I want to play in the dirt. This snow is killing me, but today I finally feel like spring is around the corner. We have had one crazy winter when it comes to snow, and the area just west of us is slated to get another 6-8 inches. Luckily we have come out unscathed and are now only expecting 1-3 inches in our area. Luckily the temps are finally coming up above freezing during the day. We had 1 inch of sleet and snow fall last night and it was gone by 10 am. So even at this point the snow doesn't stand a chance against warmer temps and higher sun angles. ISU had just ordered their brand new, F-550, red-bird red, 141" wheelbase, 9ft. contractors dump, Flink tail-gate replacement salt spreader, Meyer contractors plow with Meyers wings added, 4wd, triton V-10, and central hydraulics to run the system. (Basically I was drooling as that is pretty much my dream-machine, except it was red). What they were getting rid of is a 2001 Chevy 3500HD. 8.1 gas motor, 23,000 miles, central hydraulics, 10 foot dump, Flink under-tailgate salt spreader, Meyer Diamond plow, and just replaced the transmission. Got it for a reasonable price. Bed is a bit rusty but should clean up pretty good. The frame has some minimal surface rust, so a good coat of tractor enamel should do the trick. Cab is in good to great shape, and the 8.1 motor runs strong. The only thing I don't like is that it is 2wd, and the wheelbase is 160 inches. If that bugs me then me and the neighbor are going to shorten the wheelbase. He tells me it's not that hard to do, and don't see why it would be. Too bad I probably won't get to use the snow equipment on it the rest of this year, but, we'll see. I'm just glad I found a replacement truck in a little over a week, and it will be a good puller and hauler this year.