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Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Sat May 25, 2019 6:29 pm
by Brekar
I sold my 99 Durango that was my BOV. So now this will be my BOV. Got this bad boy running and street legal. It's a project me and my dad are working on...

Went from this...
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to this so far...

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It's a 1953 International L130. It was my grandfather. He died in 1972 and my dad's older brother parked it in a tree line until last year when some tweaker jackwads vandalized it, cut all of the wiring out of it, and stole the radiator out of it. He was going to scrap it so we took it instead. It fired up right there in the tree line (once we cleaned out the mud dabber nest), the tires were able to hold air, and the rest is history. It's all original, we even put the old school split rims back on it. It's as old school as it gets, still has points etc, and is a double clutching SoB, and won't go over 60 without sounding like it is shaking apart, but it's as solid as the day it was made. It's got a date with the paint booth once we figure out what color it needs to be...

In the process of acquiring parts we now have 5 more complete 53 Internationals, 2 more part trucks, a 1954 R150 International Dump-truck, and a 1954 International R150 School Bus. We might have went overboard :lol: . I'm trying to convince my dad to make 1 a 4x4, we'll see how that goes...

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:30 pm
by gary83
Installed new hood struts on my truck and reinstalled my ARE tonneau cover. I also ordered Bilsteins for the rear.

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:20 pm
by NT2C
Took it in for annual inspection.

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:43 pm
by Brekar
Spent $200 on a pair of HID headlights for my wife's Escalade and spent about an hour changing them. Saved $500 by not going to dealer to get it done. She loves this thing but damn it's pricey to repair...

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:37 am
by taipan821
where to begin
- cleaned the car and washed it
- booked it into my friendly mechanic for a service
- received new switches for install (to keep that OEM look)
- upgraded the headlights to aftermarket halogens
- purchased some halogen spotlights (upgrading to HID)
- installed new UHF CB antenna.
- restocked vehicle trauma kit

going for a road trip shortly, want the car clean, prepped and ready to rumble.

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:12 pm
by ZombieSoldier01
I sold my 6.4 Powerstroke and got myself a 2016 Silverado High Country with a 5.3

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:55 am
by Stercutus
ZombieSoldier01 wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:12 pm
I sold my 6.4 Powerstroke and got myself a 2016 Silverado High Country with a 5.3
Suggest you update your sig line. :clap:

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:35 pm
by ZombieSoldier01
yeah i guess i should... lol

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:49 pm
by moab
I removed my rear bumper. And painted it and my gas tank and tail pipe. But this was about 2 weeks ago. It's been to humid and hot to put it back on. I may try tonight after the sun goes down. Bloody hot here. Oppressive.

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:14 pm
by Stercutus
I sold my old 4X4 that I have driven about 300 miles in the last two years. Once I sell one of the old motorbikes I can then get a new 4X4.

For my next trick I will then turn two old boats in to one new boat.

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:06 pm
by MPMalloy
Stercutus wrote:
Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:14 pm
I sold my old 4X4 that I have driven about 300 miles in the last two years. Once I sell one of the old motorbikes I can then get a new 4X4.

For my next trick I will then turn two old boats in to one new boat.
What size/kind of bike?

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:30 pm
by mrgrtt123
I have decided to change the headlight bulbs of my car as I find the light dull when driving at night.

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:03 am
by taipan821
Yesterday was a day of activity.

- Replaced old fixed fiberglass UHF antenna with new, removable metal one
- Installed Hella 1000 driving lights, flood and spot.
- upgraded stock headlights with Phillips whitevision bulbs.
- installed inverter with OEM style switch and relay.
- upgraded interior lights with drop in led replacements.

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:39 am
by Stercutus
MPMalloy wrote:
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:06 pm
Stercutus wrote:
Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:14 pm
I sold my old 4X4 that I have driven about 300 miles in the last two years. Once I sell one of the old motorbikes I can then get a new 4X4.

For my next trick I will then turn two old boats in to one new boat.
What size/kind of bike?
A 2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000cc road bike. I have driven it three times in the five years since the goblin ran over the domestic unit. It is a great bike if you are big and don't mind having a small car engine strapped between your legs. Sometimes it felt more like I was car surfing at a high rate of speed than riding a bike.

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:22 am
by moab
https://majorsurplus.com/heavy-duty-swi ... r-bag.html

I bought a rubber bladder water container. (above) It should fit under my Jeeps back seat or behind it. Really well made. This along with some USGI water cans.

Got the rear bumper back on my Jeep last night. Had been waiting for a cool evening. But I still sweated thru my tshirt at 8pm. Been so hot here the last two summers. Like relentlessly hot and humid.

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:09 am
by MPMalloy
The van has been paid off. In preperation for sale, I cleaned it out & found $82.00 in a bank envelope, inside the Owner's Manual. Also, there was a CD in the radio all this time.

Who knew? :wink:

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:51 pm
by NT2C
MPMalloy wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:09 am
The van has been paid off. In preperation for sale, I cleaned it out & found $82.00 in a bank envelope, inside the Owner's Manual. Also, there was a CD in the radio all this time.

Who knew? :wink:
Selling, not trading in?

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:06 pm
by MPMalloy
NT2C wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:51 pm
MPMalloy wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:09 am
The van has been paid off. In preperation for sale, I cleaned it out & found $82.00 in a bank envelope, inside the Owner's Manual. Also, there was a CD in the radio all this time.Who knew? :wink:
Selling, not trading in?
Correct. If I go with the Spark I'm looking at, I will be able to put 50% down. That should help.

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:09 pm
by Stercutus
In my hunt for a new truck I discovered I can buy a new entry level Titan OTD 4X4 for less than an entry model Tacoma 4X4. If that didn't settle it the two years of free maintenance did.

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:21 pm
by Stercutus
Well I drug the old street motor bike out for the first time in three years. Dropped a new battery in it and it started on the first crank. The tires still had actually air in them so topped them off and rode around a bit. It has to go on the block so I'll be trading it in on a new truck today.

Still... nice to know that even sitting for three years without any attention at all it was practically ready to roll. All those complaints I see about TWD driving around in two and three year old vehicles with old gas may be a little on the exaggerated side.

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:51 pm
by NT2C
I forgot to post this when it happened two weeks ago but...


Sold it!


This was my big white GMC dually utility truck that had been setup as a ham radio Emcomm vehicle that could operate autonomously in the field for about 3 weeks. I had it stocked with enough gear to setup four different stations at different locations (shelter, HF and VHF radios, food & water for several days) but which has not seen much use the past couple years since my disabilities really put a crimp in my public service work. Before that, it had been my work truck when I was winding down the family business from ~200 employees doing industrial, commercial, and residential construction to just me and a couple of helpers doing residential work. I'm going to miss Harvey (yes, that was its name) but I couldn't justify the expense of keeping him. I traded him to a local contractor with a small company as partial payment for some work he did on my house as we get it ready to sell.

That still leaves me with two very capable BOVs though, and a BOT, so we're not hurting for vehicles to get out of Dodge in! :mrgreen:

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That's it towing the manlift I rent for doing holiday decorations and antenna work.

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:05 am
by EBuff75
Just got some new General Grabber A/Tx tires on my Suburban. The old tires (Bridgestone Dueller A/T) still had tread left on them, but they were very old and the previous owner stored the truck outdoors, so I decided to replace them just to be on the safe side. So far I've only driven from the shop back to my house, so the jury is still out on the new tires, but they should be as good or better than what was on it before.

Still working through an electrical issue with the truck. My mechanic and I have been chasing a mystery power drain which has sucked the battery down a few times. He can measure the drain at the battery, but hasn't been able to determine where it's coming from, despite having pulled a bunch of fuses to try and isolate it. He's had the truck for a few days, but gave it back to me on Friday so that I could take it in for tires today. I'll drop it back off on Monday and so that he can resume the chase.

This weekend I'm also putting in HID low beams and I'm going to try to build an interior release cable for the rear hatch. That way I'll be able to open the hatch from the inside, rather than having to crawl back out through the side doors when I"m doing stuff in the cargo area.

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:41 am
by moab
EBuff75 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:05 am
Just got some new General Grabber A/Tx tires on my Suburban. The old tires (Bridgestone Dueller A/T) still had tread left on them, but they were very old and the previous owner stored the truck outdoors, so I decided to replace them just to be on the safe side. So far I've only driven from the shop back to my house, so the jury is still out on the new tires, but they should be as good or better than what was on it before.

Still working through an electrical issue with the truck. My mechanic and I have been chasing a mystery power drain which has sucked the battery down a few times. He can measure the drain at the battery, but hasn't been able to determine where it's coming from, despite having pulled a bunch of fuses to try and isolate it. He's had the truck for a few days, but gave it back to me on Friday so that I could take it in for tires today. I'll drop it back off on Monday and so that he can resume the chase.

This weekend I'm also putting in HID low beams and I'm going to try to build an interior release cable for the rear hatch. That way I'll be able to open the hatch from the inside, rather than having to crawl back out through the side doors when I"m doing stuff in the cargo area.
Good job Buff. New off road tires is on my list for my Jeep. I want to get the Patagonia M/T tires. Doing a tune up and replacing one of the upstream O2 sensors today. Trying to improve my mpg. It's brutal. I'm driving from gas station to gas station. lol.

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:06 pm
by EBuff75
moab wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:41 am
New off road tires is on my list for my Jeep. I want to get the Patagonia M/T tires. Doing a tune up and replacing one of the upstream O2 sensors today. Trying to improve my mpg. It's brutal. I'm driving from gas station to gas station. lol.
Yeah, there were two options for the Grabber A/Tx tires - SL (Standard Load) and E. Since I don't tow or do any real off-roading or towing, there wasn't any need for the heavier load range E tires. There is an 11 pound difference per tire between those, so it should help my MPG or at least not make it any worse! As an added benefit, the SL tires are about $40/tire cheaper. Now I just need to send in the $100 rebate that General is offering right now. With that rebate, the tires ended up being $130 apiece, which is pretty good for AT tires (although that doesn't include disposal, warranty, and tax, which adds about $50/tire onto the cost).