- Nov 1, 2019 at 2:50 am #3616822
I went for a drive this afternoonNov 1, 2019 at 3:06 am #3616828
@doug-iLocale: The Cascades
That’s a good looking truck!Nov 1, 2019 at 3:11 am #3616829
Thanks Doug. It’s getting there. It’s fun to drive.Nov 1, 2019 at 3:41 am #3616837
@bookLocale: Northern California
That is a good looking truck! Nice work.
Enjoy Purgatory. It may be my favorite cantica (cantiche?) I’m finally going to finish re reading Paradiso tonight. I loved it the first time through; this time, not as much. Still…Nov 1, 2019 at 1:57 pm #3616860
It must be missing a bumper on the front?
I kind of like the two toneNov 1, 2019 at 2:28 pm #3616863
We are making a winch bumper.
@jeffrey I might just agree with you but I am only 1/3 through the second cantica. Yes, cantiche :)Nov 1, 2019 at 3:09 pm #3616871
@bookLocale: Northern California
People are singing in Purgatory. I don’t think there’s any singing in Hell.Nov 1, 2019 at 3:13 pm #3616872
BFG KO2 tires?
That’s what we put on the JeepNov 1, 2019 at 4:08 pm #3616884
oh yeah, you said that before, winch bumperNov 2, 2019 at 2:40 am #3616941
@ian, honestly I don’t know what the front are other than all terrain but the back are Triguard mud terrain ( we just located 4 more of those, which is why I know). It’s an odd size, 16.5. We need another rim for a spare.Nov 4, 2019 at 7:37 pm #3617279
Transmission is out, again. Bearings went out :(
We are checking out the one that was up the hill under the weeds for 10 years. Steamed cleaned it last night and it measures the same so hopefully it’ll go it pretty soon. Ugh I want to drive it but I am learning this is all a process.Nov 4, 2019 at 8:32 pm #3617288
That sucks! Hope the other one pans outNov 4, 2019 at 9:05 pm #3617294
I think there’s a pun there somewhere
I’m not a huge car person though. I replaced a VW engine once. Then drove it back and forth between Portland and L.A. a couple times.Nov 7, 2019 at 4:24 pm #3617635
Turns out the transmission was up there much longer than I thought. I guess the 2009 fire skipped that spot.
Here it is getting steam cleaned and it went in night before last. We still have to hook up a few things and then we’ll see.
These transmissions are not the easiest to get out either but it’s getting easier every time ;)
I am enjoying the thought of all these different trucks becoming part of this one.Nov 7, 2019 at 5:13 pm #3617640
The truck is coming along nicely.Nov 7, 2019 at 5:18 pm #3617641
I’m not a huge car person though. I replaced a VW engine once. Then drove it back and forth between Portland and L.A. a couple times.
Well, there are only 4 bolts holding the engine in. Back in the day we used to have contests to see who could replace a VW clutch the fastest, which required removing the engine. My boss held the FKT at 13 minutes, including driving it out of the bay after it was changed.Nov 7, 2019 at 9:39 pm #3617680
No one likes a braggart Nick ;)
We should collectively build a Chaff Class 11 Bug in the Baja 1000.
Who’s down? We can start a new thread.Nov 7, 2019 at 9:46 pm #3617682
Those old VWs are easy to work on
Sorry to derail your thread Kat : )Nov 8, 2019 at 2:45 am #3617722
I like this kind of derailing. Have at itNov 8, 2019 at 2:55 am #3617723
“My boss held the FKT at 13 minutes, including driving it out of the bay after it was changed.”
I’d pay $20 to see that in person, sounds like an amazing mechanic.Nov 8, 2019 at 2:23 pm #3617768
okay, I removed the engine, took it to a place and swapped it for a good one, and left it overnight to put it back in the next day
I plugged up the gas line with a plastic tube. Which melted over the night. It was in the garage. Gas leaked out all over the garage floor. My dad woke me up and somehow we avoided blowing up the house. We were one spark away. I was sleeping in the basement with no fire exits, although there was a small window. Maybe I could have escaped.Nov 8, 2019 at 3:59 pm #3617779
The point I was making about the time to remove and replace a VW engine was how simple and easy the job is. The engine is mounted to the transaxle with 4 bolts — that’s it. Once the engine is out, the clutch assembly is accessible at the “front” of the engine.
Here’s a short video of how to remove a beetle engine. This happens to be a 1971 (first year model) Super Beetle that takes a little longer to remove with extra stuff compared to the ‘50s and ‘60s models we were mostly working on in the early ‘70s. Plus we had hoists instead of jack stands, air tools and some specialty tools for the job.
Yes Craig, my boss was exceptional. In high school he came in 2nd place in the National AAA automotive skills contest. He bought his first gas station at age 21. Would have bought one sooner but Uncle Sam drafted him and he had to spend time in Vietnam.Nov 8, 2019 at 4:05 pm #3617783
” In high school he came in 2nd place in the National AAA automotive skills contest.”
What a different world. Don’t get me started on the absolute decimation of teaching trades and/or hands-on skills in K-12 education, public or private.Nov 8, 2019 at 4:27 pm #3617787
I have to tell you that in the ‘60s when I was in high school the technical training was a joke. It was mostly a dumping ground for students who did poorly in academics. We had metal shop, machine shop, print shop and auto shop. It was indeed rare to find a kid with 4 years of auto shop who was competent enough to be hired as a mechanic.
My boss learned his trade mostly by working as a mechanic after school in a real shop. But more importantly he became an astute businessman without any “formal” education in business. I learned more about business from him than I learned by earning a 4 year BA. What I still find hilarious is that in high school he built a street race car — a Dodge with a big hemi engine that he raced at the local drag strips. As a high schooler he turned the car into a business — a tax deduction. Painted in the side of the car was its name — Tax Dodge.
So here we are in our modern age of social media, which I mostly criticize here in Chaff, but I will recognize the immense benefit of YouTube as a “how to” for almost anything in life, as shown in the video I posted earlier.Nov 8, 2019 at 5:46 pm #3617798
“I have to tell you that in the ‘60s when I was in high school the technical training was a joke. It was mostly a dumping ground for students who did poorly in academics. ”
Definitely, I’ve seen that as well.
I will say, however, that at least it’s a place a kid might discover that they like working with electricity, using saws, working on cars, etc. As things stand, I have no idea how K-12 education would expose a kid to the basic idea that they might enjoy working in a trade.
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