unimogjohn

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JOhn- Are you going to wear the goggles under the mask?  I have had trouble with media getting behind my mask too and sticking to my glasses when I am sweating.  Never thought of doubling up where the side shields on the goggles would help.

 

I got my Stude mag back Thursday, nice surprise before I leave for Florida.  Now I can inspect it more throughly and think about working on it myself or find another mag guy.

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I forgot to mention I use a 3m full face respirator for painting and grinding that has a glass window with tare offs so as not to inhale the dust.

Al 

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Happy Valentines Day.  As a result, I did nothing of importance in the garage today.  Very cold, it was 8 degrees this morning and only made it to 21 degrees.  Now we are waiting for another winter storm that is going to last about 36 hours.  Maybe 6 or more inches of snow/sleet before it changes over to rain on Tuesday.  Good news is that it will  be 60 degrees on the upcoming weekend.  Yahoo!

 

While in the new garage this morning I was surprised to hear the heat pump fan come on rather than the propane side of the unit.  It was 17 degrees outside.  The heat pump was able to maintain the 45 degrees set for the garage.  I think that the heat pump working at this low of temperature is fantastic.   

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John, I'm seeing about 30 degrees is what a heat pump will do, whatever outside temp is add 30 and it should maintain that...that's how the split unit in my garage is acting....when the weather clears will get to Greg's and get your curtains back to you, they ended up in the back off his Dodge touring!

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It is Saturday, mid afternoon and it is Spring, 66 degrees.  Tomorrow is going to be the same and then back into cold for a week.  But this is a real nice retreat from the cold and snow of two weeks ago.  We still have lots of snow in the pastures and the drifts are still about four feet tall.  It is going to take a few days to melt them down.  

 

But I actually did some car stuff today.  Pulled the Avanti out and took her for a spin around the neighborhood, maybe six miles or so.  Then with the 2 post lift open, I pulled in the Suburban to change oil and lube the front end.  The lift raised it easily and I was so glad that it did.  The lift has a 9,000 lb capacity and the Suburban is a hefty 6,000.  I really check the pad positions and balance of the truck when I got the wheels off the ground about two feet.  Everything looked good, so I took her up to about four feet and tested it again, and then I went all the way up.  So much easier changing the oil and lubing it up.  Everything looked good, but the frame and some components are rusty.  Going to spend a few hours putting on Eastwood's rust encapsulator paint to slow the rust down.  I also have one rubber boot on the steering linkage has a split in it.  Will have to get one and replace it.  Other than that, everything looked good.

 

I did have a check engine light come on yesterday.  Read the code and it indicates a knock sensor is out of range.  Seems that the two sensors are prone to failing due to water intrusion.  Looked at a couple of YouTube videos on replacing them.  You have to remove the intake and fuel rails to get to them.  Looks to be a good day job, but not too complicated.  I cleared the code and will wait to see if it throws it again before I do any repair.  

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It is Sunday, February 21st, PM.  Chris, I guess I have been lazy, the old girl is still sitting in the garage, mocking me.  

 

But Greg has sent us a report.  But he did leave his car sitting for thirty years before working on it again.  

 

Here is Greg's report.  

 

"Still here and hunkered down for the winter,  but this weekend has been the first hint that the cold weather may be crowded out by  a welcome early Spring.   It was nice enough to do some outside work.   No, not yard work.

 

The '10  Overland seat platform had been repaired,  re-glued and re-skinned about thirty years ago and back burnered.    Storage and Mother Nature haven't been kind to it,   the new steel showing surface rusting even though I'd epoxy primered it.   Guess I didn't pile it on heavy enough.

   

With yesterday's temperature in the sixties ,  I hauled out the platform and sandblaster.   Now,  after shooting four bags of play sand at it and prepping the steel,   it has been re-coated with epoxy.  I've ordered some Smith's Penetrating epoxy  which should be in this week.   That will allow me to soak and seal the wood.   

     

This weekend has been a big step in readying the body for the front and back seats,  then repair and fitting of the back doors.

         

Lesson learned this weekend:    Sandblasting isn't the fun it used to be."

  

 

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Monday, February 22nd, PM.  Made it to 53 degrees so at least we had some more snow melt.  But it felt a bit cool to be working in the garage.  But I decided to see if I could do a temporary repair on the 2003 Suburban driver's leather seat.  They do make a replacement leather cover, but it is about $200 and you have to remove the seat to put it on.  So that is going to have to wait.  Decided that I would use 3M leather glue and attach the two split ends back together.  I also put a reinforcement under the leather to help with some additional strengthening.  I used a sharp cutter to peel the leather from the seat so I could get the reinforcement in.  I put glue on the cut and on the reinforcement tape and then pressed everything together with a couple of clamps.  I will probably not look great, but anything is better than allowing the cut to become longer.  Here are some pics.  

 

Oh, forgot.  I did order a tie rod end for the Suburban yesterday.  Will be here by Friday.  $12 shipped to my door from a Ebay seller.  We will judge the quality when it gets here, but cannot beat the price.  

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OK, John, since you're doing upholstery work, will need to see your trimmer's license next visit!

 

If you ever do want to take the seat out, I could help you put a new cover on it.  The replacement covers are a good deal.....and not bad to put on, they rarely use hog rings any more, it's all sewn in plastic strips that snap into retainers to hold the cover in place...

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Nice video John - pretty easy to spin those rear tires when they're bias ply! 

 

After seeing that video my mind is going, "Must. Drive. Avanti. Soon."

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Chris, I never did put my Avanti up for the winter this year.  Been driving it every week or so, except when we got the big snow.  Get her out of the storage shed, and remember it does have a heater.

 

I did rip into the ignition switch of the Trailblazer to see if I had somehow got it installed wrong.  Nope, installed correctly, but still no starter or ignition.  So off to the dealer it goes in a couple of days.  Just have to make the appointment and call Allstate Towing.  Only took fifteen minutes from start to finish on removing and installing the switch.  I am getting real good at it.

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re: the Trailblazer - it's possibly a broken wire somewhere in the steering column. that happened to my '99 Firebird i had a few years ago. other than a bad switch, that seems to be the second causal factor in that era of GM, the no start problem after "the usual" is ruled out. it's a pita to find/fix that and i had another car project i was working on. i had her towed to a trusted local service garage that fixed it. the cost was around $350 (in 2012) - mainly in labor charges.-

 

hope this helps...

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Kerry, thanks for the info.  After more research and re-reading the official repair manual, it seems that the neutral safety switch turns off everything, the starter, fuel pump and PCM.  So decided for $34 it was worth a shot to replace the switch.  It is on order and will put the Trailblazer back on the lift to replace it.  It is on the side of the transmission, only a couple of bolts, but you do have to remove the front driveline to get access to it.  Stay tuned.  

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Are you sure? That the neutral safety switch is turning off the starter motor if the lever is not in P or N is logical; I don't see when this switch is turning off the fuel pump and PCM. However, you have the shop manual, I don't!

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Roger, yes, the switch runs all the ignition and starter functions.  According to the manual it has a series of hot contacts that switch on and off depending on the position of the gear selection of the shifter on the console.  There is also a TSB (technical service bulletin) from Chevrolet indicating that the ground should be checked.  Odd, they do not say where the ground is.  

 

Wednesday, February 24th, early PM.  Waiting for another big storm that is suppose to hit us this afternoon.  High winds, lots of rain, thunder and lightning, and maybe a tornado.  This is the same storm system that went through the southern states yesterday that caused so much damage.  Hopefully, it will be weaker when it gets to us.  So I spent the morning cleaning out the gutters.

 

And then I decided to attempt to mount the front tire on the little garden tractor.  Used a long bolt in my vise to hold the tire while I used hand tools to get the old one off and the new one on.  That was a tough little bugger, not easy by any means.  But I am stuck.  The tire is compressed in the middle and I cannot get it to seat even with my new bead seater air tool.  Guess I will have to take it to the shop.

 

I also received the new tie rod end for the Suburban.  Looks of good quality.  I will put it on tomorrow.

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Chris, I never did put my Avanti up for the winter this year.  Been driving it every week or so, except when we got the big snow.  Get her out of the storage shed, and remember it does have a heater.

 

I did rip into the ignition switch of the Trailblazer to see if I had somehow got it installed wrong.  Nope, installed correctly, but still no starter or ignition.  So off to the dealer it goes in a couple of days.  Just have to make the appointment and call Allstate Towing.  Only took fifteen minutes from start to finish on removing and installing the switch.  I am getting real good at it.

Oh, I've been driving the old rocket - last time was a couple of weeks ago and I was on tap to drive her again on Sunday but of course the rain came through. And yes, the heater works great!

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Thursday PM, February 25th.  A few snow flakes this morning; and a cat up on the roof.  I left the ladder up  after cleaning the gutters before the storm.  Bella decided to go for a climb, and then Alice went up for the rescue.

 

Crisis averted, I then retreated to the garage.  Put the new tie rod on the Suburban.  Really a pretty easy job.  The bearing was pretty toasted, glad that I replaced it.  the tapered stud end actually just fell out, did not have to bang on it or use a puller.  Here are some pics.

 

Ordered another tie rod and going to do the other side.  Probably just as bad as this one was.

 

 

 

 

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Still Thursday.  Had a bit of time so moved out the Trailblazer to the outside front of the garage and then lowered the Jaguar down to the floor as it was on the four post lift.  The battery was low so charged it up.  The old cat started right up.  Then decided to replace the fender mirrors when the ones I got off of Ebay.  The are repo, but of good quality.  Got them on and they look great.  Keeping the old ones as spares for the next owner.  

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Thanks Bill, I am sure that someday I might try it.  But I went down to my favorite tire store, and they filled the tire for free.  Could not pass on the deal.

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And we just received the official word that the Jaguar has been accepted to participate in the Kiawah Island, South Carolina, Concours.  This is probably be our first and only concours.  We are certainly not expecting an award, but just to be invited is an honor in itself.  

 

Here is the link to the event.  If anyone is in the area, please do come and see us on April 17th. http://kiawahislandmotoringretreat.com/ 

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Saturday, AM and only 23 degrees, we are back in the deep freeze, but it is going to warm up and by Monday it will be over 60 degrees.

 

Yesterday I receive the neutral/park safety switch for the Trailblazer.  Here are pics.  Plan on putting it in the Trailblazer early next week to see if that cures my no crank, no start problem.  It is a sealed and weather proofed unit.  Even the contacts bases have been sealed. 

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It's Tuesday, and we had to head out to vote this morning, then to breakfast.  What a treat, I-HOP forever.  

 

Then back to the farm.  Spent the day working on farms stuff for the most part.  I picked up a smallish chipper from a neighbor for free if I could get it going.  It had not been started for many years, but I thought what the heck.  Fresh gas, a couple of pulls, nothing.  Put a little fuel in the cylinder via the spark plug hole, pulled the rope, and she roared to life.  Could not believe it.  Let her run a bit and let it get warm to clear out all the mouse nests from inside the chipper.  Then we tried a couple of branches, worked, but not great.  Checked the chipper blades and they were almost flat.  So I ordered a couple of new ones.  Another machine for the farm.  

 

Oh, the serial number tag says it was made in 1982.  It has a Briggs and Stratton 5 HP engine.

 

Moved the Trailblazer back onto the 2 post lift.  Found another ground that is really crusty, and could not get it out with vice grips and lots of penetrating fluid.  Going to attempt to remove it again tomorrow and clean it up, before I change out the safety neutral switch.  Speaking of the switch, I do have to remove the front drive shaft to get to it.  And of course, everything is pretty crusty so will have to take my time as not to break anything.

 

Started the Jag and moved her into the sun and let it warm up.  And took the Avanti out for a short run too.  So it was kinda car day in the country.

 

And it was 68 degrees today, snow on Thursday and Friday.  It's March 1st.  Typical weather for us in Virginia.

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