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Old 09-17-2013, 05:11 PM   #1
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Do people have a conscious anymore?

Hello, I'm about to rant. Remember im a 19 year old in college.

I've been wanting a 5.3 in the jeep for a while now, but just recently I've been getting serious about it and started gathering parts. I look up online that my local pull-a-part has a chevy 1500. I run up there after class and find that it has a 5.3 via the vin number. The truck was t-boned, meaning the engine was good when it was wrecked, so its good now. I get excited, run home and get my trailer, tools and everything else needed. I end up working on that engine for 3 hours that day. (this is my first time ever pulling an engine) The good thing about this engine, is that someone already took the trans, so I didnt have to worry about removing that.

I left it day one with all electrical connections disconnected and all AC/ Powersteering cooling/ radiator connections out of the way.

I come back this morning to pull the engine completely as all i had left was to take the motor mounts off, take the rest of the exhaust off, and lift it out. Well, the previous a hole used the wrong socket on the exhaust bolts before, so they were rounded off. i got one sides exhaust off with easy outs, and the other one was too rounded to work with. I didn't have a hack saw to cut the pipe, and i had to go to class anyways, so i left the truck with the A-frame engine lift over the engine, the motor mounts unbolted, my choker straps rated to lift 12klbs, and my d rings from the front bumper of my jeep connecting the straps.

I go to pick up my dad from therapy( stroke rehabilitation), then realized he didnt have therapy, and that i needed to go home to watch him. I get to my house (40 minute drive) and realize my sister was home and there was no need for me to be there. I drive back to the junk yard to pull the engine(40 minute drive) and bring a hack saw to cut off the exhaust. i get to the truck, and THE ENGINE IS GONE. I asked the guy at the counter how long ago did the guy take it, and he told me 45 minutes ago...

How does someone have the conscious to see the A-frame over the engine, my choker straps under the headers, my d rings connecting them, with the engine mounts taken off AND TAKE IT. I was gone for three hours. I worked for 8 hours (~$800 worth of labor) for some low life to come and grab it. THEY DIDNT EVEN HAVE TO EFFING DO ANYTHING. THEY JUST HAD TO LIFT THE ENGINE OUT AND GET THE GUY WITH THE FORK LIFT TO BRING IT UP TO THE FRONT. I think i would have been better had the guy left my effing d rings and choker straps, but he took those too.

People these days. It reminds me of the time i dressed up as Elvis in 4th grade for a school project. I left my school clothes in the bathroom and when i got back to the bathroom, my clothes were in the toilet. just. wow.

Total, i was about to pay $250 for a perfectly good engine. wiring harness, intake, computer, everything. a COMPLETE engine.

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Old 09-17-2013, 05:17 PM   #2
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Man that blows I'm sorry ! People are very dishonest, justice will be served one day bro.

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Old 09-17-2013, 05:30 PM   #3
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Louisiana. Most people here are related to Jean Lafitte the pirate. I never leave anything I want or need without being watched. How do I know? Been here all my life. As far as justice being served I doubt it. Live and learn. Somebody got an easy engine.
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Old 09-17-2013, 05:35 PM   #4
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I believe in karma. And she is a vindictive b**ch...
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:06 PM   #5
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It just bothers me that I wouldn't think twice about it, seeing someones straps on there, I would immediately back away. That's not mine. Someone elses. :/
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i'm also a believer in karma so he'll get whats coming to him...maybe the second he starts it it'll seize and he'll need another motor.
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I can't believe the guy would take it like that but what comes around goes around.

I also find it hard to believe that the place would have let him take it if they knew you were working on it.
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That really sucks, maybe it happen for a reason.......maybe the engine will wait till he gets it in and running then throw a rod through the block. Karma is a turd!
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You are 19 and make 100 buck an hour ? Right . People at pick and pull some times are low class and don't give a shit about others . Ruthless . It really doesn't surprise me . Now go find a 5.7
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You are 19 and make 100 buck an hour ? Right . People at pick and pull some times are low class and don't give a shit about others . Ruthless . It really doesn't surprise me . Now go find a 5.7
Go to any mechanic and tell them to do work on your vehicle. They charge ~$100 an hour for labor. I figure, my labor is as good as theirs.


Thanks guys. Bah. I hope the bitch throws a rod through the block and it starts a fire from the exhaust. XD

5.7s aren't all that much better than the 5.3.. Of course, ones all aluminum one isnt. I guess I could buy a 5.3 off of like eBay or something.. That was a pretty shitty experience.
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I can't believe the guy would take it like that but what comes around goes around.

I also find it hard to believe that the place would have let him take it if they knew you were working on it.
Well, I guess technically they can't do anything about it. It's a pull a part, if its out there, it's fair game.. It's just the moral. Seeing someone else's straps, but disregarding them. Meh
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I'm sorry this happened to you. Karma is indeed, a vindictive b!tch.

I've never bought a complete engine from a pull-a-part so I'm not sure how this works but, just my $0.02, couldn't you have given them a deposit on the engine until you got it out? This way they would have told the "thief" that it was "sold".
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You should have gone ahead and paid for it before you left it there. It wasn't yours until you paid. I know it sucks but it is what it is.
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Yeah, you can't put a deposit or pay for it prior to bringing it up there. I may try again if I can find another 5.3 there. But il make sure I take it the day I find it.
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Yeah, you can't put a deposit or pay for it prior to bringing it up there.
Gotcha...and that kinda sucks.

I hope the dude that swiped that out from under you gets it home and it just all over his driveway!
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That blows. For trips to the pull it yard, I typically bring a cordless powered sawzall and impact wrench - very helpful and quick .
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karma is a bitch...and I hope that a--hole gets whats coming to him!but do you have a phone?....just sayin?
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karma is a bitch...and I hope that a--hole gets whats coming to him!but do you have a phone?....just sayin?
Of course I do. But when you follow a routine on a certain schedule, you don't expect something different, like my sister not being in class.
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That blows. For trips to the pull it yard, I typically bring a cordless powered sawzall and impact wrench - very helpful and quick .
I've got a cordless drill with impact mode. Too bad I can't fit 1/2 inch drive into it though.Lol but no cordless sawzall. :/
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All you need is a battery sawzall when you go to the yard. U just cut it out and go. That's that.
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Will be back at it tomorrow as I try to pull a 5.3 from an 04 suburban in about an hour west of me. However, this time I won't be leaving without the engine.
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Will be back at it tomorrow as I try to pull a 5.3 from an 04 suburban in about an hour west of me. However, this time I won't be leaving without the engine.
Good idea.These days nobody will look out for you(maybe family) and theres always someone out there that will screw you in a heart beat.Keep your morals high and it will be all good.
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Yep, unfortunately people are ruthless these days.
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No offense, but I would have taken that engine too! (And so would many of the folks here, though they may not admit it!) I would have left you a "Thank you" note and a 10$ tip for your trouble but...fairs fair and you left...Sorry 'bout 'dat!
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No offense, but I would have taken that engine too! (And so would many of the folks here, though they may not admit it!) I would have left you a "Thank you" note and a 10$ tip for your trouble but...fairs fair and you left...Sorry 'bout 'dat!
I am NOT one of them. If I saw that someone was working to get the engine out, I would not have cheated them out of their prize. I have lost a lot of opportunities in my life because of my moral character. But, that's just me. I don't Lie, Cheat or Steal.

I understand, agree and sympathize with the OP. Still, in correction, I think the word is Conscience. Conscious is a state of awareness, as opposed to being "knocked out".
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People these days. It reminds me of the time i dressed up as Elvis in 4th grade for a school project. I left my school clothes in the bathroom and when i got back to the bathroom, my clothes were in the toilet. just. wow.
Probably the same Ahole that took the engine.
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At least you were dressed as Elvis and not say..................Tinkerbell, or Raggedy Ann, or Justin Beiber .
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I am NOT one of them. If I saw that someone was working to get the engine out, I would not have cheated them out of their prize. I have lost a lot of opportunities in my life because of my moral character. But, that's just me. I don't Lie, Cheat or Steal.

I understand, agree and sympathize with the OP. Still, in correction, I think the word is Conscience. Conscious is a state of awareness, as opposed to being "knocked out".
I said "many" not "all"...and aren't you a moral pillar? lol! I wouldn't consider it "lying, cheating or stealing". Opportunistic, maybe...but not stealing. Then again, I wouldn't have left it ready to be plucked by the next guy who comes along...this is one of those situations one might call...."Predictable".

Now, I don't actually go to U-Pulls or any junkyard...just playing Devils Advocate...But if I was in that situation, and I had to leave: No way I would have left it so easy to be plucked outta there...sh*t happens when you don't plan ahead. Best of luck with your moral philosophizing though...you must be the life of the party!
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When someone works their ass off for something, then someone else comes and grabs it, it's certainly disappointing.

I had to go to class then take care of my dad. That's an obligation.

If the engine was jus sitting there, sure. Fair game. But it had my choker straps under it and my d-rings connecting them. THATS what pissed me off. The fact that whether someone saw me working on the engine or not isn't it. It's the fact that it had my shit on it and that's how they took it. You don't know when that person will be back, that's why I left them there. Thinking someone would see MY items and leave it alone.
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Hey talked to earlier on another thread. But one thing you have to remember is people are like water, they always take the path of least resistance. So accommodate this mind set and be ready for the backstabbing undercutting bullshit that comes with it. I consider it logical paranoia haha. But I'm 21 in college so I know the struggle brother.

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