BettyBlue

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  1. 07Burb

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    good job, uncle willie :D
     
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    Well, we made it back from TN with minor hiccups.


    BettyBlue ran perfect and got 15mph running 80 mph up and down the hills. I am happy with that.


    HOWEVER>>>> (as mentioned above) the starter decided to die when it was hot. If we drove a couple of hours we either had to sit for an hour, or push start it. NO major problem. My brother got me a mini starter (from a 2000 S10 Blazer 4.3l)from a junk yard he deals with and I brought it home.

    We got busy and it sat for 3 days, then I put the starter in. We went down to a friends house to help him out and the truck would not start unless I pulled on the cable. We put it up on his lift and I tried to tighten the nut.
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    DAMMIT

    I called about a new solenoid and local places wanted $100!!?!???! for it. We got a stock starter for $39.

    I put the starter on and my wife BettyBlue off the lift and in a few short minutes we did this.
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    Yep right back up. The clutch line broke. I have not had the truck for a year yet, and we replaced it shortly after I bought it. I did some searching on my online posts and found I had changed it on October 6, 2016.

    The counter guy was able to look it up by the date and it was the only one sold on that day, so he honored the warranty.

    We went this morning at 6am while the shop was still cool and put it on.

    Steph drove it to Charlotte. So far so good.
     
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    Wellll.......


    After a year and a half and maybe 100k miles (odometer doesn't work, but that is average for me) the clutch that was bad when I bought the truck finally went out. I am very easy on a clutch. Wife was driving it when it happened so I can blame her. LOL. Tomorrow it goes up on the lift. Fortunately my friends shop is not being used right now.
     
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    What else is new ??? Have you bought any new toys ?
     
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    Not in a day or two. Still trying to fix the ones I have LOL>
     
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    IT was broken worse than I suspected.

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    At 845 headed down to TIm's. Right off the bat we had a problem. Steph ran the battery dead with the hazard lights last night. Tim pulled his big e350 van over and jumped it off The truck would not move at all. Since it had a tire chock under the back tire it wasn't going anywhere.



    He went to fire up his little John Deere. It had a dead battery. However the Power King next to it had a new one. We jumpstarted the JD and he pushed the truck off the chock.



    He has his forklift attachment on the loader. when ht pushed the truck up on the lift the hitch ball got hung on the loader. IT took some doing to get the pin out of the hitch to get it out.



    We got started pulling it apart.



    We had things well underway when Steph's alarm went off. She had to take Emily to work. I told her to go get the parts on the way back. I don't think she was out of the driveway good when we got the clutch out.

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    Tim and I sat and chewed the fat for a bit. Then he got a call. One of his customers had the front end loader fall off their TC30.







    Tim just traded for a beautiful 65 Ford dump truck. We took it over to the guys property. Turns out the problem was poor maintenance. 6 of 8 bolts that hold the loader to the front arm were gone. We got it lifted back into place and told him what bolts to buy.
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    We got back to Tim's shop and waited.





    Eventually, Steph came back. She had all but two parts and had to go up to Lincolnton to get them. While she did that we installed the clutch, and every thing else we had parts for.





    She got back and we got things buttoned up. My back was screaming. I almost couldn't get out from under the lift.



    Steph took it for a test drive. She came back and it was idling about 1800 rpm. She also said it had no brakes. I opened the hood and nearly got my beard sucked off my face, the brake booster line was off. Both problems solved.





    When we got home it was time for Steph to go get Emily. I waited for Heath to get off the bus. After he did I got in the shower. Now I am sitting here, hurting like mad, barely able to keep my eyes open. How does a simple clutch job wear you out so much.
     
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    Well, you got to keep your beard on your face, so I guess it was a successful day! Job well done.:D
     
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