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Went on a road trip today...

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by jekbrown, Nov 5, 2005.

  1. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    ok, I didn't get as many pictures as mountainexplorer always does... but I did take a few. I got home from work last night about midnight... at 6am I got up and got ready to go....

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    Almost threw out my back, but I got my old Waggy D44 front end loaded up. Then the wife hopped in....

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    ...and off we went. After stopping for sausage/egg/cheese McMuffins we headed north on I-5 for Seattle...

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    We kept driving all the way to Everett where we stopped by to see a guy named Mark. Mark had an old 22r that "needed a rebuild bad". I wanted something dirt cheap to rebuild for a buggy project and he only wanted $50 for it. Anyway, we get there and only then does Mark realize that it had a non-factory 2" hole in the side of the block. lol! Mark was cool though, he felt so bad that we drove all that way that he gave me the thing for free. The head, distrib, alternator and a bunch of other small parts are definitely usable, so it wasn't to bad a deal. He had a cherry picker and dropped it right into the bed for me...

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    He also took my name/number down so next time he runs into a rebuildable block he could pass it on to me. At that point I'll prolly be a nice guy and give him the $50. ;) Anyway, good guy. He had 4 toyota trucks at his pad... no other types of vehicles at all. Two had exos and 30-spline Longs... not bad. Anyway, after that we headed south until we got to Puyallup. No real pics of Puyallup... and if you've ever been to Puyallup, you know why. :grin: Anyway, Jim gave me $175 for the D44 stuff that I wasn't gonna use anyway... so it was a "score" in my book. He was a good guy, and his shop area made me look like I have NO 4x4 projects. lol!

    From there we drove just 5 miles down the road to Robin's house. Robin had a 1975 3/4 ton 2wd Chebbie truck that was perfect for a tow rig. A healthy 454/th400/ff14b oughta work great for towing my K5, once I have a trailer for it. lol! Anyway, it was a Christmas present from my wife (who's the best wife ever?) and after a test drive, I grabbed it. :) Unfortunately, Robin had about 1 cup of gasoline in it when I bought it. We literally only had 1/4 mile to go to get to the gas station, and we headed right for it. Naturally, 100' from the station... the truck ran out of gas... in the turn lane of a super busy street... in the pouring rain. lol! Robin was cool... I called him and he brought a gas can and bailed me out of an annoying situation. Once we got her to the station and got a tank of gas + fuel system cleaner in her, she ran like a champ, so we headed home.

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    Future mods include a new hood (yep, it has the classic mid 70s chevy tweaked hood), new brakes, some wiring replacement, a new seat cover and, best of all, a flatbed. Stay tuned. Best thing about the rig is the 454/400 are healthy... everything else I can fix myself. :)

    About 30 mins into the drive home I looked over and saw a nasty bee flying around in the cab. Now, I've been swarmed twice in my life... and while I'm not a cowering wuss boy in the face of bees, I don't really like them much either. Anyway, I was worried it was going to sting me, distract me and cause me to hit someone on I-5. Not good... so I stopped. While talking with my wife about why I stopped, I lost track of the bee. :confused: Of course, 15 mins later after I started down the road, I spotted him again... flying right at my head. I kept watching the road, swatted at him and never saw him again the rest of the trip. Of course, I kept the window down the entire time so the bee would be cold and not be able to move. :grin: I ended up damn near freezing to death, and the only two things that kept me warm inside was a) the sound of that 454 and b) knowing that the bee was a heck of a lot colder than I was. :thumb:

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  2. dontoe

    dontoe 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Great score, kool story.................454's run on fumes? :rolleyes:
     
  3. Cricket

    Cricket 3/4 ton status

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    You hafta love being married to such a good woman.

    Nice truck too.
     
  4. boggerless

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    great story,bro.that truck looks sweet. :waytogo: if people would just lube the hinges they would not get the classic 70,s chevy hood. :laugh: :laugh:
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Nice. Sounds like your wife is waaay patient. :waytogo:
     
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    Keep it green and white too, awesome factory colours. Great score dude, congrats. :laugh:
     
  7. mountainexplorer

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    Sounds like a fun day. :D Looks wet and rainy. They get that alot over there? (no that wasn't a serious question). Nice score on the truck. I can only hope I get a wife like that soon.
     
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    Thanks for driving past my place! Jerk.

    Nah. I live in Centralia.
     
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    To bad you werent closer, ive got a 22R block that needs to be bored and honed that you could have for free sitting in my garage, along with an entire rebuilt rotating assembly and good head.
     
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    What did you just say?
     
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    My wife is from Washington and every time y'all mention the names Puyallup and Centralia and Aberdeen I always find it weird I recognize them.

    Yes I'm an idiot but at least I know my limitations.
     

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