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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-01-2001, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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A long diatribe about a rough week.

It always amazes me how a pastor can describe what you are going through, or are about to go through, without ever knowing you. I have started attending a church here in Nashville with my wife that has an excellent pastor. His sermon today spoke of how we as humans are vulnerable to failure. When ever something goes ary, we have a tendency to blame ourselves and can without His guidance loose track of ourselves and miss the lesson learned or worse, let ourselves open to defeat.

Well, I had a moment of stupidity late last week while helping teh maintence staff at work remove a fallen tree. Someone suggested that I could just ram the stump with my Jeep to get it out. I remember mumbling something about this not working, but did it anyway. According to one of the guys, the entire Jeep came off the ground when the stump stopped me cold. My bull-bar was crushed back in toward my grill, but other than that there was no damage. Man I felt stupid, but instead of getting down, I decided that this meant easier access to the grill which needs repainting. Besides, a few dollars in bolts and some welding and the bar will be good as new. No problem.

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So after this, I figured that I would do something fun, so I decided to cut my fenders for the installation of wrangler flares.

Here's a pic of the passenger side:


As I was working, I noticed that there was a lot of water in the air, which seemed to hydrolock my bodysaw (I think, it worked after drying out and/or shaking it). I added another air filter which seemed to work and set about to do the other side. As soon as I had set the saw to the metal, my York started making noises, then seized! Amazing though, the V8 just kept chugging at ~200 rpms or so!!!! I released the York's clutch and the engine came back up to speed. SO my beautiful new air system is now toast. I'll setting out tomorrow during my lunch to get another form a Volvo. I had the 10 inch one, so it really hurt to loose it. I believe that it ran low on oil. I thought about checking the oil (which I have to admit I never did at all) three times today. Once, when I started using the system, then again about thirty min. in, and lastly as I was letting the air out of the system to gain access to the dead York.

Soooo, are these things rebuildable? If not, does anybody know if Volvo's have large displacement Yorks?

Since I know better than to get down on this, I must feel that there was some reason for this. Who knows what may happen next. Just needed to put in words what has happened this week.

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Re: A long diatribe about a rough week.

wow..that sucks.
I had a friend who tried to pull a tree down with a chain in his xj..
Well it came lose and broke his back windshield.
He is lucky he didn't get hurt..

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Re: A long diatribe about a rough week.

Simply having a positive attitude can make a world of difference. Simple things should not be seen as trials and tribulations, but as challenges and learning experiences. I'll bet you never try to ram another stump?

Hehe, well I can't say I've learned my lesson yet, I've pulled up a few stumps with the pto winch on my willys and 4lo on my Cummins Ram. since I haven't broken anything yet, I guess I just havent learned yet. lol BTW, nice fenders.

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Re: A long diatribe about a rough week.

Yeah, I try to keep postive. I was POSTIVELY stupid when I rammed the stump.

Anyway, I lucked out today and found a new York. Its the 10" displacement that originally came off of a Mercedes. I paid $25 for it and didn't have to do any work as it was already pulled. Just for fun, I went and looked around the yard and found a couple of things I may be interested in as well as a '70s something Wagoneer which shows signs of having just been raided for its York. So now its on to swapping parts from old to new.

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here's some pics of the new one:




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