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  • Be Stock, Be Happy: The Phrase you can’t Forget

Be Stock, Be Happy: The Phrase you can’t Forget

The Phrase You Can’t Forget: And the Advice We Won’t Follow

Sep 2, 2016
Photographers: TEN Archives
As you're broken down on the side of the road again…Be stock, be happy.
As the aftermarket parts don't fit…Be stock, be happy.
As you don't have enough money to do what you really want…Be stock, be happy.
As you click “Add to Cart” just one more time…Be stock, be happy.
As you booger the thread again, and this time, it's for-real bad…Be stock, be happy.
As you turn down the radio because something sounds wrong…Be stock, be happy.
As you turn up the radio because you don’t want to believe something really is wrong…Be stock, be happy.
As you wonder if the burning smell is coming from your truck, which it definitely is, and you’re probably on fire…Be stock, be happy.
As you can't figure what to do to get your truck to look like that one on the Internet…Be stock, be happy.
As the main fighting point between you and your significant other is your truck…Be stock, be happy.
As problem “x” caused failure “y” resulting in needing a new “z”…Be stock, be happy.
As headache, heartache, and disappointment strike again…Be stock, be happy.
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Whenever it goes wrong, remember: You could be stock, be happy. You could avoid all the woes something custom brings by driving a stock automobile and maintaining it according to the owner’s manual like any good appliance owner does. It's a very simple solution for a very real problem. But you can't do it, can you? You can't leave well enough alone—no matter how hard you try. You can't keep your meddling, impatient hands off your truck and your curious, nosey eyes away from the likes of these custom magazines. Like any good addict, you need just one more paycheck for one more part. You know there will be consequences; there will be a cost. But you don't learn. You can't be stock, be happy. It's just not you.
And you know what? That's OK—we can sympathize. You're a glutton for punishment, and maybe someday when you're wise and worn out, you'll finally learn to be stock, be happy. However, like us, you’re more than likely stuck for life in a stock-sucks mind frame. Insert “sorry” here (said in a tone of complete sarcasm).
Be stock, be happy. That's a good lesson, and probably really good advice. I think I'll take that slogan (which will now penetrate your soul every time something goes wrong with your truck) and keep it handy while I look for a project truck. Yes, it will probably not be stock, and I will probably not be happy. I’m coming to terms with that. But here's the deal: I don’t own—and have never owned—an HD truck. Crazy, right? They require so much money just to get into the game (like I need to remind you guys). I have a fleet of three trucks, a Wrangler, and a stock ’16 GM ½-ton truck for a few months (be stock, be happy), but no big girl in the fleet. Recently, I brought up this missing link in our fleet, and now I can't un-bring it up. Just the pondering of such a project led to a swift and immediate, yet casual browsing of Craigslist for potential project trucks. Maybe a Cummins or Duramax truck… maybe some stacks… maybe some power… maybe some accessories… and some lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!
What do you think? What's the perfect HD project truck?
Or do I just need to be stock, be happy?
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