Project: Redemption

1/31/2020

So much for writers block. Looks like you get a 2 for Tuesday on a Friday.

On my way to town to pay rent. I realized I hadn’t really shared much about the “new to us Jeep” I call project Redemption. Why redemption, it in some ways saved me mentally. It’s also a visual rebuild of how God rebuilds us all IF WE LET HIM. So to me it seemed very fitting. So I’ll get on to showing a few pics than to the build plan.

So Redemption is a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. With very good bones. Low mileage 4.0HO, auto trans, and a 242 t-case. She was in a lot better shape before the deer jumped in front of us. But hey I planned to paint it anyway.

Our plan is a complete 3.5″ lift (Iron Rock Off-road) 265/75R16 tires (Falken AT3s) on 16×8 steel wheels. Followed by steel winch bumper, steel rear bumper with swing out. And that’s just the beginning of the build. This Jeep is being built for Overland not Off-road. It will take us places comfortably. The AC will keep us and Polly Dog cool in the heat. And heat will keep us warm in the winter.

At some point before launch it will even get a roof-top-tent (RTT) so when we want to venture where our bus won’t go or fit we can. For probably the first time in my life I’m building this Jeep how I tell others to do their’s when asked for advise. How is that you might ask? ” Build for the 99% you do, not the 1% you dream to someday do.” I’ve over built so many Jeeps over the years. Some got to where they were no longer fun to drive on-road. Or took all challenges out of the trails I had access to.

This one will see more road and trail miles than all our past Jeeps combined. It will go on trails coast to coast and with a bit of luck up to Alaska in 2024.

So that’s it, Project Redemption. So until next time stay blessed and keep on A.G.E.ing!

Writers block of Sorts

1/31/2020

Well for all that know I work a 4 on, 4 off schedule. Odd cause your weekends floats. But once Jeep parts, a bus and good weather get here I’ll have time to get things rolling. That said, I’ve spent the last 4 days with writers block. No idea where I’d go with this post to you all. So I just figured I’d start typing and let the words do their job.

So what’s been happening? We got a few parts in for the Jeep. A grill from a ’98 5.9 ZJ (it’s a nice look I’ve always been fond of), a Jeep rear storage box (rare), our new to use over head (word lost) cb setup (not installed) placed a order for our switch panel and rear hatch struts. And got our new CD-less radio installed. We are on track to get the new suspension for the Jeep late February and tires and wheels by the end of March.

We’re hoping to start over-landing in April. Along with that should come monthly YouTube videos. This will also be the start of product reviews as well. And just a heads up I’ve never been super at YouTube video edits so it will be a learn as I go. I truly want to do this with larger ideas for the future. But we all must start somewhere and for me that’s here.

We are still on the hunt for a bus. We keep finding what we want but money isn’t available at the time. So by all means if you feel engaged to help move this crazy train all forward faster. Use that Donate button. All moneys go to our builds, adventures, blog and vlog.

Also remember you can chat with us through the blog or email us @- frankandshellys@gmail.com we’d love to get feed back or just chat with you about this all. Just use “From your Blog” in the title so we know your legit. To anyone that might have posted here. Sorry if we didn’t get back to you. We had a bad spam issue we had to deal with. We must be reaching people cause we got hit with 12,000 spam mails/posts over 7 days. And that went on for the last 3 months.

We have also started looking at our timeline in “phases”. Phase 1 – new year new jobs (done), Phase 2 – buy, build, plan, Phase 3 – moving day and Phase 4 – Launch Day 2.0. No there is no solid dates in this with the exception of Launch in September 2022. All other phases are before that day. But it gives us bench marks.

We do find that our new layout and direction does let us breath a bit easier. Not that there isn’t a lot going on but that we know it’s not a over night plan. It has solid roots and direction. Leading to better chance of solid success. Our approach is also starting to be driven by a motivation video. What’s that quote you ask? “Dreaming without a plan is no plan for success, it’s just dreaming.” So we are now taking our dreams and putting them into plans which directly lead to success.

So as you can see this last few days/weeks have been productive on a whole new level.

Oh and I’d like to say hi to @littlehouseontgehwy Liz and Richard it was nice getting a email back from you all. And look forward to one day meeting.

So until next time, stay blessed and keep on A.G.E.ing!

Looking around

1/21/2020

Well hi all, I’m just sitting here drinking my coffee and looking around. In that my mind is rolling through this past year and whats ahead. See 2019 was no where near what we had thought it would be back in 2017. It became a bigger year of change that we could have expected.

Good, bad, different, it is what it was. It did how ever redirect, re-focus, and re-boost our drive and direction for the future. The ups were way up and the downs were well very down. But the blessings weather we saw them all the time or not were EVERYWHERE.

If anything I can say that we know how to get to the next chapter. Where that will go once it starts. Well that my friend is the blessing of life we want to live.

So whats ahead this year? Jeep getting built up, bus shopping. Florida trip. And stopping to smell the flowers along the way. My new job has given me a stressless place to be. I’m now starting to focus back at getting healthy again. See I’m a Sugar eating stresser. And when I stress out I eat junk food. And that has added a few pounds that I’m ready to shed. I want to get back to hiking and biking this year. Spend a bit more time fishing, smiling and laughing. I’m sure there will be days that are up and days that will be down. But what I know for sure is the days will move forward like a river. Ever changing and ever moving.

I hope that next post I’ll have more to share with the projects. Not just the minds eye views. I will be working on a few projects today. Jeep stuff I’m working on today. Over head conceal CB mount. Probably a new stereo install. And I also got a new driver door yesterday too. Simple stuff but it all starts simple.

So till later all, stay Blessed and by all means possible keep on A.G.E.ing.

One of our favorite lakes near Range 40 Camp Grayling, MI

Motivation

1/14/2020

Hi all I’m sitting here reflecting on this past week. I worked my first 4 days of the new job. And I’m mid way threw my first 4 day weekend. I want to share a inspirational video with you all. It was done by Price EA. This speaks so deeply to my heart. So here take a min. and watch it.

It really makes you look at life different than how you may have been taught. I’m just going to leave this here for you to think about today. Stay Blessed my friends and keep on A.G.E.ing!

Happy New Year

1/4/2020

Well, Happy New Year all. So far my little break between Jobs has not let me get as much done here on line. We have had a few bumps. Kia lost front breaks, and the Deer into the Jeep. All that is fixed now, but I’ll be re-doing the Jeep front end. Not happy with the parts I got from J Whitney. Just been a time of run, run, run. A lot like the rest of 2019 had been.

So we have demeaned 2020 the Year of Re-Focus. We have several things that will need to be taken care of. Larger items in our view.

  • Xaiver Driver ED
  • Xaiver’s first Vehicle (AKA a Jeep)
  • Jeep build -Project: Redemption
  • Bus shopping/Purchase by years end
  • Florida Vacation

Those are the main targets for the year. Along with settling into our New jobs and schedule. I’m also going to get things rolling here and on YouTube a bit more with local adventures. It’s a lot but less than what it could be. We have fast been freeing our selves from debt and are almost 100% free there. As for after launch, well we have places of interest but we aren’t really doing a timeline. Other than to say our road life plan is for 3-7 years. Find where we want to set roots. Visit places we have and others we’ve only ever read about. Simply put we want to live life for adventure not for paying bills.

Life is about a lot more than living for a Job that will replace you the day after you die! Just let that sink in. We all fall into this false idea that our jobs are our identity and employer’s really care. They don’t! We are simply another tool to them. A machine that at anytime can be replaced. We reached the point that life is more than bills and work hours several years ago. And threw a hast to get out and going we failed the first time. Or did we? I think we simply were plucked down here cause God knew we needed to slow down. The signs were here last time.

I’ve spent most of my adult life (I’ll be 44 March 10th) not being happy. I grew up being told just like others work hard your WHOLE life and you might get to enjoy a few years before death. That’s BS. We need to stop telling our children this lie. I have heard so many times that my dreams had no meaning that they were pipe dreams. Thanks Dad for holding me back!! I shelved my dreams, goals and ideas of what life could be all so many years ago. Than after my coming to Christ back in December 2016. I started to look at all those dreams again.

I guess what I’m trying to say is this. Don’t let others hold you back. Live life, love others and enjoy God’s Green Earth. For us that will come from the drivers seat of a converted school bus. For Michelle she wants to find a place to setup a home stead. For me I want to find meaning and peace. Maybe even follow a old dream of writing a book. Who knows really. But I do know these chains are broken, and my wings are healing.

So for you all, thank you for going deep with me. I’m sure it won’t be the last time. But it gives you more insight into who we are and why we are doing as we are. So friends until next time, stay Blessed and by all means possible keep on A.G.E.ing!