The New Truck Resurrection

Got me a new truck!

Now that Gale and Kay have finished up their last craft shows for the year and the marathon of preparing for the next ones is over for a couple of months I talked to Gale about this again.  The critical path to me getting transportation appears to involve dragging this one in where a real mechanic can work on it, or dragging  The Communist Toyota 4-Runner in for that purpose.  I’m completely stumped with moving forward repairing either of them.  Time to bring in the heavy artillery.

It’s been a year now, and I’ve been hoarding and pinching pennies and dollars all of 2011 to be certain I’d have the money to get one or the other a license tag, safety inspection sticker, and when I eventually decided I didn’t have the skill to fix either of them, a real mechanic.  I’m more-or-less there now, or close to it.

It’s a toss-up and gives me a case of the fantods choosing one as the better bet, but I’ve settled on the New Truck over the Toyota.  It has the potential capability of pulling some sort of dwelling on wheels, which the Toyota doesn’t.  [Unrequited Love – I Coveted This, Fiddle-Footed Naggings and Songs of the Highway, Cat houses and such, Thursday morning meanderings]

So Gale and I agreed sometime during the week after Christmas we’ll figure out how to get that New Truck on a trailer and haul it to a place where people know what the hell they’re talking about, truck-wise.

Makes my hard pound louder just thinking of having transportation again. 

Old Jules

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27 responses to “The New Truck Resurrection

  1. Hi Jules,
    Reminds me a bit of our plans with my wife’s old Camaro – only that the Camaro is till running. [If you like to, check my blog].
    Good luck with your plans,
    Pit

  2. Sincerest wishes and prayers it works out as you hope.

    • Thanks Ed. I’ll confess to some biases in favor of comfort and convenience, but I can’t say I have a lot of hope invested in it all. I’ve been a year in this situation and if it takes another year to get out of it I’ll ride along and see what it’s trying to teach me. I might whine occasionally but my whining won’t be sincere in any meaningful sense because it just ain’t that bad and it is surrounded by a huge amount of good all rolled up inside it and outside making it wiggle like the tail of that comet. The Universe doesn’t necessarily have in mind for me what I have in mind for myself and when it comes down to the wire I don’t have a problem accepting that. I’m obliged for your visit. Gracias, Jules

  3. I’m a bit disappointed. Had you pegged as an off the grid rugged individualist who could fix anything with some bailing wire, duct tape and some wd-40. Oh well, another illusion shattered.

    • Anonymous: Sometimes we need those kinds of letdowns to find reality. Hope you find one to your liking. I gave up arm-wrestling with anonymous strangers over what I am and what they might be when I figured out who I am. Found it to be worth it. Gracias, Jules

  4. I will say that I am a little sad to hear that the Toyota is going a little to the wayside. They’re tough little buggers. But I also know that those old Fords like the one you have here can learn new tricks. I wish you the best on getting it all repaired and up and running. May it suit you well.

    • annegreye: I’m attached to the Toyota and if the Universe allows it I expect I’ll get around to pulling the engine to see what can be done. But first priority is getting transportation. The Ford weighs in as the most favorable prospect for that at the moment. Gracias, Jules

  5. Nice truck! Good choice! Old trucks have heart. I got a 1986 Dodge Dakota I bought last summer. It has….shall we say…a wealth of cooter bling, and stopped running about a week after I paid for it. Good body, and I am blessed with a car shop around here that can fix any car ever even thought of. Which is good, because I can put oil in it, and that is about as far as I go. I wanted something pre-computer, but couldn’t find any. Mine runs great now, so I will send you positive truck vibes, from mine to yours. I still have a few repairs to get done before it is tip top, but hopefully those things will last until funds appear.

    Quite frankly, though, I look forward to the day I have enough pasture to get a team of Percherons, or something similar, and a wagon, and that will be my transportation. Self-renewable. And more personable, in general.

    • Morning ejalvey: That’s a good day to look forward to. I gave a lot of thought to the idea of doing something similar with donkeys or goats, but I gradually concluded there’s too much desert country, private land and no access to water on the route I’d be taking to try it from here. Maybe once I’m further west I can look into the possibility, or maybe I’ll put that one off until the next lifetime. Thanks for the visit. Gracias, Jules

  6. Nothing like reaching a goal to make the blood run faster! Good for you. Hope it works out great, the mechanic turns out to be interesting and honest and the whole process is enjoyable.

    • Morning eroyjones: I’m obliged you came for a read. I’m deferring entirely to the Coincidence Coordinators on all that. Whatever they wants they’ll get anyway, one way or another. Gracias, Jules

  7. Jules, I’ve missed you. Battling a few health issues (diabetic) but was totally unaware of the problem. Addressing it with some meds and a strict diet and things are better. I missed your musings and have a lot to catch up on. I thought of you recently when my wife and I started making our own laundry soap. (I remembered your laundry post from awhile back.) Here’s a link and this stuff works really well. We skipped the last step and left the mixture in the more concentrated form of five gallons. Really saving big bucks and would like to share this with everyone. There are also recipes for dish soap. The easiest is just to buy the gel caps people use in their dishwashers, squeeze the contents into a dish soap bottle, including the outside which will dissolve, put in hot water and shake. Cost is about 20 cents per bottle. Here’s the youtube video from the Urban Homesteaders group for making laundry soap. If you are already aware of these, please excuse my ramblings. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHPwTcjFCpw

    • Morning Cletis: I’d been wondering what became of you. Sorry to hear you’ve been ill. Here’s hoping you’ve got it cleared into what you want now. Thanks for the laundry/soap tips. Gracias, Jules

  8. Good luck with your truck and if you find a good an honest mechanic please let me know. I have three dead cars that need some TLC…

  9. I think you made the right choice on which vehicle to use. That truck looks good to me.

    • DizzyDick: Glad you came for a visit. I think it’s going to make a winner, or if not, plenty of adventure and interesting challenges to keep me occupied. Gracias, Jules

  10. Hey guy,
    Looks like a winner. Nothing like trying to fix wiring without a diagram. You have probably thought of it but I would try a dealer. they often can get old schematics and such. I hope it goes well. i wish i could come out and help. i dig that kind of puzzle. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and wait for updates. Good Luck Jules.

    • Thanks angrymanspeaks. I’m hoping the guy in Harper, 15-20 miles down the road will have looked at enough of them to know right off what connects where. Otherwise the challenge might go on a while. Gracias, Jules

  11. Well, it sounds like camels would be the way to go, though I am not sure how they take to wagons. As for private property, one might get around that dilemma with a “cause.” Many people traverse the nation for a “cause,” and with a little signage, most people will gladly let a person pass through private space (unless, I suppose, they did not like your “cause.”)

    I myself would probably choose “save the whales,” though the seas might need as much or more saving now. Plus, I love the thought of people trying to figure out what camels have to do with whales. That kind of thing can make a person’s day.

    Hope you have the kind of evening you seek.

    • eljalvey: I don’t think I’m overfond of camels, though I’ve never had any truck with them. They strike me as too tall and they all have necks like Audrey Hepburn. I think I’d be more inclined to stay more conventional, not going anymore into the exotic side of things than llamas or oxen. But that’s just me.

      As for cause, I’m reminded of a truck I used to occasionally borrow from someone on the Rez. It had darkened windows and a sticker in the back window, “WHITEY WILL PAY!”. I noticed more enthusiasm about it on the Rez than off.

      Maybe, “Save the Double Helix Nebula” would play better in that country. Gracias, Jules

  12. I guess of the three I’d take the oxen. They don’t spit.
    I’ll have to look up ole Double Helix. Sounds rich. I do love a good Nebula though. Usually quite colorful. Some even look right at you!

  13. Oh, now see? That is spectacular. Might be the DNA of the whole Universe, right there. I love space pictures!!!!

    [indeed.]

    • Ejalvey: Yeah, it’s a signpost of a sort, anyway. Stuck up out there shouting to high heaven about what’s going on in the vicinity nobody’d have a hint at if it weren’t there. Glad you enjoyed it. Jules

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