tours in the vicinity and catch some music Friday and Saturday night. Last year we racked up a little over 1,300 miles on this trip.
Posted By: coilover Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Apr 26 2018 04:41 AM
Delivered a 52 to owner in Georgetown (near Austin) last weekend. The 435hp LS will break the tires loose at 50mph on dry pavement, idle as smooth as a babies butt, AND get 23mpg at 70mph. Love those LS engines.

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Posted By: moparguy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Apr 26 2018 11:31 AM
Originally Posted by coilover
Delivered a 52 to owner in Georgetown (near Austin) last weekend. The 435hp LS will break the tires loose at 50mph on dry pavement, idle as smooth as a babies butt, AND get 23mpg at 70mph. Love those LS engines.

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They are amazing engines. I may build another V8 Miata, if so it'll have an LS3.


Posted By: Leo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Apr 27 2018 11:56 AM


I drove just over 500 miles yesterday. Heading down to Homecoming. Y'all should make this trip at least once in your life...
Posted By: TPR57C Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Apr 27 2018 07:53 PM
Leo good to hear you have had a good run now been driving the Beaumont lately that's a cool car will be driving my truck this weekend only about 50 miles though wish I was going to homecoming have a good time
Posted By: 62Stick Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 29 2018 07:06 AM
Bad news is that I blew up the engine in my motorcycle (primary vehicle). The good news is, with all the work I did to the '62 C10 over this last winter, it was ready to be a daily driver while the bike is in the shop.

I've put several hundred miles on the truck during the last week, a lot of those on the freeway. Running at 75-80 mph is no problem with the new 3.38:1 gears in the back and the freshly rebuilt 327 SBC has no issues getting up to speed. There are still a few things that I want to do to the truck, but I'm happy with the way it's running. :-)
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 29 2018 02:13 PM
Took mama to breakfast in the '62 C-10 this morning. As usual lots of smiles and waves. drive
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 06 2018 12:44 AM
Took the ‘48 Suburban uptown to our annual Onion Fried Burger Day car show. Hard to believe this is the 30th year. For those curious about Onion Fried Burgers just google El Reno Burger Day. Watched the Fire Dept cook and flip the big one, then slice the bun in half. Tons of show cars/trucks of which my Burb falls at the bottom of the barrel. No trophy’s but had a great time talking all things trucks with several folks. Drove back home about 3:30 totally worn out. First time I’ve had the Suburban out in months. Ran great.
drive
Posted By: Skooter Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 06 2018 03:49 AM
Excellent day, logged 182 miles up to Seligman and back for the first leg of the Route 66 Fun Run. Had forgotten how great it feels to really stretch the old 216 and 4:11 gears out on the open road. Only hiccup was me forgetting that 38 miles since last fill-up doesn't burn off enough gas to park on a slant, as evidenced by the puddle underneath the running board in the first picture below. dang Only a couple pics of the many beautiful machines out today. Also some short highway vids on my link below.

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Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 19 2018 12:43 AM
Usual breakfast run to town. The ‘62 has had the shifter moved from the column to the floor using an aftermarket shifter. Always shifted as it was designed. Pulled into the driveway at home and went to put it in first and it locked between gears just as a worn column shift would do. Good thing I have had more than my share of time spent aligning the shift arms on the 3 speeds from my adolescent days driving wore out 3 speeds. Two minutes and it was back ready to go.🛠
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 19 2018 02:11 AM
Had a few minutes so the panel and I took a ride for several miles to keep the oil and grease mixed up and the tires round. Gosh, I miss driving Big Orange but the little lady comes first!.....now if I could just convince her she can get up and in it.... I do have a step she could use!!
Maybe soon.
Posted By: moparguy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 19 2018 12:15 PM
The wife is camped at Whisky Ridge Ranch in the toe of the Ouachita Mountains this weekend, Chuck Wagon Races and trailrides, along with live music each night. The 51 was the pack rig as it hauled stock panels and hay 70 miles to the ranch. It's getting quite the workout with a 1,300 mile (round trip) to Luckenbach a couple weeks ago and now this trip. All it's had done since Luckenbach is an oil change. Flat bed trucks really do rule.
Posted By: Stove Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 21 2018 10:34 PM
Hauled a yard of topsoil to the garden. I suppose it is more than 1/2 ton but the truck performed OK. Since I replaced the head and dug the mouse nest out of the water jacket, the truck is no longer running hot. Yee haw!

Truck with soil

Mouse nest
Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 21 2018 10:37 PM
Photos are not displaying - plenty of advertisements took over my computer, however.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 21 2018 11:02 PM
Tim, I’ve found that being patient helps. I hate Photobucket as much as you but if I wait long enough I can sometimes see the image. secret
Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 21 2018 11:07 PM
Thanks, Martin,

The third time that I clicked on that link, I was at least able to close 6 ad windows and a few swimsuit-babe windows, and I was able to see the truck photo.
Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 21 2018 11:10 PM
By the way - here are some free on-line photo "resizers".
However, they will not help members who want to post from a phone or tablet (I think).
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu May 24 2018 01:08 AM
Started the ‘48 Suburban and moved it around the yard in preparation for it’s road trip. It will soon be loaded on a hauler and taken to it’s new owner (dsmith6) in northern Alabama. He found my ad in the Swap Meet and followed it to Craigslist. After some negotiations we agreed on a price and the Streetrod will soon get a makeover Alabama style. Happy it’s going to a fellow “Stovebolter” who will have some fun with it.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 03 2018 04:12 PM
This weekend was all about the last days of the ‘62 C-10 as it has been since new. Tomorrow starts the road to restomod. (Don’t worry the 235 will not go to waste) Saturday at 6:30am we we purring down the road into town for the big car show. Parked under a big pine tree for maximum shade. Terry B was parked beside me with his ‘53 3100. Awards were given out at 3:00pm and I got 2nd in the unfinished category. I now have a trophy for every Stovebolt since getting back into the hobby in 2005. The 4 mile Route 66 closed course cruise started at 7pm and lasted til 10pm. Cars/trucks older than 1993 nose to tail circling the loop. Everything from full blown racers to a 1919(?) Chevy open cab pickup. Drove into town this morning for breakfast and there were still lots of good ole classics driving about. Street drags start at 1pm, so we’ll drive into town for that, then home to begin the tear down. Next year will be V8, PS, PB and A/C.
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 10 2018 07:51 AM
The camper is off for the winter now , took the truck and trailer to get a load of firewood . Filled both to slightly overloaded . smile good value purchase .
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 24 2018 03:28 PM
Took the significant other out for our Saturday night date in the ‘50 last night. I’ve said before that she likes it because it goes slow and allows her to actually watch the scenery go by. It relaxes her she says. We’re about to drive it to church, which we do about two Sundays a month. We always get comments about it when we do.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Jul 04 2018 07:00 PM
Drove the old truck in the annual 4th of July neighborhood parade this morning. Lots of kiddos, wagons, bikes and pets decorated for it. Biggest turn out ever! Lots of fun and got lots of comments, waves, and thumbs-up as we drove by the crowds along the parade route.


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Posted By: moparguy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jul 05 2018 12:32 PM
The 8 year old grandson and I drove over to the cabin and he caught a mess of fish that his G fried up for supper. Let him sit in my lap and he drove about a 1/4 mile (on our property). BIG smiles all around this 4th.

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Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Jul 06 2018 05:56 PM
Old trucks, fried fish and grandkids. Don’t get any better than that!
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jul 24 2018 11:42 PM
Ranged the 49 GMC out on it's longest cruise to date. Mixed in a little interstate run with some highway and back road cruising and it did pretty good. Temps got up to around 205 during the 70 mph 5 mile segment but settled down to 185-190 at 60 and below. At 60 it's clocking around 2100 rpm. Oil pressure stayed above 35 and didn't hear any unusual sounds other than the creaking of leafs without teflon liners and the front clip without fender to firewall braces. I'll swag it covered around 100 miles during it's non stop 2 hr cruise.
The Weiand intake has a vacuum leak at cyl's 6 & 8 and judging by the gobs of RTV someone has either tried to fix it before or they caused it. Decided to swap it with an Edelbrock Performer dual plane. Should improve power and mpg...
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Sep 01 2018 08:12 AM
2 weeks ago I got an offer of some '37 parts I was looking for .

They were about 300 miles away frown , ............... OK ..... camper back on , smile .... I took 2 days to drive up the east coast on Hwy1 , lots of road works still being done , many stops due to the works , miles and miles at 20mph . Pretty rough in places , but nice and economical eh ,

Got the parts (from Motueka) drove back to Blenheim and collected some rear fenders , also for the '37 , getting cramped in the camper by now . Stopped overnite in Kaikoura and tip toed back thru the road works again next morning .

Truck went much better than I did . Pretty happy with the parts smile
Posted By: John Milliman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 03 2018 11:35 AM
Dusty ... I think your story needs some pictures, eh? smile

As for my 3804 and I, we helped Brother Bolter Mike Roache get his hay in last week ...

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Posted By: panel fan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Sep 05 2018 03:17 PM

Yesterday my son in law asked me to pick up some 10 ft. timbers for him as he has nothing to carry anything that long.
Turns out a few timbers filed the truck to about 3ft. high and fender to fender in side. Estimated weight about 1000 to 1200 lbs.
I was a little concerned as it was in a rutted farmers feild and a little wet. I wasn't sure how the t 5 with the 2.95 first gear and the 3.90 rear end would handle it,but the old truck suprised me again , not only did it exit the field with grace it hauled the load the 30 miles without complaint. I had to stay in 4 th gear when climbing hills but still managed an easy 60 mph with out issues. These old stove bolt engines certainly can get the job done when needed.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Sep 05 2018 04:51 PM
While out on a cruise with the 49 GMC I started hearing new sounds coming from the frontend. Kinda like a rattleing of metal vibrating against metal.

Got it home and put it up on jack stands. Found 3 lug nuts stripped out and loose on the right side and 2 on the left. These lug nuts are 3/4" deep to bolt classic Cragars on and they were stripped and flopping around. Had to order a new set.
When I last put them on with an impact they tightened up without any problems. I have no idea how old they are but I'm guessing the threads fatigued on that last R&R and loosened by road use.
Atleast it got me home.......
Posted By: Dusty53 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Sep 06 2018 02:36 AM
Volfandt - you have an interesting situation there. I'm just wondering if that impact didn't apply too much torque and damaged the lug nuts? I'm just curious if there is a torque spec and if that would be some level of insurance against this type of failure? Thanks for sharing as it gives me a reason to do some research.

Ronnie
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Sep 06 2018 01:50 PM
Ronnie, I don't think the impact over torqued them as I use it on all my other vehicles and tractors and haven't had a lug nut strip out before. I've run into cases where my impact wouldn't break loose a lug nut after a wheel was put on at a tire shop and I had to use my 4 way to manually break them loose. I don't know the history on those wheels and lugnuts but I'll swag they were put on in the 80's based on the trucks styling and how they lowered it. Old school.
So I dunno....
I believe those custom chrome lug nuts are of lesser quality than std OEM types. You'd think with a 3/4" threaded shank they'd be able to take more torque but I'm going to swag that they only have so many R&R's in them before the threads stretch and strip.
I have had those front wheels off quite a few times over the past 6 months.

As an aside the lugnits on my 49 3100 are OEM and have been on it since 69 that I know of and more than likely since 49...

I hope to get the new lugnuts today so I should know how new ones do.

Dave
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Sep 22 2018 05:05 PM
Last Wednesday my 1950 1/2 ton rolled over 99,000 miles. It’s all original except for one new paint job done some time in its life by the previous owner. Whenever I drive it it puts a smile on my face knowing that this old truck can still get the job done after spending 68 years on the road.
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 28 2018 06:34 PM
On Tuesday I took my '38 to the day School at my church. We had a Little Blue Truck day.


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Posted By: MiraclePieCo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 28 2018 08:26 PM
Originally Posted by Spotbiltxo
Last Wednesday my 1950 1/2 ton rolled over 99,000 miles. It’s all original except for one new paint job done some time in its life by the previous owner. Whenever I drive it it puts a smile on my face knowing that this old truck can still get the job done after spending 68 years on the road.


Congrats! That's why we do this!

Originally Posted by Wayne67vert
On Tuesday I took my '38 to the day School at my church. We had a Little Blue Truck day.


What fun!
Posted By: Dusty Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Nov 21 2018 06:14 AM
Volfant , I just changed the front wheels on my '37 , torqued the lug nuts to 70ft/lb.

Got an old torque wrench set aside just for the wheels .
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Nov 21 2018 06:23 PM
Originally Posted by Dusty
Volfant , I just changed the front wheels on my '37 , torqued the lug nuts to 70ft/lb.

Got an old torque wrench set aside just for the wheels .


Sounds good. If they took 70lbs they ain't coming off LOL.

btw, my new chrome long shanked lug nuts all tightened up good and I've probably got at least 300 miles on them since.
Dave
Posted By: scenarioL113 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Nov 29 2018 10:57 PM
Took my 48 for a cruise today and went and visited mom. On the way home got some gas. Maybe a 10 mile round trip. Felt good putting her back in the garage after an uneventful drive.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Nov 30 2018 12:13 AM
Frank, really liked the photo album of your restoration. You started with a basket case and turned it into a really nice old driver! Congratulations on a job well done!
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Dec 04 2018 02:17 AM
Decided to cut back the very overgrown hedge in front of the house. Hadn’t been majorly pruned in 23 years. Loaded all the trimmings onto the ‘50 and hauled it to the brush collection center 10 miles away. Weighed out 400 lbs and the truck acted like it wasn’t even back there. Got comments on the truck from the folks unloading right next to me and again from a couple in the restaurant where I stopped on the way home to get a 32 oz. sweet tea. It was another good day spent with the old truck.
Posted By: MiraclePieCo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Dec 04 2018 08:48 AM
Originally Posted by Spotbiltxo
Decided to cut back the very overgrown hedge in front of the house. Hadn’t been majorly pruned in 23 years. Loaded all the trimmings into the ‘50 and hauled it to the brush collection center 10 miles away. Weighed out 400 lbs and the truck acted like it wasn’t even back there. Got comments on the truck from the folks unloading right next to me and again from a couple in the restaurant where I stopped on the way home to get a 32 oz. sweet tea. It was another good day spent with the old truck.


Pictures?
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Dec 04 2018 02:52 PM
Sorry, but I didn’t think to take any pics yesterday.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Jan 02 2019 01:49 AM
With temps hitting the high 50's I took the heater-less 49 GMC out for a nice cruise. Was a great way to usher in the new year.
Posted By: scenarioL113 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Jan 04 2019 04:18 PM
Originally Posted by Spotbiltxo
Frank, really liked the photo album of your restoration. You started with a basket case and turned it into a really nice old driver! Congratulations on a job well done!

Thanks Chuck!

Took her out yesterday for about a 20 mile round trip. I am still in shock how good it drives and I hope I don't jinx myself. lol
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jan 06 2019 09:15 PM
After solving the issue of not starting after spending a month on the front lawn as Christmas decoration, I put the ‘50 back to work. I trimmed some more hedges, and after loading the bed with a few hundred pounds of trimmings, I drove to the city brush collection center to unload. That was fun! Then today after early church services we took the truck to get groceries at Sprouts and Wallyworld. The weather is nice and warm, and it felt good to drive the truck again. It’s had Santa behind the wheel since right after Thanksgiving!
Posted By: David Bush Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Mar 01 2019 06:52 PM
Since my car got totaled by a hit-and-run driver last July, I've been using the '46 half ton as my daily driver. Interesting in Atlanta rush hour traffic. No turn signals, arm signals. One windshield wiper. Got a '54 235 in it that just crossed 77,000 miles (6,000 since July). Runs fine and gets a ton of "thumbs up."
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Mar 02 2019 02:23 PM
Originally Posted by Spotbiltxo
After solving the issue of not starting after spending a month on the front lawn as Christmas decoration, I put the ‘50 back to work. I trimmed some more hedges, and after loading the bed with a few hundred pounds of trimmings, I drove to the city brush collection center to unload. That was fun! Then today after early church services we took the truck to get groceries at Sprouts and Wallyworld. The weather is nice and warm, and it felt good to drive the truck again. It’s had Santa behind the wheel since right after Thanksgiving!


Chuck, I'd be careful about letting Santa drive, he's got a bad reputation as a reckless sleigh driver, and they say he drinks a bit.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 03 2019 04:35 AM
Finally got out the panel for a run today. The sun finally came out....but no worry, rain all day tomorrow...again!!!
Posted By: 62Stick Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 03 2019 08:55 PM
I've been driving the '62 C10 as a daily Driver for the last month. Thursday, I put a little over 200 miles on it, mostly freeway.

Drove it to work Thursday morning, then after work, hopped on the freeway and headed out of Sacramento, heading to Chico, CA. It's about 100 miles away. Truck did well, ran at freeway speeds the whole way, and didn't complain.

The engine rebuild and gear swap from 3.90s to 3.38s made a big difference. I'm getting to where I would trust it out on the open road for greater distances now.
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 04 2019 12:08 AM
My grandson got his 1st drive

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Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Apr 02 2019 02:06 AM
Put a few miles on the freshly finished ‘62 C-10. All seemed fine and it runs out good. Turns and stops as it should. As usual “Blue” drew a few looks, smiles and waves.
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Posted By: MiraclePieCo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Apr 02 2019 08:15 AM
Spring weather tempted me to interrupt my window channel project and take the panel truck out for a spin. Ha ha, you can see the masking tape temporarily holding things together on the window!

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Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 07 2019 04:53 AM
Needed an excuse to drive the ‘50 more than just to the grocery store, so I drove 62 miles round trip to Castroville to pick up a load of screened topsoil to put on the front yard. A half yard weighed about 750 lbs, and filled the bed pretty good. The truck handled the load just fine coming back. Filled up before I left and again at the same gas station when I got back and I was pleasantly surprised at the calculated mileage....... 19.7 mpg. In the 11 years I’ve owned it it’s the best mileage I’ve ever had. Averaged about 45 mph going and coming.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 07 2019 01:45 PM
You should leave the dirt in the bed.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Apr 07 2019 02:59 PM
Drove the ‘62 C-10 into town this morning for breakfast. Foggy and damp so I was glad the electric wipers were repaired last year. Lots of thumbs up and smiles from the Sunday morning breakfast club.
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Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Apr 16 2019 04:17 PM
Drove the ‘62 C-10 into town to the Tag Agency. Time to renew the tags on Ms Kathy’s 2016 Durango and my 2014 CanAm Spyder. Waves and smiles were the order of the day.
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Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 04 2019 10:45 PM
Today was our annual Fried Onion Burger festival. Drove the ‘62 C-10 into town to walk the car show and see the granddaughter do her dance routines. Lots of fun.
Posted By: moparguy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 05 2019 12:56 AM
Martin, you're gonna need new tires soon. Driving the tires off em is fun. I tried to find images of the Fried Onion Burger Festival/car show and didn't find a lot.
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Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 05 2019 12:58 AM
Lots on the Burger but not much on the show. The show is not as big as the one coming up next month.
Posted By: Mike B Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 05 2019 10:02 PM
I drove the '57 Fire Engine 130 miles to Winchester, VA for the Fireman's Parade on Friday evening. This is a picture of us in the staging area. This is always a fun event!

Mike B smile

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Posted By: Pat66 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 05 2019 11:30 PM
Truck looks great Mike ,I haven't seen for a couple of years, I hope you bring to Winchester in September,Pat66
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 13 2019 06:02 PM
Drove the ‘62 into town for a Fried Onion Burger with Kevin (klhansen) and his wife. They had been to Mar-k in OKC and were on their way west, following Route 66. Had a great visit and sent them on their way with full bellies. 🍔
Posted By: Ecratrods Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 14 2019 01:41 AM
I started mine up and pulled it out of the garage on its own power for the first time on this build. Body is still in the mark up state but it MOVED!!!
Posted By: John Milliman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 19 2019 01:42 AM
Drove the Stovebolt.com flagship over to help fellow 'Bolter Mike Roache get his first cutting of hay baled and put up. Ole Charlie had to fill in until the second tractor became available to pull the wagon. I managed to get about 25 bales of good timothy hay on Charlie before I switched to the tractor.

A good , but hot, afternoon!

Ask Mike about the "Ringing Bale" ...

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Didn't see any 3100's show up .... [elvis]

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Posted By: Riptide23 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 25 2019 04:11 PM
Classic pix! I love a truck that ain't afraid of work, and getting a few scuffs in the bed...
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed May 29 2019 12:42 PM
My regular back country road cruising takes me by an old closed down gas/service station that is now a sort of indiscriminate parking lot of old classic cars, trucks and tractors in various stages of condition. Many look complete with for sale signs taped to the windows, bodies.
As I cruised through the other day the old gentleman was out washing his twin 51 Nash Healey's, one a coupe the other a ragtop, so I finally stopped and chewed the fat with him. He had several Nash Metropolitan's of varying colors and conditions and many other old classic cars too numerous to list but I will mention one other that I was willing to trade the GMC for on the spot had he agreed, a 1939 Mercury convertible in mostly all original condition with the flathead V8. It needed repainting but otherwise was in great condition. He had it sitting in an enclosed freight container to keep the critters off of it. He wasn't interested in the GMC or trading for another vehicle of any kind as he said he was 84 and looking to get rid of his stash of classics instead of adding to it. When asked what he'd take for it, $30k was his immediate answer. I told him I'd check back with him should I win the lottery LOL....
Spent about an hr there, glad I decided to stop and will stop in more in the future.
Great cruise.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed May 29 2019 01:55 PM
Usually drive the ‘62 C-10 a couple times a month into town for breakfast at Braums on Sunday morning. Last Sunday there was a group of tourists eating at the large corner booth. As Ms Kathy and I sat there eating and visiting with the Sunday morning farmers I noticed a woman out of the corner of my bad eye. Don’t know how long she had been standing there. Guess she finally got up the nerve to say something. She asked if it would be ok to take a picture of the tailgate on my truck. Of course I said go ahead. Ms Kathy was watching as the woman went outside and photographed every angle of the entire truck. Day before Memorial Day and this is what she wanted;

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Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed May 29 2019 10:06 PM
Great story Martin! Nice tailgate too!
Posted By: moparguy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu May 30 2019 01:56 AM
John, truck Looks Great! Good looking hay too. I'm thinking if we tightened things up and used a little different stacking technique, 36 bales would look just right smile.

For many years we grew and bailed small squares for horse folks. No accumulators or other stacking aids, it was all by hand and customers loaded there own. It was really a hoot to see some folks struggle to stack and tie off a load. Usually one of my boys stepped in and to prevent a disaster. They started supervising when they were seasoned hands at about 12.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 09 2019 03:14 AM
Today was the big local car show and closed route cruise on old Route 66. No hardware from this years show for the ‘62. Cruised on the closed loop of old Route 66 from 7pm to 10pm. Approximately 150 cars/trucks on the cruise and almost 200 at the show. Good time was had by all.
Posted By: Cosmo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Jun 15 2019 03:42 AM
I've made this trip quite a few times but this particular trip was just over 1200 miles Virginia to upstate NY and included several side trips.
Posted By: Apache1 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Jun 15 2019 12:13 PM
How about some pics pix
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Jun 15 2019 11:53 PM
The Mrs joined me on my back road cruise today, her 1st in the GMC, and she said it was nice..... I thought it was too... Course I took every corner as slow as a 90 year old turning into his driveway and never once opened up the 4bbl.... The GMC actually behaved, LOL.
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 16 2019 03:00 AM
I drove my 38 for the 1st time in a month today. I met with the men's group of my church for breakfast.
When I started it, the clutch was almost frozen to the flywheel. Fortunately it broke loose right away. I've had it freeze to the flywheel a couple of times before.
Once on the road, it drove great.
I need to remember to drive it more often.
Posted By: Pat66 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Jun 29 2019 07:37 PM
April and I took our 66 lcf for a ride back to our old neighborhood to visit Sylvia,her and her husband Albert were the original owners of the truck. We spent some time catching up,and she shared some history on our truck,purchased new at B and M Chevrolet and principally used to haul peaches to Winchester and apples to Mount Jackson,Va. Upon leaving asked if she wanted to go for a ride,she said if I could get in it,I would drive . It was a great morning.Oh, Sylvia is a young 91 smile

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Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Jun 29 2019 07:54 PM
Great story. Thanks for sharing. yahoo
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 30 2019 04:28 AM
Its been months since i have had the 37 out on the road. Took it for a spin today and realized what I have been missing. With the new cooling fan in place I'm hoping it sees a lot more road time this summer. Brings some peace to ones troubled mind!!!
(yes, I did spin the tires a little)!!
Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 30 2019 08:41 AM
went for gas in the old '65 C10... then took a loop around some slow curvy roads without too much traffic, then back to the house.

Achipmunk, I wasn't trying to but I did chirp the tires pulling out one time, I guess the old posi-traction still works xD

-Woog
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 30 2019 01:31 PM
Drove the ‘62 into town for breakfast. Haven’t had time to drive it for a couple of weeks so it felt good. Another breakfast buddy showed up in his beautiful ‘69 Nova Streetrod. Drove home noticing I need to troubleshoot a low alternator output issue.
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Posted By: panel fan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 30 2019 03:05 PM

About a month ago I switched back to a 4.57 rear end as I found the previous rear end to tall. This rear end along with the .73 O/D gives me highway speeds of about 70 mph at 2600 as apposed to 2200 with the previous.
I also after a following a discussion on this forum on carburation I realized my pint size air filter was less than ideal. I then reinstalled the original oil bath.
The improvement was noticeable. The pressure required on the pedal is less to both accelerate and maintain speeds , and I rarely need to drop a gear when climbing hills and roll on acceleration has improved as well.
I've driven about 1,200 miles since the change and the mpg,s have gone from and average of 14 mpg. to 15.5 although not a lot is still about a 10% improvement.
I'm now satisfied with the drive train set up ,until I get a chance to install the 261 sitting in the garage and might now focus on the cosmetics.

John
Posted By: sstock Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 30 2019 03:39 PM
Originally Posted by Pat66
April and I took our 66 lcf for a ride back to our old neighborhood to visit Sylvia,her and her husband Albert were the original owners of the truck. We spent some time catching up,and she shared some history on our truck,purchased new at B and M Chevrolet and principally used to haul peaches to Winchester and apples to Mount Jackson,Va. Upon leaving asked if she wanted to go for a ride,she said if I could get in it,I would drive . It was a great morning.Oh, Sylvia is a young 91 smile


Wow, I love this truck, well done.
Posted By: five-oh Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jul 01 2019 12:29 AM
Yesterday was a great day- Back in '07 I joined the site with Sam, a '52 3100. I wound up selling it though, after buying my '46. A close friend in Oklahoma bought it, and I've been badgering him every since trying to get it back. Finally succeeded and went over to Oklahoma about 125 miles away to bring it back. We'd taken a trailer but the 235 sounded so good we gave it a chance to strut its stuff....
We made it with no issues , other than running it out of gas once- totally our fault. Now, I have metal work to do, an exhaust leak to fix, brakes and a clutch to adjust- but I have my old friend back and it's cool to own two consecutive body styles!

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Posted By: glenns towing Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jul 01 2019 02:13 AM
Ha way cool.. Its not always easy getting back regrettable sales. Sounds like you got real lucky.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jul 04 2019 07:42 PM
I drove the ‘50 half ton in the annual neighborhood 4th of July parade this morning. The fire engine lead the way, and about 100 kids, moms, dads, dogs, bicycles, scooters, and wagons all decorated for the 4th got in behind. I drove right behind with a 1930 Model A, a restored 1954 Willis Jeep, and a 2005 Corrvette bringing up the rear. It was nice and cool, so about 10 kids wanted to ride in the back. There was a snow cone truck, so we all headed there once we got back. Lots of fun, and a great way to celebrate Independence Day!!

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Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jul 04 2019 08:32 PM
Our city doesn’t do a 4th of July parade. So, I took “Blue” for a slow roll through town on old Route 66.

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Posted By: Jeff Ogden Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jul 04 2019 09:16 PM
Drove the 37 to a show about 50 miles from the house,its getting close to engine change since I could hear the rattle a little louder or time for thicker oil.
Posted By: five-oh Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Jul 05 2019 03:13 AM
Drove the '52 around the yard , cleaning it up. Haven't gotten insurance on it yet since my agent has been out, so it couldn't go to town today, but I plan to have insurance on it tomorrow. Meanwhile, the '46 and I went and picked up a new lawnmower, as well as other minor chores. Even after owning the '46 for over ten years, I still get a thrill when I drive the old truck- it's like being with a movie star, every little jaunt gets thumbs up and conversations.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Jul 05 2019 05:21 AM
Have driven the 37 everyday since last Saturday. Its sure nice to be getting back up to speed and enjoying the pickup.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jul 08 2019 12:00 AM
Ran errands in the 49 GMC Saturday, picked up my long ago borrowed logging chain, filled 2ea 5 gal cans of diesel for the tractor and picked up my daughters Bassett to dog sit for the weekend.
Still managed to squeeze in a 70 mile back road cruise.
Mixing work with pleasure LOL.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Aug 02 2019 09:37 PM
Took the 49 3100 with it's new rebuilt 235/244 on a 100 mile back road and highway cruise today. A good 45 miles @ a steady 55-60 mph which included driving up and down Clinch mtn. The engine did great, passing both slower cars and all 18 wheelers going up the mtn. 2nd fillup since installing the 235/244 returned an mpg of 15.24, not bad.
Posted By: John Milliman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Aug 03 2019 01:37 AM
Glad to see Cletis' thread still going strong. smile
Posted By: John Milliman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Aug 03 2019 01:38 AM
Glad to see Cletis' thread still going strong. smile

As for me, I *thought* about driving the '49 today. And wished I was doing it. Haven't actually laid eyes on it in over a month now ...
Posted By: sstock Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Aug 03 2019 03:05 AM
My 53 3100 is all repowered with a .030 over 261 (265 now). Out motoring around now on it with only ten miles on her, all is well.
Steve
Posted By: Rusty Rod Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Aug 03 2019 03:08 AM
I washed my newbolt for the first time since mid-winter, then glared at the massive dent that Mrs. Rod put on the rear fender. I used a bit of rubbing compound to clean off some of the paint transfer from her car. I changed the oil and filled the washer fluid up.
Posted By: WE b OLD Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Aug 03 2019 06:13 PM
I had a complete fluid flush and change and carb adjustment, so today I took it for fueling and now to see if that made anything better, not mentioning gas mileage wink. Yesterday
Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Aug 04 2019 12:21 PM
Originally Posted by John Milliman
Glad to see Cletis' thread still going strong. smile
As for me, I *thought* about driving the '49 today. And wished I was doing it. Haven't actually laid eyes on it in over a month now ...

For those of you who did not know Cletis (Charlie Vernon Hardin, 1947-2017, RIP), he drove his trucks Suburban & Pickup on many long trips. He used to post a map that indicated the states that he had visited - it was impressive (I wish I could find that map).

cletis - 1954 GMC Suburban
1956 Chevrolet 1/2 ton Pickup

RIP, Charlie, you are fondly remembered by many people.

BTW, Cletus was a long time Moderator of General Truck Talk and wrote the site rules seen at the top of the Forum.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Aug 04 2019 01:35 PM
Drove the ‘62 C-10 into town for our weekly Sunday breakfast at Braum’s. Cool morning and low winds. Pleasant short trip. Drove around town a bit when we finished eating. Lots of smiles and waves as usual. One of the breakfast regulars drove his very nice 1972 Nova pro-mod.
Posted By: five-oh Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Aug 05 2019 11:24 PM
Looked at my '52 on the way out to work this morning and on the way back in. Considered cussing it because of its stubbornness- I'm about to swap closed driveline SM420 for open driveline SM420 and a 3.08 geared twelve bolt. Of course, the original SM420 decides to be cussed and locks up in two gears so I can't move it into the shop OR to my friend's shop where we will do the swap, and it's too blamed hot here in Arkansas to spend the time taking the shifter loose and fiddling with it right now.

Looked at the faithful '46 and considered taking it for a drive this evening to clear my mind, but I done went to mechanicin'- I've installed my rear end in a recliner and can't see leaving it, so the drive will wait another day.
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Aug 16 2019 12:55 PM
I believe I finally got the timing and idling issues cyphered and the new 235/244 engine has been getting some time in bumper to bumper traffic now. Temps never get above 185, even in drivethru's and those dasturdly long red lights and the twin 32/34's are proving to be more miserly than anticipated. The 49 3100 now runs with modern traffic without issue and isn't the slow poke in the crowd anymore.
That said this ole farm truck (and me) belong's on back country roads and thats where we both shine, LOL.
Posted By: Thrifty51 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Aug 29 2019 01:25 AM
Since we bought my wife's '51 3600 I've been fixing and tweaking and improving it, taking it to local shows, driving it to work and generally futzing around with it. Last year my dad mentioned he'd like to drive out to the Bonneville Salt Flats (from Northwest Ohio!) in his >off topic vehicle<, so I got the silly idea in my head that I should drive the '51 (his car would be too cramped to fold ourselves into and drive cross-country). Now, I should point out that the '51 is nearly bone stock--216, SM420, stock drum brakes, stock suspension, stock interior. The only upgrades are a 12v conversion, Pertronix ignition, and a 4.10 rear. There's really nothing I haven't touched on this thing (had the head rebuilt, did a ring job, general cleaning and rebuilding) so I was confident in it mechanically, but it's still a stock truck--this was gonna be silly! About two weeks before we left I began having second thoughts...

The day arrived that we were scheduled to leave. Oil was changed, fluids topped off, new spark plugs installed, two tubs full of extra parts and tools loaded in the back along with 5 extra gallons of gas. We'd planned on taking 5 days out (with a stop in Lincoln, NE at the Museum of Speed), following a route across the country on secondary roads, avoiding the interstates and major highways, trying to give the truck a chance at keeping up with traffic (I had run 60 or so before, but didn't want to push it for extended periods of time). Having never driven it further than around 50 miles from home I was a bit worried whether I could physically stand to drive it 300-400 miles per day. Engine fired right up, kissed the wife and kid goodbye and off we went!

My fears about comfort were unwarranted as the stock seat was plenty comfortable mile after mile. I'm also thankful for how rugged these old trucks were built because GOOD GRIEF did we hit some crummy roads along the way! I won't mention any states by name so as not to offend, but you probably know which they are if you live there. Somehow, along the route the first day, I lost the front license plate--rattled right off the bracket. Speedo cable broke the first day too, pretty minor stuff. On day 4 we pulled in for a gas stop, I noticed fuel dripping under the engine. That was just a weepy leak around one of the pump screws (another quick fix), however, I noticed the horn didn't look right. It was about 1.5" away from the fan! I touched the front of it and the bracket had snapped in two! Rough roads claim another victim! Disconnected the wires, taped 'em up, and threw the horn in the bed. Back on the road.

Let me tell you, the mountains in Colorado sure are fun with a stock 4 speed! The jump from 3rd to 4th is so wide that I was either winding out or bogging down. Would've sold my dad's car for another gear. The long, gradual grades through Iowa and Nebraska were easier, although I had to time it just right--60 mph at the base and run up the hill, hoping not to run out of steam before I got to the top. Rocking front to back in the seat helped...

We stayed in Orem, UT at the end of day 5 and had a 130 mile run to The Salt the next morning. Knowing that the only real road out to Wendover is I-80 and its 80 mph speed limit didn't make for a restful night's sleep, but the morning was cool and clear so we cinched up the belts, gripped the wheel a bit tighter and hoped for the best. The little 216 performed admirably, hauling the truck right along at 63 mph the whole way across the salt desert between SLC and the NV state line (with a short breather at the midway rest stop). By 9:30am on the sixth day we arrived on The Salt!!! We had done it. We spent the day taking in the sights, checking out the cars and wishing that the track was dry enough for us to see some actual racing. Turned out that the track was just too wet and they postponed all racing until Tuesday, a day after we had to leave. We drove into West Wendover, NV for dinner that night. The truck had performed nearly flawlessly for 1,900 miles across 7 states over 6 days.

And then...

Eastbound on I-80 again, heading to Tooele, UT and our lodging for the night. The engine is singing right along at 64 mph when the fiber cam timing gear decided it was tired of all that "close contact" with the crank gear and shed half its teeth into the timing cover. The whizzing sound of intake valves slapping pistons quickly halted as the fuel pump quit pumping and the distributor quit distributing, and I rolled to a stop at the 33 mile post of the middle of nowhere. From this moment forward, the truck would be making the return trip home on the back of a hauler. Thankfully, Mr. Tow came to our aide with his rollback and dragged the '51 back to Tooele. Spirits crushed, disappointment weighing heavily, we crashed for the night.

After transport arrangements were made, unnecessary accouterments jettisoned and bare minimum clothes/toothbrush were transferred survival-style into two Walmart shopping bags, we hit the road for home in my Dad's car. Without the need to stay on the back roads we made it home a day earlier than planned, but only after driving 541 miles the last day (we beat the truck home by 2 days).

Now that I've had a few weeks to reflect back on the adventure, I've come to realize I SURE MADE A HORRIBLE MISTAKE!!! LOL! Seriously, I'm really proud of that little engine and how well it ran until it finally gave up. I began the autopsy 2 days after getting home, thinking that--if it's terminal--at least I have a fresh '60 235 sitting on the stand I could stuff under the hood and it would be better, faster, stronger than ever. Thankfully, no serious damage other than the cam gear (which I should have replaced when I went through the engine 2 years ago... AAARGGGGHH!) 6 push rods and 6 valves.

So I'm putting her little splash-oiled heart back together, fixing that pesky front seal leak along the way, and savoring the thrill of seeing some magnificent sights through the 68 year old windshield across 1,900 miles of these beautiful United States.

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Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Aug 29 2019 02:13 PM
Thrifty51, great story.
Posted By: Mike B Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Aug 29 2019 02:39 PM
Thrifty51, You'll have memories of taking that trip with your Dad for years to come...

Check the oil nozzle to make sure the gears are getting oil. If it gets plugged up the gear will fail...

Mike B smile
Posted By: TUTS 59 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Aug 29 2019 02:55 PM
What a grand adventure, can't wait to plan a road trip once the truck is back together, maybe California to visit my Brother. dance
Posted By: Volfandt Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Aug 29 2019 03:16 PM
The Mrs finally took a ride in the repowered 49 3100 and was impressed with how quiet it ran and the lack of blowby scent permeating the cab. Even bragged on it to her buddies at our gathering.
It drew a few ahhh's from the men folk as well.
Posted By: DoubleDingo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Aug 29 2019 03:22 PM
Except for the cam gear giving up, you had a great trip with your dad. The truck enjoyed stretching its legs too.
Posted By: Rusty Rod Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Aug 30 2019 01:29 AM
Epic trip.. except for all the broken stuff! But, Real Trucks Rattle!
Posted By: moparguy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Sep 06 2019 10:24 PM
Thrifty51, that's an Epic Story along with Great pictures! I know you're justifiably proud of the wife's truck. If you ever decide to make any drive-train upgrades, consider a T5 transmission and a set of 4.10 gears to replace the stock 4.57's. Makes a world of difference on trips.

Well done Sir!
Posted By: moparguy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Sep 06 2019 10:38 PM
Not in the same league as Thrifty51's trip but my little truck decided we needed to go fishing and try out our new (to us at least) setin kayak today. The little stream it chose is only 15 minutes of gravel road from the house and with access being less than easy, few go the trouble. You have to carry drag your boat about a 100 yards through the woods to launch. It's worth it to me since I grew up fishing Hurricane Creek. We wound up with 3 average size Kentucky bass with a total weight of about 5 lbs. Wife fried em up, made hush-puppies, crispy fried potatoes and fresh tomatoes out of the garden along with pork-an-beans. I love country living/food!

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Posted By: Riptide23 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Sep 09 2019 11:12 PM
Man, I love that truck, Mopar. I've been kinda jonesing for a flatbed instead...
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Oct 06 2019 06:38 PM
Me and Chris, aka, “ndkid275”, entered our trucks in the annual Randolph AFB Octoberfest car show yesterday. I drove to Chris’s house and then he loaded up his two kiddos and off we went. Chris’s friend Paul met us there with his newly acquired 1978 GMC longbed stepside. There were about 100 entries including lots of bikes. It’s still really hot here in south Texas but Chris brought his new canopy that gave us some shade to sit in. There was some fantastic live music, Budweiser girls, food and drink vendors, and a Burger King on base where we ate our lunch. Lots of lookers and comments on our old trucks. A great time had by all.

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Posted By: TUTS 59 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 07 2019 03:24 PM
Very Cool
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 07 2019 06:29 PM
Now for a bit of bad news....... after the car show, the Mrs. asked me to haul some new furniture she had bought. It was to have been about a 26 mile round trip. Just as I reached my destination the motor started running rough. I parked and got instructions for picking up the goods. Went back to the truck and it wouldn’t start. I could smell gasoline, so I popped the hood and fuel was really dripping from the bottom of the carburetor. Obviously the float was stuck, so I tried every trick I knew to free the float to no avail. A kind gentleman offered to tow me home but I didn’t want to take a chance on the end of a tow strap for 13 miles in city traffic. I remembered I had towing services included in my insurance premium, so I called State Farm. They dispatched a flatbed tow truck and I had it towed back to my house where I can work on it. Looks like I’ll be doing a complete carburetor overhaul this weekend!

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Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 07 2019 06:35 PM
..........been driving the 37 just about every day in the recent past. During Victoria's battle I had forgotten just how much fun it is to drive and enjoy. Hard to believe I've had it since '93 and driving it since 2000. Showing some dings ect but it still turns heads!

......maybe, just maybe, one day I'll tear it all back apart and re-do it and do a couple things different since I've learned a few things over the years...but nah, maybe let the next generation do it and have all the fun. heheheh
Posted By: TUTS 59 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Oct 07 2019 09:49 PM
Well Chuck at least your truck looks good on a rollback, hope you had help with the furniture too. grin
Posted By: WE b OLD Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Oct 08 2019 07:38 PM
I worked on y horn no success. I wasn't surprised.
Posted By: MiraclePieCo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Oct 09 2019 09:43 PM
This weekend I was invited to an informal local cruise to a nearby historic country store that was celebrating it's recent re-opening. There was quite an eclectic mix of cars.

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Posted By: BC59 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Oct 10 2019 05:12 PM
What part of Oregon are you in?
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Nov 10 2019 05:18 PM
Took the ‘62 into town this morning for breakfast with the Braum’s Sunday Morning Breakfast Club. Couple of old iron guys in the group. Filled the tank with real gas while I was out. thumbs_up
Posted By: vette1968 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Nov 15 2019 02:04 AM
Drove my 49 3800 80 miles round trip Monday morning. My wife wanted a ping pong table for the holiday season and visitors . My 49 is my only pickup.

So Monday morning, with a storm coming, I took off to get the table in Terre Haute, Indiana. The truck ran great with no problems. Took the back highways and ran around 48 to 50 mph the whole way.

Lots of interest at the store in the truck. A guy from a local antique truck club came up and asked about my truck . He gave me a card and invited me to join the club. He stated it was rare to see a truck in all original stock condition. I told him I was still finding Nebraska hay in the truck from years ago and the only mod was the 4.10 rear end swap. Before I got it the truck last ran in 1974.

Currently working on hooking up a 12 volt tach with a voltage booster since I kept the truck 6 volts. Pretty much got the idea after reading Denny Grahams post on the subject.

I got home right before the snow came and can honestly say it was really enjoyable.

Putting the ping pong table together ..... not so much.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Nov 16 2019 06:10 PM
Vette1968, we would really like to see a pic of your truck, so please post one or more. Thanks.
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Nov 16 2019 11:06 PM
Yesterday was Little Blue Truck day at my daughters middle school. I took my '38 for the special education kids to enjoy.
My daughter is the assistant principal.


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Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jan 02 2020 06:26 AM
Since I’m on vacation I decided to drive the truck through the neighborhood before lunch. The weather was mild and overcast but the heater on low speed made the cab feel cozy. There are about 5 miles of road that meander through the ‘hood and I drove up and down all of it just creeping in 2nd gear. Really enjoyable. Then she wanted to get out of the house since she’s been inside all day with a cold, so I did it all over again this evening except this time all the Christmas lights were on so we got to see all of those. From there we drove the truck to a little grocery store about 5 miles away to get some dried chili peppers for her recipe and then back home. The old 216 ran pretty good and the steering was nice and easy since I aired the tires up to 45 lbs and added plenty of lube to the lower steering box. Felt like it had power steering!!
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jan 05 2020 12:44 AM
Still on vacation and wanted to kill two birds with one stone..... some physical work and driving my truck. So I drove 63 miles round trip to Castroville, TX to buy a load of garden soil. The truck did just fine and handled the load easily. Burned some excess holiday calories when I got back home by shoveling the dirt out on to the front yard and flower bed. Washed out the bed with the garden hose and put the truck in the stable for the night. The weather was beautiful and perfect for spending a few hours in the old truck.
Posted By: Rusty Rod Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jan 05 2020 01:20 AM
I was able to "drive" my 'burb around the block and even get it backed up into the garage before my makeshift gas container ran out of gas.
Posted By: 78buckshot Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jan 09 2020 04:41 AM
Here's something new, took my 16 year old grandson for his first big bolt driving lesson on Christmas day, he did pretty well for the first go-a-round. It does a heart good to see a young person interested in old stuff AND a manual gearbox.
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jan 14 2020 07:38 PM
Good job Buck! My grandson won't be getting his license for 15 more years, but your post brought back memories of the gears grinding on my 51 back in 1969.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jan 26 2020 05:31 PM
There is a "Cars and Coffee" gathering over in Greenville once a month. I'd never been and decided to meet one of our Stovebolt buddies there to see his newly painted AD truck..................there must have been 200 vehicles there from XKE's and just about everything else! Stangs, vettes, Camaro's, Fiero's, and even and old Packard. I called them rich boys toys. hehehe
TRUCKS....?? yeah, I think maybe 6 or 8.
When I pulled in you would think them guys had never seen an old truck......and probably very few had. LOL

Still, it was nice to blow the dust out of the 37 while breezing down interstate...and passing everything on the road. Saturday was a good day and Bill's newly red painted AD looked nice.
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jan 26 2020 08:34 PM
Originally Posted by Achipmunk
When I pulled in you would think them guys had never seen an old truck......and probably very few had. LOL


Alvin, you need to get out more often LOL
Posted By: BDammers47 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jan 27 2020 05:50 PM
Alvin,

It was a load of fun. It was also nice to see your '37 in person.

So the '47 is no longer blue (as Alvin notes) and is driving fine. After driving to Cars and Coffee, I ran errands, took my wife for a spin in our "re-civilized" toy, and gave our dog a ride; basically any excuse to keep driving and enjoying it. Did a recycling run yesterday...

Thanks to everyone in this forum for the advice and encouragement. Thanks also for the corrections, which were occasionally needed.

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Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Feb 05 2020 09:24 PM
Try to drive the ‘62 C-10 at least once a week. Usually running for parts on the ‘65 Biscayne or the ‘39 Dodge Coupe. Never fails to spark a conversation or two when I stop. Car show season is just around the corner. Only project left on it is A/C and that is on hold while I focus on the other 2.
Posted By: olezippi Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri Feb 21 2020 12:08 PM
My wife and I packed a lunch and drove our 49 over to Owensboro Kentucky last weekend as the weather reached 50+ and the sun was shining. It was about an hour trip and once we reached the center of town a group of bikers spotted us and they where all yelling and giving us the thumbs up. As soon as we took off from the stop sign we were surrounded on both side by the bikers we just pasted. They were all yelling and carrying on and then took off like a swarm of bees. It was great.
Posted By: 78buckshot Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Feb 23 2020 01:27 PM
Made a trip to the scrap/recycle yard with the '57. Only a 35 mile round trip and I have to plan it so I don't hold up traffic 'cause she can only do 45mph. My primary reason for the trip was to get a certified empty weight for the State but I had 800 lbs. of steel, brass, copper, and electric that wanted to get out of the barn. Truck continues to do it's job nicely.
Posted By: Baba Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Feb 24 2020 07:51 PM
Drove our '49 to church on Sunday. She drives great. All '74 Camaro drive train and suspension.
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Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Feb 29 2020 01:45 AM
Took Ms Kathy out for dinner at our favorite Mexican Restaurant in the ‘62 C-10 tonight. The property owners are selling and the operators cannot afford to buy, so, it will soon close. After dinner we drove across town to our daughter’s new home. They are custom building and her husband is the contractor. About 2 weeks from move in. Drove home from there. The truck hadn’t been out for a few days so it was good to stretch it out a bit.
Posted By: TUTS 59 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Feb 29 2020 02:46 AM
I hate to hear of another "Mom and Pop" restaurant going under. I have a thing against chain food places, I prefer to spend my money locally.
Posted By: olezippi Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Feb 29 2020 01:57 PM
Originally Posted by Baba
Drove our '49 to church on Sunday. She drives great. All '74 Camaro drive train and suspension.
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Nice looking 49.
Posted By: dgrinnan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Mar 02 2020 07:11 PM
I hadn't started my truck in a few weeks, It sits outside. I am in NKY. Sunday, the first day of March it was 64 degrees. I had to take the truck for a ride. I pulled the choke, cranked it for about 30 seconds and it fired right up. I push the choke all the way back in and it idoled just how it should. I didn't even have to let it warm up. I have had this truck almost 4 years and have had to do a lot to it but the it was running (needed brakes) when I bought it. I don't know what the previous owners background was but he definelty knew how to tune and adjust these olds engines. I have done nothing in regards to plugs, points, wires, rotor or carburator and this thing runs like a fine oiled sewing machine. I do adjust the valves occasionally. Plenty of other problems but it has alway run great. I shake my head and smile everytime I fire it up. It was a pleasure driving some of the backroads yesterday.
Posted By: Achipmunk Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 03 2020 01:01 AM
Motion is Lotion for these old trucks. Keep it moving Dave and it'll never stiffen up on ya.
Keep trucking brother.

(you gonna make it to Homecoming in Va?)
Posted By: BIG CHEVY 3600 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 03 2020 12:41 PM
Mine has been taking a cold weather hiatus, but springs A coming soon.
Posted By: dgrinnan Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 03 2020 05:22 PM
I have been looking and only see info on the 2019 Homecoming. I am sure it is right in front of me.
Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Mar 03 2020 06:20 PM
Originally Posted by dgrinnan
I have been looking and only see info on the 2019 Homecoming. I am sure it is right in front of me.

ODSS Homecoming 2020?
Posted By: Jeff Ogden Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Mar 05 2020 01:08 AM
Drove the 37 for the first time this year,put some gas in it and drove it for a few miles and found and fixed the rattle I heard last fall.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 08 2020 12:50 AM
Had a couple of errands to run yesterday so decided to drive the ‘62 C-10. Stopped to visit some friends who are closing out their parents estate. These are the folks I purchased the ‘65 Biscayne and the ‘39 Dodge Coupe from, that I’m chronicling in the “Spoon”. Then drove Ms Kathy to dinner at our favorite Mexican Restaurant. A great day for cruising around town.🛠
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Mar 08 2020 01:07 AM
Took in a local cruise tonight. Had lots of kids get their photo taken in my truck. I parked next to the bounce house.

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Posted By: glenns towing Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? - Mon Mar 09 2020 12:01 AM
Drove it. Put 80 miles on it with varios other vehicles, 60s chevy van, 66 caddy, 48 ford sdn, 51 chevy sdn, 80s vette. Had a blast, hit a couple watering holes. Ate, drink and was merry.
Posted By: 78buckshot Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? - Tue Mar 10 2020 01:18 AM
Picked up another 45 bales of hay to get through till the pastures are ready, only 30 mile round trip but I'm always happy when behind the wheel of a truck, especially when rowing through the gears and feeling the truck work.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? - Sat Apr 11 2020 02:36 AM
Took my “seat cover” with me the 6 miles or so to buy a tank of ethanol-free gasoline this evening. The cold front pushed through last night and dropped the temps into the 50’s this morning and it was a pleasant 65 while we drove. I was shocked when the pump finally stopped after delivering 16.674 gallons. My gas gauge hasn’t worked in the 12 years I’ve owned the truck, but I thought I had about 5 gallons in it. Guess I was wrong and I was really lucky we didn’t run out of gas on the way!

I’ve never put that much gas in the truck before. So just how much gas does a 1950 tank hold anyway?
Posted By: tclederman Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? - Sat Apr 11 2020 02:53 AM
17 1/2 gallons
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: What did you get done on your bolt today???? - Sat Apr 11 2020 11:17 AM
Thanks Tim. I always thought it held about 15 gallons, so that’s why I was shocked when I put in over 16.5. That means I had 8/10’s of a gallon left in the tank before I would have run out of gas!
Cruise tonight honoring the 2020 High School Senior athletes. Spent about 1 1/2 hours cruising the main drag in the ‘62 C-10. Not many older cars out.
Posted By: John Milliman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Apr 29 2020 09:55 AM
(Late Entry) Last weekend, Hambone and I cruised together -- Hauled another load from Stovebolt HQ (former) to Stovebolt HQ (new). We took the long way back to the garage ...
The '49's first time out of the garage since Thanksgiving. No issues. Apparently, I need to adjust the brakes a little .... but with Huck brakes, that's not an issue, merely one of the joys of owning an antique truck wink

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Posted By: Rusty Rod Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Apr 29 2020 12:59 PM
My wife has been getting antsy around the house. She is constantly bugging me about how much time I spend in my "office" (the big closet in the basement that SHE made me move in to) doing my school work. Well, it is finals time. She said she needed to take some food to an older friend in the next town over. I had just finished the 2nd draft of one of my finals so I figured that I would drive her.

We took the long way home (about 20 miles out through the hills and dales). There is a lot of old iron sitting around out there and I use those trips to spot them. My best spot was a 69-72 Suburban C20 and a 69-72 K10 that followed each other out of a dirt road. The sad one is an early 50's 2 Ton with no front axle, slowing making its way into the earth.
Posted By: John Milliman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Apr 29 2020 02:36 PM
Originally Posted by Rusty Rod
My best spot was a 69-72 Suburban C20 and a 69-72 K10 that followed each other out of a dirt road. The sad one is an early 50's 2 Ton with no front axle, slowing making its way into the earth.

And the pictures are where, exactly? FAIL!!
Posted By: KEVINSKI Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Apr 29 2020 03:40 PM
Air traffic

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Posted By: Rusty Rod Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Apr 29 2020 09:50 PM
I was driving.
Posted By: Wally / Montana Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Apr 29 2020 10:24 PM
Is that 2-wheel drive? No way a 2-wheel drive could get that far up a tree.
Posted By: klhansen Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Apr 30 2020 12:19 AM
It's been there since the late 50's when those trees were just saplings. wink
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Apr 30 2020 01:54 AM
The headlights have been dim for so long I finally decided to do something about it, so I removed the two ground wires and took a big Emory board nail file and sanded down the holes in the inner fenders, then wire brushed the two ring connectors on the ground wires and screwed them back in place. Then removed the headlight bulbs and used the Emory board and wire brush on the three blade connectors, then reassembled everything. I’ll take a spin around the block tomorrow evening to see if it made any difference.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Apr 30 2020 01:57 AM
Remember folks this is the Driving Report thread not the What did you get done thread or the proper place for questions.Thanks
Posted By: BC59 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri May 01 2020 08:19 PM
Back to Driving!!

After a long winters rest was able to sneak off over the lunch hour twice this week to take old Blue out for a good run. 40 mile round trip up I-84 to the summit of the Blue Mts. here in N.E. Oregon.

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Posted By: Woogeroo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri May 01 2020 09:01 PM
Changed the oil today in my '65 c10... so had to go get the new oil dirty.

Took a little spin down a few curvy roads in town, then back down the highway to the house.

Always fun to have the windows down, nice breeze blowing in the old truck.

vrooom.

-Woog
Posted By: BC59 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 03 2020 04:53 AM
[quote=Woogeroo

Took a little spin down a few curvy roads in town, then back down the highway to the house.

Always fun to have the windows down, nice breeze blowing in the old truck.

vrooom.

-Woog[/quote]

Can I get an amen!
I first drove my '60 in 1973 when dad bought in used 1 owner, trade in from selling dealer in John Day, Oregon.
I was In love at first sight. We were both produced in late '59, not sure of my production number but old Blue was #918 off the Freemont (Or Oakland, another can of worms) line. Was titled new in November '59.
When I was given the title for 21st birthday it hadn't run in 3 years or so, bed full of trash. Been 30 years since restoration & many miles, rock chips and all it's been way more fun than trailer & shows. Have driven to east coast once, all over much of the Pacific N.W. including several jaunts around B.C. , Norther Califorina & Nevada.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 04 2020 05:13 PM
Drove the ‘50 about 10 miles to a new county park on the north side of town yesterday evening after the sun went down. Both us and the old truck enjoy going sorta slow, so we cruised about 40 mph there and back. We strolled through the park to see the lay of the land. It’s in a pretty rural area outside the city limits so it was real quiet, peaceful, and really enjoyable. Just what we both needed! The drive back with the windows and cowl vent open was really pleasant. To us driving the old truck is like drinking glass of warm wine.
Posted By: BigHog Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 04 2020 05:26 PM
I tend to take my 55.1 out around the neighborhood, every other weekend. This weekend I got brave and took down the old trampoline in the backyard and loaded it in the back of the pickup. I took it all to the dump on the other side of town. Probably a 50 mile round trip outing. The good - Thumbs up where ever I went, and the I love your truck comments. The not so good, the passenger door may occasionally pop open, The brakes pull hard right, so I need to leave plenty of room between me and the vehicle in front of me, while the lack of seatbelts adds to the experience. Anybody of a link to an easy to install lap belts system, send it my way.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat May 16 2020 10:42 PM
A really large branch broke off during a recent thunderstorm so I spent about 6 hours cutting it up and loading it in the bed of the ‘50. She wanted to go with me, so we threw a tarp over the cuttings and headed to the brush collection center. Pulled it all out and made it back home without a hitch. About a 20 mile round trip. Lots of honks and thumbs up along the way!
Posted By: Gord&Fran Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 19 2020 08:02 PM
Barber shop opened up today after the long covid closure. Drove the truck to the barber for my first haircut in 3 months. New procedure for the shop; wait in your car until the barber calls you in. I waited by the truck for about 45 minutes. A kid on a bicycle came by and took pictures of the truck. A guy in a '68 Camaro gunned his engine and gave a thumbs up.

Funniest thing was a guy in a Mack dump truck. He stopped in the middle of the road and yelled "Is that yours?" When I nodded, he got out and ran over to show me a picture of his '52 Chevy truck. I asked if he carried a picture of his wife. Nope, no wife or kids - just the truck. He told me that he is not a member of this forum as his truck has a 350 in it. I told him that there was lots of good info here; it's not just about the stovebolt 6. (I suppose if you drive a large dump truck, you can leave it in the middle of the road - who's going to argue)
Posted By: Skooter Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 24 2020 01:40 AM
64 miles on the old girl this afternoon via Rt 66, aka "Goldroad" to Oatman, AZ. I am indeed blessed to live in AZ and be so close to the historic and IMO, most scenic stretch of old 66. grin

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Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 24 2020 02:03 AM
I am jealous - thumbs_up
Posted By: Wayne67vert Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 24 2020 02:07 AM
We did a drive-by birthday cruise for a 7 year old boy. He and his family were very excited to see all the classic vehicles.
Posted By: olezippi Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 24 2020 11:47 AM
Originally Posted by Skooter
64 miles on the old girl this afternoon via Rt 66, aka "Goldroad" to Oatman, AZ. I am indeed blessed to live in AZ and be so close to the historic and IMO, most scenic stretch of old 66. grin
Nice truck and pics of the scenery. The wife and I did curb side pickup at Los Bravos's on Friday for my Birthday and Saturday meet some friends down by the river front. We had our Red 49 pickup and our friends had their Red 81 Corvette. A lot of people walk in this area so we had a lot of thumbs up and some questions. Nice to get out and take a drive.

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Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 24 2020 02:53 PM
Great looking truck Olezippi. Sounds like you guys had a fun outing. I’m jealous!

Sent you a PM.
Posted By: olezippi Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 24 2020 11:39 PM
Originally Posted by Spotbiltxo
Great looking truck Olezippi. Sounds like you guys had a fun outing. I’m jealous!

Sent you a PM.
Thanks for the nice comment.
Posted By: VEW Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 25 2020 08:56 PM
Very nice ride olezippi. Looks like it is comfortable to drive too!
Posted By: olezippi Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon May 25 2020 11:56 PM
Originally Posted by VEW
Very nice ride olezippi. Looks like it is comfortable to drive too!
I appreciate the comments. I have updated my Photo Album as the interior has changed.
Posted By: Rusty Rod Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 26 2020 02:42 AM
I drove my suburban around the block 3 times.
Posted By: Gord&Fran Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 26 2020 04:11 AM
Originally Posted by Rusty Rod
I drove my suburban around the block 3 times.

Did you get dizzy?
Posted By: Rusty Rod Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 26 2020 03:38 PM
No sir, I was going pretty slow as it is not exactly street legal. I was listening for strange noises.
Posted By: WE b OLD Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 26 2020 08:02 PM
[url=https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPpaJ437OadstHWPw5G7KkGQ7HwlmGBBEw8Z54ewneA3pduJY_ZvIBnIXvykz90dg?key=NWFERENPR3F1YnExaXV1a2FuT19uWHl4T1piUHN3]I drove through town in the 54 wearing my usual National Holiday attire.[/url Yes I know the date is wrong but it proves what I said
Posted By: tclederman Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue May 26 2020 09:42 PM
Here is that URL - it should link to 3 photos. [photos.google.com]
Posted By: MiraclePieCo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu May 28 2020 09:01 AM
I drove my panel truck to a local car gathering. It's a small town but about 20 cars showed up for free hamburgers and hot dogs. I was the lone AD representative.

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Posted By: olezippi Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu May 28 2020 10:47 AM
Originally Posted by miraclepieco
I drove my panel truck to a local car gathering. It's a small town but about 20 cars showed up for free hamburgers and hot dogs. I was the lone AD representative.
I'll bet that was nice. The only thing my wife and I have done is meet some friends of ours at the river front. I guess it was a two car show ☺ Probably nothing happening around here until July or August.
Posted By: Skooter Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri May 29 2020 12:39 AM
Cool pics. thumbs_up Gotta luv the small towns. Olezippi is that Evansville?
Posted By: olezippi Re: Stovebolt driving report - Fri May 29 2020 01:57 AM
Originally Posted by Skooter
Cool pics. thumbs_up Gotta luv the small towns. Olezippi is that Evansville?
Yes sir
Posted By: Tommy Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 31 2020 03:27 AM
I made a 125 mile round trip today with 16 people and nine vehicles to eat lunch and spend some time on the road. Was nice time , but will have to get used to the heat again. When I got home I was worn out.
Posted By: olezippi Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun May 31 2020 11:13 AM
We went to our first cruise-in of the year yesterday. It was at a Rod & Kustom shop on the owners property out in the middle of nowhere. Other than the people that came in their cars and a few neighbors that was all the people that were around. There were about 100 cars that showed up. Felt nice just to get out and go to a car show.

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Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 08 2020 02:34 PM
Saturday night was the big event for the year. Drove the ‘62 C-10 on the closed course Route 66 cruise. It’s about a 4 mile closed loop course for vehicles more than 25 years old. Part of the loop went by one of our extended care facilities. The residents that could were outside in chairs watching us go by. Ended at 10pm and Ms Kathy and I were worn out from all the waving. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 cars/trucks.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 14 2020 10:53 PM
‘62 C-10 went to Sunday breakfast at the local Braum’s. Regulars include a couple of car guys and a group of local farmers. Good time had by all.
Posted By: Mike B Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jun 18 2020 04:04 PM
Drove the '56 to the pool supply house to get a needed part...it's always fun to get behind the wheel for a quick spin, lots of waves and thumbs up's...about 35 miles round trip!

Mike B smile
Posted By: Pat66 Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jun 21 2020 11:13 AM
Hey Mike B, glad you got to get out. Got to drive my 72 to Bridgewater show yesterday,got some horn toots as well, not sure if my driving or the truck. Got to see Gary,John V. and found the legendary Mike Roach sitting on the back of my truck. Great day, weather held out. Tristate show in September looks promising with meeting in Clearbrook next Sunday to work on details. Pat66
Posted By: Mike B Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 22 2020 01:30 AM
Pulled the Fire Engine out today and took my two Granddaughters for their first ride in that truck (they are now big enough to sit in a booster seat) they both got to bump the siren...this made it a great Fathers Day for me!

Pat, I'm looking forward to Tri-State...

Mike B smile
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 22 2020 01:33 AM
Fellow Stovebolter Chris (Interiors and Texas Bolters moderator) organized a day cruise yesterday to Fredericksburg, TX and four 'bolters and two of their wives made the trip.... A '50, two '51's and a '57. We drove up Hwy. 281 N to Blanco, then went west and into Fredericksburg. First stop was Wildseed Farms www.wildseedfarms.com [wildseedfarms.com] to look around a bit. It's a really nice working flower seed farm. Then on into Fredericksburg. Most of the little shops were open again after the Covid-19 lockdown, so we enjoyed some window shopping until it was lunchtime. I hadn't been to a restaurant since mid March, and we all agreed that Mexican food was what we wanted, so we paid a visit to Mamacita's. Had some great tamales, enchiladas, tacos, and some south Texas borracho beans. Wonderful food and fellowship, and the A/C was cold!! Next it was off for more window shopping, and then someone had the idea to go to Lady Bird Johnson park for a photo shoot. We parked next to the river and several people passed and honked and waved. One couple even got out and asked if they could look at our trucks. He was really into old trucks he said. Next a mother drove up on a golf cart with her 11 year old son who had just finished playing golf and had seen our trucks. He asked his mother if they could go look at them. He was really excited and we encouraged him to get himself one when he got old enough. His mother said we had made his day! Chris and I headed back to San Antonio, but made a stop in Luckenbach to pay homage to Willie and Waylon. Had a couple of cold ones while listening to some great live music on the stage under the big old crooked live oak trees. The strong breeze kept us and the crowd pretty cool. The 167 mile round trip was just awesome and the most fun I've had since being stuck at home when the lockdown started March 11th. It was really fun to get out and drive our trucks all day with other guys and gals. Thanks for putting it together Chris!

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Posted By: olezippi Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jun 22 2020 11:02 AM
Originally Posted by Spotbiltxo
Fellow Stovebolter Chris (Interiors and Texas Bolters moderator) organized a day cruise yesterday to Fredericksburg, TX and four 'bolters and two of their wives made the trip.... A '50, two '51's and a '57. We drove up Hwy. 281 N to Blanco, then went west and into Fredericksburg. First stop was Wildseed Farm (www.wildseedfarms.com [wildseedfarms.com]) to look around a bit. It's a really nice working flower seed farm. Then on into Fredericksburg. Most of the little shops were open again after the Covid-19 lockdown, so we enjoyed some window shopping until it was lunchtime. I hadn't been to a restaurant since mid March, so we all agreed that Mexican food was what we wanted, so we paid a visit to Mamacita's. Had some great tamales, enchiladas, tacos, and some south Texas borracho beans. Wonderful food and fellowship, and the A/C was cold!! Next it was off for more window shopping, and then someone had the idea to go to Lady Bird Johnson park for a photo shoot. We parked next to the river and several people passed and honked and waved. One couple even got out and asked if they could look at our trucks. He was really into old trucks he said. Next a mother drove up on a golf cart with her 11 year old son who had just finished playing golf and had seen our trucks. He asked his mother if they could go look at them. He was really excited and we encouraged him to get himself one when he got old enough. His mother said we had made his day! Chris and I headed back to San Antonio, but made a stop in Luckenbach to pay homage to Willie and Waylon. Had a couple of cold ones while listening to some great live music on the stage under the big old crooked live oak trees. The strong breeze kept us and the crowd pretty cool. The 167 mile round trip was just awesome and the most fun I've had since being stuck at home when the lockdown started March 11th. It was really fun to get out and drive our trucks all day with other guys and gals. Thanks for putting it together Chris!
Looks like you boys had a lot of fun. I'll bet it felt nice to get the ole AD's out for a shake down. I think there may be a cruise-in next week in a town a little over an hour from home that the wife and I may attend. I haven't seen a cancellation notice yet. Nice pics by the way.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jul 06 2020 08:19 PM
We always put on a little parade in our neighborhood for the Fourth of July, and it’s mainly for the kiddos. The local fire station always participates by leading the way with their big red fire engine and the rest of us follow with all the kids on their decorated bikes, trikes, and wagons bunched up in the middle. This year, because of the pandemic, we had to alter things a bit and decided to make it a “vehicles only” parade and made the route quite a bit longer. We even had a cupcake truck handing out goodies to everyone. I missed seeing the kids, dogs, and bicycles all decorated, but hopefully we’ll be back to normal next year. I brought up the rear in the old truck.

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Posted By: RobinCO Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jul 07 2020 12:47 AM
Great trip report guys.

Rob

Originally Posted by Spotbiltxo
Fellow Stovebolter Chris (Interiors and Texas Bolters moderator) organized a day cruise yesterday to Fredericksburg, TX and four 'bolters and two of their wives made the trip.... A '50, two '51's and a '57. We drove up Hwy. 281 N to Blanco, then went west and into Fredericksburg. First stop was Wildseed Farms www.wildseedfarms.com [wildseedfarms.com] to look around a bit. It's a really nice working flower seed farm. Then on into Fredericksburg. Most of the little shops were open again after the Covid-19 lockdown, so we enjoyed some window shopping until it was lunchtime. I hadn't been to a restaurant since mid March, so we all agreed that Mexican food was what we wanted, so we paid a visit to Mamacita's. Had some great tamales, enchiladas, tacos, and some south Texas borracho beans. Wonderful food and fellowship, and the A/C was cold!! Next it was off for more window shopping, and then someone had the idea to go to Lady Bird Johnson park for a photo shoot. We parked next to the river and several people passed and honked and waved. One couple even got out and asked if they could look at our trucks. He was really into old trucks he said. Next a mother drove up on a golf cart with her 11 year old son who had just finished playing golf and had seen our trucks. He asked his mother if they could go look at them. He was really excited and we encouraged him to get himself one when he got old enough. His mother said we had made his day! Chris and I headed back to San Antonio, but made a stop in Luckenbach to pay homage to Willie and Waylon. Had a couple of cold ones while listening to some great live music on the stage under the big old crooked live oak trees. The strong breeze kept us and the crowd pretty cool. The 167 mile round trip was just awesome and the most fun I've had since being stuck at home when the lockdown started March 11th. It was really fun to get out and drive our trucks all day with other guys and gals. Thanks for putting it together Chris!
Posted By: RobinCO Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jul 07 2020 12:47 AM
Beautiful truck and I love your significant others dress.

Rob
Originally Posted by Spotbiltxo
We always put on a little parade in our neighborhood for the Fourth of July, and it’s mainly for the kiddos. The local fire station always participates by leading the way with their big red fire engine and the rest of us follow with all the kids on their decorated bikes, trikes, and wagons bunched up in the middle. This year, because of the pandemic, we had to alter things a bit and decided to make it a “vehicles only” parade and made the route quite a bit longer. We even had a cupcake tuck handing out goodies to everyone. I missed seeing the kids, dogs, and bicycles all decorated, but hopefully we’ll be back to normal next year. I brought up the rear in the old truck.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jul 07 2020 04:01 AM
Thanks Rob! I see you live downtown San Antonio?? You should join our small group of ‘bolters. We’d love to have you join our next road trip!
Posted By: olezippi Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jul 07 2020 04:58 PM
The wife and I went to a cruise-in in a small town about 45 min from home. There was only about 80 cars there and it was in the middle 90's with very little wind. If it wasn't for the shade we had we would have left early. It was nice to get out. Got 2nd place for best truck.

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Posted By: Ott3r Re: Stovebolt driving report - Wed Jul 08 2020 12:20 AM
Whew... last week was a marathon to get the burb running for the 4th.

My friend and his dad (old time stovebolt guy) came over on wednesday evening to help start my freshly rebuilt 235 for the first time.
Due to the rushed schedule, I left off the passenger side fender... which made it easier to prime the oil system with a drill.
Somehow i had messed up the valve lash and it didn't start at first, but after we loosened up the intakes, she fired right up... until it died after draining the float bowl.
I haven't all the way figured the fuel selector valve for the dual tanks, so we added gas to the new aux tank, and she fired up again.

15-2000rpm for 20 minutes break in was uneventful.

Engine is .040" over 235 block with 848 head, 9.2:1 pistons from CP, E293s cam from Elgin (stock 261 grind), solid lifters, rochester B, stock exhaust

The next day:
finished hanging fenders, grill, hood, bumpers
bled brakes
filled transfer case
installed O2 sensor
went out for a test drive
added an extra brake pedal return spring to fix sticky pedal underbody booster

It actually drove, so I declared highway worthiness and set out for my parents house in Colorado the following morning (Friday).

The rebuild seems good for drivability. With big 32" tires, and a 3.38 rear I'm having a lot easier time transitioning from 2nd to 3rd gear (sm420), even on uphill starts.
No problem maintaining 75 mph on flat highway, but still has to slow down to 3rd for really steep hills. Fortunately it is very 'luggable' and can still utilize 4th even down around 40mph although 3rd will get her up to ~50.

30 miles into the journey I noticed that the O2 sensor would indicate pig rich while cruising at light throttle. So I pulled over and found fuel leaking from the fuel discharge cross piece, puddling on the throttle plate and dribbling out the shaft ends.
After adjusting the float a little lower I re-assembled the carb, but now it's gasket wasn't sealing and gas started leaking down the sides of the venturi... it seemed less severe, so I kept on trucking.
Rolling across the state line into Pagosa Springs I was unpleasantly surprised to find the engine could not idle while waiting at stop signs and was very surgy while slowly crawling with town traffic.
The covid isolation must be accentuating my introvertedness, and I was pretty stressed with the heavy traffic and lack of idle. So i drove like a **** through most of town, drawing some angry honks for running a stop sign before I remembered to use the hand throttle to keep her running in neutral.

Burb made it all 250 miles back home yesterday without any terrible problems. But I did run out of fuel, fortunately only a mile from a gas station where I hitched a ride and grabbed a gas can to put something in the aux tank... for some reason I couldn't get the selector to draw from only the main tank. After that I returned the favor to another hitchhiker, an old Navajo guy who was thrilled to reminisce about his younger days driving a similar rig... though he gave the Apache badge a look of disapproving amusement.

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Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Thu Jul 09 2020 03:37 PM
Wow, what a story! Glad your rig was able to make the complete round trip back home.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Jul 11 2020 03:24 PM
Used the ‘62 C-10 to move some construction debris from the new barn roof. The old barn isn’t much but it shelters the horses. Built in the mid 1930s. Modified a few times.

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Posted By: Doc.Hall Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sat Jul 11 2020 04:35 PM
Nice, the 62 and the barn, kinda looks like Okeechobee, FL. I was raised on land like that. A lot of memories for both of us. Used to ride out early mornings and hunt cows, when we headed back to the barn our horse tracks were glistening in the falling sun because of rain and low ground. I know....I'm waxing a little poetic. Ed
Posted By: J Lucas Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jul 12 2020 04:21 AM
That's a nice sized barn and looking good. Your '62 is looking good as well. thumbs_up

Thanks Martin

John
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Sun Jul 19 2020 11:46 PM
Yesterday Chris, Kevin and I met up for a day cruise. Chris and I left SA at 8:00 AM and traveled up I-35 in the right lane to New Braunfels. The weather was real nice too. When I left the house at 6:30 AM it was 69°F. A cold front! LOL We met Kevin at Bucee’s, and then drove over to Las Polomas for breakfast tacos. Chris’s two kids enjoyed ‘em too! Then we were off to Gruene where there was a nice gathering of folks attending a downtown flea market. Kevin lead the way, and we headed to River Road which, yes, runs alongside the Guadalupe river. There were lots of privately owned campgrounds along the way and every one was nearly overflowing with RV’s and tents. Lots of “tubers” slowly floating down the river in the chilly water. The huge trees covered the road most of the 10 miles or so, which provided lots of needed shade. Speed limit was 20 MPH most of the way, with sections no more than 30 MPH. Lots of curves, and the road crossed the river in 4 places. Lots of bikers yesterday also, and we got lots of thumbs up from them and lots of waves from the campers along the route. The icing on the cake was a trip to the top of the Canyon Lake dam. There was a great panoramic view of the lake, and we enjoyed looking at all the boaters and jet skis. We went back the same way we came, and enjoyed the drive all over again. Waived goodbye to Kevin and Chris and I drove back to SA by myself on the original El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. It’s a thoroughfare from the 18th century Spanish colonial era in Spanish Texas that was instrumental in the settlement, development, and history of Texas. It was a lot more fun than taking I-35 South with all the traffic! It was another great day driving the old truck in the company of good friends! We plan to do it again in the fall when it gets cooler.

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Posted By: Doc.Hall Re: Stovebolt driving report - Tue Jul 21 2020 12:51 AM
Took Old Yeller for a drive to get the last of the bad gas out. Model "B" gave out had to be pulled back to barn by a Dodge. Got home and the Dodge ran out of gas. Took the top of Model "B" off blew it out, put 1 gallon of gas in and pulled the Dodge back to his barn. These old buggers are a little like my old Harley, easy to fix if and when they get sick. Always a great adventure. Keep your temper and have a lot of fun, folks are always ready to pull something they don't see often, anywhere you need to go. They can talk about it to friends and family and as long as you know how to be pulled, I save gas and towing. You can tell by this that in the past I had junk. Doc.
Posted By: Spotbiltxo Re: Stovebolt driving report - Mon Jul 27 2020 03:37 AM
Drove the old truck to a gathering at a relatively new little Pub and Grill in Bulverde, TX last night. There were about 20 or so vehicles there, and a lot of really nice people. We kept our masks on and social distanced and still had a good time. The owners of the establishment gave all the car owners a home-style burger and some Fritos. I washed it down with a cold Shiner. Had some nice live music to listen to while we ate. Made a couple of new friends, and one even wants to join our little Stovebolt group and cruise with us. He's a retired cop from Washington, DC and has a restored 1950 panel truck dressed out to look like an old police paddy wagon. He's also got a sweet '59 Apache with an LS motor that he and his wife are going to drive to California next week. It was nice just to get out and have some place to drive the old truck on the weekend.

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