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.