Saturday, June 17, 2017

Makin' Space

Figured it was about time for a fresh blog post, since the last one was more than a month ago. Here's our current status: Jason is ready to bring the S10 here so I can take the body off and get the chassis cleaned up and ready for the '49 body to go on. The problem is the 1997 Saturn we have sitting in the driveway. Need to get rid of it to make room. I've been putting it out there and received some interest, but apparently the excitement level for a 20 year old car with 197,000 miles, that also needs a muffler and should have the brake lines replaced (because of some corrosion on them - although the brakes currently work well) is not very high.

The car starts right up and runs well, has a brand new battery, and the headlights, brake lights and turn signals are all working. I'm going to try a little longer to sell it, but thinking we might have to just donate it to a worthy cause to get it out of here. Need to sell it within the state of Connecticut so we can use just a bill of sale, since we can't find the title. Any interested parties please email me directly from the link on the right of the page here. Asking $750, negotiable.

Finally, just a reminder about the new t-shirt store... TeePublic is much more user friendly than the other retailer I was using, and their finished product looks fantastic. I've got 18 designs up so far, with more to come. All picture designs began as photos taken by yours truly. Many non-truck related designs as well. Multiple colors and shirt styles available, and the store also features mugs, notebooks and stickers. I hope you'll check it out, and of course feel free to share...

Thanks as always for stopping, see y'all down the road!


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trying to Make it Happen

First things first: We'll have a little movement soon, with the '91 S10 coming here to the house so I can get the chassis cleaned up and ready for a trip down the road to Custom Conversions in New Milford (CT) to have the '49 body attached. The S10 is a running, driving truck in great shape, and in one shot will give us all the modern era features we'll need to make the truck cross-country capable. When we're done, John's Old Truck will have a 4.3 liter V6 engine, 5 speed manual transmission, power steering, power brakes, heat, AC and a solid modern suspension. Not only will she be ready to run coast to coast, but I'll also be able to go farther from home on a regular basis for regional events. And she'll be a total blast to drive.

I realize there are some fans of these old Chevy trucks who don't agree with the idea of the S10 chassis swap, and to be honest I struggled with it myself at first, but when this S10 practically fell into my lap I knew the swap was the way to go. The parts alone for an upgrade of the existing chassis would run into the thousands of dollars, many multiples of what I paid for the entire S10. And like the header of this blog says, Johnny is a total amateur. Not in a million years could I simply buy all these parts and install them myself.

And speaking of needing help...

As a regular working schmoe, I would never be able to make this project and the road trip happen on my own financially, which is why I've come up with a few different ways people can help.

There are several locations where the full short story is available for purchase:




As well as a GoFundMe page featuring the full story with all the photos, where readers can donate any amount. The story would be about 40 paperback pages if printed, so it's a quick read.

Check out the GoFundMe page here.

And a new store featuring various images of the truck on shirts, with multiple styles and colors available, as well as mugs, stickers and notebooks. Non-truck images also available.

Visit the new store and of course feel free to share the link.

I would be honored and truly grateful for any help you would like to provide. Please also check out the video and photo links in the sidebar here, where you'll also find a link to email me directly with any questions. Please feel free to reach out anytime.

Finally, just to clear up any possible confusion with my name: Schneider is my actual last name. "John Perry" is the name I have used on the air since I started in radio in 1984, when "John Schneider" was already famous, thanks to the guy with that name who played Bo Duke on Dukes of Hazzard. I use "Perry" mostly online, because that's the name that anyone who has ever known me through radio is familiar with...

Thanks as always for stopping by! See y'all down the road!


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Video "Interview" - Can We Get This Thing on TV?

Living the epic road trip dream won't be nearly as simple as getting the truck in good enough shape and hitting the highway. In addition to mapping it out, we'll need to have a plan for lodging, time away from work and a good idea of cost for the whole adventure. My initial time frame thought is at least six weeks, but I don't really know for sure because I've never done this before. Could be that the price tag is too steep, or the company I work for won't agree to the time off or even guarantee me a job when I get back. There are a lot of things to think about. Of course, if we could drum up some interest among tv execs and possibly get the story on the air in the form of a reality show, perhaps most if not all of these issues would be taken care of.

I've never pitched a reality tv show idea before either, so I have no idea of the right way to go about it. But I do know that if you make no effort whatsoever, failure is guaranteed. A friend suggested the "interview" concept of the video below. I liked the idea, so here it is. If you like it I hope you'll share, and hopefully at some point the right people will see it...

As always, thanks for stopping by! See y'all down the road...