Man, I Need a Real Truck!!

Post in 'The Gear' started by Ralphie Boy, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Ralphie Boy

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    I went back to the “well†today for more free wood. I just had to show you the load my little beast toted home.(’03 Subaru Baja) Filled the bed and the back seat this time. I think I had about 3†of ground clearance after I got her loaded. Now I know for you pros with the 1 ton dually, pulling a goose neck with a dozen or more 12 footers, this ain’t nothing more than sawdust, but it sure made people point! :lol:

    Some Honey Locust and some…. Well I’m not sure what it is. It’s heavy, but then it’s green, dense and splits easy. Red Oak…Maple??? I dunno… you tell me
     

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    Nice baja... in the great yellow color to boot.. how may miles on her???

    I've got 150k on mine
     
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    Here's a couple of other shots of the stuff that I'm not sure what it is.:roll:
     

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    107K and runs like a top.
     
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    That Honey Locust is worth its weight in gold.You did alright. :coolsmirk:
     
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    Sold a baja 4 years ago, nice rig. Out grew it & now miss the good gas milage.
    I said many times "Don't mind the mule, load the wagon" but you took it to the next level. LOL :)
    A truck maybe, a trailer might be a cheaper way to go then if you get a truck, you still have the trailer to haul even more.
    Good thing it was a daylight drive, your light point to the moon .
    Been there done that with my PU. My lights hit the top of the trees, take corners slow & don't do it in the winter, front tires don't have much traction for turning & bumps bottomed out my read suspension. I got a trailer after that trip :)

    Very nice looking wood, Pretty sure it's Red Oak! Most say 2 year to season to be dry enough to burn well. High BTU wood!:)
    (bottom pic on the left, looks like cherry)
    Nice score,
    Great pictures. Nice rooster.
     
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    Sure looks like Red Oak.
     
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    Keep it up you are going to kill it, yourself, or somebody (read innocent bystander) else. Ease off or get a real truck, overloading isn't funny, cool or necessary! Call me whatever you want, but I hold a CDL and would be yanked off the road pdq if I drove a company vehicle across the scales like that.
     
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    A few trips like that and something is going to give. Bearings, axles, tires, wheels, springs, shocks, and even brakes weren't made for that load no matter how slow you drive and how smooth the road is.

    I would have taken a pic of you and posted it on BDL.
     
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    OMG! I agree with an overload here. I broke a leaf spring on an F150 by overloading it. It didnt look as low as your ride there. You may want to take a peek under the bed and see if all looks ok. Oh, the wood is a great score too!
     
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    That be some nice red oak there.
     
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    I concur on the red oak. Don't know many woods but I've cut and split a LOT of red oak. When you get a nice straight piece and it splits down the middle, it's like one of natures angels singing to you. I love red oak. If it just didn't take so damn long to season. Come to think of it, it DIDN"T take that long to season til I came here and started hanging with some people that think they know something about seasoning wood. I mean really, what's 50 or so years of experience anyway? :p
     
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    Nice haul - don't break that baja - they're hard to find! Looked into one of those awhile back. Shoulda grabbed it when I had the chance.
     
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    You could have put a few rounds in the front seat to balance it out.
     
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    oh boy, a slippery slope you're headin' down. next thing you know, a trailer in tow... nice score!
     
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    Reminds me of the time I got my first loads of firewood in my own rig. We just moved to Eastern Washington when I was about 16. There was some cut up firewood on the property (we had 10 acres) and loaded up my 1970 Toyota Corolla trunk and back seat with the wood in about 3 trips to the house. My dad wanted me to wheel barrow it up to the house, and I took the quicker way, in my junker car. That sucker was loaded and dragging it's knuckles that's for sure. :cheese:

    My car got stolen about 6 months later by some scum bag. >:-(
     
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    I love all pictures of Subaru abuse, I wish I'd taken some of me dragging tree trunks out of the woods with my Outback.

    TE
     
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    She'll hold 800-1000 lbs pretty well and thing over 1000 and your hurting her if the springs are the same(04 changed the ride height not sure how ) king makes a hd spring for our trucks

    By the way she is saging I'd say you have 1300 in there
     
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    [quote author="holland_patrick" date="1330021749"][​IMG]

    She'll hold 800-1000 lbs pretty well and thing over 1000 and your hurting her if the springs are the same(04 changed the ride height not sure how ) king makes a hd spring for our trucks

    By the way she is saging I'd say you have 1300 in there[/quote

    Could be, it was a lot of wood. I shant beat on her like that again. Can't afford the damage!
     
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    That subaru is a much better wood hauler than some I've seen posted here. Dont overload it though....for the cost of what you break and labor, you could buy a heck of alot of CSS wood and not lift a finger! Nevermind the inherent danger of an overloaded vehicle causing injury to you and others.
     
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    You will be surprised what it takes to make a "real truck". I was in the market a little over a year ago for a new-ish truck under 20k. Knowing that I was someday going to be hauling wood I decided on a Toyota Tacoma crew cab based on value, mpg, payload, etc. I quickly found out that it was NOT a real truck. The rear springs are useless!

    Even with four adults and a couple suitcases in the back I would hit the bump stops on anything but the most minor bump. I found the hard way that I was going to have to dish out $$$ to beef up the rear suspension and found the bed size to be impractical for hauling a lot of wood. A trailer would have to be my next purchase which would be even more $$$.

    In light of the upcoming $20/gallon gas hike I made a decision that I am going to trade the Tacoma in for a 40mpg compact car. Between gas savings and the slightly lower car payment I will be saving $250 per month.

    I have a line on a late 80's Chevrolet K30 dually dumptruck that has a rotted dump body and needs new front fenders and a rocker panel. My old man owns an auto repair shop so we will weld up a new dump body and have some fun fixing it up. Overall it will cost the same as it would by beefing up the Tacoma and buying a used trailer. Except now I'll be saving $250 per month and getting 40mpg! And I'll have a mean dumptruck that will tow/haul anything whenever I want!
     
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    Buy a 300.00 s-10!
     

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    Ya might need a real truck but there's no shame in that saw. What is that? A 48 inch bar? Or maybe the Subie just makes it look bigger :)
     
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    All Saw and no Trailer! :coolsmirk:
     
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