Friday, December 23, 2011

Road trip plan B

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about the ambulance/camper conversion. The simple fact is there isn’t all that much to report. The “minor” paperwork hold up still hasn’t been straightened out. The latest excuse is that the one person who can process it has been out sick for over a month.

If the documents came in today, I’d still be unable to get the vehicle ready in time. Well, I might be able to swing it but there would be no time for a proper road test. Trouble shooting on the side of the highway isn’t my idea of a good time.

Converting a diesel to run on waste vegetable oil always has a few glitches to work out. There could be problems with air or coolant leaks, plugged fuel filters -usually nothing major. It’s just part of the final fit and finish. This is all custom work after all.

Working on the camper through Christmas, my wedding anniversary, and New Years might get me into trouble. I do want my wife to talk to me on the drive south.

I’ll be taking the old Ford F250 veggie/diesel south one more time. All it needs is a new registration and state inspection before hitting the road. When the ambulance/camper project ran into delays, I went ahead and had some work done on the old pickup: new glow plugs, exhaust repair, tires, and a wheel alignment. It’s not pretty, but the 7.3 turbo diesel has plenty of power to pull the boat. Better yet, I’ll be carrying enough waste veggie to go 2500 miles or so. That’s worth a few bucks.

In the end, it’s not what you drive, but where you are going.



  1. That would suck being sick for a month. Especially during the holidays. You should send them a get well card. Maybe two.

  2. Seems strange that only one person is capable of doing that job. What if that person dies? Can you go to the state level to get a title?

  3. I've got stuff in the works, but have you ever tried to get anything done around the holidays?

  4. Good luck. Merry Christmas, my friend.

  5. Sure it is, Life is all about the journey. The destination is always the same. So enjoy the trip while it lasts.

  6. Like an old NASCAR fan and dyed in the wool Chevy man friend of mine once said, "I'd drive a pink Ford sponsored by Tampax to be in that race!" The motorhome will still be there when y'all get back, all salty and sun tanned!