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stanger_missle
stanger_missle SuperDork
12/6/18 2:33 p.m.

I like the suggestions guys but the reality of it is that I must sell the Jeep to pay for the move and to get established in Florida. It sucks but that is the only way I can make this whole thing happen.

Plus, if I fly, I wouldn't have to worry about driving or pulling a trailer across the country in late December. So no fuel, hotel or trailer rental costs either.

I would be out from 2 car payments plus I can pay off a small personal loan. That is over $750 a month.

What is funny is that I did the opposite direction in 2014 when I moved from Tampa to Mountain Home, ID. I drove my Jeep and pulled my teardrop camper. I would rather give myself a home vastectomy than pull a trailer with a 2 door Jeep that distance again.

Leaving Tampa:

 

Arrived in Idaho:

SaltyDog
SaltyDog HalfDork
12/6/18 2:52 p.m.

In reply to stanger_missle :

There seems to be one less fender in the arriving picture...

stanger_missle
stanger_missle SuperDork
12/6/18 2:56 p.m.

In reply to SaltyDog :

And bigger tires laugh.

I had issues with the little 12" wheels and tires at highway speeds. I stopped at a trailer shop who swapped out the hubs and put 15" wheels and tires on. The tires would not fit in the fenders. A small sacrifice haha

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
12/6/18 5:34 p.m.

In reply to stanger_missle :

that is the reason I went to 13s on my boat trailer instead of the original 8s. While most of my trailering is local, I do take my boat on a couple of long distance hauls during the year.

Knurled.
Knurled. MegaDork
12/6/18 8:44 p.m.

 

substitute "cook bacon whenever I wanted" with "black pepper and mayonnaise makes everything taste better"

 

 

Ashyukun (Robert)
Ashyukun (Robert) UberDork
12/7/18 9:53 a.m.

I'm becoming more and more convinced that the heater core in the QX4 has a very small leak and needs to be replaced (have on occasion caught a whiff of coolant smell, inside of windshield keeps getting a film on it, seems to be running a bit hotter despite the much colder temps).

Replacement heater core is like $20, no sweat. Pull up the instructions on AutoZone's site for replacing it. They are, summed up, "Take out everything forward of the front seats (airbags, steering wheel, cluster, dash, etc.), replace heater core, put everything back in".

Really, Nissan? How is it that companies STILL do not design vehicles to be able to replace the heater core halfway easily? They ARE going to fail at some point and need replacement- why bury them so you have to disassemble half the car to do it?

wae
wae SuperDork
12/7/18 9:56 a.m.

In reply to Ashyukun (Robert) :

I think that part of the SAE standard build process for a car is to start with the heater core and then wrap a vehicle around it.  While I can't name any off the top of my head, I suspect that the number of models out there that have heater cores the replacement of which do not require double-digit hours' worth of disassembly and reassembly could be counted on the average man's fingers.

AWSX1686
AWSX1686 SuperDork
12/7/18 11:30 a.m.

In reply to Ashyukun (Robert) :

I'm going to have to replace the heater core on my 2nd gen Cummins soon, so I feel your pain. On top of taking the whole dash out, it apparently is incredibly difficult to remove and replace the dash without cracking it.  

eastsideTim
eastsideTim UltraDork
12/7/18 11:40 a.m.

The heater core will fail eventually, but as parts go, it usually does last a while, so it’s not surprising for the car to be built without servicing it in mind.  Unfortunately, a lot of us on the GRM board shop in the price/age range where failure may be imminent.

I’d guess most cars get the heater core replaced sometime between 0-2 times in their existence.

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
12/7/18 11:46 a.m.

Easy heater cores ive done:

 

64 el Camino 

66 chevelle 

70-76 dusters

77 f150

None with ac.

 

 

eastsideTim
eastsideTim UltraDork
12/7/18 11:49 a.m.

In reply to Dusterbd13-michael :

1st gen S10 wasn’t terribly hard to get to.

Aaron_King
Aaron_King PowerDork
12/7/18 12:09 p.m.

The one in my Spitfire was not bad to get to.

Knurled.
Knurled. MegaDork
12/7/18 12:19 p.m.
Ashyukun (Robert) said:

I'm becoming more and more convinced that the heater core in the QX4 has a very small leak and needs to be replaced (have on occasion caught a whiff of coolant smell, inside of windshield keeps getting a film on it, seems to be running a bit hotter despite the much colder temps).

Replacement heater core is like $20, no sweat. Pull up the instructions on AutoZone's site for replacing it. They are, summed up, "Take out everything forward of the front seats (airbags, steering wheel, cluster, dash, etc.), replace heater core, put everything back in".

Really, Nissan? How is it that companies STILL do not design vehicles to be able to replace the heater core halfway easily? They ARE going to fail at some point and need replacement- why bury them so you have to disassemble half the car to do it?

Heater core failure is pretty rare nowadays.

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
12/7/18 1:36 p.m.

Paid for my wifes car to be detailed. Got the truck rrady for her to use today to go to lowes. Instead she puts 5 haybales in her freshly detailed van.

The smell of hay gives me an instant headach, and aggrevates my daughter's allergies. 

And this is the only car all 3 of us can fit in

berkeleying brilliant. Thanks.

stanger_missle
stanger_missle SuperDork
12/9/18 3:10 p.m.

For the past 3 days, I have gotten these terrible headaches. It starts out with a kind of a stiff neck and then progresses to the point where it feels like someone is grabbing the base of my skull and squeezing it like a zit. There is so much pressure it makes my ears ache. Every heartbeat makes it throb and it hurts so much that I get drenched in sweat. Its berkeleying horrible. cryingno

Good thing I have about a million things to get done before moving across the country in 3 weeks sad

Ashyukun (Robert)
Ashyukun (Robert) UberDork
12/10/18 8:09 a.m.

When they took my BP this morning at the doctor's office it came up high (and higher than it had been as well) so had a quick talk with the actual doctor. For now I'm supposed to check it at home on my own since they want to make sure it's not just from being nervous about being at the doctor's office- if it consistently comes in at over 130 by the next time I'm in there (in about 2 weeks), they'll start me on meds for it. Almost just wanted to say, "Just start me on the meds, being at the doctor's office doesn't make me THAT nervous..."

Cabin Progress Update:

We were supposed to meet with the builder at the cabin on Saturday afternoon, but he bailed the day before with the excuse that he'd thought his grandson's birthday party was the following weekend. He did at least get us the standard allowances sheet for things like flooring and fixtures, but has still not gotten us the accounting for how the previous two disbursements were spent and a listing of all of the expenses yet to come- something which we need soon if I'm going to have to move around money to have it available if we're going to go over what the loan covers.

We went out to see what (if any) progress had been made anyway, and were pleased to see that there had at least been some progress in the form of having gotten all of the wood on the roof and the waterproof sheeting up over it, but the side walls still aren't up and nothing else really had been done. Builder did tell us that all of the material for the stairs & decks was in and they hoped to start that today, which hopefully happens even though it's like 20F outside right now (so I'm not holding my breath). We went out to the side armed with brooms and swept out all of the leaves, sawdust, and trash from the floors inside the cabin. The Dancer is not unjustifiably concerned that about the state of the wood of the platform after like 4 months of sitting out in the very rainy weather, the last few of them at least partially covered in damp leaves. The builder has assured us that it was treated to be able to handle that- but it also should really be allowed to dry out before they put the flooring down, and that's not going to be easy to do when it's below freezing...

Duke
Duke MegaDork
12/10/18 8:15 a.m.

In reply to Ashyukun (Robert) :

If they get it closed in and run a salamander in there for a couple days, it will dry out even if it is in the teens outside.

dropstep
dropstep UltraDork
12/10/18 10:08 a.m.

We are part of the giant clusterberkeley that is wells Fargo switching to Flagstar banks. We didn't have any issues the opening day like alot of people did so I figured we were fine. Man I was wrong, the tellers/bankers were as clueless as we were and told my wife they transferred her direct deposit information so she shouldn't. They didn't and 5 days later. Well 2 days because banks don't work weekends and its finally there via a 3rd party company and they advised my wife too change her info directly at work exactly like she wanted to do before all this E36 M3.

KyAllroad (Jeremy)
KyAllroad (Jeremy) PowerDork
12/10/18 10:27 a.m.

My arms hurt.  From shoulder to elbow, both sides.  It feels like I exercised to muscle failure combined with some arthritis thrown in.  Been like this for a couple of weeks now and it's getting really tiresome.

Ashyukun (Robert)
Ashyukun (Robert) UberDork
12/10/18 10:42 a.m.

In reply to Duke :

I just hope they can do that without burning the whole place down... I don't have the greatest confidence at the moment.

It really surprised us that at no point in the last like 2 months have they done ANY kind of clean-up of the leaves that had collected inside. Yeah, sure- it would have been pointless initially because more would have fallen, but it's been quite a while since the trees were bare and they didn't have to worry about more falling in. When we swept the place out we found like a whole bunch of massive screws, nailgun nail packs, and other materials in the leaves. It CAN'T have been fun to be working in all of the leaves either.

I have to go out about halfway to the cabin site on Friday to pick some things up for the Dancer's non-profit so am probably going to trek the rest of the way there and see how much progress has been made. It's supposed to be cold but clear most of this week (until, of course, Friday...) so if the builder wants to have ANY chance of being done close to the mid-January completion date they should be working full-bore this week on the decks & stairs...

Ashyukun (Robert)
Ashyukun (Robert) UberDork
12/10/18 10:47 a.m.

Oh, and actual car-related rant...

Spent about 2 hours outside in the 30-degree weather changing the starter on the QX4 in hopes of eliminating the occasional 'snag' that it seems to have when starting (will attempt to turn and then 'catch' and stop- but if you keep holding the key on 'Start' it will 'break loose' a split-second later and start). Had a non-fun time that required several trips into the house to warm my fingers back up, but eventually got the new starter in.

Third time I went to start it, it did the 'catch & break loose' thing AGAIN. It hasn't done it since, so I'm hoping that the new started did actually fix it (and I can tell the new one is stronger than the old starter) but if it didn't I have no idea what the problem is and am just going to have to hope whatever it is (and the heater core as well, since there's no way I'm getting that done anytime soon) doesn't decide to blow up on the drive to/from the Frozen North in a few weeks.

stanger_missle
stanger_missle SuperDork
12/10/18 1:19 p.m.

Somebody I work with did not brush their teeth or has something rotting in there. And they keep talking to me. It's hard to carry on a conversation while holding your breath. Ugh.

eastsideTim
eastsideTim UltraDork
12/10/18 1:27 p.m.

Sometime recently, the WRX has a tire that developed a leak that I didn’t discover until today - coldest day of the season.  Checked this morning after noticing it looking low after breakfast, and it was down around 5 psi.  Guess the stiff sidewalls hid the problem, but I don’t know for how long.  When I did a walk around at the airport on Saturday it looked good.  

Of course, this is on the “winter” set, so no TPMS sensors in it.  Guess I’ll pay to have them added to prevent this from happening again.  Still don’t know what the problem is.  Aired the tire back up on my lunch break, and will check it later, so I have no idea if it’s a puncture, or a bead leak, or some issue that has solved itself.

RX Reven'
RX Reven' SuperDork
12/10/18 2:12 p.m.
Ashyukun (Robert) said:

Oh, and actual car-related rant...

Spent about 2 hours outside in the 30-degree weather changing the starter on the QX4 in hopes of eliminating the occasional 'snag' that it seems to have when starting (will attempt to turn and then 'catch' and stop- but if you keep holding the key on 'Start' it will 'break loose' a split-second later and start). Had a non-fun time that required several trips into the house to warm my fingers back up, but eventually got the new starter in.

Third time I went to start it, it did the 'catch & break loose' thing AGAIN. It hasn't done it since, so I'm hoping that the new started did actually fix it (and I can tell the new one is stronger than the old starter) but if it didn't I have no idea what the problem is and am just going to have to hope whatever it is (and the heater core as well, since there's no way I'm getting that done anytime soon) doesn't decide to blow up on the drive to/from the Frozen North in a few weeks.

Given that the jamming is intermittent, I’d suspect that some of the teeth on your flywheel may be damaged.

Also, I was placed on Amlodipine Besylate (common BP med) about a year ago and I had an uncommon but highly specific adverse reaction of joint issues. My left knee got so bad that I could hardly walk, went to an Ortho, had an MRI, and was told that I’d probably need a new knee (I’m only 54). Switched BP meds, took anti-inflammatory meds for three days and within a week, I was 90%+ recovered. I’m now on Valsartan and the FDA keeps expanding a recall of the med to more and more producers. Bottom line – please get and stay highly informed about any BP meds you may be put on.

Knurled.
Knurled. MegaDork
12/10/18 2:17 p.m.

Woke up at 1am with sinuses completely dry and burning, and freezing my butt off.  Took a shower for close to an hour to try to warm up and soothe my nose-channels, which had the interesting effect of plugging up within a few minutes while still being raw and burning.

 

Now I am merely cold and want to call up Rotor-Rooter to clear out my throat and lungs.  Bundled up indoors with multiple layers like hat guy who could see potential futures in MiB3.  Coughing is actually triggering my gag reflex, making me end up coughing like that picture of a cat posted here a while back.

 

 

(and what the hell happened to that cat's face?)

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