Amature Storm Chaser Budget Chase Vehicle 2021 Edition

Feb 19, 2018
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So there being probably less than a month before storm season really starts to blow up, I need to get my ass in gear with this Burb.
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It has been the best winter vehicle I have ever owned, but it still needs some work to be ready for chasing.
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Shit That Still Needs To Be Done:
- Front End Alignment.
- Torsion Bar Adjustment (Bring it back to stock before the plow was installed).
- Fix Rear Transfer Case Seal Leak
(Better now then at the side of the road like last year).
- Charge A/C (It worked when I got the truck, but not anymore).
- Fuel Pump/Sender (The gas gauge reads a bit wonky, and it's better to replace it before the pump eventually fails).
- Fix Cruise Control (Would be nice).
- Replace Oxygen Sensor/Cat Delete/Flowmaster/Duals.
- Oil Change (Its due for one).
- Maybe Tires (Though they are from the junkyard and a bit low on tread, I could probably get another year out of them).
- Install CB/Antenna.
- Install Camera Mount.
- Install Inverter/Mobile Broadband Modem.
- Market Lights (For when we're pulled over at the side of the road).
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Anyways, I'm about to get my tax refund/stimulus check, so it's all going into this truck.
 
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The Burb is almost ready to go, I just got one problem, my chase partner bailed on my, and I'd prefer not to go alone.
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So if there is anyone around the Peoria area who wants to go chasing with/alongside me, just tell me.
 
Feb 19, 2018
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Man this Burb is nice, its a shame that it's probably going to get destroyed by hail this year (Good thing I just got a job at a body shop).
Even before the release of this video, I was always pretty sure that this thing was going to be worth one day, but even having nearly 300k (I did a carfax and found that someone replaced the gauge cluster and the mileage isn't correct). It is still worth a decent amount of money.
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Anyway, I took it to cars and coffee and somebody offered me $4000 for the truck.
 
Feb 19, 2018
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Man this Burb is nice, its a shame that it's probably going to get destroyed by hail this year (Good thing I just got a job at a body shop).
Even before the release of this video, I was always pretty sure that this thing was going to be worth one day, but even having nearly 300k (I did a carfax and found that someone replaced the gauge cluster and the mileage isn't correct). It is still worth a decent amount of money.
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Anyway, I took it to cars and coffee and somebody offered me $4000 for the truck.
Anyways, I just wrapped up this semester college (Online due to COVID) so I just got a new job at my local Maaco body shop.

That's great and all, but it means that when it comes to storm chasing, I might not be able to get much time off to chase.

I'm fine with leaving friday after work,
cannon-balling to like Kansas City or something, staying the night, then spending most of the day driving to wherever the action it happening.

If it ends up looking like a 2011 level high risk day, I'll drop everything and haul ass.
 

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Feb 19, 2018
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The Burb is almost ready to go!!!
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It's near mint mechanically with new brakes all the way around, the NBS master cylinder upgrade, new water pump, half decent tires, and a fresh service of a recently rebuilt transmission.
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I also installed a couple saftey items including reflective tape, and a saftey beacon.
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Since some asshole backed into me and ran off the other day, I didn't feel bad about screwing my cb antenna into the rear door.
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What I pretty much have left is to install my camera mount, sort out the wiring/mobile internet, and recharge the A/C (it did work when I bought it).