So....the end is at hand.

SHO307

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For those of you who have been playing along on the forums these last couple of years, here is the latest on my story:

So it's been an up-and-down kinda year. "Ragin' Bull" still lives, but barely.

Started off the year broke AF, one lame part time job as a test driver for Performance Driven Workforce. By "test driver", I mean actual testing....sort of. My job, as part of a group, was to take out testbed cars and put hard miles on them. So I'd spend 8 hour shifts behind the wheel of a car, racking up miles on the odometer and filling out reports on what broke, or simply didn't function as advertised. Got a chance to get my hands on a few decent cars, but not much exciting. Best thing I got my hands on was a Ram Rebel with the new EcoDiesel in it...surprisingly fun for a big-ass crew-cab pickup. :)

(Side note: Don't ask how I know, but stay away from Jeep Renegades. Abso-frakkin-lutely awful.)

By the end of January, things started to come around. I picked up a job as a security guard for Securitas at a construction site in Aurora (CO), and then my federal job with the Army started me mid-February. So I went from no jobs to two, and it's SO much fun actually being able to pay my bills!

The wife's breast cancer is done, she is now cancer-free. Was a scary few months between March and May; she went back into the hospital three times in as many months for illnesses inflicted as the side effects of cancer treatment. The last one was really scary; the radiation treatments caused edema in her right lung and she wasn't able to breathe---this, during the Age of Covid.

But...and this is to the point of THIS forum..."Ragin' Bull" is suffering. This car has turned into the "Battlestar Galactica" of SHOs; the damage list is scary. While we're able to pay our bills now and the income is flowing again, it's not enough to repair the car and keep it going. The windshield is ready to cave in, numerous chips and small cracks, with a 1.5 foot long J-shaped split on the passenger side. The rear trunk wing is broken, has been since last summer; the passenger side is only being held on by the driver's side. The mounts are completely destroyed and the polyurethane of the wing itself is ripped through, the end result of a backing mishap with an 18-wheeler trailer. Suspension is holding together with the power of prayer, and even that's not enough; the PS rear shock is visibly blown and leaking. There's a dent in the driver's door which I unfortunately put there; the power window froze up last winter and I had to smack the shit outta the door to get it loose.

I took it to Phil Long Ford a little over a month ago to get the plugs replaced. THAT turned into a comedy of errors....I bought a full set of OEM plugs and took them in. They were in a clear plastic bag, right on the passenger seat, in FULL VIEW OF ANYBODY WHO CARED TO LOOK....except for the kid who took the car back to the rack. That young man rolled the Bull in, got set up...and then went slightly stupid and rather than use my plugs, went back to the parts room, pulled a full set from there, and stuck em in the car.

Here's where it gets scary. I pick the Bull up and start for home. The minute I hit the on-ramp for I-25, the car staggered and started missing....HARD. Lots of bucking and dramatic loss of power. I got the car back to the dealer. The shop foreman came out, drove it, and it did the bucking thing again for him. They promptly rolled it right back on to the rack. Two hours later, they found that two of their shop plugs were defective and were causing "dead misses" on both cylinders 2 and 3. They pulled them, put in two of MY plugs, and the problem was solved.

Makes you wonder sometimes....come on guys, this wasn't that hard. Shoulda just used the parts I gave ya.

I think it's time to let the computer take over and fly it into the sun....

I've found a buyer for the Bull; he's going to give me 7k for it as it sits. Right now, I'm awaiting the readjudication on my security clearance before I start entering into long-term payment plans for big-ticket items---in other words, a replacement car. With the security clearance back in place, my financial future will be assured and I can move on.

TL;DR---Things have improved in my life, but my SHO is showing the effects of too long with deferred maintenance, and at 121k on the odo, it's time to start thinking about something else.
 

SHOdded

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Family first, always. Best of luck, wish the troubles had ended at chewed up wiring, but ...
 

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God, family, everything else is my list of priorities. I'm glad things are looking good for you and the wife's health is on the mend.
 

802SHO

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Sometimes you just gotta let go. I’m glad your Wife is cancer free now! That job driving the crap out of vehicles sounds pretty cool haha! Time to get something else for yourself and the family
 

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Family first, always.


Buy another SHO. I got my 2013 non PP, fully loaded, 118k miles, for 10k and change, after a 3k trade in on my 05 civic.
 

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Someone's end is another beginning!

Happy to hear the good news for you and your wife.
 

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My wife also had breast cancer, double mastectomy, treatment, and reconstruction. It was a battle. I am glad it is in the rear view mirror. Glad it is for you too. Our girls can fight. Thats whats up.
 

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My wife also breast cancer, full mastectomy, rebuild etc, plus 2 other cancers....i have stage 4 pancreatic cancer, gave me a yr(which I will beat)....i have been performance enhancing my SHO, and full maintenance....so I can enjoy it now and pass on to my son later. Many people have helped me with parts on my journey and I thank them wholeheartedly. Hang in there, keep moving forward and I believe in the power of prayer....
 

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My wife also breast cancer, full mastectomy, rebuild etc, plus 2 other cancers....i have stage 4 pancreatic cancer, gave me a yr(which I will beat)....i have been performance enhancing my SHO, and full maintenance....so I can enjoy it now and pass on to my son later. Many people have helped me with parts on my journey and I thank them wholeheartedly. Hang in there, keep moving forward and I believe in the power of prayer....
You are in my prayers sir. I know you can beat it Sgt.
 

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