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Army Truck + Snow Blower + Pontiac Sunfire = 😳

We're a husband and wife team who bought 20 acres of bare off-grid land in North Idaho. Follow along as we turn a pole barn into our dream shop with an upstairs apartment!

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Scott Johnson
There needs to be an awards ceremony for ITvid content creators. This would definitely take the "Most Inventive project done from an off grid channel" award.
Matt Piekarski
Inventive - having the ability to create or design new things or to think originally. This has been done before, and it's been done better. There is nothing "inventive" about it other than they didn't have one themselves.
Nathaniel Taylor
For real so bad ass
doris Fu
doris Fu Mese fa
Any one need faucet extender ,pls contact me
Donald Dodson
Agree! So much of ITvid is propelling forward various skills and trades. Great project: from dream, design, manufacturing, repurposing and testing.
Blake Campbell Outdoors
@Steven Saunders this project was started when they had over 3 feet of snow, the snow has been melting quickly as spring approaches. As they said in the video before they were going to be lucky to have any snow to test it with. What he's done is nothing short of amazing and definitely he thinks outside the box.
Menno Bro's
Menno Bro's Mese fa
Awesome welds there Riley, really enjoyed the video. we like to make similar content!
This is awesome to see this plan come together and work so well. If I might make a suggestion. Before next winter, put about 1 or 2 tons of gravel in the back. That will help offset some of the extra weight on the front axle and give you better traction on the rear. If you want to take it a step further, get yourself a sander unit to put in the bed. Then you can also sand the road after you blow the snow off of it. Usually in the spring ITD has a surplus equipment auction, down here in CDA.
McBuggs Mese fa
Another suggestion is to lower the snowblower to a couple of inches off the ground when in use. It was much too high and it was only skimming the top surface, left too much snow under the wheels. Don't be afraid to get it down in the snow, it will handle it. Then if you have to back up, you shouldn't get stuck.
Arne Gerhardsen
I agree, the truck will go better in snoeblowing and you wont go stuck then you are backing with the lifted snowblower.
M@ Mese fa
That’s actually really smart to have used the power steering pump as a repurposed hydraulic pump for the floating ram and solenoids. I’m an engineer by day and I have to give credit where credit is due - that’s ingenious!
Guess you're not familiar with hydraulic systems.
Jim Davison
Jim Davison Mese fa
That's how plow trucks have been doing it since the 70's or before. You can change the pulley size to get more pressure and change pumps with larger reservoirs too.
Kyle Antonowich
I mean power steering is literally a hydraulic circuit so it makes sense lol
Jake Ford
Jake Ford Mese fa
I use my powering steering pump to run my detach instead of a PTO wet kit
Robert Thomas
When he said it I was thinking - that's a great idea! No messing with the truck. I really like that.
Tracy Geller
Tracy Geller Mese fa
You may have some icing issues with the radiator. There is a mesh fabric for snowmobiles that may shed the snow and keep it from icing if it becomes an issue.
Dominick Witchey
Dominick Witchey 12 giorni fa
Definitely be a good idea to blow to the right when possible.
BackyardBoogie Channel
Consider a flow control valve (slowdown) for the “down” function of the blower so you can fine tune how slow/fast it drops (if you haven’t already).
Leon Schmidt
Leon Schmidt Mese fa
Don’t they make an orifice to control the maximum speed for dump boxes and tilt trailers?
HighTechLab Mese fa
You made the massive amount of work attaching this to the truck look really easy. That is impressive.
Chaz Mese fa
Rudy Rivera
Rudy Rivera Mese fa
What cad! Application are you using to make parts?? 😊
Führer MK 92
@Ambition Strikes 1:38 i think u need another snow blower here too 🙈 but we need full episode just for plasma cutter please 🙏🙏🙏🫶
HighTechLab Mese fa
@Ambition Strikes keep it up!!!
Ambition Strikes
Thanks Dexter! There's a reason this video took an extra week! Ha. All the little things are so time consuming.
Greg Hilden
Greg Hilden Mese fa
Just a suggestion, The way a snow plow blade works (which is what you have with a blower) is the hydraulic ram lifts an arm with a chain attached for floating ability, eliminating that float manifold. Also, put skid plates on the sides of the blower to prevent picking up a lot of gravel, which will also break the impeller's roller chain. Skids will slide over bumps instead of trying to shear them off breaking something. Go slow there is no spring mount. Team Ambition is doing Great, wish I was your neighbor.
Matthew B
Matthew B 26 giorni fa
I just mentioned the same mount system. And adding weight.
Nena Mese fa
That has got to be one of the most “ambitious” off grid builds I have ever seen! Forget the off grid, who cares, that thing is a beast and I can’t believe you engineered the whole thing, Riley you’re a genius!
TK Whitehead
TK Whitehead Mese fa
So awesome!! Engineer, electrical, mechanical, and fabricator all rolled into Riley. So enjoyable to see the smiles on your faces each week!
Soinas Doyi
Soinas Doyi Mese fa
The snow blower is mind blowing! Well done! And look at all that storage now So neat seeing everything coming together
Blake Campbell Outdoors
Riley this is absolutely brilliant! Beautiful welds too! What i think is amazing is that both of you are equally talented. You guys are a beautiful team together.
bwillan Mese fa
Good job on getting the snowblower attached and functional. Looks like you'll need to add a bunch of ballast weight in the truck bed to offset the weight of the snowblower on the front end of the truck. That should help with turning. One tip to snowblowing on gravel is to make sure the ground is good and frozen otherwise you will be peeling up your gravel and launching it through the snowblower.
TRLMX Mese fa
Good idea on placing ballast on the rear..
Lloyd mondragon
Awesome job, I’ve been working for municipality for a number of winters and the only time our trucks don’t have good traction is when there empty so I’d encourage you to add some dirt in the back of the truck, oh and before I forget congratulations you two on the news of your first baby.
Right. You must at least place the same weight over the rear axle as the weight of the entire blower-extension. Then you will definitely no longer have traction problems and the steerability of the truck will definitely improve in use. Good job, you can be proud of it!
Mark Mitchell
Use snow. It unloads it's self.
Pat Teti
Pat Teti 29 giorni fa
I'm totally impressed by this project. This is so cool! You're a DIY inspiration Casey.
John Eubank
John Eubank Mese fa
I’m totally amazed in your ability to create and put this together. I also noticed that you do an absolutely amazing welding job.
Shirley Noseworthy
The way you guys make your ideas come to life is amazing. The amount of steps that you can look ahead to make sure you cover it all just blows my mind. Great job!
David Chase
David Chase Mese fa
You should consider either buying or fabricating a sander for the dump body for the winter. Another fun project for you to do and us to watch and learn. You two are amazing and congratulations on your pregnancy 🎉
Terry Smith
Terry Smith Mese fa
You guys are doing a great job editing these videos. Getting better all the time.
Dean Johnson
Dean Johnson Mese fa
THAT will be so much fun after a heavy powder snowfall!! possibly add a skid plate with small steel wheels on the back of the snowblower frame so if you are backing up over a hump / unlevel section the sharp angles wont dig in ? In any case you are an awesome Enginner coming up with these things and then DOING them yourselves!
Mike Terrill
Mike Terrill Mese fa
Great job, some others have pointed out some tips to improve your project. Add 8,000lbs in the back and winches front and rear. The weight should keep from getting stuck. The winches if you do. The front winch could be used to lift it rather then the hyd cyl. And give you float. Great job over all.
Evil1 Mese fa
Excellent job guy’s, love ur content & genius. ​The skid steer with snow blower in the back would make a good counterweight, for extra traction and have a backup redundancy machine on board for some smaller areas, or in case of a breakdown, you could still finish a job &/or get home for parts, etc.
eranhoj Mese fa
skid plate with up curved tips at each side would work, easier to fabricate. and you can make some counterweight to put in the back of the truck at the tailgate, which should give you better traction,
Steve Vettraino
I've been waiting for this lol. I've come to be HIGHLY impressed with y'all's manufacturing skills!
Exploring Canada
You guys are such a great team!
CP 2016
CP 2016 Mese fa
It not only works well, but it looks good, and like it was meant to be. Great job you two, thanks for sharing.
Chad Ballard
Chad Ballard Mese fa
Riley! You are a machine! I was watching this and It just struck me how amazing this is. You took an idea and hit it out of the park. I have been watching this channel for a while now and I am constantly amazed at the content that you and Courtney create! Thank you for making my morning!
Good job! I bet you've never wanted it to snow so bad like you do right now.
hcurtisvr4 Mese fa
My weekend is not complete without a video from you two!
When creativity and engineering come together in Riley's head it makes great ITvid entertainment, keep up the great work 👍
Jon Plante
Jon Plante Mese fa
That was soooo fun to watch! Riley is an engineering and fabricator master! Loved every minute! 👍
Philip Doolan
I just love watching your videos, you make life look so much fun. What a perfect couple doing exactly what they want to do.
Blue Sky
Blue Sky Mese fa
Looks great. I can't wait to see it working in 4 feet of snow.
D Cheezie
D Cheezie Mese fa
The best part of your videos is your attitude. Very positive. Mature. Sensible. Keep making stuff! Excellent work!
Harold Reece
Harold Reece Mese fa
What an achievement. Very few would have even thought about building this snow blower, even fewer would have the ability to engineer such a project. You two are truly amazing. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Congratulations on the coming next generation little engineer.
King RAFA Mese fa
There's no doubt in my mind that this snow blower project of yours will work. Keep grinding guys!
David Vahue
David Vahue Mese fa
You guys are great! This is the best video yet, the music really added a ton of depth! Great editing overall. I love your positivity and willingness to acknowledge your mistakes and keep moving forward. A great outlook these days. Good Luck getting the Army truck unstuck!
Tommy O'
Tommy O' Mese fa
You guys are so unbelieveably awesome! and... we have more snow coming!
o2boutdoors Mese fa
HUGE admiration for the skills involved in visualizing, designing, and building something like this!
Susan Hirtzel
You guys are the first video I watch every Sunday morning. Most of the time I don’t have a clue what you’re doing (I’m a senior citizen and totally un-mechanical) but it sure is fun to watch your genius at work!😊
TSant Mese fa
That is sick! Great job guys! Can't wait to see it dig into some fresh deep snow, and do its job! 🌨
Jarvis1980 Mese fa
Great build! I love this channel! You both are so genuine, fearless and your ability to fabricate anything is amazing. Your creations are never backyard either. Welding is impeccable. You could have built the entire blower if you wanted to. I'll be disappointed if you buy the sander to go in the back next winter 🙈lol. Have a great week!
Morey Bandel
Morey Bandel Mese fa
That snowblower is awesome! Nice to see all your hard work and ingenuity paid off! That should really be handy for those massive snow storms! Thanks for the video!
Kenneth Gibbons
Outstanding! I mean what else can I say and apart from anything else its good to see you both enjoying yourselves. My favorite team on You Tube!
Vince Perillo
Your building skills are off the chart. I love watching you two. You guys are like a well oiled machine. Also congrats on the great news you guys shared. Based on your building skills both of you are going to be great parents. Peace
simms196 Mese fa
Excellent work! Absolutely amazing what Riley can do. I'm wondering if a counter weight on rear of truck will offset the blower weight resulting in more rear tire traction?
Joel On Grid
Joel On Grid Mese fa
Awesome build. And you guys know every inch of it when it comes time to work on it. So resourceful.
Cole Markusen
The snow blower is mind blowing! Well done! And look at all that storage now 😍 So neat seeing everything coming together
ScottS Mese fa
Congrats on getting the snow blower working! That's a REALLY impressive feat of engineering and fabrication! Not sure I'd have been willing to stand so close to that massive snow blower during the initial test run. Maybe your next "tool" should be a longer zoom lens for Courtney's camera? 😆
Harshdeep S Jawanda
This is an awesome achievement!! Congrats guys!
Chuck J
Chuck J Mese fa
Awesome job! Riley is one handy fabricator! Can’t wait to see it on a fresh heavy snowfall.
Greyfyre Shelties
Next is a super supremely strong winch to winch out the stuck truck? That was such a cool video!!! But can the next one be longer than 1 minute?? This one flew by...Amazing! Looking forward to seeing it clear the snow from your new road...What an incredible achievement. Seriously, Riley needs a skin tight lycra suit with a cape and a mask. He's a super hero.
Sean Mese fa
Can't wait to see it blow super deep fresh snow. Awesome stuff
David Ward
David Ward Mese fa
The front of that thing looks like something out of a horror movie!!!! Loved watching the two of you put together odd bits of this and that to make another functioning tool for your Idaho mountain home-site! I can envision folks hiring Riley and "The Beast Blower" to clear their roads for them! I can see Riley making some treads and bogie setup for the truck at some point for better snow performance.
Jerry Ward
Jerry Ward Mese fa
Another great job. Well done, can't wait to see it in action on new snow.
kootenaycat Mese fa
Pretty awesome snow thrower! When you get the rpm dialed down it'll be good, those augers are spinning way too fast. Can't wait to see it in action in some deep stuff.
Bryan Cherry
Bryan Cherry Mese fa
Love the organization of your work space. Nicely done.
Bill Roberts
Bill Roberts Mese fa
You folks are fantastic planners, engineers and fabricators. Your smiles are a signal that your efforts have paid great dividends. Blessings to both of you.
Mwita Nyamburi
When it comes to making things, you guys are great!! I like your ambition. Super cool.
212035720 Mese fa
I have been checking every day for the update on the snow blower project. I was elated when I saw this video uploaded today. This is one of my favorite videos that you have produced. Keep up the great work and can't wait for the next one.
Jeff Hockey
Jeff Hockey Mese fa
I marvel at your engineering and building ability. This was truly so wonderful to watch. It'll be a lot of fun to see this in heavy snow. One question I'm wondering about is how you adjust the throttle on the Sunfire engine while you are driving?
Jacqueline Drury
You guys are amazing. This is a genius idea. There's nothing that you can't do. I'm so impressed. Congratulations on the coming birth of your baby Courtney. I pray that all goes well. God bless you both, and stay safe. 🤩🤗
John Lenoir
John Lenoir Mese fa
Dang Skippy seems like it's working marvelous very good job excellent hopefully you'll get a lot of use out of it
Vinny IRL
Vinny IRL Mese fa
I can assure how satisfying is to get functional things made by our own hands. This could explain why your channel is growing fast all around the world. You know, even we who didn't do anything but watching you, can also get some serotonin shots, it means, you guys are addictive, all FIVE of you! 😁 Greetings from Poland
Bubba Tim
Bubba Tim Mese fa
Wow! I have no words. Congrats to the three of you...Safe travels.
Kirby Ladd
Kirby Ladd Mese fa
Riley, what a great fun project. Years of experience, creativity, and education is really paying off. Cal Poly and you guys rock!rocks
belight12345 Mese fa
wow !!! you amaze me, good job. it works. I've been waiting a whole week for this . Your build videos are so entertaining. thanks for all your effort and hard work.
Rick Adema
Rick Adema Mese fa
Awesome! You may want a 3rd hydraulic cylinder for the spout deflector.
Greg Anderson
Riley: I have to give you major Kudos, I have watched your engineer & fab projects in the past, but this snow blower is your best. From mounting an car engine to the snow blower, the mounting frame & hydraulics, your engineering, fabbing and welding skills are top notch!
lambobuilder Mese fa
Congratulations Riley. Love your problem-solving skills. A truly engineering phenomenon.
Mariann Fehily
Although mechanics and snow are never going to be an issue for me, I so admire Riley's ease with any hurdle. Fatherhood should be a breeze.🤣💖
SEAK Adventures
That is awesome! Well done. Can’t wait to see that go through a fresh snowfall.
Brad Altemeyer
I've done that filter box fan combo before, very simple, and just spring for nice filters (3m filtrete), fantastic for many uses.
John Brown
John Brown Mese fa
This was an awesome project and I am so looking forward to you putting it to good use in the future. I look forward to future projects but I am not sure how you top that for ingenuity.
Jonathan Lemire
Those kits from AuxBeam are so nice. I used the 8 switch kit on my Kubota and the 6 switch for my quad. It makes the wiring job so much quicker, simpler and cleaner. Well done with the fab work!
Jerome D
Jerome D Mese fa
Another great accomplishment, you guys are AWESOME. It is definitely an enjoyable time watching your videos, great job filming and editing, thanks a lot!
TrackGeeks Mese fa
Great job getting it working. Looking forward to seeing how it holds up under use.
Jim DeLong
Jim DeLong Mese fa
Being in awe, all I can say is WOW Good job Riley 👍
Bryan Ellis
Bryan Ellis Mese fa
I am in awe of your video production work. You make it look effortless but I know better. Cool project (as always) thanks for sharing your life with us!
Craig Mayfield
Nice job guys, such a cool project! Those are some wicked tire chains!
**Mike* Sandiland
Riley, I have come to expect really professional design and fabrication skills from you. WOW!!
Todd Shell
Todd Shell Mese fa
Great job! Two things I would add are temp and oil pressure gauges that you can see from the cab so you can monitor the blower motor.
Tracy Whitaker
You two are so awesome and creative. Love the clean language, rare these days. You must have had great examples in your life, that brought you up right.
Tom Bauer
Tom Bauer Mese fa
Awesome project and awesome outcome! Congrats!
Ron Bernier
Ron Bernier Mese fa
Great video ! I would look into possibly adding a governor via the cruise control . I used to work on Sicard snow blowers in a previous life and even though they were 1950's technology the governor made a world of difference when getting into the deep banks. So if you have twins will they be named after they're parents? Love the channel!
jaquesaulait Mese fa
Very impressive, jolly well done Team.
JB Brown
JB Brown Mese fa
Those welds look really good.
John Meloche
John Meloche Mese fa
Great job to get it running. Cannot wait to see how it holds up this winter and what comes next. Keep it up
Grant Tanner
Grant Tanner Mese fa
That machine is insane! I hope it works well and you can move some serious snow with it. Also, thanks for always saying oh my gosh. Very refreshing for this devout Christian.
Dave Cameron
Dave Cameron Mese fa
That's going to be a beast! Loving your engineering and fabrication skills. Helps to have the right tools too....
Matt Oja
Matt Oja Mese fa
Loved every minute of this. Been waiting anxiously to see that beast in action. Totally awesome. I want one.
C Porter
C Porter Mese fa
Wow! Very talented. Like how you figured out the Hydraulics, impressive. See a remote starter install soon. Can’t wait to see it cut thru some fresh new snow.
Wade Brewer
Wade Brewer Mese fa
Try one of the old school cruise controls set ups. They read drive shaft speeds and have an electric motor that modulates the throttle. You might be able to set this up to read pto speed...set the cruise control and it will regulate the engine speed based on pto rpm. Just a thought. Well done guys... this thing is AWESOME!
Pork Chop
Pork Chop Mese fa
He likely could use the factory transmission sensor assuming it is a hall effect? and reads teeth on a wheel. He could put a sprocket or gear on the belt drive somewhere for the sensor to work.
You are an amazing engineer/craftsman/mechanic with a great helper! Very interesting compilation of machinery
Hunter DeSantis
I would try to work in the ignition and starter controls for the blower motor into the switch panel so that you can just turn in the blower system and then momentary pros a start button to start her up from the cab. Would be much cleaner and better working than using the key solenoid. Looks great!
Geniuses ... Amazing. Both of you are always able to achieve whatever you imagine and put your mind into
TomAndPeg Mese fa
Speechless. Just speechless. BTW: you both have a new glow about yourselves. Congrats, again!
OUTSTANDING , CONGRATS on an awsum job , you guys rock keep up the good work.👍
Gary R Robinson
The look on Courtney's face was a PRICELESS moment. Congratulations
Robert A
Robert A Mese fa
There was nothing "reckless" about this idea and build by Riley. So many examples of top level skills!
Phil B
Phil B Mese fa
Your kid is going to be amazing!!! The things yall do make my brain hurt. Amazing work guys.
Sue Sheane
Sue Sheane Mese fa
Great video . Super awesome that the snow blower is a success 👌 😀. Looking forward to more builds in the near future.
Benjamin Jansen
Sweet build! If you have problems with a ram you might try a winch. Also you should weld chain hooks onto it and all of your attachments. I can't tell you how useful mine have been.
J Plotkin
J Plotkin Mese fa
Awesome showcase of skills. Very cool. Great job!! 👍👍
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