There were a few weeks back in June when everything seemed a struggle. Yet, many friends have extended help, and with that help my problems have been solved. The twin predicaments of no car and no place to live have worked out well.
|View from the window - June 2012|
|Late evening - chair with 8 foot tall pushkii (mid July 2012)|
The car was running when they parked it in the alder patch six years ago but it wouldn't start for us and the tires were flat. We aired up the tires and towed it over to Mike's mechanic who got it going next day. My first ride was a bit disappointing: the steering wheel wobbled violently at speeds above 45 mph, the front brake shoes were worn down to metal on metal, the rear ones didn't work at all due to a broken hydraulic line, and the transmission leaked profusely. I began to think about gift horses and how one shouldn't look at them too closely. I started talking to myself. You'd never buy an Explorer in a million years, I said. How much is it going to cost to fix it? How much gas will this thing use? Do I even want a Ford Explorer?
Not to worry — after a three day visit to my mechanic's and a repair bill of $550 it came back in good working order. The transmission leak was minor and easily fixed. New front pads and a new rear hydraulic line fixed the brakes . The tires needed to be replaced as they were dry rotted and perhaps broken inside from sitting flat in freezing mud and water for six years. Replacing the tires eliminated the wobble, the engine sounds good. Total cost to me: 1000 bucks, including the four nice used 235 75R15 tires I bought from my old traveling buddy Albert.
|Me with my "new" 1993 Ford Explorer 4x4|
|View of Grewingk Glacier from Kirk's|
|Folks fishing at Land's End - Homer Spit|