Well today is what I would call a daymare(nightmare while I'm awake), My steering broke a long ways from home while I was trying to find an address of a house I was supposed to work at and I could not find it, the break is the kinda break that you have to turn the steering wheel more than a turn to get any kind of reaction, as you know i have power steering on my work truck set up like a 4X4, the power steering gear is on the outside of the frame, I have an idler arm where the stock steering gear would be, well the front idler arm/rear steering gear bolt broke, they share that bolt, and it broke where I needed to turn around on a single wide road with huge ditches.
I finally got it turned around by getting out of the truck and kicking the wheels the direction I needed them with onlookers and got down to the bottom of the hill which was maybe a half mile.
Here is the front end.
So I hunted around in my truck for another bolt and could not find one, all my larger screw drivers were flat edge and too big to fit thru the hole(although I was going to pound one round if I had too), but I found a screw driver that would fit thru the hole that was long enough, I slid it in and then used 2 pairs of vice grips to hold it on the other side and I started for home, I made it several miles before it got really loose again, so I finally found a flat place to pull over and had to wait quite a while to let the traffic by I was holding up as I was driving 30mph, and I did pull over several time trying to get the steering tighter, anyway that time when I looked under there the hand grip on the screw driver was gone, so I put the vice grips on both sides and finally made it home.
So I just had to fix it and get back to that house even though the woman said to forget it, I finally found a bolt that would work but it was not a hardened bolt but I installed it and drove to the hardware store and bought what I needed and installed it in the parking lot, I then finally found the house and did the job and she was so happy she gave me a big tip.
On the way back into town to do a bid before I went home the engine died at a busy light in the left turn lane, I poured what was left of the gas into the truck thinking I ran out although it showed a little, did not work it would not start, so I left the ignition on and crawled under the truck and grabbed the electric fuel pump and it was not running, I also didn't have brake lights anymore for some reason, I am sitting in a terrible spot tearing my truck apart in the street trying to figure out what was wrong and a guy offered to tow me into the Safeway parking lot as he didn't want me to get hit, he had a strap and everything, I connected it up and off we went, I took the strap off and thanked him several times and said I would likely get it fixed in a few minutes, I lifted the deck board over the tank, hit/tapped the fuel pump with a screw driver and it started working again and I drove home, it was not even two minutes.
In the mean time the steering got loose again and I had to tighten it again.
I am going to try to repair it in the morning, but I might just use the 720 turbodiesel instead to do my jobs as I can throw a ladder on the weenie rack it has.
I noticed the frame has a hole in it again, I am hoping this truck will make it another month as I will not likely have work then, and I can then pull the cab off this wasted frame and put it on the 1986 frame I just got, it will take a few days/week for me to transfer the engine/cab/flatbed onto the other frame.
The brake lights quit working because it appears the fuse blew, maybe I touched metal/ground messing around with the wires trying to get the brake lights to work, as they control the trailer brakes also, no brake lights no trailer brakes.
It still steers like crap.
“The difference between genius and stupidly is that genius has its limits” Albert Einstein