My pickup has been out of commission for almost a year. My "fleet" of old junkers has been getting thinned out, so I only have a few left, and suddenly none of them work. I started off in cheapest to fix order.
Pickup Truck needs tranny rebuild $800
Convertible needs top and brakes $750
Jeep needs rear-end from salvage yard $650
Then I looked in my storage room and pulled out the mountain bike. Time for a little exercise.
This is not my favorite idea and means of transportation. Plus when it rains, I'm in trouble.
So I went back to "figuring". The convertible isn't workable when it rains. It leaks. I need to save up for the calipers it needs which aren't cheap. The Jeep whines and grinds and clickity-clacks - I'm afraid to drive it. So I go back to the pickup truck.
This old bugger pickup is 1974 Ford style 1/2 ton with 368,000 miles, and a different engine and drivetrain. It is an auto matic transmission, but the transmission needs to be shifted on the column manually "Drive 1" to "Drive 2" to "Drive", but it only goes to 2nd, and it won't even manually shift out of 2nd gear which means I can't drive much faster than 30 mph. But I figures again, all I have to do is put in the battery, and it will get me around the neighborhood even in the rain.
So I jockey the driveway, charge batteries, then fire that big truck up. I get it outside. Then I remember reading something about a "vacuum modulator", and how if that is malfunctioning, the vehicle doesn't shift right. So on the outside possiblility that the problem might be simple, I crawled under the truck.
One vacuum hose was politely hanging down next to a flanged metal pipe that looked like it needed something "hooked up" to it. The pie went to the back of the transmission. I just said out loud "NAW! It can't be this simple?"
I hooked up the vacuum line, started the truck and backed out of the driveway. I put it in "Drive" and mashed on the gas, the you guessed it. The automatic transmission became automatic again. Shifted gears all by itself, and went into every single gear.
I got truck!
I also get exercise with my mountain bike!
That little circumstance was totally unplanned and unexpected. And it saved me $800. It didn't cost a dime to get my truck running and shifting. AND - it also forced me into an aerobic exercise routine which is something I been procrastinating about.
Funny you should bring up your truck tim-one.
I tell you what pardner - I can totally identify with you on this one! HP at work saving me bucks? You betcha! He's also looking out for my health too, so I got more than what I put in, which really wasn't anything but connecting a hose. There's that peculiar "AA math" at it again - all pluses - no minuses. Once again, I can never out-give the Giver.
God blesses doesn't He?