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Catbox's 1979 Camper Special

Discussion in '2wd Pick-Ups C/R 20 2500 C/R 30 3500' started by Catbox, Jul 6, 2020.

  1. Catbox

    Catbox Full Access Member

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    He loves working on stuff.
    I encourage it in both of the kids, my daughter is just not into getting filthy under a truck though.
    He works on all the cars around the house as well as lawn tractors, lawn mowers, his mini bike and all the RC stuff we have.

    He is my mechanic.
    I just have to give him some instructions and turn him loose.
    He also knows that I will rag him to the end of days if he does stuff in a not savory way.
    It has made him more detail oriented and less of a ham fist.

    I started him off early.
    These are all when he was just about 3.
    He turns 18 on Thursday.

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  2. DoubleDingo

    DoubleDingo Drain The Swamp, Completely

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    Heck, being a kid that likes to work on stuff, and dad's pocket book funding it, that's a win-win. I think it is great how he works on stuff. The way you turn him loose reminds me of Pop when I was younger. I was 15 when I wanted to rebuild the 350 for my '56. The internals were in great shape so we reused them. He showed me each step, one time, and then let me do the rest. He would come check on me once in a while, and if anything was not done right, he would show me where I forgot something, or messed up and would have me do it again. I got tired of hearing, "What about", "You forgot". It was a great learning experience and I cherish the time he spent on me teaching me that stuff. He isn't my dad, but he has been the best father I could ask for.
     
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    idahovette Full Access Member

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    @DoubleDingo , sounds just like my"Dad"(since I was 10). My 265 in my 56 used a LOT of oil. Carried a 5 gallon can of good old Co-OP 30 in the trunk, when the red lite came on stop and pour some in!! I was 15 when I finally tore it down in my folks single car garage. Started in May finally got it together in August just in time to go back to school. It ran good and didn't use oil any more, but the garage did NOT survive. my Dad said you are gonna be a good mechanic but you are a lousy janitor. Went back in September and scrubbed it down, Then he was "happier" with me!! He ALWAYS let me do things right or wrong and when it was wrong he showed me the right way without knocking me down........ sure do miss that!!!!!!
     
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    We found a Squarebody meet that was happening not far from our house.
    So we made the time to go and hangout with some other like minded people.

    I have never felt my truck to be small.
    But these photos make it look small.

    That monster next to me is on 16 inches of lift and rides on 42's.
    The Sub on the other side is rolling on 37's.
    And the shiny black truck has 36's on it.

    Thanks to @Bextreme04 for telling me about it and its too bad he was unable to make it.
    Next time sir.

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  5. Rusty Nail

    Rusty Nail Victim of Culture

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    Cool!
     
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  6. Bextreme04

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    glad you could make it! I was super bummed I missed it. I was changing my intake manifold gaskets and fixing a few other little things and right when I was getting ready to finish it up and head up there we ended up having to rush the family cat to the vet.... story of my life.

    Definitely going to make sure I make it to the next one though, thanks for taking all the pics!
     
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