Camping in December? You bet!

Hello folks, Bear Grylls here. Just kidding, it’s just me Ryan.

Actually, I’m gearing up for a camping trip this weekend. Yes, you heard me right, I’m heading out in a couple of hours to hit the wilderness in the middle of December, in the middle of Kansas. This last month has been a ruckus for me personally, so I need some quiet nature time to myself.

I’m loading up our company deuce and a half with survival gear and a heater 😉

It’s due to be in the 20’s overnight but I feel like I’m ready for it. I’m heading out with our Shipping Manager, Lennie and we’re going to rough it for a few days. It’s little known but I’m a pretty big outdoor enthusiast and I like to be outside. I try to go camping several times every year and I have plans to hike in Peru soon. In fact, did you know that I scaled Mount Everest? Here’s a shot of me on Everest last year:

It was a nice enough day that I thought a short sleeve shirt was appropriate. It’s not as high as I thought, it took me about 4 minutes to get to the top after I stopped for some s’mores! OK, I know it’s corny, but sometimes life is just too serious for me. I’m trying to make you smile! Did it work?

Well, I need to get my checklist out and I promise to take a few pictures of this weekend – I’ll share them with you next week.

Take care, Ryan

Mission Repair supporting our troops!

Hello everyone, I hope you had a great weekend – mine was interesting for sure with a lot of family and activities. There was a great UFC fight on Saturday night on FOX (which was super cool!) and of course some amazing football yesterday to really round out the TV watching weekend 😉

Friday of course was Veteran’s Day, and Mission Repair was invited to present our Military Vehicle at Clear Creek Elementary School in Shawnee, Kansas. I arrived early Friday morning and got her set up:

Then as students and teachers arrived (that’s my Librarian on the left!) they lined up for pictures and a “tour” of the Deuce and a Half on the way into their first ever Veteran’s Day assembly.

The school put on an honorary display of thanks and remembrance for many local veterans (active and not) for the entire school. It was very cool. Unfortunately, my father was too sick to attend, but was honored as well to the group. It was a special day and I was even able to deliver a brand new American Flag to my father later that day. I know he appreciated it.

Unfortunately, there’s only one day a year that’s labeled “Veteran’s Day” but every day (and every chance that I get) I want to thank all of our veterans for their service.

Have a great Monday! Ryan

Have you seen this vehicle running around the city?

Good afternoon all- we’re warming up the Mission Repair Mobile and heading out to support all of our customers with a little flair.

What you’re seeing here is our 1968 M35A2 (Deuce and a Half)!

This Deuce and a Half was born in 1968 by the Kaiser Jeep Corporation and was completely refurbished in 2011. It is now classified as a decommissioned military vehicle and is 100% completely street legal registered in the State of Kansas. The body was taken off of the frame and all the pieces were stripped, sand blasted and undercoated. The body was disassembled and repainted in modern-day Desert Tan paint. The military was kind enough to upgrade this unit – the engine, transmission, transfer case and all 3 axles were replaced with new assemblies. If you get a chance to hear it, it runs the legendary “whistler” turbo diesel engine that can move the 13,000 lb truck up to 65 miles per hour and it gets about 11 miles per gallon.

Our particular Deuce is 100% stock except for the paint color, wheels and tires. We upgraded the rear hubs and removed the stock 38″ dually tires – we “singled” the rear axles and installed a set of MONSTER 47″ Michelin mud tires to make this 6-wheel-drive truck unstoppable in the snow, mud or on any off-road trail.

It’s cargo capacity is 10,000 lbs, and it can drive through 40 inches of water without an issue! It’s also a multi-fuel truck that primarily uses diesel, but will run on regular gasoline, kerosene, jet fuel, used motor oil, transmission fluid, hydraulic fluid, and veggie oil. They just don’t make them like they used to!

This Deuce has a history of combat in the US Army and is a tribute to all the men and women that have served or are currently serving in the US Armed Forces.

It’s life is easy now and serves as the mascot for our business which allows us to carry out our Mission – to service our customers.

We will be displaying this truck and promoting our business in several parades coming up in the next few weeks, I hope you can make it out:

September 10, 2011 – Old Settlers Parade in Olathe, Kansas
September 17, 2011 – Spring Hill Fall Festival in Spring Hill, Kansas
October 16, 2011 – Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City, Kansas

Stop by and say hello!

Best, Ryan