Laura, SotLS, Truck

I went out to dinner with Laura the other night – she was in town from Boulder for Thanksgiving. We had a pretty good time, even though our time was short because Chili’s closed hella early. It was nice seeing her again 🙂 I posted the full story of The Lucky Sacajawea over in the articles section. Little peice of trivia about ol’ randal 😀 My truck is having issues tonight. On the way to the store it started doing this funny shimmy-shake thing, where once every couple seconds it will stutter, almost like it’s running over a peice of wood. It’s extremely disturbing, and I’m afraid I’ll be buying another car soon. I posted some topics on some forums and newsgroups, and everybody says to replace the fuel filter & pump before I do anything drastic, then check catalytic converter, brakes and vacuum lines. Oy. I’ll post with what I find out when I jump under it tomorrow morning. [b]Update – 12/5/04 @ 2:12p[/b] – Well, I replaced the fuel & air filter with no luck. Tried to tune out the carb and noticed that the mixture adjustment screw is missing (!!!!). Argh. Anyways, I then replaced the fuel pump which helped a LOT, but I was still getting some bucking at ~2500rpm in 4th and 5th. So just for the sake of it, I replaced my distributor cap & rotor, spark plugs and spark plug wires. My old spark plugs made me want to cry, they were in /horrible/ shape. Anyways, those last few tweaks made it run pretty well – enough that I drove it to the store (~10 miles). It’s running horrendously rich though, so it’s either time to rebuild the carb / get a new one, or think about ditching it for a new car.

2004-12-04 17:02:14 – Netheus
I hate it when my car acts up. That would scare the ever living sh*t out of me. I hope it’s nothing terrible. If you need a cheap come to your house mechanic, I know one. He’s neat-o. Nam vet who was in the motor pool for like 20 years or something unusually long, and he loves working on cars. Loves going to the junk yard to get cheap ass parts even more.
2004-12-05 04:34:29 – R20unicorns friend
Randal, you are my hero. Whatever life throws you, throw it back. After you have tackled it (which of course you would). Optimism. Kick some A$$ and take some names!!!! -Teh Gay_
2004-12-06 12:01:17 – GrooveMan
Noooo… you can’t dump the Toyota. Thats like me getting rid of the Bronco, Never going to happen. Well not if I can help it anyway 😛
2004-12-06 13:59:04 – rand0m
Well, I would definitely trade it in if I had the opportunity, but I’m really certain that no place will take my truck as a trade in … which means that I’ll probably end up with two cars. At least I don’t have three like Keen. Freak.
2004-12-06 14:09:37 – Netheus
you could try to sell it to some young high school boy and then apply that money to a new car. Or, you can continue to fix yours until it literally _Falls_ apart on you. I mean, car payment + full coverage insurance = $$$$ your car has got to still be cheaper than that.
2004-12-06 15:05:47 – rand0m
Even with the occasional $100-200 repair it is still a LOT cheaper than a new car … hence why I’m keeping it and only doing a little shopping; I don’t want to be stranded when it *does* bite the big one.
2004-12-08 10:16:51 – WC
Ate least your car isn’t stuck in 2nd gear. Do you know how fusterating that is driving to work (Boulder) everday in 2nd gear. So hopefully after this car show this weekend a company that my credit union works with I’ll have a new car. Dunno though.
2004-12-11 22:32:39 – Netheus
Adelphia is changing to the west coast feed for Comedy Central on 12/20. Call and complain now. They will tell you that they aren’t doing it, it’s comedy central that is doing it, so go to their web page and complain there, too. This isn’t a South Park entertainment thing, this is another "Focus put pressure on us to change, so we are" decision. This means the Daily Show with Jon Stewart won’t be on till midnight, and all your other favorite shows won’t be on until 3 hours later. This is another shot in the head to personal responsibility, and people too lazy to watch what the hell their kids are up to. Adelphia: 1-888-683-1000 and p.s. randal- the posting guide thingie isn’t working.
2004-12-13 11:56:04 – Master Ha-reed
Comcast has done the same thing, although I didnt know the Great Satan Dobson was behind it. That makes me even angrier.
2004-12-13 13:51:23 – GrooveMan
TiVo anyone?