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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by five-oh, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
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    Rickybop
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    from Michigan

    Good to see this thread up again. Good to see your truck coming along. God bless Mr. Sam. That's awesome about the guy remembering rebuilding your starter for him so long ago.
     
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  2. five-oh
    Joined: Jan 10, 2008
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    five-oh
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    from Arkansas
    1. HAMB Old Farts' Club

    Well....have you ever accidently purchased something? Or more to the point, some things? I can now say I have. Several weeks ago, while on work business, of all things enroute to a jail to speak with a parolee, I sailed past a metal building that had a huge sign "Toadsuck Classic Chevy Parts" hanging on the wall. I'd passed it before many times, but never noticed the sign; however I HAD noticed the many Camaros and late '60s, early '70s C10s. This date, though, there was someone mowing the yard. I couldn't resist. I busted a u-turn and pulled in to the drive. A short conversation later, I discovered the lawn mower was the owner, and while he specialized in Camaros, he could provide me with parts for AD trucks. In fact, he was building an AD Suburban for his wife. It developed that he could 1) match prices with the catalogues/websites and 2) could save me shipping. He said he ordered enough in bulk that he didn't get charged shipping and could help out a fellow car nut. As I'd prefer to buy local anyway, it seemed perfect.
    I explained to him about Sam and the fact that we needed two rear fenders, a front fender and a bumper. He agreed to call me when he made another order so I could potentially order some parts, took down my number, and that was it. I figured when he called, I'd order a fender here, then next time a fender, and so on..
    Then came Petit Jean, and the swap meet. I rounded a corner and there was my new friend. His eyes lit up. "Hey! I meant to call you!" Turned out, he'd placed an order. He had needed a few more items to fill out the load...yep. He ordered Every. Single. Piece I'd mentioned that I wanted. "They'll be here Monday".
    I immediately wondered how on earth I'd tell my wife. I'd already made an appointment for $250 worth of glass work, stashed some cash back for the swap meet- but not THAT much.
    He told me he'd sell them to me a piece at a time if I needed, and apologized for not calling. Shoot. I was overjoyed, if a bit overwhelmed. I screwed up my courage and admitted to my wife that I had "accidently" bought $1300 worth of truck parts, fulling expecting that I would be enjoying the comfort of Sam's newly recovered seat for a few nights. Thankful for the foresight to buy extra padding, I prepared for the banishment. My wife....laughed. She scared me. She didn't holler, or get mad. She just laughed and said I did the bills, I needed to figure out how to pay for it. She said I was gonna buy it anyway, might as well get it out of the way. I'm still worried. No telling what this will cost me in the long run...
    Today, the all important info hit my phone. The order was in. My wife came along with me to pick the parts up. Probably to keep me from accidently ordering something else.
    rustywithsamschristmas.jpg
    A truck load later.....and we headed home. The painted front bumper had came in chrome. I would prefer the painted due to the fact Sam is a Korean War truck; however, given the fact that it might take a bit to get the painted bumper in, we took the chrome one. I figured if my new friend could get a painted bumper, I could always sell the chrome bumper.
    I couldn't resist a pic of Sam's Christmas in July, aka my accidental purchase...after all, we had to check for damage, right?
    sams christmas.jpg
    The next update may take a bit. We shall see. So much to do, and now no excuse that I'm waiting on parts.....
    Besides, I've gotta be very sweet and loving to my wife. Might even have to send her some flowers.
    And MAYBE she won't notice that the shop will likely be over budget when it comes in too.....maybe. If not- anyone wanna loan me an air mattress for me to throw in the shop floor? :lol:
     
  3. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
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    arkiehotrods
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    Sometime I will tell you about buying the '46 Ford pickup my wife told me to NOT buy. They sure put up with us, don't they!

    Gary Baughman is a really good guy who just loves old Chevrolets. I am glad you two connected. When I lived in Conway, we lived near the Walmart on Dave Ward Dr and Gary's place was exactly 5 miles from my house. Used to see him pretty regularly at the Advance Auto Parts store on Dave Ward. I remember when he decided to take the plunge and go into the Chevy parts business. He has worked hard and is reaping the benefits.
     
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  4. five-oh
    Joined: Jan 10, 2008
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    five-oh
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    from Arkansas
    1. HAMB Old Farts' Club

    He's an awesome guy and I can see we will become good friends. My wife liked him too. Way he talks, the business has really been busy lately. Me, I am overjoyed to have a local source that isn't as high as a cat's back.
     
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  5. five-oh
    Joined: Jan 10, 2008
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    five-oh
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    from Arkansas
    1. HAMB Old Farts' Club

    Finally had time to do a little bit of playing with Sam. I dug out the headliner and the inside windshield trim. Took 3 trips to the local hardware store to find the right screws, since I was hard-headed and kept grabbing the wrong size. It would've made too much sense to find one, test it, and buy what I needed the first time. Me being hardheaded, I wound up stocking up on screws.
    And Sam had to fight me, as usual
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    Headliner is in...but if one looked close, all is not well on the passenger side. On the LAST screw, I was using the cordless drill as a screwdriver, knowing better. Just a bit more...blam. It slipped and now I have to replace a cracked passenger side windshield.
    I wanted to scream and throw a hammer through it. :mad:
    Oh well. That's the way it goes..
    On the other hand I've enjoyed driving the old truck a bit, and I found a treasure at my brother in laws machine shop he recently bought..
    A 261, tucked under a bench.. We are negotiating prices. I need that to redo for Sam...it'd look grand with my new dual intake and headers on it. And of course some finned aluminum accents, like a valve cover and the like...
     
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  6. five-oh
    Joined: Jan 10, 2008
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    five-oh
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    from Arkansas
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    20210925_163445.jpg Well...kinda Sam related. After months of waiting and a lot of begging and pleading with the wife. I FINALLY got my new shop installed. I still have to wire and insulate it, but at least this winter I have a place in the dry to work on the old trucks in. 20210925_180033.jpg
     
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  7. Rehpotsirhcj
    Joined: May 7, 2006
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    What a great thread! Congrats on the new shop, although it has far too much empty space…you’d better get busy.
     
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  8. five-oh
    Joined: Jan 10, 2008
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    five-oh
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    from Arkansas
    1. HAMB Old Farts' Club

    Well, it's got too much empty space because I've had the keys to it and the installers have been gone, oh, two hours. LOL
     
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  9. Cool!
     
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  10. five-oh
    Joined: Jan 10, 2008
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    five-oh
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    from Arkansas
    1. HAMB Old Farts' Club

    Been too busy working on wiring the shop and getting it up to snuff to do much on Sam. But, lest anyone thinks I've neglected and forgotten the old truck- we got a little gift in for him.
    As is obvious, Sam is a Korean War year truck, which came with little to no chrome. Painted grill, bumpers, hubcaps....
    Much to my surprise, there is apparently no one re-popping painted hubcaps. On one of the facebook groups there was a guy buying a new set of chrome repros and wanting to part with his original, slightly battered painted caps. Never mind the fact they have been re-painted white at sometime in the past instead of the factory thistle gray, I spoke up and asked to buy them. The man was a real stand up guy- shipping and $10 got me the set. (Pics are from the seller, and on the bubble wrap package used for his new reproductions, thus the labels you see). I'm thinking they'll look grand on the old guy, and may repaint them. They are no doubt originals- very thick, good metal. hubcaps.jpg
     
  11. arkiehotrods
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  12. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
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    They were known for that.
     
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  13. TOMMAY
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
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    TOMMAY
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    from MOBILE,AL

    Glad this thread popped back up. I'd read it before but I reread it tonight because it's such a great story.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Ain't God good.
     
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  14. Just found the thread this morning. Really enjoyed Sam’s journey so far. Following along. The title of the thread drew me in. All our days are “good days”. Some are just better than others.
     
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