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Studebaker M15A-20 "Mr. Potato Head"

Thursday, July 28, 2016


Finally got around to building and installing a canopy for the dogs. The hoops are galvanized steel 3/4" EMT. Hoops mount into pipes mounted to the bed and held in place with 1/4" pins. Each section is modular so that any number of hoops can be used. The canvas I used was 96" wide but it is also available up to 120" so a canopy for the entire bed can be easily be made from one piece. I made the hoops to be low enough that I can park in the shop. Hoops are connected together with SS 1/4" rod threaded with 1/4-20. Each section is attached to the next section with a threaded barrel. Still figuring out how to terminate the attaching ropes...

Monday, May 30, 2016

2016 ATHS National Convention & Truck Show

Alan Trickle came over Friday morning and we drove up to the event at the Salem Fair Grounds. It was about a 215 mile trip there and except for the four mountain passes MPH did great. Had to down shift to third near the peaks of those four passes. Fortunately my fellow big rigs were in the same boat (misery loves company). No problem taking Interstate 5 to get there and back. On the down slopes I could push the clutch in and coast, got up to 70 MPH on one slope, record for MPH. We met up with Zane and his buddy Kurt. Both Zane and Kurt brought Stude tucks. Kurt brought a rear axle down from Zane's bone pile for Alan's bullet nose and we transferred it to MPH for the trip back down to Southern Oregon where Alan and I live.

Kurt, Zane, Alan, John

Don't know the actual count for show trucks but when we came in on Friday it was at about 500. Some say it was about 1,000. There were only 5 Studes, MPH, Zane's truck, Kurt's truck, an M5 and a 2R. But oddly there was a couple dozen Diamond-T's. 90% of the trucks were big rigs.