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Gallery Over 3,100 old truck stories with photos from Stovebolters worldwide! More in our DITY Gallery. Year at a Glance - all the new Gallery entries from 2014.

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Helpful tips on truck restoration, identification, preservation; project stories and Stovebolt histories.

More than 978 useful sites for information, parts, services, other sites, tools, insurance and a "publications library."

Find out who's doing what, where and when! See who else is in your neighborhood with an old truck. Read some great stories and enjoy all the pictures.

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Nothing new under the sun ... got some good Frequently Asked Questions here, and will probably have more!

Sagas, Feature Stories, The "Roadkill" Commentaries, The old "It Ran When I Parked It" Photo Contests, Poster Contest, and some stuff we've done here and there and don't know where else to put it!

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  Welcome 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 Stovebolters!

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
Because none of us are as smart as all of us!

New Tech Tip

Advance Design (1947.2 – 1955.1) 1-Ton Truck Rear Axle Ring and Pinion Swap!

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!



New Links
988 links listed so far

  • Southeast Chevy Parts -- "Home of the original parts experts for full-size 1955-1970 classic Chevy parts. We also restore, rebuild, and re-manufacture used parts ... " They'll help you locate rare, original parts. [ Parts / Services ]
  • Street Rod Electrics -- "American-made complete restoration wiring. GM color-coded wiring kits that include GM connectors and terminals. Free custom recommendations based on your vehicle year, make & model! Free shipping on all complete wiring harnesses! [ Parts / Electrical ]
  • Classic Parts Industries -- "Our mission is to provide the best products and customer service available." [ Parts ]
  • South Atlantic Galvanizing -- Suggested in the forum as an option to media blasting, this company offers Hot-Dip Galvanizing [ Services ]
  • Kramer Industries -- Blasting systems, media, shop talk, forum, blog, applications [ Services ]
  Restoring an old truck
Is there a 12-step program here?

Before ...

After ...
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Chuck "Hookalatch" Palmer's
1952 Chevy 1/2-Ton 3100

"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:


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