Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Power Steering

My power steering pump had been leaking and making noise for a while. We'll Sunday evening, she gave up the ghost. So I called Ernie to borrow a truck and Dave to borrow his shop, picked up a pump at the dealer, and went to work.


One thing I love about White Horse is she's simple. Small block Chevy just like my truck in high school, basically. One thing we have on this girl, though, is a hydraulic pump for the flatbed, which sits right over the power steering pump.


No YouTube video here. We just went for it. Once the hydraulic pump was out of the way and the alternator was set aside, we could start to see the pump more clearly. 


In the end, it was easier just to remove the whole bracket with the pump still attached. 


The new pump didn't come with a pulley, so I ran down to a shop up the road and they switched them for me.


Bam! Back in business. 

When you're pushing 300k miles, breakdowns are bound to happen. I plan on this being the last pickup I buy so I replace what I can with GM parts. Special thanks to Ernie and Dave for their generosity. A desperado like me is quite dependent on the assistance of others. May God greatly reward you. On to the next one!


9 comments:

  1. Is that a 6 liter Vortec? What year is it?

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    1. Yep. 2012 6.0. Doesn't burn a lick of oil. Been super reliable. Has adequate power. And gets terrible gas milage!

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  2. You definitely don't own it because of the gas mileage. While you are here, what type of rosary do you use? I see it hanging outside of your pocket and reckon you get it caught on things so it must be tough. Thanks Fr. Bryce

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    1. Yes sir. The Rosary I wear is a Rugged Rosary. A friend gave it to me and after two years of dangling from my side it has yet to break. They are made of paracord. You can get one at: ruggedrosaries.com

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  3. Thanks for the info on the Rugged Rosary. I have heard of them. I have not pulled the trigger yet on getting one. I have taken a piece of baling twine and put 10 knots in it. I then took it and tied it off on the gullet of my saddle so when I'm out riding, I can keep track of my Hail Marys.

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    1. Nice. That's Catholic Cowboy cool. Orange or yellow twine?

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  4. Orange. Then again people around here like to bale different grasses according to the color of their twine. Some people use blue for alfalfa or purple for mix or orange for grass. Depends on who the baler is. It also could be whatever is on sale at Big R!! I've even seen one string pink and one string blue.

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  5. Good stuff. Sounds like ranchers are pretty much the same all around the country. Send me an email at wyomingcatholiccowboys@gmail.com or just give me your name and address and I'll send you my book.

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  6. Thanks for the offer. I got it last week and just started chapter 3. It is my Lenten read this year. Dave--Peyton, CO

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