Diesel is sick. He was up and down all night so sleep was hard to come by. He is lethargic and has no energy. I am hoping he just ate something that doesn't agree with him.
At 1030 (after 4 hours of sleep) my phone rang. I thought it was HowardsMF calling to come get his tractor parts. He said he was on a road about 3 minutes from here.
I jumped up and grabbed some clothes. Steph went to make coffee.
Just as I had my boots on a Dodge Dakota pulled in the driveway. I went out and said, “I have a set of wheel you need to buy for that.” He looked at me like I had a third arm. Turns out it was someone that I had completely forgotten was coming to get a set of Dodge Dakota wheels. Oh well.
After I had the cash I came back in the house to drink coffee.
Steph went back to bed so I watched Heath. Diesel is her baby so she really got no sleep last night.
At about 1 I carried Heath in and tossed him in the bed with her. We all three had a big wrestling match.
At 2 Heath went down for a nap and we went outside to pull Christine apart. Diesel actuality stood up and wagged his tail so he is feeling better.
Once I had the power steering pump off I discovered the oil leak. The drivers side valve cover is hemorrhaging oil. That will get fixed while it is apart. The power steering bracket was broken so I tossed it in a bucket of purple power and then sprayed the engine down with some and let them both soak.
Then I carted the deck for the DragonFly over to the work table and got the grinder with the wire brush on it going. When it was all cleaned up I put a grinder wheel on and started smoothing out all the booger welds from the PO's repair. After about 45 minutes all the magic smoke escaped from the grinder. I got the old grinder out and it lasted for about 30 more minutes until it slowed to a crawl.
I went in the shop and found a Black and Decker grinder that I could not remember why we stopped using it. In about 45 seconds I figured it out. The gears were slipping. I took a good look at it and the screws behind the mandrel were loose. Once they were tight I resumed grinding.
I found a lot of holes that need to be welded up. So I put in a call to my welder.
Steph was using the neighbors week whacker to trim around the house. She ran out of string and I put some more on it.
I got a marking crayon and marked all the holes I wanted welded and then was cleaning up some tools when my welder pulled in the drive. I didn't expect him to come over today.
He looked at the deck and the nasty PS bracket and said he would stop tomorrow morning on his way to work to snag them.
Steph ran the trimmer out of gas and carried it back to Graham. I came in the house to take a shower I was black. Grinders are a bit messy.
Pork chops and potatoes for dinner.
No pictures because I had my phone hooked up to the stereo in the BlueOx playing ZZ Top.