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    Ham's '48 - Reflections

    I was primping up the truck for the 4th of July parade yesterday and as I worked around the truck I began to get a bit flustered as I found little dings, scuffs and marks in various places.

    Then, I thought about how those marks got there.

    That big place with paint that looks a little different (right above the windshield spacer bar) was where that big green and yellow-gutted bug hit me on the way to JeepFest last Summer. He must have been eating battery acid because he left a scar in the paint.

    Then, there are the scuffs on the angled sides of the bed. Those are where I put the signs for my grandson and his girlfriend for the 2019 parade to celebrate their COVID cancelled graduation.

    There are scuffs and scratches in the bed, even with the liner. Those are from the time that I loaded all of the Grandkids, Nieces and Nephews in the back for a Labor Day picture in 2017 – somebody had a rock in the sole of their shoe.

    There is a stain on the carpet that just won’t quite come out … that is where somebody (I won’t say who) dropped about half an ice cream cone one evening.

    And, there are little nicks and dings in the paint here and there. Most of those are just road nicks from going to places like Roanoke, Hoagland, Auburn or Garrett to show off the truck.

    As I thought about this, I realized that every one of those imperfections is there because I was doing something that I loved with the truck. If you had told me that I was going to hit by an acid-eating bug at Napoleon, Ohio – I would have headed to Toledo anyhow; after all – it is still a truck!

    That’s what Jeeps are for, to be used and to make memories. Go out and make some; take the wife, grandkids and even the dog for a ride -- let little kids "drive it" and blow the horn!

    As the sticker I put on it for shows says: "Go ahead and touch me, I'm that kind of truck".

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    Well said Senior Chief.

    I was looking at the Jeep this morning, thinking I should pull it out and wash all the mud from the Wounded Warriors event a few weeks back. Then I thought about all the fun that I had proving that the elder Jeep was keeping up, and sometimes passing it's grandkids on the trail. I think I'll let her stay dirty a while, just to encourage more drives across the back roads.

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    "..proving that the elder Jeep was keeping up, and sometimes passing it's grandkids on the trail..."

    I was privileged to lead the Jeep contingent in the parade this morning. I told them; "Luke, I am your great-great-great-grandfather many times over". The lady sorting out the parade told me that I had to be in charge of those kids - ha!"

    A parade can be hard on an older truck, but we just puttered down Broadway, in first gear most of the time just bumping it along with the clutch. Temp gauge stayed nailed at 160 - no muss, no fuss. One of the 'Vettes puked its radiator about halfway through - and it wasn't all that hot.

    It was a good time in a small town.

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    Larry you are truly a lead to follow. That truck is a perfect reflection of your life style. A great looking classic that put in its time and can still work if need be.

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    A while back a wiseaxx asked me if I could haul some pea gravel for him in the Jeep.

    "How much do you need? About half a yard. No problem - here is how we can do it. I'll put blue tarps in the bed, then you get kiddie swimming pools. We'll put the pools on the tarps, you can load the gravel in the pools and then you can unload them when we get where you want to go".

    I don't understand why he lost interest - it was only about a thousand pounds and that would have just set the springs down a little.....

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    Its a jeep Dude , not a Pickup !

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    No stones in the parade truck unless you want to buy it!

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    I'd haul the p-gravel, then hand them a plastic beach shovel to unload it. Don't try to out smart an original smart a!!.

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