Wednesday, July 3, 2019
The Starter Price, Your first Born!
Early interesting Cars:
This could drive you bananas!
But for today:
This is the 4th holidays. And yes according to our Road service this was the only game in town. Before Alvin left the night before he said, "The worst case scenario the starter will be installed by 2 PM tomorrow."
When he did not show up at 7AM I told Sherry he would have a good ‘story’ upon arrival. He did arrive at 10 to remove the starter. I was wondering how that ‘story about going to get the starter would play out, since he did not know which engine was in the coach.’
He removed the starter, left his tools and hit the road ‘to find a replacement.’ Now honestly it is best to have the old piece of equipment with you to make sure the replacement is the same. Auto parts places, at one time, were notorious for ‘selling the wrong part’. (I have a sad story about that, tomorrow?). He arrived back in two hours with the new starter.
Standing by the truck in 90+ degree heat he told us, “I had a rough night last night. MY wife went into labor with our 3rd son. I was there all night she is still there and they predict today or tomorrow for the birth.”
I knew there would be a good story, that was better than most. I did believe it. BUT it was still poor business not to keep the customer up to date (not always convenient but necessary for a good business).
But we were on the road before 2pm. And a couple hundred miles up the road. We are settled in southern Virginia by a nice lake, very happy and tired.
Cost of the job? More than my W2 for the year 1956; the first year of our marriage. Of course then rent was $43 and I made less than $80 a month. LOL SOOOO..We paid 'holiday' wages, $85 an hour.
But the trip was great. Life is good. The clouds were beautiful and I did not get lost ONCE!
More on the trip next time. Oh, and then there was HURT! (tomorrow)