Sunday, May 23, 2010
Tools of the Trade: The Truck
This past weekend was not much for getting work done. Between barbeques, spring cleaning and children being sick, no time was left for anything else. I'm going to take the opportunity to introduce another essential tool, in my humble opinion, if you really want to get work accomplished on the homestead. And, of course, keep peace with your lovely wife who's car you get dirty, smelly and several other unpleasant adjectives that escape me at the moment.
A truck is an essential piece of equipment for our lifestyle. This is our latest addition. A 1972 International Harvester Scout II. International Harvester was, and still is, in the business of making tractors, although they now go by a different name. Tractors...gardening...gardening...tractors...get it???
You can fit at least a cubic yard of soil back there. Of course, assuming all the parts that fell off on the drive home weren't in the back, already. I'm kidding. All those parts fell off long before I got my hands on it.
Lastly, the other nice thing about this truck is that it is a convertible. That will make it easier to haul various items around, such as lumber which can be up to 16 feet, depending on what one is using it for. There is no carpet, the inside is all rubber, allowing one to clean the inside using nothing more then a garden hose. Not to mention that I can smoke a cigar in it without stinking it to high heaven!!