Not a lot going on in my little world, just enjoying driving the truck.
I took a washer and dryer to my son and his girlfriend, which is about 15 miles each way and had no issues.
I will say I absolutely hate this frame mounted fuel pump because it makes what sounds to me like a squeaking sound and I hate that so I am now trying to think of a way to slip a new in tank pump into my budget and install it without my wife finding out as well as somehow modifying the tank with a 2nd fuel pickup so in the event of an in tank pump failure I can easily switch back to the frame mounted pump should the need arise again.
In the mean time, I had to go back to work and really don't have any projects for the slow times, which are really becoming few and far between but I did have one minor truck related project this week. I went back to work on the mud flaps.
I tend to accumulate bits of scrap metal at work because you never know when you may need it. I needed some stainless steel to add to the bottom of the mud flaps to help keep them straight over the next 48 years and it turns out I had just the thing in my work locker. So I cut some pieces of stainless slightly longer than the mudflapsare wide.
Bent them a little past 90 degrees on the brake
Used the brake to make that into a U shape
Placed that onto the bottom of the mudflap and used the brake as a press to clamp it onto the bottom of the mudflap
Then took it to the sander to round off the corners and it was done
Now I only have two minor problems to sort out
1- The mudflaps are slightly too wide to fit the back fenders without rubbing the springs
and 2- I have nothing to mount them to so I will have to figure that out but I'm determined to get them back on the truck hopefully some day soon.
I've also been toying with the idea of painting the cheesy 1970's wood grain stripe back on.
I've been playing with paint shop to get an idea of what it would look like
Of course I would have to go with a mahogany rather than the original teak but I have to say I really like the stripe and the only thing that has kept me from painting it on there is fear of not liking it once it's done and having to paint that section white all over again but now I'm seriously thinking I may need to start teaching myself how to paint wood grain using automotive paint.
I also sent Mrs. Cranky a copy of the pic and she agrees it just looks like it belongs there but says she would prefer to buy the stripe. I know BJ's sells the stripe in colors but don't know if it could be ordered in wood grain or not but personally I think for durability sake I prefer that it be painted even though I know it's work I don't really have time to do.