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The Nehls End Workshop #2: If it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all

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Blog entry by Gregn posted 1545 days ago 5046 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Its here Part 2 of The Nehls End Workshop series Part 3: The Electrical Journey »

Being on a limited income you tend to plan things as carefully as possible if you can. Barring any short falls that may come your way. My plan for May was to get electrical boxes and some wire to begin the electrical work on the shop.
Well Last week we got hit by official accounts, 88 mph straight line winds. My yard looked like a war zone with all the shingles that blew into the yard from the neighbors house behind me. The winds and the pieces of shingles were so powerful that it broke out the headlights and caved in the the metal around the headlights on one of my riding garden tractors. Okay no big thing right, just some clean up work there. But the major part of my damage was my wood fence on 2 sides of my property. I had just rebuilt a good part of the fence last summer. So now I just spent my monthly allotment of $200.00 to rebuild the fence. Buying new posts and 2×4 stringers to repair my fence before the city jumps on me about that.
Okay so now you might be thinking, so the guy had a little bad luck there and he can just start fresh next month. Wrong here’s where the really bad luck hits me. My car is leaking water and I can’t find the leak. So I take it to the mechanic and he says its probably just the freeze plug, bring it in tomorrow and I’ll fix it. I take it in and have my son bring me back home. About 30 minutes later my mechanic calls and says are you sitting down? I said shoot, he proceeds to tell me how bad the damage really is. It seems as I have had a problem for awhile cause some how oil has gotten into the water and softened the water hoses and that my leak is coming from my intake manifold and has to be replaced.
So its a good thing my mechanic, is my neighbor and he knows me pretty well. He said he’d do this off the books for about $750.00 Parts and labor. I told him I didn’t have that kind of money right now. He asked if I could pay him in 60 days. I said yes, I can juggle the budget to to that. Of course this means it will set my plans back some on the shop. But what’s a poor boy to do? At least my car will be fixed this week and the good part of all this is the mechanic is my neighbor.
Lets see what happens next month, never know what might happen.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg



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grizzman

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#1 posted 1545 days ago

oh wow..sorry you got hit with that…reminds me of he haw…the good luck bad luch thing…well i hope things will work out and you get to your shop soon…wish i could help ya out…but my budget is prob lower then yours…do you know the term …skin of your teeth…..yep…im just lucky i got mine done when i had money….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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sandt38

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#2 posted 1497 days ago

If oil has gotten into your coolant, there is an underlying issue, but it will not be, and I stress it CANNOT be an issue with the intake causing this issue. It is really hard for oil to get into the coolant. Typically when we see oil in coolant, it is a leak in the radiator. Automatic transmissions have coolers that are inside the radiator, and they can crack and introduce oil into the coolant. Bad intake manifolds can put water into the oil, but not the other way around. There are no oil passages in an intake manifold. Not a single one in any vehicle. However, the coolant passages can leak down into the lifter galley, putting coolant into the oil. But the oil in the lifter valley is not under pressure and cannot force oil into the coolant.

Please contact me with some more information. I am an ASE master technician, and an AC Delco master certified technician with over 30 years of professional experience, and I have nothing to gain by telling you what may be going on, where the neighbor, and the shop do. Also, $750 off the books for an intake is HIGH DOLLAR. I do manifolds at the house for a lot less. The gaskets will run about $100 if you get the high dollar Fel-Pro with the steel inserts, but most paper, tin, or plastic with rubber impregnated runners are under $50, sometimes as low as $10 for a set of Fel-Pro gaskets. You should expect maybe 3-6 hours of labor, and even at my shop at $83 an hour that still comes out to less then $500 labor… at the house i charge $40/hour, so you are looking at more like $250 or so in labor.

But the oil in the coolant is NOT caused by a leaking intake, or intake gasket. Please send me the vehicle information (year, make, model, auto or manual transmission), and we can discuss what to look for so that you can come to the proper diagnosis. If need be we can pass phone numbers and I can walk you through the inspection of the vehicle, rather then typing it all out. I am off all next week, so we can talk any time.

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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Dark_Lightning

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#3 posted 1497 days ago

sandt38, I believe you are right. It is possible to get engine oil in the coolant with a cracked block. That’s a far higher repair bill than $750. As another former (NI)ASE mechanic, listen to sandt38, gregn. Good for you, sandt38, for helping out!

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 1497 days ago

Sorry for your troubles Greg
What I try to do when I have problems I try to be grateful for what I have ,it’s not much but it’s more than some. So I Guess in your situation I would say to myself at lest my house was not knocked down and at least
I have a car and don’t have to walk. It doesn’t always work. but it’s worth a try.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 1426 days ago

Greg, I’m sorry about your setback. I see this was posted a good while back and I really do hope that you have weathered this. I really sorry and hope that things have improved.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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dbhost

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#6 posted 1330 days ago

Best of luck to you. With everything that is going on, or not with the tax cut thing, and unemployment extensions not going and no job for LOML, I am starting to really feel the pinch as well… Not thrilled about the next year or so is shaping up to be…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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