Itinerant Air-Cooled Greetings From Arkansas

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Itinerant Air-Cooled Greetings From Arkansas

Post by Amskeptic » Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:44 pm

It has been a muggy rainy-then-sunny humid sticky buggy hot sweltering faltering couple of days since I left Indiana. Last night was an especially wonderful example of Southern Summer Hospitality extended by a swarm of mosquitoes at around 2:00AM. Just as I would almost drift off to sleep, one of the little kamakazi bombers would dive around my ear, bolting me awake. Then the whine would cease, and I had to guess where the next bite would make itself felt. Back of the leg! Then I would doze off a bit and whine would come whizzing back then stop. . . . Ankle! Doze off. . . Elbow! neck, neck! At around 4:00AM or so, it was sufficiently cool to lightly cover up with a tent of ankle again! terrycloth towel and I got to nap arm! until 7:00AM when solar radiation increased the temperature to You Better Wake Up or Die.
Found out why the mosquitoes were so sadistic, too. . . several thousand of their closest relatives were dead dead dead on the front of the bus.

Pulled the rocker arms off and re-torqued the cylinder head nuts along the bottoms of the cylinders, all were actually pretty good. Adjusted the valves to .007 exhaust and .0065 intakes, they WILL close as the sealing rings bed in. Underside of engine is dry dry dry, paint on exhaust system is nicely cured. Did we really tear this engine down and rebuild it two days ago?

Watched a gnarled old woman fight with the big magnet pole that changes the gas prices on the sign outside the Citgo Itinerant Air-Cooled Campground. Prices probably going up, I grumbled to myself, but nope, down 2 cents each grade. . . .

Hit the road with the access lid propped open so I could hear "stuff" and got tangled with a truck race on I-30. To get clear of these road cowboys I briefly brought the car up to 77 mph, sounds nicely glued together back there. What a pleasure it is to hear only mild reciprocating sounds and valve clatter at idle now. . . YES. . . shoulda woulda coulda done it long ago. I am a new adherent of tight endplay .003/.004 at most.

Somewhere in Texas, I am going to install the Febi centerpin kit. I hope it helps, because this steering is vague with the latest Meyle kit bobbing the center tie rods at less than 1,000 miles. I look forward to diminishing humidity as I head west, away from the Atlantic Moisture Machine.
ColinSticky
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

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Re: Itinerant Air-Cooled Greetings From Arkansas

Post by zblair » Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:52 pm

Amskeptic wrote: Somewhere in Texas, I am going to install the Febi centerpin kit. I hope it helps, because this steering is vague with the latest Meyle kit bobbing the center tie rods at less than 1,000 miles. I look forward to diminishing humidity as I head west, away from the Atlantic Moisture Machine.
ColinSticky
My vote is for our place in Austin, but as far as less sticky/muggy, unless you bring with you *the blast of hell frozen over because Colin is here weather* it's gonna be more of the same I am afraid. At least early mornings are still cool which is unusual for summer here.
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Post by Amskeptic » Fri Jul 20, 2007 3:20 pm

zblair wrote:
Amskeptic wrote: Somewhere in Texas, I am going to install the Febi centerpin kit.
My vote is for our place in Austin, but as far as less sticky/muggy, unless you bring with you *the blast of hell frozen over because Colin is here weather* it's gonna be more of the same I am afraid. At least early mornings are still cool which is unusual for summer here.
I have a can of Rochester 43* and drizzly tucked away somewhere. . .
You guyz figure out what we're going to do. If you need to replace the bell housing crossshaft to get your clutch back, we can wrastle with it.
And I want to drive Phred with Phred's new engine. . .
Colin
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

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Re: Itinerant Air-Cooled Greetings From Arkansas

Post by zblair » Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:34 pm

Amskeptic wrote:I have a can of Rochester 43* and drizzly tucked away somewhere. . .You guyz figure out what we're going to do. If you need to replace the bell housing crossshaft to get your clutch back, we can wrastle with it. And I want to drive Phred with Phred's new engine. . .
Colin
43* we could do, drizzly we DO NOT need. It's supposed to flash flood here all weekend and right now through Monday. The way the weather has been, if it does stop raining Monday and doesn't rain Tuesday, Tuesday morning will be a lovely breezy surprise. Since you're 3 for 3 with fucked up Austin weather though, I wouldn't bet the rent on it.

What you and J do is between you and J. He said "it depends upon what success he has this weekend" to decide what to do, probably after speaking with you. As for me? I've got a left over party favor I saved from my birthday last week especially for the convo you and I will probably have until the wee hours of the morning.

Speaking of which, Jeff has off Tuesday and Wednesday so if you wanna work on your ride J could be here to be your tool bitch, or whatever. As long as he's in bed with me on Wednesday (in one piece) I'll be a happy woman :cyclopsani:
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1986 300ZX "MC-Z"
2009 Prius "Amesan"

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