Better luck t-DAY on gittin things returned
young fella's mid 70s Ford F100 pickup was on the RS of I-8 WB JWO the Mission Center OF -- ignition problems -- no spark -- loaned him my K-D 2632 portable ignition system on his promise to return it after it got hiim home -- I just came in the door, and found it on the kitchen table w a note form my "witch" sayin it was dropped it off w thanks
FIRST TIME any of my "loaned" equipment has BEAT me home
got ta thinkin bout how I *usta* have THREE of these -- 2 were never returned --
so -- I decided to check e-bay agin, jist fer fun, and WHATTA YA KNOW? lookie what I found --http://www.ebay.com/itm/KD-TOOLS-POR...379#vi-content
anybody feel like grabbin it up for me?
[ here's where onea them went ]
Just t-day I stopped to help a mom, her daughter, and baby granddaughter w their broken-down small motorhome -- turns out they're livin in -- goin from place to place nightly
battery had been low on water and exploded in traffic on the I-8 EB JWO 70th -- MH was stopped on the *narrow* RS stickin out inta the offramp lane on a slight curve -- oncomin traffic couldn't SEE it till they were ONit -- no hazards since battery blew!
*I* missed seein it myself initally, and hadta do a "goaround" to git backta help em --
didn't have what I needed with me to gittum under way, so headed back to the ranch to collect the necessary items from Beulah's stores -- meanwhile -- I called 911 and asked that a FSP tow GIT there pronto to give em a courtesy tow outta danger --
I arrived back on scene bout 20 min later [ still there ] and began to effect tempory repairs to git them "outta Dodge!"
JUST as I got it to fire up w my aux battery installed and my aux portable ignition lit up -- CHP motor arrived w a FSP tow followin him in -- we're already runnin, so the motor officer took the lead and we all launched inta the rush traffic w the "lit" tow bringin up the rear
this ain't the end o this story but i jist got called to dinner -- "I'LL BE BACK"
well now, I'mmmm BAAAACK!
we got off the freeway, and proceded to Denny's parkin lot where I looked over the MH tryin to find the ballast resistor I suspected of failin -- w my battery init the engin would kick over jist fine but die right off when key turned to run position -- [ that's symtomatic of a failed resistor but also kin happen w a damaged electronic ignition module ]
couldn't find a resistor anywhere [ followin all the danglin wire harness ] but vehicle runs ok on my porta ignition
her battery is exploded [ literally ]
soo -- on observatin & talkin w em bout their "situation" I decided to leave my new battery in their vehicle -- and I hooked up the porta ignition semi permantly and showed the gal howta operate it -- ran the on-off rocker switch thru the doghouse
[ engin cover ] and draped it over the steering colomn
haven't had need ofit in a coupla years and these folk needed it moren I do --
told her, if she gits "situated" better I'd liketa havem back -- but theyr' her's no worries
littl gal teared up when I told er -- I mighta have jist a mite as well -- but *I'm* comin home to my "ranch" whilst *they* look every nite for a place to park where they won't git rousted -- or worse
Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:39 pm