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Posted February 22, 2013 - 03:31 PM

Who was the big jerk?



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Posted February 22, 2013 - 03:42 PM

Christine provided the big jerk. To be a small truck she sure gets the tough jobs.



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Posted February 23, 2013 - 02:24 PM

Howdy from the swamps of central North
Carolina. Careful now, watch your step. There be gators around
somewhere – if they didn't drown.

 

Today started off with a downpour.
Evidently it down poured all night long.


When I got the news that the mother in
law was inbound I quickly got dressed, poured coffee in my
thermos,grabbed my hat and hit the outdoors. Fortunately the rain had
stopped by then.


Since my buddy Frank's Suburban came
back for more repairs I decided it would be a good idea to take it
for a test drive.

 

As I got to the stop sign at the end of
the road the MIL's car came past. Talk about good timing.

 

I drove down to Autozone and grabbed a
set of ramps so I can get under a car without having to drag out the
jack and some spark plug wires that they had ordered for me. Had a
short talk with the gal who works there, then swuntg past the ABC
store for some MIL repellant.

 

Took the Suburban on a lengthly drive
through the country and it never missed a beat. I think I may have to
train Frank on how to drive an old truck.


 

Got back home and crossed my fingers
and started up the BlueOx and put her in drive. She pulled the
trailer right out of the yard. I backed in the driveway and dropped
the trailer then slid the Ox into the carport and got to work.

 

Since the PO had removed all the spark
plug heat shields it took me a while to get the wires changed. The
tires were covered in mud and the easiest way to get to the plugs is
thru whlle wells so I tossed a cargo blanket over the tires and got
to it.


The boots were melted to the plugs.
But after careful use of a straight pick and some pliers I managed to
get them all changed.


Here is how they all came out


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Then I took the 3.8L v6 boot shields


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Nipped off the ends


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And slid them on


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Worked beautifully, Truck runs like new
again.


Then I tried to back out of the
carport.

 

It wasn’t happening.

 

So out came all the tow straps and I
called Steph to come out and hop in Franks truck. After a brief
struggle with the Ox wanting to slide sideways into the much hated
maple tree we finally got her pulled free and back on solid ground in
the driveway.

 

The biggest problem I had was the MIL's
boyfriend trying to help. He wanted to put everything in the yard
under the truck. I just had Steph pull into the side yard and drag
the Ox hind end sideways then she went back in the front yard and
pulled me right out.

 

I ordered a front drive shaft for the
Ox I hope it gets here soon.

 

I really need some gravel


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With that all done and now I am hiding
in my shop with some coffee with a little Makers Mark added in. Good
stuff.


Edited by mybigwarwagon, February 23, 2013 - 02:25 PM.

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Posted February 23, 2013 - 04:55 PM

Sounds like some good MIL repellant to me! I'd say a couple shovelfuls of gravel are needed from the looks of the yard. Course, you don't have a MIL sized hole there yet. May have to wait a bit on the gravel!


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Posted February 23, 2013 - 05:34 PM

Sounds like some good MIL repellant to me! I'd say a couple shovelfuls of gravel are needed from the looks of the yard. Course, you don't have a MIL sized hole there yet. May have to wait a bit on the gravel!

I guess I could put up an ad on Craigslist for MILs to fill in my yard.

 

I think the birthday cake was pretty
good too.



 




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Posted February 23, 2013 - 06:00 PM

I guess I could put up an ad on Craigslist for MILs to fill in my yard.

 


 

You said her boyfriend wanted to throw everything under the ox. Wasn't she included?? glad to hear its running again.

 



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Posted February 23, 2013 - 07:30 PM

put you a creek rock base down it helps keep the gravel from sinking and its usually free



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Posted February 23, 2013 - 07:36 PM

put you a creek rock base down it helps keep the gravel from sinking and its usually free

 

 

Where can I get this "free" creek rock???????



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Posted February 23, 2013 - 08:02 PM

just go down to the creek and get some weve got so much around here that it is a nusance in some situations so with a little work no cash out of your pocket



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Posted February 23, 2013 - 08:06 PM

just go down to the creek and get some weve got so much around here that it is a nusance in some situations so with a little work no cash out of your pocket

 

Oh, lucky you have the creek.  We have a good creek on our farm, but not much gravel in it....almost all solid bedrock bottom.



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Posted February 23, 2013 - 09:02 PM

NO creeks around here have creek rock. I have a buddy who has a large supply of rock from a roofing company. When they take it off the roofs they dump it on his property. I might be able to get some from him but I would need to rent a loader because I am not about to load all that by hand.



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Posted February 24, 2013 - 05:46 AM

NO creeks around here have creek rock. I have a buddy who has a large supply of rock from a roofing company. When they take it off the roofs they dump it on his property. I might be able to get some from him but I would need to rent a loader because I am not about to load all that by hand.

Catch him with a load on his truck and have him dump it in your yard. Buy that little crawler and level it out!


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Posted February 24, 2013 - 11:34 AM

sounds like a great idea KennyP then hell have another good piece of equip. to use to help unload trailers and get another utility trailer to hual scrap with.



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Posted February 24, 2013 - 12:57 PM

Catch him with a load on his truck and have him dump it in your yard. Buy that little crawler and level it out!

The only problem is that he never knows when the gravel is coming in. Trucks just shop up and he points to where they need to dump. Since it is free he can't complain. He said there has to be 5 feet of rock out there because it just kept sinking and sinking.


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Posted February 24, 2013 - 06:56 PM

Today was a do nothing day. And I
enjoyed it.

 

Watched the Daytona 500 and didn't do
much else.

 

Heath and I had a wrestling match, and
Steph went shopping.


She took the Suburban that has a
mystery problem and went off to Goodwill and Aldis while Heath took a
nap.


 

She came home with this.


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$8

Our bedroom TV was one that she got in
Georgia years back and it was used then. It had gotten to where we
had to slap it to get it to work half the time. And if something
bright happened on the screen ( explosion, fire, headlights) the
screen would wig out and turn green.


So when she got home I lugged the
monster TV in and we got it set up.

 

She said the Suburban had an odd smell when she floored it. May have to have a word with her about her driving style. LOL


I had told her that I wanted hamburgers
for supper (she always fusses that I never tall her what I want to
eat) and she said OK as long as I cook them.

 

So I did.


For those who want the recipe I don't
measure anything when I cook. For the ?'s just guess.


3 pounds of ground beef


2 eggs


About 1 ½ teaspoon minced garlic


? Oregano


? onion flakes


A splash of soy sauce


? Worcestershire sauce


? salt



 


Form into patties however big you want
them and cook in a cast iron skillet on medium heat until just barely
pink in the center.


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Put them on a bun with cheddar cheese (if you use that processed cheese food garbage please don’t tell
me), ad your choice of condiments - I added yellow mustard and dill
relish.


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Grab a beer and enjoy.



 



 


Edited by mybigwarwagon, February 24, 2013 - 06:59 PM.

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