Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Hardest Decision I'll Ever Have To Make

It's looking like it may be time for me to say goodbye to my truck. She's been my girl for 5 years now. She was a graduation present from my mom. She was already 6 when I bought her. Now at 11, she's at the point where there's still a fair trade in value but things are breaking with frequency.

There's a foot of rot in the frame. The leaf springs are both cracked. The rear drums freeze in position a lot. The AC needs a new condensor. It leaks oil from somewhere. It's about to throw a rod (I think in cylinder 4.) There's a hole in the exhaust but it's after the muffler.

Kurczy, wanna buy a truck?

On the other hand, I just replaced the battery, clutch, U-joint and had some body work done. Brakes and tires are still pretty new and it runs great. I've been deeply religious about changing oil and fixing the little problems before they become big problems.

Do I trade it in on a new car or do I stick by my girl and make the commitment to drop a couple grand a year into keeping it going? I love the 4x4. I love sitting up on a lifted suspension. I love my truck but I don't need the pickup bed anymore. I wear a tie to work now and really need the air conditioner working again.

My mechanic is telling me now is the time to let her go. My wallet is telling me I'm screwed no matter what I do. My heart is telling me that I should go home with the girl who brought me to the dance.

It would be an easy decision if this wasn't in production.

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Blogger Kevin Wolf said...

I always figgered you'd just run her into the ground. Seems like any decent pick up truck would want to go that way.

May 29, 2007, 11:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Daren said...

And you've got the backyard space in which to put her up on cinderblocks when she finally goes.

May 29, 2007, 1:10:00 PM  
Blogger Dean ASC said...

Or I could save 2 grand$$$ and get four more g's down on a new truck.

May 29, 2007, 6:00:00 PM  
Blogger RicketyFunk said...

I made this decision last year (and the year before) on my '93 Dakota. I've put probably four or five grand into it and it's got a leaky radiator that's going to need some "lookin' at" along with some new tires and whatever else is just waiting to sneek up on me that I'm not aware of just yet.

Do you really love a truck that much? Yeah, it's a hard question indeed.

May 30, 2007, 12:07:00 PM  
Blogger Dean ASC said...

See, you know. It may be a Japanese badge but she's all mom and apple pie to me. Men love their boats and they love their trucks.

May 30, 2007, 4:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Adorable Girlfriend said...

Get a new vehicle. AG is letting her 12-year-old go soon. It's hard, but unlike most -- AG went the distance. That's all anyone is asking.

May 31, 2007, 12:50:00 AM  

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