I Crack Myself Up

Sometimes I apply for jobs on a whim – like performing Customer Service for an Auto Parts Accessories Outlet. Here is the Cover Letter I sent in with my resume:

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Hello <Company Name Redacted>!

 

I think I have found the perfect job for me!

I absolutely excel at Customer Service, have had an affinity with anything that rolls on wheels since I was a baby, have worked on cars and trucks (for fun and necessity!) since I got my license, have a tremendous sense of humor, professional phone skills, excellent attention to detail, computer and social network savvy, and am looking to work around people and products that I find interesting.

I began working in customer service as a 9-year-old boy mowing lawns and doing yard work for many of the neighbors. I then progressed to being an (early morning!) paperboy, then a grocery bagger, then I did a 5-year stint at Sears working in their hardware department in both sales and stock positions.

You want more customer service? OK! I worked for 2 years at the City of San Jose working for the Airport as the guy that makes copies (makin’ copies!!!!), ordering office supplies, sorting mail, answering phones, and generally being the best damn office whipping boy you could ever hope for.

After that experience is where my resume picks up and you can see I have 12 years of experience in IT providing technical support as well as Project Management, Account Management, and Customer Service Management. That’s all fine and dandy but I really prefer wheels to Windows so I am looking to get into a new line of work.

After being laid off, I took several months of vacation and am now looking for work and All Things Jeep is where I want to be. I’ve always had trucks with lights, winches, grill guards, first-aid kits, auxiliary oil coolers, dual batteries, oversized radiators, and a box full of enough tools and parts to (hopefully) get me and/or other motorists home safely.

I look forward to coming in and telling a couple good jokes. Any time. I’m ready to work!

Thanks!

Andy King

P.S. Don’t hold it against me, but I’m also a drummer.    😉

P.P.S. Don’t hold it against me, but I will likely be riding my bicycle to work occasionally.

New Trailer for The King

Moby and Ahab

Moby and Ahab

I enjoy owning a trailer. I have had an enclosed cargo trailer for the last two years but one thing always bothered me about it: I couldn’t stand up in it. While this may seem trivial to some, it made loading the trailer a very tedious, and sometimes painful, task. Between banging my head on the door frames, or the ceiling, or straining my back as I carried things in or out, I just wasn’t a fan of the shorter trailer. I needed a trailer at least one foot taller.

So I began where I always begin: Craigslist. I bought my last trailer from a local guy on Craigslist and had good luck. I didn’t want to buy new; the price isn’t justified. A clean, used trailer works just fine for me. After months of searching, I found a great trailer nearby in Redwood City. I emailed the guy two specific questions and instead of replying he simply edited his ad with bold words to read “THE MANUFACTURER WEBSITE HAS ALL THE SPECS”. This is partially true; the website has the details for a 2011-2012 models but his was built in 2004. Hmmmmm. And according to the build sheet he posted a picture of, his trailer was 12″ taller than standard. So if this shithead had answered two simple questions (are the lights LED and what is the interior height), he would have sold the trailer and I would have had one close to home. But no!!!!!!!!!!!! He was an asshole and as far as I know his trailer is still for sale. Dick.

I did find a an equal trailer for sale farther away in shitty-ass Elk Grove; I emailed this guy the same questions, he emailed back in less than hour, went outside with a tape measure, measured the interior of the trailer, emailed me back, updated his ad with the info I had requested after letting me know via email the trailer height and 2 days later I am at his house buying his 2009 trailer for LESS than Redwood City asshole wanted for an older trailer.

Winner? Me.

The trailer is a 6×10 Interstate, 73″ interior height, all LED lighting, rear ramp, RV side door, flow-thru vents, roof vent, multiple tie-downs, spare tire included, 15″ radial tires and everything is in good working order. It towed home nice and smooth with only a slight loss in MPG due to the trailer being a bit taller and catching more wind-resistance. Big whoop. I am happy with my purchase.

So I got a larger, newer trailer that I am quite happy with and the difference in price between what I sold my old trailer for and what I paid for this new one is only $300. Not a bad deal at all!

The worst part of the whole deal was driving out to Elk Grove on one of the hottest days of the year, but luckily for me Moby has kick-ass air conditioning and heavy duty everything to make the drive rather smooth and comfy. Yay!

New Fan Clutch

  • Parts needed: Hayden Automotive Fan Clutch Model #2780
  • Tools Needed: J 41240 & J 41240-5A
  • Tools Used: Large Adjustable Wrench & Cable with Loops on Ends. 8, 10, 12 13, 15, sockets and/or wrenches, needle-nose pliers, small flathead screwdriver. 

I bought a replacement fan clutch for Moby (my 2005 Yukon XL K2500 4WD powered by the 8.1 liter engine) about 2 years ago. This morning I finally got around to replacing it. I actually tried getting this done on Thursday but I didn’t have the right tools. In fact, even this morning I didn’t have the right tools but on Friday afternoon I purchased a better version of the the wrong tool. Yay me!

Why swap it out? Why wait so long?

Obviously, this was elective surgery and the original part had not failed. If that was the case I would have had to replace it back when I purchased the replacement part. No, I was simply upgrading the part from OEM to an aftermarket Severe Duty unit.

A fan clutch aids in pulling air over the radiator, a/c condensor, transmission cooler, engine oil cooler, power steering cooler, and any other items that may be in use on a particular vehicle. It is one of the key components in making sure a vehicle runs at the correct operating temperature. Like everything in life, there are options when it comes to a fan clutch; the options are basically how often and at (approximately) what temperature (ambient air behind radiator) the fan clutch “locks up” or engages, thus causing the fan to spin faster and draw more air across the radiator.

Per the GM shop manual, to remove the fan clutch two special tools are needed; the J 41240 and the J 41240-5A.

J-Tools diagram

Ya right.

Needless to say that neither of these expensive, specialty tools is in my toolbox. On Thursday I tried removing the fan clutch with just pliers and an old dog leash. That had the predicable consequence of failure. On Friday I bought a gigantic adjustable wrench for $15 bucks at Harbor Freight Tools in place of J 41240 and I went to Autozone to try and rent a J 41240-5A tool from them. Autozone did not have what I needed so I decided to try again this time substituting a cable for the dog chain.

It was not a pretty sight, and I thought that something along the way would break, however I am pleased to report that the operation was a success and during the subsequent test drive nothing fell off the truck or caught fire*.

 

Shroud and air intake removed. Cable attached using extra long bolt run through the alternator mount and ends attached to two bolts on water pump pulley.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Severe Duty Thermal Features:
Turns the fan 80-90% of the shaft speed when engaged.
Turns the fan 20-30% of the shaft speed when disengaged.
Used with deeper pitch fans. (2 -1/2° of pitch).
Land and groove design with 70 Sq. In. of working area.
Larger working surface provides cooler running and longer life expectancy.
Thicker body and deep finned faceplate dissipate more heat.
Can be used in place of many heavy-duty clutches.

 

*I did strip the threads on the engine side hub a bit – small potatoes since everything still went together just fine.