This is the public thread for my truck; I’ll continue posting in my premium member’s thread when it comes over to this side. I have absolutely no access to the old site anymore.
In the last few weeks I have buttoned up the rear brakes, welded up the drop hitch, painted the frame, moved the flatbed 28 inches off the cab to make room for my gasifier, and flashed the 7x9 foot flat with drum metal to waterproof it. I am currently working on the cab back, and then I will finish and mount my gasifier. Here is a photo of my truck after I built my toolboxes and flat bed Summer 2013:
This truck was a basket case when I bought it. It was headed to the scrap heap. The previous owners did not believe in vehicular maintenance, apparently. I needed a cheap truck at the time, and I figured that a little love would go a long way, and that I could improve the functionality little by little, and also the value would increase little by little, if I needed to some day sell it. Better plan than buying new where the value drops fast really quickly!
Here is a current photo of the truck:
Yeah, baby! I never knew I would have this much fun building a vehicle.
Here’s room for the new gasifier. Just needs some paint to cover that old cream-colored patch I couldn’t reach before, and we’re golden!
I recently buttoned up the rear end. Out with the old:
And in with the new:
I pressure washed, primed, and painted the innards of my rear drum brakes. From the very beginning I started cleaning and painting whatever I worked on. It leaves my fingerprints behind, and it gives that new vehicle feeling. Differential cover painted when I first changed the gear oil, brake booster painted yellow when I replaced it. And etc.
After the brakes, the frame, and the flatbed, I also changed the timing set. Took it out on the big road. WOW. That was the problem with the engine. Got her up to 80 miles per hour (in the 90 zone, like Wayne says) and had power in reserve. She loves to scream when I put my foot down. Feels like a rebuilt engine. I love it.