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Posted January 07, 2014 - 06:13 PM

Another day, another Furd.

 

 

We had nothing scheduled this morning so I slept in a bit. Then

 

 

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As I was sitting here playing on the computer since ti was colder than my ex wife’s heart outside the phone started ringing.

 

First was a guy up in Charlotte that had a miscellanea load of scrap that he was going to give me for free. As soon as I hung up with him I got a c all from a guy looking for the Crouse Scrap yard. They still don’t have a listed number. He had a 2002 Ford Turdus that he wanted to scrap. I gave him my price and he said he would call back.

 

I had noticed yesterday that I had forgotten to tip the Papa Johns delivery guy when I checked the receipt. I pride myself in giving good tips to delivery drivers and I really felt bad for the guy. So my first stop was going to be Papa John's.

 

I grabbed my last cigar and then got my old Colibri lighter out and filled it up. Then I gave it a test light. It went up in flames in my hand, mush to everyone’s surprise – especially mine. Fortunately I had a towel handy so I wrapped it up and it went out. Several years ago when I was at my folks house my mom took my pants to wash them and didn't check the pockets. She washed it and it has never been right since. Colibri is out of business so I have a really nice looking lighter that is now a paper weight. Oh well.

 

I gassed up my other lighter and left.

 

Steph and Heath both needed a nap so they went to sleep and I hopped in Christine and headed out.

 

The manager at Papa John's thought something was wrong when I came in and asked to for him. He said no one has ever come into tip a driver.

 

Then I went to the gas station next door. They had a pipe to burst overnight and the store was full of water. I felt bad for them as they tried to get it all cleaned up. I got my gas and headed out.

 

I called the guy in Charlotte to let him know I was coming and he said that his Uncle wanted to keep the scrap, but he couldn't find my phone number to call me because his phone is messed up.

 

So I headed home to switch trucks.

 

On the way in my buddy Tim was out at his mailbox so I stopped to talk to him for a minute then headed home.

 

The mail had run so I checked it and found my order of cigars had come. I was a happy camper.

 

Then I made the short drive to Lincolnton in the BlueOx and snagged the Turdus. He said it would start if you kept your foot on the floor. It started and ran for 6 seconds then the engine heaved it last and died.

 

We pushed it up on the dolly and I dragged it home.

 

The Honda I got this weekend was sitting in my way so I just drove up behind it and gave it a shove. The little Honda was mo match for the mighty Ox.

 

Finally I released the dogs from the pen and let them make a few laps around the yard then brought them in for the night.

 

Tomorrow morning the Turdus will get stripped and crushed then we have to go up to Charlotte and get another car.

 

 


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Posted January 08, 2014 - 06:22 PM

Busy day.

 

 

I was supposed to go get a car this morning, but the guy never called.

 

So...

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Then I was watching the last few episode of Breaking Bad that I had not seen online waiting for it to warm up a bit before we went out to take cars apart there was a knock on the door. My son who adopted me, Graham, had a small problem and of course he was freaking out over it. The light we put in his well house had gone out during the night and the sediment filter frozen and shattered.

 

I got dressed and went over to look at it. Only the filter had frozen but the whole line was frozen coming out of the pump. I sent him over to get my big propane torch and then I worked on getting it thawed so we could see if there was any more damage. There wasn't so he and I hopped in Christine to run up to Lowe's to get a new filter.

 

On the way up I must have hit something because the right rear tire blew out. I had a spare and a tire iron but no jack. I called Steph to bring one then we sat and waited. While we waited I got a call about a car in Lawndale.

 

Once the tire was fixed we headed off again only to find a big wreck on 150 in Lincolnton. I turned around and hit some back roads and we got there.

 

Of course he wasn't the only one to have a filter freeze and they were sold out. I had them check online and there were 5 at one store in Hickory and one at another. So we headed north.

 

Steph called me and asked if I wanted her to take the Turdus to the scrap yard. Good wife.

 

25 minutes later and we were there. They only had one left so we grabbed it. I also got a different light and a rough service bulb. I have a feeling that when the pump cycled and the line shook it blew out the bulb on the light we had clipped to the line. $50 later and we were off.

 

We stopped by the cigar shop and I bought him his first cigar. Then we headed home. It was much better on the ride back since he wasn't smoking cigarettes.

 

Once we got home it didn't take long to get him fixed up. Then he insisted on paying me for the parts. I would have worked him for a day to pay it off.

 

As I was finishing up with Graham I heard the BlueOx rumble down the road. I looked up and I swear I thought she was towing a red Volvo. When she got closer I realized that the idiot was just tailgating about 4 inches off the tow dolly.

 

So we saddled up and headed off again to get the car in Lawndale.

 

Once that was loaded up we headed home. Heath fell asleep on the way in so we were very quiet getting out of the truck and left him to rest a bit since he had not had a nap yet.

 

We spent about an hour cleaning up from the couple of rush jobs we did the past couple of weeks and then Heath woke up. It was dark and getting cold again so we called it a night came in.


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Posted January 08, 2014 - 07:45 PM

Willie - Do you like Breaking bad? i was almost done watching Sons of Anarchy, i thought about watching Breaking Bad next.

 

When you scrap out cars and you have all the loose bolts and small parts and stuff, do you just throw that in a barrel until your next trip to the scrap yard? The reason i asked is because i had an idea of barrel that is mounted to a pallet or some kind of a frame  that tilts or something. Just one of my crazy ideas i reckon. 

 

It is supposed to be 57 degrees here this Saturday. The weather man just called the recent temperatures a "Polar Vortex". LOL.


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Posted January 08, 2014 - 08:23 PM

Breaking bad is awesome. I watched a little of SOA and couldn't get into it.

 

I toss some of the bolts in my "magic box" most of them get tossed back into the car and off to the crusher along with anything else that isn't nailed down.


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Posted January 09, 2014 - 06:44 PM

Ever meet a person and their personality made you want to beat them with a rusty tire iron.....

 

 

 

This morning my alarm was set for 7am. I was evidently more tired than I thought because I kept hitting the snooze in my sleep till 9am. I guess Steph just slept thru it.

 

Then

 

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Once we all got dressed and moving we loaded up in the BlueOx that was hooked to the Dodge Stratus on the tow dolly and headed to the crusher.

 

ON the way there we realized that neither of us had our wallets and Steph didn't have her phone (her “wallet” is her phone pouch, she hates carrying a purse). Fortunately the guy at the scales knows us well and doesn't usually ask for them.

 

Once we had the Drudge unloaded and its Aluminum wheels and good tires stuck in the back of the Ox we got our cash and headed to Morganton.

 

I called the guy we were buying a car from and told him that we would be there a little after 11. I gave myself time to deal with traffic. We were meeting him at a Furd dealership to get his father-in-laws Escort. Of course we didn't any traffic and we got there at 10:45. I waited till 11 (Heath and Steph got out to wander around the back lot and let him look at trucks). and then sent him a text and told him we were there.

 

He instantly went into freak out mode and called me and started telling me that I wasn't supposed to be there until after 11. I told him that 11:00:01 was after 11. He didn't like that. When he goty there he couldn't find the car. His brother-in-law worked at the dealership so he called him. Once we found the car he becan to unload the tons of garbage that was in it. ( I do kinda wish he had left the box of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues – Kathy Ireland was right on the top of the stack) His BIL came out and he kept saying that he had his day planned down to the last second and “someone” showing up early messed his whole day up. I reminded him that I told him on the phone we were in no hurries and he could take his time getting there.

 

Then he took a pile of parts for the car out. I told him that they were off the engine and he said, “If you can prove it you can keep them.” That just pissed me off. I only told him so that he wasn't putting greasy parts in his clean SUV. Since he wanted to be a jerk I opened the hood and looked and sure enough the parts were missing. I told him and he looked under the hood and said show me where they came from. I pointed them out and he threw them back in the car. I walked away before I threw him in the car.

 

We headed home and it was mostly event free except for nearly having a head on collision close to the house. Some idiot came around a blind curve in the oncoming lane, speeding, and completely crossed into my lane while texting. I slammed on the brakes hit the ditch and laid on the horn. There was no way I was going to stop in time and right before I drove through the cattle fencing into the pasture he swerved back to his lane and never slowed down.

 

SO we got home and gutted the Escort then used the Hemorrhoid to push the Honda Accord we got last week up on the ramps to get it gutted. I had a plan to tow it to the scrap yard with Christine while Steph drove the Ox with the Frud.

 

However the tow bar would not attach to the front cross member of the Honda and I scrapped the idea. If we had another person I would have dragged it on back roads with a chain.

 

We retrieved wallets and phones and then headed out again.

 

At the scrap yard the guy ahead of us was mad about something. I couldn't understand his mumbling and really didn't concern myself with it. The loader operator told me that he had filled the engine and gas tank up with water and was mad that they were taking 300 pounds off his weight. Serves him right for trying to cheat them.

 

The Escort only had 2 good tires on it and steel wheels so only the back two had to come off.

 

With cash in hand we headed home. We stopped at the tire shop and dropped off the 6 tires we had at the tire shop.

 

At the house we swapped the tow dolly for the big trailer and headed off again. I had a 3pm appointment.

 

About 30 minutes later and we were at a repeat customers house. He had all kinds of junk including two barrels of hub caps. About ¾ of them were worth keeping.

 

About 445 we got home. Heath had fallen asleep so we left him sleeping and started to stuff the Honda with all the small stuff we got in that load.

 

About a half hour later Heath woke up and was released into the wild to chase the dogs around.

 

With the Honda full it needed to be loaded on the tow dolly. So the big trailer got put away and the tow dolly got hooked back up. Then the Honda was chained to the dolly and after much tire spinning and mud slinging the BlueOx dragged it to the front yard.

 

I hopped on the Hemorrhoid and pushed the Honda up on the dolly. Then I pulled the Ox around back and we put the back end of it up on ramps so we can drain the gas out of it tomorrow and it will be off to the crusher.

 

Finally at 545- after 8 hours, 247 miles, 6 counties, 3 scrap cars, 2 pots of coffee, and one load of scrap-  we all trooped in the house: Steph, Heath, both dogs, the cat, and I. We are all tired – except for Heath.


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Posted January 09, 2014 - 06:55 PM

Busy busy day there Willie!  



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Posted January 09, 2014 - 07:03 PM

It always impresses me what the Hemorrhoid will push up ramps.

Oh, and for tire iron guy, if you had been late, it would have been the same witch. People like that are fun to watch as they Implode and explode at the same time. If it hadn't been so far of a drive, you should've waited until it was all cleaned out and then "change your mind".
Just to fritz him out...
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Posted January 09, 2014 - 07:23 PM

Alan it crossed my mind.


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Posted January 10, 2014 - 08:56 PM

The best laid plans of mice and scrap men....

 

 

 

 

 

IT was pouring rain this morning so I did nothing but...

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At 2pm I couldn't stand it any more. Steph and Heath were both taking a nap so I grabbed a cigar and waded out to the BlueOx and started off for the scrap yard.

 

Since I was in no hurries I stood around and talked to the guys there. The Honda had nice aluminum rims and good tires on it so I tossed them in the back of the Ox.

 

There was a CL ad that I answered about some tools for sale and I had called the guy and he was supposed to call back. He didn't.

 

Then I got a call from my mechanic buddy who had a 2004 Kia Santa Fe with a FUBAR engine. We worked out a price and I headed up to Newton to get it.

 

The car was supposed to run. It almost did. It barely pulled up on the tow dolly. I got it strapped down and started out. About 100 yards later I clipped a railroad tie that was used for landscaping and bent the rim on the tow dolly. Tire came off the rim and went rolling.

 

I didn't have a real jack so I was stuck with a little scissor jack that was in the back of the BlueOx and the scissor jack out of the Kia. By the time I had it jacked up my arms were like rubber.

 

Finally, got the tire changed and headed home. As I pulled out on the main road I noticed I had a voicemail. It was the tool guy. I told him that it would be 45 minutes before I got home and could drop the Kia and head down to him.

 

I had to make one stop at the store to get bread for Steph then I was home.

 

The Kia unwillingly came off the dolly and smoked its way to a spot under the maple tree. Then the dolly was unhitched and Steph pushed it out of the way. Then I was off again.

 

I stopped at the ABC store for a bottle of arthritis relief then headed on to Shelby.

 

I got to the guys house and made a deal for a 4 drawer Craftsman tool chest and a good bit of huge sockets and wrenches and loaded them up in the back of the Ox. With the Honda tires in there it was a bit of a squeeze.

 

Then I headed home.

 

Steph and I carried the tool chest in the house. Tomorrow the tools will go outside and my ammo and knives will go in the chest locked away from Heaths little fingers.

 

 

One cup of strong coffee with strong whisky in it and I am feeling much better.

 

Heath has not seen me all day and has about pulled my head off my shoulders since I got home.


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Posted January 10, 2014 - 10:39 PM

Willie - Good plan for the ammo and knives.

 

Last summer i made a deal with a guy on CL for a toolbox and a few tools that I will be giving to my son soon. 

 

Whiskey and coffee. Hmmm. 


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Posted January 11, 2014 - 12:01 PM

It always impresses me what the Hemorrhoid will push up ramps.

Oh, and for tire iron guy, if you had been late, it would have been the same witch. People like that are fun to watch as they Implode and explode at the same time. If it hadn't been so far of a drive, you should've waited until it was all cleaned out and then "change your mind".
Just to fritz him out...

 

I would have loved to see a video of that! :bigrofl:



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Posted January 11, 2014 - 03:21 PM

A kia Sante fe?

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Posted January 11, 2014 - 04:06 PM

Kia hyundai whatever

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Posted January 11, 2014 - 05:07 PM

Dodge pulling day.

 

 

 

I was worn out last night. I don't even remember going to bed, but my wife said I was snoring at 10pm.

 

 

This morning at 8 my alarm went off and I said nasty things to it and then dragged myself to the kitchen..,

 

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Once we were all functioning and dressed we headed out to the BlueOx to go to Statesville.

 

As we left I noticed a new lake in the front yard.

 

ON the drive up there were emergency alerts on the radio for tornado warnings in Concord. I am glad we weren't going up there.

 

We got to the house and I waded through the lady's front yard to knock on her door.

 

15 minutes later and we had her dead Dodge Stratus strapped to the dolly and we headed over to JR Cigar.

 

I needed to get some cigars for a friend and Steph wanted a new cook book.

 

As we were getting off the interstate I got a text from my aluminum guy. One of his family had buried his Dodge 3500 in the front yard and then just left it there. They didn't even tell him. They just got in their car and left.

 

So we hurried at JR and then headed home.

 

Heath passsed out on the way home.

 

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After unhooking the tow dolly in the yard I headed over to Mel's to drag him out of the hole he was in.

 

Once he was on firm ground again I came home and took a look at the lake. I had a plan to use the plow behind the DragonFly to cut a drainage ditch, but the belt on her finally let go. So until I get a new belt she is sitting where she is.

 

I grabbed the shovel and dug a shallow trench for the lake to drain into the ditch and then walked around to our work area where the Dodge was sitting in 8 inches of water.

 

While I was digging I noticed that I bent the axle on the tow dolly last night. I will have to see what I can do to fix that.

 

Steph made the mistake of coming outside so I had her grab the pick axe and help.

 

It took two ditches to get it all draining. Hopefully by Monday it will be a bit drier out there.


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Posted January 12, 2014 - 09:40 PM

Got a lot done for a Sunday

 

Not sure what time I

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This morning was all Heaths. We all played and watched TV. When Heath went down for his nap Steph and I went outside.

 

First I needed to get the Dodge off the tow dolly. SO a little tug with the BlueOx and it was free.

 

Then I picked up the tow dolly with the chain hoist and the axle was not bent. It was just the odd angle that it was sitting at . But while I had it in the air I did some maintenance to it. Got everything greased.

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Then I had a small problem. I couldn't get it back down. The chain hoist was hung. After some wrestling and power lifting we got it unhooked and on the ground.

 

I took the hoist down and for the first time ever I took one apart. I had no idea what to expect, but I figured it out.

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Somehow we managed to loose an oddball little spacer that went on it and I had to make one. I am sure the original one will fall out of the sky next time I walk outside.

 

Then we got the Dodge pulled apart and ready to scrap.

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The chicken helped. If you look closely you can see the cat on the dash.

 

With that done I shot some video of the Kia and the Hyundai and have spent most of the rest of my day editing videos and posting ads online.

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Already getting calls about the Kia. Although so far none of them have spoken English as a primary language and they are very hard to understand. And they all sound like they are at a circus with the noise in the back ground. .

 

Steph and Heath got all the tools out of the toolbox I bought and then got it restocked with ammo and knives and other stuff that little hands don't need to get into. It will be nice to have it all in one spot instead of hidden all over the house.

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