55 Minutes Shy . . .

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55 Minutes Shy . . .

Post by Amskeptic » Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:18 am

. . . of breaking the Itinerant Air-Cooled record for stunning my hapless customer with a marathon of overwhelming wrenching late into the early morning hours.

Matterafact, just five hours ago we were still working.

Fuel injection switch-overs can be rendered intricate if the prior owner has removed the vehicle-side harness to the double relay, but more importantly, when you have to modify the CARBURETED AIR INJECTION TUBE to be come your NEW CYLINDER HEAD TEMP SENSOR mounting hole with just a drill and a SAE tap and a dab of JB Weld, well guess what? You'll be working at 3:00AM, won'tcha? you betcha. Oh, and FI fuel pump mounting, yaah? Was that not fun?

What was the other crazy thing, Belle Plaine? I cannot even remember.
Poor guy is still in the middle of the transplant surgery, but the doctor here had to go play golf. He Shall Prevail! He has great verbal little kids, (his five year-old son felt free to wade into our political discussion with "let me tell you what I think" about Congressional vulnerability to lobbyist money- "I think they want the money", a hospitable spouse who kept us fed (thank-you!), and a seasoned car-companion hund named Jack, friendly neighbors . . . I just remembered the other crazy thing, having to DRILL out the AFM wiper track from the sticky AFM to the other AFM, then that evil EGR pipe with the recalcitrant slippery little bolt that fought us tooth and nail at 2:55AM.

So this is the annual Missoula traverse, and I swore I would not rush it but here I am running 6 hours late. I drove from 3:05AM to 5:00AM, crashed in the parking lot at this Starbucks, awoke refreshed and raring to go (not) at 6:30AM, and now must scram to at least Bismarck North Dakota where damaging winds and heavy rain is forecast. How can you not love a job that beats the living hell out of you for 18 hours, and yet you and your customer-who-has-slogged-every-second-of-it-with-you are coherent enough to share that it was all well worth it.

Most Excellent meeting you, Bell Plaine!
BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 129,490 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 94,225 miles

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Post by glasseye » Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:24 am

During the Missoula Traverse, be sure to update us on the status of the metal sculpture! :cheers:
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Post by airkooledchris » Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:04 am

this would be me after 2AM.....

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kudo's on the stamina to keep a good project moving forward.

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Post by BellePlaine » Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:27 am

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And it was my sincere pleasure to take part in the IAC experience – live and in person. Colin kept his spirits high even as the sun went down. Even as he fabricated a new brake booster hose, a Temp II sensor mount, swapped AFM wiper boards (one of which required violating the screws to remove) and that damned EGR pipe which didn’t want to mount to the throttle body without a fight.

And here I was thinking that there would be ample time to clean and repack my front wheel bearings. Wha?

Let’s not forget, dear Colin, how smooth and buttery my shifter assembly is now. We did that job at what? Before lunch? But it feels like it was last week. Actually last night seems like it was all just a dream, in some ways.

Thank you for getting my FI swap project over the NoWayCanFinishThisMyself Hump. I am confident that I finish it on my own. I’ll report back with the results after I button up the little bit left to do.

I'll post more photos later.
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Re: 55 Minutes Shy . . .

Post by BumbleBus » Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:39 am

Amskeptic wrote:So this is the annual Missoula traverse
This should make you feel better.. weather for the 13th in Missoula.. how rare for June! Lucky! :flower:

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Post by BellePlaine » Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:45 pm

Say, here's a happy update; my bus is running again, on FUEL INJECTION! I haven't made any adjustments to the AFM yet. I need to read and re-read Colin's AFM Adjustment Rap but tonight I am a very happy camper. Thanks again, Colin. Couldn't have done it without ya!
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Post by dtrumbo » Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:53 pm

Welcome to FI! You'll never go back!
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... as it turns out, it was the coil!

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Post by justgimmecoffee » Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:58 pm

Welcome to FI! You'll never go back!
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Re: 55 Minutes Shy . . .

Post by Amskeptic » Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:19 am

At any rate, the Belle Plaine bus is running! I am relieved and happy to hear it. Congratulations! And Thank You to the AFM for putting up with us, Thank You to the CHT for playing along with our bizarre mounting, and Thank You to Belle Plaine for getting his bus running so I can sleep at night now without being plagued with questions . . .

Oh, and his shifter is now tighter and more precise than the BobD. Phooey :blackeye:
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BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 129,490 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 94,225 miles

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Post by BellePlaine » Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:30 am

More photos as promised...

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From now on, not only do I need to stock up on Gumout and Diet Coke, but also bug spray to accommodate the IAC in Minnesota.
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Can you find the Harpoon bottle cap?
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Our shadows were getting long...
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1975 Riviera we call "Spider-Man"

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Post by chitwnvw » Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:52 pm

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You make Colin look like a leprechaun.

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Re: 55 Minutes Shy . . .

Post by dreadnotmusic » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:17 pm

Amskeptic wrote:
Oh, and his shifter is now tighter and more precise than the BobD. Phooey :blackeye:
Colin
WHAT!!!???!!!! I knew we shoulda replaced those bushings on my bus!!!
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Re: 55 Minutes Shy . . .

Post by Amskeptic » Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:15 am

dreadnotmusic wrote:
Amskeptic wrote:
Oh, and his shifter is now tighter and more precise than the BobD. Phooey :blackeye:
Colin
WHAT!!!???!!!! I knew we shoulda replaced those bushings on my bus!!!
Oh dear . . . what have I done? Yours is lovely too.
It's just that his was so terrible to begin with, and so much better when we replaced the coupler, we replaced your coupler too :colors:
BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 129,490 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 94,225 miles

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Re: 55 Minutes Shy . . .

Post by dreadnotmusic » Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:18 am

Amskeptic wrote:
Oh dear . . . what have I done? Yours is lovely too.
Ok....I'm whole again. :cheers:
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