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EMERGENCY HELP NEEDED NEAR BUTTONWILLOW, CA #753446
October 19th 2019 10:42 am
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Unle Fester bought my old van and is driving it an a trailer full of parts from Tacoma, WA back to Oklahoma. He got as far as about 90 miles outside of Buttonwillow, CA when the pulley came off the harmonic balancer on the engine and took the serpentine belt with it. Fester is stuck on the side of the road with no tools and a dead van and I am in Tacoma, WA.

He has tow coverage through his insurance, but he needs someplace to repair the van and the parts to do it.

Anybody near Buttonwillow able to help out? It is an 89 E150 with a 351. He needs a new crank pulley, serpentine belt, and maybe a new balancer if the old bolts won't come out (heads sheared off three bolts, one bolt is missing).

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Re: EMERGENCY HELP NEEDED NEAR BUTTONWILLOW, CA [Re: Reed] #753449
October 19th 2019 2:22 pm
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His best thing to do is tow it to Bakersfield ... a large city that will have parts stores N auto mechanics.

SRY UF cant drive due to bum leg after surgery. You know Id be there for ya .

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SUNSHINE VANS-VAN DIEGO
ADRENALIN BY THE GALLON & CHASIN RACIN
ONE FOR THE DIRT & ONE FOR THE STREETS
'93 CHEVY G30 454 4X4 SPORTVAN EXT 146" WB
'92 CHEVY G30 454 BEAUVILLE EXT 146" WB
Re: EMERGENCY HELP NEEDED NEAR BUTTONWILLOW, CA [Re: Reed] #753450
October 19th 2019 2:51 pm
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Sounds like he is getting towed to Wasco, which is near Bakersfield, and nobody will have the parts until Monday (junkyard is closed for the weekend, repair shop closes at noon today). We've got him set up with a hotel until Monday and hopefully he will be back on the road Monday night. I would drive out but I am 1,000 miles/16 hours away. Bummer of a forced vacation.


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Re: EMERGENCY HELP NEEDED NEAR BUTTONWILLOW, CA [Re: Reed] #753459
October 19th 2019 9:57 pm
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So he's out with the wolves N creating a new den ?


SUNSHINE VANS-VAN DIEGO
ADRENALIN BY THE GALLON & CHASIN RACIN
ONE FOR THE DIRT & ONE FOR THE STREETS
'93 CHEVY G30 454 4X4 SPORTVAN EXT 146" WB
'92 CHEVY G30 454 BEAUVILLE EXT 146" WB
Re: EMERGENCY HELP NEEDED NEAR BUTTONWILLOW, CA [Re: Reed] #753461
October 20th 2019 12:58 am
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I think so. He is at least safe now with a place to crash until he is back on the road again.


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Re: EMERGENCY HELP NEEDED NEAR BUTTONWILLOW, CA [Re: Reed] #753469
October 20th 2019 9:53 am
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Hi Reed, So glad to hear UF is safe, towed in and posted up where he can get repairs, and gets a day to rest until Monday.

I'll bet that was exciting when that came apart. shocked

Van ON! The road soon

Re: EMERGENCY HELP NEEDED NEAR BUTTONWILLOW, CA [Re: Reed] #753505
October 21st 2019 10:10 pm
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Happy to report the van is fixed and Uncle Fester is back on the road again.


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Re: EMERGENCY HELP NEEDED NEAR BUTTONWILLOW, CA [Re: Reed] #753522
October 22nd 2019 7:40 pm
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Excellent news!


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Re: EMERGENCY HELP NEEDED NEAR BUTTONWILLOW, CA [Re: Reed] #753525
October 22nd 2019 7:45 pm
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Yep. He is long out of CA and well on his way home.


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Re: EMERGENCY HELP NEEDED NEAR BUTTONWILLOW, CA [Re: Reed] #753623
October 24th 2019 9:21 pm
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GO UF GO

Ride it like your hog fast N hard ....


SUNSHINE VANS-VAN DIEGO
ADRENALIN BY THE GALLON & CHASIN RACIN
ONE FOR THE DIRT & ONE FOR THE STREETS
'93 CHEVY G30 454 4X4 SPORTVAN EXT 146" WB
'92 CHEVY G30 454 BEAUVILLE EXT 146" WB

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