The wife threatened to call my new-to-me 2001 Ford Excursion a “boat.” It has lived up to that name in more ways than one:
1) Didn’t pass smog. (Yes, they smog Diesels in California now.) Seller paid part of cost to install new glow plugs, and a defective oil sensor thingy (and the *ahem* defective check-engine light.)
“You sure you didn’t disable that check-engine light for the sale?” “Heavens, no!” “Well, why don’t you pay me an extra $750 just in case you did. I’m an attorney, remember?” “Oh, that sounds fair.” Sheesh.
2) Big oil leak looks to me like it is probably an o-ring in the high-pressure oil pump (or a leak in the pump itself). I’ll get to that later.
3) Rear axle seal gone, leaking onto brakes. Had it fixed. Brakes surprisingly (to me) fine.
4) Front ball joints and tie rods needed replacing.
5) Oh and did I notice the left leaf spring had a big crack? Yes, kind of a bouncy ride, but I thought that was because it was a boat. (Both sets were pretty darned rusty.) Anyway, got both left and right leaf springs replaced.
After I come up for air next week, I’ll look at some new tires, which I knew I needed anyway. At that point she should be ready for the trip to Boomershoot. Except for the oil leak. But I’ll fix that too.
Oh, and later this summer I will need to get the A/C recharged, and fix a few minor electronic thingies. That’s what the factory repair manual is for, which I shall be ordering forthwith following Boomershoot.
Other than that, she’s still a great ride.