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  1. And something that really has me freaking out right now, Dozer was a diabetic, and so to control his blood sugar he was on a strict diet...fed at 9:00 AM and PM, with his insulin shot at 9:30 AM and PM. I had the calendar on my phone programmed to remind me at 9:00 and 9:30 AM and PM...recurring events every day at those times with push notifications indefinitely....been that way since he was diagnosed. Last night, I went in to delete those events on the calendar since I'd no longer need those reminders, and when I opened it up the last one showing on the calendar was for Wednesday morning. He passed shortly after noon. The Wednesday evening feeding & shot as well as every future occurrence was already absent from my calendar. I didn't delete them...so what happened? How did my phone know those events were no longer relevant? 😨
  2. . Never got to say goodbye. Night before, I had worked late & picked the kid up at the sitter looking forward to getting home and crawling into bed...but when I got home I found that the wife's dog had pushed the door open to the baby's room and messed in there...which really pissed me off (she knows better)...so I cleaned it up & put the boot to her. Ol' Dozer hated it when I gave her ANY attention (good OR bad) and so he tried getting between me & her growling and barking at me the whole time...so he got the boot, too, just enough to get him out of the way. I left both dogs outside & went to bed since the wife was going to be home soon. Next morning I gave him a little extra rub on the head and let him know we were OK, then left for work. He passed mid-day...never saw him again.
  3. I did usually have a rug or something of the sort tacked on there, but occasionally it'd need replacing. That pic was in between coverings. I didn't really like rolling around with just the plywood because it was a little slick.
  4. He was about 4 months old when he came into my life 10/24/2008. He'd been abandoned down in Texas...kicked out of a moving car in a box with a few other pups, but he was the one the wife (g/f at the time...we got engaged that night) picked out for me. She brought him up that weekend when she came for a visit, and the 1st thing he did was let out this deep, low growl at me when I leaned in to say hello. He rode around in the truck with me for years...best damn truck dog you could imagine, and the road-ragingest son-of-a-gun you ever saw. I still remember that Arkansas state cop that pulled me over on 67 going around the scale...jumped up on the passenger side step and damn near got his nose bit off. Tumbled down into the ditch in his haste to avoid the snapping dog, and motioned for me to exit the truck to talk on the shoulder. Before we parted ways, he said he'd have to have a look inside the truck...and I said "That's really up to him" and pointed at Dozer, who'd been snarling and barking through the passenger window the whole time. So the truck is on the shoulder, and I open the door. Dozer was crouched on the floor by the pedals bearing every inch of his teeth, with the MEANEST damn growl you could imagine...every hair on his back standing at attention. So I stood there in the road with my thumbs hooked in his collar, scratching him behind the ears saying "good boy" as the cop...standing on the opposite side of the road on his tip toes...did his best to look around me and the dog to have that look. Anyway, there was nothing he loved more than riding around in the truck with me all day, and I never went anywhere without him. When the wife (fiance at the time) moved up here with her dog, we had to retire old Dozer...his new job was keeping her dog company so she wouldn't get anxious being alone and tear up the house while we were gone. When I'd be getting ready to leave, he'd try to outsmart me...waiting by the truck and refusing to go back in the house. After a couple weeks, though, he got used to the new routine, and seemed content staying home. He gave us a scare once several years back...lost 35 pounds (1/3 of his weight) in a month and was really peeing a lot. Turned out he had diabetes, and so from that point on he'd get 2 shots of insulin per day every day. Unfortunately, with dogs if you don't get their blood sugar in check quickly, they develop cataracts. Slowly over the course of the next several years, his eyesight faded. He still got around pretty good, though...he knew his way around the house and yard. Yesterday while I was at work, I got a text from the wife that he was having trouble breathing, and that she was taking him to the vet. Within an hour, she was blowing up my phone. Apparently, they had taken some x-rays and found a tumor in his gut, that pressed against his spleen and leaked fluid into his throat. He collapsed within 20 minutes of arrival at the vet, and he's gone. Last night was rough. It was the 1st time in over 10 years I had to sleep without him in the house. The little things that annoy you...like his heavy panting (which we thought was just his subtle way of letting us know he needed out...turns out he was just trying to breathe)...are missed. Damn near lost it this morning when I walked out of the bedroom and looked down at the spot on the floor in the doorway where he'd lay as we slept...force of habit to avoid stepping on him in the dark. Anyway, it's going to be rough around here for a while until we figure out what the new normal is going to look like... June ??, 2008 - June 12, 2019
  5. Because it has been a 2-year opposition research attempt to dig up or create dirt on Trump, his family, and his associates in preparation for 2020. There is no reason for rumors, lies, or wild & unverified allegations (like the dossier) to be made public.
  6. I put 100 miles on the motorcycle today. 😛
  7. Dad remembers that winter quite well, as he shoveled a LOT of snow...by hand. My parents had a rather long driveway (garage at the back of the property) back then and dad had to keep it cleared so they could get out because my arrival into this world was quickly approaching. Mom sure as heck didn't want to be snowed in when I decided it was time...
  8. Hell, I went out for a walk pulling the boy on his tractor today...sleeveless shirt, no jacket. Even had the windows open airing out the house. Of course that was AFTER the storm blew through. Was going to go to the farm show in town, but the boy decided it was nap time right as it was clearing up...so we stayed home. Probably better that way.
  9. Update: Blew a tire on the F250 on my way to work, so been running the Suburban 5 days per week rather than 3. Ran a gallon of Seafoam through it...1 oz per gallon over 4 tanks...and it has cleared up most of the issues created by sitting. Unfortunately, I left the under-hood light on and it drained the battery...so I jumped it and ever since the transmission has been acting goofy. Tough to fine tune a carburetor when it isn't shifting right. Throws a slip code in 4th gear when the torque converter is locked in and I lift off the throttle. Also shifts stupid hard from 2 to 3 and 3 to 4 if the torque converter is locked in...it isn't releasing like it should. That and when you get on it (like when you're merging onto the highway or pulling out into traffic), it won't hold the lower gears up to the shift point I have programmed in. Instead, it jumps to top gear, bounces between top gear and the gears (4-3-4-3-4-2-4-3-4-3...) with the engine revving up and lugging accordingly. If I hold the throttle wide open, it'll hold top gear and just lug up to speed. I've started manually shifting (1-2-D-O) to help stop that, but it's still frustrating. If I have to manually shift the stupid thing, I may as well put a manual transmission into it...which I actually got the go-ahead from the wife to pursue. Looking for a NV4500 from an earlier Chevy with the 6.3x 1st and reverse gearing, 32 spline output shaft, and set up for 4wd. If I'm lucky, I'll find one that came off a 350 motor and had a NP241 transfer case so I'll have the bellhousing and t-case adapter...then it's just a matter of finding clutch parts & pieces and cutting a hole in the floor for the shifter. The later ones have the Dodge 5.xx ratios...would still work (just not out of a Dodge...23 & 29 spline outputs) but I'd prefer the lower ratio granny & reverse. That won't be until late summer/fall at the earliest, though, so I'm going to try changing the fluid & filter in the meantime and see if that helps. Even if it does, I'm still swapping in the manual transmission. I know I started out building this thing for the wife, but she never drives it anyway, so I may as well make it so I can enjoy driving it...
  10. A group of democrats gathered together wearing white...seems like that sort of thing used to be cause for serious concern. Were they trying to show solidarity with the VA governor?
  11. You could build one with 3x the CID and have the same though if you could've built it with 4x the CID...
  12. ...but that ain't a Mack. I specifically told Santa if it ain't a Mack I don't want it!
  13. Don't know. All I know for sure at this point is that it's an electric choke and the stumble went from a mild hiccup to a major issue after it sat for 3 or 4 weeks, and that it's less of an issue once it's up to temp. Tried running a tank with the cheaper Berryman B12 fuel system cleaner...probably should've used the more expensive Seafoam...but a few tanks of fresh gas later, it's still doing it.
  14. Got the new line on there, bled it, and it stops nice & straight with no pulling to either side...just like it's supposed to. Now I just have to work on the stumble. If the engine is cold and you put it in gear, it stalls. If you mash the throttle (whether it's warmed up or not) it really struggles between 1500 and 2000 RPM (which sucks, because 1600 is about where the torque converter starts turning the wheels if you're pointed up hill). Not sure if it's a carburetor/fuel ratio issue or if I need to replace the ignition wires or tinker with the timing some more. Probably wouldn't hurt to pick up a new set of wires...these are a little on the ragged side. Picked up a book to read up on all of the little nuances and adjustments on the Quadrajet, and I really need to get a wide band O2 sensor and an air/fuel ratio gauge to go with it...then I can see exactly where it needs to be tweaked and which direction to tweak it. If the guy who's numbers were on my door most of the year ever pays me what he owes me (or even part of it), I'll probably go ahead and get that. Until then, I'll just have to deal with what I've got...
  15. Ok, so it wasn't the caliper that was bad... Got the driver's side done & let gravity bleed it for a few minutes until bubbles stopped coming out, then put a little suction to it to make sure it was good. Went to the passenger side and tried the same thing...nothing. Vacuum wouldn't even suck it out. Disconnected the line and no drip. Step on the brake pedal with the line disconnected and it's a hard pedal. WTF? If I pushed REAL hard on the pedal, I could make it go down, and fluid would come out the disconnected line...but when I'd let up, the pedal was hard again. Cracked the rubber flex line loose and it started leaking, so I pulled the flex line off and ordered a new one. I guess the flex line was bad. Enough brake pressure would squeeze fluid down to the caliper, but it would close off again and not allow the pressure to be released. That's why it was slow to apply, and slow to release. I'll pick up the line after work today and should have 'er back together pretty quick when I get home. Anyway, new calipers, rotors, and pads, cleaned & repacked the wheel bearings, new grease seal, and manual locking hubs. Kind of glad I had made the decision to change the hubs before I dug into it, because I already had them. Auto-locks come out in a million pieces, with springs and clips and a whole bunch of other stuff to try to stuff in there just right...and when something goes flying, it's a lot easier to say "F-it...don't need it anyway" than it is to spend 3 hours looking for the damn thing. New line goes on tonight and she'll be road-worthy again.
  16. Damn rain...couldn't get a jump on today's project because it was pouring...now can't get to work 'til the boy decides it's nap time. Then I'll have about 3-4 hours to knock it out before he wakes up again. If I don't get it finished, I'll have tomorrow morning before the wife leaves for work and nap time tomorrow...but I've also got to finish the cover for the trailer and the draw bar for the little tractor tricycle the boy's going to find under the tree in 10 days... So much to do, so little time...
  17. And the fun continues...or should I say the hits keep coming? So yesterday I drove the Suburban to work (wife needed the F250 to haul some stuff to town). Anyway, I get off work early enough I figured I could tinker a bit before heading home. Changing the weights in the distributor, one of the little black 5/32" E-clips went flying (never to be seen again). Boss man lets me borrow his car to run into town to get another one...Napa, Car Quest, Auto Zone, Orscheln, O'Reilly, Buchheit...best I could come up with was a 4mm (0.0312mm too big...which may as well have been 6" too big). So, I'm debating running it home with just 1 E-clip, but when I walked into the office I saw a tiny little paperclip that looked to be about the right thickness...so I snagged it. Cut the middle-sized bend out of it (which was about the size I needed) and wrapped it all of the way around in the E-clip's groove, leaving the 2 ends on opposite sides of the post. That seems to be doing the trick...3 HOURS wasted on a 20 second solution. Good news, though, while searching for the E-clip, I discovered the reason it pulls to the left when you first hit the brakes, and then pulls to the right when you let off...damn right side caliper is sticking. Slow to apply (pulls to the left) and slow to release (pulls to the right). SO slow to release, in fact, that the pads are gone and the backing plate is chewing up the rotor. Saw metal shavings on the inside of the rim while looking for the E-clip. So, got new calipers, rotors, and pads to put on. Still need to pick up the wheel seals and spindle nut socket for the Dana 44. Now would also be a damn good time to put some manual lock hubs on it, since the auto locks aren't locking...since it'll all be apart anyway. Also got (another) set of new spark plugs. Had to do some research...needed the 1990 gap (0.035) with the 1996-2000 reach, 1 heat range colder. NGK TR6 fit the bill. New motor came with TR55's, but the 0.060 gap was burning up ignition modules. Regapped them to 0.035 and problem solved. New plugs I just installed end of last month are for the 1990 heads (not the '96-'00 Vortec I have now) and the tip doesn't thread in near as far. SIGNIFICANT loss of power as a result! Dropping the 1 heat range ought to help eliminate what little pinging I'm still getting. With the lighter weights, I was able to up the initial timing about 3-4 degrees and hear less pinging pulling a hill. Hopefully the new plugs eliminate it altogether (as well as give me my power back!) Fun.
  18. I was making a hard cover for the motorcycle trailer I build about 12 years ago. Already modified it to haul the dogs this past summer, but need to haul Christmas presents here in a few weeks. Anyway, I had the saw horses out, kneeling down and welding away when I started to not feel so cold anymore. That was accompanied by the rather pleasant smell of burning cotton. I stopped welding, flipped up the mask, looked down, and saw my jacket was pretty much fully engulfed. Oops. Smothered it with the gloves pretty quickly. No burns...had 2 layers of thermals, a sweatshirt, and coveralls on under the Carhart vest. Like I said, it was just a rather pleasnt feeling of not being cold anymore, which got my attention because it was cold as **** outside.
  19. Just a friendly reminder that old, worn, frayed Carharts are NOT very fire-resistant.
  20. This wasn't my first choice, but it's far from my last...driving feed trucks. Couple semis, couple straight trucks, a few dually flatbed pickups, and whatever else needs to be driven. Get into some interesting places, too...anywhere there are cows, chickens, pigs, horses, goats, or any other critters being fed, I just might get to go. I did get some bad news...the Mack RD (my favorite truck they have) is slated for replacement in January. Sucks, because that's the 1 truck I have no problems taking anywhere...46K camelbacks and a 20K steer, with a steerable pusher. E7-350 is a little under-powered (compared to my E7-460P) and the 8LL is definitely short a few gears from my 2180B. Rear gears have this thing tached out at 60-65 mph, so when I hit lo-lo, it just creeps along. They're going to remove the feed bed before they get rid of it...half tempted to see what they'd want for it. Move the pusher axle up in front of the drives and mount a 16' dump bed on there and go to work hauling for a road crew. Probably pick it up cheap, because the shifter leaks air (as discussed in the OP), the roof leaks (likely the roof vent or the cab light gaskets), and the hood squeeks (bushings gone that support the hood when closed). Other than that, though, it's a good running truck.
  21. I parked my truck for a while. Friend who's numbers I was running under wasn't paying me, then decided not to renew insurance I was paying for, leaving me in a bit of a bind. Meanwhile, the bolt holes in the bell housing of my truck are wallered out and the input shaft seal has started leaking, so it won't pass inspection to lease on anywhere. Need to pull the trans, repair the threads in the bellhousing, replace the seal, fix whatever else is damaged, and put it all back together again. Then, get my own damn numbers to run under. Until then, I'm punching a time clock while my truck sits in the driveway waiting for me to get some money together to get it back on the road.
  22. Is that difficult to change? Never pulled a shift knob apart before, and it isn't my truck...so I'd hate to screw it up.
  23. Other day I was driving it, come up to a 4-way stop, and it wouldn't go into low range without pushing down hard and holding the range selector. After a while, it got to the point where it would shift to low range without physically holding the selector switch down, but air is leaking unless you're pushing down hard on the switch. Flip it to high range, and the air leak stops. Talking to another driver, it had done that before and quit, but he didn't know how or why...just curious what would cause it (because it's rather annoying and I'd like to fix it). They think I'm nuts, but it's my favorite truck of theirs to drive (other trucks are a pair of freightshaker T/T's and a KW straight truck...no reason the Mack WOULDN'T be my favorite!)
  24. ...and a truck with fender-mounted blinkers is less likely to drive down the road unknowingly signalling a lane change or turn, because you can SEE the blinky light on your fender clear as day. Then again, does it really matter if people can see a car's blinker if the person driving it never uses it? Sometimes I wonder if they quit teaching that in driver's ed...nobody uses theirs, and everybody ignores yours when you use it.
  25. Actually, check any CDL manual and you'll see that is the CORRECT way to make a right-hand turn. Swinging wide BEFORE the turn opens the door for someone to squeeze between your trailer and the curb/ditch and get crunched as your trailer off-tracks. Instead, you're supposed to keep your lane into the turn, and swing wide with the tractor upon exit in order to keep that trailer hugging the inside edge of the road. If you must cross a center line while making your turn, you're supposed to do so on the road you are turning onto. Of course, it's best to wait until there ISN'T oncoming traffic to do so...
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