This year we’ll be participating in the 2014 Rossmoor Communtiy Festival and Car Show. The event takes place on Sunday, May 4th, from 10 to 5 at Rush Park in Rossmoor.
Last year, we spent the day parked with a wide variety of classic cars. Come by and visit the truck!
Be sure to check out our new tab, “Out and About,” to stay up to date on a few places we’ll be stopping at in the near future.
For a photo recap of the process
The rocket has changed quite a bit since our last post:
Last night we were in the shop (technically a shop, not our shop), to work on a new and improved rocket framework.
Here’s a quick video tour of the truck, which includes an overview of our new wave of modifications.
Stay tuned for more…
Last week we took the truck in to have the catalytic convertor replaced. It was in fact the orignal with over 237k miles on it. After that was replaced had a smog check which we passed. We were told by the mechanic that the replaced convertor is merely a band-aid to an undetermined underlying engine problem that should be looked into soon. It seems that the engine has trouble idling but once it gets up to speed it coudn’t run better. We’ll be looking into that over the next few weeks.
We placed our new door magnets which feature a more movie accurate design. You may notice that they are far too clean. That will be fixed by the weekend.
The somewhat dry weather we’ve been having in Southern California allowed us to work on another modification that we didn’t notice during our first round.
Whenever we talk to people about the truck they seem surprised that we are still working on minor details here and there. We are hoping to have the truck run the very it can as well as be as accurate as we can with our budget. Nothing beats seeing reactions while we drive around and we hope to get back on the road as soon as we can.
Over the past few week we have been having some engine trouble. A few smog checks later and we are still having some engine trouble. Before our road trip last year we took the truck in to have it tuned up. We asked the mechanic to replace anything that was in desperate need of attention.
Upon further inspection this time around we found that the engine is a bit of a hodge podge of jerry-rigged quick fixes as well as some very very well used parts. For instance our spark plugs showed over 100k miles of wear. Chris, our current mechanic on call, noticed that our catalytic convertor appears to be the original. Which means that this specific part has over 237k miles on it. We’ll need to do some further investigation to see if any other parts will need replacing soon.
Knowing these things now it’s shocking thinking back on how even though we knew the truck had quite a few miles on it, as it always seemed to run very well. It somehow managed to continue running even with all these old parts. From the looks of it we’ll need to slowly replace parts when we can. The cost of modifications will soon be dwarfed by the cost of repairs. Thankfully Toyotas seem to run forever.
Tomorrow we’ll be taking the truck in for a rough diagnosis and to replace the catalytic convertor.
We’ll be back on the road soon…