September 2015 Recap
September 10 Zionsville Fall Festival @ Leonard Park
Back in Zionsville for their last big event of the year, the annual Fall Festival. This was my first year at the event since they typically don't have food trucks. I'm going to say it again...Zionsville loves Nacho Mama's Food Truck! So I got included this year, and should be returning for years to come. The festival featured all kinds of carnival rides, food vendors, arts & crafts vendors, live music in the evening, and a cute little train that took kids all around the park all day. It was so busy that I ran out of food by early evening. As I was leaving I started to have trouble with Chedr, with him sputtering and blowing black smoke at the crowd. Not how I wanted to end the day! Needless to say, Chedr was totally on the fritz and HAD to go into the shop ASAP, which is why I wasn't able to return for the second day of the fest. I barely made it home with Chedr sputtering the whole way, stalling at every stoplight.
So basically I was out of commission for about 10 days, and here's why.
First of all, I needed some major work done. My mechanic Jeremy needed a good 4-5 days to rebuild my carburetor, adjust the timing, the idle, clean up my engine wiring, adjust my brakes, etc. He was already booked up, and took a few days to get working on it. So even though having to be patient costs me $, such is the life of owning a food truck. Shit happens, and you have to take care of it, and get the job done right, which is why I only trust Jeremy to do the majority of the work for me. His specialty is classic cars, Chevy in particular, and has done all of the major restorative mechanical work on Chedr since the beginning. Not many people can work on vintage vehicles....they take a lot of constant tweaking, and in this case since it's my livelihood, I truly trust only Jeremy. The problem is he owns his own business too, and isn't working for me....so he isn't always available exactly when I need him, which is understandable. It just sucks for me when I'm in a bind and need work done to the truck. Over the years he has always come to my rescue if I was truly stuck somewhere, or come to my home and done work when I couldn't move the truck for whatever reason...so he's been good to me, which is why I remain loyal.
I will say that after Jeremy made all the adjustments and got the carburetor rebuilt (which we had been putting off for months) Chedr was running like a dream.
So September was my big month of truck repairs.