The above is my 4X4 Dually Crew Cab King Ranch F350 when I took delivery of it in 2005
I've recently been in the process of having the vehicles I drive most freshened up with a new paint scheme. The scheme has a Cadillac pearl/metallic red (a paint costing my $900 a gallon for the color because it has so much red and violet pearly, and red metallic in it) for the top color, Mary Kay pink for the stripe (except for the truck — where I'm using a Toyota Sandstone Metallic), and a Challenger black metallic (except the truck — which is plain Black).
The first car to get the paint (after stripping and extensive body work) is my 46 Oldsmobile Street Rod.
Before and After on the Olds
Next up was a 2009 6-speed Challenger RT, which I bought as the first 6-speed to hit Houston in November 2008, and then put in storage when I found a new 6-speed SRT8 at a dealer in North Arkansas a week later. I took the RT out of storage, painted it and now drive it — while the SRT8 is in storage.
Challenger RT before and after
However the topic of this blog post is my truck. The below are some photos of the progress thus far.
As of this writing, the bed was painted, color sanded and power buffed. The cab has been painted, will be color sanded today, and buffed tomorrow. Thursday the bumpers and other small parts (mirrors, etc) will be prepped and painted, and Friday they'll be color sanded and buffed. The grill has had the plastic insert cut out, and billet bars installed. The taillights with be red LEDs. The bed caps will be black powder-coated diamond plate. The tan carpet will be replaced with black. I figure we're a week and half away from my driving the truck again — for a total of three weeks from tear down to drive away.
Next up is the Harley Heritage I bought new in 1993.
As you can tell from the names (Bill & Hillary, and Peter Jennings) — this was originally posted on my site over 15 years ago. However the message is even more timeless with the current Federal Government,, than it was in the early 90s with the Clintons.
THE CLASSIC VERSION
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.
THE MODERN VERSION
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and asks how the ants are warm and well fed while others are cold and starving. CBS, CNN, NBC and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America and the world is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can it be that, in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so? Then a representative of the NAAGB (National Association for the Advancement of Green Bugs) shows up on Nightline and charges the ant with "green bias", and makes the case that the grasshopper is the victim of 30 million years of greenism. Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when he sings "It's Not Easy Being Green." Bill and Hillary Clinton make a special guest appearance on the CBS Evening News to tell a concerned Dan Rather that they will do everything they can for the grasshopper who has been denied the prosperity he deserves by those who benefited unfairly during the Reagan summers, or as Bill refers to it, the "Temperatures of the 80's." Richard Gephardt exclaims in an interview with Peter Jennings that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and calls for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his "fair share." Finally, the EEOC drafts the "Economic Equity and Anti-Greenism Act". Retroactive to the beginning of the summer, the ant was fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government. The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he's in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him since he doesn't know how to maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow. And on the TV, which the grasshopper bought by selling most of the ant's food, they are showing Bill Clinton standing before a wildly applauding group of compatriots announcing that a new era of "fairness" has dawned in America.
Be Careful what you wish for — you just might get it!
In the maniacal section of this web site (in the NavBar click the Dave Schultz, and then mouse over Maniacal Ravings) you will find the Rules to date my daughter, along with an application — originally posted on this site back in 1994.
Today, the Dave Schultz domain got reactivated after a very long (about 4 years) slumber. You need to bookmark and visit this site often — as it will be evolving on a daily basis. In the meantime — look over to the navigational links in the right sidebar and start clicking on them to see what’s happening around here. The side (especially the Favorite Links) will also be evolving on a daily basis.