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I WRECKED MY TRUCK

I WRECKED MY TRUCK

I WRECKED MY TRUCK Last  ,  Thursday a bit before noon.  This happened all because of my  SNEEZING    10 times in a row.  Talk about some SIDEWAYS SHIT.    Well It could of been a lot worse, so I’m thankful that it wasn’t.

So now that  I WRECKED MY TRUCK, I get to FIX IT.   This is not an easy job.  There is a good bit of BODY WORK, that needs to be done. The last Time that I did any body work I was still in my TEENS, a good 35 years ago.  Well right now I’m just concerned with getting it back on the ROAD.    So  I  had the front end Pulled out about 8 to 10 inches , by a friend that does body work for a living.    This  cost me $400 to get done.  Then there was the Radiator , fan , and the fan clutch .  There is also the light fixtures as well .  There was also getting it TOWED to and from the shop as well.

Well I WRECKED MY TRUCK,  and it has cost me $650 already.      I still need to get a few parts  and the light fixtures . I’m thinking it will cost about $200 to $400 to get it finished to a good drivable state. I’m hoping to find some cheep parts at the salvage yard.  I need to find a pair of turn signal   light fixtures , the pair of bumper lights , a mounting assembly  for the head lights and a bracket that holds the front bumper on to the frame.    There are a few other things that I will get later but for now these will do .  Later I will want to get a bumper , A grill , the shroud ,and skirting under the bumper , there might be a  front passenger side fender too.  We shall SEE how this works out , later , on down the road.

AS for now , I WRECKED MY TRUCK , and need to fix it as fast as I  can, so I can get to work and keep things going around here.  Well This weekend has been a lot of work , to say the least .   Well it is time to get after it .

so later blessings byebye

GAS TANK FUN

GAS TANK FUN

Well my GAS TANK FUN , started when I got my  Old / New Truck.  When I got my Truck it had old, bad GAS in it that stank  so bad that I wanted to GAG.   Well  I  thought that I could get this fixed by running some Fuel Treatment  through it.   Well that didn’t work out very well at all.

So the real  GAS TANK FUN  started.  I needed to  get the old /bad Gas out of there.  This meant that  I needed  to get the Tank out of the Truck and wash it out. Not an easy Job for a mechanic with a lift and all the right tools to do  it with.  For me doing it with  A  Jack  and some Stands ,   It was a lot more work and very uncomfortable.   There are a lot of things that are in the way when doing this on the ground that would be easy to get out of the way if it was on a lift.   Well I got it out and cleaned up and put   back in.  I thought that it was FIXED.  So I put it all back together and tried it. Well It was Not Fixed.  Well Part of it was , but not all of it.

The   GAS TANK FUN continued with the FUEL PUMP not working.  Well when I put it back together I had not messed with the  fuel  pump.  That was a big Mistake for sure.  I should of checked to make sure it was running , but i didn’t do that. So I got  to do the trouble shooting and it was the Fuel  Pump that was not working.  Well this sent me out to get a new fuel pump.  Well Now it was time to take the Fuel Tank out of the truck for the second time.

So GAS TANK FUN part two Starts off with me setting the Jack Stands on their tallest setting so I can  have more work room under the Truck.  This helped out a lot, and made working under there a lot easier on me. Don’t get me wrong it was still a pain to work under there but with that extra height it was better on ME.Well I was able to sit up better so  my back was not bent too bad.  Well I got the Fuel Tank out and took the Pump out, to start the replacement of it . When I did this I got a 4 inch long Jelly like worm of GOO that crawled out of the uptake line. It melted away real fast but that was not something that should be in the fuel line.  Well I got the wires set up to test the pump and it worked , after spitting out another GOO WORM. This was good , it meant that the pump was just clogged up, and not burned out.

Well the  GAS TANK FUN was to the reassembly phase.  I got better at working under there.  When I got it all put back together  I found that I had a bad wire somewhere.   SO off to the Wire Trouble Shooting I go. Found out  Which of the wires was bad and ran a new one to replace it . Well it all worked good so I finish putting it all back together.  This was a lot of  WORK that I don’t want to have to do again.  Well when it was all back together I started it up and gave it a test run. I’m happy, Then I turned off the key and It kept running ,  WHAT THE ?????? .  Well I found that the relay  was a bit sticky  and not letting go the way it should. So I got it out and made the connections  with the  clips and bumped the relay about 20 times and put it back in and it works now.  It was a bit sticky to start but it worked lose and is working fine now, but I will be getting a new one soon.

I was thinking that the GAS TANK FUN was done, but I was Wrong.   I was driving it  and smelling gas  and I thought it was from the tarp that I was working on. Well i took it out and  let it air out.  This was not the problem.  I found that I had missed a clamp on the fuel filter , and was leaking from there real bad.  With the clamp  installed, the smell went away. I had only lost about Three gallons of GAS due to this mistake.   I  Will not be able to tell the miles per gallon this time but I can get that on the next tank full.

I did have a few pictures of this but my Phone got stolen and they were on it , and I had not downloaded them yet, so I missed out on posting a few here for this post.  Well this is the end of this GAS TANK FUN  post. I have things to do around here at THE BACKYARD HOMESTEADING ACT that need  me to get to them.

so later blessings byebye

 

 

FUN WITH OLD TRUCKS

FUN WITH OLD TRUCKS

Well now that I got this  Truck  I get to have that FUN WITH OLD TRUCKS Time   This means that I get to find all of the little things that are wrong with it.  Things like the fuel having WATER in it and that the Gas is Very OLD  and looks more like Gray Green sludge than gas.20160901_151307 20160901_151252

This is what came out of my old  FUEL FILTER  when I  changed it out. This was scary to say the least.   I can’t  see how  it is running on this stuff.  Well I have a new filter as well as some fuel treatment  in there and will run it dry , then put a small amount back in with more treatment again.  Then I will check  to see how it looks and decide on if I’m going to drop the gas tank to fix this or not.  I just didn’t have time this weekend.   So I’ll be having more  FUN WITH OLD TRUCKS later.

Now to go on about having  more FUN WITH OLD TRUCKS.  there was the windshield that I know about going in.  At least this one was  an easy fix, just had to make a few calls  to find the best price and a time that was  good for me. This was a easy fix  but a hit on the wallet for  $165. the good thing about this is that I don’t have to clean the SMOKERS FILM off of the new windshield.  I will still have to get to work on the other windows though.

Well the surprise of this  FUN WITH OLD TRUCKS was when  It  quit starting on me.  I was backing out the driveway and stopped with the front end up  in the drive but the rear was down in the gutter of the road.   I had to wait for a bunch of cars to go by and my truck died on me .   I was try  to start it and it wouldn’t  start .  Well remember the fuel was bad and had a lot of water in it , well with noes up in the air , the water went to the low end of the tank and the fuel pump sent a lot of water to the engine  and it  don’t run on Water.  Well I kept trying to start it and It stopped working.   It would not even go click . Well this is not a good thing. So now the FUN WITH OLD TRUCKS  Begins  on this problem. 1472813763337 1472813771606 1472813795581

 

 

 

Well After some friends helping me out with some trouble shooting I had to give up for the night.  At least we had it  down to three things that it could be , a bad wire, a bad ground , or the Starter Relay.  Well it was the relay , and it cost me $20  to get the part and a trip across town as my parts store didn’t have it but sent me to the other store across town to get it there.  So  with a jumper wire at the ready , to start the Truck, I was driving around town to get the relay and other things I needed to have to get this Truck going.  Well right there in the parking lot of the Parts Store I swapped out  the RELAYS and fixed the STARTING problem.

SO to the next Part of  my  having FUN WITH OLD TRUCKS.    this was another one that I knew about .   The TURN SIGNALS, oh what fun.   I spent time crawling around checking wires and connections and replaced the bulbs all the way around but still ended up running a few wires to get all  of the Lights  working the way they should.   SO now they all go flash-IE  and blink-IE and stay on like they should.1472813846749

 

 

Well I got it fixed up well enough that I can get it  inspected now. So this   FUN WITH OLD TRUCKS post is at an end now and i get to go get the TAGS, Title, AND REREGISTRATION in my name.   SO I’m felling like , I did SOMETHING GOOD today.1472814633210

 

 

 

 

Well this is it for this  FUN WITH OLD TRUCKS post and I’m glad that I have got my Truck going.  I still need to do a lot of work but that will be later.  For now I’m wanting to get a load of Wood Chips for the garden and compost pile.  I want to say thanks to all that helped me out with this endeavor.   Well there are things that need doing to keep the   BACKYARD HOMESTEADING ACT going so i need to get to them now

so later blessings byebye

HERE’S THE TRUCK

HERE’S THE TRUCK

Well HERE’S THE TRUCK that I got yesterday. It will need to have a new windshield installed on it  to pass inspection.  This will cost me $200 or so.   I need to see if I can find one cheaper, I need to save every dollar that I can.   I still need to cover a lot of the cost.20160827_105431 20160827_105459 20160827_105509 20160827_105520 20160827_105610 20160827_105621 20160827_123914

 

NOW  HERE’S THE TRUCK with all it’s dings. There is A bent end on the rear bumper, the Cracks in the windshield,  a missing cover on the wiper access panel,   the dash is a bit cracked and pealing,  and a ding over the headlight . There are  a couple of light bulbs that need to be replaced, as well as the latch mechanism for the tailgate.

HERE’S THE TRUCK mileage reading ,  of 154,444.4 miles  when  I got it. that is a few FORES on the odometer.  Well I still need to get the rest of my funding taken  care of in the next few days.    With my Saturn giving up the ghost Friday, I  had to jump on this  Sweet Deal  without  having all of my ducks in a row.  With what I have gotten on the     GOFUNDME   Thing, and the $700 Loan  I  got,  I’m going to be  About $600 short  On this.

STILL TO DO

I still need to get the Windshield , transfer/ registration ,  inspection,  an oil change, fluids check and lube, a few light bulbs, and break pads.      I might hold off on the break pads for a month or so but I want them soon. Well at least the Tires are good enough to last out the year, but I will need some soon after that too.   I was looking On line and found that the tires will cost from $330 to $400 .  I will miss the price of doing the tires on my SATURN , being $150 for a set.       Monday will be spent looking for a windshield fixing the brake lights and turn singles,  an Oil change and swapping the anti-freeze.  Then I get to do the go get the inspection done. Well I have work to do for the boss.   This  means  that   this  HERE’S THE TRUCK   post is done with.

so later blessings byebye