Daily Archives: July 23, 2009

…Like a hole in the head.

Well after two months of assisting with the Trading Post on a daily basis.  I brought home a stray.  A guy had advertised this for a couple of days, and I decided to give him a call because it sounded like a good deal.  So for $400 we’re the new owners of a 1994 Chevy Blazer 4×4.

It’s certainly not without its flaws.  The reason we got it so cheap was because there’s an issue with the fuel mixture causing it to run super rich.  So if you try to give it too much gas it dies.  You have to feather the gas pedal to get it going.  When it is running though, it runs pretty smooth and the transmission shifts firm. It’s rusty in some spots, like I think every one of these old Blazers are.  But there’s only one spot where it’s rusted all the way though.  So the body is in better shape than I expected for $400.  It needs a whole host of things replaced, too numerous to mention.  But like everything we seem to have, it’s a work in progress.

It’s not going to be daily transportation by any stretch of the imagination.  It’ll be for hauling stuff around, and fishing and camping.  That sort of thing.  But first I need to get it to the point where I know I won’t get stranded at the lake!  Ha ha.  I have a few ideas so far, but I need to do some more research on these V6 motors.

I called Andrea this morning and asked what she thought about it.  To be honest I was hoping she’d talk me out of it.  But she was all gung-ho on the idea.  So over lunch we both went and looked at it, and the old fella had a tough time getting it started.  I was actually thinking, “Ahh good, a reason NOT to buy it!”  Ha ha.  But it started, died a couple times, and I’m looking at Andrea to give me the thumbs down.  But nope, she just says, “It needs a little work, we can handle it.”  Welp that was about it.  We went for a short test drive and I was confident it could make the trip home.  So the deal was done.

Almost home anyway.  After taking the side streets all the way across town (Ya know, no tags or insurance *wink* ) it finally died two blocks from home.  We waited to see if it would settle down, but we had to get back to work, and it wasn’t starting.  So we pushed it the final two blocks home.  Ha ha!  After work today though it fired right up.  So wish us luck.  Hopefully in a couple weeks we’re cruising around in this dirty old thing.