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Posted January 08, 2011 - 02:20 AM

Safe Travels Dan! Let us know how the trip went.

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Posted January 08, 2011 - 05:47 AM

Safe Travels Dan! Let us know how the trip went.


Thanks Alan, getting set to pull out in a bit. Only downside so far is I didn't get to sleep in a while on my day off, but I'll get over that.

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Posted January 08, 2011 - 07:04 AM

Have a safe trip Daniel!

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Posted January 08, 2011 - 08:59 PM

I am anxiously awaiting to hear how the trip went. It is getting pretty late and you haven't posted yet so I hope nothing went wrong.

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Posted January 08, 2011 - 09:38 PM

He's probably listening to it run as we type......

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Posted January 08, 2011 - 09:42 PM

It's been one looong tough day. First as soon as we got just 6 miles from home, to a smaller road croosinbg to a main road, it was covered with packed slick snow. I decided to keep going, as the weathermen called for hardly any snow for the Lexington area northward. WRONG! We went the 250 miles on at least 40% of it snow covered. I figured that if we could get up there, by the time we got back to the worst areas of snow, the road crews would have it cleared. Anyway, we get there and he has it lifted up with his forklift to sit it on my hitch. We let it down, and not thinking ahead of this, the diesel tank was only 2" off the ground. My pintle hitch is at it's highest bolt position. So I ask him where the nearest place with hitches and it's like 20 miles on up the road. But this guy needs to be leaving, so I ask him where the jack is that was in the pics. He says "oh there was a jack on it?". Like he didn't know. So he goes & gets this beat up, welded on jack & puts on it. At this point I'm not worried about the jack & head out for a new receiver piece. NO luck. Tallest they had was identical to mine. I was upset to say the least. I decide to go back the 20 miles & see if I can take that fuel tank off. Get there & engine has to come off to get the tank off. At this point I either go 250more miles home empty handed, or take my chances. My truck has heavy duty suspension, so once loaded it doesn't go down much more. So I pull it out of his lumpy lot to see how it clears on the level road, and still maybe a bit over 2", maybe 2 1/2". I hook her up & come on home. Electric brakes won't work & trailer lights not functional either, in fact, he busted a tail light OFF the trailer somehow before I got there. This light was intact in the pics. But the trailer's tank allows full view of my truck tail lights. I get almost to Lexington, Ky by dark. I figured I'd get pulled over for no trailer lights, but never did. The trailer never hit pavement anywhere except when pulling in to eat, it very lightly scraped due to the large dip in the drive. So after a 14hr ordeal I am finally home at 8:30. I am so tired & mentally wasted, so all I wanna do is hear the engine spin over. Starter spun, but engine stopped. I get a socket & strongarm to turn it by hand. It goes about 90% of a turn, then stops dead. BUT, it's not a metal to metal deal that I can tell. I believe there is some water in one cylinder, as it feels kinda mushy, and I can hear a sound of ice being compacted. I'd say he did not have the exhaust covered all the time & water got in. Long as the engine can be repaired cheap enough I am happy. I will warm it up tomorrow, and if it turns after, then it is just ice. Couldn't be much, as it turns almost a full circle. Oh well, I'll find out when I get the time. But we're home safe & sound....maybe not 100% mentally sound, but with some sleep, that will heal some too.
Sorry for the long post, but figured you would want to hear what happened. Pics later. WE ARE HOME! :thumbs:

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Posted January 08, 2011 - 09:43 PM

BTW....the roads were fine on the return trip! :yelclap:

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Posted January 08, 2011 - 09:47 PM

Sounds like a loooong fustrating day Dan. Glad to hear you made it home safely.
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Posted January 08, 2011 - 10:06 PM

And the bad luck on the trip wasn't the worst part of the day. My wonderful Uncle Willard Skaggs passed on today. He had a long good life of 90 years. ALL his family will miss him greatly. We all (over 100 people) celebrated his 90th Birthday with him a few months ago.

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Posted January 08, 2011 - 10:19 PM

Glad to hear you made it safe and sound and sorry to hear about your uncle.

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Posted January 08, 2011 - 10:23 PM

Fingers crossed for the engine, sorry to hear about your Uncle.
Hope tomorrow is a better day with a running engine.

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Posted January 08, 2011 - 10:26 PM

Glad to hear you made it safe and sound and sorry to hear about your uncle.


Fingers crossed for the engine, sorry to hear about your Uncle.
Hope tomorrow is a better day with a running engine.


Hey, I got to know him all my 52 years, so I'm a lucky man. As for the engine, if it turned out toast, I could have worse happen to me. I believe it's repairable if not runnable. He won't get feedback till I know though. He claimed he put a battery on it & it spun over fine. I don't believe he did.....maybe a month ago.

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Posted January 08, 2011 - 10:28 PM

Sorry to hear about your uncle Daniel but very glad you made it back safe and sound! Here is hoping that it's just a little bit of water, not much room in a diesel combustion chamber for anything to lock it up.

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Posted January 08, 2011 - 10:32 PM

The main thing is that you got home OK,even with the frustrations.Tommoro will be a better day for you to see if its just water/ice .Sorry about your Uncle.Will be watching to see what you find out.Larry

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Posted January 08, 2011 - 10:47 PM

The main thing is that you got home OK,even with the frustrations.Tomorrow will be a better day for you to see if its just water/ice .Sorry about your Uncle.Will be watching to see what you find out.Larry


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