For the last few months Andrew has been deep in one of his most intense projects, taking the gas engine out of our 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 and replacing it with a 12 valve Cummins diesel. Why the switch? Diesel engines are more reliable and the way that our truck is built means that it could run up to a million miles if well maintained. It's also a manual transmission which makes it extra desirable. We don't use our truck as a daily driver, it's mostly used for towing our boat and trailer and maybe one day a pull behind camper.
I am always amazed by how smart Andrew is and how much he knows about engines. I know he went to school for two years to learn more, but I still cannot believe everything he knows and everything he can do. He's done nearly all of the work himself (enlisting the help of his brother for the day when the engine went back in the truck) and he's spent an eight of what the truck would cost new.
|Taking out the gas engine|
|One of my favorite pictures|
|Andrew trying to look tough, diesel on the left, gas on the right.|
|Putting in the diesel|
|Getting everything aligned|
|Almost ready to be out on the road again|
Side note: this isn't my first time being in a relationship with a mechanic, but I've always loved cars and wanted to learn more about them. I love going to car shows and I'm excited to finally learn how to drive a manual transmission once the truck is complete.