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The term Stovebolt refers to a variety of inline-6 cylinder engines used in General Motors vehicles from the 1930s to early 1960s.

Stovebolt is also used to refer specifically to the Advance-Design series trucks with the 216 and 235 engines. These trucks were produced from mid 1947 to early 1955. In old Chevrolet truck restoration circles, these are referred to as 1947 second series trucks to 1955 first series trucks. The reason being that in 1947 they had the previous body style still being made, and in 1955 they had the newer body style coming out.

The reason the General Motors inline-6 cylinder engines were referred to as a Stovebolt was due to the engine's 1/4"x20 slotted-head bolts inside the engine. These bolts looked like the slotted-head bolts that were used on metal constructed wood burning stoves, hence the slang term or nickname of Stovebolt for the General Motors Inline Six cylinder engine.

For a more detailed history of the Stovebolt engine, view the article Chevrolet Straight-6 engine.


Stovebolt definition from Chevrolet Motor Division, Media Archives

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