Thursday, October 22, 2015
A Long Day
I never stopped running today and didn't get a chance to reply to comments. Mrs. PP's car is once again in the shop this time because of some sensor that went bad. Wouldn't let the POS automatic transmission shift. Of course they had to order one so now I am driving her to work, fighting the morning traffic into and then back out of town then doing it all over again when she get's off work.
One reason I like my old vehicles. Easier to keep em running and no sensors that mysteriously shut the things down. Luckily this particular sensor isn't all that expensive but we still pay for the privilege of them plugging the damned thing in of course.
A few hours of honey deliveries and a couple of hours of tractor work pulling some more old fence posts was about all I had time for along with tracking down the parts to fix my 861 diesel tractor I blew up. The good news is just like with my vehicles any and every part I will need is still available. The bad news is I am going to pay through the nose for some of them. On the other hand as I said this is something I planned to do anyway just hoped I could wait a year or more. Then again we may not have a year or more either.
The big question at this point is if I can do the work myself with family help or if I am going to have to take it somewhere. The biggest obstacle is still finding a place I can work on it myself the second obstacle is I know nothing about diesel injection systems.
At the top of the spectrum if I take the old girl in to the regional New Holland dealer, who is most eager to do the work, worst case scenario is 3K to get her running again with a complete overhaul and engine rebuild. At the bottom of the spectrum is an old retired guy who actually has worked on these old Fords before and has his own independent shop who thinks he might be able to do it for under 2K.
Of course no one knows for sure until it's done what the final cost will be or at least until we crack the engine apart and see what the actual damage is inside. Until then we are only guessing. If the crankshaft is too badly damaged this can get ugly fast.
A slightly cheaper option is to replace the diesel with a gas engine but I am resisting that idea tooth and nail.
One thing is clear though repairing the old girl is within my means and I will have her back running by Spring, or at least that is the goal. I still can't replace her for the money it will cost to repair her so I might as well move forward with that.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!