I really enjoyed this story along with the new and vintage pictures. It is great that you could actually get ahold of your grandpa's vehicles. also good to see you making good use of them while taking care of them.
Well, thank you. That's very nice of you to say. I really enjoy my Grandparent's vehicles and I'm pleased to be making new memories with them and my family.
I had the heater core replaced last year and discovered that in spite of that and the new hoses, that the heater still wasn't working. By that I mean, it would blow air, but it was not even remotely warm. Very quickly I narrowed the problem down to the inline control valve. It was corroded in place and although the control would move the arm, the ball wouldn't move to allow warm water to flow into the heater core. Since it was fall at that point and I was wanting to still drive the truck for a while before the snow arrived I went to the hardware store and bought a brass fitting and stuck it inline so the water would flow through the heater core and I'd have heat. Of course it worked perfectly.
And now it's spring time. And although heat in the morning or evening may be just what the Dr. ordered, some of the warmer days were getting uncomfortable with the heat happily flowing unchecked out of the vents.
So I got a new control valve and this past weekend I installed it.
You may have heard, or seen the gallery that Hod Rod magazine put out digitally a couple of weeks ago that included pets (mostly dogs) and hot rods/classic cars/muscle cars, etc.
Apparently it got a lot of attention so they asked readers to keep submitting photos of their pets and vehicles.
I figured what the heck, why not? So I sent in a couple photos of Tucker and the F-100 and the Fury.
They just put out the most recent gallery and look who shows up:
Tucker is now the inner-net famous!
Also, this past week as I was driving to work I just happened to look down at the odometer.
I knew it was getting close, but I usually miss it when things like this happen.
It's a little scary to realize that I have put almost six thousand miles on this truck in the short time that I have owned it, but they have all been happy ones.
And as I always say: They were built to be driven.
I image that like most folks, due to the corona virus, we were unable to attend church on Easter Sunday. I was talking with my SIL on Sunday and I said "There was a time in my life when I didn't attend church regularly, but this is the first time in my life that I have not gone to church on Easter Sunday"
So, knowing that was going to the case the boys and I went for a drive last week. I wanted to find a spot that we could have our own private sunrise service. The plan sort of unfolded as we were driving.
We ended up in the hills above our house in a spot that is being excavated for some new houses. It turned out to be the perfect spot.