It’s been a nightmare week for our vehicles. Between the Chevy Astro Van (as seen in the Ghosts and Legends of Oklahoma and Paranormal Road Trip videos) not wanting to start and Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme hiccuping down the road and finally just crapping out, we’ve had days in which four people in this house need to drive somewhere with zero functioning vehicles. I twice had to tell Wimgo (blatant plug for Wimgo.com here) that I couldn’t come in this week. As I write this, the car is still in the shop.
So the story on the van… it has gone through periodic moments in its tenure with us in which it suddenly wouldn’t start. Usually, the problem was related to the fuel pump, but we just had this replaced last year. When I had the car in the shop at the beginning of the week to take care of a problem it was having while running, the van decided not to start again. It took a day, but once the car was ready, I switched it out with the car. Now Jim up at J&T Auto in Yukon is a great guy and does fantastic work, and he was happy that he finally found the root of our problem, but somewhere along the way the fuel gauge became disabled although it was something he never touched. He ended up backtracking his work, finally discovering the problem hours later, but it was as he said — not something he touched.
So I headed down there this afternoon with a car that was now stalling out to pick up the Chevy Astro Van. The moment I opened the door Jim just shook his head. He informed me that all had been ready to go, but when he was putting something back together in the interior of the van, his knee pressed the power window button and lowered the window… however, it didn’t want to go back up. He asked me to wait a few moments while he figured out what was wrong with it. Moments later he walked back into the lobby and uttered four words that made my ears perk up: “Your van is haunted.”
The window suddenly decided to go back up for him, which was good because we’d again have a vehicle that could work properly, but I couldn’t help but get a kick out of his words. Since we’ll sometimes take the van with us out on investigations, is it possible that something attached itself to it. The last place we were at with the van was Dick Duck cemetery. It sat in the middle of the cemetery while we spent about an hour investigating. That’s plenty of time for something to get in there.
Of course, it’s more probable that all of these things are true mechanical problems. After all, the Chevy Astro Van is a ’95 and the Olds is a ’94. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping they can last long enough to become historic vehicles. The Olds just had its engine replaced earlier this spring at just over 218,000 miles, so we’ll see. If anything, I at least got some inspiration for my next article…