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Pete M
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Just one of those days...

I had some daylight to kill yesterday so I went across the street to fire up my fleet and let them run for a while. First thing I discovered was that I forgot to disconnect the battery on the van and the optima died. No biggie, I walked back home and drove over in the Libby to jump the van. Started right up. Then walked to the 88 only to remember that I stole the battery out of it for the van. Oh well. Went on to the 90. Pried up the hood (removed the latching mechanism) and I forgot that he hook thingy was still there and the hood only opened 1 inch before slamming back down and pinching my finger pretty good. D'oh! Great. Connected the battery and fired the truck up. Forgot how loud the thing is without a muffler and a floor. Noticed the front tire was flat. Great. Walked back home and grabbed the little 12v compressor. Found out the cig lighter in the 90 doesn't work at all. Great. Backed the Libby up to it and hooked up the compressor. gauge doesn't read anything on it. Ignored that and let it run to see if anything happened. Then went on to the 86. Hokked up the bat and fired it up. Then went on to the Dakota. Hooked up the battery and the alarm goes off. Pushed button on key fob and nothing happens. Great. Unhooked battery and walked back home to get the other fob. This fob works and the alarm goes off. Fired up the beast and let it idle. At this point in time I decide to drive the van back to the garage (it is first in line for repairs) and as soon as I touch the steering wheel the power steering pump make horrible noises. Great. Looks like that slow leak wasn't only leaking while driving. Walk back home and grab some fluid. Can only find about a third of a quart. Great. Walk back to the van and dump it in. It quiets down enough to drive it around, so I drove it back to the garage. Walked back to the trucks to check on the tire. Seems to be inflated enough to stop so I wrap up the compressor and as I'm doing that, the 90 stalls and dies. Great. So I get in the cab and see that there's gas, oil pressure and the temp is ok. Huh. It fires right back up. Now it will only idle for about a minute before shutting back off. Stupid truck. I figure it might have something to do with all the idling (or possibly the disintegrating fuse box) so I just leave it and carry on with shutting down the rest of the fleet. That's when I notice the lake of water collecting in the back of the 90. Great. Why couldn't I have noticed that back before it was constantly dying and I could have turned it around and parked it facing up hill? Oh well. Maybe I'll try again today. So I closed and locked everything up and drove the Libby back home.

So overall, my afternoon was "great". :D

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question, why do you have so many trucks? i understand the addiction, but i see a trail rig, two regular trucks and a dakota, why three trucks that could serve the same purpose? then again if it was me, i would prolly be the same way

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Just a different passion that my rusty ol' Jeeps just can't seem to fill. It's a Dakota R/T. 5.9L Magnum engine, 3.92 gears with posi, regular cab and loaded with all the factory goodies plus my custom stereo equipment. It's one of the fastest factory trucks ever produced and my only "new car" purchase. I guess if someone were to offer me my asking price, I might sell it, but with my graduation looming and then (hopefully) some employment of the engineering variety, I'm far less apt to sell than I was a year ago. Even if I did sell her, the money would go directly towards my debt, not the Jeeps. When the money finally starts flowing and I dig myself out of debt, I plan to dump the automatic for a Richmond 6 speed and maybe do some engine mods. I find it hard to alter the engine too much seeing as it has 33k miles on it. Maybe I should build up a 5.9 stroker (into a 401) and sell off the stocker. Dunno. The first thing to happen once I start driving it again is the stupid Skorcher tires are history and I'm putting stock 255/55s on the front and 275/60s on the rear. :D

 

 

question, why do you have so many trucks? i understand the addiction, but i see a trail rig, two regular trucks and a dakota, why three trucks that could serve the same purpose? then again if it was me, i would prolly be the same way

 

Years ago I only had the red one and it was a little 2wd. Then the white one fell into my lap. Then the red one's tranny blew up and she got parked and I bought the Dak. Then I got sick and built up the red one. After being sick for so long I got poor and had to park the Dak. Then the white truck got parked and started being used a big portable storage unit. Then the gray one fell into my lap and I started building it to be a bumming-around truck (I already owned 3 trucks but not one of them worked as a "pickup" anymore). So now I have 4. And that doesn't even count the 89 MJ I owned for a while either (took the engine out and gave the body away to a Jeeper in need of a project).

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God that was a good looking truck back then.

 

haha yeah, what happened to THAT?!

 

The 88 was an absolute pile when I first bought it. Previous owner was a smoker, the back window and windshield were broken, tailgate didn't open, radio didn't work, it had an ugly aluminum topper on the back, and it ran on bald 215 tires. I did what I could to make it look cooler, but that picture does a good job of hiding the rust. By that time the rockers were mushy under the black bedliner, there was a gapping hole in the passenger side floor and the drivers side of the bed was already falling apart. Years and years of road salt and neglect by the 4 or 5 POs... :(

 

But she's all grown up now... :D

 

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