When you hear about the number of vehicles I’m working on, pretty much all at the same time, it’s really gonna sound weird considering that there is just the two of us. It’s all my fault, and my only excuse is that I have always been a car guy. But now things have gotten serious because, while these vehicles are an obstacle to us getting on the road, they also have value and will ultimately contribute to our bank account while simultaneously reducing expenses of registration and insurance. So, here are my vacation projects…
1. 1991 Jeep Cherokee-This Jeep has been in our family almost since new. Several years ago, the harmonic crankshaft balancer came apart and fell off. Fortunately, my wife was on a local street and not driving very fast and immediately pulled over. Due to life getting in the way and neglect, this Jeep has been sitting un-repaired. It is complete and just needs fixing and some attention. UPDATE: While on “vacation”, a new harmonic balancer was purchased and installed, along with a new starter. It’s close to being started. Once that happens, I will feel it is saleable.
2. 1998 Ford Expedition-This truck has also been in our family a long time. Recently, this truck started to have a rough idle and the Check Engine light came on. My trusty scanner told me that the engine was running “lean”, which generally relates to the smog system. Sure enough, a visual inspection revealed that the various rubber elbows and lines having to do with the PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) valve were all disintegrated and leaking. Simultaneous to this, the air suspension system compressor on this truck finally gave up the ghost. Because of the age of this Expedition, for the same cost of replacing the compressor alone, it is typical to spend the money to convert from air suspension to the more traditional coil springs and shocks. UPDATE: Because this truck is otherwise in excellent condition and fully loaded, it is worth fixing these things. For a total cost of about $250 for EVERYTHING, I was able to convert the suspension AND fix the rough idle while on “vacation”. It’s now ready to be sold.
3. Honda Goldwing motorcycle-Although this is a 1985 vintage Goldwing, it is in excellent condition and has less than 20,000 original miles on the odometer. It even has a color matched motorcycle trailer to tow behind for road trips, camping, etc., which we have done. We would keep this bike/trailer combination except that it does not fit into our Great Escape full-time RV plans. I have been in the middle of changing the front fork seals for far longer than the job requires. The plan is to finish this job while on “vacation”. UPDATE: I’m about 1 hour from finishing this task and getting the motorcycle back on the road.
4. Bounder motorhome bedroom remodel-As if I did not have enough to do, we recently decided to remodel the bedroom, converting from a Queen bed “walk around” (not), to two twin beds configured in a different direction. Twins at our age allow for more sleep space and more restful sleep. Almost as an after thought, we decided to also pull up what minimal carpet was there and lay down vinyl plank flooring. UPDATE: We actually had started this project just prior to “vacation”. We were able to recycle the basic queen bed platform and frame for use in constructing the twin beds. As a result of our “vacation”, the frames and platforms are complete, and the plank flooring is finished except for installing quarter round floor trim pieces. It looks great. We are almost ready to order memory foam twin mattresses.
Sometimes, you just have to take a vacation in order to get things done. 🙂