This is never good…

Good afternoon,

My son Casey was driving home from work last night then he pulled over and called me.  He said “there’s steam coming from the engine”.  His truck was starting to overheat, and it was 30 degrees out!  Not good.

We got him home, and there was radiator fluid now leaking out of the engine compartment.  Obviously we had a leak in there somewhere.

I was able to to a little troubleshooting today:


He’s got a bad radiator.  It’s leaking from the top seal and just blowing all of the coolant out.  Super sweet.  So this morning I had to get him into the office, and tomorrow he will be most likely borrowing my truck to get to work again unless I get myself out of bed on a Saturday to take him in…I’ll probably opt to stay at the house 😉

So now we are down to “when” we will install this beauty.  When is a good time to work on a 2002 Toyota Tundra in sub-freezing temperatures?  There’s not a lot of good answers here; but you can be certain that we will be working on this project when Casey has his next day off!

Guess what buddy, you’re going to learn how to install a radiator this weekend!  How does Sunday sound?

So if you’re looking for me, I won’t be in the office this Sunday even though we are open.  I’ll be in the garage neck deep in anti-freeze and rusty bolts.  Wish me luck!

Have a good weekend, and good luck to you if you’re doing any auto repairs.  I’ll be with you in spirit.




iPod Touch 6 Repairs Anounced!

Hi there everyone,

Mission Repair is happy to bring a full line of services and repairs for the iPod Touch 6 – and effective immediately we are taking orders.

iPod Touch 5 or 6…how can you tell the difference?

It’s not easy, but on the iPod Touch 5, there’s a “loop button” that you could attach a lanyard to…and the new iPod Touch 6 doesn’t have it!  The differences are on the inside.  The Processing chip is one of the two biggest upgrades in the new iPod touch. It matches the iPhone 6 with a 64-bit Apple A8 SoC – a huge step forward from the 2011-era A5 found in the old model.

The camera is the other big upgrade in the new iPod touch. Its rear camera has the same 8 MP resolution that the last four iPhone flagships (starting with the iPhone 4s) have had.

The great news is that we re now offering a full line of repairs, and have already satisfied several customers (fixing broken screens mostly!)  So if you find yourself having problems with your new Touch, give Mission Repair a call.


See ya, Ryan

Spooky? I think not.

Good morning,

I snapped this pic (while riding in the car) on my way to New Orleans last week:


It may be kind of hard to tell, but one of the first things to strike you with a sense of wonder when you visit the deep South is the grandeur of beautiful, draping Spanish moss decorating the huge trees.

While the hanging moss has a mysterious appeal for people not used to seeing such natural beauty, Spanish moss-draped live oak trees thrive in the southeastern United States. If you don’t live there, then the charming and somewhat spooky appearance of the silver-gray strands, hanging like natural Halloween decorations, summon images of old plantations, bayous and the swamps like seen in movies. In fact, we were driving over marshland when I took this pic.

When it sways in the wind at night, this tangled “tree hair,” as the Native Americans called it, is both eerie and intriguing. French explorers dubbed it “Spanish Beard” as an insult, so the Spanish then named this moss “French Hair.” It’s been used as bedding, stuffing, upholstery, insulation, mulch, medicine and in arts and crafts; it’s even been used as an ingredient in making voodoo dolls.

Well, as a “first-timer” seeing these amazing trees I didn’t do anything with them except admire them for their beauty.  Simply awesome.

Visiting Louisiana anytime soon?  Don’t forget to take in the natural beauty too.

Take care, Ryan

Holiday hours approaching!

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Happy Holidays from all of us at Mission Repair!

We wanted to share our holiday hours with you so you are aware of a few special days that we have coming up.

December 24th, 2015 – we are open 10:00am to 3:00pm.
December 25th, 2015 – we will be closed.
January 1, 2016 – we will be closed.

Otherwise, our normal business hours will be observed and we will be happy to see you soon.

Have a great end of 2015!

He’s got this ultimate set of tools.

Here’s a fun one that will date me a bit…but I was just 11 years old when this movie came out.  My oldest and best buddy Nolan and I can still quote it pretty well.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High was on TV the other day, which just meant that I had to sit down and watch it.  I snapped this picture of a very famous and hilarious scene between Jeff Spicoli and Mr. Hand:

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At the same time, I sent a text to my old pal Nolan (who still lives in California) to say hello.  We laughed a bit about the movie, and we reminded each other that we shouldn’t let our kids watch this until they are “of age”.  Mom, how could you let me see this at 11 years old?  I question that now!

One of my favorite quotes from Spicoli near the end of the movie:

“What Jefferson was trying to say was, Hey! You know, we left this England place ’cause it was bogus, so if we don’t get some cool rules ourselves – pronto – we’ll just be bogus too!”

Oh man, I could go on and on because this was a pretty influential movie on us back then.  You might think it’s ridiculous, that’s OK, but I still embrace it as one of “the greats”.   Dandra sat down next to me to watch it and she fell asleep.  I get it, it’s not for everyone 😉

What movie takes you back to your childhood?  Also, here’s a reminder to contact an old friend and say hello.  Do it now…it feels pretty good.

Take care, Ryan