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Step 1: take the original box off the truck.

This is always an adventure, an exercise in innovative technique, and an entertaining spectacle.  That means we do it ourselves.

If you don’t have a chain, make a “rope” out of re-bar.  (It’s tied to a tree, which you can’t see.)




Send Gulbert under the truck to jack up the box and strategically place metal bars or planks of wood that will lift the box off the bed.




Attempt to pull the truck out from under the box.



Didn’t work?  Jack it up again.  Prop it higher with more wood.




Dig deeper holes under the tires with a pick-axe and shovel.




Try again.





Jack it up again.  More wood.  Dig deeper.




Try again.




Use some manual manipulation.








Lower the box to sit flat on the ground.




And voila!  Step 1 completed.




Next step: send the truck to Port-au-Prince for an estimate for putting on the tank.  This is going to require both cutting off part of the cab and elongating the bed so that the tank will fit.  We won’t be doing that ourselves!

  1. November 6, 2015


  2. November 15, 2015

    THAT is SO much work! Is it in Port au Prince now? Do you have plans to re-purpose the original box from this truck? What a great post to let us see the work involved that has to be done without all the American tools and machinery that we have here, glad everyone is safe as it looks SO dangerous!

    • November 15, 2015

      🙂 Yes, the truck is in Port-au-Prince at the moment. In fact, it is supposed to be done any day now! The original box will serve as a storage space for now, and will hopefully be used as part of a mechanic garage in the future.
      (And yes, I was praying the whole time, “Please, don’t let anyone be injured!”)

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