One Wild Summer in Maine

We ventured back east from Colorado in our new GMC truck, barrels full of waste deep fryer oil filling the bed. We made the trek straight through without stopping for anything more than a bathroom break and to stretch our legs while grabbing a quick bite to eat.

Eating yogurt we couldn't leave in Colorado with a gas station Honey Bun...I massive contradiction in diet.

Eating yogurt we couldn’t leave in Colorado with a gas station Honey Bun…a massive contradiction in diet.

On our way to Maine we passed this wild sight.

On our way to Maine we passed this wild sight.

While in Maine we got harassed by the police 2 times for not having the truck inspected and having a cracked windshield. We got to spend some time with Adrienne’s family, including close relatives. We visited with some college friends, went sailing in the ocean with my college professor, advisor, and good friend, and Adrienne got her motorcycle license.   We went to the Liberty Tool Co., one of my favorite places, and bought some low priced, high quality old tools. We visited with Adrienne’s brother in Portland and got to eat some of the best donuts I’ve ever had at The Holy Donut. We went up to Moosehead Lake and spent some time at Adrienne’s family’s camp while replacing all the plumbing in the house due to many broken pipes from the harsh winter.

Adrienne getting her motorcycle license.

Adrienne getting her motorcycle license.

Adrienne and I Sailing out of Camden, Maine with my great friend Kate Miles.

Adrienne and I Sailing out of Camden, Maine with my great friend Kate Miles.

The infamous Mudslayer on the way to Moosehead.

The infamous Mudslayer on the way to Moosehead.

Enjoying Moosehead Lake and Mt. Kineo in the background.

Enjoying Moosehead Lake and Mt. Kineo in the background.

Enjoying a fire by the lake.

Enjoying a fire by the lake.

Rockin' on the porch watching life pass by.

Rockin’ on the porch watching life pass by.

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We decided to buy a boat, Adrienne go to visit with her fine friend Mary and our finest friend Patrick the dog.

We decided to buy a boat, Adrienne got to visit with her fine friend Mary and our finest friend Patrick the dog.

After our nice long visit to Maine, just as we thought our summer was on track, damn truck let us down for the first time since our major repairs in January after buying it. Headed from Maine to PA to pick up the Studebaker and we made it just out of the state of Maine. Broke down in New Hampshire 120 miles from where we started…good old AAA 100 mile limit.

Broken down on the side of I-95 10 miles into New Hampshire.

Broken down on the side of I-95 10 miles into New Hampshire.

It was my first opportunity to take a diesel injection pump apart. Found a broken fuel fulcrum inside the injection pump. Bosch of North America and Germany are out of stock and back ordered; only 1 pump repair house in the country had the part on hand.  (A year later I find out that the part they ordered was so hard to find because it was for the wrong injection pump! Some goofy 3 cylinder diesel that they never made many of.)

Trying to get the engine mounts loose.  It proved to be a pretty difficult task.

Trying to get the engine mounts loose. It proved to be a pretty difficult task.

Finally lifting the old engine out.

Finally lifting the old engine out.

After 2 weeks of waiting for the fulcrum to show up, I took the pump apart to put the new fulcrum on and realized we need more parts. Not being thrilled with the design of the Bosch VE injection pump (now that I have one apart) we got coerced into buying a whole new Cummins 4BT engine with a P-Pump instead. What a joy. And now, after waiting a week for the new engine, we got word that it didn’t ship last week when we got billed $3K for it, it shipped today and will take 1 more week to get here.  Amidst all the delays and setbacks, we took a boat trip in the bay with my childhood friend who happened to be visiting Maine for a wedding, went strawberry picking with Adrienne’s mom and Aunt, explored many of Maine’s ice cream shops, and got silly on the coast.

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The 4th of July at Uncle Dominick's camp.

The 4th of July at Uncle Dominick’s camp.

Driving an unregistered boat on the lake before getting stopped and followed back to the house by the Maine game warden.

Driving an unregistered boat on the lake before getting stopped and followed back to the house by the Maine game warden.

We decided, while waiting for the new engine to show up, not interested in just sitting around, to take a trip up to Moosehead Lake. During this trek back to Mooshead Lake, we took Adrienne’s grandmother up so she could enjoy summer in her favorite spot. While in the north woods this time around, we talked Adrienne’s brother and girlfriend to meet us up at the camp for some good ol’ time family fun. We enjoyed some water skiing with a broken tow rope, explored around Mt. Kineo and some of the smaller islands around the lake and road around the dirt roads on some old nostalgic banana seat cruisers.

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Adrienne and I enjoying the lake before he brother showed up.

Adrienne and I enjoying the lake before he brother showed up.

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Finally, it was time—we packed up and headed back to Sidney to put our truck back together and get on with the remaining plans for our summer in Colorado. We spent the next few weeks putting the engine back together and installing it in the truck before eventually heading south from Maine for the second time.

New engine finally arrived.  Now it was time to strip it down and clean it up for a second life in a new truck.

New engine finally arrived. Now it was time to strip it down and clean it up for a second life in a new truck.

Engine painted and cleaned up with new seals and some differed maintenance.  Adrienne cuts a bracket to accept the throttle linkage.

Engine painted and cleaned up with new seals and some differed maintenance. Adrienne cuts a bracket to accept the throttle linkage.

In the engine goes!

In the engine goes!

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Some goofball Mainah driving around with his quad on the back of his Camry.

Quads on cars, boats in lakes, picking strawberries in fields with shoes with loose soles, mud-slaying monster trucks, and moose — of course, moose!
THIS is Maine…