Monday, January 11, 2016

Over Before It had Begun



For the meager few who follow this blog, you may have been wondering what happened to the posts, the videos, my grand plans to travel the road.   Well Everything was all set, van converted, with a week to go.   Then the van broke down.   :(   It hit me on 2 fronts, the engine has an issue, and underneath there is something wrong with, I believe, the u-joint.

So months of depression kind of settled in.   Tried to get someone to look at the van at first but then just gave up.   Someone recently did listen to the engine and made some suggestions, but I dont think I like the idea of taking it on the road any longer or sinking more money into it.

Anyway, I kind of lost the desire to blog or youtube (connection sucks anyway here), mostly as there wasn't much of interest for me to say...sitting in a family members yard slowly eating away my savings.

I've decided to try to fix up at least the engine on the van if i can cheaply, and then sell it as a mechanic special.   I'm going to try to buy a pickup truck, and eventually go with a trailer once i get some more funds coming in.  The reason is I like the idea of having 4x4 if I do need it, and this also creates a modular setup for my home and vehicle, so if something happens to one I am not stuck without the other (like now).

So, will i need to get a new shitty job, and risk tying myself up again to misery?   Looks that way.  Ive been trying to generate income selling some wooden signs I make, like the one above, on facebook and my etsy shop, but Its been more like beer money than "live off and maybe save up to buy a trailer" money (i dont actually drink...).  I am going to try my hand at making bentwood jewelry next.  

 Just gotta remember that:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/258648681/large-bear-and-mountain-wood-carving


Ah well, there is the state of things.

11 comments:

  1. Bummer.
    U joints are pretty straight forward but I don't know the cost in your area.

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  2. Well, heck, sorry to hear that. What's wrong with the engine?

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    1. yeah sucks. he thinks it might have a misfire, and maybe the choke. If not those then maybe fuel injector problem. He says he thinks he hears a vacuum line leak too but not sure from where.

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  3. Ditto on the bummer. But do the research on the motor... most issues can be narrowed down with a little home work and little to no cost. Good luck and keep the faith, being depressed and sitting around isn't accomplishing anything. Start a Go-Fund-Me page or add a donation button for added resources?

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    1. Thanks for the thoughts. I had a donation button, but removed it. There has been a lot of negativity regarding vandwellers and so called ebegging, so i want to just stay clear. I will ask for help if i have no recourse but im not there yet. I still have options.

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  5. Sorry to hear the issues. I understand the frustration!
    keep the good fight going! And get into it in your own time!!

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    1. Thanks bob, all things in due time i suppose!

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  6. I would get yourself over to a Big Flea Market with those sign and see how you do, and start doing some of the art show up and down the east coast.... There is a lot of money outside of West Virginia for home made stuff...

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    1. Thanks a lot. I do want to get to the flea market, just need a vehicle to get me there. Soon i might just take the van and risk a breakdown.

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