Exciting news! We just bought 2 acres in Fitzgerald, GA...with an RV pad with full hookups and a metal workshop building!!!

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Comment by Kevin F Smith on February 7, 2020 at 9:34pm
All the catapults are built, the booth is all set up and loaded with marshmallows and water beads...and we are ready for opening day tomorrow at the Arizona Renaissance Festival! SWEET!!!

Kev
Comment by Kevin F Smith on February 6, 2020 at 11:13pm
SCORE!!!


I was running errands this morning, and stopped by Malone's Tire in Apache Junction.  They are HIGHLY recommended by the local forums and Facebook groups.  Someone ordered 4 new Firestone Destination A/T tires, 235/75R-15s...and never picked them up!  They sat in the back room for almost a year and the date code says they were made in 2019.  300 bucks out the door, mounted, balanced, the works!  For all four tires!  SWEET!!!  So of course I had them do it, and the Ford has new shoes!


While it was on their lift, I rocked the front tires up to down, and there is some play...so new wheel bearings and races are going to happen next week.  A simple job and cheap since I am doing it myself.


I had an electrical problem today, but it was simple.  The previous owner spliced in wires from the coil to the distributor...and just twisted the wires together with just a flap of electrical tape.  Because the engine is oily from the bad valve cover gasket, the electrical tape slipped down the wires.  When both wires contacted each other, the engine died like turning off the key.  I knew it was electrical...and it took me 5 minutes to fix it because I had all three of my tool boxes with me, including my electrical tool box.  Started right back up, and we are good to go!  (LOTS more tweaking and work to do to make it perfect...but the electrical problem is fixed).


I also paid for and put on the new temporary AZ plate, so we are good until the 11th..and hopefully Florida will have the registration done by then.  The tracking numbers show that they received everything yesterday. 


The workshop is all set up, and I have all the parts cut out for tomorrow's build.


All is going well and coming together perfectly!


Kev


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Comment by Kevin F Smith on February 5, 2020 at 8:29pm

Our booth is all set up!  Tomorrow morning I'll finish setting up the workshop (not much left to do), and then go get some boards and knock out some catapults for the weekend.  While I'm out tomorrow morning, I'll probably swing by Walmart and have new tires put on the Ford...since the tires are 4 different brands, worn pretty much bald, and starting to dry rot.  Thankfully tires for the Ford F-100 are cheap, since I'm just going to put light truck LT tires on it, probably Goodyear Wranglers.  I might go with AT tires if they aren't much more money.


I over-nighted all the paperwork to Florida to get the truck registered yesterday, and transferred the insurance from the Jeep to the truck already.  If they don't have it registered by tomorrow, I'll go online and print out another 3 day pass from the Arizona DMV...2 dollars, and you can do it three times.  That is what is on the truck right now, but it expires tomorrow at midnight.

Kev

Comment by Kevin F Smith on February 3, 2020 at 8:35pm

The truck is ours!  It has three day AZ temp plates, and is insured...so I drove it around quite a bit today, and it is awesome...although there are some issues, like the idle being way too high and the valve cover gasket leaks a LOT of oil.  Simple fixes though.


I love this truck!

Tomorrow I'll print out all the forms to send to the Florida DMV, get a police officer to verify the VIN numbers on the title...and then overnight the paperwork to Florida.  That why, by the time the AZ temp plate expires, the truck will be legally registered in Florida.  I already transferred the insurance. 


Kev
Comment by Russell E Johnson on February 3, 2020 at 2:30am

That is a great find, Kev. My 95 came from the Chino Valley, AZ area. The owner wasn't concerned about the body, but he kept it top notch mechanically. Got the roof liner and seats redone. Just turned 205800 miles on it, can still go 3000 miles and not use a qt of oil. It is slow pulling my trailer, but then I am never in a big hurry.

Comment by Jimco_W001 on February 2, 2020 at 11:47pm

Nice find Kevin, My white 1994 F150 Royal conversion has been very good to me over the years!

Comment by Kevin F Smith on February 2, 2020 at 10:36pm

I just did a thing!  I traded our 1998 Jeep Cherokee for a one owner 1981 Ford F-100 pickup truck!  This thing is a creampuff!  One owner, and lived its entire life on a ranch in Show Low, AZ.  Zero rust, no accidents, and pretty much zero dents.  Runs like a top!  2WD auto, so I'll have to disconnect the driveshaft like I used to with the K5 Blazer...but it is worth it with this beastie!  It only has 140K on the stock 300CI engine...and the Jeep has 185K.  I'll have to fix the AC too, but the Jeep needs the AC fixed, and it will be cheaper to fix the AC in the Ford.  Body is 9/10.  Interior needs a new dash pad, floor carpet, and seat cover...but still in better shape than the much newer Jeep interior.

I'm pretty excited!  Wifey isn't all that happy, but she will be when she sees it!

I'm picking it up tomorrow.  I told the seller I would only trade if he put in a new battery and belts and changed the oil, so he is doing that tonight.

Sweet!

Kev

Comment by Kevin F Smith on January 31, 2020 at 7:28pm

Safe touchdown at the Arizona Renaissance Festival!

Camp is all set up, including the dog pen and awning.
Tomorrow I'll be setting up the workshop carport (frame is already up), and then getting all of my tools out of my friend Dave's booth.  And then Sunday I'll set up our pavilion tent and set up our booth.
Then I'll be building catapults all week to get ready for opening weekend...which is next weekend!
Kev
Comment by Kevin F Smith on January 30, 2020 at 9:52pm

We are safely at the Flying J in Eloy, Arizona for the night.  


Only 55 miles left of our journey, and we'll arrive nice and early tomorrow at the Arizona Renaissance Festival!


Kev

Comment by Kevin F Smith on January 29, 2020 at 8:56pm

We made it all the way to Anthony, TX tonight, and are staying at the Flying J on the New Mexico border.  


Tomorrow we have a fairly short 349 miles to drive to the Flying J in Eloy, AZ...and then on Friday morning just another 55 miles to the Arizona Renaissance Festival!  We will be on site nice and early Friday to check in at the office and start setting up.


So far we are making GREAT time!  The roads and the weather have been really good to us this year.


Kev

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