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Tests, wishes, and regrets Tags: scripture application

It goes without saying that working on automobiles is at the top of my all time favorite ways to see how much I can take before I explode. Yea, I had to replace the water pump on my daughters Hyaundi car – the one with front wheel drive and a sideways motor. I don’t do as much mechanical work as I did a few years ago and this car is one reason that is the case. I think the people that built that car must have hands smaller than my newborn Grandson. I’m sure they could get into spots I couldn’t even get my thumbs into. There were some spots that it was impossible to use any of my new fangled tools. I had to resort to some “old school” tools that didn’t ratchet, blink, or use electricity. Sockets were not even an option.
Anyway, as you probably can guess, I had to remove everything but the spare tire to get to that water pump. Of course after I do I remembered that the engine had to be jacked up to make access easier. Yea, I already had to motor mount off when it came back to me. Oh, this isn’t the first time I had to do this, but it is the first time I did it in freezing weather, in my front yard, completely in the open. I worked on that thing for three days and two times into the darkness.
I had to stop after the third day and give my bod time to either completely quit or force me to go trough medieval torture type pain for several days. It only took two days, spread over a week, to put the thing back together. The whole time I was afraid I would end up with extra parts, bolts, or something. I did forget how the motor mount connected, then my son, remembered that a bracket went behind the motor mount before bolting it to the motor. Oh, yea, lots of thrills. But after frost nip, blood, and many choice phrases I got it back together and didn’t have but two very small machine screws left. I still don’t know where they go….
My son drove the car to Hattiesburg, MS – about 30 miles away to test it and I finished off my last two fingernails before he got back.
So yes, it took two weeks to change the water pump, and truly tested my temperament as well as my fading memory. Yes, it was a real test and during the affair I made many wishes. I also expressed numerous regrets that I don’t remember now. And, yes, by the time another water pump goes I will have forgotten the ordeal of this one. Anyone know how to put a new pump gasket on a 7 liter, power stroke, diesel? What about ball joints? Never mind, I’ll fumble through it no matter how long it takes – well my limit is about two weeks…

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