Thursday, December 30, 2010

Day 4

well its day 4 and im still crashing on my brothers couch. there still isent any power at the trailer. i did manage to get the brakes fixed on my truck after replaceing the drivers side caliper, and new front brakes. both sides were worn bad but the drivers side was down to metal. cost me $10 at O'reilleys to have each rotor turned. i hope this set lasts alot longer than the other set did. ive had nothing but problems with the brakes on this truck.

the woman who owns the trailer that im supposed to be moving into is not showing much signs of wanting to get things going. im starting to get a little pissed. the power was supposed to be turned on all ready and i really cant do anything without power. this whole move isent starting out good at all.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Made it to NC

well i finally arrived in jacksonville. the weather on the way down was horable. most of the way through the mountains it was snowing. i didnt have to much trouble with traction, not with the weight of the fifthweel and all the crap that i had loaded in it. we arrived in jacksonville to find more snow on the ground then we had in elkhart. after a short nap at my brothers we headed out to see the property. the power was shut off so i had to stay the night at my brothers.

day two hasent faired much better. the brakes on my truck are grinding pretty bad and it wouldnt start this morning. i forgot to plug it in last night and killed the battery trying to start it. its going to cost $150 deposit that i dont have. i didnt bring my rv battery cause i was using it in the bronco. so i have no power and no heat. untill i can get some power out there i cant do anything. i cant afford to buy new batteries either. so for now im stuck at my brothers till i can get power. the trailer is in really rough shape and is going to take alot of work to get it livable

Thursday, December 09, 2010

The Next Adventure

With recent changes in my life, i have once again decieded to hit the road. this time ive picked up a 31 foot fifth wheel. No bartering on this one. I worked a deal with a close family friend to make payments on it. I dare say i got a good deal. It pulled great on the way home, and to my, and the last owner, suprise the brakes even work. I do how ever need to figure out why the brakes only work when i manually use the brake controler in the truck.

The front had two single beds like the motorhome did and i have already combined them to make a full size bed. i will be putting my matress from the house in there when the time comes to hit the road. the rear of the rv had a full size bed that i have pulled out and am in the process of building a work bench across the back. I wont be hauling my trailer behind me anymore. I would like to build a small 5 ft. or so deck off the back that could hold my genny and motorcycle. that will have to wait till spring though. It has already started to snow here and im not laying in the snow and welding a deck on the back. Ill just have to leave the bike here in Indiana for now, and come back for it when the weather warm.

My goal is to be out of here by the New Year, and in order for that to happen ive got to finish the bench in the back, transfer all my tools from the trailer to the fifth wheel, plum in a water tank (remove by p.o.) and water pump, and install a more realible source of heat. Until i get the fifth wheel paid off (4 months) it will be tight trying to figure out where i will park at. I wont have the money for and a rv park. I havent figured out exactly how im going to do this yet but some how, some way, it will happen.

I will also be taking both of my dogs with me this time. So that just adds to the head ache. Dont get me wrong I love my dogs, but having two Saint Bernards the the rv with me is going to limit the places i can stay at.

Well thats the plan for now. plans always change, but we wont know to what, until it happens.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

94 Mitsubishi 3000GT SL

Another trade. Suprised? I think not. This time I got a deal. Traded the 79 gmc aka. Big Red even up for the car. So far Ive gotten the better of the deal. The owner of the car was a 18 year old kid and it shows. I spent the first two days cleaning the dang thing out. It needed new front tires, but i managed to trade an air compessor that i got for free, for two Firestone Firehawks SZ50 EP RFT. $318 per tire. i think i made a good trade. next thing it needed was a iac valve. $95 from advance auto, $30 for oil and filter, and next will be brakes. it needs them bad but i dont have the money as of yet for brakes. it needs a few other things like a new divers window motor, glove box, and a few other small things but over all this is a nice car. ive already replaced the busted radio with another one, it wont play cd's but at least the radio works for now, along with both front speakers. not sure about the backs as they removed the stock wires to run pre-outs for an amp.

    The GT sports a removable glass sun roof. which is cool. hehe. the exhaust is a bit loud for my taste but its in like new shape so ill live with it. i think i could easly sell this car for $5000 but for now i would like to keep it as it is much better on gas than my ford. Ill see how it handles the snow. hopefully i can drive it this winter unless the snow is too bad then ill just have to switch to the ford.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Headache Rack

Ive been toying with the idea lately of building something out of the left over steel from the motorhome. Well after months of thought, i finally figured it out. It came to me after loading a load of scrap metal and a piece hit the back window of the truck. thank god it didnt break but it gave me the idea of a headache rack. I looked at several designs and after seeing the price tags i was sure i could make my own.
What i ended up with is a custom fit rack that is exactly what i wanted. it doesent extend out past the cab and still allows me to open the back window to allow my dog to get in the bed. I will evently mount lights in the top for added visablity at night when im backing up or when i just need more light in the bed.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

350 Rebuild

I picked up a used 350 thats going to need rebuilt to go into the 79. Well that is if i ever make it that far, lol.

This is were im at so far, most of the tear down is complete. Its not the best engine ive ever gotten but its got the guts to be a nice engine. The fun will begin when i get the money to start ordering parts, like a new cam, bearings, having the heads rebuilt. As with all my projects this will be a true budget build.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

One bench done

Been working on all kinds of projects. I got one bench done. Now I just hope it sells quick.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I knew i wouldnt be able to just let the new truck sit in the yard. Ive spent the last couple days working on small things. Today I built a new battery box for it, lowered the rear of the cab by almost an inch and replaced the front core support lift blocks. What was there was a joke, so i ripped it out and fabbed up a couple 3" blocks. Now the front bumper doesent look crooked. I also tore the dash out (every gm i have ever had ive had to take the dash out) fixed a few burnt bulbs and found that the line on the back of the circut for the fuel gauge is burnt. but someone already added a new wire to the tank to replace it. the guage was reading way past full so my next step is to drop the tank and check the sending unit. ill wait to do that till after a trip to the junk yard, so i will have a replacement sending unit ready. One of the KC lights glass is broke so i put the broke one in the middle, so if/ when it burns out it will be the middle one. Checked and fill both the front and rear axles. I will do a comple oil change before i make it a daily driver.

The other day while testing the 4 wheel drive i found out that one of the front lockouts is broke. They dont sell the spicer brand anymore so ill be switching to warn or milemarkers before winter. When I go to change the lockouts ill pull the front axles and wheel bearings and repack or replace them then. An oil change is on my to do list but that will have to wait till i get some $$$ which is always an issue.

Last night I stained the first bench. It came out really good. Tonight i put on the first coat of clear, wow, it looks great. Ive been leaving the bench to work on at night so it gives it time to dry over night, and its eaiser to work on it at night than anything else.

Well thats about it for this post.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Another new toy.

Here we go again. I just traded off my 63 for a 79 chevy pickup. its got a 355 with a 2 barrel holly and 4 speed w/ granny gear. Sitting on 36" tires. This new truck is all ready for the road. the guy drove it here from south bend. It needs some tlc but not as near as much as the 63 did. The biggest thing with this truck is I CAN DRIVE IT. I cant say that about all the deals ive done. So here we go, another summer of multiple projects. I wonder buy the end of the year how much i will get done. So far i got the camper to finish, i started working on the dodge again, I'm still working on the benches, and now on top off all that i got this latest truck. But there is nothing i have to do right now to this truck. so i can focus on the other projects. I think the dodge will get put back together after replaceing the fan bearing. I dont have the money right now for the fan clutch which is all i need yet for it. i can drive it if i have to without a fan. I really need to get to work on the camper, I may need to live in it for a while and that cant happen in the shape its in now.

Thursday, April 01, 2010


I just love getting stuff for free. I was cruising the local Craislist and came accross an add for free church pews 16ft. From the pics i could see that at least the back of them were made of solid wood and would have many uses. When i first emailed the person i was told that they were all spoken for. Then the next day i got an email saying that one person backed out and I could have one after all. So Sat. I drove to Niles to pick one up and what would you know, i managed to get two. The plan is to cut them down to about 6ft. benches and sell them for a couple hundred a piece. the left over wood im going to use to recover the counter in the camper, and the table too. They are extremely heavy but i managed to unload them myself and already got one tore down. If i get my but in gear this should be a quick little project that will bring in all profit. Yea!

Lego Dock for Droid

I was bored  last week so i dug out my old legos and build a dock for my phone. Forget spending $30 at the store to buy one when i can build one for free. Now at night all i have to do is drop my phone down into the dock and it doubles as an alarm clock. I use an app called One Nightstand. Its so much dimmer than the stock media dock app that comes pre installed in the phone.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Shawn's Motorcycle Service & Repair

I am happy to post that my step-brother has started up his own motorcycle repair shop. He has been working in the industry for years now and is now stepping out on his own. I will defently be sending some work his way. Visit him on Facebook

New (to me) Camper Renovation

Well ive finally gotten around to getting some work done on the camper. Its a `74 KZ inc Sportsmen. Picked it up for $100 last fall and now its finally warm enough to get out there and get some work done on her.
She isent too bad from the outside. A few new lights and a few patches in the roof, (which i did before the snow started to fall) is all she will really need. That is on the outside that is.
Once i got inside i seen the rotted paneling right away but hoped it was just minor damage, but after the motorhome i knew better. Once i got the paneling tore out that there is extensive water damage to all four corners. The rear is going to be the most problems. I cant just rip the rear out without tearing all the siding off the outside jut to get to the rear Damage. Its hard to see in the pics but the rear header that goes from side to side is completly rotted out. The paneling pretty much fell out as i started to get to work on her.

The front is just as bad as the rear but will be much eaiser to fix. Thats because i plan on redesigning the front completely. I want to change the curve in the front. The curve does give more room to move about in the bunk area but it will act like a sail going down the freeway. The plan is to go straight from the top of the front window to just in front of the side windows. This will be much eaiser to get new paneling in there and should help deflect the wind better than it is now
The overall setup is pretty simple. Thats the way i want to keep it. What you see as a fridge is actually just an old school ice box. I would like to replace that with 3 way fridge when i get the funds. The stove is just a two burner which is just fine for now, again with more funds id like to get a flush mount stove and sink with covers so when not in use would make a nice counter top. If i can get my hands on some good wood id love to make a butcher block counter top. There was just an add on craigslist for somthing like 32 square foot of oak flooring that id like to get for $20. but that will have to wait for now. at least till i get the rest of the camper in working order.

Im going to ditch the old fiberglass insulation and us the blue foam that i used in the moterhome to cover the windows. if i cut it to fit tight it should give me better R value than anything else. Plus i have it on had so the price is right.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Brian Brawdy

Ive just come across a new site Brian Brawdy, ive added a link on the left also. There is some really kool stuff over on his site go check it out.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Survivalist Blog Contest

M.D. Creekmore over at the The Survivalist Blog – a survival blog dedicated to helping others prepare for and survive disaster, is giving away The Tactical Advantage book and DVD set by Gabriel Suarez and a copy of Don’t Get Caught With Your Pantry Down by James Talmage Stevens! To enter, you just have to post about it on your blog. This is my entry. Visit The Survivalist Blog for more information.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Still Here

I know its been some time since i last posted. Im still here in Elkhart, trying to figure out what the future will bring. Lately ive been toying with the idea of fixing up my latest pickup camper thats sitting on my Dodge and hitting the road with my converted popup in tow. i still have my 63 chevy pickup, i put the 454 out of the motor home in it but thats as far as i got with it. there is still a alot of work before that truck is ready to roll. The thought of sell it for $2000 and putting the money into solar panels and odds and ends for the camper and Dodge, has been weighing on me. This whole situation of being back in Elkhart is really wearing on me. Im not happy at all. I did make a promise to come back here but i didnt think that it would be like this. I could go on for days about this stuff but ill keep it off here.
No matter what i deciede to do it will be spring till i can get anything going. Until the snow melts the only thing that i got going is keeping the snow cleared from the drive way with the bronco which means keeping the plow in working order. That has been an almost part time job. Other than that i spend my days surfing the net checking up on the blogs i follow, learning all i can on how solar panels work and watching DIY Network, History Channel, and Discovery Channel.