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Go Truck Me

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Raised by 17 people in 3 months
As many folks know, I cut and sell firewood, do some tree removals, trim work, yard work, site cleanups, hauling etc. All require a work truck. My rusty 2000 Chevy Silverado will no longer pass PA inspection, and replacing the box, rockers, cab corners and other rusted panels is not an option due to the condition of the frame. 
Since my mother's decline and passing in September 2016, I have exhausted my savings, and have no means to replace my truck. 
I'm not looking for big and shiny. I just need a reliable four wheel drive truck in decent shape. 
My current truck's inspection expires soon. I need a truck on the road as quickly as possible. 
I have never found it easy to ask for help. But caring for Mom over the last years of her life humbled me, and taught me that sometimes, you have to ask. So I am.
If you can help in any way, I would be more than grateful. 
Thank you for taking time to read and consider. Please share.  
Much appreciated, friends. 
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Hi guys. Here's a Go Truck Me update: As of this morning you've contributed $1,375. Thank you so much.
As those of you who are seeing my fb messages about this know, a friend asked yesterday about buying my old truck, with a thought to possibly repairing, putting back on the road himself. I wish this was a viable option. I've loved this truck, and I'd have jumped at it.
The cab would have needed at least four new panels- both sides' cab corners, both rockers. A front fender could be repaired. The box is junk. Literally falling apart. The rear bumper is mostly tarred tin popriveted to the remains of whatever's left underneath. The Reese hitch is cracked on both sides and no longer useable. Etc.
If the truck warranted it, I'd have been looking for a clean box two years ago. Unfortunately, the frame's not good either. Lotta rust, and thin in places. I've never had a truck so rusty its rims rusted through. These did. I replaced them with aluminum rims. Motor, transmission, 4WD all work fine. All the brake lines have been replaced. 4WD actuator, emergency brake cable, crank sensor, water pump, tank straps, shocks have few miles on them. But investing more money in an old truck with a rusty frame isn't feasible.
Inspection runs out today, and it's out to pasture.
Sad, because mechanically, it runs fine, still handles well, etc. For all its issues it's been a joy to drive. Best truck I've had.
Upside is as long as it runs, I can still use it to bring firewood down to my roadside pile. I can't take other work like the removals, cleanups etc I've been doing (see second pic) without a road truck, but I can continue to cut my own firewood, which helps a lot right now.
I'm grateful for that. I've mentioned life humbling me. One of the ways that's a good thing is you learn to stop taking any good thing, even the smallest, for granted.
(If anyone local needs firewood, I have a few seasoned face cords left, and I'm cutting maple, cherry, and ash. $50 a face cord.)
(btw, the snazzy grillecloth is an old bedsheet. Serves as a screen to keep weedseeds etc from plugging the radiator.)
Time to get back to work. Thank you for your help, friends. Thank you for sharing. Happy Halloween!
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Hi guys. Here's a Go Truck Me update: As of this morning you've contributed $1,375. Thank you so much.
As those of you who are seeing my fb messages about this know, a friend asked yesterday about buying my old truck, with a thought to possibly repairing, putting back on the road himself. I wish this was a viable option. I've loved this truck, and I'd have jumped at it.

The cab would have needed at least four new panels- both sides' cab corners, both rockers. A front fender could be repaired. The box is junk. Literally falling apart. The rear bumper is mostly tarred tin popriveted to the remains of whatever's left underneath. The Reese hitch is cracked on both sides and no longer useable. Etc.

If the truck warranted it, I'd have been looking for a clean box two years ago. Unfortunately, the frame's not good either. Lotta rust, and thin in places. I've never had a truck so rusty its rims rusted through. These did. I replaced them with aluminum rims. Motor, transmission, 4WD all work fine. All the brake lines have been replaced. 4WD actuator, emergency brake cable, crank sensor, water pump, tank straps, shocks have few miles on them. But investing more money in an old truck with a rusty frame isn't feasible.
Inspection runs out today, and it's out to pasture.
Sad, because mechanically, it runs fine, still handles well, etc. For all its issues it's been a joy to drive. Best truck I've had.

Upside is as long as it runs, I can still use it to bring firewood down to my roadside pile. I can't take other work like the removals, cleanups etc I've been doing (see second pic) without a road truck, but I can continue to cut my own firewood, which helps a lot right now.

I'm grateful for that. I've mentioned life humbling me. One of the ways that's a good thing is you learn to stop taking any good thing, even the smallest, for granted.

(If anyone local needs firewood, I have a few seasoned face cords left, and I'm cutting maple, cherry, and ash. $50 a face cord.)

(btw, the snazzy grillecloth is an old bedsheet. Serves as a screen to keep weedseeds etc from plugging the radiator.)

Time to get back to work. Thank you for your help, friends. Thank you for sharing. Happy Halloween!
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Morning, friends. Today will be my old truck's last trip 'to town', as we used to say. Still do, I guess :) Kinda sad. It's never been a pretty truck (early on, Parnilla said what should we name it? Rusty!) but for all its breakdowns and rollbacks and repairs and expenses and more chunks falling off, I've never enjoyed driving a truck as I have this one. Get in, turn the key, it always starts. No small thing, that! Handling is tight, holds the road well. Mechanically, all good. But rust, as Neil Young said, never sleeps. There are times, maybe, for everything. And it's time to take Rusty off the road.

I spent yesterday hustling firewood. Last evening, two friends- brothers, really, in all but blood- stopped by. Charlie offered help skidding logs, and Bob brought a loaner vehicle. I am so grateful. To them, and to all who have contributed.

More good news: As of this morning, you guys have contributed $1,125. Thank you so much. Each of you should have received my thank-you email. Again, if any of you would like a high-res printready jpeg to frame, use as wallpaper, etc, message or email and I'll hook you up.

Raining here today. When Rusty and I have run our last errand, Parnilla's cellarway door is leaking, and her gutters need cleaning. Coffeed up, on it.

Thanks again to all who have contributed and shared. Big hug.

(If you're not a huggy person, sorry. Fistbump.)

:)
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Morning, friends. Last weekend on the road for the old truck, so I'm getting as much done as I can today, but I wanted to say thanks so much for your help. I've sent thank-you notes to friends (and new friends) who have contributed; if you've not gotten yours yet, you will soon.
If anyone who contributes would like a high resolution jpeg of my drawing 'The Gift Within' for personal use- print and frame if you like, use as wallpaper, etc- just let me know.
If you'd prefer another image from my catalog, send along the title, and I'll see if I have a high resolution file.
Coffeed up, encouraged- Time to get back to work. Thank you, friends.
THE GIFT WITHIN charcoal/graphite, 2013
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