I thought I would catch anyone up who's following the build while I have a minute. We've been working hard and have made good progress. We're starting to put things back together now!
After many hours of sanding the outside of the truck, and then masking, cleaning & degreasing it, it is now sprayed white, supposedly the same shade of white that the box will be. Jon started out with the door jams which I guess is how you proceed. They turned out well, except there was a lot more overspray than we anticipated! It even got on our car, which was parked some distance away. So we had some cleanup to do afterward and everything looked good from about 15 feet away! Then more sanding & masking for the main cab since we had to get all the overspray off. We ultimately ended up rushing to get things done on the last fair weather day. We got some runs and a little orange peel texture, but that comes off easily with fine sanding, which we did the next day in the rain. Now all we need to do is buff it out and it will be complete. In the end it should be a good 5 foot paint job, which is pretty much the same as the varnish on our boat. Not perfect, but passable and we did it ourselves.
The subframe is pretty much done too. Jon did get his second new saw which did the last of the wing cuts easily without breaking. This makes the subframe a little lighter, sleeker and easier to put things under once its on the chassis. All the paint is on now despite a few metal splinters.
With the cab painted, we started coating all the little interior trim pieces and dash with our new 2 tone color scheme of black & gray. The SEM auto paint that Jon found is fantastic and coats so evenly and easily. Out with the brown... It feels good to be putting things back together now and to have less little pieces kicking around. We started putting the sound deadening material in the cab and I've been working on cleaning & painting the bumpers and steps with a fresh coat of black. As you can imagine, we've been spending a lot of time with paint cans in our hands, or for Jon, the spray gun.
My parents' 1972 daysailor sold to the first person who looked at it with a bunch more lined up with interest. This is a testament to the way my dad took care of it and while it was bittersweet to let it go, it needed to happen and now Ken, the new owner from Barre, VT can sail it like it's meant to do.
A couple of weeks ago, thanks to facebook, we found out that our long time friend Joe was in the Adirondacks with his family, and he was getting married on a mountaintop! While we couldn't make the wedding day itself on such short notice, we did drive over the following day. It was a pretty drive westward over the Green mountains to New York via the Champlain valley. Gorgeous fields and old Vermont barns. My dad said that often when you drive outside your usual area in Vermont you rediscover how beautiful a state it is all over again. We had a great time catching up with Joe on the past 20 years that we've been apart and hiked up Mt Colden in perfect weather conditions. And he's still as good on the grill as the old days. We're hoping to spend some more time with him & his wife Suzen and maybe hike another mountain there.
The box is ordered and we're sweating when it will arrive as we can feel the season marching on and the summer waning. While we do supposedly have a decent workshop reserved to rent to glue the box together, we are still nervous about how cold it will be and also worried about our boat down in NC. Meanwhile, Jon got the leaf spring packs put back on all freshly painted and the fuel tank is all polished up and mostly mounted but we're waiting for the rest of the bolts. One thing that is a lot of work is lining up all the little odds & ends you need for something like this. It takes a constant ordering stream in order to receive what we need in a timely way with few hold-ups. Right now we are waiting on an order for new shocks, we picked up the batteries yesterday along with metal bits for welding. We're hoping to get the truck moving again soon so that we can position it to slide the subframe back on the chassis. That will feel good to have that back on and the truck driveable again.
Just had a great weekend here with our dear friend Cindy doing Vermont fairs, local walks and had a campfire on a beautiful night here. We even zipped over to Barre to see Jon's high school buddie Sean Greenwood play in his band and sat with his cousin Lulu until we got run out by a rainstorm. We never took a single picture the whole weekend.
Jon told me that his vision for the camper box is a term he coined as "rugged luxury". That the truck will be tough & able for where we want to take it but in a measure of comfort & luxury that we think we deserve at 50! I am enjoying being here this summer and using our land & small camper while we build out the RV. Because we've never gotten to do this previously and because it is a pretty spot to do it. We have our own Barred owl that calls to us at night from a tree right next to the camper. And by day the hermit thrushes keep us company as we work on making the truck what we want. We get to see my parents every couple of days and they help us replenish with water & clean clothes. Being here is its own version of rugged luxury I think.