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Posted March 20, 2013 - 05:34 PM

Interesting job for sure, and you have likely spread good word about you among some elite clientele! 


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Posted March 20, 2013 - 06:12 PM

I hope so, Daniel. He said they have 13 buildings in town with stuff stored in them that they have no room or desire to display.



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Posted March 20, 2013 - 06:27 PM

Great job, Willie! Glad it went smoothly! Bet you hear from them before long!



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Posted March 20, 2013 - 06:56 PM

Might have to buy a fancy hat to wear to the museum jobs


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Posted March 20, 2013 - 07:02 PM

Might have to buy a fancy hat to wear to the museum jobs

 

Yeah, get one of those Muskateer hats with the big feather in it.  Dashing and historical.


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Posted March 20, 2013 - 07:34 PM

Yeah, get one of those Muskateer hats with the big feather in it.  Dashing and historical.

Not sure I can quite pull off eh big feather. Maybe if I carry a sword too


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Posted March 20, 2013 - 07:41 PM

Not sure I can quite pull off eh big feather. Maybe if I carry a sword too

Put the sawzall in a holster on your belt!


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Posted March 20, 2013 - 08:31 PM

Don't forget the eye patch.

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Posted March 20, 2013 - 08:32 PM

Since the museum is mostly for local stuff I am not sure a pirate or a musketeer will fit in. Maybe i can dress up like a confederate soldier



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Posted March 20, 2013 - 08:47 PM

dress up while your hauling scrap out??



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Posted March 20, 2013 - 08:53 PM

It's a funny thing about life that you never know what's a test and what isn't. Doing your best at all times just never seems to fail--- well done, Willie.



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Posted March 21, 2013 - 09:11 PM

Today’s episode of this old hat brought to you by – people who don't service their vehicles.

 

 

A friend of mine, Buddy, contacted me yesterday and asked if I could fix his brakes today. I said I could so he came over at about 1230.

 

Little did I know how bad his truck really was.

 

I pulled it up on the trailer so it would be easier to to work on. I couldn't get the drivers side door to close. I asked him what the trick was and he said he was having to hold it shut while he drove. Then moved the trailer to the work area. There is so much crap on the back of the poor truck that it was lifting the rear of the BlueOx off the ground. This prompted the first lecture of the day.

 

 

He only had brakes on the passengers front. The passengers rear had a leaking wheel cylinder and the entire brake mechanism was covered in baked on gunk. I wish I had taken a picture of it. He said they had been messed up for a long time – second lecture.

 

When I took off the front tire the entire hub moved. I looked under the truck and the whole front end is shot. The idler arm on the steering is completely FUBAR. You guessed it – third lecture.

 

After the inventory was taken of what it needed it was decided to fix the brakes so if the front end fell apart he could at least stop the truck if it stayed on his wheels. With a list of parts in hand we got ready to leave for the parts store. He couldn't find his checkbook. What lecture are we up to now?

 

He looked through the truck and couldn't find it and then tried to call his wife. She didn't answer. While he did that I took his door latch apart. It is seized up. So it was dropped in a pan of wd-40 to soak.

 

We finally got in touch with his wife and she was at a friends house way far away. He forgot she was going there. I had no money to buy parts with. Then I remembered I could order them online from Auto-zone and pick them up in the store after she paid with her bank card.

 

 

After a brief wrestling match with the website I had an order for $300.74 paid for and we left to pick it up.

 

Back home I set to putting the truck back together. The drivers rear was simple. Passengers side required 3 cans of brake cleaner, a can of carb cleaner, and a 20 oz bottle of old gas along with a putty knife and a scrub brush to get it clean again. After an hour of scrubbing (and another lecture) it was back together and we moved on to the front.

 

With the fronts done we moved to bleeding the brakes. He started the truck t turn the steering wheel all the way to one side. No problems. Got the drivers side bled and he tried to start it again to turn the wheel the other way. It wouldn't start. I went around and touched the battery terminal. It fell apart in my hand. By this time it was dark and cold and windy and I told him that was it. The truck was not going to get finished tonight. We finished bleeding the brakes and put the tires back on it. He called his wife to come get him.

 

We did a quick took pickup then tried to move the BlueOx so we could get his truck unloaded because I have a job to do tomorrow. Ox moved about 8 feet and then it wouldn't pull anymore. Just couldn’t get enough traction. Too much weight in the bed of that pickup on the trailer – another lecture.

 

About that time his wife showed up so she went in to watch Heath in the tub while Steph came out to drive Christine to help unload the broken pickup.

 

We hooked up Christine to the pickup and used her to keep any unwanted momentum from Buddy's truck. Got it on the ground and did a quick tool pickup just to get everything in the shop and called it a night.

 

Buddy said he would tell his wife he lost a checkbook later. If eh showed up with 2 black eyes I will know what happened. She doesn't lecture.

 

Back in the house Buddy's girls were spoiling the cats and Carmel rotten and Heath was wondering why all these people were in his house at bedtime.

 

I made sure to tell his wife the front end needed to be fixed sooner rather than later. I know things are tight for them right now. He has a tile company and when the economy tanked it hit him hard.

 

Now I am sore and tired and not looking forward to tomorrow at all.

 

Oh and lest you think that Buddy is a complete idiot. He used to be very badly into drugs. In fact he was a drug dealer before he got his life straightened out. After years of drugs he has trouble thinking things through. He is hands down the best tile man I know though. Fortunately his business is picking up again.


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Posted March 21, 2013 - 09:48 PM

Good on you man, after lecture # 5, I woulda been cheesed off. Good that Buddy has a friend like you now to help when things have gone poorly for him.

 

My hat is off to you.



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Posted March 22, 2013 - 04:20 AM

I'm glad Buddy has you for a friend. And to hear his business is starting to pick up again. I'm sure you'll get the truck brought around to your way of thinking, too!



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Posted March 22, 2013 - 05:51 AM

Your a nice friend , we should all help each other out like you do  ,  hope he remembers it when it comes time for something he can do for you ,Al






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