You did what?!

Babe, I bought myself a box truck for your Birthday!

That’s how the text to my girlfriend read when I had made up my mind to buy a stepvan a little over a year ago. The idea was to turn this hunk of junk into the most awesome food truck I could manage.

Everyone kept saying I needed to find a hobby 😐

I make some mean tacos and can whip up macaroni like a champ, so I thought if I can’t figure out what to cook I can always use those go-to’s. Plus my gf’s dad runs his own catering service on the side so if nothing else I could always rent him the truck when I’m not using it.

Everything seemed like a win-win. When I bought the truck it didn’t run, but even still the potential was there.

It was an adventure getting it to my dad’s who is an ASE certified master mechanic. I had Miller’s Body Shop and Towing pull the truck from Frankfort, IN to Richmond, IN.

The truck is a 76 Chevy P90 incase you were curious. It turns out it needed a new engine 🙁 as you can see it was ready for retirement.

Poor little piston. I kept the broken piston as a paper weight

But the upside was that the transmission was able to be gone through and refurbished. Shoutout to my dad Bob for working weekends and evenings putting this back together! Here are some pics of the shiny new engine.

It needed a new distributor, exhaust, steering, and a lot of other miscellaneous things.

All good gambler’s know when to walk away, but more importantly when to double down!

I bought a second truck!!! This one was a 75 Ford P400

Superior Towing helped me tow this one to my mom’s in Carthage when I had to move from my house on the south side of Indy to an apartment in Carmel. Unfortunately you can’t have vehicles that don’t run just sitting around.

This one actually ran when I bought it…It wasn’t until I started trying to fix it at home did I realize it needed almost as much work as the original.

It had a few different owners and whomever “fixed it” last did a lot of things incorrectly. This one is going to take some time to sort out as it needs to be completely re-wired. I’m hopeful truck #1 can help pay to get the second one up and going! We managed to get a new distributor and carburetor for this one.

Re-wiring old dirty trucks is the worst!!!

Ira Glass Quote

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me.

All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste.

But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.

But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you.

A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this.

We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have.

We all go through this.

And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work.

Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions.

And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

-Ira Glass