It is said that every great story has a beginning, a middle and an end. Not sure who said that but they must have been a somebody or else we would never remember it.
The same could be said of any great road trip, Rian and Martins exploits in the States, Bruces epic travels across Canada and beyond and even my own humble expedition out into the wilds of…Kent…
Therefore Ladies (heres hoping) and Gentlemen Without further ado I give you the start of my own Road Trip to collect… well no spoilers as yet.
An army marches on its stomach and, in my advancing years mine has grown to accommodate a marching army helped in no part by the great Ouma rusk.
Suitably fortified I awakened Woody from his slumbers.
Filled him with 11 gallons of Mr Shells finest and set (not sure where the picture is for this one but I am sure you can use the ‘Theatre of the Mind ™ ‘ to fill in the blanks and headed off the 50 miles to a secret location called Hever in Kent.
Its amazing how a 4.11 geared truck can cruise quite comfortably at 70mph when you are listening to the Adam Carrola pod cast via headphones…
Technology never fails to amaze me. Using Google Maps I set my journey to avoid the Motorway after leaving the M25 and was welcomed with the winter landscape that is the Garden of England.
I had ventured out from the flat lands of Essex to collect a new – well to me- work bench from Ross, a very nice chap who makes bike racks for a living in the shape of animals. No pictures but imagine cows, elephants and deer heads where the tusk, horn, antlers are the support for the bike. Got it? Good.
Safely loaded we had a chat about the disposable world we live in, furniture and why tea will always be superior to coffee. Plus we talked about cars. As you do. When you are a bloke.
This is Ross current mode of transport a rather nice Amazon. Nice.
So loaded up, hands shock and farewells made I headed back towards home via a short detour to see a certain Rian of this very Parish.
And safely on the afore mentions Grizz’s drive way.
More tea and a general chit chat about the important things in life. Like trucks. ( My best wistful looking into the sunset pensive model pose)
Every the gracious host and generous man that he is my arrival seemed to coincide with a nice new (to me) storage cupboard which was duly added to Woody’s load bed but not before Rian convinced me that it would be a great opportunity to take some pictures with the backdrop of the farm and the Medway/Thames estuary (take your pick Geography was never my strong suit.)
So we offloaded the bench and proceed to take a few snaps (gross understatement Rian has a great eye)
I will get that body damage fixed this month!
Now fully Papped out it was back to Rians to load the booty/bounty
Before leaving in time honoured fashion…
My work here is done.
Can’t think of a more fitting end to the day.
I have actually done quite a lot to Woody in the year since he came into my ownership, once I have something worthwhile reporting I will post it up for your delight and edification.
Andy has been Mot'ing my cars for years so is always keen to see what improvements I have made in the past year.
Not sure what is going on with washer pumps at the moment though. Had to get 3 in order for one to work last year, this year had to swap in a new one on Monday night as it had packed up again and then when I pulled out of the Mot station and used the washers the pump packed up in a cloud of electrical smoke!
Going to have a look at my old one and see if I can get it working again, bored with these cheap ones. Mind you at £10 each I have spent £40 in the past year on the damn thing....
If I wanted 2 pedals I would have built a bicycle....
When I purchased Woody I knew that he had been involved in a slight fracas on the drivers side, slightly difficult to see from the pictures but the original owner was up front about it so no foul.
Problem was that, whilst I like the general ‘patina’ I am not a fan of actual damage and the more time I spent with the new member of our family the more it began to bother me…
Never mind! My good friend and demon spring slasher ( a whole other story involving 5 sets of springs a grinder and pulling cats eyes out of a newly surfaced road…) Jay to the rescue!.
Jay restores Porsches for a living so he is quite handy at body work so, one warm summers evening, he turns up with his trusty grinder and knot brush and proceeds to look into the problem…
In the words of the immortal James May… Oh Cock…
Never Mind! I had a hot lead on a bed side a mere 10 miles from my front door Only problem was Martin had bought the whole thing. But, as with all things C10 in the UK the circle of life was completed and I ended up buying a repair panel from his old bedside that would serve duty on Woody.
Fast forward a few weeks and I hear that Martin had a new cab and was parting out his old one. So, as the damage to poor old Woody was not confined to the bed a deal was done to purchase the B pillar.
Martin at play with his favourite toy.
And the end result which will be used to repair…
Now I am no body man but after being quoted quite a lot of cold hard cash to have this repaired I thought, I am going to have a go at that simply because It cant be any worse than it is now!
With a Hammer and dolly set purchased I have been slowly beating out the bed side to get it to a point where I can cut it out and have a good straight (ish) panel to weld Martins bed bit onto. I will be asking questions before cutting!
Same goes for the B Pillar but the more I look at that the smaller the repair is getting…
And that is the reason that Woody has a red rash on his bed.
More to come once I actually stop using my truck as a truck.
Just read through your truck adventure and I have to say I'm a massive fan (of your writing and the truck ) I do love a pickup and if I could bring myself to sell on my DoKa I'd have an American one in a heartbeat! Bookmarked and looking forward to more upgrades.
Just read through this whole thread during a slow morning at work. Great work and look forward to seeing the truck develop, especially with the LS motor. I'm hoping to get my '75 Blazer at least welded up and out of the garage this year, if not on the road - but as you clearly know, life often gets in the way!
Thank you very much for tagging along for the ride!
After having 'show cars' in the past this is a real change of pace from my day job and being able to just drive it without worrying about paint chips, getting it dirty or where to park it makes it all the harder to take off the road and start the next series of upgrades!
There is a small update to come.
If I wanted 2 pedals I would have built a bicycle....
I read the first part of this thread when you first started it and have been wondering where it got to for the last few months, it seems to have avoided me! Now it is firmly bookmarked and I can't wait to see it develop. Top work, top writing and what looks like a top sausage!