Man I am beat.
Last night I slept with my right arm stretched straight out. I woke up and could barely move it. It took some time to get it bending.
We got outside and got started on CherryBerry again.
After an hour and a half getting all the stuff out of the way (intake hoses, breather, radiator shroud, fan, alternator - lots of stuff packed in small space and huge hands don't mix) we got the power steering bracket off and finally the pump came loose.
The guy whose name I can never remember pulled in. So I told Steph to pull the hose off and we would take a look at the pump. The guy needed a deck for his mower. I had one. I also had a Craftsman mower he wanted too. So we worked out a deal and then I had Steph pull Christine around to drag the Craftsman to the front.
Once the stuff was loaded on his trailer and he left we went back to the truck. Steph said the pressure hose was barely tight when she took it off. I didn't see anything on the pump leaking so it went back in and the hose got tightened.
Heath was attempting to drive his car up and down the trailer ramps without much success, so I took the wooden ramps and made him a runway.
After a while we took the 12 foot 2x12 trailer sideboards and made longer ramps, he loved it. No pics because I had got my hands nasty.
Once all the stuff was put back in we fired it up and turned the wheel. It was almost impossible to turn.
Nothing was leaking and the pump was full. SO I took a look at the steering gear. It looked fine.
After a little thought I decided to try adjusting the steering gear. It was either that or a new box. After about 20 minuted of fiddling I had it pretty good.
When I took it on a test drive it was a little floaty at speed. I know the front end is going to need rebuilding soon. I think the PO tried to fix the wandering by tightening the box. When I put some good Barrs leak PS stop leak in it and the leak stopped it made the PS go tight. At least that is my theory.
Once that was done I began hosing every thing down with Purple power.
While I was hosing it down another neighbor came, Ben dropped in. He wanted to look at the parts Suburban. SO he did. His grandson was with him and wanted to play with Gunner. Gunner wanted nothing to do with him which is odd, because they have played before.
Then he wanted to see the big dogs. I was busy so I told Steph to take him in the pen. That was a mistake. both dogs came bolting past Steph and ran to me and did not want anything to do with the boy. Int eh process Diesel strained his bad leg and every time anyone but Steph touched him he growled. That didn't go over real well.
So the big dogs got wrestled back in the pen and Ben headed home. I think the monster dog growling scared him.
We then dragged a garden hose through the kitchen window and hooked it to the hot side of the washer hookup. When I had hot water I blasted the engine down. Most of the caked on PS fluid came off. With the pressure washer it would have come spotless.
We picked up tools and I came in and fell into a chair.
Steph cooked dinner - chicken and noodles. I didn't even move for several hours.
At 8 she went to Walmart to get a couple things. I got in the shower.
Tomorrow I have a docs appt. Fun fun