So the week just passed was a week of gratitude, emotion, expense, grace and annoyance. Sounds deep right… well I was up and down so i thought id write about it to get it off my chest…

Monday, Monday morning started off looking great – we had our container delivery due in @ 8.00am, the sun was shining, the traffic was good to us. We got to the drop off and the container was sitting there awaiting us… The doors swung open to be greeted with parts and trucks as expected… All went well with loading the vehicles and off we went. Once back to the shop, we unloaded and then hit the road for sunny Wales – at this point the weather changed sour but our moods were not effected. The radio was on and the truck was cruising all was good in the yank truck! By Monday afternoon we were heading along the M4 into Wales and in the sky flew a very low flying army airplane that looked amazing floating on the horizon looking weightless and elegant… We had a hotel booked in local to our collection point and we ended up getting there around 8pm and was greeted with a room upgrade which was a superb end to a tiring day…

Tuesday, up at the crack of dawn and out to the welsh sun shining in time for a little selfie with Roxy and then off to meet David. David was looking out his lounge window as we approached, he seemed excited to see us… he started off by inviting us in, then progressed to offer us a brew… and what a brew… the best cup of tea we have had in a few days so that was received nicely! The conversation with David was all about his family, (his wife, 2 married sons, 3 Grandsons and 1 grand-princess) also about his cars past and present and what parts the cars have played in his life… mostly, the cars at his sons wedding, however I could really tell and get a sense of how much he loved his cars. So we were they to purchase his 3 C10 project trucks off him, the trucks were in a state of big repair required so we understood there was long journey of working hard ahead… however we always have a real sense of excitement collecting vehicles especially American Trucks… While we were enjoying our chat and loving our morning cuppa along came Mark – Mark was the chap who was collecting the trucks on his car transporter for us to deliver them back to our yard! What a lovely fella, he was on point with the job in hand and pleasant too… So I lent a hand and we loaded up the 3 c10’s and off he went… We went for a short drive with David to get some final spare parts from his family garage, he helped us load them and it was time to leave… at this point I could really tell the upset in David saying goodbye to us but i know he was really sad about the trucks leaving him… you see David has been struck with ill health and was at a point when he realised that he wouldn’t be able to complete the trucks as he had planned. Seeing them trucks leave was a poignant and significant thing for David…we could see he was truly sad, we shared a moment and went on our way… We only spent 4 hours with David but he touched us both with the feeling that he is a really really nice bloke who was extremely positive on life witch was inspiring.

Bye Bye Wales, steaming ahead of the traffic and the sat nav said we will be home for 5pm – missing the M25 traffic and allowing us to crack on with the evenings work ahead… Oh no, rumbling bellies on the run – this means only one thing, service station grub! Back on the road and I heard it – the grumble and rumble of a problem… I don’t mean I was still hungry, I mean we had a problem… At the next service station we pulled in to find a grinding noice from the front wheel – doh, call the AA and the waiting game commences… but oh on, 15 mins and the yellow van came into view and out popped a nice chap who was helpful and we sussed out that my wheel bearing had gone in a bad way… wheel wobby is an understatement… that was one unsafe vehicle so we requested a flat bed to get us home – only 5 hours to wait – oh joy! Sitting on my phone I came across someone messaging on the Farm Fresh Garage facebook page with a really cool looking patina fleetside apache truck for £6k, i liked the look and he told me it needs some welding on the back and some door rockers – Im thinking thats a nice truck to only need that work and for £6k ill take, i transferred £100 deposit to the man and the deal was done. The following 2 hours were boring and slow and then Bill came into our lives with a smile and a funny laugh, he loaded the truck and us onto the big yellow lorry and off we went, homeward bound. While sitting in the back of the AA lorry i got my phone out and up popped an alarming “4 Chevy Trucks added to Ebay” I think Ive bought enough trucks this week but lets have a look…. Up popped the fleetside truck that Ive just bought… this time more pictures and more information – lo and behold the more information in the advert states its got some fairly major roof damage and rust in this area… ello… this is news to me… I message the chap and express my disappointment and he tells me “I have others who want it so if i don’t then pull out” So I did… send me my deposit back and we will call it a day – “No Chance” he said… F**k sake… After a full week of meeting unbelievable people there is always one thats a messer, always one that disappoints and causes problems… AKA a knob…

Wednesday, shattered today so we had some time indoors before working on checking in the stock from Mondays container. This task is an unenviable task of counting nuts, bolts, screws, fixings and all the other parts we supply… this painful slow dreary day dragged out…

Thursday, Mark delivered the trucks to us.. perfect, lovely, great however his lorry didn’t fit into our road so they were dropped off at the end and we had to push them down the 1/4 mile lane… ouch – we ache now! Lunch time, we are off to meet Mark at the garage where we are collecting the new COE. The COE is a 1950 bull nosed Chevy COE who we picked up from Kevin from Oak Hill Speed Shop (another proper fella). Its an awesome looking truck that oozes character and is somewhat a marmite vehicle… The new COE was too dropped off at the end of the lane and slightly heavier than the c10’s so the 1/4 mile push seemed like a small marathon… we made it! Just……..

Friday, a whole day of running around to local small business to buy, collect, and exchange goods. Im constantly amazed with the dreadful quality of service you can get from small privately owned companies… how you can let people down without a care in the world, no apology and no f**ks given… the arrogance in them and lack of care as we walked away must dwell on them – the downward struggle is hard and emotional and just a little care would retrieve so much but hey ho.. they lose not us! Then we went round the corner to “Town and Country” in basildon – the owner of this business was brilliant, he was informed, clued up and on point… good lad.. we paid and we left very happy.. what a contrast in the 2 firms… We all make mistakes, small businesses take on so much and we are all only human but trying and not trying has a huge difference inwards and outwards…

Overall, I had a great week… very positive and we did some good deals… I appreciate everything that happened this week… The wheel bearing problem let me sit in the truck with Rox for 4 hours talking shite which was amazing and it reminds me of how great the friendship we have together really is. The knob that knocked me for the £100 fine, it showed me that when you surround yourself with positives the knobs and the negatives don’t matter nor enter my mind…he obviously needs the money so I hope it helps him… But the best thing about this job and the week Ive just had are the people we meet… David, Mark and Kevin in my mind are new friends and it was a great pleasure meeting them all…

I hope you enjoyed the read and my waffle…

Dave…