So on May 9th this year, they wife and I drove up to Denver from San Angelo. The purpose of the trip was to pick up all the 'accessories' for my 1970 Kaiser Jeep deuce and a half that make it parade ready. I drove my 05 Excursion 4x4 for this trip. I got as far as Parker (south of Denver) to go hang out with a long time friend of ours. We didn't make it.
About four miles from my buddies house, the truck starting making an extremely loud knocking sound. Kinda of like a metal coffee can with two hand fulls of small rock, then shake the can. That's what it sounded like.
So, I pull into the parking lot of Advance Auto Parts. I asked them if they knew anyone who could do an engine swap. The Brakes Plus across the parking lot was their reply.
I get the truck towed over to my buddies place (4 mile tow - $100). We do a one way rental (NOT CHEAP) from Parker to San Angelo. Then the wife and I discuss what we are going to do? With the engine in good shape my Ex is worth $15k approx. WITHOUT the working engine, it's worth about $5k. A new vehicle would run $25k - $35k. A new V10 engine from Ford is $6k, plus $800 core charge and shipping.
After talking about it for two weeks, we finally decided to fix the Excursion. It's in great shape and I've replaced a lot of parts that needed to be replaced. It's comfortable and it's our dog mobile.
So, we decided to keep it. Then I started looking what to do.
My buddy in Parker found an engine assembler that was in Denver. His quote was $5500, installed. But he didn't do any machine work, just used basically refurbished used parts and assembled engines with those.
I contacted three different Ford dealers and ask about crate engines. Their quotes started at $5500 and went up to $8000. Plus core and shipping.
Then from the Excursion forum, one of the members found a 2016 V10 pulled out of a Class C motor home. It had 4300 miles on it. And they wanted $4300 which included shipping and the core charge. I bought it. I had the Ex towed to where the engine was shipped at Brakes plus (another $100).
It has been there about three weeks. They are ALMOST done. Though they should have been done last Friday (it's Wednesday).
Here is my tale of woe from the FTE Excursion forum.
By the time it's all done, I will probably drop $8k. We had to rent another one way rental (not cheap) to come get the truck and pick up the deuce stuff, rent a Uhaul and take it all back, INCLUDING the V10 engine that is broken (beginning to look like a timing chain at least).
So yeah, been a long fracking six plus week.
Oh also, during this time frame, while we were in Denver the first time, we went to our dentist in Denver for an exam. Then scheduled what needed to be done. Three root canals and a clean up on another root at the top for me. So I flew up for one day, went to my dentist and he did all the work. Then back on the plane - back to Lubbock - then drive back to San Angelo. Today,we went to our dentist for me to finish the work - put in two new crowns and drill and fill three cavities and then clean my teeth.
I went by my mechanic this afternoon and posted some pix of it over on Excursion forum. HOPEFULLY, he will get it wrapped up today and get it fired up and running with the new engine either this afternoon or tomorrow morning. Then it's over to Midas to install the Banks headers I purchased for the Ex.
So, over all, a bundle of money spent. But you cannot purchase a new Excursion. The last year of manufacture WAS 2005. If you could, they would cost in excess of $80k. We might purchase a new car in a year or two. But right now, we will be happy once we get our Ex back in working condition.
So, hows that for 'bad luck'? When we left to come up to Denver on Monday, my Mom in San Angelo, was going to have dinner with my sister. I never heard if they actually got to eat. Because my Mom's blood ;ressure was so high, my sister took her to the hospital where she spent 24 hours. They don't know WHY it was elevated. But after that it dropped back down they let her go home.
When it rains, YOU GET SOAKED SOME TIMES.
EDIT - OK, after the engine was in and the Banks headers were ready to be put on. The Brakes Plus people took my Excursion over to Midas yesterday and the GM (Josh) said he would have it finished NLT Sat morning.
I got a call last night FIVE MINUTES BEFORE MIDAS CLOSED and Josh said his mechanic had NOT DONE ONE THING ON MY TRUCK. They would start on it Sat AM and get it done by 2pm so I could still pick up my trailer.
I went over to Midas this morning BEFORE they opened and waited for the GM arrived at 7:20 and asked if they did not get it down by 6pm would they then comp the job an Josh said NO PROBLEM. Then he called me about thirty minutes later and he said he talked to the owner and he told Josh to just give me my truck back WITHOUT WORKING ON IT.
So Josh lied to me when I talked to him on Monday. He LIED to me on Wednesday when I spoke to him face to face and again he said there were no problems and they would be happy to install the Banks headers. JOSH LIED TO ME ON FRIDAY (yesterday) when I went over after my truck was delivered to him so he could install the Banks headers.
So now when I talked to him this morning, HE LIED TO ME AGAIN.
The death of our country won't be by sociallist storming the walls. It will die at the hands of all the folks that were born AFTER 1965 who believe that they are special and they deserve a trophy just for showing up. AND THEY DON'T HAVE AN ACTUAL WORK ETHIC. The can't spell WORK ETHIC and actually know that it means that your word is your bond. THEY DON'T FRAKIN CARE.