Project Hoss

I wanted to start a project called Project Hoss. It’s about a new truck that we purchased to work here at the house. New to me that is. It’s a 1977 Ford Crew Cab. Because we have six kids I needed something with extra space so the crew cab was essential for a work truck for me. It comes with a 351 modified engine, four-speed transmission, four-wheel-drive, short wheelbase. Follow along as I modify this truck for my needs here at the house. Not sure exactly everything I’ll be doing to it but just to give you an idea it will have a winch bumper, working on board air compressor system, and also have radio communication such as a CB radio and ham. This is been one of those trucks I’ve wanted for very long time finding a crew cab in this model year is extremely hard let alone a short wheelbase crew cab so I’m really excited to tackle this project.

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Project HOSS-Dump Bed Complete

So finally have some time to give a follow up on Project HOSS. The bed has been attached using custom fabricated mounts. The power comes from hydraulics powered by electric.

HossSo finally have some time to give a follow up on Project HOSS. The bed has been attached using custom fabricated mounts. The power comes from hydraulics powered by electric.

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So its all good to go and working great. The next thing was to test it out. Hauled about 4000lbs of wood in a couple of different loads.

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Its been really nice playing with my new toy. This wood in the picture above was free off of Craigslist. Cottonwood is NOT the best wood out there, but hard to beat free. More HOSS projects to follow.

Vehicle Supply Storage

Here at Homestead Basics we have a one year supply of food, six months of water, and a decent financial reserve. Today I was down at NAPA purchasing everything to do an oil change on our Project HOSS. I cant believe I never thought of this, but I don’t have many supplies for vehicle maintenance. Remember that your food storage and other reserves are not just for if the world goes down in flames, but what if your job goes south? What if you get injured enough, you cant work full time? NAPA was running a sale on filters, so I purchased a case. I also purchased eight cases of oil. That is enough to change the oil every two months for each of my vehicles (My wife’s suburban or HOSS).

oilHere at Homestead Basics we have a one year supply of food, six months of water, and a decent financial reserve. Today I was down at NAPA purchasing everything to do an oil change on our Project HOSS. I cant believe I never thought of this, but I don’t have many supplies for vehicle maintenance. Remember that your food storage and other reserves are not just for if the world goes down in flames, but what if your job goes south? What if you get injured enough, you cant work full time? NAPA was running a sale on filters, so I purchased a case. I also purchased eight cases of oil. That is enough to change the oil every two months for each of my vehicles (My wife’s suburban or HOSS).

So go through your vehicles and do a quick inventory. Oil and oil filters are a first. Fuel filters would be next on my list. I also thought about air filters, but I run K&N air filters, so they are cleanable and limits supplies needed. Next I would get brake fluid, windshield washer fluid, and any other fluid you might need. Go through you vehicle and just make sure you have everything to keep it going.

I don’t recommend stocking every wearable part on the vehicle, just the maintenance stuff. Maybe do some research on your vehicle and find the most common wear items. If you have the room and extra money, it can be a good idea–such as a fuel pump, etc.

Anyway, just something to think about.