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  • #441331
    Seven-Delta-FortyOne
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    The Emerald Triangle, Northern California

    My first wasn’t a truck.

    I was a union electrical apprentice, dirt poor, with a single bag of Craftsman tools, and I drove a VW Fox with 240,000 miles on it.

    Now I have a F-350 4×4 diesel crew cab, with a 2″ lift, 20″ tires, custom lumber rack, and enough lighting to operate as a lighthouse.

    I always remember where I came from. Not that I’m so well heeled now, but I do have some really nice stuff, that I’m very thankful for.

    And all my electrical tools are Klein and Fluke now. :blink:

    Delta

    Goin' Down In Flames........

    #441401

    My first truck was a ’71 GMC 3/4 ton. This is going back over 30 years. It was Industrial orange and primer. Had a 350 4bbl and a 4 speed with a bull low gear. It only went about 7 mph in first. The engine died on it so I bought an old 4 door Chevelle for the engine and sold the rest off for parts, so it was basically free. I changed that engine, by myself, with a tri-pod and a chain fall, pushing the truck under it, removing the engine, pushing it out of the way, then the car went under and I pulled the engine. While suspended (don’t tell OSHA) I pushed the car out and the truck back under and put the engine in. I used some solid flex pipe for the exhaust, exiting through a couple of Hush Thrush mufflers, true dual exhaust. You could tell I was coming from a long way away. I moved a lot of stuff with that old thing and it didn’t owe me a dime when it went.

    My You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA5AretE3xPoVDV61AxUdUA

    I don't do a fast job. I don't do a slow job. I do a half fast job.

    #441420
    redwood
    Pro

    A couple of more don’t laugh pictures. The truck shell, yes I built that myself. It was my first roof framing job. Also it had probably the first window I ever installed. At this point all I had ever built was fences and maybe a few decks. The only experience in the trades working for someone else was as a laborer on a fence building crew.

    As a bonus pic, here is my first work motorcycle. I actually used the boxes to carry tools.

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

    Working Pro 1972 - 2015
    Member since Jan 22, 2013
    www.creative-redwood-designs.com

    #441444
    ChadM
    Moderator
    East Palestine, Ohio

    As a bonus pic, here is my first work motorcycle. I actually used the boxes to carry tools.

    LOL. I have rode a motorcycle with milk crates full of tools bungeed to it a few times. A couple times in the winter – when I was 23 or 24 I had a 1980 GMC 1 ton, one day in early March the tranny took a dump…had to ride the bike for a week and a half until I got paid and could buy a junkyard transmission. Put snow chains on the motorcycle, put on as many warm clothes that I could wear and still move, and off to work!

    Chad

    A Working Pro since 1993

    Member since 12/07/2013

    #441445
    Warren6810
    Pro
    Akron, OH

    As a bonus pic, here is my first work motorcycle. I actually used the boxes to carry tools.

    LOL. I have rode a motorcycle with milk crates full of tools bungeed to it a few times. A couple times in the winter – when I was 23 or 24 I had a 1980 GMC 1 ton, one day in early March the tranny took a dump…had to ride the bike for a week and a half until I got paid and could buy a junkyard transmission. Put snow chains on the motorcycle, put on as many warm clothes that I could wear and still move, and off to work!

    You gotta do what you gotta do. When I was 18, my truck refused to start one morning before work. We were working locally, so I called a cab and arrived at work on time. I got a lot of ribbing from the guys about that, but I know in the boss’s mind I gained a few brownie points.

    #441447
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    I was probably around 22 then and thought it was cool.

    Kinda neat how the finish on the bed roof kinda matches the color of the truck.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC
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    #441457

    2000 ford ranger a few years ago. started with a crossbed box then upgraded to a commercial cap. I miss the cap more than that truck. now I have a 99 dakota that came with a camper shell. I really wish it had a commercial cap.

    #441460
    Seven-Delta-FortyOne
    Pro
    The Emerald Triangle, Northern California

    It was my first roof framing job.

    Mark, I’ve seen worse roof framing, from guys who it wasn’t their first time.

    I don’t know how to phrase that better. Besides, it’s a much needed day off today, so I have perhaps had a drinkie-pooh or 2.

    Delta

    Goin' Down In Flames........

    #441472

    As a bonus pic, here is my first work motorcycle. I actually used the boxes to carry tools.

    LOL. I have rode a motorcycle with milk crates full of tools bungeed to it a few times. A couple times in the winter – when I was 23 or 24 I had a 1980 GMC 1 ton, one day in early March the tranny took a dump…had to ride the bike for a week and a half until I got paid and could buy a junkyard transmission. Put snow chains on the motorcycle, put on as many warm clothes that I could wear and still move, and off to work!

    You gotta do what you gotta do. When I was 18, my truck refused to start one morning before work. We were working locally, so I called a cab and arrived at work on time. I got a lot of ribbing from the guys about that, but I know in the boss’s mind I gained a few brownie points.

    Can you imagine kids today doing what they needed to get to work? They would just be a no show and if your lucky you would get a text an hour or two after they were late…

    Andrew

    A Working Pro since 1995!

    Member since March 26, 2014.

    #441473

    Mark, that truck looks awesome! It was a moving advertisement for your business. Did any of your customers ever comment on it?

    #441494
    redwood
    Pro

    Mark, that truck looks awesome! It was a moving advertisement for your business. Did any of your customers ever comment on it?

    They probably just laughed. It’s really been so long ago, I hardly remember it.

    I do remember what happened to it though. I sold it (sort of) to one of my hippie employees. Deductions were to be taken out of his check. At some point, he never showed up again and I couldn’t locate him. Of course he stilled owed me money and I had the title. I reported it stolen. Well about a year later I get a call from the sheriff’s office saying they found my truck down a ravine up in the mountains that I eventually moved to. It was pretty much destroyed, but the house was still on it.

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

    Working Pro 1972 - 2015
    Member since Jan 22, 2013
    www.creative-redwood-designs.com

    #441626
    bethepro
    Keymaster
    Mt Prospect, IL

    @redwood are you sure the hippie wasn’t living in it?

    Email us at bethepro@bethepro.com

    #441642
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Well here is my first work van,,, It was a sport Van 90 Back in the day there was a cooler and a tray in the back. I still see guys today that say you’re the guy that had the Yellow van. That van was back in ’87,’88,’89 Some military kid offered me a wad of cash I couldn’t turn down. He wanted for a UAV.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #441676
    redwood
    Pro

    Well here is my first work van,,, It was a sport Van 90 Back in the day there was a cooler and a tray in the back. I still see guys today that say you’re the guy that had the Yellow van. That van was back in ’87,’88,’89 Some military kid offered me a wad of cash I couldn’t turn down. He wanted for a UAV.

    DWB, one of my surfing buddies had one real similar, but red. This was around ’70. Is that you in the pic?

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

    Working Pro 1972 - 2015
    Member since Jan 22, 2013
    www.creative-redwood-designs.com

    #441679
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    No it’s not me , I hired a model for the shot. . I traded a porch I had for it. The car was shot and was only good for parts.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #442344

    I keep looking at ads for used trucks. Something old and beat up for the occasional trip for wood, whether for the fire or shop. At a certain point they are expensive because they are not old, to being expensive because they are old. Every one seems to think that it is valuable as a “potential rat rod”, and advertising it as “rare”, to me means, you’re not going to find parts for it anywhere.

    I am not overly fussy either, as long as it is not a Mopar (owned a couple, too many bad experiences). Full size, reg. cab, with a long box. I suppose I would go for a small truck like a Ranger/Mazda, Tacoma, etc. but that would need an extended cab for me to feel comfortable and that takes away box length, but in a 4×4 it could get interesting with some money and what’s available on the aftermarket.

    My You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA5AretE3xPoVDV61AxUdUA

    I don't do a fast job. I don't do a slow job. I do a half fast job.

    #442379
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    No it’s not me , I hired a model for the shot. . I traded a porch I had for it. The car was shot and was only good for parts.

    A porch? I’ll bet ya mean Porsche? I love those old vans, I’ve had a couple buddies that had them back in the day. Looks like yours was about a 64-66ish? They’re the mid engine van, Wish I had one today

    #442396
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    Well here is my first work van,,, It was a sport Van 90 Back in the day there was a cooler and a tray in the back. I still see guys today that say you’re the guy that had the Yellow van. That van was back in ’87,’88,’89 Some military kid offered me a wad of cash I couldn’t turn down. He wanted for a UAV.

    That’s a really cool van, DWB.

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    #442511

    Well here is my first work van,,, It was a sport Van 90 Back in the day there was a cooler and a tray in the back. I still see guys today that say you’re the guy that had the Yellow van. That van was back in ’87,’88,’89 Some military kid offered me a wad of cash I couldn’t turn down. He wanted for a UAV.

    Yup, cool van! I could picture it with Spicoli stumbling out of it in a cloud of smoke. (Fast Times at Ridgemount High…funny movie)

    My You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA5AretE3xPoVDV61AxUdUA

    I don't do a fast job. I don't do a slow job. I do a half fast job.

    #442732
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    A porch? I’ll bet ya mean Porsche?

    Yea Dabbs, I never was any good at the German stuff. Thanks.

    Looks like yours was about a 64-66ish?

    I think it was a ’68

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

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