It’s Primer Time!!!!!

Last weekend, the upholstery guy came out from Havasu to bring out the completed seat, seat covers, and build patterns, and took some more measurements. In person, the seat looks even better, we are excited for the rest of the interior.  I’m secretly hoping too, that when we are done with the truck, he can redo the interior in the camper. It’s not run down or bad looking, but the foam is insanely broken down from my bum working on the computer all the time.

Creating Patterns-

Creating Patterns


Looks good in the truck right?

Looks good in the truck right?

Apparently Brad confused me for the paparazzi that are banging down the door for scandal around here....

Apparently Brad confused me for the paparazzi that are banging down the door for scandal around here….

Now for this week. Oh my heck. I can’t believe we are actually in the painting stage….finally. It was starting to feel like the movie Groundhog’s Day, and not in a good way. I would love to say the week flew by, but it was just another week of painstaking and annoyingly tedious tasks. Fortunately for myself, it afforded me the rare opportunity to leave the piles of paperwork, emails, and orders behind, and delve into the truck. One thing I am a little sad about is my lack of involvement in the building process. Normally, everything is just Brad and me. Whether it was swapping motors, digging ditches, putting in the floor. The truck hasn’t been that way mostly because there is just too much crap to do in the office, as well as day to day maintenance. I swear tracking lost shipments is a full time gig around these parts! Fortunately, Metal has been a good replacement (and probably more useful in the shop than myself) so I can’t complain too much.

So as you all know, it’s been all about body work. Well, the sanding finally stopped (thank goodness) and it was time for phase 2…..or possibly phase 97, either way, we moved forward. Time for masking off the door jams, and then pretty much the rest of the truck. PRIMER BABY! Ok so I was conned into helping tape the doors. Realistically, I should know by now that anytime Brad uses the phrase “we” it actually means “Jen” and that he will be involved elsewhere. And taping the doors, well that was just to get me in the door, because once I start, I don’t stop. So the doors turned into the doors, plus the windows, plus the rear, plus the roof, then the windshield, then a paper drop layer under the truck and THEN a plastic one below that. Hmm I feel scammed. It started off fun, like I was building a fort, but instead of limp blankets and couch cushions, I had a monster truck, 500 feet of paper, and a zillion rolls of tape. Oh yeah! After about two doors, and a few windows, I was completely over the childhood project. It became monster truck fort hell. Everything has to be exact, everything has to stick for awhile, and there is a plethora of different crevices, cracks, curves, corners, cutouts, and hmm what’s another c word I could use…crumpets….yeah, ok well, no crumpets, but you get the point.

Once the sides were all done up, we did the roof together (the 10 minutes of “we”) and then in the middle Brad left for awhile so I was kinda stuck up there with no good way down since climbing down a window or other step would punch a hole in the nicely papered areas. Sweet. It’s not even outside so I couldn’t get a tan, and my cell was sitting on the bench so I couldn’t even do one of my learn Spanish app lessons on it. Lame. Just lay on the cold uncomfortable roof trying to avoid the holes for the AC (that was almost disastrous a few times…) So then  it was on to the drop layers, and after three days of taping (I did office crap in the mornings) I was so ready for the straight lines around the bottom. Yeah. Wishful thinking. The tape was uncooperative and just wouldn’t stick to the dang plastic. Awesome.

About a third of the way through, I could hear Brad start spraying. He had already cleaned and wet the floor to avoid dust. OH and here is a great tidbit. So I learned that you do your first “drop layer” in paper and then below that you do your plastic. The paint when it falls on the plastic just jumps right off when dry. SOOOOOOO in turn if it is close to where you are actually painting, it will put flecks EVERYWHERE. Great, if you are going for the “I don’t know how to paint look” but not so much for champion, I took too long, showpiece.

Ok so I rounded out taping and Brad was working the passenger side of the truck. Does this thing actually have a passenger side? The driver sits in the middle and the passengers are on both sides. Hmm what a conundrum. Blows your mind right? Ok well, probably not so much.

I’m not going to lie. I was thrilled and then some to see primer getting laid down on the truck. Giddy even. I may or may not have done a little happy dance when no one was looking. Stepping back from the truck, I really, REALLY wished I had a roll of ribbon that was like a foot wide, because it resembled a present a three year old tried wrapping without adult supervision. THE OCD in me was screaming in agony that it couldn’t be perfectly coordinated and neatly wrapped, but I just had to walk away. The bow would have been a nice touch. I’ll Photoshop one in, real cheesy like.

There is still so much paint to do, and you just don’t realize how much extra work the length creates. Taping a car? Quick. Taping a monster truck limo? Way too freakin long. And super wasteful. I don’t even know the number of rolls of tape I went through, and I ended up wearing one around my arm after I was done for like three hours because I had grown accustomed to it. Making dinner with masking tape on your bicep really isn’t as cumbersome as one might think.

Happy....end of the month gift

Happy….end of the month gift

Inside my fort

Inside my fort

The shop looks like someone died...

The shop looks like someone died…




Other shop tasks for the week, included dropping a new tranny in one of the Bullets and Burgers Vans, doing some brakes for Melissa, and both Shawnee’s (our fantastically random and hilarious niece) and Melissa’s birthdays. Hmm. Tomorrow looks like a Vegas trip for me, and hopefully I will return with some sandpaper, powder coated parts, and finished exhaust. (I will also likely get some doughnuts, Jimmy Johns, and Skittles.)  See ya after the truck is painted!!!!!!!

Celebrating Brad's B-day

Celebrating Brad’s B-day



Today gets to be fabulously shorter. One, because I don’t really have too much to report, but I do have a few updates so instead of writing a mini novel in a few days, I will just do a quick read.

It’s been a little bit of everything, although heavily laden with body work. Saturday was spent cleaning the “yard”, which is the crap pile of stuff that gets amassed here and makes an undesirable white trash trailer park image no matter how organized it is. It started with a good bonfire to clean up cut up signs, dry rotted wood, dilapidated pallets, and a few other odds and ends. “A few other things “ was actually about 12 hours of inferno temp fast burning  insanity. It was actually burning so fast it was hard to keep up. I logged over 15 miles on my pedometer just walking around dragging scraps to the fire. Yeah… and it was dead for about a quarter of the day. Oy!

Break out the mallows and weenies!

Break out the mallows and weenies!

Brad ran the excavator, coming over to move some of the bigger stuff and then would go work on placement of the pad in the new gun range. YAY. Metal loaded up some garbage hydroseed bags, which was a bit of weight for an old guy…but he made it, and wasn’t even broken the next day. Thankfully, I didn’t run into too many critters. Metal found some pretty impressive black widows and brown recluses, and I got a few as well, but no scorpions, hibernating rattlers, or miscellaneous little things. I appreciated that since there were no gloves. Yeah, dumb huh? Building a monster truck and not a pair of work gloves to be found. How is that possible? I did spend a good bit of my day digging out slivers. That dry wood really makes a mess in your hands. Even Dave came down for a bit to save me from a few piles of burnable lumber. He didn’t really appreciate the stinky smoke so that was a short lived adventure.

He ran in circles trying to get his tire back.

He ran in circles trying to get his tire back.

After pushing it around the yard for awhile, time to lather it up in some good old dog slobber

After pushing it around the yard for awhile, time to lather it up in some good old dog slobber

Yeah....shower time

Yeah….shower time

Saturday was nice to get out an work. Call me crazy, but I am more content spending all day outside in the splintery dirty wood than on the computer or watching TV. It certainly makes me less grumpy. Way less grumpy.

This week so far has been more and more sanding as well as bondo and general body work. WOW is that fine dust a total mess. Hulkster has been playing in it and I finally showered him today because he was really smelling like dog. Eww. The amount of gross that came off him was actually impressive. The dust stuck to him like a magnet. I might have been able to make at least 2 adobe bricks with the mud that was left in the bottom of the tub. Impressive really. He didn’t love me much today, and pouted, but oh well. At least he is soft and clean again.

Between layers of bondo and sanding, Brad has been assembling things. Motor stuff. Axles, etc. Actually, the axles look pretty freaking awesome. I can’t believe I said that. Never saw that statement coming out of my mouth EVER. Hmm. It’s kinda true though. The color contrast and customization is nice, and Brad should get a gold star for it. Plus it took lots of time so if I don’t recognize them Brad will feel unappreciated…


Lastly for the moment is seats. Like I said, we hired a new upholstery guy  and he has been on time with things, and on top of it thus far. I haven’t seen the seats in person, but I doubt he has time to create these out of photoshopping skills, so I am going to assume they are legit. We went with tweed for the sake of durability, and I think given that these are what they are, they look pretty good and will hold up for awhile. I mean, yeah we could have gone with leather and made them super pretty, but I don’t feel like reupholstering every few months. NO THANK YOU! Anyway. I like em, and Brad does, so that really is all that matters.



Alright, well I have a lot of crap to do today, some of which is prepping for B-rad’s birthday tomorrow! YAY.

New Year…Part 2

2014- Quick Trivia!

The best way to start the new year?

A-     Waking up early after the holiday and going to Vegas to get an air compressor

B-      Disconnecting the power source for the camper so there is no power, and not having the parts to make the transfer from one converter to the other.

C-      Cooking dinner in the dark, with no power, and freezing simultaneously


If you guessed D, you are ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. What a day. We did get a new awesome compressor, and for a moment I thought we were at a car show when we were strapping it down multiple people drove my slowly and commented to us on it. How weird is that? It’s a compressor, not a showpiece, although I do want to wrap it to make it look like an old style missile and do a Bombshell tribute on it, but that’s much down the road.

Of course, when we got home from Vegas, it was the first things that got put together and installed, never mind that I haven’t had real power in the house for a week….. that’s not important at all. So we didn’t  get to it until late. From there, trying to resolve the mass of knots and bundles of wiring, and then not having that parts. Freaking awesome. So to finish my post I’m huddled in front of the one heater and charger I can use via extension cord from the shop. HAPPY NEW YEAR!