|Today 08:53 PM|
|Too Many Projects||
The white bu had a 137,000 miles and needed a LOT of neglected maintenance. It spent a few weeks in the old "shop" getting all that and then the thermostat failed during the 20's below zero weather last February, while we were in TX. It, also, had the dreaded steering position sensor failure on him and I replaced the sensor too. Since then, it has been behaving itself, but is far rustier than the blue car and the interior looked like it was a garbage dump when I got it. $100 for interior cleaning got it looking better, but it will never look clean. His girlfriend said she will miss the heated seats in the white car, as it is an LTZ...
All my hours at Centerline are being banked against the Blue Bu's repair, so no out of pocket expense for the straightening, but there will be several hundred in parts anyway.
|Today 08:05 PM|
Thank you for the Dr Seuss style reply sentence, you are sharp as a tack. Man it is fun to let the welder eat once in awhile.
As little as we have heard about the white car, it must have been serving Adam nobly. I remember there were things you didn't like about it as opposed to ol bluebu. Maybe someday you two can really do the snowbird thing. Never say never.
That sounds wierd coming from me. But I laid down a heavy burden today, so-
Another thing or two, follow ups... GTP did good today but that leak ain't getting no better. I have another idea about coolant elbow delete but shower and bed beckon so I'll save that.
My eldest device was sufficiently so as to be ineligible for the browser update. That means it still works like it did, for posting. I still don't have the rythym down on the new version but its coming. It did add some annoying steps to lunchtime phone posts but I'll get over it.
|Today 07:13 PM|
|Too Many Projects||
The Blue Bu will go back to the son, when done. The White POS I bought for him when he crashed this will get sold. When we were seriously, well I was seriously, considering buying a winter place in FL, we were thinking we would leave the white one down there, but THAT isn't going to happen now.
Anyway, Junk Jeep picks.
Access hole to weld inside the top rail and the inside and bottom too, as long as I was in there burning wire. And I mean I burned wire...Lincoln all the way up on high and wire speed almost there too. In other words, I welded the be-jeep-ers out of that frame...
Then I cut off a flap from the replacement motor mount box and re-purposed it as a template to cut out gussets to weld over the holes.
Then it was time to bolt the engine down and see if the frame would hold it.
Bottle jack still supporting the engine and then not...it's hanging..
The owner brought us a "replacement" front axle assembly to install...what a rusted POS !!! I managed to get the control arms bolted up and the springs and shocks installed for it to hang there on it's own, but I couldn't turn the hubs side to side. The front drive axle u-joints and ball joints were rusted in place !!! I ended up knocking the tie rods off to beat the hubs back and forth enough to loosen them up a LITTLE, but it isn't good. I swapped the rotors and calipers from the original axle on, to eliminate dealing with the rusted, stuck crap on the axle and got it on the stands for Dave to finish the straightening.
|Today 07:59 AM|
Good to see it finally about to get the needed attention. Having a spare knockaround car in winter is handy whether you intend to put it back in service or not.
Hope your health insurance efforts bear fruit. I know I am dead meat next year but intend to try making the call for help in getting it all straight again tomorrow during business hours. I am absolutely helpless in choosing a plan, the numbers they give are gibberish so it ends up being a close your eyes and put a finger on one deal, pretty much. Arg
When the fire dep't sent out the first alert, it was before they knew what was ablaze. It said "irritating smoke". Second one followed with words like toxic and evacuate came just a few minutes before they got it snuffed. Then on the news the chief said "any smoke is toxic".
The community takes their Chicken Little seriously. Alarmist co-workers donned respirators, one had to go to his kid. And so on.
Camera left on rack? Classic Mitchism.
By the way I was gonna spew this too... yesterday I noticed the brand new browser "updated" (can you say patch?) and now... this is wierd... I just used the thanks button on the phone. Wow! Such high cotton. I think they put the durn new version out while it was still beta. Dadburn their hides.
Let's go be bodymen again today. Off I go.
|Today 07:22 AM|
|Too Many Projects||
When you printed "chemical fire"...that is always a major concern, Glad it wasn't a truly toxic situation.
I got the donator frame section on the Jeep yesterday but left the camera on the frame rack when I went home..
I enlisted the help of the 2other shop guys to get the complete, replacement, front axle assembly up on the rack and got it situated enough to start the 2 upper control arm bolts. That assembly will be completely installed and wheel stands on the brake discs today, ready for final tweaking of the frame. Looking forward to having that done by next Monday, when I will install the sheet metal and the owner then wants it to start all his mods.
Then I will be taking the '06 Malibu in and getting that on the rack and pulled back into shape. It won't get paint beyond a coating of something to prevent rust, but it will be straight again.
|Yesterday 10:04 PM|
The 'P was down most of a gallon of coolant. I gotta do something but a new strategy is brewing, for the elbow war. I may try plastic elbows with some teflon tape. A cap and system pressure tester is something I'll have to invest in. Don't guess the coolant level sensor I griped about is on the blink after all. I was warned.
The fire was styrofoam.
It started outside the place then got inside. Long damn day for the fire chief. He was on the news saying don't come look, theres weak power poles and such. Boy I bet its a mess like he said. He added that styrofoam, which burns hot, fast, and no matter what... is about totally consumed when burnt. So it could have been worse but with the stink, the smoke you could see from Missouri, and the initial unknown factor, it freaked a lot of folks out. Knocked out power for many. Only one person was said to have sought medical attention.
|Yesterday 08:14 PM|
I haven't checked the news to see what happened but I guarantee if theres a blame receptacle, they are in hot water. That column of smoke was going for probably an hour. First thing I did was check on the folks, they are closer. They were aware.
I got too disrupted over the job dance at work last couple weeks, I guess... and forgot to keep an eye on coolant in the GTP so today she poked the gauge needle in my eye like HEY! Thirsty over here. Oops, sorry baby. I'll do better. I served her a drink at lunch and think she mellowed out. She was wagging the gauge... five miles after a cold start, 240ish. Soon as you see the spike she goes aw I wasn't doing nothing and drops back to 160 in a few seconds. She's a freak on a leash.
|Yesterday 07:36 PM|
|Yesterday 12:44 PM|
Wow, emergency alerts galore! Chemical plant fire out of control. Had my max dose of toxic smoke yesterday cutting up that junk quarter panel. This is a few miles away and there are those needing to evacuate. Never a dull one!
|12-03-2019 09:12 PM|
|12-03-2019 06:59 PM|
Funny how I just got home and can now post as usual. Site still acts crazy with the hey login so you can login after you log in before you log in again... once you log in BS.
That points to work internet being again un-usable.
I would have to reach on tiptoes to scratch a snake's belly right now. The afternoon was exceptionally disappointing today.
|12-03-2019 02:20 PM|
|Too Many Projects||
First time was practice. Stripping the detritus off the donor panel will be quicker...
Seems I can't actually sit down with a medigap agent to discuss alternatives around here. Friggen WI is like the old trucking industry, it is regulated to just a few underwriters per county.
So, I filled out an application for Medica online, like the millennials have forced upon the entire population, and now wait to get an email back whether I have been approved...
Gotta wonder how many brick and mortar stores will still exist in another 10 years...
The front of our house faces North and never gets sun, so the sidewalk is always slippery from snow. I ordered a weed burner torch to melt and dry it and rejected adding to Jeff Bezo's fortune and am having Home Depot bringing it to my local store.
|12-03-2019 12:47 PM|
Well, it finally happened... I cannot make an image appear. Site and blog both let me upload but nothing is there. I uploaded five pics three times to the forum and twice to the blog. Both accept them like usual but the images don't appear. Can't do anything with that!
So, I have the old metal off the Lexus. Now I get to do it again, to get new old metal.
|12-03-2019 08:13 AM|
|Too Many Projects||No work today. Need to find new gap coverage, since the one I had isn't allowed in the new state... I can still get the same underwriter, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, but not with the same agency and the coverage is reduced and costs more.|
|12-03-2019 07:35 AM|
I read a description of tapatalk. Not for me because all the content I provide only goes here. Some of it goes also to another forum sometimes. I have currently active memberships to four forums but rarely participate in two of them. Thats it, so no need. I am getting familiar with the new set of problems but its getting ridiculous.
Today should be like walking on a cloud. Back to knowing what to do when I get there, no need to ask!
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