Originally Posted by Dependable Tow Man
Ok guys!!! This one was the trip from hell, not a good night for thre Old Ford!!
So my dipatcher calls me at 9:30 and asks me if i want to go pull a BMW X-5 out of the snow, shure no problem were are they at!! They whent into Dog Valley road from the Reno side!!! For those who arent familair with the area, Reno is 30 miles from Truckee, if you get off the freeway at Verdi, you can take a dirt road threw the mountians and snow all the way back to Truckee!!!
So i go back to the shop and hook up the Old Ford to my Crew Cab Chevy, it was -11 lastnight, so i figured i would leave the Old Ford running while i tow it to Verdi so it would be nice and warm when i get there!!! Good thing i did, you will figure out why the further you keep reading!!!
So i get to the entrance of Dog Valley road, drop the Old Ford, and head up the hill, the begining is about 2.5 miles long of up hill, and there has been so many people out there driving up and down and playing in the snow, the road is a sheet of ice!!! So i get out and lock in the hubbs!!! I get up the hill about a mile, and i start to feel a bad vibration from the front drivleine, so i grabb the 4 wheel shifter to make sure what is vibrating, so as i go to grab it, i feel its the front drivline for sure, so wright as i go to pull it back into 2 wheel drive, BANG!!!! the front drivline lets go, so i pull over to check it out, turns out the bolts from the T/C output shaft to the front drivline loosend up, 2 bolts fell out and 1 broke off in the drivline!!! DAMNIT!!! So i unlock the hubbs, and i think if i lock up the air locker, i might make it up the hill in 2 wheel drive, so i hit the air locker switch, the air pump runs for maybe 3 seconds, and then it makes all kind of wracket like something let go inside the pump!!!! Now what?? So needless to say no airlocker now either!!!
Well my dipatcher told me they were at the top of the hill, so i back down the hill, jump in my Chevy 4x4 C 5500, and go looking for them. I get to the top, and no BMW!!! So i keep going 7 miles in, still cant find them!!! Plus its so cold the snow will not pack down, its like driving in sugar, so my Cew cab is having a hard time, plus it doesnt help it weighs `15,500 pounds!!! So after i get back in 8 miles, the snow is really starting to get deep, so i figure i need to get the hell out of there before i bury my Tow Truck!!! Well i start to turn around, and almost got stuck becaause i got off the hard pack were eveybody else has driven!!! needles to say i had to back my Chevy out 7 fricking miles in 4 Lo so i wouldn't get stuck!!!
So i finally make it back to a place i can turn around, and finally get Nextell service again, and get ahold of my boss and tell him i cant find the BMW, and the front drivline and ARB pump took a crap on the Old Ford!!! and what is plane B??? So he tells me to bring the Old Ford back to the shop and fix it if i can, and he will leave from the Truckee side on his snowmobile and go look for the BMW!!!! (keep in mind its -11 crazzzzy bastard)) OK!!! Im on my way back, so i hook up the Old Ford, and tow it back to Truckee, well this time i just left the motor off, so i get back to the shop, and drop the Old Ford, and go to start it to pull it in the shop, and POOF!!! The return line for the P/S pump blows off!!! What the F..., so i loosen the clamp and throw the hose back one, and pull it in the shop, the pump is whining like a bitch bye know, so i go to top it of, an the fluid looks like a slushee!!!, so i turn the motor off, and the pumps pukes fluid out the pin hole breather on the top of the cap like a frikin water fountian!!!
Well bye now its 2:00 in the morning, and im not going to screw with the Old Ford because i figure the P/S pump just took a crap on me!!!! So I go out and fire up our 95 Ford 1 Ton dually,it will get me back to were i need to go!!! Bye this time my boss finds the BMW!!!! they are in Sardine Valley!!! 20 miles from were they were supposed to be!!! Fricking TOURISTS FOR YA!!!!!
So he brought a a shovel with him on the snowmobile, and managed to dig them out and get them back going again, and back out to the main road!!!
So i just go home and go to bed!!!