Last weekend we took the Mog to the Cool Desert Nights car show in Richland WA. This is the big car show around our area and is always a lot of fun. Talked to a lot of great people and looked at a lot of cool cars/trucks!
My father and I arrived at the show at 4:30 am, if you want a spot in the shade then you have to be there early! We managed to snag a perfect spot under the trees and right on the road where they do the slow drags later in the day.
Can you spot the Mog?
Our spot for the day. Brought along my fathers 69 Z50 that I restored a few years ago for him and our Tom Thumb minibike we made from scratch back in 2004.
Part of the show from the roof of the Mog.
When the slow drags started the roof of the Mog was a perfect viewing platform!
My father holding up the Tom Thumb. This bike was built from a set of plans out of a 1970 Popular Mechanics magazine, I had the magazine since high school and back in 2004 my father and I finally decided to build an exact replica of the one in the magazine. Always a fun bike to bring to shows.
Today was another small step in converting the Mog from a RW1 into an Expedition truck, we brought home the troop bed Andy came through again with a bed in great cond, just as promised. Thanks Andy! Won't be a RW1 for much longer.
My father and I left the house at 4am this morning and headed to the West side of the state to snag the bed. After a couple months of dealing/shipping the bed is finally here and ready to be picked up.
Paperwork done (always LOTS of paperwork) and waiting for the bed to be forked out to the truck.
And finally the bed arrived
The pallets and banding had come apart in shipping but everything was in one piece.
Dad taking some quick measurements. I borrowed the aluminum car hauler for the trip, the fenders are quick release for loading...nice!
Took a little adjusting but we got the bed loaded on the trailer and clearing the fenders.
All tied down and ready for the trip back home.
Only damage during shipping was the front mount under the bed what attaches the bed to the truck. Looks like it got bent backwards during it's voyage at some point. No worries, a little heat and it should be easily sorted back into shape.
Well got distracted with my super squirrel powers today...progress on the Mog? Nope....picked up anther project to ad to the mix lol. Snagged a 1940 Dodge 2dr couple that was just to good of a deal to pass up, love the lines of the front end. The previous owner has owned it for 34 years and never got around to doing anything with it. Body is pretty straight, needs floor pans. No engine or trans. Dash is original, column has been replaced with a newer unit. The rest of the car is pretty original. Would be a cool car to get running again and leave the patina as is....as Joe Dirt would say, "It'll Buff Out!"
It will have to sit a while longer now until the mog is finished.
A few photos of today's adventure....Seeing the light of day again, been in that garage for 20 years.
Hey where did my hair go on top of my head lol.
Look at the running lights above the headlights....cars had class back then!
Parts sitting so I could get a glimpse of the front end together. I'm going to bolt the front end back together so I don't have to store the pieces separately.
Cool looking dash.
Ok back to our regularly scheduled MOG activities.........
Not a lot of progress lately, been working on the shop and trying to get it finished up before winter.
I did manage to score a set of Mercedes/Bosch Diesel injector service tools for the OM366A thanks to ADV member Icebox...Thanks Man! When I get time I'll set the valves and go through the injectors to get them right on the money. Gonna be fun!