Monday, March 26, 2012

After Many Threats From Shay

I decided to blog.

I can't really say why I haven't felt compelled to write. It's not lack of subject. More of a lack of motivation. Once you stop writing, it kind of snowballs, and before you know it, it's been a month since you put words to paper. Or computer screen.

What's been going on? I was in the field a couple of weeks ago, but then we had rain, and now we're waiting for some stuff to get sprayed before I can get back to work. I've been cleaning up around our place lately, getting things in order in the shop, setting up my diesel and gas tanks where I want them, and taking out some small trees. I also got the mower out today to get it ready for the season and decided to mow while I was at it.

This is the latest addition to the pickup collection. I've wanted a square body Chevy or GMC for a long long time. I wanted a 3/4 ton 4 wheel drive. I wanted an '87, as that was the year GM went to fuel injected engines in their trucks. It all came together a couple of Saturdays ago. Shay and I like it a lot. It needs some body work, so I'm planning on having my brother do it and paint it this winter. Maybe a 4" lift and different wheels and tires. Or not. I actually really like the steel wheel/hubcab look, so we'll see. Anyway, here it is:

These hog feeders and bulk bin were leftover from when Dad raised hogs. They were in the way, as there's a driveway next to them, plus about a billion trees had grown in the area, so I moved the feeders and bulk bin to the scrap pile and dug the trees up with the loader and put them on the burn pile. I also had the pleasure of moving a decent sized pile of cinder blocks to another location. Anyway, it's done now.

I finally got the shop cleaned out and put in order (for now). Eventually, I'll put overhead doors in and get some new wiring run so I can have my tools on the north end, but this will work until then. I didn't take any "before" pictures, but there were a lot of spare parts and miscellaneous stuff that needed to be burned or relocated to the barn. I believe this building is 40'x60'. These pictures were all taken from the south end.

Charlie likes to get his picture taken.

So does Hannah.

Mowed the yard.


  1. This would be a good time to carve out a little place for a garden. Looking at all that grass you have to mow...a garden would just cut down on all of that work, right?

    1. That's a nice looking truck, I like the steel wheel hub cap look too. Had a 82 3/4 ton 2 wheel drive. Drove it from Oregon to Florida and back in 1997. Really liked it but had to rebuild the turbo 400 twice and then the 6.2 put a rod thru the block.

  2. Good ol' pickups. I'm surprised you found one that straight.

    We bought an 84 dually 4wd last year and just finished putting a flatbed on it. We were fortunate to find it on a government auction with only 40,000 original miles. Only real problem is that the brake self-adjusters were siezed from all the sitting around.

    What engine and tranny in yours?

    1. 350/TH400. I wish it had overdrive, 'cuz it's got 4.10 gears, but if I drive slower, I just get to spend more time in it. I'd love to have a dually. Almost bought one last spring, but everyone and their dog wanted it.