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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Nephew saves the day! Jr. Mechanic!

Removing the water pump on a Minneapolis-Moline G1355 is not a fun job. It is driven off the timing gear. You can see it and you can see all the bolts but seeing and getting your large meaty paws behind the not-easily-removable side panels is a different story.
My enterprising nephew made the mistake of expressing an interest in mechanics and my brother dispatched him to remove the offending and afore mentioned water pump.

It was a bit of a tight fit even for him.
But, he persevered.

And got the satisfaction of a job well done!

The seal had completely failed. Not sure why it failed. Somehow water had been setting in the pump and it rusted the seal area. It has been a long repair process.
Now I will have to put it back together.

8 comments:

  1. Hand the lad a wrench and stand back.

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  2. Hey now, this boy has a future in mechanics. Don't you just hate it when things wear out when they are just sitting in the shop?

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  3. Nice work. Let him drive it first.

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  4. I agree with Ralph! The boy seems so sure of what he’s doing. I’m not going to be surprised if he becomes a very good mechanic one day. Yeah! I would have to say that a broken water pump is one of the most frustrating things in the world. It often breaks down without warning so you would really have to look out for signs.

    Cayla Maggio

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  5. You are so lucky! Two weeks ago my emergency brake choked up for no reason. I was all but grounded with a car whose brakes wouldn't let the wheels turn, and I know enough about what's under the hood to be able to tell you that's where the engine is! I went to a "chain" store, and before even looking at my car, an "associate" started rattling off a laundry list of what it was going to cost. I left. Then, I tried a second place, who fixed the problem in minutes and didn't even charge me (I left a respectable tip in the jar on the desk, though!). Lucky you to be able to avoid the whole saga! Good for the little man! Maybe he'll build the next space shuttle, hm? ;)

    Amy

    eurobahnm.com

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  6. You are so lucky! Two weeks ago my emergency brake choked up for no reason. I was all but grounded with a car whose brakes wouldn't let the wheels turn, and I know enough about what's under the hood to be able to tell you that's where the engine is! I went to a "chain" store, and before even looking at my car, an "associate" started rattling off a laundry list of what it was going to cost. I left. Then, I tried a second place, who fixed the problem in minutes and didn't even charge me (I left a respectable tip in the jar on the desk, though!). Lucky you to be able to avoid the whole saga! Good for the little man! Maybe he'll build the next space shuttle, hm? ;)

    Amy

    eurobahnm.com

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  7. You are so lucky to have someone so talented so close to you! Two weeks ago, my emergency brake seized up on me. I took my car to a chain shop and before even taking a look, the attendant started rattling off things that would need to be replaced. I went to get a second opinion, and the second shop fixed it in two minutes. I was bracing myself for a slew of charges and he said that the problem was simple, and that he was able to fix it while he was looking. Didn't even charge me (I left a respectable tip in the jar on the door, I'll tell you!). It's amazing that someone so young can do things like this! Who knows, maybe he'll build the next space shuttle :)

    ~ Amy
    eurobahnm.com

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