July 26, 2008
Posted: 02:36 AM ET
Here we are in California. I got to lay eyes and hands on my 1978 diesel Scout for the first time after purchasing it about a month ago. I must say it meets or exceeds my expectations. I’m pretty pumped about this trip. That’s Brian Hardy, my trusty co-pilot and fellow amateur diesel mechanic and biodiesel enthusiast, standing next to the Scout with me to his left.
I want to give a big shout-out to Thom Belote and the awesome people he works with at Untangle for letting us park the Scout in their lot and letting us ship a bunch of stuff to them so we wouldn’t have to fly with it.
We got the Scout up to a roaring 60 miles an hour (hey — the engine only puts out about 100 horsepower!) and hit an electronics store for a solar panel (how else are we going to keep all this gear charged while driving and camping?)
We’ll spend the weekend prepping for hitting the open road on Monday. Check back and maybe you’ll get to see some more pictures of our awesome ride.
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