This guy is Big Mac. He's my 2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer, featuring the naturally-aspirated SOHC 5.4L 16V Triton V8, a 4-speed 4R70W automatic transmission, 4 wheel drive with ControlTrac shift-on-the-fly selectable drive modes, a 2-speed Borg Warner 4416 transfer case, a locking center multi-disc differential, and 4-wheel independent suspension. Since he's an Eddie Bauer trim level, he also comes fully-loaded with leather seating (heated, ventilated, and power-adjustable front seats), a power-folding third row, power moonroof, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a 6-disc CD changer, and a DVD navigation system. Big Mac also boasts a towing capacity of 9,000 pounds.
Trotz all unserer Kämpfe kämpfen wir weiter.
Big Mac has a pretty long and tumultuous history ever since we got him. His story with my family begins in Bremerton, Washington in 2009, when my now-deceased stepmother purchased him in an effort to cover up one of her drunk driving escapades, one that resulted in the complete wreck of a 2005 Ford Expedition. After spending the first years or so of his life in Washington, my grandparents and I went up to Seattle in late 2009 and brought him back to Arizona with us. There he sat in the backyard for about three years until my father collected him and brought him back to Washington in 2012. After a large family shakeup that was caused by the death of this stepmother, Big Mac returned to Arizona in September of 2012. It was then that he served as a family hauler, shutting my three sisters around during the time that my grandparents had custody of them. After we lost the custody battle in March of 2013, Big Mac returned to languishing in the backyard for a few more years.
Glückliche und schöne Erinnerungen zu haben, wird dir nicht immer Erlösung bringen. Je schöner eine Erinnerung ist, desto schmerzhafter kann sie werden. Es kann sogar erschreckend werden. Sowohl für den, der geht ... als auch für den, der zurückgelassen wurde.
After sitting in the backyard for a few years, Big Mac finally became my car after my previous car, Miracle the Chrysler PT Cruiser, suffered a massive oil leak, and my grandparents decided to make a little trade. Since then, we've had our ups and our downs. Two minor collisions (one in September of 2016 and one in February of 2017), plenty of road trips, and a lot of bonding time spent between one man and his SUV. Ever since I first rode in Big Mac as we were coming back from Seattle in 2009, I knew I loved him, despite his troubled past. I had long dreamed of the day when I would drive him, care for him, he would be my baby. Ever since that day came to pass, we've been happy together. Little by little, I'm nursing Big Mac back to health. All he needs done right now is having some minor creases pulled out of his driver's side doors left from the 2016 collision, his mirror-mounted turn signal needs to be replaced after having fallen off, and I need to investigate a problem with his air flow system. Could be an air filter, could be a vacuum leak, could be the mass air flow sensor, I don't know yet.
Wir sind stark zusammen. Zusammen haben wir die Kraft Berge zu versetzen. Die natürlichen Kräfte der Erde zu unserem Willen biegen.
Big Mac's career as a show car began on September 16, 2017, spurred on directly by my dear friend ApplejackTheTruck's exploits at car shows. We may not have won anything, but we have loads of fun, and that's all that really matters. Since then, Big Mac has been in three other shows, with a really big one coming up on July 1 of this year. As shown by my the dedication of my homie, I've come to the realization that even the most pedestrian of SUVs is just as show-worthy as anything.
Zur Hölle mit deiner Meinung. Ich werde meinen eigenen Weg gehen, egal was andere sagen.
Big Mac has more than 143,000 on him, and counting by the day. About 90,000 of those miles were driven with me at the helm. Big Mac is strong. We are inseparable.
Ich werde dich immer lieben, Big Mac. <3