Saturday, June 19, 2010

It's on!

Well, you're not going to believe this...but I'm buying the van.  Woohoo!  Yep, the very same one I featured a few weeks back has remained for sale, unwanted and unclaimed.  The owner dropped the price by nearly $2,000.00.  So, I called him back. 

It's built like a Brinks truck, with a T44 diesel motor and an Allison transmission. 

Frank tossed me the keys and said, "Let's go for a ride!" 
"Giddy," is the operative term, here.

I gingerly took it through the paces.  It sure sticks to the road, no bumps or creaks.  The steering is solid and the engine purrs like it's brand new off the showroom floor.

He said that no one wanted it, and that too many picky buyers had all kinds of finicky demands.  For some, it wasn't long enough, and for others it was too tall.  He was a day away from just throwing in the towel and parting it out piece by piece on ebay.


So, here's where it gets weird.  He actually bought it from a friend who bought it from another friend and the title never actually changed hands -- to which I raised an eyebrow.  "Oh, no, bro, I've done lots of these transactions.  You just need a paperless registration.  No problem."  I said, "Great, then let's go to the DMV window together and transfer ownership at the counter.  If they'll buy it, then I'll buy it.  How 'bout them apples?"  So, we're meeting at the DMV on Wednesday morning.  My gut feeling is that he's probably right, because he didn't hesitate in his story and he's willing to go with me right to the source.  So, we'll see.  I'll post the results later in the week.

On  a lighter note...


My faucet arrived.  Look at that piece of craftsmanship -- wall mounted, with a 90 degree swiveling neck.  And, the faucet arm rotates 360 degrees.  So, you can drink out of it like a water fountain if you wanted too.  How crazy is that?  The valve component that attaches to the water supply within in the wall costs nearly double the price of those two chrome pieces.  Sheesh!   


My inverter arrived.  That's 1000 watts with a 20amp three stage charger, as well.  Pretty darned hi-tech if you ask me.  And, that panel with the LCD display is removable!

It comes with a 10' foot extension so you can mount the panel on a wall, nearby. 


Needless to say, I'm beside myself.  It was as if Christmas sprinkled a little holiday joy over my house, this weekend.


  1. Congrats on finding the truck! Can't wait to see you work magic on its interior.

  2. Glenn,

    Thanks for the support! I can't wait for my first road trip. Your stories from New York have been giving me the itch to travel

  3. The truck looks perfect, really! Let's hope there's no funny business with the title.

    It's always nice when something turns out exactly like how you planned it so long ago. I can't wait to see your construction begin.


  4. John,

    I'm a little aprehensive about my visit to the DMV, but since we're both going to be there, it will be impossible for any funny business to take place. I won't part with my cash before the DMV says it's mine -- that's for sure!

    That being said, yes, it's amazing when things seem to work out smoothly with only speculation to stand on. I'm feeling lucky.

  5. Congratulations, and good luck on Wednesday. This is the biggest move!

  6. When are we going for a ride?

  7. I've been asked that question a lot, as of late. I may have to have a house-warming party when it's completed.

  8. It's Thursday night and no update. Doesn't look good.

  9. Squire,

    I've been swamped at work, so I haven't had time to give a creative and entertaining update. Story to follow, this weekend. Stay tuned!


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  11. Hey Madison. I'm glad you find some entertainment value. Thanks for reading!