Gas 01

14 04 2014

I’m going to start keeping track of how much I spend on gas in LaVera.  I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but I always lose the napkin that I jotted down my notes on.  Usually, I blow my nose in it, or use it to wipe up some spilled ice cream in the back seat.  Keeping track here in the blog will force me to stay a bit more organized.  So here we go:

Milwaukee Pagoda Gas Station

First fill up of the year

8 Gallons

$3.75 per Galon

$30.00

Year to date expenses: $30.00

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There’s Something Rotten in Denmark

7 04 2014

MARCELLUS
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

HORATIO
Heaven will direct it.

MARCELLUS
Nay, let’s follow him.

I’m not so sure about Denmark, but I can guarantee you that I followed something rotten into my rear differential on Saturday morning.  I removed the cap only to find a small pool of lumpy (yes, lumpy) black tar and the stench of the living dead.  I honestly can’t explain it.  Oil shouldn’t smell like that.

Rear Differential Gunk

Rear Differential Gunk

Not only were the undead living in my rear diff… they apparently tried to escape at one point.  Notice the grey patch on the outside of the cover.  After a solid cleaning, the inside appeared to be patched by the previous owner in 24 karat gold.  Just another oddity on my truck that I can’t explain.  I’m sure it’s not gold, I mean, it can’t be… right?

My truck's gold tooth...

My truck’s gold tooth…

I also noticed a bit of damage to one of the gears.  No doubt, a result of the incident that brought about the patch.  Look closely towards the top of the picture and you’ll see the “chip.”  I couldn’t find any other damage, so hopefully any other faulty parts were long ago replaced.  I did some magnet clean up too, looking for any broken metal bits, but it came up clean.

Chipped gear

Chipped gear

An finally, once I buttoned everything up and replaced the oil, I noticed that I replaced the fluid in the rear diff with the WRONG OIL!  Would 10w 30 work just fine in the rear diff?  I don’t think so.  I placed a quick call to Uncle Chuck.  Uncle Chuck has about 12 vintage cars in his garage and knows a thing or two about engines.  10w 30 drained… Proper gear oil filled… We’re ready for summer in Milwaukee.

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