AJ was getting very bored at the motel…he drove me nuts pacing and he apparently wasn't able to get comfortable. He would lie down for a few minutes, stand up, turn around a few times, lie down again, stand up, shake, move to a different spot and repeat the above. He was ready to get out of there.
We are finally back in our own truck, but just for the night. AJ's sleeping soundly on the passenger seat right now.
Here's the story: It took Detroit Diesel almost two weeks to get the parts to fix the motor. They finally had that done today, but when I went to pick up my truck, there was damage to the hood bracket. It was broken clean off at both ends. :eek: The only way that can happen is overextension…letting the hood drop open without controlling its speed or leaning/falling against it from the inside while it's open. It's a forward-opening hood-like an older BMW.
I stayed around the shop for a few hours before they decided I could take it to Prime and have them see whether they could fix it. Turns out I might need a new HOOD! The bracket runs the entire width of the hood and is spot-welded in place behind the grill. Right now, the only things holding the hood on are the hydraulic "shock absorbers" and the latches. If I hit a bump too hard, the hood is likely to fly off. So I have to go into a "loaner" truck until it can be fixed. It won't even be looked at by the body guy until probably Tuesday because of MLK Day. GRRRRRRR!!!!!:mad:
Going into a loaner truck means moving a bunch of my junk, signing a pile of paperwork, living for however long it takes to fix the hood without three-fourths of my stuff and driving someone else's ugly pinky-purple truck. Ugh! :rolleyes: Maybe I'll have to slim down enough to wear a bathing suit while I'm driving so I can look like the "pro" who should be in such a vehicle. I'll have to remember to wear tons of makeup.
Hopefully I get my truck back in good order when they finish with this fiasco.
Hope your year is going better than mine so far.