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Posted August 03, 2015 - 10:04 AM

Not much going on for the past few days.

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Spent a lot of money on parts for Spooky.

 

I have been too exhausted to do much. Side effect of some of the medications I have to take. Too tired to even think.


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Posted August 05, 2015 - 05:50 PM

Meds kicked my butt. I kicked back.

 

 

I got a descent nights sleep. Steph got me a Monster drink yesterday. I had it with my coffee this morning. I was still droopy till about noon.

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She left to get the parts from Autozone that were on order. Heath and I did nothing.

 

 

Once she got back we went out and got to work.

 

I got the a/c condenser off while Step pulled the drive shaft and the transmission crossover so we could wiggle it around to get it hooked to the engine.

 

Once we had that done I remembered that I had stopped halfway through the Falcon repair. So we pulled off and went to it. I pulled the spark plugs and they looked pretty nasty. I cleaned them up and. While they were out I had Steph crank it over a couple of times to make sure there was no extra SeaFoam in the cylinders.

 

Once we fired it up I saw it was leaking fuel like mad, but I couldn't tell where it was coming from. So off came the hood and the intake. The carb bolts were loose so I tightened them up and put the intake back on. It still leaked. So the intake came back off. I couldn't fine anything leaking so I put it back on and got a close as I could to it while Steph cranked it over. The fuel line was leaking.

 

So off came the intake again and I found the line was cracked internally. The outside looked perfect.

 

Once a new line was put on it everything went back together and she fired right up. She did smoke like a house on fire due to the SeaFoam in the carb, but it cleared up in a few minutes.

 

 

We went back to the truck and got the transmission positioned. Then we realized we had not bolts. When the tree fell on the work area I guess they got launched. After hunting around a while and finding nothing I made an executive decision - got to Lowe's and get some bolts.

 

Steph made chief cooks decision - supper at Waffle House.

 

So we all came in and got cleaned up.

 

I got in the shower first while Steph was picking up tools.

 

She came in and we had to hold Heath down to clean him up, he was covered in grease from head to toe so he got his first bath with GoJo. He wasn't thrilled about it. But he smells like cherrys now.

 

As soon as Steph is out of the shower we are headed off.

 


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Posted August 06, 2015 - 07:26 PM

Baby Steps.

 

 

 

I woke up this morning to the sounds of a monsoon. I went back to sleep.

 

I got up and it was still raining.

 

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Around 2 it stopped and I told Steph to go see if it was dry under the truck. It was so we went out.

 

We found a broken spar on the pop up canopy so that had to be fixed. Once that was done we got to the truck.

 

I got two bolts on the drivers side in and tight. Steph went to work on the passengers side.

 

I started hooking up various wires and hoses on the engine.

 

Then the lightening started.

 

We lowered the popup and came in.

 

About 20 minutes later it started to pour. At this rate I will finish the truck in time for Heath to drive. 


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Posted August 06, 2015 - 09:09 PM

I'll trade you some of that rain for some of my heat. :smilewink:

 

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Posted August 06, 2015 - 10:00 PM

No thanks. We needed the rain thougj.
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Posted August 07, 2015 - 04:08 PM

Last night just as I was dozing off there was a thumping at the back door. Steph started to get up thinking it was Heath, but I put my hand on her and told her no. I grabbed the shotgun and went to the door to find Diesel standing there looking as stupid as ever. Carmel was behind him hiding in the shadows. They had managed to tear up the side of the pen and get out. SO at 1am we were doing fence repairs

 

When I got back inside I was wide awake.

 

When I woke up this morning it looked like monsoon weather again.

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I kept waiting for it to either clear up or rain. It did neither.

 

I took pictures of some NASCAR collectable stuff that a guy gave me for fixing his car and listed them for sale.

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After Heath saw me taking pictures of my "toys" he had to bring me his to take pictures of. After the first dozen of so I started just toggling the flashlight. I didn't want 400000000000 pictures I had to delete.

 

Just as well because Steph went to the bank and was gone for 3 hours anyway. 

 

She did stop to try and find a plug to put in the exhaust manifolds of Spooky. Fastenal had them. They wanted $42 a piece for them. Nope. Tomorrow I am going up to Pull-a-Part.

 

SO nothing done today but posting ads and answering phone calls from scammers.

 

Now I am watching Tom Selleck chase Runaway robots


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Posted August 07, 2015 - 04:31 PM

Just be happy you don't have our heat!


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Posted August 07, 2015 - 05:10 PM

We actually had to turn the AC down this morning because it was chilly in the house. I think it may have come on twice all day. The clouds kept things cool.


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Posted August 09, 2015 - 06:12 PM

When you stop sweating it gets scary.

 

 

This morning I got up and got ready to go to Pull-a-Part to get exhaust manifolds.

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I went out and packed up my tools. I even had a list that I followed.

 

It wasn't all that hot, but the humidity was a living thing. It wanted to kill.

 

I didn't get too far away when I got stopped by a wreck. Looked pretty bad. The cops did a good job at moving traffic thru.

 

I got close to the junkyard and found the road to be a total mess with construction. I almost didn't see the entrance to the yard.

 

Once I had my tools in the wheelbarrow I headed in a paid my $2 and started looking.

 

The stamp they put on my hand was sweated off in about 10 seconds.

 

I forgot I needed a plug for the throttle position sensor. So I reached for my phone to call Steph to get her to send me a picture. My phone was in the truck. So I went all the way back out pushing all my tools and got my phone. Then all they way back to the trucks.

 

All the way at the back of the yard I found the manifolds I needed. I looked in my tool bag and realized that I didn't have the 1/2 inch drive socket set. I put it on the bench next to my tool bag and forgot to put it in. Dangit. I had a 1/2 drive with a 15mm on it that worked for taking the y pipe off.

 

I managed to get two bolts off the manifold with the 15 but the rest were 14s. I tried using the 14 mm and the 9/16 wrench. Neither would work.

 

I dug through the bag and found a 14mm but it was 1/4 inch drive. I gave it a try. I snapped the end off the ratchet.

 

So I schlepped across the grave;.l I grabbed two bottles of water from the machine for $1.25 each. OUCH. It took me about 8 seconds to drink both. Back to Christine where I found a 3/8 ratchet, a 14mm 1/4 drive socket, and an adapter. They were made of the best Chinesium available. I knew it was a gamble but I didn't' want to go home empty handed.

 

I left the bulk of my tools in the truck and took only what I needed, plus the 1/2 ratchet with the 15mm.  And a couple of assorted wrenches.

 

Back at the truck I promptly snapped off the adapter. I knew it would happen, but I had to try.

 

Across in the Ford section there were a couple of guys getting parts off an Escort. I went over and asked if they had a 14mm. He had a 3/8 drive socket so I headed back. I had to slip one of the big wrenches over the handle of the ratchet to get them to budge. After 2 bolts the ratchet gave up.

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I went back over and asked if they had a 1/2 inch drive socket. He had a 9/16. I headed back. The 9/16 slipped when the bolts were tight so I took the locked up ratchet and just hoped it would hold together. It barely did.

 

SO once they were broke loose I used the 1/2 in ch drive to take them out.

 

I didn't realize how weak my hand still is. It took everything I had to get those bolts out.

 

And I stopped sweating. That is bad.

 

I gave the sockets back to the guys and started out. Halfway across the yard the world was spinning so I had to sit down.

 

Aftoer about 5 minutes I continued to the counter. Where the promptly told me the oxygen sensor would be $10. No way I was paying that much for a used sensor. I asked a guy if he had a 7/8. He only had a socket. I cut the wire off the sensor and tried to loosen it. It would not budge. I finally said I will just leave it here I am not paying that much for a sensor. The manager said forget it and let me have it.

 

By the time I got to the truck the world was changing colors. I wasn't paying that much for a tiny drink again.

 

I sat a minute then headed up the road to the Dollar General. They had the midsized bottled of Gatorade for $1. I got three. I drank one before I got to the counter.

 

I didn't have my wallet. So I ran out and grabbed it. I think the cashier thought I had just stolen a drink.

 

I came back in and we had a good laugh about it.

 

I finally started to sweat again. I was dripping like rain standing at the counter.

 

I walked outside and a kid asked me for a quarter. I gave him one and he ran off.

 

I got back to the truck and drank half of a second one.

 

The world came back into focus and I headed off.

 

I stopped in Gastonia and got some gas and went to PepBoys to grab a can of high heat paint. The guy inside asked how I was doing. I told him hot and sweaty.

 

I got home with one full Gatorade bottle. Heath promptly grabbed it and ran off.

 

I got out the new grinder I got from Harbor Freight and put the wire brush on it. It got so hot I couldn't hold it. I managed to get most of the gunk off the manifolds before my hands couldn't take it any more. Then I tossed them in the dishwasher and came in side.

 

Heath brought the Gatorade in and I downed all but a little bit of it then let him have the rest.

 

I finally cooled down. As soon as the dishwasher is finished I am going to hop in the shower.

 

 

EDIT I had to use the impact to get that oxygen sensor off. IT hammered for a good while before it started to turn.


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Posted August 09, 2015 - 06:23 PM

Yep, I have been there. Heat Exhaustion is no joke. I learned my lesson too, working in the tin shed on HulkII in 125* heat . Hind sight is 20/20. Bring all the tools (and then some) that you think you need, and a small cooler with iced beverages (water / Gatorade). Would have made the trip more bearable. 

 

$129.66 doesn't seem too bad, considering the muffler on Old Girl. 


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Posted August 09, 2015 - 06:36 PM

Yep, I have been there. Heat Exhaustion is no joke. I learned my lesson too, working in the tin shed on HulkII in 125* heat . Hind sight is 20/20. Bring all the tools (and then some) that you think you need, and a small cooler with iced beverages (water / Gatorade). Would have made the trip more bearable. 

 

$129.66 doesn't seem too bad, considering the muffler on Old Girl. 

Yeah but with a bad back I try to take only what I need. Had I brought the socket set everything would have been great.


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Posted August 09, 2015 - 06:42 PM

With all the stuff you have laying around, I bet you could fab something like this up, and Heath would love it too.

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Posted August 09, 2015 - 06:49 PM

I thought about making a mobile tool box with the next motorized wheelchair I get. Last one I got a guy beat me in the head with a wad of cash to get me to give it to him.


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Posted August 10, 2015 - 06:55 PM

That is cool!

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Posted August 12, 2015 - 08:25 PM

I tried to work on Spooky. Honestly I did.

 

 

Well Yesterday I got up

 

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And went out.  I got just a couple of things done when the rain started pouring and the wind snatched the popup canopy from over my head. I nearly drowned getting it back where it belonged.

 

I sloshed in the house and waited.

 

After a couple of hours it stopped. So we all went out.

 

Heath had to inspect the quality of the work so far.

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I got one wiring connector put in and just a couple of other things done. We tried to install the serpentine belt but the new one was about an inch too short.  And it started to pour again.  It rained off and on the rest of the day.

 

I went to bed a bit early. I woke up at 4am. I tried to go back to sleep but it wasn't happening. I got up and watched movies.

 

Steph and Heath got up and came to join me.

 

Just as we were about to go outside I got a text from Buddy. After having to dance around his cryptic texts and getting to the problem, he told me that his lugs on his left rear were messed up. Instead of working on my truck I headed off to see what needed to be done to his.

 

I got down there and found the lug holes wallowed out on the rim. So I called roadside assistance to come get it. They said it was 21 miles and I would have to pay extra. I told them they were wrong it was 10.4. They argued. I told them I would work it out with the driver. 

 

The guy they sent was an idiot. I told him to turn his truck around and I would back out of the yard and we could load it. He started lowering the bed on the rollback. Ok I can deal with that. Then when the truck was on the rollback I took the key out of it. HE told me to give it to him I said no I will keep it. He said what if we get separated. I told him that was impossible because he was going to be behind me. He said he wouldn't follow me because he had to go the way the GPS said. I told him he could either follow me or unload and leave without being paid. He got mad and went up to check his GPS. He kept saying it was 16 miles. He finally agreed to follow me. 

 

 

He stayed way back behind me for 98% of the trip. There is one horrible curve on my road that many trucks have been rolled on.  I came to almost a complete stop to slow him down. He nearly rearended me.

 

We got to the house and he wouldn't put the truck where I told him to. He didn't get a tip or a nice review.

 

Once the truck was up in the air we found this.

YIKES!

 

Steph had hunted around and found a rim and then she called the  tire shop to see if they had two of the same sized 15 inch tires. The one on the other side was nothing but cords. He had them so once the rims were loaded in Christine Heath and I left.

 

While Tony was working on the tires we headed down to NAPA. $26 later and we had 5 lug studs and nuts. Then we shot by Autozone to exchange the belt.

 

We got back to the tire shop and they were ready.

 

Back home Heath helped me get everything reassembled. He actyally put 4 of the lug studs in himself. He was pleased with that.

 

Steph found a sacrificial lug nut to use to get the studs pulled through the hug and I tried to get them pulled up with the little HF impact. No go. So we got the Ingersol Rand that messed up a while back out and I gave ti a try. It would work but I had to take the hose off to stop it. The trigger did nothing. After a few times of running it forward and backwards on the lug it started working. It is undead.

 

The Zombie gun wouldn't get them pulled in either so a long bar went on the 1/2 inch ratchet and they got pulled in.

 

Then I turned my attention to the receiver hitch slide that was stuck in the hitch. After lots of beating and banging and finally hooking it to a tree it came off.

 

 

 

IT was after 5 when I finished so I sent him a text and told him I would bring it back. He said OK. HE didn't tell me he had more work to do.  LilBits and I rode down.

 

I got down there and he said it would be another 2 hours before he was done. I called Steph to come get me. LilBits and I walked down the road and  back. A gal I went to elementary school with sent me a message and was asking questions about her car. I tried to walk her through it and finally told her to call me when she got off work.

 

Finally back home I was just getting ready to step into the shower when the phone rang. It was Tina. I tried to talk her through the problem. I don't know if I helped or not. Since she is 400 miles away I can't just run over and work on it.

 

Tomorrow Steph has her student teacher orientation so she will be gone all day. Nothing will get done on the truck tomorrow either.

 

 


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