Archive for September, 2010

Home On The Plateau

September 8th, 2010

We are currently in middle Tennessee visiting my parents. We hadn’t seen them since we met up in Alaska last summer. Their house is about as close to a home base as it gets for us. It’s nice to be “home”. While we are here, we are going to do some work on our truck (F350 7.3 4×4 Dually).

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Rain (14wks old) herding her food bowl

Here’s the to do list so far:
1. New front tires
2. An alignment
3. New ball joints
4. New U-joints
5. New front wheel bearings assembly
6. Rebuild the turbo
7. Rebuild the the fuel filter housing
8. Get a new transmission

1,2, and 8 will be done by a mechanic. We will attempt to do the rest ourselves.

The new tires are needed because of improper tire wear which is most likely due to 3 and 5. Since we are going to pay over $300 for two tires, might as well get an alignment to help prevent future uneven wear.

We have known about the turbo for a long time, but haven’t really been anywhere we felt comfortable tackling it. Hopefully, once it’s done, we will have more power and better fuel mileage.

Speaking of power… we don’t have any in reverse. Hopefully, we wont actually need a whole new tranny, but that’s what I am anticipating.

* Why is there a picture of a dog in a post that has nothing to do with dogs? Well, our readers love pictures and I love my dog!