Friday, August 16, 2013

automotive repair (ranch truck)

e: ... i helped the rancher's brother repair [the old truck] on monday and tuesday ... a flange had broken off the exhaust pipe just at the exhaust manifold ... and the rancher's brother was worried that a valve would burn out if it wasn't fixed ... so i drove the truck into town sunday night and we repaired it at his home ...

... to do the job we used a hydraulic jack to lift the front end of the truck a good three feet off the ground ... then we removed the problem piece of exhaust by unbolting it from both sides of the exhaust manifold ... and then heating the pipe at the seam three feet further back with an acetylene torch until it was red hot ... and then i pulled from the front and the rancher's brother pulled from the back until the pipe separated ...

... once we had the piece of pipe removed ... we needed to cut about three inches off the end where the flange had broken off ... and then replace it with the same size piece that included a flange ... fortunately the rancher's brother had a replacement pipe in his junk pile, otherwise we would have had to go to a you-pull-it salvage yard ...

... to make a straight cut we used a pipe cutter ... then we used the acetylene torch to weld the replacement piece on ... and it turned out perfectly ...

... the reassembly was a job by itself because of an old jury-rigged repair we discovered ... but we ultimately succeeded ...

... i don't want to think about what it would have cost at a repair shop.