Got things done.
This morning we were up, dressed, fed, and raring to go at 630. Heath's bus swept him away and we waited for the dew to be gone since it was super wet outside.
We went out and got started. We forgot to get transmission fluid for the Neon yesterday( and it needs ATF+4 which I didn't have) and JB Weld. So while Steph assembled the radiator/fan/condenser unit, I ran to Walmart in BettyBlue.
ON the way there I lost the clutch. I managed to shift it without the pedal. Getting there was no problem. Getting home was a challenge because it did not want to start in first. After pumping the pedal like a madman it finally pumped up enough to start.
Back home we put the radiator in the Neon, got all that stuff hooked up, and tried to flush the radiator (using the garden hose hooked to the water heater so the thermostat would open) . It refused to flush. I also would not build pressure. I took the thermostat housing off and found it was full of crud. I put the housing back on and stuck the hose in it an let it run a while. It had lots of stop leak in it.
We looked at BB. We tried to bleed the line. Steph pumped I opened the valve. After we got some air out, I heard a pop, and fluid began to pour out. The previous owner had tried to fix a leak in the clutch line with electrical tape. I am surprised it worked as long as it did.
We yanked the hose out to verify that was the problem. It was.
So I called around and found a line at O'rielly's in Lincolnton. I sent Steph to get it and a thermostat. I came in for coffee and a sit down.
She got back and we put the thermostat in. Then we had a leak from the housing. We thought it was the o ring gasket. After 20 minutes we found the real problem - a cracked housing. I called Autozone they had one in stock.
So we put BB back together.
Just as we were finishing bleeding the clutch Tim pulled in.
Since he had a gas powered compressor on his truck, and I still don't have my compressor back from Grady yet, we decided to pull a vacuum on the Neon's A/C. It pulled right down and held perfectly. After 20 minutes I knew I could leave for the parts house. I left. Tim and Steph were discussing him buying some rabbits.
Soon realized the clutch didn't quite work like it used to. I smoked the tires coming out of the driveway. The clutch now works on the last 2 inches of pedal. I think the slave cylinder ingested some electrical tape.
Once I got back home (Heath beat me home) we put the Neon back together. NO leaks. Then I charged the A/C - 39 degrees burrrrr.
I took it for a test drive and it threw a code. My scanner just said it was a manufactures control code. I couldn't find any information on it so I erased it. It never showed back up.
We cleaned up the tools and I let the dogs out to run while Steph finished that up. I was hurting too much by then to do much.
I collapsed into my recliner for a while.
Steph came in and collapsed on the couch. I took the hint and ordered pizza.
Before it got here I got into the shower. When I got out, Buddy, Pam, and the pizza delivery person were in the front yard. Fortunately, I had dressed before wandering out.
I got a check from them. Pizza from the pizza person and I came back in.
Bed is going to feel so good tonight.