Sunday, 30 April, 2006

Truck nears completion

I'll go out on a limb here and say that the truck will be running next weekend at the latest.  I know it's been a while.  The last report was February 3, when Tom and I got the engine block and rebuilt transmission in the truck.  That's how it stayed until two weeks ago while I concentrated on work and The Big Ride.  After two long days working on it this weekend, I'm literally within hours of turning the key.  Tomorrow I have to pick up from the dealer a few parts that the chain auto parts stores didn't have, and over the week I should be able to get everything put together.

As with most projects that end up taking too long, my biggest mistake on this one was working without a schedule.  Even part time "fun" projects should have a schedule.  Otherwise you're just screwing off and the thing will end up taking much longer than it should.  In this particular case, the long time between disassembly and reassembly also meant that I forgot how much of it looked.  I thought at the time that I'd taken plenty of pictures.  I should have taken hundreds rather than dozens.

I'll have a lot more to say about this project once the truck is running.