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Old 12-14-2011, 10:41 AM
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I'm having a really start to winter :(

Well guys, the last 45 days have been pretty horrible for me and I would like to vent a little. There have been some serious family related issues which to make a long story short have led to my 15 year old niece coming to live with us permanently (my wife and I are 25, no kids yet). I have a good job and am able to handle the financials of that ok, but its not like I have money to burn.

About 3 weeks ago I modded the IDM in my obs only to have it burn up 2 days later. I ordered a swamps IDM as I could not source one locally for less then 325 used with no warranty and this is my daily driver.

My old beast had some extremely bad leafs up front that I thought were going to snap, so I took the truck to a local suspension shop to have reacrched what could be fixed, and replace what couldnt. On the way home, my transmission that has been giving me some issues for a couple months now took a @%#!. I lost the ability to shift into second gear without letting off.

My immediate concern was with the intermediate clutch pack as this is what Paul told me it likely was if the valvebody I had boughten for the e4od did not fix the issue I was having prior. On top of all this I had planned on ordering tires this week as the 315's on the truck are bald and I almost ditched it on the snow last week. So all said and told my line of credit is taking a beating and I am down in the dumps at Christmas time Why do vehicles have to be so expensive? This all comes after replacing the wifes car in February, and me having to buy this truck in March. (I wanted it, dont get me wrong)

All said and told I am looking at:
$555 for the swamps IDM
$730 suspension work
$4000 taxes in for the transmission. (I know I am getting boned, thats practically a whole 'nother story. If I had of known he was going to hose me like this I would have ordered a BTS on rush.
$1400 for tires

Totaling $6685.

Merry Christmas
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:35 AM
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Well guys, the last 45 days have been pretty horrible for me and I would like to vent a little. There have been some serious family related issues which to make a long story short have led to my 15 year old niece coming to live with us permanently (my wife and I are 25, no kids yet). I have a good job and am able to handle the financials of that ok, but its not like I have money to burn.

About 3 weeks ago I modded the IDM in my obs only to have it burn up 2 days later. I ordered a swamps IDM as I could not source one locally for less then 325 used with no warranty and this is my daily driver.

My old beast had some extremely bad leafs up front that I thought were going to snap, so I took the truck to a local suspension shop to have reacrched what could be fixed, and replace what couldnt. On the way home, my transmission that has been giving me some issues for a couple months now took a @%#!. I lost the ability to shift into second gear without letting off.

My immediate concern was with the intermediate clutch pack as this is what Paul told me it likely was if the valvebody I had boughten for the e4od did not fix the issue I was having prior. On top of all this I had planned on ordering tires this week as the 315's on the truck are bald and I almost ditched it on the snow last week. So all said and told my line of credit is taking a beating and I am down in the dumps at Christmas time Why do vehicles have to be so expensive? This all comes after replacing the wifes car in February, and me having to buy this truck in March. (I wanted it, dont get me wrong)

All said and told I am looking at:
$555 for the swamps IDM
$730 suspension work
$4000 taxes in for the transmission. (I know I am getting boned, thats practically a whole 'nother story. If I had of known he was going to hose me like this I would have ordered a BTS on rush.
$1400 for tires

Totaling $6685.

Merry Christmas
I know what you're going through bud, been there. It gets better though.
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:45 AM
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Thanks for the support, I know it will get better, it's just crap now haha. i would be less bitter if I was 800 more into it and getting a BTS I know was going to last. The issue is the shop I dropped the tranny off at wanted 700 bucks just to get my truck back with the tranny out of it. That on top of the two way shipping and duties to Canada would have left me 7k into a BTS Maybe some day when my truck is in better shape I will drive down to Arkansas and see Brian. I am hoping the twin disc converter and alto clutches make enough of a difference that I no longer have any issues.
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That sucks about the truck and family issues, but that's pretty awesome of you to take in your niece. Hope it gets better man.
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:51 AM
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Just going to have to spend a little more personal time working some extra shifts thats all. She is a good kid. She was heading down the wrong path quite quickly but things seem to be ironing out. I had a call from her principal today though. She has an issue with listening to her ipod during lectures :S Hopefully that is all ironed out now.
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Thanks for the support, I know it will get better, it's just crap now haha. i would be less bitter if I was 800 more into it and getting a BTS I know was going to last. The issue is the shop I dropped the tranny off at wanted 700 bucks just to get my truck back with the tranny out of it. That on top of the two way shipping and duties to Canada would have left me 7k into a BTS Maybe some day when my truck is in better shape I will drive down to Arkansas and see Brian. I am hoping the twin disc converter and alto clutches make enough of a difference that I no longer have any issues.
I'm waiting on a trans. right now for mine. Was gonna go BTS or SunCoast but bought a used one for time being. I'm just gonna keep my old trans. and buy parts a little at a time and do a complete built trans. that way. My issues happened over the summer. House damage caused by tornado, entire ceiling fell in in my living room, Uncle fell off my roof and trans. went out all within 3 months. My daughter was born this past Friday which made up for all of the bad stuff though.
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Keep yer head up bud...


This saying has helped me thru alot of tough times...

"If God brought you to it.... God will bring you thru it...."
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Thanks guys, and your situation makes me feel even more like a whiner dhanna. lol
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Thanks guys, and your situation makes me feel even more like a whiner dhanna. lol
Don't feel like that, just know that it all works out and gets better.
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My wife had to leave home when she was 14. Her mother died, dad remarried the evil stepmother, so she had to go live with her sister. What sort of man puts a woman before blood? But there was a silver lining, my wife loves having a solid family, because she knows what it's like not to have one. Your niece might be out of sorts for a while if her family got pulled apart, but give her a steady home, and she'll appreciate it for the rest of her life.

My F350 has been down all summer. FICM blew a power supply, then I noticed it was cranking over uneven and way too fast. Put in a new power supply, wouldn't start, thought for sure I had lost HG's, sounded like weak compression. There's four or five grand I don't have, so I parked it. Got stuck working on some really old stuff at work, that's looking grim, too. Bills mounding up, can't seem to save anything.

Darn, a man just can't seem to get ahead. But, in the last month, everything turned around.

Paid off two loans in November that were sucking $700/month. It'll be a cold day downstairs before I go borrowing to get things I don't need again. Looks like my daughters will be getting something nice for Christmas after all.

Division head calls me in last week, asks me if I'd like to go work with the chief architects (this is software work) instead of this old ugly stuff I was looking at, because I can solve problems better than anyone in the department. Oh, and if you don't mind, we're going to promote you. Well, it's never a good idea to say no to the boss...

Last weekend, I lucked into another FICM for $50 from a guy parting out a PS. Don't know if it's good, but try it. Figured if that'll fire the engine, I can find out how bad the other damage is. While taking the old FICM out, it's wedged in there real good and disconnecting the plugs is a blind job, I found one of the plugs was loose. What the... plugged it in, it fired right up. Turns out the weird cranking was because no fuel was being injected, so it wasn't compressing as much. All this time I was looking for something really bad, and it was just a loose plug.

So, yeah, things were looking blue for me for a while, but they really turned around in the last month. About time I had a run of good luck for a change.

It's never as bad as you think it might be. There are times it seems like the Good Lord is testing you, but somehow if you pass, good things finally start happening.

But does He have to test so much?
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