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Putting Monte Carlo Back Together: Week Two

2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Timiarah's Monte Carlo

I didn't have much time to work on this car today. Unfortunately, paid work must take precedence over unpaid work. That's why old girl has been sitting for two months. My time is very, very limited, especially now with my living expenses going up because of a "holiday" season that has nothing to do with me. 

I got done my work at about 4 p.m. I thought I would be able to get the exhaust manifold back on before it got dark (5:30-ish), but I didn't get that far. I had to reluctantly shut the operation down because of the chill factor. It was hand-freezing cold here in Hardeeville, South Carolina. I can honestly say that the warmth is the one thing that I do miss about Florida. It never got cold enough to require gloves there. Here... I actually need winter gloves if I'm going to try to work on my car from now on. What a difference two states make. I don't remember last year being this fiercely cold, but this year, it is.

Speaking of Hardeeville, apparently, it's a city of Character:

Hardeeville, SC Train Near City Hall

I took that last week on my way to City Hall and never shared it. Yes, Hardeeville certainly has some interesting characters in it. Yup-yup, there are quite a few characters here, but at least I can say they are helpful. I appreciated the help, especially from the mechanics last week. Shop mechanics usually don't want to help backyard sort-of mechanics, especially if they are female... and black. Oh, no no no no no. Lol, but I thank the Heavenly Father for sending that assistance for that rear exhaust last week. I could not have put that back on myself because it literally took several men to do it. 

People ask me all the time where I learned to work on cars. Honestly, I don't know. It started with cell phones and then it progressed to, "I wonder if I can tinker with something bigger." And like I said before, I got tired of mechanics lying to me and taking the little bit of money that I have. I felt that it was time for me to dig in and see exactly what the fudge was going on. 

I watched a lot of mechanics do different things in videos, and then I tried to do the same thing. So far, everything has been successful, but this here is a big job. I'm learning a lot of stuff as I go along like what NOT to do. If it doesn't start back up, I'll know exactly why. I might just break it back down again if it doesn't, and start from scratch with all the right tools. I don't know, but I'm going to keep the faith about this. I believe it will start. Run? I don't know, but I think it will at least say hello to us and let us know it's still alive.