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Old 11-21-2011, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Phenix City, Alabama
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Watch out Montana, I'm headed your way. haha

My truck is warming up right now. My neice called and she's broke down just outside of Billings. So I'm headed up there to get her back on the road. She picked a bad day cause my legs are not working worth a crap this morning. Meds haven't even touched the pain. Oh well, you never plan on when you are going to break down.
EH.. you be real careful also!!! Hope your niece is okay as well.
Sorry that I am not in or near Billings or I'd say stop in and fill up on some hot coffee.
Be safe and be careful!! Hope you get to feeling better soon.
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Haha, I'll have to find my moose picture, taken at one of the lodges in Glacier Park. Camera in hand I came down the path, around the corner, and there it was about 25 feet away. So I took a picture. It just stood there; I backed away slowly.
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Watch out Montana, I'm headed your way. haha

My truck is warming up right now. My neice called and she's broke down just outside of Billings. So I'm headed up there to get her back on the road. She picked a bad day cause my legs are not working worth a crap this morning. Meds haven't even touched the pain. Oh well, you never plan on when you are going to break down.
Now Elk, it's the car that's supposed to break down, not you!

So what was busted?

That's one thing I love about my old truck, it's never left me by the side of the road, and it's almost 34 years old. Few times I've had to tinker a little (right now it's got an iffy battery cable, bought a new one but haven't got round to figuring out where the far end of the old one is!) but never found myself stuck.

Anyway, y'all come back safe, and not broke.
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:14 PM
 
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I did see that video before and cracked me up. But that was just 1 bandit. Late last fall I was awaken at 2:30am by 4 rather Large bandits making quite the mess. Normally the girls don't tolerate trespassers on their terf. Millie being 17lbs and 38 inches long while Mychief is 25lbs and 32 inches long , are quite formidable and often work in pairs. Neither seemed to like the odds though.
Took me 2 and a half hours to get them all out of the house. Round 2 was the following spring at 10:30pm with only 3 young bandits. These 3 had Major attitudes and I began thinking "slippers". Needless to say, after battling for almost 2 hours, I grabbed my friend "Louie" as in Slugger and fought back. Only 1 survived to carry on its family tradition and my feet are So much warmer.
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Now Elk, it's the car that's supposed to break down, not you!

So what was busted?

That's one thing I love about my old truck, it's never left me by the side of the road, and it's almost 34 years old. Few times I've had to tinker a little (right now it's got an iffy battery cable, bought a new one but haven't got round to figuring out where the far end of the old one is!) but never found myself stuck.

Anyway, y'all come back safe, and not broke.
One of those days. I'm back safe and sound, truck is fine....... But it was one of those days.

She had a flat tire and said she had no jack. I got up there and I went by her there was no other vehicles. Got to the next exit, crossed over and come back and there was a car stopped, guy helping her change the tire. Watched him finish and then put old tire in trunk, star wrench in trunk, and then he put the jack in the trunk and I said, isn't that yours? He said, no, it's her jack. Hmmmmm.

Then she says, I can't drive all the way to home with a do-nut for a tire. I said follow me to my house and we'll figure it out. 90 miles up, 90 miles back. Told her to call her mother and have her wire money. She did. I had her follow me into town, got her wire transfer, took her to my favorite tire dealer and found a match to her tire. Talked them down and ended up with used tire, mounted, balanced, installed back on car. $25 total. Off she went for home.

Would have been nice for this neice, that I haven't seen for 12+ years, to have said Thank You. But I guess those two words are missing from her vocabulary.
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:35 PM
 
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Wow, that was nice. If she is like me, she probably had no clue what a jack looks like, or where it is located in her car. I have had AAA ever since I called my husband when I had a flat, and he asked me what I wanted him to do about it...hmmm, for some strange reason that marriage is over.
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Haha, yeah, my former tenant wouldn't know a jack from an eggbeater

I carry two hydraulic jacks... have learned that sometimes you've gotta jack up something besides the wheel, especially with a certain former tenant's ill-designed van!!
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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I carry 3 jacks. I carry a Handyman (suicide) jack, a 20 ton hydraulic. And, I carry the original jack that came in the truck. It's mounted in the engine compartment and is a crank up type jack. I took it out of the mounting bracket, one time. Put it under the back axle and cranked it all the way to the top and it was 2 inches short of reaching the axle. Hmmmm. Something about my 35 inch tall tires I put on the truck the day after I brought it home from the dealer. Poor little jack went back in the mounting bracket and has never come out since.

She wasn't missing a jack, she had no clue how to use one, no clue how to change a tire.

AAA is outstanding. I carried it for years because if you have to have a wrecker come out just one time, to jump you, tow you, change a tire, etc... it's paid for itself. I used to use AAA as a Christmas present for my kids. Was reasonably priced and gave "dad" piece of mind that if one of my daughters slid off the road in bad weather, they were taken care of.
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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AAA must be different up north. Service in SoCal sucked, I dropped it after a couple years.

Yeah, that little jack that came with the truck is still in there somewhere, but I've never used it. I doubt it would do much, it's awful little. I carry blocks and a couple small chunks of plywood too, for when the ground is soft or the jack doesn't quite reach.

I bought four 6-ton hydraulics when I was workin' on the trailer's underpinnings, and I think I have a 3-ton and an ancient 12-ton around here somewhere from some freebie pile. Never turn down anything made of metal in the USA.

As to the truck's spare... first time it was up on a hoist I looked at that thing strapped under the rear and said, now if I have a flat in the back how am I supposed to get that out of there? Let's take it down and throw it in the bed. So the mechanic goes to crank on the release and can't move it. Applied a pry-bar, no joy. Applied an air wrench and it went CLANKCLANK and refused to have anything further to do with it. At that point I said just cut it off, you think anyone on the road could get it loose either??
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:11 AM
 
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AAA here is awesome. I had locked the keys in a car in Lewistown, the locksmith was there in five minutes. In San Diego, a valet locked our keys in the car, took four hours for someone to show up. The funny thing, the bar offerred us free drinks until our car was unlocked...by the time he got there...
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