President’s Message

I sit here and write to you all while it is ‘snowing’ on the grass and ‘icing’ on the roads.  I took the day off not because I did not think I could get to work, but because I did not think anyone else would get to work making my job more difficult.  So, to be more productive, I took the day off to ‘catch up on a few things’.  The primary ‘thing’ being that I believe my 7.3L Diesel Ford is ready for new Fuel Injectors.  I’m still diagnosing some other components to be sure that the $1200 spent on re-built injectors will actually fix my loss of power problem but I’m pretty sure that’s where I’m headed.  After years of understanding how simple Gasoline Engine fuel injectors are, it is amazing to me to see how much different and complex modern day diesel fuel injectors work.  The engineering and machining involved to not only get diesel fuel to inject into a cylinder under 400 psi and burn efficiently, but to do it over and over again for over 200+k miles!  If the gap between the electrical solenoid and the poppet valve grows more than .002”, the injector quits working (especially in the cold when I need it most!).  These are appreciations that one only gets by working on their own vehicle.  My wife keeps telling me to buy a new truck, but at $60k+, I will keep my money and enjoy the fun of learning more about diesel engines.


I also sit here and write to you in frustration.  Frustration with myself.  Sometimes we feel like superman and take on too many projects, which can ultimately lead to failed results.  If this happens to you, hopefully you will see it happening before your wife or husband breaks down in tears, your boss asks you to put more effort into a task at work, or you yourself start to have a mental breakdown.  This is something I have struggled with my whole life, taking on more than I can chew.  I am sure I am not the only one.   You can thank me for the later than usual delivery of the newsletter and definitely thank Don for being as patient as he can be waiting for my response.  I apologize to Don and the Club for this.


As of July this year, I will have a new Boss that will better dictate where my time is spent.  The new Boss may only weight 6-10 pounds, I am sure the impact will be huge on my time.  Courtney and I find out on Valentine’s Day whether we will need a Blue Truck or a Pink Truck on our baby clothes.  We are very excited.  With that, I will need as much help as ever from the Club in planning any summer and fall activities for the Club.  I am serious when I say that I will need people to help plan any Truck Tour, September Meeting Locations, member recruitment events, etc.  Without this help, it simply will not get done.  And if it doesn’t get done, then why bother bringing in a new President?  There are other Clubs across the US on the verge of folding up due to lack of participation.  So, I challenge you to give me a call or send me an email and ask how you can help.  Send me ideas of places the club can meet (for meetings or just to get together).  I challenge you to breathe some life into an established lively Club to keep it living.  That is a way better option than resuscitation.


To end on a positive note, I am also excited that Maine is getting some snow in hopes that I can finally get out on a snowmobile President’s Day weekend.  Right now, the conditions are not too great, but there is snow in the forecast so I hope everyone “prays for snow… in Maine” for me.  As much as I love snow, snow in CT does not do me (or most of you) much good and so I love to see it in New York, Vermont, and Maine so I can go Skiing and Snowmobiling in places that do it right.


I look forward to seeing everyone next month at Pfahl’s Restoration Shop!


-Jonathan Yeomans