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  1. If a valve is stuck open you will not be able to get a good leakdown test. I would do that before suspecting broken springs. If none of the cylinders leak fast at TDC it's not likely valves. But if one does leak, you will know what 2 valves to look at once you get the cover off. And which cover to pull.
  2. Looking at the current shortsighted myopia I’m thinking maybe The Summer of TeleVision. Too many folks are stuck indoors. Too many will be blamed for the actions of others in the news. I am viewing lots of blind hatred.
  3. We don’t have any frost line. Frost is something in a freezer. Our soil heaves for different reasons. Heavy soil-soaking rains are infrequent, plus too much silt and clay. We did a lot of soil conditioning
  4. I hope the new rubber mounts solve the trans alignment problem. That will mean more than anything else at this point, to the project. It would be good to know the frame horns aren’t bent up from past off-road adventures.
  5. I went to a rural high school in Minnesota. It was the historical Summer of Love the year we moved there. There was lots of protesting, but it was all in the Twin cities. That history is a bit lost. I wonder what they will call this Summer?
  6. It melts a little hotter, that's all. The alloy has some silver in it and it varies by grade. I've done it and I think it will be OK for trim metal.
  7. It's gotta stay clean. If it gets "white rust" you must toss it. If it's fat stuff, you might scrape it. I have a lead pot for bullet making, and when the lead melts, all that corrosion comes loose. You drop some wax in the pot and it fluxes the lead, causing all the dross to rise so you can skim it. Any corroded solder goes there, for casting informal slugs and shot. Corroded solder is insulated from heat by the corrosion, and so heat control becomes problematic. Otherwise, the flux brings out any corrosion when it wets out.
  8. @pflaming That little repair we made on the point's wire? I had to do that on every wire to the main harness plug on my boat motor. There's 13 wires, close together, and it was a chore. I didn't heat-shrink each wire though. When I was done I over-molded everything with plumber's 5-min epoxy putty.
  9. I don't think I've ever soldered stainless, but it's normally just a matter of getting things really clean, then getting the heat where it's needed. I've soldered copper pipe and copper wire, steel to steel, and copper/brass to steel. I've soldered my wire framed eyeglasses, which I used to break frequently as a kid. I've soldered little jewelry of unknown alloys. I recently bought some stuff for soldering aluminum, but I haven't tried it yet. The trickiest soldering I ever did was in a gas station in Layton Utah. The throttle cable of my Yamaha had broken at the twist end. The guy had solder but no soldering iron. I managed to heat the ferrule with a BIC lighter, and poke out the broken end with the remaining (trimmed) cable. I had pre-tinned the cable, and it soldered instantly. When it's done right, it happens fast.
  10. Pray for a low curl on the slab. I don't know what they're doing now days, but curling up of the slab edges seems to be an issue on lots of jobs done around here. Since the building inspectors are on lockdown here it's the perfect time to put up my new awnings and dog kennel.
  11. My wife never missed it, but I didn't have time for much commercial TV. In those years I was fixing up a boat. Regarding the straight eights, I'd rather have one than any Hemi. But I'd might as well wish for a pet unicorn.
  12. It's surely more than that! A quantum is so teeeeny! It is the smallest possible increase in energy. Maybe that stupid TV show made people think it was something huge.
  13. What I remember was the OD trans was a bust for stoplight drag racing. Like a boat anchor. Heavy, and more drag on the windup. But on the freeway it was worth its (considerable!) weight in gold. My P15 had increased compression, and easily pulled 80+ on the freeway. Unless there was a headwind...
  14. If the 1st/reverse fork is worn, this can happen. I had to fatten my worn forks up with MIG and file them smooth.
  15. I worry about our eucalyptus tree, which is huge and close to the house. But our last house had a huge conifer just outside the bedroom. When the wind came up it would drop big cones on the roof overhead. I'm pretty sure they hit terminal velocity. It was a tall tree.
  16. We have brought in lots of landscaping rock, but I have lots of decorative rocks that go in the garden and aquariums. My mom was a rockhound, and I have about 1000 lbs she collected from coast to coast. The USAF shipped them out here in Vietnam era wood ammo boxes which were labeled "Technical Books". They were part of our allotment. Mom sold off much furniture so they could ship the rocks free. (Thank you Uncle Sam.)
  17. I added a rear sway bar, and KYB gas pressurized shocks, and it was a huge advantage on poor roads. My bar came from a '74 Thunderbird, and is now on my 2012 Toyota Tacoma*, but it's now quite a tight fit laterally. This makes me think the Helwig Tacoma kit would bolt right under a P23, as it will be a tad narrower than a P15. The end links on my Tacoma had to be about the same length as the P15, though I changed the design for more clearance. * I used the Thunderbird axle clamps, but made custom links in both cases. I had to re-shape the clamps slightly for the Toyota axle, but they work fine. I did remove a small stud on the clamps, which went to the FOMOCO spring seat.
  18. My junkyard, all cleaned up for the new shed. Before: After:
  19. We live in the zucchini capital of the world, evidently, because it was literally impossible to go to a restaurant without being served zucchini. Now I could understand this at a Greek or Mediterranean or Armenian restaurant, but here if you go to a Chinese restaurant or a Mexican restaurant it is quite possible to be served zucchini. They put it in the albondigas. I know you’d love the Szechuan shrimp with lobster sauce and zucchini. 🤢
  20. My albino bristle nose plecostomus is finally growing some bristles on his nose!
  21. Ulu


    If the muffler is too far back it'll rust out fast, as it' stays too cool to burn off vapors. Normally it goes in the middle. Adding a resonator makes the exhaust sound deeper, as it restricts treble and "channels" the bass. Resonators are made to amplify bass sounds in common configurations, though they can be tuned to many frequencies/bands. They uusually stay too cool and rust out.
  22. I have two sets of the smaller stands, both purchased over 20 years ago. No issues but one had some flash from the forging die, and wouldn't lock solidly in the top-most position. I snagged it out with a grinding wheel in a few seconds It was odd that it latched OK in every other position, and flash was the culprit.
  23. That's quite the nice hub puller. I need to dig mine out. My Scout has a typical frozen parking brake. Hasn't been released in 30 years. Maybe more. I'll probably have to heat the hub, unless I get lucky, and the guy that installed Dad's 4:88 gears put a good coat of anti-seize on, back in 1962. That's only 58 years. I don't think we ever touched the rear brakes. Anyhow I used eBay to buy that OT kit car I posted, and I got lucky and came in $1000 less than my max bid. But I would have been happy either way, because nobody wanted it more than I did and I won.
  24. Bald and needing a shave....
  25. I remember once having my ammeter pegging, because my ground cable had come slightly loose while I was driving. I fixed it right away and I didn’t damage my regulator or anything, fortunately. I can imagine that a bad ground on any computer control vehicle could be a cause of voltage spikes And blown equipment.
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