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Sunday, April 30, 2006

I'm all better now, and ready to go hiking and geocaching.

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That was one heavy Gall Bladder. I am now 9 pound lighter than I was before the removial.

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Caching Saturday. The hike alone was a treat. With AG & Cymb we hike one of the new loop trails up Pine Mountains near the Dam. We found four caches and Cymb hid a new one that I will go back later and find. The view at the top was worth the hike even if you don't cache hunt. I like the trail. Looked over the moonshing still site that was near one of the caches. Not much lefted to see, but I could see it all in my minds eye. Good history of the areas past.

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After seeing owls pine mountain cache and learning kirks handy work
there, I think I will name the new hide near the state line " Kache Visible On Mountain"
in honor of KVOM.

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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Oil Change

The lady that lives down the street stopped by for a chat when she seen me out in the drive way.
She said she had been to Jiffy Lube for an oil change, and had a cup of coffee while they did the work.

Money spent:
Oil Change $20.00 w/ coupon
Coffee $1.00
Total $21.00
She just had to rub it in that she was taking care of her car.

Well Abner was due an oil change, but I can do my own, thankyou!
Here is a List of me giving Abner a service job.
1) I waited until Friday, drive to Auto Zone parts store and buy a case of oil, filter, kitty litter, hand cleaner and a scented tree, write a check for $50.00.
2) Stop by Ingles and buy a case of beer, write a check for $20, drive home.
3) Open a beer and drink it.
4) Jack car up. Spend 30 minutes looking for jack stands.
5) Find jack stands under the collecter pedal car.
6) In frustration, open another beer and drink it.
7) Place drain pan under engine.
8) Look for 9/16 box end wrench.
9) Give up and use crescent wrench.
10) Unscrew drain plug.
11) Drop drain plug in pan of hot oil: splash hot oil on my arm in process. Cuss.
12) Crawl out from under car to wipe hot oil off of face and arms. Throw kitty litter on spilled oil.
13) Have another beer while watching oil drain.
14) Spend 30 minutes looking for oil filter wrench.
15) Give up; crawl under car and hammer a screwdriver through oil filter and twist off.
16) Crawl out from under car with dripping oil filter splashing oil everywhere from holes. Cleverly hide old oil filter among trash in trash can to avoid environmental penalties. Drink a beer.
17) Troy shows up; finish case of beer with him. Decide to finish oil change tomorrow so I can go see his new garage door opener.
18) Saturday: Skip Cache Event because "I gotta finish the oil change." Drag pan full of old oil out from underneath car. Cleverly dump oil in hole in back yard instead of taking it back to service station to recycle.
19) Throw kitty litter on oil spilled during step 18.
20) Beer? No, drank it all yesterday.
21) Walk to store; buy beer.
22) Install new oil filter making sure to apply a thin coat of oil to gasket surface, to be sure filter is full of oil.
23) Dump first quart of fresh oil into engine.
24) Remember drain plug from step 11.
25) Hurry to find drain plug in drain pan.
26) Remember that the used oil is buried in a hole in the back yard, along with drain plug.
27) Drink beer.
28) Shovel out hole and sift oily mud for drain plug. Re-shovel oily dirt into hole. Steal sand from next door kids sandbox to cleverly cover oily patch of ground and avoid environmental penalties. Wash drain plug in lawnmower gas.
29) Discover that first quart of fresh oil is now on the floor. Throw kitty litter on oil spill.
30) Drink beer.
31) Crawl under car getting kitty litter into eyes. Wipe eyes with oily rag used to clean drain plug. Slip with stupid crescent wrench tightening drain plug and bang knuckles on frame.
32) Bang head on floorboards in reaction to step 31.
33) Begin cussing fit.
34) Throw stupid crescent wrench.
35) Cuss for additional 10 minutes because wrench hit car show trophy.
36) Beer.
37) Clean up hands and forehead and bandage as required to stop blood flow.
38) Beer.
39) Beer.
40) Dump in five fresh quarts of oil.
41) Beer.
42) Lower car from jack stands.
43) Accidentally crush remaining case of new motor oil.
44) Move car back to apply more kitty litter to fresh oil spilled during steps 23 - 43.
45) Beer.
46) Test drive car.
47) Get pulled over: arrested for driving under the influence.
48) Car gets impounded.
49) Call loving wife, make bail
50) 12 hours later, get car from impound yard.

Money spent:
Parts $50.00
DUI $2500.00
Impound fee $75.00
Bail $1500.00
Beer $40.00
Total - - $4,165.00

But I know the job was done right!

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I have always like tools. They make hard work so much easier. When I quit work I had enough tools for a life time. That changed this week and I brought a engine host. Some call it a hydraaulic shop crane. It came is a box about 6" high. I opened it and found forty parts. Then I found a small white paper in it that said Assembly Instructions: In English: Attach all components in place using the bolts,washers and nuts. In Spanish: Para El Servicio Para El Consumicor 1 800 so & so.
Hecho En China.

After a chuckle I bolted it together.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Can you say General Lee? - 2006

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Sunday, April 02, 2006

I think this car is Awesome!!!!

Dodge Charger SRT 8

And it will run too.
I drove it full out on a one mile road course.

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It is after 6PM Sunday evening so I'm calling it a weekend.
Here is a list of some of what I got done, not in order

1. Went to the store and got the fixens for the stew to carry to Wanna Go.
2. Picked up the steaks for the Wanna Go Campout supper.
3. Removed the gas tank from the 50. It had 12 gallons on ten year old fuel in it. There was a lot of trash in it, plus some sluge in it. I got some degresser from Home Depot, and put it in the tank with one part hot water, then put a twenty foot small chain in it and rolled it around on saw horses every ten minutes for about three hours.
Then I hauled it to the quarter car wash that cost two dollars for 5 minutes and wash it out with two rounds of hot soap wash. Then a round of rinse. When I got back I put a half gallon of alcohol and rolled it around and over and over to dry the water. When I poured that out, I then used a heat gun to dry it out. It shines like new silver dollar inside now. I closed it up and sealed it shut and sanded it and painted it.
Now a new 57 year old tank.
4. I painted all the parts to my new rear end. I can't install it till the spring pads come and I weld them in place.
5. My new High-performance Halogen Highlights from Germany came while I was working
on the gas tank. I install them while I waited for paint to dry between coats.
Man they are bright.
6. I took down the garage door to the basement. To do that I took the 50 out just in case of a boo boo. That is what lead up the the gas tank removal. I wanted to do that outside too. I put up the new door and got it all lined up. I got a welcome phone call that let me take a well needed brake while I was adjusting the springs.
7. I put some more of my tools in their place as I found the ones I needed.
8. Trip to Home Depot for paint.
9. Moved stuff around in the basement.
10. Cooked lunch and cleaned the dishes Saturday.
11. Put up bird house to get it out of my way.
12. Found a new set of Spoke Hubcaps while looking thru stuff I was moving around.
I got them for a pickup I builded in the eighties, but used Rally Wheels, and forgot about the hubcaps.

Things that is yet to be done due to this weekend.
1. paint garage door
2. paper work and book keeping for 50.
3. log same paper work in the computer
4. Move more stuff around in basement till I get a dumpster, and ebay the hell out of some of it.

Going caching tomorrow.

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