Sunday, November 13, 2016

Yeah, a little much.

Sometimes I just get a little overwhelmed.

So, I say to hell with it and take the day off, mostly.

Where were we? How many days? 

I've decided it doesn't matter anymore. Crediting a whole day when I got to spend thirty minutes or an hour working on the head gaskets is depressing.  It will take how long it will take.

As an aside, one of my co-workers laughed and asked if I knew how much the mechanic was going to charge to fix it when I couldn't get it back together.

He laughed, I laughed, I cried a little.

On we go.

One last pointy finger, for old time's sake.

Beginning the day.
I had a couple of things I wanted to get accomplished, and I almost did.

I got one.

I needed to disconnect the fuel lines to get the ignition wiring harness off. 

These freaking things. They don't come off, no matter how hard you pull on them.
Yes, my level of ignorance is borderline dangerous. 

I live this way. Don't judge me.

So, it turns out I needed a special tool for that.

To Harbor Freight!

Add $14 to the repair total!

This is how it works, push it in and pull the hose off.
Then, I went underneath and disconnected to the glow plug wires and fuel injector leads just like the other side. I disconnected the glow plug controller by pulling the bottom part of the bracked toward the driver's side and it came off.  I thought I had a picture of that, but I can't find it. 

Then, I pulled it out.

With that out of the way, it was going to be easier to access and pull out the fuel injection lines which would be near to end of the tear down. Things should really speed up.

Of course, real life intervened. 

Work days, then a cold snap that required me to try to build some of the skirting around the house to keep the pipes from freezing. Oh yeah, and I had to recertify in ACLS so I could keep working. 

None of this helped the truck

So, I have to work tomorrow and I have to recertify PALS on Tuesday. I will get back to truck stuff and hopefully get the heads off soon.  There are a few more tools to buy. 


I try.  I really do.

Just have to keep at it.


  1. Hang in there! You are doing great so far.

  2. Thanks Papa. Took yesterday off too. Then, back at it today. It was a really busy stretch there for about a week.