The Chronicles of Woodworking in a Can #11: Making Progress

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Blog entry by cmckerliesr posted 07-26-2010 12:25 AM 1770 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I am making progress in general.
I finally got a truck. Well what I call a truck. Not some over glorified car with a truck box on the back. I stand up and cheer every time the Toyota commercial comes on and he says he does not care if his truck is scratched, he is not going to baby it, etc.

With all that in mind, here are pics of my $900 find.

That of course is the interior which needs work. Of course the next few are of the outside.

Here is the stuff that I feel is important about the truck.
1990 Chevy K1500, 350 V-8, with a 5-speed manual overdrive transmission, with a 6 foot bed. I wanted a 8 foot bed, but hey. The rest of the truck is exactly what I have been looking for so long.

This is a work truck.

The down side… needs work to the interior, I am putting in some kind of spray on bedliner, the transmission is a little out of sync on first and second gear.

The upside! It WAS CHEAP and did I mention a BLAST to drive. No leaks, crap for paint, and an interior which it does not matter what happens to it. It has 16 inch American Racing off road rims and tires. I was lucky and it is a BLAST to DRIVE.

In any case, now I can get the wood and insulation for the walls of the can. Yeah!!!!!!! Plus I will finally get to make the improvements to the can that you all have listened to me complain about or mention in this blog. So I will leave this alone for now.

Some of you may look at this and think what a bunch of crap and this dude has spent way to much time in the can and has finally lost his mind. That may be so, but I am happy and the can will be seeing some real improvements shortly.

So from the man is the can. Have a GREAT day and what ever you do, don’t get in my way!

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

7 comments so far

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#1 posted 07-26-2010 01:20 AM

A REAL truck!! One that will take you to the lumber yard and back and haul a full sheet of plywood!

Mine’s a 86 Dodge Ram- my wife hates it but Quigley (the basset hound) and I love it!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-26-2010 03:56 PM

the interior looks too luxurious for that truck!

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#3 posted 07-26-2010 10:28 PM

Craig – I can identify with your work truck. My wife’s truck is a 1981 Ford F150 long wheel base 5 litre straight 6. The interior needs work, the exterior needs work, but the motor and suspension are TOUGH and still very much in good condition.

So what if the outside is a bit battered? It is a WORKING machine.

And yes it’s a BLAST to DRIVE as well.


-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#4 posted 07-26-2010 10:38 PM

Craig, I think it is a GREAT truck! And I think the price is a steal. My truck is a ‘86 Ford V6 4×4 and it looks a LOT worse than yours. From the outside. The motor is good and my truck WORKS!

I’m jealous of PG_Zac’s truck too!

Enjoy and don’t fuss with the aesthetics too much!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 07-27-2010 05:42 PM

That’s a great truck! My first truck was an ancient Chevy S-10. I loved it, it was all beat up and I used it for camping and hauling a ton of stuff. Drove friends and myself to work in snow storms. Unfortunately it only lasted a couple of years and was replaced with a Toyota 4WD. I was all excited to have 4WD to deal with the snow, but once I got it, it didn’t snow for several years. lol Murphy at work.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#6 posted 07-27-2010 07:15 PM

Well first thanks for all the comments. I did not realize that there were others out there who just like and want a workhorse and not something that is to pretty to put anything into.

Ever since I got it I have had this uncontrollable urge to stand next to it, pound my chest and grunt like Tim the Tool Man Taylor. LMAO!!!!

I need help from you guys though. It is raining today. Is it wrong of me to ask my wife to hold an umbrella over it? She seems to think that this is too much to ask and I do not know why. After a few carefully chosen words, she then said “and you bought this truck to do what? Oh, yeah. Haul wood, trash, etc. and you expect me to go out there and hold an umbrella over it!”. To which I replied “Yes”.

So come on guys I need back up here! I need comments to show her that I am not alone nor am I crazy for asking her to do this. (OH! this ought to be good!). After all is said and done I will let you know what it is like to sleep in the can. Since if I keep pushing this, that is where I may wind up. LMAO!!!!!!!

OH! Div, there are no worries about me getting involved in cosmetic work on this truck. I am going to fix the broken parts (probably with duct tape, LOL), spray primer on it (rust protection), and spray or roll on Al’s Liner or Herculiner (again rust protection), and that is about as far it is going to go. Well I have to put new seat belts in, repair the seat, and repair those things it needs to get through inspection (it is short list of repairs). It is a little rougher then it looks in the pictures.

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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#7 posted 07-27-2010 10:26 PM

What’s with the umbrella thing? That is how we wash trucks my friend, let the rain do it!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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