After three weeks of my going to work at 6:30, it is rather a joyous occasion for me to see him drive away this morning in this truck. It is a 1994 Chevy Silverado. The year is still in the range of vehicles that Phil can fix himself (usually). It, of course, runs great or he wouldn't have bought it but it was dirty. It had been used as a work truck with no regard to the interior. There was grease, oil, and drink stains everywhere. Phil got some upholstery cleaner from the auto parts store and combined with a few scrub brushes I had we were able to miraculously get it clean (one spot on the front seat needs a little more work but it will come clean). It looks like a whole new truck inside now. He also had to fix a few of the lights and one of the front seats and it does need a bumper which he will look for at U-Pull-It (a junkyard where you go in find the parts you need and take them off yourself - sort of a "pick your own" deal only with vehicle parts. It is quite easy though with cars lined up and organized. You can find the vehicle you need via computer.).
We have not had a truck in a very long time and we are quite pleased with all the things we can do with one now. No longer will my poor little Cavalier have to haul hay and feed. Phil can now bring the 2x10 home that he has at the shop (it will go to make one of the last raised beds in the garden). I'll be able to get the plastic corrugated roofing for my greenhouse. Fruit trees and bags of manure can be brought home easier (probably not in his plans but in mine). And best of all we can make several trips to the dump to get rid of some of the junk that has be accumulating around the house.