It was warm out today.
I was supposed to go get some I beams out of a yard up the road today. It was so wet out that I decided not to. It was a good decision.
A guy contacted me on messenger asking if I wanted a Honda Civic with a blown head gasket and a broken front end. I gave him a price of $115. It was actually a very generous offer. Most guys are paying 100 for a compact. He began o lay on the sob story - he was a vet, a single father, and his rent was due and he needed $200. I told him my offer was firm. He went through it again. I told him I had bills to pay too. I never heard from him again. I don't know why people think I am here to pay their bills when they get in a jam. I have to pay my own.
At 1 we headed outdoors to get things done. I fired up Gertie. She refused to move in 2wd. I had to engage the font axle to get it going. I moved the tire trailer over to BettyBlue then we offloaded the tires from the WIndturd we carted to the crusher before the snow. I left them in the back of the truck to add weight in the slick stuff.
Then I put the tire trailer in its place and moved the tow dolly around to the front yard.
Once it was hooked to BB we loaded up and made our way to Morganton. A guy had a Jeep Liberty we had already talked about.
I got there before he did. He had to run to Walmart to get something.
He got home and we loaded it up. He told me there was a rebuild kit in the interior of the Jeep. I figured rings and stuff. Nope. Everything internal in the engine is sitting there, new crank and all. There is a long convoluted story behind it all. I should have a clear title on it by Thursday. We will see. If not I will part it out.
We stopped at ChickFilA and go food. Then headed home.
We were making good time. Running 70 down hills and dropping to 40 going up. BettyBlue was running like a top. We made our last turn to get to town and were cruising up a long grade when the engine stumbled. I looked at the fuel gauge - the needle was not visible. Oops.
I did some quick calculating whether it was shorter to turn around and go back to the last station or press on to the next. We chose the next. I was close enough to home to call Graham to bring me gas if we couldn't make it.
BB would stumble then run for 100 yards then stumble again. I kept nursing her on. I did run one stop sign, but it was easy enough to see both directions to tell it was clear. I finally got to the back entrance of Walmart and pulled in. I made it to the Murphy station without having to push.
I have a 22 gallon tank. I put 24 gallons in it. I can't believe I got there.
We pulled on our road and I saw Sam's van with the hood up in my yard. We pulled in and I found he had it up on the metal ramps, which were quickly sinking in the mud. I made him swap them out for the plastic ramps that are more stable. He was changing his oil.
While he did that I lit the pampass grass. Heath enjoyed the fire.
A volunteer firefighter came past going over 100. HE made a right at the top of the hill. I told Sam to hurry up and get out of my way. He did. The tow dolly was pulled across the yard and unhooked. A police car came flying past and turned right.
Once I was out of the mud I went that way too. I found nothing. I made a big circle and came back home. As I pulled in my road I saw red lights the opposite direction. I went to investigate. There were police and ambulances at a house. I have no idea what was going on. I didn't figure I needed to stop and talk.
I got home and Sam was gone. He did leave my shop open. I am going to have to have a word with that boy.
I did find a dash camera in the Jeep. I hooked it to the computer and it had videos from a week ago. I could hear the Jeep run and it didn't sound bad, except for when he started it. I am wondering if it has a bad flywheel and not a bad engine. I will look at it and see. Although I still haven't looked at the Jaguar yet.
Tomorrow Heath is going to a buddy's birthday party. I plan on staying home and doing nothing. I may go out and see if the Jeep or Jag will start.
Edited by UncleWillie, January 20, 2018 - 09:23 PM.