Is it too much to ask?
Just one time I would like to be able to do a repair on a vehicle that doesn’t turn into a complete clusterfuck.
I just changed the frame rail fuel pump on the Bronco.
Note, frame rail location, right?
It’s right under the drivers door inside the frame.
Like the front driveline RIGHT IN THE FUCKING WAY?
Oh, it gets better.
See that coil wrapped brakeline right in front of the two bottom mounting bolts?
Yeah, that was fun too.
That picture was taken after I pried the fucker loose so I could bend it out of the way.
Now for some more fun
Notice you can’t even SEE the top mounting bolt, this is after I got the whole thing put back together and noticed that the ground wire had pulled out of the cheap ring connector from whoever did this the last time and I had to get up in there and crimp a new one on.
The cover around it has to be pried open to get the actual pump out and that spreads it apart so then that means there is a whole bunch of prying and cussing involved to get the bolt holes lined back up, the whole time you are fighting that brake line to keep it out of the way.
It took well over an hour to get it swapped out when it could have been a fifteen minute job if they had just moved the fucker six inches forward on the frame.
So while I am laying on the concrete under the fucker I looked over and saw some connector taped to the UNDERSIDE of the transmission cross member.
Who does that kind of shit on a four wheel drive?
The plastic clips are long gone so for the moment I wrapped it up and taped it back on the TOP SIDE of the fucking cross member to keep it from getting snagged on anything.
After I finally got everything back together I cycled the key about ten times to prime the fuel system and…. nothing.
It cranked and cranked but wouldn’t start.
It wasn’t leaking so I cycled the key another ten times with the same results.
I finally got in the fucker and held the gas pedal to the floor and it cranked a couple of times and fired up.
I got out and looked under it to check for leaks and heard something I really didn’t want to hear.
Ever since I got the thing the red STOP ENGINE light comes on and the oil pressure gauges drops to zero after the thing gets hot and goes to idle when coming to a stop. If I rev it just a tiny bit the oil pressure comes back up and it’s fine.
What I heard when I was under it sounded very much like a very soft main bearing knock.
I am hereby officially going full Sgt. Schultz.
I can’t afford to put an engine in this fucker so I am going to baby the shit out of it, luckily the Caballero is legal again and still runs great so it ain’t like I ain’t gonna have any wheels if it shits the bed.
If it ain’t one thing it’s another.
Situation Normal, All Fucked Up.