Today is October 21, 2008 today is also Tuesday. I had a pretty plain day, it wasn’t filled with any excitement, it was just another one of my days. My truck is currently in the shop where it is undergoing surgery more or less. It is getting installed the lift components that I purchased in Edmonton and picked up this past weekend. The work is being done in a nice little shop in Dawson Creek, not at nationally known shop but yet have a shot run by local. For some reason I seem to trust this man more than a I would a national company. He seems like an honest man, a hardworking man, someone who’s just working because it’s a way of life. Not to get rich quick, or to try to cheat people out of money but just because he enjoys doing what he does and does it to help everybody else. Hopefully he was able to get all the work done on the truck today and I’m going to go pick it up tomorrow and around lunchtime with Bev and Deb. But that is tomorrow and this is today. After Ken finished work, he wanted to go off and see if he could find a Moose or an Elk. I went off in his truck with him. We drove about half way to Groundbirch and then turned off the road. Up and down we went along the narrow road in search. In search of what, I don’t know because we didn’t see it……whatever it was. We stopped a couple of times and got out and ventured around for a bit. At one point Ken got ahead and I went a different direction and as I walked I listened. Slowly I went a couple steps at a time listening ever so carefully. Waited and watching for anything. I bet you didn’t know that trees spoke; they have stories to tell if you’re willing to be patient and listen. I stood there for awhile appreciating life and the beauty of it and then proceeded on to find Ken. We regrouped and headed back to the highway and then home. Unfortunately we did not get any animals but we did find lots of tree that had been cut down that would be excellent for firewood. But that will be for another day.
I have an obsession, it is with trucks. Not any truck but my truck and trucks like it. 1992-1996 Ford f150. I can’t get enough of them. I love almost everything about them, the way they look, the way they work, and the way they drive. I find they look the best out of any truck those years. The dodge trucks always looked funny to me, it looks like the designer drew a picture of the truck then stretched it length wise and then made that look into the truck. The chevy trucks are like boxes and they looked that same way for over 10 years. You may argue that the fords have that box look as well and they do but there is just a bit more curve appeal in them that makes them look better.
I’ve had two of theses trucks and have loved them both.
First was my first truck actually:
- Year: 1992
- Engine: 4.9L In-line 6
- Model: F150 XL 4×4 Regular Cab
- Mileage: 269,000km’s
- Others: about a 6″ Rancho Lift with 33″ Yokohama tires
Second is my current truck:
- Year: 1995
- Engine: 5.0L V8
- F150 XL 4×4 Regular Cab
- Mileage: 90,000km’s
- Others: Pioneer player, & Amp, JVC speakers and 12″ sub, Fog lights, CB radio, 31″ All-terrians, 2″ hitch receiver, Soon to come Lift check back for updates.
note* Pictures may not be up to date.
This is going to be short and well short. So Saturday moring at 4am we took off to Edmonton, which is a 6 hour drive from the house. We arrived in Edmonton around 11 and set off to the stores that we all need to go to, Dollarama, Lee Valley, House of Tools, Custom Truck Parts, and Arby’s. After we finshed up in Edmonton we headed to an old friend of Ken’s ironicly named Ken for super. It was a really good super, with steak, potatoe, coleslaw and garlic bread. We stayed and chatted for a bit about the construction he was doing on his shop and then we were off again. The 6 hours ride was a blur, I was half asleep, I think?
Got my parts for the truck though and the truck is going in to the shop tomorrow afternoon and it should be done by Tuesday evening but I don’ think I will be able to get to it until Wednesday. But it will be worth the wait.
On Wednesday myself, Ken and Bev set out to go to Fort St. John for the evening. Ben and Isabel the Army officers were going to put up a tarp garage in there backyard to store there truck camper in for the winter, but unfortunately Ben’s back was still bothering him. So me and Ken were there to rescue. As we took on the project it grew dark and we had to work in the light of the few light we had. We had to build 3 walls roughly 2 feet tall to go under 3 side of the garage to raise it up so that the camper could fit in side. While Ken was measuring, cutting, measuring and then cutting again, I was working away at getting the frame of the garage built. On we worked into the wee hours of the evening. By the time the wooden walls were in place and the frame of the garage was built it was 11:30pm which was too late to keep working considering we still had over a hours drive back home. So we wrapped things up and took of home.
The next day while Ken was working, Bev and myself hauled a couple loads of water and by the time we had that done Ken was done aswell. We then went up to Fort St. John once again to finsih this building. We moved fast! We got the frame ontop of the walls and secured it down. Then after a lot of pulling and grunting we were able to pull the tarp over the top of the frame. Tied it down, put up the doors and we were DONE. We were able to sit for 5 minutes and have a slice of pizza before leavving again.
Next Up: Edmonton.