Are we done with this yet?
to our Virtual Garage for pre-1973 GM trucks -- If you're restoring, preserving or just driving an ole "Stovebolt," our "e-zine" has information we hope you'll find useful for living with your old truck -- from links to parts vendors (the best list
of Stovebolt-related links on the 'Net!), a Gallery of old trucks to
a virtual Swap Meet where you can find (or sell) those elusive parts
to complete your restoration projects. We even have a discussion forum where
you can ask questions, post ideas and even hang out with some old rusty
We have a lot of things here but the best one is knowledge and we share it for free (no membership dues or pay-to-view).
So pull up a virtual running board, cop a squat and check the Gallery for lots of old truck stories. If you have some questions about the old GM truck project you are working on, try our FAQ, Tech Tips or jump right into The Forums, where the Stovebolt Brain Trust resides.
We've got everything in here from 1/2-tons to 3-tons, COE's, Panels and 'Burbs, Firetrucks, Tow trucks -- Lots of trucks in all shapes, sizes and stages of restoration and enjoyment.
Join us and make us stronger
New Tech Tip
The NEED for SPEED
Another great collaborative effort via the website on-line (for the write up). The actual upgrade took place at Homecoming 2014, with the gang pitching in to make it happen. (Homecoming 2015 will be April 24-26 ... check for details in the Events forum.)
All we need is a video of a 65 mph smile!
|Restoring an old truck
Is there a 12-step program here?
Chuck "Hookalatch" Palmer's
"I am not exaggerating at all when I say that without the Stovebolt forum, I don't know if I would have pursued this project. The people who donate so much time and knowledge are just an incredible resource. I have only had the opportunity to meet one fellow Stovebolter but really felt like I was part of a family.
"One of the best pieces of advice I saw given several times was to try and do something -- even a little thing -- everyday. I pretty much adhered to that and that is partly why it took me four years. I worked on it one piece at a time. When I would start getting burned out on the endless metal work, I would tackle a job like rebuild the steering box or the gauge cluster. There seemed to be endless little projects to keep it interesting.
"I had to build racks in my shop to hold the completed parts. By the time I finally finished the body and paint work, every other part of the truck had already been rebuilt or replaced, wrapped up and ready to install. When the day finally came to start assembling everything, it was like Christmas to me every day. Adding finished part after finished part was both very exciting and rewarding.
As Chuck made it to Step 12, be sure to read the whole story in the Gallery. Then venture over and see the other new additions for March: