Thursday 9th July 98
After meeting up with John's family the night before & getting
over my jet lag, it was time to get down to some work.
Thursday was the last day that John & Andy could work on their
trucks before setting off for the Bloomsburg show.
As this is John's full time job, John can work the hours he wants.
John tends to work at the shop in the afternoons, until late in the evening.
In the morning, his phone never seems to stop ringing, so spends most of
the time discussing business with promoters & other Monster Truck drivers.
John had been having problems with his bump stops on the truck.
The back axle had been coming down at an angle & breaking his metal
bump stops off. The bump stops are what stop the truck going down onto
the axle after a jump. He did some welding & grinding, and took the
metal ones off of the axle. He replaced them with rubber bump stops, on
the top part of the frame.
John drives the truck to the power wash.
John & Andy give their trucks a wash
John in his gleaming pickup truck.
"It's just a temporary fix. We'll see how it works this weekend.
If it works good, they'll make real good mounts, if it doesn't we'll just
have to design something different"
I got to get my hands dirty when I changed the oil on the truck.
With an engine that runs on alcohol, you have to change the oil on
a regular basis.
John put nitrogen in the shock absorbers, & checked the
truck over, making sure bolts, straps are all on tight. The last thing
to do before loading the truck in the trailer was to give it a wash. Luckily
for John & Andy, there is a gas station next door, which has a power
With both trucks washed, it was time to load them into the trailers.
Click on this image to see a moving image of Andy loading the Eradicator into his trailer.