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Exploring the world around me and interpreting what I experience through words & images.

Living the Dream on a Truck Bed of Roses

We’ve just begun breaking in our restored/rebuilt 1950 Chevy 3100 Pickup Truck. It was a real treat last weekend to finally pull our custom home-built teardrop trailer with this beautiful vintage truck.

My fascination with this truck (and others like her) is that she has aged gracefully. I love that she is still pretty, tough, and practical, too. We’ve been calling the truck “Ruby,” but Mark says she’s a whole lot like me. I’ll take that as a compliment. I hope I age as well as she has.  🙂

Today, we made a run to the store to gather up materials for a raised-bed planter in the backyard where we’ll plant a variety of tomatoes, but we also committed to buying roses, even though we only rent our current home. They were far too beautiful and fragrant to pass up. I know they will bring us a lot of joy.

We’re looking forward to a few summertime camping trips up north in Arizona this year, where Ponderosa Pines in the high mountains will protect us from the desert heat.

Hope you all are doing as well as we are. If not, we wish you better days ahead.

Love,


RELATED POSTS:

1950 Chevy 3100 Vintage Truck Restore/Rebuild_1: Committing to the Project

1950 Chevy 3100 Vintage Truck Restore / Rebuild_2: Prepping Chassis and Engine

1950 Chevy 3100 Vintage Truck Restore / Rebuild_3: Hard Body Meets Firm Foundation

1950 Chevy 3100 Vintage Truck Restore / Rebuild_4: Grilling on a Sunday Afternoon

Building Our Teardrop Trailer From Scratch: Learning by Doing

Photos of Our Own Home-Built, Custom Teardrop Trailer

Pregnant Again

She’s done it again. Overplayed her hand. Underestimated the magical powers of her own fertility.

“What?” she says. “It’s not my fault. I’m just doin’ what comes naturally!”

“Fine,” we say, scratching our heads. “Now, what are we to do with all the offspring? There are hundreds of them. How will we ever find homes for them all?”

Ah, but look at them. They’re so beautiful, each and every one of them. And delicious, too. Pink. And sweet. And perfectly edible.

No way will we be able to consume all this fruit ourselves, and we absolutely WON’T let it sit and rot on the tree. Today, we began the process of harvesting these babies, bagging ’em, and sharing them with our entire neighborhood.

Abundance of this magnitude reminds me of the Law of Abundance in general. There is more than enough on this planet to sustain us all. Nature is willing to provide as long as we are willing to take care of nature. When we are so fortunate to receive nature’s gifts and God’s blessings, we must do all we can to share what we have and try not to let anything go to waste.

Wishing you ABUNDANCE,

Fantastic AND FREE National Park Map Resource!

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One guy. One website. TONS of FREE maps of every sort, related to our National Parks.

Click here for the website –>   NATIONAL PARK MAPS

This extremely thorough website and project is clearly a labor of love. If you camp, backpack, hike, or just plain old visit the incredible National Park system we as citizens of the United States so far been blessed to have in the first place. (Thank you, Teddy Roosevelt! Thank you, every environmentalist! Thank you every selfless, kind-hearted politician that protects our parks–ok, I know you are few, but thanks to those of you who do! Thank you every activist who fights the good fight to keep these amazing National Parks clean, secure and abundant in healthy flora and fauna!)

I don’t know about you folks who read my blog, but I view the National Parks as an emblem of what is meant by “America, the beautiful.” Without them, American wouldn’t be so beautiful. So, please do what you can to preserve what we have right now, to keep anyone from destroying it, degrading it, AND ESPECIALLY FROM CAPITALIZING on it for monetary gain.

I love you guys and gals who respect our parks enough to always leave ’em looking better than they did when you first got there. So many folks continue polluting and defacing our National Parks. Common sense and respect are fading fast in our society. It’s hard to keep up with it’s negative impact. So, everything you do to mitigate that reality, to balance out the bozo heads around you, really makes a tremendous difference. Never forget that!

Thanks and ENJOY!

1950 Chevy 3100 Vintage Truck Restore / Rebuild_4: Grilling on a Sunday Afternoon

When Mark said he’d be grilling this Sunday, silly me to think he was talking about a couple of juicy steaks on the barby, corn on the cob, maybe a dozen grilled jumbo shrimp. I blindly set out to make an awesome side salad to go with the grilled goods, but alas, I’m still standing here kinda hungry.

I should have known, Mark still has not recovered from a severe case of “truck rebuild on the brain.” I’m not dissin’ him. When it comes to this 1950 Chevy 3100 Pickup Truck Rebuild (1950 Chevy 3100 Vintage Truck Restore/Rebuild_1: Committing to the Project ), it may have started out as an “us” project, but it is most certainly a Mark project. Too many aspects of this project have required Mark’s wide and deep knowledge and life experience to make it all just right. I’ve been watching in amazement on the sidelines, oohing and aahing at his fine engineering and immense patience in working out the zillions of unexpected kinks in this once-in-a-lifetime project.  (Mark SWEARS he will NOT be doing a project like this EVER again!)

Last you saw, she looked something like this . . .

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NOW, she’s looking more like this . . .

With this rebuilt, re-engineered engine tucked neatly (if not SNUGly!) in the engine compartment . . .

One of the final pieces to the puzzle is the grill that Mark realigned and wet sanded today . . .

After sanding it, Master Mark gave the grill a spectacular paint job . . .

Soon (tomorrow?), the grill will finally find its way back home on the old 1950 Chevy 3100 Pickup Truck she started her journey on, only now she’ll look prettier than she used to. (Thanks, Mark! You know my heart was stuck on chrome, but now that I see her paired up with the rest of the truck, I think it’s a match made in heaven.)

Next, Mark will paint the underside of the hood, so we can reattach that as well. (Yeah, this is the rare occasion where I can say ‘we’ . . . I’ve redeemed myself on occasion by at least being of help lifting the bed off the chassis, or lifting the hood or fenders when needed. <“Right, honey?”>)

I’m so excited. My re-imagined, rebuilt antique pickup truck is nearly ready to roll!

As always, stay tuned for updates!

Happy Restoring, Re-using, and Re-purposing to all you builders and restorers out there!


Related Articles in this 1950 Chevy Restore/Rebuild series:

1950 Chevy 3100 Vintage Truck Restore/Rebuild_1: Committing to the Project

1950 Chevy 3100 Vintage Truck Restore / Rebuild_2: Prepping Chassis and Engine

1950 Chevy 3100 Vintage Truck Restore/Rebuild_3: Hard Body Meets Firm Foundation


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You’re Invited to a Party! My Short Story Published in Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup for the Soul, Angels and Miracles

Hello, My Faithful Followers!

My short story called “The Desk” is being debuted in the new Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels and Miracles book, AVAILABLE TOMORROW, November 1, 2016, at a book store near you! (Or online, of course! Here–> at AMAZON)

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I’m beyond excited about being part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family now. It’s truly an honor.

This particular collection of 101 stories (cherry picked out of somewhere between 5000 and 6000 submissions!) is a widely varied collection of stories relating to . . . well, it’s much easier to allow the Chicken Soup folks explain it . . .

Miracles, answered prayers, cases of divine intervention—they happen every day—strengthening our faith, giving us hope, and proving that good things do happen to good people!

Miracles are all around us—we just have to look to see them. These powerful stories will deepen your faith and give you hope that good things do happen to good people. From guardian angels to divine messengers, from miraculous healing to messages from heaven, from mysterious dreams that come true to divine coincidence, you’ll be in awe as you read these 101 stories of true wonder and inspiration. These stories are written by real people—ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences—who are just as surprised that these things happened to them as we are to read about them.

TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 1, 2016, the Chicken Soup folks are hosting a TWITTER PARTY for us contributors, with an open invitation for family and friends to join us. I’d love to have you in attendance if you can make it!

If you attend, make sure to give a shout out to me! My twitter tag is:  @SusanMaddyJ

Thanks to my family and friends who support me in my baby steps in the big, big world of writing and my big, big endeavors to find my place in it! I love you so much for encouraging me to dream that big!

Warmest love and regards,

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1950 Chevy 3100 Vintage Truck Restore / Rebuild_3: Hard Body Meets Firm Foundation

ATTACHING THE BODY TO THE NEWER CHASSIS

Okay, so this is where the FUN starts.

Big airplane hangar to play in.

Big forklifts to drop the body parts on the chassis (Is this a Stephen King novel? lol).

Big-time sweating and swearing till we got ‘er done.

It all started here . . . 1950 Chevy 3100 Vintage Truck Restore/Rebuild_1: Committing to the Project. By now, we’ve advanced considerably in the project.

This is the third update on the progress of our 1950 Chevy 3100 restoration and rebuild, reflecting one of our more active days, just before summer got cranking in Arizona. So much has happened in the last several months, enough that writing about it has become a luxury. But I’m here to make amends and keep on keeping on.

We’ve been so lucky to have an aircraft junkyard at our disposal–a large work space where we could tackle the tougher elements of our build, however long it took, and where we could have access to industrial-grade lift equipment to make our lives easier.

On this part of the build, we’re pulling the cab and truck bed from the old, original 1950 Chevy 3100 chassis and attaching them to the 1989 Chevy S10 chassis that’s been reworked and prepped for this build.

BUT FIRST . . . ONE LAST DRIVE IN THE OLD TRUCK BEFORE SHE GETS A MAKEOVER:

AND NOW TO STRIP HER OF ANY UNNECESSARY BODY PARTS BEFORE HEADING TO THE AIRCRAFT JUNKYARD:

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ONE LAST TIME LISTENING TO HER OLD ENGINE RUN; NOT BAD FOR A 66-YEAR-OLD ENGINE! . . .

TIME TO REMOVE THE CAB AND BED FROM THE ORIGINAL CHASSIS, WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM TEREX :

Somebody came by that very morning, bought the old chassis from us, and carted it away. Bye bye, now!

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A LOT OF MEASURING, A TON OF FINESSING,  AND AMPLE PREP-WORK TO CREATE SUPPORTS NECESSARY AND GET ‘EM WELDED IN THE RIGHT PLACES:

IRONMAN RETURNS:

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THE MOMENT WE HAD BEEN WAITING FOR, LOWERING THE CAB AND BED ONTO THE NEWER CHASSIS:

SUCCESS! SHE’S BACK TOGETHER AGAIN . . .

But on a chassis that will be able to handle the spacing and structure necessary for our upgraded brakes, suspension, engine, safety, and convenience requirements:

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This part of the project–transporting the truck to the junkyard, stripping her body from the previous chassis, prepping the newer chassis, and dropping the body onto the new chassis–took an entire day, start to finish.

Our truck is looking great (check out the optical illusion of her bed already filled up with rakes and shovels . . .

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but she’ll have to stay another day at the junkyard, so Mark can tackle attaching the engine and transmission. This part of the project I won’t be much help with. But as always, I have every confidence he will get the job done, and he’ll do it well. It’s what he does.

Once the engine and transmission are in, we can have our truck transported back to our home, where we can tackle the rest of the project in the comfort of our own garage. With the hot summer weather in Arizona, a garage fashioned with a swamp cooler will be a welcome treat.

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Me, messing around with photographing TEREX as seen through our 1950 Chevy 3100 side-view mirror. 🙂

Stay tuned for updates!

Happy Restoring, Re-using, and Re-purposing to all you builders and restorers out there!


Related Articles in this 1950 Chevy Restore/Rebuild series:

1950 Chevy 3100 Vintage Truck Restore/Rebuild_1: Committing to the Project

1950 Chevy 3100 Vintage Truck Restore / Rebuild_2: Prepping Chassis and Engine


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