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I got this 1997 ford box truck in 2012 and although it was old already I have put about 130 miles on it in 8 years..... We dont do a lot of long distance running so it works out to about 16k a year more or less.......

The air conditiong is out now and the front end has blown a spring and basically the front end is shot and rusted out....I have put flu pipe metal down on the floor due to it rotting all the way through and the front end and radiator is basically being held in place with bailing wire.... I guess its time to go:crying::crying:

it amazes me now that I am pulling stuff out of this 1997 box truck just how much junk I have stuffed into this truck over the past 8 years.... see for yourself... I got a long way to go before its empty...
The small fitting drawers on both sides probably weigh 500 lbs each and have just about every fitting known to man in them.....they are gonna be a bitc/ to move and sort out too

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZT778vpAcARUYq3z7

I am transferring it to the spare truck 2006 U-haul with 112,000 miles on it which drives like a dream compared to the log wagon I have been in

https://photos.app.goo.gl/YydQtDEMRiLkqTdh7

My guess is I have pulled about 15k in valves and other goodies that I did not know I had and am storing the extra stuff and throwing the rest in the new van......lots of these fittings have gone for the whole ride and are pretty shop worn ... they have not seen the light of day since 2012

the new van is ok, but does not have that lift on it......went out today and did an electric heater and it went ok but I am spoiled with the lift


and I guess will be looking for another spare truck to keep in reserve.

I now got a cheap box van for sale to the next lucky mexican that comes along with the cash...:vs_laugh::vs_laugh:..
 

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I got this 1997 ford box truck in 2012 and although it was old already I have put about 130 miles on it in 8 years..... We dont do a lot of long distance running so it works out to about 16k a year more or less.......

The air conditiong is out now and the front end has blown a spring and basically the front end is shot and rusted out....I have put flu pipe metal down on the floor due to it rotting all the way through and the front end and radiator is basically being held in place with bailing wire.... I guess its time to go:crying::crying:

it amazes me now that I am pulling stuff out of this 1997 box truck just how much junk I have stuffed into this truck over the past 8 years.... see for yourself... I got a long way to go before its empty...
The small fitting drawers on both sides probably weigh 500 lbs each and have just about every fitting known to man in them.....they are gonna be a bitc/ to move and sort out too

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZT778vpAcARUYq3z7

I am transferring it to the spare truck 2006 U-haul with 112,000 miles on it which drives like a dream compared to the log wagon I have been in

https://photos.app.goo.gl/YydQtDEMRiLkqTdh7

My guess is I have pulled about 15k in valves and other goodies that I did not know I had and am storing the extra stuff and throwing the rest in the new van......lots of these fittings have gone for the whole ride and are pretty shop worn ... they have not seen the light of day since 2012

the new van is ok, but does not have that lift on it......went out today and did an electric heater and it went ok but I am spoiled with the lift


and I guess will be looking for another spare truck to keep in reserve.

I now got a cheap box van for sale to the next lucky mexican that comes along with the cash...:vs_laugh::vs_laugh:..
why cant you transfer the rear liftgate to the new truck?


and dont forget to take your name off the side of the truck before it ends up in iraq with a bunch of rg heads driving it around like the last plumber had his pick up truck with name in the news being used in terrorist attacks..
 

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why cant you transfer the rear liftgate to the new truck?


and dont forget to take your name off the side of the truck before it ends up in iraq with a bunch of rg heads driving it around like the last plumber had his pick up truck with name in the news being used in terrorist attacks..

I found out the hard way that lift gates are usually specially ordered for different height trucks . I would love to have that lift gate cut off that truck and put on the new one but the place I have asked about this refuse to mess with it... also the gate is so old that the company has gone
out of business so parts are discontinued...

I guess Its about like someone asking the plumber to install a used old garbage disposal .:vs_laugh:...... I might ask around more about this -- of course the gate new is about 6k

the billboard on the side of the truck is rivited on there and easily removed and will probably screw onto the newer ford truck fairly easily....

So far I have pulled out about 25 rheem and bradford white "newer" used gas valves that I have tucked away on the top shelf... I even found a couple of bradford white gas valves new in the box that were pre-ICON valves so they are probably not good for anything under 10 years old...

.and their are about 15 used burner assemblies to be moved over eventually

Keeping my eye on E-bay for something with a lift gate.


 

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for temporary just install a mobile crane on the back deck, bolt it into the floor and use a strap to lift heaters and equipment in and out of the truck...


like this one..cheap and easy..


https://www.harborfreight.com/pickup-truck-bed-crane-with-hand-winch-1000-lb-capacity-61522.html
the U-haul truck has a pull out ramp which works fine for most heaters,,, its just a lot of extra effort to mess with it, it works just fine

but if you have a heavy 75 gallon unit on a s wet day going up that ramp and its gonna be fun,,,,,

a simple electric wench I have used before in my vans years ago... it would pull up the big boys....

I am really gonna miss that rail gate

 

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getting used to the newer 2006 u-haul E450.... it drives a lot nicer than the old log wagon did.....

I pulled out of the log wagon about 20 silent check valves and god knows how many fluid master ballcocks and flappers....

I dont think the supply houses will be hearing from me until I burn through this old stock that has gone around the earth at least one time.....


setting up a truck the way you like it is basically art work and it takes at least a 6 pack of beer while doing this project just to sit back with and figure out how exactly it will work out the best....

proper shelving and strategic placement of your materials is the key to having a warehouse on the road with you



 

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setting up a truck the way you like it is basically art work and it takes at least a 6 pack of beer while doing this project just to sit back with and figure out how exactly it will work out the best....

proper shelving and strategic placement of your materials is the key to having a warehouse on the road with you
I hear you with the beer comment.
 

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I hear you with the beer comment.



Lolz, he said BEER, not rocky mountain oyster juice :devil3:


Perhaps @OpenSights can suggest something that will put some hair on your chest :smile:


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Actually I should have said Guinness stout smooth Beer....
which has been the beer of choice for me for about a decade.
......I cant handle the cheap stuff any more....
Fat Tire is ok but the rest will keep me up all night....

I am basically finished with the truck except for minor lighting thoughts...
will post something later....


 

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Actually I should have said Guinness stout smooth Beer....
which has been the beer of choice for me for about a decade.
......I cant handle the cheap stuff any more....
Fat Tire is ok but the rest will keep me up all night..

cant handle Coors and budweiser taste like donkey piss ..

I am basically finished with the truck except for minor lighting thoughts...
will post something later....


 

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Actually I should have said Guinness stout smooth Beer....
which has been the beer of choice for me for about a decade.
......I cant handle the cheap stuff any more....
Fat Tire is ok but the rest will keep me up all night..

cant handle Coors and budweiser taste like donkey piss ..

I am basically finished with the truck except for minor lighting thoughts...
will post something later....
Well you can look it over ,,,, lots of thought went onto this

https://photos.app.goo.gl/EgGJuqeFjwxwRRMM8
 

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Wow, it didn't seem like it would fit 4 water heaters! I wouldn't be able to do service in that big of a truck. it would block sometimes 2 neighboring driveways.

This for example they have about 3-4 feet of front yard. Some places it's about only a foot.
 

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Wow, it didn't seem like it would fit 4 water heaters! I wouldn't be able to do service in that big of a truck. it would block sometimes 2 neighboring driveways.

This for example they have about 3-4 feet of front yard. Some places it's about only a foot.

I totally agree with you about this....

This truck was supposed to be a back up truck as we have only put about 6k on it since we bought it in 2016 . I was not gonna throw another 2500 into the older truck which drives like a log wagon

it works out ok and I can live with it because I basically still make very good money out of it.....with only occasional parking issues :sad2:

The nice thing about the truck is you can carry 5 heaters with you and you can hit home runs all day long without driving 30 miles across town to a supply house ....it pays for itself every day with this feature and has a very high gwv weight limit...
I also had to cut the towing package off the back of it cause it was kneecapping me every time I past by the bumper....

Of course the perfect box truck which I am presently looking for is a 12 foot one with a lift gate.. the 12 foot box is basically the same length as a e350 maxi van which you can park anywhere...

I still need to take out the shelving from the old van and save it for the next ride . That is gonna be fun too

also Tango.... you just got to do what you have to do , if you have to partially block someones driveway then that is what it is gonna be for a short while......PISS on them.

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also Tango.... you just got to do what you have to do , if you have to partially block someones driveway then that is what it is gonna be for a short while......PISS on them.

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Last year I had to park on a perpendicular street because everyone had parked in front the house and I saw a woman screaming bloody hell someone had blocked her driveway. It was a sight to see. :vs_OMG:

With a lettered van I don't block anyone's driveway (except the customer) because they would likely put in a bad review and that bad review would surely bring the ranking down.
 

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Looks good MASTER MARK one suggestion if I may and for all you other
Plumbers, What I did in my trucks was take some 11/2 Drain pipe 3' long
and clamped to my shelving so I could stick my shovels, pipe probe etc,
had them handy and out of the way :smile:

Thats a great idea, but I dont use shovels any more.... they are in mothballs down in the basement and that is where they can stay... I do keep a tunnelling spade in the truck and it was hanging way up in the front on a hanger in that video.......

The last long trench I dug just about killed me 11 years ago and I decided not to even have the things around me cause I might forget and start digging like a ground hog and regret it a few days later.......:vs_laugh:

I dug a sump pump pit maybe 5 years ago and that was my very last one

 

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I found another truck.....

I needed a spare truck and have been stressing about it
for a month or more.....

Found one in chicago on e-bay and put a bid in on it and I ended up winning the dam thing......

Drove up to chicago Friday evening and brought the truck home sat morning...

2015 Ford E350 with a rail gate on the back 103,000 miles...drove real well coming home ......

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Liftgate-B...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m2748.l2649


https://photos.app.goo.gl/J959VnDDAWTzYYrWA

now the fun begins putting the thing together the way I want it.....
I went to bed last night visualizing how to make it work out good..

I am going to add some leafs to the back end to beef up the load to 14,000++ gvw right off the bat... ..

Also, I will post pics so you all can learn how to do this correctly.




its just my way of giving back...
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I needed a spare truck and have been stressing about it
for a month or more.....

Found one in chicago on e-bay and put a bid in on it and I ended up winning the dam thing......

Drove up to chicago Friday evening and brought the truck home sat morning...

2015 Ford E350 with a rail gate on the back 103,000 miles...drove real well coming home ......

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Liftgate-B...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m2748.l2649


https://photos.app.goo.gl/J959VnDDAWTzYYrWA

now the fun begins putting the thing together the way I want it.....
I went to bed last night visualizing how to make it work out good..

I am going to add some leafs to the back end to beef up the load to 14,000++ gvw right off the bat... ..

Also, I will post pics so you all can learn how to do this correctly.




its just my way of giving back...
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well if you give up plumbing you can sell bread,,,,:vs_laugh:
 
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