Posted 8/26/2008 8:27pm by Eugene Wyatt.
My new truck—well new to me anyway—is a 2002 Ford E-350 with a 10' box that has 104,000 miles on it and was originally owned by Budget Rental Trucks. I had been shopping for a small box truck like this for several months. Among the rental companies, Budget offered the best deals on used trucks of this model and year with similar mileage. But I had to buy it from Budget through a dealer-only auction. Budget referred me to a dealer in Oklahoma who would buy a truck for me after he got me in into the auction's viewing lot in Manville to select one.
Last Tuesday, using used-car voodoo, I closed my eyes and picked a truck from the twelve Fords lined up there. We did the deal Wednesday; on Monday I drove the truck up through New Jersey to New York with a temporary plate from Oklahoma that I duct taped to the tail gate. This was the first time I'd driven the vehicle—you couldn't drive it before buying it—the auction's rule. I had bought a pig-in-a-poke, but this little piggy would get to market; the truck drove well.
The box is almost three times larger than my pick-up truck with the cap on; it is an easy step up to the bed and I can stand inside the box. Nevermore will I crawl into the back of a truck on all fours to load and unload it.
And now I have room to bring the garlic that we harvested in July to market. The revenue from the garlic should help pay for the truck. The garlic grew in compost where the sheep overwintered the year before last: the cloves are sharp, strong and very good voodoo.