Early to bed, early to rise…

It’s not even 6:00 yet and I’m wide awake and blogging.  You must understand that I pride myself on my ability to sleep.  I love to sleep.  For the last couple of days, though, I’ve been unable to sleep like I desperately want to.  

Part of my inability to sleep may be caused by what is making me so very tired to begin with.  Our mini-van broke down a few months ago and has been sitting in our driveway waiting for me to decide what to do with it.  We got some estimates from a few garages to fix it, but the cheapest was $3500!  One shop suggested we could save a couple hundred by just replacing the engine.  I was pretty sure I knew the problem, but had never done that type of repair work before. 

So, Friday morning I started pulling the engine apart.  By the end of Saturday I had most of the pieces of the motor apart and had parts spread out throughout my garage and the back end of the van.  Monday I got most of it back together and yesterday I put the finishing touches on it.  It runs… for now.  so we’ll see how it goes.

The downside of this work is that my muscles are really sore and my hands are a bit swollen (and oil stained).  The way I see it, though, is that if I get a little sore and loose a little sleep and yet am able to fix our vehicle and save about $3000 it would be well worth it.

6 Responses to Early to bed, early to rise…

  1. Randy says:

    I applaud your mechanical exploits.

  2. Randy says:

    I applaud your mechanical exploits.

  3. Stoogelover says:

    Reminds me of younger days. Now I just try to keep a vehicle that is under warranty!

  4. Stoogelover says:

    Reminds me of younger days. Now I just try to keep a vehicle that is under warranty!

  5. James says:

    Amen, Stoogelover! Being a shade tree mechanic by financial necessity is no fun. Kim & I shivered many evenings away with me under a vehicle and her reading from the Haynes or Chilton’s manual.

    Brad, wash a couple of sinks full of dishes by hand and they’ll be clean.

  6. James says:

    Amen, Stoogelover! Being a shade tree mechanic by financial necessity is no fun. Kim & I shivered many evenings away with me under a vehicle and her reading from the Haynes or Chilton’s manual.

    Brad, wash a couple of sinks full of dishes by hand and they’ll be clean.

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