Here's a recent story involving Ricky Rapp. About 3 years ago, a coworker of mine had a riding lawn mower that would not crank and run. It was like new, but a few years old. He told me that I could have if it I came and got it. So, I headed out to his house with my trailer and had full intention of stopping by Mom and Dads house on my way home to visit because Ricky had came by to visit and stay a few days. I pulled in with the lawn mower on the trailer and my Dad and Ricky were already outside looking at my Dad's R/C airplanes. Ricky asked me "whatcha got there Ronnie Ruint?" I told him "a lawn mower with a motor that will not crank". He said "let's go take a look at it, it looks brand new, how old is it?". I told him that I didn't have any idea of the age, but that the motor turns over freely with no compression.....he said "Have you pulled the dipstick and checked for any oil?" I said no, I know it doesn't have any oil in it, because the pistons aren't moving and I believe the rods are broke. He pulled the dipstick and it was bone dry. He said, let me know what you find when you dig into it. I did tear it down and it was 2 broke rods. The rods were aluminum and had started melting into the crank shaft journals. Once enough friction happened, the rods broke. I replaced the head gaskets, the rods, and of course flushed the crank case and entire block and then reassembled. I had a total of $177.00 in parts and 40 hours of labor and it's still running. I talked to Ricky about what I found and he just laughed and said, you got a killer deal on that mower. Also, I talked to him several times after my dad passed away. The last time that I talked to him was about 3 weeks before he died. He told me to promise him that I would take care of my Mom, and I promised him sincerely that I would, and I am. He had a nick name for everyone, he called my Mom "Brush" because she painted the numbers, sponsors, pit crew, and other things on my Dad's racecars. I will say this, when I last talked to Ricky, we laughed a lot and he sounded really good. I miss him.