Verse of the Day: Jude 4:15"For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that."
Memorial Day: A beautiful, sunny day, just perfect for being in the parade in Rochester, holding a Scripture banner for all those thousands of people to see. The rest of the family wanted to stay till late at the picnic at the pastor's house later, and I wanted to work on my Jeep windshield wiper problem, so I drove separately with Allen. I needed gas, but I thought I had enough to get to Henrietta, where it would be cheaper than by the highway here. Mistake 1.
One exit later, I felt that surging and loss of power. I have never run out of gas before, but I knew exactly what was happening! I had just passed under the bridge, so I quickly pulled over to the side and decided to back up the exit. Reverse being geared low like it is, I had the RPM's pretty high backing up there. The engine was still running, and I figured I could make it to the nearby gas station. As I slowed in preparation for a U-turn on Rt. 5&20, I pushed in the clutch. I wanted to go a little farther back, so I let it out again. Mistake 2.
There was a BANG, and I quickly coasted to the side of the road, just before the exit. Again, I immediately knew what had happened. I had pulled the rear U-joint out of the bearing u-clips. Thankfully, I could see both bearing caps on the road, so I went and picked them up. Dad came back with the van, and towed me to the nearest gas station, so I could fix it in a safer place. I filled up the tank, grabbed some toools, and with my coveralls on, dove under. I got everything back together and the clips pounded back into there proper shape, and carefully drove toward home, intending to do a replacement of the u-clips and bolts. However, I failed to notice another problem. Mistake 3.