Jeep Invasion!

When I say Butler is a small town in western PA, I do mean a small town.   One main drag, a couple of stop lights and small mostly family owned businesses dot the downtown.  Just a mile outside of this metropolis it’s a landscape of farmland and old homesteads.

Butler holds one great secret – it’s the birthplace of the Jeep.   Every June all the little Jeeps come to pay their respects at the Bantam Jeep festival.  There is a multitude of activities for Jeep owners to participate in to flex their Jeep muscles.  I had the opportunity to attend the Jeep Invasion, and it really is like an invasion this small town; absolutely astonishing how many of one badge can find their way together.  We all know I’m a ford truck girl, but yea – this was cool.

Jeeps lining Main Street and still pouring in.
This is what i think of when I think Jeep.
Still pouring in.
Even the side streets were being used this year.

Boaty McBoat Project

Husband: I want a boat!
Me: Take a class make sure you like it.
Husband: Okay…….. (two moths later) I love sailing, I want a sailboat!
Me: *sigh* okay
Husband: this one is in our budget
Me: ugh
Husband: All it needs is paint
Me: okay
Husband: (7 months later and a lot more than just paint) tada
Me:  SMILE

 

Beach Bug Out Bag

It’s that time of year again, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer and around here and the official start of tourist season.  If I want to get to the beach and miss the crowd I have to be prompt as soon as the weather looks ideal!  I accomplish this by putting together my beach bug out bag ahead of time, so then after a quick change into my suit,  I’m out the door.  (Sometimes it’s the boat bug out bag, but that is a whole different post!)

My beach bug out bag starts with a huge sturdy handled bag that sand doesn’t stick to.  I found this great one at Target, it holds enough to send a small army to the beach.  Stuff it with two big fluffy towels, a water bottle, snack and zip-lock bag with sunscreen and hair ties.  Then the best part – picking out a lighthearted silly little summer read.  I would recommend anything by Janet Evanovich, guaranteed easy to pick up and be delighted by even if it’s been a few days (or weeks) between reads. Have a little extra room, try a notebook and pen – never know when the muse may strike.

What would you keep in your beach bug out bag?

Still truckn’

Came back to read more about my truck?  Aren’t you sweet.

The driver door, tail gate and hood are from different black trucks.  I say he is all original…. originally from other trucks. I named him Patches. When he rolled off the assembly line he was two tone green, then painted a minty green and some of the cab is white from that repaint, some is still pine green, oh and the black drivers door.  Yea like I said – Patches.

So why am I writing about him now seeing as we welcomed him to the family back in August?  He is having a very long sleepover at the mechanics, the brake overhaul was just to much for us on our own, and I miss him.

It’s much more than just a truck, it’s a family project and a conversation starter everywhere Patches goes.

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Still reading?  Good for you.  So here is the bonus content.
– The ODO reads 25K so it could be 125 or 225
– The air filter canister is original and it’s Ford blue.
– The VIN can be used to determine the month year and where it was built.  June ’72 Virginia, thanks for asking.
– The grill appears to be original to the truck even though it’s the ’71 design.
– When we look under the hood we play a game ‘what did this wire go to’ mostly the answer is the AC.
– Originally there were two gas tanks to switch between, he is missing the one under the bed so it’s just the 10 gallon behind the seat.
– my favorite thing is the instrument cluster
– The rust holes in the bed keep water from collecting and the bed rusting through, yes that is ironic.
– When you go through a puddle really fast the passenger has to put their foot over the hole in the floor or they get really wet.
– I half jokingly say he would make a great spokes person for a no more body shaming campaign.

Keep on truck’n

I have too many projects and hobbies… say me never!  Well may be I say it once in a… no never mind.

Last August one of my lust affair became a love affair.  I adore old vehicles especially the big gutsy V8s that the 70s were known for.  Old pick up, pile on even more love.

I was looking, almost in a fantasy state, through local adds and decided to change ti to a reality.   We looked at a ’73 F100 three hours away, total bust.  I’m okay with rust, in fact expected it, but I want to see it so I know what I am getting into.  The rust was all poorly painted over, even the loose stuff in the bed, so sad.  It was a V8, but not the original and poorly mounted.

I kept sending my husband pictures of this ratty miss matched pickup.  He said if I called and set it up we would go look at it.  Done.  A quick trip out of town, a crank of the engine later and even he was in love.  A handshake and a tow dolly latter,  he was sleeping in our driveway.


So to get to the boring fine points, the frame is in good shape, the rocker panels aren’t rusted out and it has power steering.  The exciting stuff, oh I could go on forever.  A 1972 F100, V8 360, that I am guessing gets 8 miles to the gallon.  We put in a rebuilt carburetor, and he lives no more sleeping!

His name is Patches, he’s my truck.  Come back I’ll have more stories.

Must Have Monday – beat the winter blues

I have found a great way to beat the winter blues, and probably just blues in general.  Coloring books for adults, not sure why I didn’t find these until a few months ago but I love them.  One of my favorites is Lost Ocean from Johanna Basford, you can find it HERE.  Enjoy, but be careful googling adult coloring books.