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Author Topic: Road fix to top them all...  (Read 4310 times)
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« on: August 04, 2008, 08:03:43 PM »

Well, we made it to CO today. The trip sucked. It was really hot. My bus was running hot the whole way. My oil pressure is playing games with me, and to top it off, I had a mechanical problem that basically put me on the side of the road sweating and scratching my head at 7:30 PM on a Sunday in the middle of Nowhere-Nebraska. This one I think I'll write up and may submit to the magazine, because I think my road fix will top all previous road fixes. Suffice it to say that I have the greatest mechanic friend, who's family life I interrupted, but who took the time to call me back on my nearly non-existant cell phone connection and tell me everything I needed to know about the problem. After scrounging a bit, I found my secret weapon, and in minutes, I was back on the road for the final 15 miles to our night's destination. This morning, I was able to buy a 5/8" fine threaded bolt to replace the secret weapon, and continue on our way with only a minor irritation. He's sending parts and I'll fix the problem permanently in a few days.

So what was this secret weapon?  Well, let's just say we had to sacrifice a bottle of wine to the bus gods so I could use the cork to fix my bus and get back on the road.

That ought to keep you guessing. I'll let you know when I get it written up. Will probably post it here. Right now, though, I'm tired and I'm going to bed.

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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2008, 08:10:40 PM »

You sure the bus gods got any of that wine before you drank it?  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2008, 08:13:42 PM »

Hey, NO FAIR!  I want the answer now!

Glad to hear you are doing okay and making it west.  You are going the right direction!
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2008, 08:23:17 PM »

Yeah, no fair!

As someone who is still fearful of roadside breakdowns and always learning about my bus I like to read all that I can so that maybe when my turn comes the answer will be somewhere in the fog shrouds of my brain but I'll at least get going again.

Swing through Utah and drop in on your way out!
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2008, 04:26:23 AM »

Hi Craig,

Glad to hear you got it fixed.

Just wonder how the cork held up and if the bus gods liked your choice of wine. Roll Eyes

Enjoy the rest of your trip and I hope you slept well after the consumption. Grin

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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2008, 06:27:35 AM »

Gumpy Where in Colorado are you headed? I live north of Denver if you have some spare time stop by I would like to meet you. Hope you enjoy Colorado.
                                               Thank You Wayne
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2008, 07:07:22 AM »

You sure the bus gods got any of that wine before you drank it?  Grin

Gumpy is one of the bus God's
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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2008, 07:22:15 AM »

Wayne:  We're in Pueblo. We'll he heading over Monarch Pass on Friday for a family reunion in Colbran this weekend, then up to WY for some fishing. We'll be in Laramie on the 21st to drop off the kid for college, and will head home on the 24th. We won't get to the Denver area, but if you want to come to Laramie on the 22nd or 23rd, I'd be happy to meet up with you for a bit.

Jim: Be careful. You don't want to anger the REAL bus Gods.

As for the rest of you, you'll just have to wait. Maybe I can get some time to write it up today. Maybe after I get a cup of coffee and a shower.

You know me, it's got to be website worthy.

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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2008, 09:16:24 AM »

I've always wondered what the correct wine was to go with Detroit Diesel. Red or white?
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2008, 09:38:21 AM »

There is only one correct whine to go with dd's..... Roll Eyes

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« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2008, 10:10:48 AM »

Skinned knuckle blood red!!!
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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2008, 11:05:18 AM »

Hole in the radiator or other part of the cooling system-cork to fix the hole.  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2008, 11:29:23 AM »

So did you drink the wine (can't let it go to waste) before or after the fix?  Expiring minds want to know.  Jack
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« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2008, 11:31:40 AM »

This is just another one of those no lose situations.

You got to drink the wine and the bus was/is moving again.

When your on the side of the road, and you come up with an unusual fix or modification to get back on the road.

That's when you realize watching all those episodes of the TV show McGyver wasn't a waste of time after all...LOL

Can't wait to hear what you did Gumpy aka(The Big Tease).......

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« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2008, 01:59:57 PM »

What happened to the wine?  What happened to the wine?  I'm still not sure.  The World Wonders!  Smiley Smiley Smiley
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