Out with the Old

I haven’t written much in the past couple of weeks, as I’ve been tied up as "mechanic’s assistant" in helping HWTFM take the engine out of Beta’s 1991 Explorer.

Gotta take the old one out, before you can put a new one in.

Getting the bolts loose on a vehicle that’s been driven a hard 200k+ miles (it was a farm truck for most of its life) is tough.

When it came to the last four bolts holding the exhaust manifold on, it was worse than tough.  It was a @#$&!.

An impact wrench didn’t work.  Cheater bar didn’t work.  PB Blaster Penetrating Catalyst didn’t work.  Heating the plates with a blowtorch (to expand the plate, but not the bolt) didn’t work.

A humble little Black & Decker drimmel tool cut right through them.  Finally, the engine is out.

What a way to spend Father’s Day, eh?

Seriously, it takes a committed dad to agree to take on a project of this magnitude for any child, but especially one who isn’t even here to help (or watch, or ooh and aah at his efforts) — she’s at the beach.

HWTFM is a seriously committed dad.  It’s one of the many things that I treasure about him.  So… we’re off to visit my dad, partake of some steak, and generally admire what good fellows they are.

14 Responses to “Out with the Old”

  1. on 15 Jun 2008 at 6:13 pm Trina

    I think “committed” is an understatement. My DH is a former mechanic and I haven’t been able to coerce him into simply changing my oil in over 8 years!

  2. on 16 Jun 2008 at 6:29 am girlfriend

    Way to go!

  3. on 18 Jun 2008 at 8:16 am Bos

    Happy Father’s Day, belated.

  4. on 23 Jun 2008 at 10:49 am Punk HP

    Who will finish first? Chuckie or Arnsdorff?

  5. on 23 Jun 2008 at 11:51 am Netmom

    HWTFM will finish first.

  6. on 01 Jul 2008 at 3:10 pm Punk HP


  7. on 29 Jul 2008 at 2:36 pm Punk HP


  8. on 04 Aug 2008 at 9:53 am Punk HP


  9. on 28 Aug 2008 at 10:33 am Punk HP


  10. on 07 Oct 2008 at 12:53 pm Punk HP


  11. on 04 Nov 2008 at 6:00 pm Citizen Netmom » Gem of the City

    […] The PROJECT continues to consume our evenings and weekends; at this point, we’re re-assembing parts that attach to the new engine before we put the engine in the truck.  All of the old parts have been thoroughly cleaned, or replaced if they couldn’t be scrubbed clean enough.  The oil pickup tube was one of those. […]

  12. on 21 Jan 2009 at 11:21 am Punk HP


  13. on 22 Jun 2009 at 7:35 am Citizen Netmom » Growing Up

    […] week ago, we finished up the Explorer project, so Beta is mobile again. ¬†Although it took an entire frustrating year to finish (with months off […]

  14. on 11 Jul 2010 at 12:06 pm Citizen Netmom » Submarine Races

    […] okay.¬† Her dog (riding in the back seat) is okay too.¬† The Explorer — yes, that one — is less than okay, but upon close inspection in the daylight, probably isn’t […]

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