You'd think that after a few thousand miles, I'd notice that my seat was pretty thrashed. Unfortunately, I thought it was only a few broken springs, a simple fix. Not quite. It turns out the entire corner on the driver side is broken. Since it's spring steel, there's no easy way to weld it without it breaking again. So much for restoring that seat.
I didn't have to look far, however, to find a replacement. Turns out, John Lawrence at Brothers Trucks has a pretty good stash of C10 stuff and it turns out he's got a spare. All is well once again in the world.
Upon further inspection, it seems someone in the not-so-distant past did a pretty amazing botch job to get the old seat frame to have some semblance of comfort. Sure it sagged and squeaked, but I wouldn't have tried to repair it to save my life. Yet someone did. Yards of leather tied together the broken springs to the broken seat frame. A 2x4 served to support the side, and a generous helping of foam made it bearable to sit on for, well, at least 12 hours as that's how long it took to make the Bonneville trip last summer. I guess some things you just get used to.
I can't tell you how many times I've jumped into the driver seat of someone else's vehicle and noticed a number of wonky things. Loose throttle cables, squishy brakes, clunky front suspension, sloppy steering, it all annoys the heck out of me, but I know I've lived with all of those and more in past vehicles. Maybe even vehicles I currently own! Probably.
Reminds me of that old Farmer Boys song…
You're hands are rough as an alligator
They could squash a 3-pound Irish potater
But I love to sit and hold 'em, you're a humdinger
There's a bone stickin' out of your hip
There's a mustache on your dainty lip
Oh, darlin' little maiden, you're a humdinger
Talk about lookin' past the rough spots to see the inner beauty! Next time someone makes a comment about my truck looking a bit rough, I'll just start singing that song in my head, and that'll cheer me up. It usually doesn't bother me much anyways, things being slightly off kilter with any of my projects—it gives them personality. At least that's what I say to myself. I like to keep an optimistic viewpoint as much as possible. Must have something to do with all that fun I'm having playing with trucks!