Monday, 25 June 2018

Rust and more rust! BigBird is in the wars already

So, you know the old adage; if something is too good to be true it probably is. Well, buying this truck and thinking I was going to be able to drive it within a few months was a fantasy of mine that sadly, will not be coming true. Too much work to fix for this year. I can't see myself cruising down the street any time soon.
Here's some significant rust discovered.
looking underneath. This is the lhs cabin area.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Tack welded front end to chassis rail

The first pothole this thing hits is gonna dislodge the front end like nothing on earth. Get a load of this brilliant work!

Check out the modded and angled sway bar ffs!

Saturday, 23 June 2018

How NOT to fit a new front end in a truck

Well, I have seen dodgy and, yes, I will fess up, I have done dodgy too. However, I ain't ever done nuthin' like this.
Going through my first inspection of the truck and I came across this:

The custom independent front end (which belongs to I know not what) was not apparently, a very good fit. So, to make it fit, the previous owner had decided to simply chop a whopping big chunk of chassis out of the way.
What this means is that I obviously cannot use the front end that is in it as it doesn't fit.
It means I have to remove the front end (which is welded onto the chassis -only with a small tack weld as far as I can tell at this stage) and either fit the Jag front end up that I have or somehow modify the rail to suit.

So, that has put an end to any quick fix and drive around that I was hoping for.
Not a good start to the day.

Friday, 22 June 2018

BigBird comes home!

Guys, after a few solid months of waiting, the old tart has finally turned up, looking a bit worse for wear. In-depth examination of the truck tomorrow in daylight.
Here are a couple of snaps courtesy of Campbell's Towing in town.

Later that afternoon!
Here she is!
Home in my driveway! Woohoo!
Nice picture of our garbage bins out the front. 

Sunday, 10 June 2018

The 'bird has landed!

I just received word that the ship carrying this big yellow thing has docked in Sydney. Excited? You bet I am!  It still has to go through quarantine, and that means facing the dreaded Asbestos (read that as Government revenue raising) squad who will no doubt check it out from top to tail and decide whether they are gonna impound the vehicle, pick it to bits, rip every damned thing out of it, such as the brake shoes, engine (because the gasket may contain asbestos and so on and so on.)
I kid you not. This must be crippling the import industry, not only in cars, but other machinery which has asbestos.
Somebody told me recently, it is bloody ironic in that Australia was one of the biggest exporters of Asbestos in the world! That's nothing to sneeze at, or, ahem, cough about.

Here is a link to an article that really makes my blood boil. I hope I am not one of the unfortunate ones...

Well, I don't have a picture to go with this garrolous and completely time-wasting post. All I can tell you is that things might start to get interesting around the place very soon. Don't go away. As I always say, "this is bound to get ugly."

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Red Centre Nats 2018 - Be red, or be read, just don't be dead!

This father's day why not pack the kids and the better half off to visit Aunt Molly in Bundanoon, where they can enjoy home made treats and marvel at the talents of the local crotchet knitting society while enjoying a delightful pot of tea served with scones and jam, while you take yourself and your mates to the righteous Red Centre Nats.
700 cars, bikes and 7000 beer bellies will converge in the red heart of Australia for this fantastic event. Definitely one not to be missed!

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

YM Efficiency shoots her load: hoping my truck ain't in the drink

Just last week I heard the news that a container ship bound from Taiwan to Port Botany lost something like 83 shipping containers. Apparently, according to my shipping contractor, Bigbird was not one of them. Here's a link to the story in the Herald

As to where the truck is, I honestly have no idea. Shipping guy promised me on two occasions that he would forward me the shipping schedule, and, as per bloody normal, I am still waiting.
Anyway,  the containers were hauling dunny paper, bog roll, or, as I like to call it "date roll"
Not to be confused with this date roll.

Rust and more rust! BigBird is in the wars already

So, you know the old adage; if something is too good to be true it probably is. Well, buying this truck and thinking I was going to be able ...