July 05, 2007

A New Possumobile?


Dave Helton has been ever so kind to try to assist me in the event that I should have to procure alternative transportation. I'd told him that I was convinced that to avoid unnecessary damage from people running into me that my next car was going to be a dump truck. Ever the resourceful sort, for my next I Am A Moron Project™, Dave suggested...


I just happen to have a 1953 (or maybe a '56) International Harvester single axle dump featuring a single cylinder hoist, diamond-six engine with a one-barrel carb (complete with a dirt dobber nest!) and ARMSTRONG™ power steering. I hate to part with such a gem, but I know you are a man of class and discernment, so I would be willing to part with it to you for a the low, low sum of $45,000... and if you act today, will even throw in a bonus Moron Project™! A 1964 Caterpillar 933 Traxcavator that RUNS... of course the motor does have a little miss in it... well, it's actually more of a peck...or maybe a knock... ok, it sounds like a little man with a sledgehammer is beating on the block,


Think of all the fun you could have with the kids pulling the engine in your driveway (to pi$$ the neighbors off), rebuilding it, then driving it down the street knocking down mailboxes! It also makes a dandy snake killer, providing you can get on top of the snake and spin the tracks just right.

BTW, the Dump truck DOES run, you just have to have a really good battery or park it on the side of a hill.

And to prove he's not joshing, here's the Project in Question:



Posted by Terry Oglesby at July 5, 2007 04:12 PM

Think of the Possumbilites! A blown rat or a crate hemi wiv nitrus...

Wow, this is weird: Your comment could not be submitted due to questionable content: live (space) journal.com I wonder why this just started?

Posted by: Chef Tony at July 5, 2007 05:46 PM

Probably because some Munuvian was despamming his comments and it had a Livejournal URL in it. There was a while there where it was really messed up with just plain old regular words showing up.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at July 5, 2007 08:00 PM

Definitely sweet! The price is kinda steep but it does come with the excavator... so maybe it could be a good deal.

Posted by: Nate at July 5, 2007 11:12 PM

And let's not forget the dirt dauber nest!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at July 6, 2007 07:54 AM

Well Terry, since it's you and you're in kind of a bind... I might be persuaded to drop the price a little... if you promise to take four cats and a little yappy dog too.

I promise, the price break would be considerable.

Posted by: Dave at July 6, 2007 08:20 AM

I dunno - the exterior's starting to show the tiniest signs of wear.

Plus oldest will definitely want to borrow it, and you know what that will do to your insurance premiums?

Posted by: skinnydan at July 6, 2007 08:22 AM

And here I was, thinking it couldn't get any better!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at July 6, 2007 08:23 AM

Skinnyday, I didn't even think about that angle. You're right, of course--she already loves the Volvo so much, but such a vehicle as Dave is offering would surely peg her jealousy-meter.

Still, I could drive the Traxcavator instead...

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at July 6, 2007 08:32 AM

Well now, I will admit it does show its age, but remember this is a classic piece of American engineering...

Did I mention it has the 2-speed rear end? You can cruise down the road at a smoking 35 mph!

Posted by: Dave at July 6, 2007 09:01 AM

Wow, wouldn't that be a cool vehicle to drive to a PROM?

Posted by: Stan at July 6, 2007 09:21 AM

My boys are all for it, Nate thought it was "sweet" and Jake said "I want it, it's cool."

Posted by: Sarah G. at July 6, 2007 11:34 AM

I went to high school with a kid who drove a dump truck. Really. His dad owned a gravel hauling business, and so Doug drove one of the trucks to school. It wasn't as nice as Dave's truck, though.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at July 6, 2007 11:53 AM