I have been down with very painful teeth and some sort of sickness. Shame because the weather is clear (if cold). I am feeling somewhat better today, and have this truck camper that I am hoping to have ready for use by Christmas, which means I had better get busy. Part of what needs to be done is to make the lifting jacks much more secure. You see, from the factory they are screwed into the 2x2 wood corner frames which is not very strong and always cause trouble. Trouble is something I do not need so will bolt this big piece of angle to the steel back bumper and fashion a bracket at the bottom of the rear jacks to tie to it. So, today, I got this piece cut off at 37 inches long. That's about it for today as really not up to it. I will need 2 of these (no problem) plus clean and painted with self-galvanizing paint before and after installation. More later.
Well hi, all! I haven't been here in a while so time for an update!
Maybe you knew that I bought a self contained 1969 slide in truck camper?
I knew it was rough when I bought it, but at $325.00, I couldn't pass it up. Note the stoooopid THREE JACKS. Dumbest idea of the last century! When I started re-furbing the thing and decided that it needed major surgery so had to make room inside the garage for it.
Well, after while after while, I decided that it should have a full survey, which means partly disassembling it and peeling back the skin to see EXACTLY what I have GOT here...
I am NOT going to have this 45 year old "beauty" ready to take to my 50th high school class reunion in Camas, Washington in August! I am going to be a busy boy just to try to restore this thing and personalise it as my own rolling estate!
Until next time, HI YO SILVER, AWAY!
I have taken on a trailer restoration project. It is an old Airstream Bambi (I think). It's not in bad shape, just very very neglected and parked in a horse pasture for many years. Interior was re-done (not original), I guess 15 or 20 years ago. Does this mean that I am a professional now?
I hope to get pictures from inside soon. It needs mass bug bombs and cleaning.
CUTE THOUGH, EH?
One of my quests today was to save a little mermaid. NO, for real! She was part of what was a sacred sort of mandala type thing in what was once a famous herb garden. I had to rescue her because I am quite sure the bulldozers are coming for her home soon. For now, let's just call her the Nahcotta Mermaid. I think there could, indeed be majik here somehow. Here she is, friends, the first time she has been seen by the public in many a year.
I will post more about this fascinating little piece of majik soon!
FIRST thing is to construct a "containment ring" as bamboo (even 'clumping' bamboo) will wander out and get into trouble if you let it. I had/have lots of scrap aluminum sheet bits from building the art-car, tearing down trailers etc. I pop riveted a bunch of pieces together:
THEN, I made a 37" diameter `18" deep ring of it;
I used a small sharp square end spade and dead blow hammer to cut out 3 large and hearty canes from the old black bamboo patch on the North side of the front yard;
Which I took over to the prepared hole in the center of the containment ring on the South side of my yard;
Then I filled around the containment ring. Filled inside with the good soil from the top of digging the hole. Then a few buckets of mulch and a bucket of water and VOILA!
Soon it will be as big and vigorous a stand of black bamboo as the mother patch. Below are the tools I used, minus the pop riveter (which had got itself put away);
For closer inspection, click any picture to biggify it.