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Today's good and bad

You know how yesterday I posted about
the good and the bad? Well, let's add a new pair from today:

Good: The Department Chair found a way to pay me for part of my summer work, so I won't be broke during the SF Institute. I guess 1/4 salary is better than 0/4.
Bad: I blew a gasket after class tonight. I mean that literally; symptoms suggest the head gasket on my Saab convertible gave out. I was half-way home from a 3-hour night class in Kansas City (KU-Edwards campus) when the car overheated and started running rough. I didn't get home until nearly midnight. Thankfully, I have AAA insurance; the tow-truck driver was quick and nice and got me home in a jiffy without cost. Now I just need to remove the ENTIRE TOP END of the engine, replace the head gasket, likely get the head machined, and then put it all back together. Woohoo, another project for spring break.

Here's hoping your night went better!

Best,
Chris

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dragonet2
Mar. 10th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
Mike had drill
in St. Louis last weekend and Allison went with him.

His car didn't come home, a valve decided to shatter and render the engine into a doorstop.

It had first showed signs of trouble about an hour out, but got them to their hotel. It finally went belly-up while Allison was driving it the next day.

So now he's car-shopping. AT least you can fix yours.
mckitterick
Mar. 10th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Mike had drill
Oh no! Yeah, valves breaking tend to be an uglier scene than losing a head gasket. Sorry to hear that, but I wish him luck finding a suitable car soon.
astein142
Mar. 11th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
Re: Mike had drill
When the valve shattered, I heard a single "clunk" and the engine just "stopped". And it just keeps getting better -- someone ran a red light and smashed into Mike's rental on Monday evening.
mckitterick
Mar. 11th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Re: Mike had drill
Ah, crappity-crap-crap!
clevermanka
Mar. 10th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
Poor thing.

I'm so happy I'd made brownies on a whim. I hope they helped, once you finally got home. Hurray for friendly tow-truck drivers!

edit: We should've known something would throw a wrench into our Spring Break plans...

Edited at 2010-03-10 02:38 pm (UTC)
mckitterick
Mar. 10th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
It was nice to find some treats awaiting my return, thank you!

I've been looking forward to driving the Crossfire again, anyway. Ice is gone, salt is washed off the roads, and the roads beckon a little red sports car ;-)
clevermanka
Mar. 10th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Zoom!
silverfae
Mar. 10th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
ACK.
mckitterick
Mar. 10th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
Hear, hear.
tully01
Mar. 10th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
Ouch. Been there, done that. The oil spray is a clue.
mckitterick
Mar. 10th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
Yikes, oil spray? I bet that ended badly. My car just ingested a bit of coolant (I'm hoping).
tully01
Mar. 10th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
All depends on where the gasket fails ...

An internal gasket failure gives you a rough burn and you get coolant in the oil and vice versa. When the failure's on the outer edge, you can get a lovely steamy oily pressure-driven 300-degree mist....
mckitterick
Mar. 10th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
That sounds ugly.
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mckitterick
Mar. 10th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, modern cars are a pain to work on....
madmatmax
Mar. 11th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
Maybe if they didn't put the engines in backwards they would be easier to work on
mckitterick
Mar. 11th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
No kidding! At least I know the sorts of things I need to know in order to take apart a Saab engine....
dotar_sojat
Mar. 11th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
Bummer on the car. Glad you've got some summer income coming in.

Not to brag, but so far my new car is doing great!
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