Long day today.
This morning we got going early. I didn't even make coffee! I did, however, stop for some at the gas station. I mean, come on, you didn't think I went decaffeinated did you?
We had to wait in line to get gas. Everyone in town was filling up. Once we were full ( I needed gas, I wasn't in panic mode.)
Steph got hot chocolate. As we pulled out of the parking lot her cup fell out of the cup holder. I had a towel in the back seat.
We got to the first stop and they had a well work Chevy Astro. Of course it had a flat tire and was pointed the wrong way. The guy was all excited to pull it with his truck, so I let him . Steph took the JollyGreenGiant to the parking lot next door.
He started pulling me and we had a problem.The van would not come out of gear. I asked for something to lay on, because I wasn't excited to lay in the mud. He produced a box and a third guy. LOL. I pulled out my knife to slice the box open. Both of them did the same. Steph made a comment about boys and their toys. The third guy laughed and said, "we all three have guns, too" We all got a goo laugh out of that.
The shift cable was not attached. I put it in neutral manually. We pulled it over to the other parking lot and loaded it up.
Of course I dumped my coffee out in the parking lot.
ON the way out of the lot we heard a weird noise. I stopped to make sure it was in neutral and noticed that the shift cable was just dangling there. I hooked it up and we made certain it was in neutral. I didn't see any immediate cause for the noise so we headed on.
A bout a half mile later it started up. Steph said the back tire on the van looked funny. Not knowing what that meant, and needing more coffee, we pulled into a gas station.
She went in. I did a closer inspection. The back passengers side tire was loose. All 6 lug nuts were barely on. Of course, there was not a lug wrench in either vehicle.
Steph asked a guy if he had one. He did. Turns out he knew me. I got 3 cars from him a couple of years ago.
With the tire snugged down, we headed home.
I pulled the truck around the tree and pointed it back to the driveway while Steph got Gertie awakened from slumber and brought her around. There was a Ford F-350 transmission and a mower engine in the back of the truck. Cars are $6.50/100 pounds, irony aluminum is $12.5/100. No brainer to pull them out.
We left for the scrap yard and got unloaded with no problems. I doubled my money on the van and still had the irony stuff.
We got back home and took at look at the trailer wiring on the JGG, It was all there, it was just mangled. They had mounted the plug to the bottom of the hitch (which contained a bird nest ha) and it had been smashed. The 2wd sits pretty low.
In checking the wiring I found that the genius PO had extended the wiring and folded the wires over each other and taped them up in 400 feet of tape. IT was extremely stupid, because there was enough wire to run straight to the plug.
Once we figured out that the wiring all worked, ti was a small matter of hooking them to the plug. It just took far too long to figure the wiring out. They had put wire loom over the splices so it looked factory, until I started slicing. By then it was too late for me to take the dump trailer and get back before Heath's bus arrived.
I came in to look something up online, but I honestly cannot remember what. While I was doing that the guy who had the pile of scrap he wanted us to get called. He said he needed it gone immediately because he needed $25. I told him I would bring him $50 to get him thru the weekend and I would take it off the final price. I don't figure he is going to move 5 tons of metal over $50. Plus I know where he lives.
We sat in the driveway and waited for the bus. When I heard it I pulled the truck out in the road in front of it so I didn't get stuck behind it. Heath got in the truck, we headed off.
We ran by the guys house and gave him the money. He was dumbfounded we would do that. He said he would help us load when we came back LOL.
Of course, we got stuck behind 3 buses on the way out. Start and stop and start and stop. At one point someone in the oncoming lane didn't get stopped in time. Instead of rear ending another car, he stuffed it into an embankment.
Finally the buses turned off and we got on with things.
IT didn't take long to get the little Saturn loaded. Once we did we talked a bit, it turns out the guy had more stuff.
We had two crates of toys in the truck that were headed to a thrift store. Heath found them while we were loading. Steph jokingly said we should leave them there. The gal said she would take them. They had 4 kids the babysat, so the toys got left.
Heath put in an order for Chickfila. So we headed over.
He found his hardhat in the pile of toys.
He work it all afternoon.
There were 6 little boys, and one little girl in the playground, It sounded like there were 4355559999999999999999 kids in there. They had a ball.
After he had a good romp we headed home.
Steph fired Gertie up again and we got the extra parts out of the Saturn, then put Gertie to bed.
I came in to type this. After a shower I am going to bed.