Yesterday, I was all set to help out my welder buddy and then spend the rest of the day replacing the fuel injection spider on the 99 Sub.
I had just popped awake after 10 glorious hours of sleep, when I looked at my phone.
My sister's truck had sprung a leak at her farthest work spot and she was in a small town 50 miles south. I slapped a quick tool kit together and headed out expecting a radiator hose, or those heater hoses again....
It was bleeding a bit on the parking lot, but when I popped the "radiator" cap (why did they move that to the fender on the overflow tank?) it started to hemorrhage. Lots of digging to find the water pump blew. (Leak was invisible under the pulley, the waterfall was pretty obvious.)
Didn't have enough of the right tools (note to self: GET THAT STOOPID TOOL BOX SORTED NOW!!) So had to purchase some, and did the swap in the parking lot. THAT has been a while. Last time I did that, it was a winter job, power steering pump on the 99 Yukon in sleet. I didn't like that job atoll.
'04 Avalanche. I did like the design of the water pump. Tstat housing is integral, no goop needed, everything was o-ring. I used some silicone spray to lube the front of the engine and the back of the pump to make the o-rings happy. Some anti-seize on the bolts and it went back together easier than it came apart. Last guy that was in it used all kinds of crap to seal it up. I spent 45 minutes with my Old Timer scrapping off the front of the engine to remove the stuck stuff. He even put goop and a gasket under the Tstat housing neck, it uses an o-ring. I learned gaskets when that was normal, but times, they be a-changing...
|We've been together since about 1985.|
|It's really not that bad of a swap if everything goes easy.|
The worst water pump I've done was a '73 Olds 98 with a 455. Those 2 short hoses on top of the pump, with the open back and Permatex and gasket..... That was difficult for young me to do. Old me wouldn't do it alone.
Thank God the nut on the fan popped loose on the first smack. And that the heat broke down here a few weeks back. It was only 90 degrees, and mostly shady for the job. Also, I got some sweet sleep and was ready for a challenge.
My sister has a deadbeat ex. He's gone under the table to keep from paying his child support. She has built a business from the ground up and is doing fair. Times like this we need to pull together. She had too many big outlays to absorb this one.
Something I learned along the way was to accept responsibilities. So, I regard her family part of mine. She is a lady and she is quality, a real treasure. That makes lending help real easy.
That truck gets her to her work. She and two kids being homeless isn't an option as far as I concerned. It ain't much in the overall scheme of things, but it makes a difference for three people that I know. And I have an antique soul. It's just not the average one folks have now. It won't let me neglect my tribe.
I draw the line at diaper rash. I don't want to follow ole Mobile Mechanic Phil down that path...
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