BillyBob Work-in-Progress Log
WHAT'S NEW is a chronological listing of updates to the BillyBob site.
TRUCK LINKS including vendor sites for old parts, custom parts, and tools as well as sites for classic car and truck organizations
STORE Operating in association with Amazon.com, books, recordings and tools can be purchased.
PLANNING for the restoration including project schedule and cost estimates.
TRAVELS WITH BILLYBOB With apologies to Steinbeck, this area of BillyBob's Garage will be used to log the trips BillyBob and I make together.
WORK-IN-PROGRESS was the restoration of parts of BillyBob that I could accomplish without a garage up until the summer of 2010 when I finally got enough warehouse space to work in. Now, it also includes the continuing work on BillyBob in the shop.
PRE-RESTORATION includes log entries of minor repairs and and adventures between time of purchase and the time when I started restoration, a piece at a time.
JR'S KORNER JR's Korner is the history of BillyBob before I got him authored by my brother, Wm. C. Kephart.
BILLYBOB MAINTENANCE Ever changing detailing, oil change, lube, etc. maintenance routines specifically developed for BillyBob, including required tools, materials and procedures.
PARTS SHOP The Parts Shop is a repository of How-To articles. Things that I have done over and over enough times to have developed a procedure. This gives me a checklist and saves brain cells.
STEALTH SHOP Urban residence design with large integrated shop and separate living quarters for a relative or renter.
During a train trip home to Pennsylvania in 1999, I
experienced the big five-oh birthday. This is not a mid-life crisis for
me like it seems to be for many men. I don't feel I'm loosin' my touch
with women. The ladies I've been attracted to do not find me remarkable
in any way. This has been the case with me as long as I can remember,
therefore, no crisis. Not having this crisis gives me time for useful
pursuits like restoring BillyBob and fighting the
The shop to perform BillyBob's off-frame restoration isn't much closer than it was four years ago when I started the BillyBob part of my Website. I decided on my 50th birthday that time was-a-wastin' and I might as well get my hands dirty restoring the portions of BillyBob that I could accomplish without a shop. As a result, I set up this area, WORK-IN-PROGESS, to chronicle the work.
By my 53rd Birthday (2002), I began to suspect my vision of the perfect auto shop with flowerboxes and a white picket fence would always be on the far horizon. I realized I was three years into an estimated ten-year rolling rebuild and that, in all likelihood, the work will be carried out under the shadetree. The goal has matured into being ready by my 60th birthday (2009) for cross-country trips with BillyBob on secondary highways.
By my 58th Birthday (2007), I had one cross-country trip under my belt but BillyBob was, by no means, completely restored and we are still working on that and will be for the foreseeable future.
When my 60th Birthday (2009)rolled around, Obamanomics (the destruction of the middle class by the political class for the benefit of the entitlements class) was in full swing. my pay had been cut by thirty percent but I still had a job and considered myself fortunate. The situation required some big lifestyle changes and, as a result, I finally ended up with warehouse/shop space to work on BillyBob and the other rides under cover out of the elements by my 61st Birthday in 2010.
Okay, it's 2015 and my pay has been brought back five percent to seventy-five percent of what I was making in 2008. I am still underfunded but when I turn 66 in September, there will be enough additional monies to get the BillyBob work progressing again.
On my 66th Birthday, I started to receive Social Security Benefits and that, along with my salary, increases my funding enough to get my vehicles rebuilt. I am again ramping up the work on BillyBob and Deerslayer.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Issued Saturday March 4, 2000
Updated Sunday February 5, 2017
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