Hey everyone I'm still alive...but truck is still dead for now...but not much longer.
I've had more health issues, PTSD acting up worse than ever, and probably enhanced from the added stress levels of still paying off my truck while it still is not drive able. But that should change shortly.
Back in April, I responded to a Craigslist ad for a fresh 545RFE stage 2 build and an ATI converter that claimed never to have had oil in it. All for the unbelievable price of $500. He said he bought it for his son in March 2013 but his son ticked him off and wouldn't talk to him. So 25 months later he decided to try and recoup some money from it.
Every time I called I could only leave a message or text and after 2 weeks he got back to me via TEXT.
He claimed I was the only person to reply to his ad so it was mine. He took all EIGHT ads from Gainsville to Daytona down and I was HAPPY.
Then the nightmares with him started. To shorten up this essay, he has been in and out of the hospital 4 times since April, and he wouldn't give me his home address because he is away for weeks at a time and was afraid of someone robbing his house which sits in the woods a half mile off the road.
Last Friday he got out again and told me he had to come to Lakeland for business. I was SHOCKED when he called yesterday and asked to meet up.
Finally all my efforts paid off when I saw this beautifully saran wrapped shiney new tranny & converter in his SUV. I JUMPED (yes I even surprised myself here), shook hands, transferred the package, paid him and left...Time spent doing all this...about 4 minutes.
Now all I have to do is wait for the rain to stop long enough to install it. I figure it should be done by Aug 1st at this rate.