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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: August 09, 2018, 06:58:11 AM »
We have a cool event happening at work today. It is Wind Appreciation week. For Power that is. Not Wyoming style.

We have a 59 meter long blade in our parking lot for visitor to view as well as the Schnabel tower trailer hooked up to the truck with the big sign.

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That is pretty impressive. I see them all time. They are building a bunch of windmills up here by me. What is really neat is the big Oshkosh 6x6 trucks and the 14 ft wide trailers that carry the generators. I never did get a picture of one.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: August 07, 2018, 09:49:29 PM »
Becides work we sliced and bagged 20 lbs of bacon that I smoked Sunday. Also sold the salvage camper I dragged home the other day. Was going to scrap it but decided to throw it on on Facebook marketplace. Easiest $500 I ever made. 

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: August 04, 2018, 07:53:23 AM »
I drug home another salvage camper. This one is pretty bad shape. It has a good roof air conditioner with a heat setting. I want to pull it out and install it in my 5th wheel. One just isn't enough when its 100 degrees out. I am going to have to wire it separately from the rest of the camper so it has its own plug to the pole. Winter project.

I am going to cut the axles out and put them on my smoker/BBQ I built a year or so ago. I used a single axle with no suspension. The tongue is so heavy I cant pick it up and it bounces allover the road. 2 axle with springs will be much better.


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CIEMR / Re: Big life decision. Input needed.
« on: August 04, 2018, 07:43:09 AM »
I think I would sell the house off and pay the debt. Living in a camper is no fun but the kids are small. Not like you have 2 teenagers. Its doable. Just be careful you don't end up right back where you are now.

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Share Your Recipe / Re: Homemade Bacon
« on: July 29, 2018, 08:29:20 PM »
I have some cureing in the fridge right now. Will be smoking next Saturday.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 29, 2018, 08:26:29 PM »
Took the kids to a demolition derby today. They also had combines and a kid demo. We go every year. The kids love it.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 29, 2018, 10:46:39 AM »
We were at Sid Dillon in Blair. It's a plain Jane model with 120,000 miles. $16,986. It looks black but it's actually a dark blue. They literally just got it in and through the shop. It had not been detailed yet when we test drove it. Wife wanted one with all the bells and whistles but the ones in our price range were all junky or had a million miles.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 28, 2018, 06:31:07 PM »
Done deal. Traded the Traverse on a Tahoe.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 26, 2018, 07:36:34 AM »


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believe or not I have had very good luck with these, don't know if they would work in the cold, since I installed these Raccoons(or anything else) have not come around and I don't have to deal with the lead poising they seem to be dying from.

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For 20 bucks it worth a shot.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 25, 2018, 07:29:20 AM »
Shift kit in an Acadia is pretty freakin cool. I had to spend the night in the hospital last night. Monday morning I woke up with some pretty severe joint pain and stiffness in places where I usually don?t hurt. By noon I felt like I would be a liability at work so I went home. By yesterday afternoon the pain and weakness had spread to my muscles and was bad enough I had to use both hands to turn door knobs and walking down stairs was a challenge. As of now the dr suspects I have a some sort of blood illness from being bitten by a tick. I haven?t seen a tick in months but who knows. This morning they?re going to start another round of tests to try and narrow it down. They kept me over night because I had a high fever, pulse of 161, systolic pressure reaching 200, and was showings signs of kidney malfunction. Those are all far from normal for me.


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What kind of a tick does that? That is scary. Will be praying for you.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 25, 2018, 07:26:38 AM »
I can turn a wrench pretty good but Im no where skilled enough to pull a transmission apart. I can swap one out but I cant tear into one.

We found a nice Tahoe. Wife fell in love with it. Turns out it was just out of our budget.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 24, 2018, 06:52:19 AM »
Doing some SUV shopping. The steering on my wife's traverse has locked up on her twice now. Mechanic says he cant find anything wrong. Everything looks good. no leaks and so on. But what he did find is the entire rear suspension is shot. We just put new struts on the front and alignment. but it is still chewing up tires. So its parked for now until we find something else. I bought it with hail damage at a "hail sale" so we wont get much for it. She wants an infinity. I don't know anything about them so time to read up on them.

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Cooking equipment / Air fryer
« on: July 22, 2018, 02:47:16 PM »
       My wife has been wanting a air fryer for a while now. I caved and got one for her for Christmas. She used it for fries and stuff like that. Was not overly impressed.
       Today I decided to try frying chicken in it. No breading just salt and pepper and some Lowrey seasoned salt. I have to say it turned out pretty darn good. Now it's time to experiment with more foods. I would call it a good investment over all. We were just not using it to its full potential at first.
       I would have a picture of the chicken but it's already gone.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 22, 2018, 12:44:22 PM »
I caught a single raccoon last night. But There were foot prints on the triggers in the other traps. I looked closer at the one I dispatched and she appears to have been nursing babies. So I had to adjust the mechanism to be a hair trigger. I don't think the little buggers are heavy enough to trip it. They will be back tonight where they left mamma.

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Construction and Building / Re: Adirondack Chair Project
« on: July 22, 2018, 09:22:33 AM »
Now what is the chance of seeing this today at my local ACE store.

I am sure the quality is know where near what BD has made.

You could use it as a pattern. Shure Dons pattern is free but you have to have it printed out on paper. This would be a hard template.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 21, 2018, 11:22:58 PM »
Should catch something.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 21, 2018, 11:21:26 PM »
       I have been so busy once we got home from vacation. I haven't kept up on what up on here.
       Something killed all my chickens and most of my ducks while we were away. I set traps out. The critters just roll the traps over and shake out the bait. So OK fine. I just kept feeding them all week. Hot dogs and marshmallows. Tonight I staked the traps down and hung the bait in there. The easy supper wont be so easy this time.
    With the chickens all gone I started fresh. I went and got 1 sheep, 4 Geese, 11 ducks and 2 hens. One with babies, one sitting on eggs. Did a major no no and moved the nest. The guy I got them from was moving so it had to be done. We will see what happens.
     Picked up a new job trucking. Hauling rock for a big construction company on a highway job. Not a great paying job but its picking up the slack from the crop prices.
     Some of you might remember me saying my mother in law was moving up here to Nebraska from Kentucky. She is adjusting pretty well so far. She can,t stand driving by a hog confinement or feed lot. She holds her nose. We laugh and say thats the smell of money!
     

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 13, 2018, 07:22:18 AM »
And finished




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After we did the remodel I swore I will never paint anything again. You used a sprayer. I used a roller. The next person to paint My house will be the next people who live here.

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: July 09, 2018, 09:57:00 PM »
Nobody messed with us. There are law enforcement officers on the Escapees forum that recommend you don't put anything about "not for hire" on the truck. It draws attention. It makes them want to ho find out why you are not for hire.
I have all my paperwork in a neat little binder. Camper and truck registration and proof of insurance. Along with a copy of the rules of what it takes to be a Motor home in the state of Nebraska. I had the DMV print out a copy for me.
As for comfort it was a little more bouncy because if the air ride cab and air seat. Otherwise it was very comfortable. There is just so much more room in the truck cab than a pickup.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 09, 2018, 09:29:18 PM »
Something killed all our chickens while we were gone so I bought a sheep. Bob the goat didn't have anything to chase around anymore. He seems happy now. I want to do a little work to the coop then we will get more chickens.

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: July 06, 2018, 09:19:45 PM »
I was hoping for 10 but I will take 9. The LBZ only got 10-13 so it's not much difference. I will sacrifice a couple MPG for the safety.

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: July 06, 2018, 07:16:37 AM »
Got home last night. Averaged 9 mpg. I have to make some changes but over all really happy with the truck. This is the way to go. I will never pull that 5th wheel with my pickup again. Unless we are just going to a local campground. Never once had to worry if I was going to be able to get stopped. Never slowed down on a hill.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: July 01, 2018, 08:28:58 AM »
It was a crazy couple weeks in Kentucky. Got the house sold and Grandma's belongs all packed up and on the way to Nebraska.
 My wife lost 3 cousins while we were there. 1 drug related. 1 murdered by his own brother over a woman. 1 natural causes. 2 of the 3 were under 30 years old.
  We are spending a few days in Pigeon forge. Went out for our anniversary and took my daughter on a trail ride. Zane is a big fan of the TV show Forged in Fire so we went to the black smith shop. For $15 he got to make a little knife out of a nail. Other than that just we are just being lazy before we head home.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 23, 2018, 09:41:38 AM »
We signed the papers selling my wife's house yesterday. It was hard for her  and there were a few tears. She knows it's for the best. I reminded her she's not cutting all ties to her Kentucky home. She still owns 1/3 of the original home stead. That made her feel better.
Then as we left the Court House we seen the Owsley county Sherrff pull up with a pickup load of pot plants. They were anywhere from 3ft tall to sprouts in trays.


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Build Threads / Re: the GM guys here
« on: June 20, 2018, 08:45:22 AM »
You can get the 6.0 in the the higher end Yukon or Tahoe.  But it was rare


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The suburban LTZ and Escalade have the 6.0 but they suck for towing because of the air ride suspension. I would assume the high end Yukon and Tahoe are the same.

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Faith Discussion / Re: Prayer Request thread
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:55:09 AM »
Just got word that wife's cousin has MRSA infection. It got in his brain and heart. He is on the strongest antibiotics available but they are not even slowing it down. He is at UK in Lexington KY. We are going to go see him later today. The Drs gave him only a few days to live. Week at the most. I don't know what to say to someone on their death bed. Much less a 29 year old. I am just glad we are here and not back home so Jen can be with her family during this difficult time. In the mean time we are packing up my mother-in-law to move her back to Nebraska with us and dealing with selling the house. To top it all off my great uncle passed away back home. Please just say a prayer for all of us. Our plates are full.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 17, 2018, 10:11:45 AM »
Hanging out here in in South eastern Kentucky relaxing until the work starts tomorrow.
Some of you know we are selling my wife's house down here and moving her mother home with us to Nebraska.         Her family has owned the property for 3 generations. He grandfather built the house. He was preacher. The house has fallen into disrepair. Unfortunately the quality of construction was substandard. There is no foundation. Just built the house on some rocks he dragged out of the creek.
We are hitting an indoor air-conditioned flea market in London today to try to beat the heat.

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: June 14, 2018, 07:17:31 PM »
Just pulled into little farm RV resort in South eastern Indiana.

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Share Your Recipe / Re: Makin' bacon.
« on: June 12, 2018, 01:44:19 PM »
It took about 6 hours to get to temp . Smoked for 4 hours.

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Share Your Recipe / Re: Makin' bacon.
« on: June 12, 2018, 01:41:30 PM »
Set the temp at 175. Went to an internal temp of 145. Started with meat at room temperature. The wood fired smoker ran a little over 200 degrees. It was hot Sunday it was hard to keep that one regulated.

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: June 11, 2018, 06:37:20 PM »
I was not optimistic but everything performed as it should. Nice and quiet. A couple more odds and ends and we are ready to go.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 11, 2018, 07:40:27 AM »
We use Round-Up and Grazon all over the farm. Grazon will kill trees and woody plants but not grass. Roundup will kill everything but not as effective on trees and such. Everyone here on the farm has taken the proper training and are licensed to purchase and applicate controlled herbicides and pesticides. That stuff you guys buy at the store is already diluted. We get the good stuff and mix it ourselves. I use it in the chicken pen and my house yard. After it dries its safe to be around. Just wear long sleeves and pants. Take a shower after spraying. Not a big deal.

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: June 11, 2018, 06:21:51 AM »
I think I have everything ready to go for now. Today is generator test day.  I am going to fire it up and crank down the A/c I the camper and let it run all day. I should have done it sooner. I want to have the guys around so there is more than one set of eyes on it. Just in case something goes wrong.

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Share Your Recipe / Re: Makin' bacon.
« on: June 11, 2018, 06:11:15 AM »
Bacon was success. We used pecan wood for the smoke. Gave it a more subtle smoke flavor. The gas smoker and the wood fire did better than the electric. I am really liking my gas smoker. I am old school and always used wood but using gas I didn't have to babysit it constantly. The loins came out really good also. One chunk of loin I put extra garlic on. I will need to back off a little bit next time. My pre smoke taste test was just about unpalatable. I almost threw it out but smoked it anyway. The smoke really knocked that strong garlic down.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 09, 2018, 07:22:56 AM »
I attended a friends funeral yesterday. I have not been to military funeral in some time. I was blown away by the legion riders. They lined the sidewalk in front of the church and then lined the road at the cemetery. His daughter recently retired Navy in uniform standing at attention at his grave. There was not a dry eye when she took the flag off her father's coffin, folded it and presented it to her mother. I get a lump in my throat just thinking about it.

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Most Favored Companies / Re: Best Insurance company?
« on: June 08, 2018, 07:44:34 AM »
I just switched over to State Farm. We had North star out of Minnesota before. Went through an independent agency. Never had a problem with them . Good rates. But they would not insure my Freightliner. I had to shop around quite a bit because I did not want state Farm. We have them for the farm and they are pain to deal with sometimes. They did eventually give me the best rate by far.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 08, 2018, 06:15:44 AM »
Oh look they finally showed up. I use mine for firewood mostly. So I don't bang the box in my good truck. My Nephew is taking this one home. Needs safety chains yet and some lights. When he is older he is going to want a jack.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 07, 2018, 08:54:09 PM »
Try again.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 07, 2018, 08:47:35 PM »
Yeah I know. I don't know why.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 07, 2018, 07:54:08 PM »
I got one finished Pic.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 07, 2018, 07:47:51 PM »
My nephew and I built a pick up box trailer today. We pulled the cab off an 89 chevy truck yesterday. This morning we pulled the drive train. Cut the frame off right behind the front suspension. Then notched the frame rails by the box and pulled them in to a point. Welded in some 2 in square tubing and put a ball hitch on the end. I didn't even think about taking pictures. I have built 4 or 5 of them in the past few years.

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Share Your Recipe / Re: Makin' bacon.
« on: June 06, 2018, 07:56:35 AM »
Got a couple more bellys in the fridge cureing. I changed up the recipe a bit. I used some of Nate's recipe mixed with mine. I added some chopped garlic. I also cut down some if the brown sugar. Used maple syrup instead. I have a friend from out east that got me some "real" maple syrup. I also used some sea salt. Idea taken from a link Nate posted.

I measured out the cure and salt according to the recipe. Every thing we used for flavor we just kind of dumped until it looked good.

Did some loins also. Smoke will be on sunday. We will be using a gas smoker an electric one as well as a wood fired smoker.

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: June 06, 2018, 06:57:01 AM »
I haven't had the truck at home for a while. I took it to get the generator fixed. Then the A/C in the truck. After that I got it to the electrician to wire up the generator. Back to the truck shop because A/C quit again. Then back to the small engine guy because the generator still ran like crap. This time he changed points and condesor. I think he got it this time. It sounds pretty good.
We are leaving on our first trip in one week. Essentially everything is ready to roll but I have a bunch of odds and ends to do. Mainly cosmetic. Like paint the camper frame.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 05, 2018, 08:01:10 AM »
there is a small burner (like on your stove) at the bottom which give it the heat and also is used to make the smoke.  there is a little tray above the burner that you put the wood chips on. 

I think the most they will get to is 275deg, anything above that is a miracle. 

they work great for jerkey, summer sausage, pork butts for pulled pork.
I had it up to 375 empty but it leaks smoke everywhere. Should work just fine in the summer but winter will be a different story.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: June 03, 2018, 08:19:15 AM »
Snatched this up at a yard sale for 20 bucks. Did a test fire last night. Works really well.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 30, 2018, 01:50:59 PM »
Finished up the garden. Just have to get my sweet corn patch in. Decided it was time for a cold one.

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Faith Discussion / Re: Prayer Request thread
« on: May 30, 2018, 01:22:12 PM »
Update on my wifes cousin. He actually pulled through and was WAS doing well. Moved back in his parents house. Then got back to running with his old crowd. Got back on drugs. He is putting his family through hell. I am praying for everyone in this difficult situation. At this point he is just killing himself. I suspect we will going to a funeral soon.

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Share Your Recipe / Re: Homemade Bacon
« on: May 29, 2018, 06:18:53 AM »
I just picked up a couple more bellies at Costco. I am going to play with my recipe a bit. I thought my last batch was too sweet. Kind of sticky even. Everyone else liked it. I got a hold of real maple syrup from one of my east coast buddies. I'm going to put some of that on one and the other I am going to play around with some garlic.

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D.O.T. / Re: Pro football
« on: May 25, 2018, 06:30:53 AM »
I never watched pro sports anyway. Bunch of over paid idiots.  I prefer collage ball.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 20, 2018, 10:36:11 AM »
Wife and I are going out with another couple for brunch and some shopping. It was my wife's birthday last Wednesday. Mine today. The Buffet at the Hard rock casino in Sioux City is really really good. Looking forward to it. I sold my old 82 Chevy. Guy is picking it up tonight. Sad to see it go My wife and I both really love the square body trucks. But, I am also sick of looking at my grandpas old 54 Chevy truck sitting in the shed not moving. I am going to use some of the money from the sale to hopefully get her back on the road.

This was 5 years ago. The last time I got it out.

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