I have to get this off my conscience! <grn>
I am still cash strapped but will have two trucks ready to go in the
next 2 weeks, now shade tree season has started -- so not forever penniless.
I had planned on selling the '77 400 motor out of the powerwagon because
the trans. is shot. can't sell this -- was my late hubby's baby, aka
I plan to LIE to the guy I had sold my 400 motor for $400 cdn -- the guy
had been told $400 cash no deposit, but he came a 2 hour drive with no
cables, battery or tools, nor snowpants or knee-high boots, and I drove
him the remainder 1 hr north into the Gatineau Mountains -- with his
girlfriend in high heels.
Trouble was, I forgot to get gas, even though I brought a battery. I
could have grabbed some WD-40 from the shed -- after digging out the
doors again, but I did show him it turned over.
It was going to be dark soon and they were both nervous at my driving on
the pot-holed, winding, snow-covered roads that had no ice -- I was
going relatively slowly and taking the corners easy for them too. Also,
they were getting quite cold -- esp. him, who waded behind me as I made
hip-high tracks in the snow over to the Ram. So, we called it a day.
He ended up putting down a $250 deposit, and I made no security on the
deposit (he could get it back) -- since I had two other interested buyers.
Well, just before the deadline for the balance, he calls back and asks
me how much someone would charge to pull it out for him and load onto
his trailer. I explained he would not get a trailer in there -- that's
where Mac Davis's idea of a tow-truck was passed along. (Also, there was
a 8 foot plow in front of the truck, frozen to the ground!) So, he
didn't get back to me.
So I decided to lie to this guy -- tell him we found prestone in the
motor!! I will drive the 2 hrs to his place to give him back his money
-- that should make us both feel a bit better!
This engine purred like a kitten and it has not even been started in 3
years -- and then it was only out once to carry and tow a huge amount of
scrap metal and perished assorted items to the dump after a major fire.
I just couldn't let her go.
So for now, I will leave the harness and 360/trans in the rotted '72
fargo W100 and plan on at least clearing my own drive and neighbour's
drive this winter. I will get the body fixed on the wheelbarrow, then
work on the interior, then save up to get the transmission fixed.
Eventually it will get the plow.
Someone also wants to buy the 360, but I have a feeling I won't let that