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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    So I've decided... the new-to-me AW5 is making noises, and I have a couple dollars so time to upgrade to the NV4500 and Atlas t-case... this will take awhile, though, because it's a 12 week lead time for a t-case. And between now and then I'll continue to drive it until it breaks.

    Last edited by SuperBuickGuy; February 10, 2021, 08:58 AM.

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  • Captain
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    I also pack a "Off Road Field Service Tent" on the hauling trailer for at the Base Camp.
    as in these pix, first is at the job "Man Camp" replacing said fan clutch on a Sunday off Click image for larger version

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    . Others from Off Road Rallies.

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  • Captain
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    Not saying my Timber Cruiser hasn't thrown Wrenches at me on outtings.......
    Like this combination Off Road/Camping/Tourist Sites excursion in 2016 Click image for larger version

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    On the way to Deadwood, from Bismarck, ND, via BLM roads, farm lanes, etc.
    The Fan Clutch, Gave Up The Ghost !!!
    Off Roading requires a 100% "McGyver Mentality" !!!!

    YOU DON'T CALL THE AUTO CLUB, Give them your GPS coordinates, and wait for the Friendly Road Side Service truck..........
    You Better put together a Plan to Get You Going or the Buzzards are going to Pick Your Bones Clean......

    So in the Middle of Area BFE crossing the SD Indian Resevation (Another Motivation), I broke open the Emergency Supper Fluid......Beer !
    A couple of Leinies, looking things over,
    TA DA !!! It hits me, get out the Ironworkers Tie Wire spool, twist up some lengths, weave it between the fan blades, back to a fan pulley bolt, repeat 4 times.....just locked the fan to constant on !!

    I'm outta there in little over an hour plus a couple of Beer Therapy's and ran the rest of the entire trip on a wired up fan hub !!

    And Now Back to Your Regular Programming.....

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    Originally posted by Captain View Post
    Any Off Road Adventures, that you are not on the end of a Tow Strap to the Rendezvous Lot is a GREAT RIDE !!!!
    it's never failed me on a trip... around town? absolutely, it's why I have AAA...

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  • Captain
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    Any Off Road Adventures, that you are not on the end of a Tow Strap to the Rendezvous Lot is a GREAT RIDE !!!!

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  • ejs262
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    That looks similar to the spot I took the Pig to last week, the back end kept trying to slide off the road, it was pretty sketchy, but still pretty fun.

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    today was a snow day
    same normal cast of characters

    but we didn't go last year...
    new tires tried out

    simply works

    last time I took this picture, it was sunnier, today it was better.... but not because of the weather.

    made our own tracks

    snow wasn't perfect

    who cares?


    there's new things to tidy up. An oil leak from the steering box, a vibration from the driveshaft and a transmission that is again making noise. Add to this that the radiator seems to be slightly plugged.... and yet.... what a great day

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    now that it's running right, time to retune

    and an error code... FiTech is not tolerant at all about electronic noise.... so a shield that keeps the wires away from the distributor is in order

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    Originally posted by DanStokes View Post
    Patrick, proud of you for getting the help you need. A coworker (Viet Nam vet) had a plaque on his desk that read "If you can't handle your own problems what kind of man are you?" And my response was "About normal." We all need a hand sometimes - and I'm not even a vet.

    Dan
    We all get by with a little help from our friends.

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  • DanStokes
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    Patrick, proud of you for getting the help you need. A coworker (Viet Nam vet) had a plaque on his desk that read "If you can't handle your own problems what kind of man are you?" And my response was "About normal." We all need a hand sometimes - and I'm not even a vet.

    Dan

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  • silver_bullet
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    Thank you for your support... Sadly 22 veterans take their own lives every day... I personally have been battling my demons for over 30 years, and, have only recently admitted to having PTSD... I am getting help and support through veterans groups and friends like yourself...: https://www.google.com/search?q=22+v...hrome&ie=UTF-8

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    so wisely, I wrote the plug numbers on the end where the cap goes.... wrote the wrong number on 2.... want to guess who almost burned his '40 down before he figured it out. Once that was done, all the tuning I'd done was wrong....




    that said prayer gave me wisdom to check firing order, then wisdom to get the various fuel and timing settings close enough to make it to the memorial drive by. I kept telling myself (it almost burned twice), then took 2 stops to get it so it'd work at low speed (because timing was so far off).... left at 11:30, should have been there at 11:55. Procession was to start at 12:50, started about 5 late.... thankfully.




    Was the only '40 there, there was an FJ...




    still, I just wish .... seriously, don't kill yourself, it hurts.... even people you've never met.

    (all of this was for a memorial procession for a Marine who ended his life at 34 - there were at least 100 probably close to 200 vehicles who showed up to support his wife and two daughters.....)

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    went with HEI big cap.... mostly because I didn't want to pull the distributor
    as with all good things, the project starts with something seemingly unrelated... removal of the battery access door

    needed to disconnect so I made the entire access removeable

    I'm pretty sure I had a phasing problem... it's firing at the 'end' of the tab then corroding... voila, my misfire


    in unrelated, time to fix this mess

    about that breaker.... it works great, unless you're using the winch and you have an alternator that puts out more amps then its rated capacity
    cleaner


    locking out the distributor - the wrong way, unless it's Saturday night and you want to use it on Sunday



    and it runs, tomorrow - make the wiring better

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    a decision to make...
    use the big cap HEI or the small cap HEI from the TBI system.

    so the random pluses and minuses

    big cap - I can always put the chip back in, hook up the vacuum, and untie the mechanical advance
    down side is simple.... I have to do that list

    small cap... big hole to fill when I remove the chip and replace it with 2 wires.
    Also it's more of a pain to wire and reinstall the coil
    in that vein, the only place for the CDI is above the distributor (needs air flow).... which means I could have electric field issues - if the coil is moved (small cap), that isn't as much of a problem... that said I've never had trouble with a 6A or 6AL....

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    slight miss... the fix



    the real culprit


    that said, the ignition will now be completely controlled from the EFI computer

    of course all fixes start with solving another problem... this case, you can't hear it when the glove box is closed....

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