25 January 2011

One Man's TRASH...Is MY TREASURE..!!

Found a craigslist ad where a feller was wanting to get rid of some old lumber he had scavenged out of an old garage/shop being torn down somewhere. He was selling his place and moving to FLA (he's a Yankee, so he'll be in good company down there).
Lotta decent, even if weathered gray and a few nails to be pulled, but good solid 2x6 - 2x10's...up to 18' long pcs....AND 5 each 4x4 redwood posts that are a tad over 9' long...that have been stored inside....still red in color.
The old Diesel pickup pulled this load fine...only about a 40 mile round trip tho. Luckily I was able to round up Joe, my nephew...I let him do the driving and we loaded the trailer. First time I've used the 18' trailer in a long time, but it did fine with some air in the tires.
NOW...I'll need to set up a little work area to unload & sort the boards...pull nails and cut off any rotted/split ends to make it 100% usable again.
If I can get it down to the TR desert land....it will make a good shed/carport/outdoor kitchen area/rain tank cover....and most importantly a rain catcher roof.
Still tinkering with the idea of making the next trip down in the old F250....does great around town here. Taking it to a front end shop nearby tomorrow for a checkup...not acting up...just checking for old age & sitting up for 5 years issues. Need to repack the front bearings I'm sure.
Checked the MPG's today....getting about 11-12mpg....and that's pretty sad with diesel at $3.40 around here....(It'll be damn near $4 in Alpine and that much in Study Butte) But I have a 55 gallon (legal) transport tank I can haul down in the bed ($250 fill-up.??)...with a 12V pump on it. Damn near enough for a round trip with BOTH factory tanks. Problem is the rear 18 gallon truck tank has a bent shut intake nozzle neck thanks to a back tire the throwing a tread about 10 years ago and whipped the rear tank neck 1/2 pinched down. (never did replace/fix it)
With the 3.56 rear end on this truck....and around 60mph is probably best MPG speed (tad less than 2000 rpm is optimum..but no tac here)....it would be a LOOONG SLOOW painful 500 mile oneway trip....cruise control - no workie nowadays. Damn...and no satellite radio either..!!
okay.....enough...blah blah about the truck/trip..(boring to those that don't care I'm certain)
hope all is well with y'all..!!!


frann said...

That sure looks like there is some good wood in it...SCORE!

tffnguy said...

Bigfoot, just get that old sucker down here. 12 MPG ain't a lot worse than what the falcon gets.