Well originally I knew something was up in the front end but its so silent that until you hit a bump or feel it through the wheel you couldn't really tell. The O/D off light started flashing towards the north end of NB and I had my co-pilot/girlfriend look it up in the owners manual and the prognosis was get this thing to the shop before it blows up. So then we spent half an hour on the phone getting jerked around by Fords customer service as all I wanted to know was where the closest shop was but a lot of them refused to help as the van is old and has no road side assistance. I finally got a hold of one lady and said "look I know its an old van with no road side, I know. Just tell me where the closest dealership is." So 80 kms after the light started flashing we get there and spend 3 hours and were on our way. We did have a few communication problems but I knew enough that when he asked for a number like the mileage just to grab a pen and write it down. Worked better for both of us lol. They did go out of their way for us though and stayed an hour later to get the van back on the road. And the price for dropping in off the highway for a bearing wasn't bad either. Makes up for Fords great phone support.
But all and all its been a change for the better. I've been getting lots of work at my shop and just installed my first 12.5 ton Carrier Weathermaker rooftop yesterday. They're fun but Carrier could have given better instructors for the installation of the econmi$er. But as it stands now at the shop Im at the journeymen all want to take me to their jobs. Apparently a lot of their apprentices don't really work like I do. Some would just do the outside stuff and not help inside. In other words do two 2.5 inch holes for furnace venting and hook up the outdoor unit and go sit in the truck. And I think Im lined up for a training course at Totaline in the near future.
Hope everyones doing okay. Brett, Im rooting for you.