A truck again!
My husband was a scrapper. Yep, you heard me. He was someone you would see driving around in his pick-up . . .picking up the metal left for the trash man, and make money off of it. And then there were the people that would call him to pick up their stuff so it would help both of us out. And then, you know, there is Craigslist where people list things they want to get rid of if a scrapper wants to come pick it up. This was when the metal was worth something! It was a little market, per se. Or was it?
We got smart. The truck ate more gas than the money made from the metal that was scrapped. And besides, the truck kept breaking down. Something about this just didn’t work?
And then there is the time. It takes time to go perusing for the scrap metal, and then to ‘break it down’ so that the recycling business will take it.
That truck was put up for sale. We couldn’t afford the time or the money this truck was taking. So, see you later truck. I was not too disappointed, and actually, neither was my husband. It was a little venture he had tried. And now it was done. So there.
And then comes along this log house venture. We have a little Honda hybrid (great gas miser for trips to the property) and a van. As you know, we got a hitch kit put on it for pulling the trailer that we bought to haul the stuff that we need to take down there.
Then there were the logs that we got from our church. The three white pine trees that my husband felled from the church we belong to. We hauled them down to our property. After the incident with our van after hauling them, my husband determined we needed another truck. A Dodge Ram at that. Nothing else, and he was getting advise about what year, etc. to get.
Looking, looking, looking pursued. Some calls. Some tests drives. Climbing under and checking them out. No~~ No~~ No~~
And then finally he found the one that he thought would be it. This after calling and searching for weeks/months.
He took our boys, AND our handy dandy mechanically-minded neighbor, and they drove down into Kentucky to look at this truck. Seemed well enough for an older truck. It is a Dodge Ram 1500 4×4~surprise! with an extended cab and an extended bed. It has a lift kit on it, and those ‘fog’ lights that are apparently blinding (quite hilarious for us 50 somethings to be driving around). It has low miles, and a remote control for a CD changer (hehe~no lie), and it is mostly in good shape for a 2000. It has lots of power, no problems with the transmission that we can tell. But there were/are some other features, I mean ‘issues’ that come with an older vehicle. The roof lining of the cab of the truck was coming out.
We have a friend, Art, who is also a car guru, who offered to help with that ‘issue’. He has a lot of the adhesive needed for that exact purpose. YAY! So glad he can help.
Oh, and there is no bumper. Need to get a bumper.
And oh, when my husband was pulling the truck into Art’s garage, scared to death it would hit the top of the garage because of the lift and the lights, he tried to open the window to talk with Art, and the window would not open.
You know, some things you just don’t think to check. And would it be a deal breaker if a window doesn’t open?
Does it matter now? NO, it just needs to be fixed, so before they could start on the lining for the cab roof, they had to take care of the window problem. AND so they fixed both things.
We took it to the property to haul some stuff around down there. And I convinced my husband to test out the 4WD. He did, and we drove all around the area of our property that has been cleared. It’s not like we were 4 wheeling like ‘crazies’, we just wanted to see this truck work! And it did great.
Then as we were pulling out of our driveway, he changed it back to 2WD, and we got stuck! It is funny to think about now. Like, it would not pull us out. We have mud at that part of our driveway, and it is down lower than the road, so there we sat. I was not impressed. We both were thinking it was still in 4WD, because that is what it showed on the dashboard, and here we are stuck in our driveway. When it was actually in 2WD? Yeah, I’m confused.
Seriously! Not joking~~UGGHH!
But we weren’t stuck for long. He had to back it up, and get it going a little bit faster out of the driveway. (The driveway still needs more gravel on it~it just has the base right now on a good portion of it.)
But then there are some other features~~oops, I mean issues.
Like the ‘check engine’ light that just recently came on.
Then my husband says, “Remind me to stop buying old vehicles, and just get something that doesn’t have a lot of problems.”
YEAH! I am thankful that our van and car do not have issues. He takes good care of them. We were in our van over Christmas (that has 161,000+ miles on it) and headed to Wisconsin. It was running great! Although we were getting beat up by the wind.
My point being that the truck we got isn’t a show truck, it is going to be a work horse.
But, just, “Thank you LORD!” for this truck.