Boomershoot was amazing… the drive to and fro, not so much.
I believe in taking care of my gear. I drive a ’95 Blazer. It’s not going to win any awards. I figure if I take care of my stuff, even my ’95 Blazer, it will take care of me.
Sometimes I’m wrong…
I went to Boomershoot with a coworker who we will call Kurtis. Kurtis is not his real name. Duh. The plan was to finish up work at 3pm on Tuesday, Apr 24th and head out. From Northern Utah, we were planning on stopping somewhere around Boise or one of the small towns just north of there. That gave us until about 11pm to drive, giving us plenty of time the following day to finish the trip.
About 3 hours later, we were very close to the junction of I-84 and I-86 towards Boise. I started feeling a distinct lack of power in the engine when I would give it gas. It got worse and worse to the point where it started stalling if I let it get to idle speeds. We tried some basic fixes at Autozone like Fuel Injector cleaner, stuff like that. When that didn’t work, we set up the camper at a Walmart parking lot in Burley, ID. By pure luck, we were close enough to the Jack in the Box to leech off of their public Wifi.
On Wednesday, we called around trying to find an auto shop that could get the work done for us. NONE of the smaller shops could do it. The Chevy dealer (Kim Hensen Chevrolet) was more than willing to help out. We literally coasted into the parking lot since once we started it, it wouldn’t go for more than 5 seconds at a pop. This was at about 8:30am or so. This took us until about 3pm until they got back to us. Their waiting room wasn’t too bad. 8 seats, an unplugged TV, and intermittent wifi. On the good side, they had a sandwich girl that came in to sell foodstuffs and a constant flow of veterans, proudly sporting their vet hats, pins, etc to chat it up with.
Nearest the service center could figure out is that when they redid some wiring near the engine that was feeding the injectors, they got a response. They tried swapping the distributor cap, the fuel pump, the fuel filter, and the fuel lines and they were getting good fuel pressure. This led them to believe that the wires to the injectors were corroded since the wiring was done piss-poorly. Problem fixed!
Let me tell ya…. the drive north out of Boise is amazing. It’s going through forests and canyons while stone-stepping through tiny towns. We stopped in Cascade, ID for the night and just got a motel room since it was pissing rain, cold, and I really did not want to set up the camper in that stuff.
The next morning, ‘Kurtis’ sent a text to Joe (AT&T has reception about as well as a quadriplegic can clap) telling him we’d be getting there around 11-12. We got to the Mecca on around noon amid rain. Trudged up the hill (wasn’t about to try to leave the gravel road since my 4WD doesn’t engage) and met with Joe. Since the rain was showing no signs of letting up and it was proving to be a bit cold, I went back down to the Blazer to get my snow pants. While I was down there, I turned the blazer around… and got 1 tire stuck on the mud. I’m glad I keep the e-tool my brother bought me nearby! 15 minutes of self-help and I was good to go. However… by that point, I was mud to my knees and soaked, so the snow pants were pretty pointless.
Good thing I was to be inside the Mecca folding boxes.
Now, there’s my trip to Boomershoot. The return trip in a later post.