Looks like you and I came from the same school Doc, except I'm not lucky
enough to have that '2nd truck' to throw the tires and tranny into. *But* I
do watch the guy that handles the wrench when he takes off my tires, and
make sure he properly torques 'em back down. As for the tools, the way I
see it - if I need it once, I'll need it again. :-)
Oh now there's another can of works to be opened...................getting
the wrong parts at the parts store. Like brake drums with 4 holes in them
when you have 5 studs; I open the boxes on everything before I buy them to
knock off a few trips...........
I once owned a Fiat (stands for "Fix It Again Tony" according to a friend of
mine named, um, Tony). That sorry little piece of crap had a million parts
that were almost but not quite identical to those for all other models and
years - (and none of which were interchangeable with one single other Fiat
vehicle) - not so much that you could tell by looking, just enough so they
weren't actually interchangeable. A large portion of my amazing vocabulary
of poetic profanity was perfected while I owned that puke green little POS.
I agree fully about opening all the boxes before leaving the store. But
what really makes me pissed is when I bring in the origional part that I
have just removed off the vehicle and they argue with me when they bring me
the wrong part.
I have more problems with Autozone bringing me out the wrong parts, less
with them arguing with me - I think they're so stunned that some five foot
tall woman who could be their mother and then some is reading them the riot
act, they tend to back down. Napa guys are more accurate but also more
convinced they're right when they're not. Except our nearest store - them
I've got trained. ;>)
The '2nd Truck' is actually my wife's, a 98' Sonoma SLS with a big honkin'
"Mary-Kay Cosmetics" sticker on the back window (the wifey's a beauty
consultant). I try to avoid driving it during daylight hours and to the
parts store at all costs. Nuthin' like pulling up to NAPA in your Dickies
in a makeup mobile.
During my brake fiasco I drove her's to work for a week; the guys were
giving me all sorts of shit for weeks thereafter.
I actually am in the market for an early 90's K2500, 6.5TD, extended cab;
these damn appalachian roads are killing me in my 2WD during the snowy
Haha... and then that 6.5 boat anchor will be killing your wallet ;-)
Sorry Doc... just had to say it. I just picked our '96 K3500 dually
6.5TD up from the shop today. Got the injection pump rebuilt for the
SECOND time in 3 years. Hell it aint my money that goes into it...
the boss has deep pockets ;-)
Maybe he'll wise up and buy a Cummins one of these days.
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