The much anticipated day has finally arrived! After weeks of sanding, designing special doors and windows, framing the inside of the truck, masking and taping, it was finally time for the transformation to begin. Goodbye candy corn mobile and hello new truck!
Painting started at 3 o'clock with a gray primer first. Cody was our main paint guy.
Priming was done in less than an hour. Now it was time for the bright white to go on. A few hours later, the painting was complete. The truck had to stay another night before we could drive it home. By the way, Sara and I have yet to drive this 23-foot truck. Still hoping we can handle all 23 feet.
The next morning Sara, Matt, and I headed back to the school to bring our freshly painted truck home. But wouldn't you know, it didn't start.
After some discussion between Matt and Dan and replacing some wiring, they decided it could be the battery. But first they consulted with the diesel mechanic class. They agreed it probably was the battery.
So Matt made one last attempt to start up the truck. Go figure, it fired right up. Although as soon as he pulled outside, it stalled out. So a battery was ordered and the new one did the trick.
Now it is time for the next phase, the interior planning and decorating. More on that later.
I want to give a special thanks to all the people that made this possible. Mr. Sabella for allowing us to take up a large area of his shop for 8 weeks and getting the paint at great price for us. The students in the autobody program at R.G Drage with a special shout out to Drayton for his extra hard work. My Dad for all of the support and giving up his time on Thursday nights to come help out at the class sanding and doing a lot of the grunt work. Cody gets credit for making us a brand new bumper and painting. Thanks Cody. And I want to thank our wonderful, supportive husbands Steve and Matt for their hard work, patience, and making our dreams a reality.
Before we end, take a look at our before and after pics.