Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 37

Thread: Murphy stopped by

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Posts
    13,462

    Murphy stopped by

    I had planned to get all the shocks changed on my wife's suv tonight. I ran around to 5 stores last night trying to find them in stock, all had to order them. The first one had told me that they had them at the warehouse and could have them for pickup today, so stopped back in and ordered them.

    Tonight on the way home I stopped and picked up a 1/2" impact and 3/8" ratchet from the orange borg in hopes to make the process go smoother, they said they had the 800 ft lb model in stock, but didn't find it, so went with the 500 ft lb model. Got back out to the car and my wife said some friends called and asked if we'd meet them for dinner, so off to the other side of town we went. We finished up dinner and headed home, stopped and picked up the shocks for the car on the way. It was 9PM when I finally got headed up to the shop thinking I may actually get them changed with the new tools I have.

    I got the hose connector put on the new impact, hose strung out, opened up the main valve on the compressor and the new patch hose to the regulator was leaking, not at the connection, but at the crimp just before it. So looks like it's being sent back when I get time to take it off, will check the other before requesting the return from Amazon.

    Jacked up the car, put the 19mm on the impact, and zipped off the lug nuts for the first wheel...worked like a charm and things are starting off smooth. The top nuts for the shock came right off, slipped off the old bushing and went to take the 19 mm off the impact and it would only come about 3/4 of the way off and stick. After about 10 minutes of trying to smack, pry, and swear it off I finally drove a punch through the hole in the end of the socket and got it to come off. The bushing at the end of the impact was twisted and binding the bit on. I ended up taking a pair of pliers and ripping it off, the sockets won't stay on the impact now, but could at least use it.

    OK, so got the 17mm and zipped of the lower nut on the shock and left it on a little to beat it out without messing up the threads. After much beating with the dead blow, realized it wasn't moving. Went and found the 2lb sledge and gave it a few whacks and it started moving slowly, but then stopped. I realized I had actually beat it over and bent the other side of the bracket holding the shock, the bolt was frozen to the shock's bushing.

    So, on to plan "B", cut off the bolt. Sounds easy enough, but the head is behind the spindle, with very few inches to get any tools in to cut with. I only had blades for my 4" grinder, but figured out a way to get positioned under the A arm for cutting the head off. Away I go cutting (fire extinguisher by my side), about half way through the cut, the grinder quits. No smoke, no sputters, just quits! I then spend a good amount of time looking for blades for my 4 1/2" grinder, after no luck I give up and get the multimeter to start trouble shooting the grinder's issue. After a few checks, it looks like one side of my switch went bad. To circumvent the issue I jumper around that side of the switch to get my job done, which worked like a charm.

    At this point I look up to the clock and it's says it's only 9:30, so away I go getting the rest of the bolt head cut off. I then have to work on cutting off the other end of the bolt, this had even less room, but found I could chip away at the end of the bolt to give myself a better cutting angle. Finally got enough cut away that I could finish removing the shock, probably took another half hour of grinding to get it out. I look at the clock again and it says 9:30 still. Well, turns out the battery in the clock died too, was actually 11 PM.

    I figured at that point it was time to call it a night. I really hope Murphy isn't planning to stay long.
    Last edited by Darren Wright; 03-20-2013 at 05:00 AM.
    Darren

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Posts
    10,604
    You should write a book Darren
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Delton, Michigan
    Posts
    17,475
    i was gonna say that if you got there at 9pm and got started and had all this trouble now way could it be 9.30.. unless your a very fast trouble shooter. hope tomorrow goes better for you
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Posts
    5,022
    OK..this is scary...there must be more than one Murphy because he lives in my shop and to the best of my knowledge has never left.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Posts
    13,462
    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    i was gonna say that if you got there at 9pm and got started and had all this trouble now way could it be 9.30.. unless your a very fast trouble shooter. hope tomorrow goes better for you
    Me too, but going to pickup 4 new bolts just in case.

    Considering they are the original shocks (with 160k miles on them), I'm not surprised it's going the way that it is. I'll pickup some 3" blades for the die grinder and metal blades for the sawzall on the way home tonight as well.
    Darren

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Posts
    13,462
    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Calver View Post
    OK..this is scary...there must be more than one Murphy because he lives in my shop and to the best of my knowledge has never left.
    I'm hoping he's just on an overnight trip and will be home tomorrow. I'll let him know you miss him and want him to come home though Ted.
    Darren

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Posts
    11,833
    My experience has always been: undercar work = dirt in face and eyes and unexpected trouble. To say nothing of tired arms and shoulders.
    Hope the rest of the job goes well for you.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Reno NV
    Posts
    13,363
    Oof. But that's pretty much the way I always expect fixit or renovation projects to go....
    Programmer - An organism that turns coffee into software.
    If all your friends are exactly like you, What an un-interesting life it must be.
    "A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of" Ogden Nash


  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    DSM, IA
    Posts
    5,719
    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Oof. But that's pretty much the way I always expect fixit or renovation projects to go....
    That's why my wife thinks I never start them...

    Hope today goes better Darren!
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
    My Website


  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    30,020
    Thanks for the laugh, Darren. Your story exemplifies why I don't like to work on cars. First time I ever used cuss words in front of my mom was once when I was working on my '67 Mustang. She came out to the driveway and made the mistake of asking me how it was going. The CoC prevents me from repeating it here, but suffice to say her reply was a simple "Oh." as she turned around and walked back into the house.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

Similar Threads

  1. UPS Stopped by yesterday
    By Jay Caughron in forum New Tools
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 01-20-2016, 05:15 AM
  2. Apparently, Murphy's Law Works Both Ways
    By David Agnew in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 01-23-2014, 04:43 PM
  3. murphy bed info..
    By larry merlau in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 01-18-2013, 05:29 PM
  4. The Ambassador stopped by
    By Steve Southwood in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 06-08-2010, 12:06 AM
  5. Just stopped by to say hi.
    By Randy Privett in forum Welcome and Introductions
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 02-21-2007, 06:34 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •