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  1. Jesus, what sort of fag carries that on his belt?
    O.T.
    So to get our collective minds off of the crazy bullshit, both existential and personal, I’ve got something to query about.
    Just picked up a 2000 GMC 3500 SL with the 5.7L Vortech.
    Took it for a test drive, right around 20 miles.
    The guy was wondering when I was going to come back, but hell, I’ve bought used all my life and if there’s one thing that I’ve learned it’s don’t drive it for a mile and back and then call it ok.
    Anyhow, the temp gauge went sort of hot to down to cool and I started to smell coolant.
    When I got back I popped the hood with him there and and coolant was shooting out of a weeper hole on the top of the water pump. Before I started driving I noticed that coolant was leaking, you could see it on the bottom of the hood and underneath. Looks like the left rear is leaking brake fluid, the radiator is shot, with the top (and I’m guessing) some sort of oil line cooler is all the way rusted out. Pop the radiator cap and all you really see is some sort of brown sludge. The registration sticker says ’17. I ask the dude when was the last time he drove it and he says the other day, it’s a farm truck and he really didn’t need to have it legal to drive. Then he goes on this odd ball story on how the .gov is targeting him with lasers and energy weapons from cell towers. I egg him on and he’s telling me all sorts of crazy shit that, hell, I really can’t discount. Shit, the motherfucker has pictures of everything and at least 8 mirrors in his bedroom looking out to reflect the lasers.
    So…
    Clearly I have to replace the left top radiator line, the radiator itself, dunno but I’m guessing the thermostat, and the water pump itself. Good news is that it actually has a distributor cap and a rotor, real plugs and wires, and enough space to get in there and do the work. Oh, plus fix at least the rear brakes which are drum type (God I hate that), plus side is disc brakes in the front.
    Now, I’m a Ford man, have been all of my life and something other is other.
    I’ve never heard of a water pump doing what this one has done.
    Any recommendations?

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    • Oh, yeah.
      For those of you who remember Paul Harvey, here’s the rest of the story…
      In the bed of the truck the dude has this big box covered with a real tarp. Just sitting there, not strapped down or anything. Wassat, I ask? A 300lb pea shucker. Needless to say I didn’t take any sharp turns while taking the test drive. He was asking 4k for the truck I told him after pointing out the bits and pieces plus time that I would pay 3500 for it. Told him that I had to go to work and would pick it up after a handful of days, gave him a k in earnest money and took the signs off. I was expecting him to get rid of the shucker, hell I don’t need it. Nope, still there when when I paid him the rest of the money (all cash of course). He’s an older shit like the rest of you and claimed that he had no place to store it. Plus he had to move from his place just outside the nearest larger town 50k or so to my area because of the .gov “shooting” him with energy weapon lasers. *Sigh* Seems they’ve tracked him to here and are still playing they’re shenanigans, attacking both of him and his wife. Did I tell you he’s got pictures? Goddamn does he ever. I tend to think don’t get diabetes or get bit by chiggers. But hell, I’m sympathetic. He’s pushing the years and I was brought up to take care of my elders. So now I’ve got that shucker at my house for God knows how long, storing it for that dude. Who knows? Maybe I’ll inherit it, and I’ve got a new, if somewhat insane, friend who is totally paranoid of the .gov.

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    • Run the fuck away South! There is NO weep holes in the top of the water pump, it is on the bottom. That much sludge? An engine rebuild in it’s immediate future. Only coolant lines going into the radiator is for the auto tranny, engine oil coolant is two separate lines and the same for the power steering pump if it also has a hydraulic master brake booster which is typical on 1 tons K/C 3500s…. I have the same truck and year except it is a Chevy. Also check the rear axle wheel bearing seals on the floating axle, they tend to leak and the rear differential pinion seal will leak

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      • That year of truck with what you have is listing for about $6000 bucks, I have had people offer me $7500 and I have turned them down. Nice thing about our year of truck and engine (5.7L) is the electronic distributor can be removed, and a regular points and condenser distributor can be placed and wired to work. 2001s and newer has a different cam gearing and much different distributor.

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          • Yes it does, but it is an full electronic distributor, computer runs it. I was saying you can take that out and put in an old style distro and bypass the computer, do some extra wiring and it will run, 2001 and later trucks you can’t do this.

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      • This one definitely has a weep hole.
        No mistaking it.
        I run any more south and I’m in Mexico, so I’ll have to deal with what I’ve got.
        Oh, 163K miles on it.

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        • I have never seen that either, weep holes are designed so fluid getting into the bearing has a place to escape, so you can weep down, but not up…. just like crap does not go up a waste pipe…

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      • Yeah, I figured that it had to be for the tranny, I’ve never seen anything before that had oil running to it, but damn, that fluid is dark.
        That being said, the truck runs just fine, shifts fine for an automatic.
        I’ve just almost always worked on Fords, so I thought there may be some engineering differences, although an engine is an engine. Can’t be that much different. I’ll be tearing into it tomorrow.

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        • If it is dark, drain the tranny and the torque convertor and pull the filter and get a new one, don’t ever get talked into a back flush replacement, that just puts metal shaving back through the valve body. Install a good synthetic, you will thank me later, that big, either a 4R70W or a 475W or E 4 speed tranny is a tough transmission but take care of it and it will take care of you. I have 265,000 miles pulling trailers across country and I would not hesitate to do in again, same engine and tranny, never had any problems, I still have the original hoses on it…

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            • The only thing I can think is you are right and your weep hole is plugged on the bottom, that means you have water in the water pump shaft and that bearing is out or soon to be, you have a new water pump in your future. Some Chevys eat water pumps and some like mine are still spinning along quite happy to be of service. The truck is worth some time, effort, money to restore to function. Only tho, if it is not a rust basket case. People are finding out these are the best long lasting trucks GM ever made.

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                • Well Irish and Cedric, lemme tell you something.
                  I’ve had my hands on this truck all day.
                  Yes, there is a vent on top and a weep hole on the bottom of the water pump.
                  Not only that!
                  And I shit you not.
                  As far as the radiator goes on the passenger side there is the inlet and outlet for the transmission.
                  On the drivers side there is also an inlet and outlet for cooling the oil.
                  As Aesop says, you could look it up.
                  Lemme help you.
                  The truck is a 2000 GMC 5.7L SL.
                  I guaranfuckingtee you that I am not lying, nor am I mistaken.
                  Crawl your ass under that truck that you have and take a look.
                  Pretty sure that there’s not much difference between a 2000 and a 2001.

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                  • Sounds like the same radiator in my Father In Law’s 1999 Yukon that I had to change.
                    The weep hole thing doesn’t surprise me. Be ready to Back Flush the heater core or replace it like I had to do in mine. Took about an hour.

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                    • Sounds like the block is full of rusty mud as well. This is why you should run antifreeze, even if you don’t live where it gets cold. You won’t get the corrosion with a good brand of coolant. Flushing the block will be a pain in the ass, but it will help the engine stay cooler. You won’t have the isolated pockets of “mud” causing hot spots.
                      If the radiator leaked, he may have put a can of “bunny turds” in it to plug the leak. Bunny Turds are what we call Bar’s Stop Leak. Yeah it kind of works, but more often than not it raises havoc with the cooling system.

                      Leigh
                      Whitehall, NY

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    • O.K.
      New water pump, new radiator, new thermostat.
      A whole shit tone of new hoses.
      Hell had to drill out and tap a bunch of shit.
      Seems that the Laser Dude only ran water and no antifreze.
      So much shit corroded and falling the fuck apart.
      Flushed the entire system, no more rust shit coming out.
      If I’m lucky the heater core is fine as hot air does come out like a motherfucker.
      Got a 1 ton truck up and running but good.
      Busted some knuckles, rubbed some skin raw, shed some blood.
      Tomorrow I’m going to process some livestock.

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  2. My son made me a 3D printed working ocarina (small flute like musical instrument). Seems extraneous like this egg holder but the point is that he built the 3D printer himself from what appeared to be about a zillion small parts. He then went off on a tangent with some guys from Engineering school doing acoustic research with some speaker shapes that can only be 3D printed. I’m a pretty technical person but sometimes I have trouble keeping up around here. I’m writing this on a monster desktop computer my son coached me through building. I told him I wanted a super desktop without controlling for price and we build what I call “The Machine”.

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  3. Imagine being a 22-year-old single male in the industrial trades. You get up
    in the morning with no time to cook breakfast. You head to a convenience
    store and buy one of those prepackaged hard-boiled eggs, crackers, and
    pepper packets. That was my usual breakfast. When I worked in the shop,
    my breakfast was a roach coach breakfast burrito or ham, bacon, or sausage
    and egg sandwiches with lettuce, tomato, and mayo with toasted Armenian
    bread. Try it, you will love it.

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    • Heh, at that age I was skipping breakfast so I could get more sleep. Lunch was a chunk of bread, chunk of cheese, chunk of summer sausage. If I was lucky.
      Usually a hangover to start things off.
      Then again, early 20’s?
      Raising hell and chasing pussy.
      Still went to work every damn day, no matter what, and on time. Plus I worked. No slacking there.

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      • Some boys/men don’t do that today. They will never know the pleasure of mystery meat burritos off of a roach coach… and drinking all night and working your ass all day and rinse and repeat all week, ahh, to be 20 again…

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      • RWT, I did the get drunk every night and on time to work every day, no breakfast, for a year after I got out of the service 50+ years ago too. Waking up every day with a hangover got old, so I stopped.

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      • Back in the mid 90’s, I’d work all day, then come home and work on the race car all night. Get a couple of hours of sleep and do it again the next day. Dirt Late Models are as expensive as women and additive as drugs. Hence why I had no girlfriend or got into drugs – I didn’t have enough time or money for either.

        Leigh
        Whitehall, NY

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    • I make DIY breakfast sandwiches with raison bagels, Jimmy Dean sausage link chopped up and and egg cooked in a cup at work in the microwave. Chop sausage and heat for at least 30 seconds to get more grease out of it for taste. Then add egg and using a fork wisk it to mix it. Heat 40 seconds to a minute and your egg is done. I wipe bagel in water before heating 30 seconds. I like a slice of cheese between the bagel and egg.

      Easy and filling breakfast you’d pay at least $3 at a fast food joint.

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  4. and thats the definition of the emasculated man in the age of obama. only needs a pair of mom jeans to complete the i don’t know what. with those hands that never seen a speck of grease or busted knuckle, look like they get Jergins before every bedtime.

    wow
    can one be somehow infected by that.
    No.
    No.

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  5. You only think that is a egg. It’s really hollered out and is just a egg shell covering diy hand grenade. That case has a magnetic arming device imbedded in it so as soon as it’s lifted out it’s ready for the dirty deed. If it fooled everybody here and anyone else will just make fun, until he blows the place up. Pretty sneeky I’d say. lol

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  6. Yeah, ate plenty of roach coach food at machine shops when I was young
    Found out accidentally what Lingua means
    On a good day could get a Reuben
    Bonus, most roach coach drivers also sold bags of weed and had a bottle of liquor on board
    Problem was office women. Couldn’t just buy something as is and get out of the way
    They insisted on having it their way

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      • I ate off a lot of them back in the 80’s down in South San Francisco and San Jose.
        Most of ’em were run by Mexicans and sometimes they had some pretty damn good grub.
        They are basically a rolling Mini mart in a way.
        They had ice boxes with milk, chocolate milk, all kinds of pop. They always had hot coffee too. Sandwiches wrapped up and ready to go, hard boiled eggs, veggie plates with ranch, all kinds of stuff. The big draw however was that they all had a grill inside and pretty much each one had it’s own specialty. A few were burgers and hot dogs but most of them could whip you up a breakfast burrito that was the bomb. They called them 5 Speeds where I was at. Scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, link sausage or bacon, cheese and country gravy.
        They were BIG too. I loved them damn things.
        Some had enchiladas, almost all of them could whip up some tostadas and they all had a route they went through every day.
        Those routes were very important and they would fight over the best ones.

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        • Sounds much better than the ones where I worked then
          Everything was pre prepared and already packaged
          Still, some good items once I made a few bad choices and learned what to avoid

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          • At that time, I worked and lived about 40-50 miles from Chicago
            Mostly Mexicans at work
            They all brought good homecooked food for lunch
            They would go thru refrigerator, open white guy’s lunch bags and laugh

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            • Also, they would fill microwave oven with all their lunches an hour befor lunch time and fire it up
              That is when I began preparing lunch the day before
              Or buying it the day before
              Got tired of spending most of lunchtime getting lunch or waiting to use oven
              Owner of company walked up to me one day and asked how things were going
              My response got me fired

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