Kevin had The Shop Truck for almost 90 days, and in that time he replaced a lot of parts and did way more work than he could ever have anticipated on a truck that is, as we both noted, shockingly clean.

He runs a shop called Associated Equipment Service, in the same Hyde Park mixed-use complex where three of the Blast Cars staff live. (Me, Corey, Pam) He has since sworn off project trucks, and if he wasn’t such a goddamn nice guy, he might not have ordered the front axle shaft to be rebuilt out of the goodness of his heart.

But I have the truck back, and I need to fix the luxurious 1987 power doors and power windows this weekend with Corey. It makes sense. After Kevin and his big, burly, strong, tattooed staffers rebuilt the front-end; re-timed the engine; replaced every belt, hose, and drop of fluid in the vehicle; recharged the A/C; and welded some metal under the driver’s side floorboard, Corey and I get to play “car nerd” and wire up the power actuators. Note: This will be the first of many times you hear me praise Timken for providing the front-end (and rear-end) seals and bearings.

Yes, Kevin was much cooler than I was in school, no doubt about that. I’m not just sucking up to him because he did, oh, $3,000 worth of work on the truck this summer. Not at all.


I’ll be writing a few articles in the coming days on the work Kevin’s crew did. In the mean time, I drove our 1987 Dodge Ram W150 Royal LE to Dunkin Donuts this morning and lived to tell the tale. Here is what I know I have to do.

  • The door panels need to be replaced
  • The stereo turns on but there’s no sound
  • The speakers are clearly broken and not original to the truck and don’t actually fit where they are placed
  • The antenna is broken off. I get to lean how to fix an antenna
  • The power door actuators are broken
  • The power window motors are broken
  • Turning the steering wheel in traffic is more about HOPE than expectation. I have to have that looked at. Alignment?
  • The neutral safety switch is definitely broken.
  • The gear indicator is gone — no idea if i’m in D or 2 or 1
  • The wipers need to be replaced. Might be the easiest thing I do to the truck. We’ll see.
  • Uhh..The brake light is on.
  • The sonofabitch still stalls in reverse sometimes
  • The rear toolbox is for sale. Anyone want it?
  • The exhaust is shit. New system needed. That will be a fun story.

Anyone know how to weld?

That’s the project we’ve taken on. It’s going to be a learning process, which is why we created this site in the first place. Feel free to sound off, share advice, or generally troll and flame me.

About The Author

John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at guilfoil.j@blastmagazine.com. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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