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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Workin' hard

So I haven't been around much the last couple days. This is because I've been busy working on my car. I've been trying to swap a lower control arm, which has been easier said then done. In theory all I had to do was unbolt the ball joint from the control arm, unbolt the swaybar end-link, then 4 more bolts would drop the arm from the chassis. I had to cut of the swaybar end-link, fortunately I had thought ahead and bought a new end-link. That wasn't a big deal. The control arm had 3 bolts at the rear of it holding it to the chassis, and one at the front that goes through a bushing, and threads into a nut that's welded into a cross-member. This nut broke loose. Because of the weld I couldn't get a wrench on it enough to be able to turn the bolt out of it. I ended up cutting the swaybar off, cutting the bushing off, then cutting the bolt off. To make it worse the only cutting tool I had that I could use in this spot was a Dremel tool. It took me HOURS to cut it all out. I already had a spare control arm, so that's no big loss. Tomorrow I have to pick up a replacement nut and bolt, and reassemble it all. This will be the third day of a project that I was hoping would only take an hour or two. We're supposed to get a storm tomorrow, which is supposed to be snow, but might end up being rain. If it's raining I'm going to have to put finishing the project off until Saturday (or whenever the rain subsides).

My blogger reading list is HUGE, and I definitely owe some people some comments. I'm gonna start making some rounds in a few minutes, but don't know how long I'll be at it- I'm BEAT.

16 comments:

  1. damn the real world, taking away people from the internet

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  2. Damn, sounds like quit the ordeal. Want to take a look at my truck next? Hahaha

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  3. I was blessed with a father as a mechanic, so I get to rot on the internet while he does all those things.

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  4. Wow, sounds like it sucks. I hate repairing cars.

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  5. What kid of car you have? Also, on a sidenote, i really like your blog. You post a lot of interesting stuff here.

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  6. yeah i hate when my car doesnt work

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  7. I've been having trouble with my car too. Best of luck to you! Followed.

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  8. Repairing cars.
    Doesnt sound so great on a thursday.
    I could go for that on a saturday afternoon though

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  9. Frustrating dude. Cars suck when they don't play nice.

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  10. i f my car gets broken I go to the garage :p well, good luck !

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  11. Cars are really one big investment - not just the day you buy them I mean.

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  12. you should know that chicks really dig guys who can fix their own cars! just saying, keep it up

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