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Better Days


vanscottbuilders

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So - Spring is upon us and it feels really good.

Although I did stand on top of a six foot pile of old snow in

Star Lake last week to photograph the roof of a building!

Probably the last one of those for a while.

Without counting any unhatched chickens - our building business is looking better by the day.

We have done what we had to do to cut the expenses and get the ovehead down.

And we have gotten very aggressive with finding new work, and leasing our unused properties

to get some cash flowing.

Interesting unexpected twist unfolding right now....

A friend of mine called a couple of months ago inquiring for a friend of his, about buying an old Mack.

(gotta love these "friend of a friend of a friend" stories)

The buyer lives in Florida. I told him to look around Florida.

There are several pretty nice B models that I know of in Florida. So I sent them searching.

The story goes quiet for a couple of months.

Anyway, my friend called last week to ask about buying my B-67 project as a completed truck.

Now, I'm not usually speechless. But I was close there for a minute.

Seems his Florida buddy wants a finished truck. (Smart Fella) And, he thinks he wants mine.

Supposedly flying here on Sunday. We'll see..... could be a whole new venture.

Ah the webs we weave.

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maybe he'd like a mixer-then we can make a trade. He comes here and gits the mixer and I goes there and gits the B-67 when you finish it. :unsure:

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One of the good things about this deal is that, whether or not it even happens,

I'm making record time on the project. Maybe a little kick in the a-- isn't too bad!

The cab and all of the sheet metal is ready to head out to the paint shop.

The frame and axles are ready for painting and plumbing.

The engine is ready for detailing.

Then it's on with assembly.

This truck might even turn wheels under its' own power this year!

Whoa - then what??

Too scary to even think about.

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Hey, Garth (aka Packer) just retired so have him come out and you guys can do this full time. Would be nice to get paid doing something you love to do. Sounds like he's picking up enough trucks left and right to keep you busy for a few years to say the least..

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Well - interesting stuff to say the least!

The B-67 is sold, and I have the money (so I know it's sold!!).

It's sold as a completed truck to be delivered in ninety days.

Going with original colors red w/ black fenders and running gear.

Using one of my 711's and a TRD-720 - 9 speed OD duplex with

the original 4.53 rear end ratio.

The same way I was doing it for myself. Full rear fenders and the air ride too.

So, it's going to be a busy time around the shop. And we are going

to welcome another new member to our BMT site - with a pretty nice B-67!

About the same age as Other Dog and I. Another old bast--d.

So - I'm scouting around for the next project for myself.

Got a couple of choices. There is a mid-60's Peterbilt 351 tandem day cab tractor that

Jimmy would part with in our yard; or a tandem B-61 I know of that needs a good home;

or I might just look around for a while. There is a nice rust-free B-73 with the L cab available

close by that has had some recent updating. That's a possibility too.

And there's a little single axle B-61 tractor that I've known since I was a little boy.

Who knows - it's a big world out there.

It's occurred to me recently, as I looked longingly at the Kenworth W900A in our shop

with the big Cummins KTA engine, that a truck can really get too big to be a useable toy.

The KW really appeals to me, but the little Mack is so comfortable to drive around just about

anywhere, and it's funky enough to draw attention from all sorts of people. Everybody likes

the B Macks. Great for getting girls too - if only I wasn't so old, bald, fat, married and --- oh well forget it.

I guess it's probably going to be another old Mack! Just for other reasons than the girl story.

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Well - interesting stuff to say the least!

...

About the same age as Other Dog and I. Another old bast--d.

... Everybody likes

the B Macks. Great for getting girls too - if only I wasn't so old, bald, fat, married and --- oh well forget it.

I guess it's probably going to be another old Mack! Just for other reasons than the girl story.

So we're the old bast--ds around here, eh? There must be somebody older around here... :unsure:

That's kinda what I was looking for when I bought the mixer. Actually, it's exactly what I was looking for- a single axle B-model, like the 2 I found, one was $1,200, the other $1,000. Something I could drive around when I wanted. I love the mixer and it has "character" for sure, but it's still big and slow! Now I wouldn't trade it for a new Dodge. :lol:

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