In Russia it is said that chickens are milked, and cows carry eggs. (A mockery of those who believe ridiculous rumors.)

Ah, the Tiny Russian Village Time…

Tomorrow morning we leave to the Tiny Russian Village…

Yesterday I spent almost all day and finally succeeded in replacing a bad tie rod end on Sammy the Volga. As par to normal, a simple easy job ended up being a mess and after buying a tie rod/ball joint fork tool and a much bigger hammer. The old tie rod popped off finally and then life became better….I really thought it was going to win…

The old saying:

If at first you don’t succeed, get a bigger hammer. – Alan Lewis

Today, I have to align the front end, shade tree mechanic style, with a string and a tape measure and make sure everything is tight & secure. I never had a tie rod end this hard to remove. It was literally determined to stay in its tapered home, I guess it was happy?
I have about a centimeter of toe in on the front suspension and I need to get that to about half a centimeter or less. Some toe in is required to allow the front on a rear drive car, to center itself, but too much will hurt the tires…

Not a fun job in the parking lot of a apartment building, but we do what we must do…

I will pack the car today also and we can get the new windows to the village home that we bought. I also have new shocks to install on the rear of Sammy the Volga (in the village.) Trying to keep her in good shape…

Therefore, I will talk to everyone in a few days…

WtR

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A survivor of six heart attacks and a brain tumor, a grumpy bear of a man, whom has declared Russia as his new and wonderful home. His wife is Russian and she puts up with this bear of a man and keeps him in line...

Thank God for my sweetie and Russia...

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