I wrote this post the night of 6/6/12. I just couldn’t send it cuz I didn’t have the internet. So ……..
Ok so this is the new development in my life concerning my truck repairs.
A few days ago I bought the 1973 Chev truck. I drove the van to the house where the truck was for sale, made the deal and then had to go get a permit to drive the truck home.
On the way back the van didn’t want to shift. I got back to the guy’s place and he was going to drive the truck to my place and I’d drive him back home. I had a helluvatime with the van but it did shift and got home but I said we’d better take the truck back to his place.
When I got home I checked the tranny fluid and it was empty! Then I checked all the fluids and it was low on oil, had practically no power steering fluid, and no brake fluid. I drove the truck to buy tranny fluid. I put it in and it shifted fine for a couple of blocks and then wouldn’t shift any more. I bought more tranny fluid but it didn’t help. In total I put 3L of fluid in. (I’m not sure how much it would need)
6/4/12 I get to Amix and find out Hal has been calling there to see if I have been in. I don’t like that.
I call him and tell him about the van and that it had no fluids in it. He blames me for the tranny going. He said I should have checked all the fluids every day. I check my oil every 2nd day but unless I have an issue with something leaking I don’t check my tranny fluid, power steering fluid or brake fluid more than maybe a couple of times a month.
I say he should have checked out the van before he gave it to me to drive. I had no reason to believe I had to fill all the fluids in the van. I had $40 to my name; enough for fuel, certainly not enough to buy tranny, brake and steering fluid.
Now he says I owe him a new tranny, $1000-$1500. I want to know what everyone thinks.
AND he said the job for my drive shaft took him 16 hours and that’s $800 before parts. But he’ll give me a deal and only charge me $600. I gave him $200 tonight and my truck is still there because he doesn’t want me to have it until I’ve paid the full $600.
Good thing I bought the other truck, (he didn’t want me to buy it and said it was a shit box and I was wasting my money; as if it’s any of his business anyway besides he hadn’t even seen the truck so what the F does he know? It has a cool shifter nob.).
I am still going to do Mary’s yard because she has nothing to do with it, needs the help, and he takes advantage of her all the time and I feel sorry for her. She talked to me tonight before he got there and she said she felt sorry for me the other night. I feel sorry for her because he stores all his crap over there, vehicles, 5th wheels, trailers and she gets in shit from the city because her place is an eyesore. She was almost in tears and she needs help, her house is in need of some real maintenance and repairs that she just can’t do.
It must be very hard to see your home that you’ve always taken care of fall apart because you’re too sick to do it and no one will help you. I know how hard it is to ask for help too, so I didn’t wait and just did it and plan on doing more as soon as we have decent weather again.
My goal is to have her back yard so she can hobble out to her Gazebo in the evening and enjoy the sights and smells of her garden, maybe cut a bouquet for the house, see the neighbors walk past and say hi. Have someone say how nice her yard is looking.
I noticed when I was there tonight that she had tried to pull some weeds and rake a bit. That’s because I did something and it motivated her to try to do a little bit. She couldn’t even walk out there before I cut the grass; it was too high and I am sure overwhelming and depressing.
I feel good about helping her I don’t have a problem with it at all; I just have to remember to not over do it myself and gimp my neck up.
Oh! And also, I have a 1/2 a load of good heavy steel on my 1991 GMC sitting at Mary’s; I figure $100 or so worth that I was going to cash in and give to Hal. He said he can transfer it from my truck to his trailer and take it in. (I took the plates off it so I can transfer the insurance over to my 73 Chevy but I could throw them back on just to haul the load in or transfer it onto the Chev. I could tell them in the office to give Hal the cheque for it when he comes in.
He said he’d rather haul it in himself and deduct whatever he gets from my bill. Then he added that of course he’ll deduct a bit for his efforts transferring it over.
HOLD it just a second!! How about I haul it in and hold back a bit for MY efforts. I am the one that fought getting that shit out of a muddy pasture in the first place. What about MY time??
But I didn’t say anything and said I’d talk to him in the morning. When morning came I hadn’t changed my mind and told him to leave my scrap I would haul it myself. I haven’t been by there since so I hope he didn’t do it anyway because I will be really pissed.
The more I’ve thought about it the angrier I’m getting though. I think that’s bullshit.
Why don’t I just say that? Why don’t I make absurd demands of people? I ask for fairness and am made to feel I am unreasonable. God how I hate feeling guilty all the time!! And worried I’m going to piss someone off. That is my biggest flaw/downfall; I worry about the other guy too much. I don’t want anyone to get mad, hurt or not like me and I get walked on by all these assholes.
I’m an asshole magnet for crumb sake! I should get a T-shirt that looks like a doormat and just lay down so people can walk on me and I can kiss their feet while I am down there.
I did get a new t-shirt the other day. It has my new motto on it;
Taking a deep breath and carrying on out of here into the pissing rain to work.
Please God bring out the sun already!!!
Anyway; opinions please!
Posted by Carrie the Lady Witha Truck