Working on the Car

"Timiarah reassembles a Monte Carlo motor in Hardeeville, South Carolina, and it works." That's a headline that I'm hoping to post in the near future. I have been procrastinating on this reassembly for about two weeks now since I got all of my parts in.

I did torque the head bolts down to 44 foot-pounds, and I used the torquing order that the manufacturer specified, but I didn't get finished with the entire process. They still needed to be turned an additional 95 degrees, but the tools that I had would not turn them anymore once they made the torque wrench click. I finally found a piece of pipe that just might fit over the tool handle to give me a little more pushing/pulling power.

I wanted to dedicate two hours to work on it today, but I just didn't have the time. Thursday is a crunch day for me when I try to do all the work that I can do to get that last bit in to make ends meet or such. If I can actually wake up at about 7 a.m. tomorrow, I'll do it for a few hours then.

I've been putting it off because I don't like the reassembly process too much. I keep thinking about all the work it took to take it apart. Now I have to do all of that in reverse plus crawl under the back of the car and try to ghetto-rig my exhaust system. Yeah, I'm a girl who ghetto-rigs cars. It's who I am whether anyone thinks it's unattractive or "out of order" or not. Apparently, I work on toilets, too. I'm currently waiting for a plumb pack, and I'm excited to get it so that I can fix my leak, lol. I do these things when I have no choice because:

  • I don't have the money to pay someone else
  • I don't trust someone else
  • I can't wait until someone else has the time to help me

My current motto is, "Do it your dang self if you can." Never ever wait for anyone else to do something for you. You'll be waiting a long time. Most people are all about themselves these days, including me. Some of them are selfish on purpose, and some of them are just too wrapped up in their own situations to assist others. The point is that we (people) can't sit around helplessly and wait for other human beings to take care of our various needs. We've got to get stuff done. We can pray to the Heavenly Father so that He will make something work in our favor, but we still have to be willing to do our part in the matter. 

In the case of the vehicle, I didn't have a handy $1,500 to take it to a shop for a head gasket replacement. I couldn't wait for a man to help me because I don't even think any of the ones in the area even know how to do this job. Lastly, I had performed other fixes on the car myself, and I was always curious about what was involved with head gasket replacement. Additionally, I was willing to invite the Heavenly Father into the task and ask Him for help. 

 I don't think I would have gotten this far without the Creator's hand in it. 

Timiarah vs.Heart Throbs: Round 2

Okay, so after I realized that my car needed an engine overhaul of sorts, I got the idea that I would buy some skates for fitness and for getting around town. I knew it'd be a while before I would have the time to do all this auto work, and I wanted a cheap and fun way to get my toning exercise and my alternative traveling apparatus all in one shot. After two failed attempts to buy correctly sized skates on Amazon and eBay, I finally got these for $18:

Oh, they're in wooooonderful condition, but they're from hell. They're called Pacer Heart Throb skates, but don't let the tender name fool you. These skates will kick your behind. They threw me off three times about two weeks ago, and that was the last time I got on them because I hurt my hand. Now I'm ready to go back out there with them, but I have to wait until the sun comes up, of course. I'm going to try to video tape myself because it's a guaranteed fall. It's kind of hard to explain what they do. They kind of have a mind of their own. They just start speeding for no reason at all and dart forward at an extremely inopportune time. Next thing you know, I'm on my back looking  at the clouds. They are pretty fast, but they're untamed. I guess that's the best way to put it. I had never fallen off of skates in my life until I got these. The falls were kind of funny, though, and fun. They made me want to master these things even more.

So, yeah, it's not quite 5:00 a.m. I'm going to do my prayers and then get suited up to go out there. 

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