My jeep sprung a leak of some kind this week. My clutch dropped on me while driving home Wednesday night. I can no longer get the Jeep in gear. A guy at work thinks he saw some pooled hydraulic fluid from my Jeep earlier in the week. It might not turn out too bad. Fortunately I was less than a half mile from home, and my dad was still awake and willing to help me push it back the remaining distance to the garage. It was the best workout I've had in a long time.
The repair bill will come in due time, but this is all a part of the fun of owning a 23 year old car... And it'll make for a good photo when I use my van to tow this thing to the shop.
Coincidentally perhaps I had changed the oil myself for the first time in my life a few hours earlier. By the time the oil change was said and done, I spent about as much time and money as paying someone else to do it. An oil filter wrench and oil pan were two necessary one time purchases. But at the end of the day it was something I'm happy to check off my unconventional bucket list more or less. I highly recommend putting in the time to do it yourself at least once in life, if for no other reason than to make this common service more relatable.
Work on the van this week included a nice accomplishment in my eyes. I finally found a way to interface the rear air conditioner to the living space using a comibination of fittings and a 4" diameter flexible aluminum hose. This was something that had to be done, but there was no real clear way on how to make that work, until I spent the time just standing in the HVAC isle at Home Depot. Eventually things clicked.
I also put some paneling up this week. What I put up will come down soon to install insulation. But the initial fitting insures I keep the build going in a way that makes sense with respect to all of the space, not just the task at hand.