Well hello, and long time no update! The winter proved to be a pretty busy time this year, and everything seemed to be coming together, until after a routine oil change at Mr.Lube my truck began to exhibit some very frightening noises!
I proceeded to take it home and park it for the night, and then drove it straight down to Mr.Lube in the morning. This accomplished nothing but head scratching and "Geee, I dont know what that could be from". I left completely dissatisfied and a bit apprehensive, driving the truck straight home to park it.
I called my mobile mechanic and had him come and look it over. He changed the oil again, in case that was the cause, checked the obvious possibilities and then started it up. This is where the truck finally gave up and blew a piston rod through the oil pan!
Now let me explain, throughout the Fall and Winter, I had replaced various parts on the truck; new starter motor, new alternator, new tires, new filters all around, new spark plugs, and even some new little mirrors for backing up. I had put over $3500.00 into this old beast and now it is reduced to an oversized paper weight!
Fortunately my roommate has a Cargo Van, and this has allowed me to continue with my smaller services, and assembly clients, but it has made it much harder for me to try and land serious jobs as my only option right now is to rent.
Had I not spent so much of my winter saving repairing the old beast I would have had a down payment towards a new or new/used one.
Luckily, I have recently made friends with another mover who is at a similar level of business as I am, and is willing to work with me as I always seem to be able to find job in a flash. This has alleviated some of my current pressures, but is still a far cry from owning and running my own show.
With a little luck my financials for this year and last will be enticing enough to the banks so that they will help me finance a new truck!
On a completely different tangent, here is a video a client sent me of a Japanese moving company. I definitely aspire to be running an outfit as prepared as this!
Laird J Blomgren