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Old February 2nd, 2008, 07:50 PM   #1
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I get a call to go get a 2000 Grand Cherokee at the Marathon station this afternoon.
Nice guy, MP at the guard camp, has done two tours in the sandbox, lives a couple hours from Grayling.
Loud noise from front driveshaft, under warranty from Autozone.
So I haul it back here, get it on the hoist, and the NP247 transfer case is busted in half.
The rear CV had grenaded, and snapped the case.
The customer and I contemplate his options, he is stranded, wife and kids are at home.
So I cut the chain with the torch, pull the front shaft out, and remove the offending "bits", and he is on the road in 2wd. With half of the transfer case in a cardboard box behind the back seat.
I even plugged the pump pickup tube, so it wouldn't suck up slush and salt.
I explained to him that this is an emergency measure, and that there is a ball bearing, and a slip yoke bushing that are going to be short lived, but he will probably make it home.
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 07:55 PM   #2
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I had a kick-ass tow truck driver tow my motorcycle trailer to his shop in Gaylord and let me work on it there (siezed axle bearing) so I didn't have to fix it on I-75.

for helping someone out!
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 07:57 PM   #3
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 08:15 PM   #4
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what goes around comes around. Wish there were more people in this world like you

Glad you were able to help him
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 09:21 PM   #5
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what goes around comes around. Wish there were more people in this world like you

Glad you were able to help him
Ummmm, No.
The world really does not need more like me, I am an asshole with a capitol A.

I charged him 50 bucks for the "haul and hack", he tipped 10.
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 09:24 PM   #6
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Damn, 50 is good. That was our minimum just to tow when i was running in Alpena.
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Loud noise from front driveshaft, under warranty from Autozone.
So I haul it back here, get it on the hoist, and the NP247 transfer case is busted in half.
The rear CV had grenaded, and snapped the case.
So it was the driveshaft that caused the failure?

That's the problem with cheap lifetime warranty crap, he gets another crappy driveshaft for free and has to buy a new transfer case..
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 09:31 PM   #8
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Hope he didn't have too far to go! How long can a half a t-case last? Especially with no oil!
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I'll bet he makes it farther than you'd imagine.
Reminds me of when I was a kid at my Dad's shop in the 70's, couple young kids heading for Colorado with a 4 door Chevy II, straight six, three on the tree.
It burned a rod bearing, and really tore up the journal on the crank.
Kids had little or no cash, so Dad pulled the head and pan, removed the rod, piston and pushrods on that cylinder, bolted it back together, and away they went.
thumpthumpthumpthumpthump
I have always wondered how far they got.
Sometimes ya gotta do whatcha gotta do.
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 10:03 PM   #10
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Damn, 50 is good. That was our minimum just to tow when i was running in Alpena.
agreed I would have hit him for $250
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Old February 3rd, 2008, 07:55 AM   #11
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towing bills around here start at 75 bucks just to hook it up and haul it within the city limits to there yard
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yea thats the ED I know, I think I've seen some of those creative fixes before
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Old February 3rd, 2008, 04:55 PM   #13
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Yeah.. 50 bucks just to come out and hook if you're in a 5 mile radius of the shop. It goes up in 10 dollar incremements from there.
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I'll bet he makes it farther than you'd imagine.
Reminds me of when I was a kid at my Dad's shop in the 70's, couple young kids heading for Colorado with a 4 door Chevy II, straight six, three on the tree.
It burned a rod bearing, and really tore up the journal on the crank.
Kids had little or no cash, so Dad pulled the head and pan, removed the rod, piston and pushrods on that cylinder, bolted it back together, and away they went.
thumpthumpthumpthumpthump
I have always wondered how far they got.
Sometimes ya gotta do whatcha gotta do.
That's awsome !!
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Old February 13th, 2008, 03:19 AM   #15
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We charge $75 hook up and and $3.50 a mile unless she's hot.
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Old February 13th, 2008, 08:15 AM   #16
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Riddle me this, when I put my cherokee on it's side in the snow, I went home, got my dad and his CJ-7 with the winch and went to pull it back out. The police had arrived by then and would not let me flip it myself, I had to let the tow truck driver do it and pay him $90 just to flip it, I drove it home from there. If the police had to block traffic for the tow truck driver, what's the difference in blocking traffic for my dad's CJ? The tow truck driver had not arrived yet either, I had to wait for him to come, in that time I would have been flipped, filled with oil and back on the road.
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Shit, The owner of the local tow company here is a good buddy, and I still have to pay more than that for a local tow...
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Old February 13th, 2008, 11:46 AM   #18
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Riddle me this, when I put my cherokee on it's side in the snow, I went home, got my dad and his CJ-7 with the winch and went to pull it back out. The police had arrived by then and would not let me flip it myself, I had to let the tow truck driver do it and pay him $90 just to flip it, I drove it home from there. If the police had to block traffic for the tow truck driver, what's the difference in blocking traffic for my dad's CJ? The tow truck driver had not arrived yet either, I had to wait for him to come, in that time I would have been flipped, filled with oil and back on the road.

Because if you had flipped it over and you were squished and dead, then there would be a lawsuit against the officer who let you flip it back over.
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Because if you had flipped it over and you were squished and dead, then there would be a lawsuit against the officer who let you flip it back over.
Yes, a lot of it is discretion. I had cops and EMT's handle traffic for me a couple times when dealing with vehicles in the winter on M-59 years ago when I lived in Rochester Hills.

The other part of the equation is whether they have already called the towing company. A lot of the contracts are based on the call, not whether any work or towing are actually required upon arrival.
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I'll bet he makes it farther than you'd imagine.
Reminds me of when I was a kid at my Dad's shop in the 70's, couple young kids heading for Colorado with a 4 door Chevy II, straight six, three on the tree.
It burned a rod bearing, and really tore up the journal on the crank.
Kids had little or no cash, so Dad pulled the head and pan, removed the rod, piston and pushrods on that cylinder, bolted it back together, and away they went.
thumpthumpthumpthumpthump
I have always wondered how far they got.
Sometimes ya gotta do whatcha gotta do.
I had a friend with a chevy truck straight 6, lunched a rod bearing, they did the same, but put a whittled down hunk of wood in the dead cylinder. That temp fix ran for years as a farm truck.
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