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We could screw up a free lunch

I swear, anytime my Dad and I get to work together on something we end up breaking more things than fixing them. Last weekend we put new back struts on my Jetta but only after both of us hurt ourselves and each other. I now have no skin on the tops of any of my knuckles and he actually stepped on my head. A 2 hour job took 2 days! We got the old van back from the repair shop only to have it go back in on the same day for an unidentified sound it's making only when you take your foot off the gas. We picked up my S-10 from the mechanic where it's been for 6 months. Blown head gasket and warped head. I'm looking for a new engine. Dad and I went back and forth on whether to just junk it. It's a 21 year old truck for Pete's sake. Not even a classic truck either.

We went to pick up the 1955 Ford tractor after getting $1700 worth of work done on it. More than it's worth by the way. Of course the battery was dead and we had to go to NAPA and get a new one before we could take it anywhere and then I drove 15 mph for 4 miles with him following me in the truck. Everytime it hit a bump it would start bouncing up and down and I'd have to back the speed down to 10 mph and work my way up from there. Tricycle tractors were not meant to be run on the highway. And it's real fun when a semi passes you going 70 or so. The 1948 Ford Tractor wouldn't start because Dad and I in our infinite wisdom washed it with a high pressure sprayer last weekend and got water in the distributor which is impossible to get to. Johnie came over and we all had the bright idea to try and pull start it. So I drug it out of the barn with the 55 Ford and we took the mowing deck off. Hooked chains up to it and proceeded to try and pull start it. I was in 1st with the 55, dad was in 2nd. We got going down a hill and the 48 Ford started, shot forward and rammed me right in the rear end. Dad got thrown over the hood of the 48. I got thrown over the hood of the 55. It was a mess. While laying on the ground, I noticed all the antifreeze draining out of the 48. Come to find out he hit one of the hydraulic lifters on the the back of the 55. Punctured the radiator and bushed it back into the fan. Much of the rest of the afternoon was spent towing it up to the driveway and taking off the hood which has never been off at least in the 15 years we've owned it.

When I took the front end loader off the 55 to take it to the mechanic, the front hydraulic cylinders were extended all the way out. Apparently in the 2 months the mechanic had it, they froze in place. So we had to compress them by putting on end against a power pole in the barnyard and pushing with the tractor while holding open the hydraulic valves. They did get compressed. However, we now have a nice coating of hydraulic fluid all over the barn, my S-10, the grass, the 55 Ford and me. Plus I got one of the worst sunburns I've had in years. Good thing he's going to Indiana next weekend.

Wander

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redsgoddes
Jul. 29th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
I don't even know what to say! this all sounds so foreign to me... are you sure we are from the same country?
wander
Jul. 29th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
Pretty sure we are not as NY is a foreign land.

W
redsgoddes
Jul. 29th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
NYC maybe..but ..have you ever been upstate? I don't mean the city of Albany.. I mean the rural areas?
wander
Jul. 29th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
You have a weird time zone. That proves it!

w
redsgoddes
Jul. 29th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
We have the CORRECT one! Now see, if you had done all of this with your tractor and what have you HERE..you'd of been an hour ahead of yourself and would of seen it coming!!!
wander
Jul. 29th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
I don't think it would have helped us avoid it even if we did see it coming.

W
redsgoddes
Jul. 29th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
LMFAO!! oops, I'm not laughing, really I'm not..
oldcroaker
Jul. 30th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
Thank you for making me feel human!

If you don't bleed then the job is not done rite. I tell myself that all the time.
wander
Jul. 30th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
We always say if someone doesn't have to go to the hospital then you are not working hard enough!

W
greatbearmd
Jul. 30th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
I've had days like that.
wander
Jul. 30th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
Dad and i seem to have years like that.

W
gnominclature
Jul. 30th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
I don't mean to chuckle at your misfortune, but just know I'm LoL.
wander
Jul. 30th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
We were actually laughing when most of it happened. The radiator puncture was sort of a godsend because taking the hood off allowed us to change the distributor which we've been attempting to do for a couple years. It sits in an unreachable place behind the fan.

W
nayrene
Jul. 30th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
That image of you both tumbling head-over-hood... oh my WORD! I know it was not fun at the time, but it sure is funny the way you tell it... maybe you guys should take a tractor-fix-it show on the road or something. Johnie can be the straight man...
wander
Jul. 30th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Johnie had to turn away he was laughing so hard.

W
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