It’s a Hybrid

On the top, you can see the Renogy 100W solar panel that I installed. It’s bolted through the cap with stainless fasteners, and the brackets are sealed with everyone’s favorite – silicone caulking. The same goop made an appearance when re-sealing the cap windows in my friend’s garage. The secret to removing old silicone is mineral spirits, plastic scrapers, scotch-brite pads, and beer. Lots of beer.

The panel is cabled with 18-gauge SJOOW power cable. I figured it’d be easier to handle a jacketed multi-conductor cable than individual wires, and I wanted the weather resistance of a good jacket. I used black Gorilla Tape to hold it to the cap. It’s lasted great through some terrible weather, and only meters a ‘5’ on the Scale of Redneckery.

The Vehicle

This is my house. It’s a 1992 Toyota Pickup (Hilux), purchased in Utah in 2018. This particular truck has a 3 liter V-6 (3VZE) engine, 4WD, an extended cab, and almost no frame or body rust. I bought it because it’s old, a truck, and has an engine. According to my friends, my standards for vehicles are questionable.

I didn’t get any pictures of the truck before I started doing terrible things to it. This is as close to stock as it gets. Note the various LED light accessories in the grill for spotlighting defenseless rodents on I-15 (or as I call them, dinner). There is a special place in hell for people who install HID headlights without re-aligning them, so I prefer to stick with the original sealed beams. The LEDs provide enough illumination for desert activities. The original half-melted “tires” were replaced with Goodyear Wrangler A/Ts. That’s most everything that you can see from the front.