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If only I could pay somebody in beer to help me get motivated to finish my truck!



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Old 10-17-2014, 03:56 PM   #1
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If only I could pay somebody in beer to help me get motivated to finish my truck!

I was bored and decided to start a new thread

speaking of anybody drink in the victoria area....

So Ive been here in Victoria for yr and a few months now and prolly the past 6 i worked on a truck of mine and since may I have lost motivation on it due to the fact that its in bay city and I have to drive an hr and 10 min just to work on it....I would drag it to victoria but Ive been staying at the RV park here in town for the whole time and im not allowed to have a truck parked not running much less work on cars and trucks at the park (changed my oil one time and it was a big deal lol)

My truck is like seriously 80-90% done it just needs small things like shifter for tranny lengthed cause of the body lift I dont weld or have a could pop it off and take it in but ehhh...Bed is not bolted down cause it is not the orginal its newer just need to drill new holes...the engine has never been fired paid for a fresh rebuild on the zz4 motor to be honest Im super nervous starting it for the first time I think I did the timing right but then again Ive never done it before so Im nervous about the whole starting up thing just cause ive never done this before and Ive got it in there new carb new everything just need to put the alan grove power steering bracket and pump on and then prime it and fire it I suppose....Main set back is I have no exhaust just straight headers and I took it to the muffler shop they wanted 650 to do the job and I just cant afford that right now lol and to be honest it sounds expensive to me id rather just try and rig up a couple muflers and dump it behind the cab but i have no experience doing this


what else....I have dumped alot of money into this truck and have yet to see it run just odds and ends need to come together to get it back on the road I believe the hard part is done....

Just curious if anyone in the victoria area might have some free time to maybe haul it up here if anyone has any room and knock out a few of these things I think I could get it on my trailer or if anyone around bay city might be interested in a few cases of lol

here is a link to a semi sad build thread I started on Cherokee forumn so I could get a discount on the lift back in the day...

78 GMC k25 Lift - Jeep Cherokee Forum

or hell we could just talk about it I guess any suggestions if anybody sees this thread ever..
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Old 10-17-2014, 04:28 PM   #2
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Beer is motivation to wrench any time. Problem is after 2 or 3 I start socializing more than wrenching
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Old 10-20-2014, 07:20 AM   #3
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haha I hear you on that one!
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:20 AM   #4
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Obviously it's not free, neither is driving that much to work on your rig, but can't you just get a boat storage in Victoria and park it there and work on? Leave it on the trailer and pull it out to get access to it if it's too cramped in the storage. The weather is finally starting to turn to where it wouldn't be too bad to work in there.

That travel time is rediculous. I wouldn't do it either. Focus on the little things and every little task completed (which is part of a bigger job) becomes a small win.

To me the longer I have my rig torn apart and not wheeling, the more it bugs me and feels like I'm wasting my money and efforts.

If you can get to the point where you can finally fire it up, that will be more motivating than 10 cases of and a 120 post thread of people telling you "that's sweet", "must be nice", "Maybe I can trade my wife for a rig like that one day", etc.

Trust me, I've been working on my rebuild for about two years now and the only true motivator is progress.

If you are 80-90% then you have to do a LOT of stupid little things that you've probably been puting off till now and it's going to take longer than you think and you're going to know the guy at the parts store better than you'd like.

Just go do it. Get a set goal in your mind (something obtainable) and get it done. Stay focused on that job. Get it done and move on to the next one.

The worst thing I can do is step back from the rig and look at the whole "forest" instead of the "tree" I'm working on. If I am working on the firewall, I don't need to look at anything else on the rig because I will drift off to dicking around with something less important and nothing ever gets done.

Just about every night when I'm going to sleep, I do a quick inventory on my next steps, envision what actions I'm going to need to take and that helps me approach it the next day with a plan. (Of course that doesn't always work out).

Like I said above, though, firing the motor up is the most satisfying check-off on the list and gets you amped to up to get the next thing done. Focus on that and you should be set.
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Old 10-21-2014, 09:22 AM   #5
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You sir have just motivated me! Im going to check into getting a storage somewhere close this week. Should I tell them my plans if they ask what kind of boat or how big or something? obviously dont want to hide anything cause they will see me out there later. Like you said I need to just focus on one thing at a time and set goals even if its just little things one weekend at a time. I appreciate your comment! To be honest stupid of me it didnt even dawn on me to get a boat storage...
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Old 10-21-2014, 09:59 AM   #6
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Ok made a few calls finally found a boat and rv storage that allowed vehicles in the stalls! Score Im like pumped now! makes me want to take off of work and go get it! They said the units are 55 a month plus 5 for electricity. They are 12' wide by 30' long and 11-1/2' tall so i think this will be perfect have locks as well as completely enclosed! I really do appreciate your suggestions see just something like that was all I was looking for I suppose!
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Old 10-21-2014, 11:29 AM   #7
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Ok made a few calls finally found a boat and rv storage that allowed vehicles in the stalls! Score Im like pumped now! makes me want to take off of work and go get it! They said the units are 55 a month plus 5 for electricity. They are 12' wide by 30' long and 11-1/2' tall so i think this will be perfect have locks as well as completely enclosed! I really do appreciate your suggestions see just something like that was all I was looking for I suppose!
Well there you go. Problem not solved... You still got to work on the rig! BUT at least you can get to it easier.

I'd say the $5 extra a month for electric is well worth it. light power tools, lights, a fan or space heater will be good to have.

Sounds like that is more than enough room to move around in. Obviously you'd need to pull it out to change axle shafts or whatever but that's no big deal.

I'm glad I could contribute to your build in some small way. Victoria is too far of a drive to actually come help!

Now go get that thing done!
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Old 10-21-2014, 02:06 PM   #8
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Well there you go. Problem not solved... You still got to work on the rig! BUT at least you can get to it easier.

I'd say the $5 extra a month for electric is well worth it. light power tools, lights, a fan or space heater will be good to have.

Sounds like that is more than enough room to move around in. Obviously you'd need to pull it out to change axle shafts or whatever but that's no big deal.

I'm glad I could contribute to your build in some small way. Victoria is too far of a drive to actually come help!

Now go get that thing done!
Yea I understand that is quite the drive! Ima get to it! made plans already to trailer it up here this weekend! Like you said need to focus on one thing at a time!
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Old 10-22-2014, 07:37 AM   #9
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Well, good luck with it and I hope you're able to knock it out quickly
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Old 10-22-2014, 08:17 AM   #10
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Even when I do offer , no one ever seems to want to help out. May need to start making mine an open invite, instead of just asking friends.
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Damn $55 for 12x30 is cheap!! I pay $129 for same thing..
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Old 10-22-2014, 01:07 PM   #12
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Damn $55 for 12x30 is cheap!! I pay $129 for same thing..
That is exactly what I was thinking, I figured it would be 100+ for boat storage one that size. When she said that I said Ill take it!
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Old 10-27-2014, 01:46 PM   #13
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Any of yall know anything about 6.0 PSD? I know they are far from the best but I have one an 04 f350 and I believe my FICM went out on me. Took my batteries in to get them tested and one tested bad on the load test so i replaced it. I have googled for days and am 90% sure its my problem. I did the test and while cranking the voltage to the ficm dropped in the 20s... It fails the test and from what Ive read a battery can fry these ficms I plan on sending it off to ed at ficmrepair.com anybody else you know of expierenced this problem funny thing is before I replaced the battery it would start up and run just really bad have a youtube video of it sounds like im reving it but the pedal is held steady. Put new battery in and couldnt get it to run at all kind of strange...i need to just break down and buy a scanguage II or something can you rent them?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN5i8V8FS7Y

sent blazerboy a message saw on another thread he had his ficm go bad see if maybe he has input!
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Old 11-10-2014, 12:31 PM   #14
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Well made some small progress on the gmc this past sunday...

got the power steering pump on by using the 402L bracket kit from Alan Grooves.

Got the new speedometer cable in hahahaha bout 10 min tops

mainly just spent time looking around seeing what little things could be done and prioritize whats next

Next step is getting it fired up... everything is hooked up except for the electric choke on the carb..one or two vacuum lines then prior to starting it just re prime and circulate the oil pump place distributor and see what happens
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Old 11-11-2014, 11:46 AM   #15
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Good luck with it. Hope is goes well
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Old 12-17-2014, 07:30 AM   #16
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Christmas Bonus has enlightened my spirts on this thing and came just at the right time hoping to get this thing wrapped up in sometime in the next few weeks...

Again thanks everyone for some good advice!
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:33 PM   #17
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Well work is a little slow today so I decided to provide an update

I got the motor running sometime in feb I believe and then once I got it running and broke in for the most part I started working on what it would take to get it inspected, well that took about a month or so but I started getting close, and then about 2 and a half weeks ago or maybe 3 it passed inspection, I then got it registered and have been driving it around town here in victoria to get up to 500 miles to change the oil again!

its been a long journey over a year but being able to drive it down the road again it feels great! Took yalls advise and slowly worked on little stuff till i was determined to get the dang thing inspected!

idk if a day goes by where I stop somewhere or something and somebody comes up asking about the truck haha i tell them its just an old POS haha



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