1954 Chevy 1/2-Ton
20 March 2006
Here's the line-up. I'm going to head over to the see a 'Burb tomorrow. Thank you so much for all you do. The Stovebolt Page is the highlight of my day. I see a lot of fine folks each day in my little travels but there is something extra special about everyone at the 'Bolt.
Stovebolter # 7064
Ensenada, Baja California
05 October 2005
I truly love these trucks and was so happy and surprised to find out I wasn't the only one! Also not the only girl (although Kimberly McDowell really knows her stuff -- not like me!). Living here in Baja (and off the beaten track a bit) keeps me distanced from what is going on in the States, in general. I was so pleasantly shocked to find all of you -- a whole community of wonderful people interested in preserving and driving these great trucks.
I love mechanics but really knew nothing to help me get my truck up and running. My husband is wonderful at everything and was planning a frame up restoration ... someday. He said we'd get another one someday so we could really do it the right way, once he was home again. For the last year he had lived/worked in San Diego and came home on weekends.
My Mom is here, too (she's originally from Arizona). She is the one who knows of my love of these trucks and told me she would give me my step-Dad's truck as soon (if ever!) we had enough $$$ to bring it all together. Thanks to her help, we had enough to get it up and running and painted too! (I had a '52 in the mid '80s that I had traded my little, almost new Toyota in for. My Mom and step-Dad were both understanding of my love for these trucks and didn't get too upset. It was stolen four months after I got it and have yearned for another ever since.)
I had been working on getting a couple of photos to submit to The Gallery for some time but our computer crashed. We were not been able to retrieve our files from our old one. The most important to us all -- about two years of photographs.
So, the truck is running and was out at the body/paint shop on September 3rd. It is my daily driver (my '98 Suburban 3/4-ton, 4X4 still for sale-$10,000 - hint, hint). The color is just what I wanted. I never really saw more than a small chip of Yukon Yellow on the internet so I ended up with GMC Yellow B/C, the one that is used on a Hummer.
We had a difficult time with the tires (spacers, king pins). I usually feel like a fool reading the questions and answers and am embarrassed that I am not doing the work on the truck myself and don't understand much. I appreciate so much that you sent me the thread on tires/wheels (I think Woogeroo wrote it) awhile back. I read it umpteen times and finally figured out the meaning of the sizes, etc. and referred to it for several weeks while deciding on tires. I finally ended up with 7.50 bias ply on 16" rims. This was exactly how we wanted, "Jack" to look. Well, how I wanted the truck to look. My husband loves the truck too and wishes it was his. I think we are going to need to find a couple more ... one for him and one for Gabriela (turns 15 in October).
There are a few little "snags" to work out. It doesn't seem to like the cold of these Fall mornings so I'm taking it out to pick my daughter up after school and it purrs right along.
I'm getting many, many smiles here. I'm hoping more people will decide it's not such a difficult task to just start it and get their's back up and running.
Many are asking if it's for sale. With a smile I have to say, "No" :-)
Young, old and in-between -- to each and every person here I mention The Stovebolt Page. One in particular, I'm pretty sure will look it up. He has spent three years on his '52 with his two sons. He and his wife gave me the ashtray I was missing from his '54 parts truck. I told him about you all and American Classic Truck Parts.
Thank you sooo much for such a wonderful site. The advice and information is fantastic and the people too. I enjoy it everyday. Sometimes I go on several times just to keep up on how everyone's doing with their trucks. My daughter and I can spend ages just clicking on each and every truck in the gallery and commenting on all our favorite details.
I have told each person I find with an old Chevy/GMC in Ensenada about The Stovebolt Page but so far not one has the use of a computer.
Let me know what you think of the truck. I wanted it to look happy and be able to load anything I want in to it.
Stovebolter # 7064
Ensenada, Baja California
There's nothing better than a happy Stovebolter. Glad to finally have you in the Gallery! Your Bolt definitely would bring smiles -- but I imagine YOU would, too! ~~ Editor
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