Crawler Hauler Build Thread!

Discussion in 'Freightliner Forum' started by rustyshakelford, Apr 16, 2021.

  1. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    You are using it for business purposes and because of that fact, it is a commercial vehicle.

    as much as people here may disagree with me, the fact remains that people think they can skate the laws by acting like this is not a commercial venture, as you said “We own a Jeep shop and travel all over the country attending Jeep events and running trails.” that can be construed as a means of promoting your business.

    why do I say this?

    Because this isn’t a world where you can get into an accident and then walk away. You owning that shop and you going to events that directly relate to your shop makes it a different issue when something happens. This is what the law will see, not the fact you do this on your own for enjoyment,

    just to illustrate what I am saying, you are driving down the road and you lose a steer tire, which makes you run into that van full of kids passing you. You don’t kill the kids but a lot of damage is done. An ambulance chasing lawyer takes it as a contingent case and finds out the details, then what?

    he sues you, your business and may even go after the last shop that did the tire work, and your insurance company won’t cover much.


    So my recommendation is to put everything on paper, find a good lawyer to advise you and get advice to protect yourself.
     
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  3. rustyshakelford

    rustyshakelford Bobtail Member

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    You have some great points but our vehicles aren’t wrapped, don’t engage in any business promotion on these trips and it’s strictly recreational. I’m of the mind I’m well within the law as I’m not hauling for personal gain. Adding in the part about the Jeep shop is just context about how much we enjoy doing Jeep stuff. I’m personally paying for this truck and all the work as I don’t want business funds intermingled which could blur the line of it being a business expense. I don’t even write off all these trips on taxes because they aren’t intended to be promotional and advertisement.

    You’re right about an ambulance chasing lawyer but they would do that if my job was a lawn care guy too. Part of the reason insurance is so high for everyone.

    brett
     
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  4. rustyshakelford

    rustyshakelford Bobtail Member

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    Got the old seats pulled out today. 7 of 8 came out, one broke off. That’s going to be interesting to get out. I’m hoping I can use a cut off wheel and cut the nut off. Wont be bed to get someone to hold a wrench while I tighten the new ones down.

    As expected it was filthy. I think the truck was mainly used in the ag industry and has the dirt/manure/muck to tell the tale. Going to pull the floor liner out and give everything a good scrub.

    Our induction heater was incredibly useful for all the rust on the bolts. Rust isn’t something I’m super familiar with being in the Houston area but we’re making progress!

    brett
     

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  5. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    Good you get it, imagine how many don’t.

    don’t want a fellow jeep owner face crap like this.

    Love mine. Best tool I’ve bought in a long time.
     
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    rustyshakelford Bobtail Member

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    Son and I found a Jack knife sofa about 75 mins away and ran down to pick it up before someone else did. We will put a gray sheet on it to help contain the dog hair and match the color scheme better. Test fit it when we got home and I think it will work out really well for us!

    brett
     

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  7. Capacity

    Capacity Heavy Load Member

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    Careful if you run into mouse dropping my friend owns a bike dealership he was rebuilding a vintage bike.
    He almost died from inhaling the dust , i believe ice road truckers had a episode on it were the driver Rick was also sick.
    Nice find , good luck.
     
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  8. rustyshakelford

    rustyshakelford Bobtail Member

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    Great reminder. Of all the things I’ve found in there rat/mouse droppings haven’t been it yet luckily. Removing the flooring was nasty. Got it all out and hand scrubbed the floor twice and roughed up the surface a bit. Installed some kilmat which seems like a dynamat knockoff. Have some additional foam going on next then the factory vinyl flooring. Hopefully I can get it driving again by this weekend so I can get some super singles and fresh steer tires before I start driving this more. Next big repair is going to be most of the A/C system.

    Bought some chemical guys cutting/polishing compound and in a few test spots, that stuff is the real deal. Completely removed the years of ghost lettering from different stages of oxidation. Also got the headlight removed and new ones wired up. Every single nut was stripped in the light housing and was a nightmare to cut out. Passenger side was hard wired. Wired a plug back into it this time.

    Brett
     

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  9. AModelCat

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    Keeping the autoshift? Heard those 1st gen Eatons were a little problematic at times.
     
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  10. rustyshakelford

    rustyshakelford Bobtail Member

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    that’s the tentative plan. We’re probably going to only run about 10k miles a year. Hopefully it’ll hold together. Would make it easier to get my wife used to the idea of helping me drive on the long stretches of highway

    Brett
     
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  11. rustyshakelford

    rustyshakelford Bobtail Member

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    Made a bunch of progress. Interior is coming along, been working on restoring the paint and very happy with the outcome. Next step is super singles and tackling the new A/C

    Brett
     

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