Productivity is my middle name...

Trip Start Oct 01, 2007
Trip End Dec 31, 2008

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

I've been home now for 2 weeks. And I haven't been just sitting around. There have been so many projects to work on since I have only been home for 35 days(as of today) this year. I started off trying to work on too many projects at once. So they were all going too slowly. I started off disassembling the truck, putting together the lift that I'm going to use the pick up the truck cab and engine, putting up gutters, buying another truck to tow my trailer, getting a winch, fabricating a mounting plate for the winch, putting up a garage, putting a floor in, installing shop lights, putting in a rock garden, and organizing the other garage.

Finally I buckled down and decided to work on one project at once. I decided to do the gutters first to stop the rain from leaking in under the garage doors. That actually took a lot longer than I had expected it would. Being the first time to put up gutters(and have to custom fabricate them), I made a lot of mistakes and had to redo a bit of it.

With that finally up, I bought another truck, a 1993 Chevy C1500 Cheyenne...for $600. And its not in bad shape either. There's not much rust on the frame, the 350 V8 runs well, it has a new tow package and the interior isn't shot. The body is not so great, its been a work truck. And the transmission is a little tricky. But overall, I should be able to use it to finish all the restoration and other work around here and then resell it...for about the same price.

Then I just got a Champion 8000lb winch to mount to the car trailer so I can tow the trucks on and off. Since neither one will run at the moment, this was kind of a necessity. But I had to figure out a way to mount the winch to the trailer since there was no good place to mount it. I cut and fabricated a support surface to fit and welded it up with the help of a coworker. I'm really glad I went with overengineering the support and getting the 8000lb winch...I first started trying to tow the truck with it still in Park and the emergency brake on and the wheels sunk down a little into the ground. It pulled it though.

Afterwards, Jacqui and I talked and decided that it would be a good idea to have a good place to work on the truck when its raining and snowing. Our garage isn't big enough so I did some research and got a 14'x30' instant garage. It took a couple of days of putting it together a few hours here and there, but it finally got erected last Sunday. Then I spent the next few days putting in a sturdy floor and electrifying it. I was working late into the night most of last week and the week before.

After finally getting all the prep work done to be able to work on my truck, needed to finish changing the garden area over to a rock garden. After being gone so much this year, the garden was really overgrown. And we didn't want to have to deal with that every time we left. So we put down some of the thick roofing plastic and covered it with decorative stone. Now we're going to try to find a statue or something to put in the rock garden so it doesn't look so plain. A plug for the new truck: I brought the stone from the quarry to our house and the truck didn't even groan. Over 1.5 tons per trip in the bed of the truck. I do think I gave the suspension the best workout its had in a long time though.

Now I've promised to help try to sell a bunch of our old junk on Ebay and Craigslist so we can have a little extra cash and just to clean out the house(and yard). So far, I've already sold the recliners and the 4x4's pickup bed and all the split firewood. All that netted us a little over $500. That paid for the winch right there.
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