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Nice looking truck Grizz, what is it?
Bit of a Unicorn.

It was my bucketlist truck for 10 years.

Found it 2 years ago in Essex.

Bought it, found out in researching it, this is a factory special ZQ8 model.

Extra-cab, 4.3 V6 Auto with overdrive gearing, special, not available wheels. Factory lowered etc.

S10 Chevy.
 

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Headed out just before 06.00

Stopped for a darkness photo.



Then stopped for an expensive motorway coffee.



A fellow motorist pointed out that I have a lovely looking truck, and that my rear foglight was dangling out back.



Carried on driving until I got to this point.



Followed shortly by this……

40k miles.

Only driven it about 1700 miles in two years.

Bit of a waste ehhh?

Pulled over to capture these.



Shortly after the clock turned over I got to my destination.

Passing this landmark.



And then pulled up here……

Not far from the top secret Secret Volcano Lair.



Walking around while waiting for @frankenhealey to get there from where he was hiding in the mountains…….

Parked up and watched farmer Brown drive his tractor and trailer around.

Perfect way to be spending time before 09.00 0n a Sunday morning.
 

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Once @frankenhealey got to the Volcano Lair he brought out the donor and spares or repairs mower.





14 horse power V-Twin.

Missing it’s carburettor a battery and of course not running.

Measuring the cutting deck, it became instantly apparent that it was not going to fit between the wheel arches, 47 inchest do not fit into 37 inches.

So we had to remove it.





Once loaded up the ramps, I pulled it over to the one side, using the wheel arch as a chock for the rear wheel.

Along with 4 corners on the truck strapped to the tractor.



Followed by adding a roller, Suffolk Punch mower with proprietary Chinese 87cc engine,with centrifugal clutch.



Closed up the rear……

Soft, car like suspension shows the load.



Once the truck was packed, we headed to Frankenhealy’s home for coffee, a chat with Mrs F and of course I got to play fetch with the dog….. best part of my day.

Until @Frankenhealey disappeared out of the kitchen for a few minutes, returning with two packs of Mts F’s Amazing, home made Pork sausages.

Seriously humbled, as I always am by these very personal gifts.

A drive around with Frankenhealey followed by being dropped off back at the truck.

After which I headed out homeward in the rain, which had not stopped all,day, except very briefly exactly while we were loading.

First stop was at the service station to fill up the truck again.

The idea was to see what the truck used empty, bit with the bed covered, compared with the load and no aerodynamics.

Return trip report in a bit.


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After saying our good byes, I headed to the first gas station, having done 160 miles or 260km exactly, at the national speed limit, tonneau cover in place, unloaded, I was interested in seeing what consumption the 4.3 liter V6 would return.

Filled up to the neck as before leaving home.





Expensive fuel.

The return trip was nonstop rain, some idiots on the road, you know, the usual suspects.

Pulled off at J10 of the M25 to make a detour to pick up Kyle at his girlfriends house, then joined the M25 at J9 and carried on home.





The biggest bummer on the trip was the passenger wiper rubber (they were replaced before Christmas last year) disintegrated partially in the rain on the motorway, leaving a nasty gouge on the screen.
I did bend the tip up at one point when I was able to stop safely, but it was too late already.
I am not sure if I can have it repaired or buffed back professionally.
Any advice appreciated.



By 15.10 we stopped outside my place.



Safe load, and made back in one piece.

The truck was an absolute pleasure to drive, except for the bloody wiper blade.



After we got Kyle sorted, he headed off to find fuel, and then headed back to Bath by midnight, by way of his,girlfriend.

Reporting back that the Micra performed faultlessly.

Good news indeed.

I pulled the truck back into my back yard for the night.

Today I went to fill it again, to,the brim.

Same distance and almost the same consumption.

So,themload and lack of aerodynamics seem to make little differnce to its performance.

It certainly carried the load with absolute ease.



Am I happy with the truck and its performance?

Well, yes and no.

No, mainly because I just do not use it enough. Done less than 2000 miles in two years.

That is wasteful.
 

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The biggest bummer on the trip was the passenger wiper rubber (they were replaced before Christmas last year) disintegrated partially in the rain on the motorway, leaving a nasty gouge on the screen.
I did bend the tip up at one point when I was able to stop safely, but it was too late already.
I am not sure if I can have it repaired or buffed back professionally.
Any advice appreciated.
I don't have any experience of polishing laminated glass but my only advice is only ever buy genuine bosch wiper blades. If it was a bosch blade, I'd get in touch with their customer services and see what they say. At very least, I'd imagine there'll be a free wiper blade in it for you.

What mpg are you getting out of the S10? If the tank's as big as my research thinks it is, I'm not surprised you don't use it much!
 

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I don't have any experience of polishing laminated glass but my only advice is only ever buy genuine bosch wiper blades. If it was a bosch blade, I'd get in touch with their customer services and see what they say. At very least, I'd imagine there'll be a free wiper blade in it for you.

What mpg are you getting out of the S10? If the tank's as big as my research thinks it is, I'm not surprised you don't use it much!
22mpg @70mph

I actually bought a new pair of wipers today, £14.00

Well……

As a follow on, on Sundays visit to @frankenhealey we had the pork sausages tonight.

Pork and Leek as you have never had it.

Supermarket sausages will always taste sh!t in future.

Thanks for the sausages mate, made the trip even more worthwhile.







Also had to Google a Harley Davidson Golf Buggy for myself.

And it seems they are real.

Also glad @craigrk ‘s boy Kyle picked up the mower deck in the Scruffy Micra to be fitted to his lawn tractor that is still a mower too.






That Nissan rocks for Sure.
 

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Due to a train accident, I did not manage to get a train into London today.

Resulting in closing work down earlier than usual.

Also meant I could get this done before dark.



Followed by raising the stakes, well, allof the new V-twin



Front end as well.

Closed up all the holes I could find.



And brought out the pressure cleaner to strip away all the flaked off red paint, as well as the piles of squirrel or rat nest nut residue

Plus I cleaned all the oil/fuel and greasy mess with some amonia based cleaner and a brush.

Much better altogether.




I have to say, I really do prefer to work on a clean machine.

And if the postal service delivers, the carburettor could be here in the next few says.


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So the Countax V-Twin has a few bits missing, including the cowl and related parts.

I found this boiler/heading unit cover recently, 1.2mm and shaped front looked interesting.

So it went on the pile

I also have a stainless steel oil cooler cover from 20 years ago, that was fitted to my BMW 1150GS.

Could it be part of the front end, including louvres or something similar, covering or replacing the Vaillant name?






Propped up on the front of the tractor, it seems to have the needed width.

Early days though.

Other options may still make their appearance in real life or my mind.







I also ordered a new set of starter gears for the Westwood.

At £24.00 delivered it must be worth a punt on a £100.00 pile of parts.



To replace these.



Last night I connected a battery to the Countax to see if anything moved when you turn the ignition switch.

All I got was a red light come on and off on the dash behind the lightening symbol.

Probably needs closer inspection of fuses etc.
 

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Did absolutely nothing today.

Watched Rat Rods For Africa channel on YouTube for hours this morning and played with Bonnie.

Came home around 3.00pm and made up,a bit of roofing from scrap offcuts I had from when I sealed up the carports last open area.

The rain would race over the gutter from the shed roof and end up inside the carport.

This should make a difference.

I do hope.



Scrap screwed together, two wedges inverted.





I also cleared out a bit of lawn and dirt under the pine tree in the garden to lay a few slabs in order for tractor no 2 to have a half decent and dry spot to park, in front of the firewood shed.

While digging out the lawn and some serious roots, using an sharp hatchet I had some pork shanks and butternut in the oven for dinner.





Came out really well.

Easier to buy at the shop, but none available to buy pre cooked, so I. Just did it myself.







Tomorrow I will get some sand down and then lay the slabs and add the bit of roofing.

This is the downwind and away from the weather side.
 

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Small jobs also take time.

And one leads to another.

Plan was to find parts for making up an engine cowl and grille ……..

Instead I made a parking spot for the Number 2 tractor.

Some sand spread, compacted.



Extra bit laid, grouted and pressure cleaned the lot.



Scruffy overhang roof added, made up from scrap, situated in the leeward side of the shed and pine tree, done the supports so I do not bash my head when pushing the lawnmower through there, it should work pretty well along with some canvas to keep it all dry.

Cut down bits from the plum tree packed away in the firewood shed, they will be dry next season.



And parked up.

Happy with that, sim-le, effective.

I hope.



More later.

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Karma.

Always remember.

Got into a carpark today and a cabbie with a flat battery.

Took about 10 minutes to get him going.

He was surprised that I took the time to get him going.



Life is good, if you let it be.





Also in the mail yesterday.

The replacement ring and pinion gears ordered Friday.

Quick delivery.

Interesting to see the ring gear is cast ally, and the pinion is nylon/plastic/prayer material.

Three days online training and a London training meeting I am running means probably only getting to it over the weekend.

It would be very cook if that was the only issue with it.

I need to train the oil in the motor as well and refresh oil and filter if it gets to run.




Pretty new parts.


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Three days at home with. Key Account Management training had me climbing the walls.

Only George kept me amused.

He's such a dickhead.



So today we got a full hours lunch break.

And when they closed the Teams meeting down for lunch, my plan was already made.

Down to the garage.

Pull out the Westwood Spears and Reapers tractor and dismantle the top to get to the flywheel.

A multitude of tools needed.





Bit of hammering to release the flywheel from the drive shaft.



Removed the shaft key, known also sometimes as a Woodruf key.

Important not to lose this little guy.



Got the flywheel off.

The ring gear was riveted in four places.

So mr grinder brought into service.



Punched out all four.





Reassembled after cleaning with the screws and nyloc nuts supplied in the service kit.





Reassembly looked decent.

At which point it was time to go back to class.



I would get back after work, just pulled a canvas over it all as the weather forecast was for a lot more rain.

More in a bit for those who like the whole story.
 

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So reassembly.

In the pinion gear, the carrier needs one of these little spring loaded pins inserted, after some struggling I ground it down very slightly and a hammer completed the job.



Result.



Cover had me stumped, until I looked at a photo taken earlier.

The mesh spins on the inside, it looks so wrong.

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And of course the scrap.

Good enough reason to struggle or fail to start.





So I thought I would chance it straight away.

See if it would start.

Video:


More tomorrow I guess.

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Had @nickwheeler pop in for a chat and to bring back a small flexi-head 1/4 inch ratchet he had taken to service a while ago.

Once again he stopped my cutting corners on a future project.

No coffee, which was the first time ever he declined coffee, must be something wrong with the man.

I had a few chores to do in town and needed to get to Sally’s place to do some small daylight jobs.

So I Went grocery shopping in the S10 followed by a nice detour drive, once again realising what a cool little truck it is.

Parked up in Morrissons car park is seems so small, despite being a long but narrow truck



Got home, chatted with my returned lodger, one left this week, and one from a previous 5 months stay is back for another 3 months or so.

Then Sallys, did the small jobs before dark and settled with her Netflix to watch a few episodes of Better Call Saul.

Followed by a very yummy dinner I did not need to cook.

At 10.00pm I got a message from a chap 350 miles from home about a possible new shadow thrower for my driveway.

And by 11.15 I went to bed.

A few more photos, questions which may be dealt with today before making a final decision but I think it has already been made.


It is big, it is long.

And yes, I have more stuff than would keep a small country busy for weeks……

The guy who brought the Micra has declined as his rig is not big enough, but I think he prefers quick, local jobs.

@paulY suggested I buy and drive it to an MOT station locally……. Where I live.

Does insurance cover you driving to an MOT station?

I am very risk-averse at the best of times.

So have to consider looking at the alternative, which is recovery.

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Again, seems reasonably driveable, but maybe the law would not be impressed.






Thank you for the advice and laughing.
 

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What’s the latest with the Rezin Rocket Grizz?
Evening mate, thanks for the reply.

I have hit a wall with the blower unit wiring, or blower, but even my spare, that is retrofitted in my C10 trucks blower, will not spark up in the circuit.

So I am waiting for a mate who does micro electrical stuff and disability conversions to come help me.

Once that it done, I can start to tie down the wiring, get a couple of springs fitted to clutch and brakes, then add the dash after adding its vinyl, and then bolt it in, followed by wiper motors.

The one final run through the brakes, and bleeding the system, antifreeze in the cooling system that only has water as the moment and possibly book an MOT.

But it is also wet and wintry now, so not ideal for an open Jeep type car.
 

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Have decided after 48 hours of intense research here and via my USA info sources, to walk away from this one.

Most importantly, got home last night and went to measure my tight driveway, and the car in question would only get down the drive, in reverse, with one mirror tucked in, and then allowing minimal room for error. The car is 2.118 meter wide, so with the mirrors it is 7 crazy feet wide. My drive is max 2.2 meter wide.

I have enough to keep my busy through winter, and despite having liked these an unhealthy amount over the years, I do not need another 5.0 liter V8 on my drive.

Thank you as always for the input and advice on here.


And for those looking and wondering what got me going.

1992 Chevrolet Caprice wagon.

If you are interested in buying it, send me a PM and I will connect you with the seller.



Back to work.
 
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