Extended stay

Here it is Saturday morning and I am still in Raleigh. Mechanical trouble kept me from heading home yesterday afternoon as planned but the needed part to fix my 1977 International Scout is expected in this morning. For the uninformed, International Harvester produced these SUV’s precursers so far back that people only knew to call them trucks.

Part of the appeal to me of driving such an ancient piece of machinery is simplicity. When the thing wouldn’t start yesterday morning, it took me about 10 minutes to figure out what was wrong and what was needed to repair it. No computers, no degree in rocket science… most everything on MY “SUV” can be fixed with a simple set of socket wrenches and a screwdriver. You can almost stand up inside the engine compartment to make repairs.
The NCSU job is running ahead of schedule, but we are only two weeks into the three month project. Due to the long hours, my physical detachement from the goings on in Greensboro, and my growing dissatifaction with this blog software, I have again been relegated to a weblog spectator. But not for long.

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  1. By Hogg’s Blog » Checking in on March 3, 2006 at 8:20 am

    [...] As Billy noted, my old Scout has been sitting at a shop downtown for over a week.  My bravado about it being such a simple machine to fix didn’t mention that parts for the thing are getting harder and harder to come by.  I’m buying a Chevy pickup truck today to take the pressure off of my antique SUV. [...]