Temporary sanitizing and wire changing:
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Been fighting a dragging rear drum and inability to set park brake. About halfway through the resolution and completely through the budget. Oh life, you so expensive.
Truck’s alternator pos. wire is getting hot, not sure why after paying a pro for some diagnostic. Consensus is put in a painless wiring harness since the old stuff is a cluster and old. Nothing out of the ordinary for voltage drop tests.
Good fight on a Saturday night with the wire R&R, when in doubt throw parts at it:
Friday, July 3, 2015
Still chasing a dragging rear drum on the van, replacing the front park brake cable next.
Truck checked over, bent HEI connector tab back up so it stays in its housing but still not sure why positive alternator wire getting hot:
Onward from upward:
Champaign two-lane in one direction tree tunnels:
Friday, June 26, 2015
Back on the road, found the distributer cap to be cracked which explains a backfire and no start but not why it ran to begin with or why it cracked. Fresh filter, cap and rotor and she purrs. 5 mile test drive was clean except for the alternator ground wire getting hot. Possibly related to the HEI wire shown below being held off the connector by the housing. Old trucks are fun.
Lock cylinder fell back behind the latch. Who uses keys anymore? If I need to I’ll use one of the other 3 remaining cylinders. Ground the end off a bead, epoxy on turquoise cab and epoxy in. Flair!
reverse drill press:
McBike, luvin it
photographic order of operations and a good reminder that the path to success is straight through failure
Saturday, June 20, 2015
After swapping out a compressor relay that died in the open(on) position I went for a cruise to raise some spirits.
On the way home I hear a pop after a stop and right turn, it starts missing, dies shortly after and coasts to a stop on a side road. I smell smoke, jump out to check the engine and see flames shootin’ from carb. Rip off shirt and try to smother, realize it’s fruitless and go for the extinguisher to make a mess.
Best I can tell it backfired and caught the element on fire, not sure why the plug wire popped off.
After vacuuming with a paint brush cleaning all the dust off its a crank and no start. Seems a lot like when it ate the pickup coil not too long ago. Thankfully I had the fire extinguisher or it coulda’ been a lot messier. Maybe the truck is trying to tell me something but I don’t really speak it’s language.
And now the van decides its time to leak rusty water from who-knows-where when it rains and stain my lovely new ‘crete, Havin’ fun now.
When it rains it pours.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Fresh paint and cedar oil on camp-smelling cupboard.
Bottom of brick molding was trashed:
Apple cider vinegar derusting works great:
Lookin’ for homes for salty critters: