Van/truck update

Ive now put nearly 10,000 miles on the 2001 Ranger I bought some months ago.
After putting the Lifetime aluminum work shell on it..ladder on top
and about 400 lbs of tools and Stuff....Im averaging 19mpg. A guy gave me a set of coil spring helpers, go between the frame and the axel, which brought the body back up to where its supposed to be. Still cant figure out why the factory leafs went flat. With a slight..slight tendency to bounce over speed bumps..runs and travels well. 110,000 miles.
89 Ford 1ton extended service van .....
Found a full set of Adrian Steel shelving units...4 units...from a company that bought brand new E250 vans and use their own custom shelving units. Got all 4 for $200, installed ok. Am in the process of stocking them this weekend.
Interesting thing....the odometer read 09979 when I got it. It was assumed that it was 109979 miles......
Had a bad...bad wander to the steering...so took it to a front end shop, found the bolts holding the steering box were less than hand tight..steering box was floating, and there was significant toe out. They corrected it, alighned and its fine. The shop mentioned that everything was very tight and there was no play..less than a truck with 100k on it.
Which caused me to ask the ex owner how many miles did he think it had on it....he scratched his head...pondered....said that it only got used a couple times..probably not many miles....
When I took it to be smogged..the smog shop looked at the numbers...looked at the year....then back at the odo...and asked me if Id stuck a new engine in it? When I aske why..he said there was no way that a 351 Windsor with 109k miles on it would be so far below all the Minimum numbers for smog....it had to be a new engine/cat.
With no wear on the pedals..low low smog numbers and no wear on the front end....Im (and everyone who has worked on it) starting to think that its got less then 10,000 miles on the vehicle.
Even after replacing the radiator, hoses, 2 (dual ) batteries, an alternator ( a result of bad batteries and a lead left shorted to ground) and a good used stereo ( I did mention it got broken into 5 days before they gave me the paperwork...right?)...and tires all the way around...Im into it for $2123.38, including DMV paperwork/registration-transfer and 3 months insurance. Set up, ready to go to work this coming week.
Looks good, runs sweet. Gonna be a pig in the wallet now that gas is over $3 gal here in California though...sigh.
Now I got to make a new spare tire carrier. I hate the flimsy one mounted on the rear door that is opened the most. Gonna have to mount it on the drivers side rear, but high enough to clear the license plate.
Final total for my scrounging... 2001 Ford Ranger with service shell (put a Reeves hitch on it 2 weeks ago) '89 Ford 1 ton extended van, set up as service vehicle apparently low miles...with trailer brake setup and class 3 hitch.
$4677.79, totaling all receipts/tags/fees, insurance, etc.
I think though that Im going to replace the custom captains seats in the van. They are fabric and it was parked facing the south west for 8 yrs..the fabric is turning into dust. Several uphostery shops quoted me from $250-400 to recover them. I found a set of factory Ford captains seats at a wrecking yard, in good condition, in a 87 Ford van conversion to pop top camper. We haggled and I can get them for $70 for the pair. Good shape, some slight wear on drivers side, passenger side is mint..and they have proper box bases, not those single post mounts, and still swivel, recline etc. Those spindlly posts always bothered me, thinking about sitting in one during a crash..... Only problem..they are tan..the van is upholstered in blue.....shrug
Hummm....does this mean Ive got a fleet?
Gunner
"[L]iberals are afraid to state what they truly believe in, for to do so would result in even less votes than they currently receive. Their methodology is to lie about their real agenda in the hopes of regaining power, at which point they will do whatever they damn well please. The problem is they have concealed and obfuscated for so long that, as a group, they themselves are no longer sure of their goals. They are a collection of wild-eyed splinter groups, all holding a grab-bag of dreams and wishes. Some want a Socialist, secular-humanist state, others the repeal of the Second Amendment. Some want same sex/different species marriage, others want voting rights for trees, fish, coal and bugs. Some want cradle to grave care and complete subservience to the government nanny state, others want a culture that walks in lockstep and speaks only with intonations of political correctness. I view the American liberals in much the same way I view the competing factions of Islamic fundamentalists. The latter hate each other to the core, and only join forces to attack the US or Israel. The former hate themselves to the core, and only join forces to attack George Bush and conservatives." --Ron Marr
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Are you going to breed them? I want a puppy!
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On Sun, 04 Nov 2007 05:41:36 GMT, "Tom Gardner"

Hummmm...I wonder...will I get SUVs?
Gunner
"[L]iberals are afraid to state what they truly believe in, for to do so would result in even less votes than they currently receive. Their methodology is to lie about their real agenda in the hopes of regaining power, at which point they will do whatever they damn well please. The problem is they have concealed and obfuscated for so long that, as a group, they themselves are no longer sure of their goals. They are a collection of wild-eyed splinter groups, all holding a grab-bag of dreams and wishes. Some want a Socialist, secular-humanist state, others the repeal of the Second Amendment. Some want same sex/different species marriage, others want voting rights for trees, fish, coal and bugs. Some want cradle to grave care and complete subservience to the government nanny state, others want a culture that walks in lockstep and speaks only with intonations of political correctness. I view the American liberals in much the same way I view the competing factions of Islamic fundamentalists. The latter hate each other to the core, and only join forces to attack the US or Israel. The former hate themselves to the core, and only join forces to attack George Bush and conservatives." --Ron Marr
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On Sun, 04 Nov 2007 02:42:15 -0800, with neither quill nor qualm,

Ahhh, so THAT's how Ford got the Escape!
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I know you're looking to get a Hummer...maybe while sitting in the van.
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On Sun, 04 Nov 2007 22:14:09 GMT, "Tom Gardner"

Im waiting for my lady friend Yvonne to help me "break in" the van. I already put a sleeping bag (along with a duplicate GOD bag) in one of the cubby holes, for the event. <G>
Hate rug rash....really...
Gunner
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What the hell is a "God" bag? Or, do I not want to know?
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On Mon, 5 Nov 2007 00:58:54 -0800, "Tom Gardner"

"Get Out of Dodge"
A bag of survival goodies that allows one to live out of it, for at minimum, 72 hours.
Food, water, shelter, fire, ammo, weapon, first aid, A back pack to put it all in, along with socks, spare pair of boots, coat, gloves..
The usual stuff that one might need if things suddenly turn to shit while one is away from ones home base. Allows one to live out of a vehicle, or leave it and carry on.
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Gunner Asch wrote:

That seems fairly gloatworthy.. Congratulations, eh?
John
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Na, a gloat is when you just fall on a deal. Gunner worked his a$$ off to pull off all these deals. We should all bow before greatness and give Gunner the SUPERSCROUNGE award.
Great job, Gunner
karl
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On Sun, 4 Nov 2007 03:26:30 -0600, "Karl Townsend"

Thanks all.
Good thing I dont have a labor rate for "sweat equity".....sigh...<G>
Gunner
"[L]iberals are afraid to state what they truly believe in, for to do so would result in even less votes than they currently receive. Their methodology is to lie about their real agenda in the hopes of regaining power, at which point they will do whatever they damn well please. The problem is they have concealed and obfuscated for so long that, as a group, they themselves are no longer sure of their goals. They are a collection of wild-eyed splinter groups, all holding a grab-bag of dreams and wishes. Some want a Socialist, secular-humanist state, others the repeal of the Second Amendment. Some want same sex/different species marriage, others want voting rights for trees, fish, coal and bugs. Some want cradle to grave care and complete subservience to the government nanny state, others want a culture that walks in lockstep and speaks only with intonations of political correctness. I view the American liberals in much the same way I view the competing factions of Islamic fundamentalists. The latter hate each other to the core, and only join forces to attack the US or Israel. The former hate themselves to the core, and only join forces to attack George Bush and conservatives." --Ron Marr
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On Sun, 04 Nov 2007 11:19:01 -0800, with neither quill nor qualm,

Yeah, good job, mon.

I hear that. I'm about 20 hours into demolishing a 14' travel trailer to turn it into a flatbed. I should have built from scratch. The DMV nailed me $50 for late fees and $54 for title. Now I get a notice from them that they have to inspect it before they give the title to me. that's another $7, + $20 for a set of magnetic towing lights from HF. I have the entire thing down to the flooring now, but I'm still demoing the offal. I'll recycle the aluminum, but I'm sure they'll give me dirt cheap pricing for unclean aluminum. Wanna bet?
I only hope the inspection goes OK and they don't nail me for different lighting, fenders, safety chains, etc, etc. (It has all those, though.) We shall see...
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On Sat, 03 Nov 2007 22:32:25 -0800, Gunner Asch

=======Thanks for "closing the loop."
You done good!
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Does California havea tax on those?
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California has a tax on EVERYTHING
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On Sun, 04 Nov 2007 17:15:09 -0800, with neither quill nor qualm,

That's not quite true. They don't have a tax on 'assault rifles' because they don't allow them in the state. </whine>
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..... Only

This is no problem. They sell vinyl spray that you can do a quick color change with. Just clean the current tan well and spray away.
The stuff works a lot better than you might think. I used this on a tow truck one time and never had any of the stuff flake off on me.
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On Sat, 03 Nov 2007 22:32:25 -0800, Gunner Asch
Sorry, no. IIRC it takes 20 or 30 vehicles garaged at the same place to qualify for PFR tags on the vehicles, and either a smog-check certified mechanic on site (plus all the equipment) or a permanent ongoing maintenance agreement at a shop that does have it.
And no, you don't get any discounts from the state for "buying tags in bulk". I asked. ;-) The only real advantage is permanent plate stickers, so you don't have to try and get the stickers caught up to where the vehicles are. But you do have to track down the cars and trucks long enough to smog 'em.
They send you a list every month of the vehicles that are due for smog checks (plus safety for big trucks) and it all has to be done, signed off, and paperwork returned by the end of that month.
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On Sun, 04 Nov 2007 21:07:46 -0800, Bruce L. Bergman

Shit....sigh.
Thanks
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What shop? Is it in O.C.?
I'd like to get the alignment fixed on my van. It's just a little off.

Are we going to have to start calling you Admiral?
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