Last week, while we were in Dallas, having repairs made on the Volvo trucks we were delivering to Compton, California and I told you someone had stolen my light bar. I have a strong opinion it was a tow truck driver that did the stealing.
This plug was neatly tucked into the bumper area of this truck. There were no other things missing and no damage done to our equipment so I really do believe it was a tow truck driver that took the opportunity to save himself $650 and get a freebie. Although the light bar had damage to it from the “lid flipping” incident it still worked.
I spent the time saying “What are we going to do?” while Joe was figuring out what supplies he was going to need from the Truck Pro across the street. Tie wraps, a 7 pin adapter plug, lights, spools of wire, bungies. Joe was in “Fix It Mode” while I did the whole “Chicken Little” dance…the sky is falling, the sky is falling.
I keep a roll of duck tape with me. There are times that I need it for outside mirrors that fall apart and need to be propped back up so I can see what I’m doing. And it comes in handy at other times as well. Joe got out his screwdriver, so armed with his purchases and our on hand supplies he got busy.
Joe mounted the lights on the grill of my back truck using tie wraps.
After cutting lengths of wire from the spools he had purchased, Joe used pieces of the duck tape to protect the joined wires from coming apart in our bouncing journey and keep them dry in the event of going through rain.
Once Joe has all the wires attached he will be putting them in the necessary spots on this 7 Pin receptacle so I have turn signals and brake lights.
Inserting the wires in their proper holes, Joe is screwing them in tight to keep them from coming loose.
Now that all the wiring is done, and we have gone through the process of checking to make sure it is all wired up properly…checked the turn signals and brake lights…making some minor adjustments in the plug it is time to get it all mounted.
Ta-daaa. Now I can get in my trucks and head for home and the spare light bar Joe has stashed in the shed.
The remainder of the California trip and on into this one from Salt Lake City, UT to Spartanburg, SC we are taking the light bars off at night and storing them safely away. Keep temptation away from the thieves.
After stopping home and getting the light bar we stopped at the Coldiron Oklahoma City yard to have some work done on Joe’s front truck. We met up with a fellow driver. In the space of two months he had three (3) light bars stolen from him. The last time, he says, there was a tow truck parked in the truck stop parking lot he was at. When he got back from having his lunch inside the truck stop he found his light bar missing and the tow truck gone. 2 + 2 makes 5, I know, but there was nothing else that made any sense.
Okay, I’m done getting you all caught up on the craziness of my job. Have to get myself in gear and take care of some things around here…..laundry and repacking….before we leave again tomorrow morning. This time I will have to remember to pack a couple pairs of long pants for Joe and I. The weather is cooling off considerably.