1929-1936 “Stove­bolt”

Street Trucks - - 100 YEARS OF CHEVY TRUCKS -

BY 1929, Chevy started mak­ing some ma­jor changes to its line of trucks, with the tran­si­tion to the new

“stove bolt”

194-cu­bic-inch in­line-six engine de­sign, as well as a closed-cab de­sign. Up un­til now, all Chevy trucks had been road­sters with op­tional fold­ing tops. Be­gin­ning in 1931, the com­pany also be­gan of­fer­ing solid-sided beds, mak­ing this the first time an ac­tual pickup was avail­able from the fac­tory. An­other ma­jor change was that steel disc wheels now re­placed the wood-spoked wheels, adding strength and re­li­a­bil­ity to the evolv­ing plat­form. Al­though no one knew it at the time, sim­i­larly styled solid wheels would be­come a pop­u­lar cus­tomiz­ing choice decades later! In gen­eral, how­ever, the trucks them­selves are of­ten stripped down and built as tra­di­tional hot rods, with the crusti­est among the end­ing up as rat rods.

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