So - we are into September. Summer's pretty much over and the leaves are changing.
We are making nice progress on the B-67 project. Fabricating mounts for the air tanks
and air valves. Installing the radiator and all associated pieces. Got the shutters working
nicely. The cab is coming along real good. It's in the body shop paint booth now (finally).
We hope to have the cab back on the frame within the next few days.
With the radiator installed, we should be ready to fire the old girl up for the first time in
a long time.
I broke down and bought myself a little project this week. Found a decent 1953 Chevrolet 1/2 ton
pickup just around the corner from my house. Been looking at it for a while, and it finally wore me down.
It's a rod project - no engine, been outside for a long time, getting pretty rusty in the floors etc., etc.
The old truck needed a new friend, and it adopted me. It should be quite happy inside a warm garage after sitting in the weeds for a long time.
The overall cab is good, the doors are good, tailgate and box are pretty nice. All cab glass is good, including the curved corner windows. The dash and instruments are nice. Both bumpers and the grille are OK. SO, there's enough there to start with.
The intention is to make this our shop truck and parts hauler. With a new independent suspension front end, a little small block and automatic transmission, decent brakes and a completely stock body, it should fill the bill nicely, with the logo on the doors.
"The Fishers Truck Company, Inc." is finally an official entity. We are looking into perhaps selling a line of truck APU's for auxiliary bunk heating, cooling and electric power during rest periods to reduce engine idling time.
I think we are talking with the best of the APU companies right now. Along with that, we have talked to some manufacturers about selling weight scales for individual axles. And we are looking for any new ideas to help defray the cost of our antique truck addiction.
And we are finishing up the process of becoming a New York State retail vehicle dealer, which will allow us to buy and sell heavy trucks and trailers. It's an exciting time for our little truck business.