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RE: 64 Thunderbolt, are you there?

Lanerd, Bought the car without motor/trans/hood, never saw the 427 it had. Put a 289 in it. Was registered and street legal in CA. Yep, it was the real deal.
gandude 11/18/14 08:00pm Tech Issues
RE: 64 Thunderbolt, are you there?

I was going to city college in auto shop when a fellow student driving a Toyota Corona cut off an instructor in a thunderbird. I couldn't stop fast enough and rear-ended the Thunderbird. Almost no damage to her car but it totaled mine. Only accident I was ever in. It needed a new motor when I got it. I put a 289 in it with a toploader. The body was immaculate before the accident. Front end parts weren't the same as standard Fairlane so I junked it at a Richmond (Gertrude) wrecking yard. Sold misc parts off it and recouped what I paid. Back when I had it, these cars were considered ugly and nobody wanted them. Things have changed though, and now it's a collector item. To think of the cars we had back then - friends had a 57 Bel-Air, a 66 Malibu, a 68 GTO, Cameros, Mustangs,. We bought them for just a few dollars and sold for the same. ...now look. My current project is a 63 Valiant convertible.
gandude 11/16/14 01:06pm Tech Issues
RE: 64 Thunderbolt, are you there?

Thanks Old-Biscuit!
gandude 11/16/14 12:17am Tech Issues
64 Thunderbolt, are you there?

PM'ed
gandude 11/15/14 11:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Loud Onan 4K Genny

Wow, camp on Onan day! Ours is quiet. I think installation has a lot to do with noise along with tuning as a previous poster mentioned. The microwave is louder when running inside the trailer than the generator. Our Onan was there for us when I remodeled the house kitchen and during power failures. Guess I'm lazy as toting portables around is not our cup of tea, along with refilling gas and gas cans. The Onan has its quirks, but we have adjusted for them. It probably could be better, but we are happy the way it is. My big noise complaint is the damn blower for the heater. That thing is loud!
gandude 11/15/14 11:04pm Tech Issues
RE: new battery maintain system - and cheap charger-

I don't think you got "suckered" into buying them. AFAIC they are perfect for the intended purpose. The $5-6 HF maintainers don't charge and are 'dumb'. This one does and is smart. How could any 1-2 amp charger be a 3 stage? This charger @1.2 amps could do absorbtion and float but how would it do bulk at this output? That being said, it sure alters voltages and clicks a lot while doing it's job. I am thrilled to death with these things, and reached battery nirvana! ...at least for now.
gandude 11/12/14 05:04pm Tech Issues
RE: new battery maintain system - and cheap charger-

The charger seems to try to keep the battery at 13.2v after it is charged up. It has relays that click during operation. These maintainers are a lot different than the HF maintainers that were hooked-up before. If consistency is a good thing, these maintainers have it in spades. Every maintainer is between 13.18 and 13.21 volts with all 8 batteries fully charged and when the relay clicks, assuming in the charge state. I found out they are made by the same company that made Vector chargers and inverters, both of which have blown out on me. The post above said Black&Decker and Stanley are one, Black and Decker bought Vector in 2006 here. If you are a HAM, unplug these maintainers. They are incredibly noisy.
gandude 11/06/14 09:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Update on Chinese tire performance

I don't know what the tire weight #'s mean in the reply above. What I can say is most of the time the tailer is at or near the limit as it holds 2 quads and 1 or 2 motorcycles on a trip + water and gas in the station. It weighs in around 9-10K lbs. More than half of our trips are in >100 degree temps too. Just trying to give an honest, unbiased, long term review. The tires have been good. No complaints.
gandude 11/03/14 01:39pm Tech Issues
Update on Chinese tire performance

We have 1 more camping trip planned for this year then it will be 4 years with these "china bombs". ...knock on wood! Few posters give true long term reports on equipment they try so I thought a report for the china bombs would be informative. The original post on the subject is here. The tires will be 4 years old and the only issue was bad valve stems in the 1st year. They were replaced w/metal ones. Didn't keep track of miles on the road, but we do 7 or 8 trips a year and the tread is still serviceable. My guess is about 15K miles on them.
gandude 11/03/14 07:32am Tech Issues
new battery maintain system - and cheap charger-

Those cheap HF battery maintainers have worked good for 3 years now, but one failed and a battery was low on electrolyte. I decided to see what was new out there and found a deal at Lowes. It's a charger maintainer, here, for $11. Don't know if they are any good but we shall see. This is the setup; http://i.imgur.com/4NlXuDJl.jpg
gandude 11/02/14 08:55pm Tech Issues
RE: What is this? it may be RV related, you never know!

We don't think it's water. back in the day, the area had city water but no sewers or gas. We did (and still do) have canal water supplied by the Bureau of Reclamation that can be used for irrigation. I guess the object could be used for that. The top is fixed. It does not rotate or pull. I feel an opening under the top, on the pipe like it would be for venting.
gandude 10/25/14 09:47am Tech Issues
RE: What is this? it may be RV related, you never know!

Biscuit, Are you serious? Is it to delineate a boundary?
gandude 10/25/14 12:16am Tech Issues
What is this? it may be RV related, you never know!

Remember that show where they show you an odd thing and a panel of people try to guess what it is? My neighbor is putting in a new driveway and this pipe/head/vent/whatchamacallit is in a recessed box with a heavy metal plate covering it. It appears to be a 2-3" pipe with a cap perhaps vent head on it. Our houses are built in the late 40's. Perhaps an old-timer will know this one. It appears to have "buckeye day on o 932" cast into it. Thanks for looking! http://i.imgur.com/jeEpKmdl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/yu0r0E4l.jpg
gandude 10/25/14 12:04am Tech Issues
RE: warped brake roters

Quick change from hot to cold. I go through rotors on my work van frequently. Heavy braking on a warm day then driving through a 8" deep water puddle. Happens almost instantly. ...pulsing brakes. The cure? spend more money on rotors made w/nodular iron rather than grey iron. For me, I will continue to just replace my $15 rotors.
gandude 09/11/14 02:28pm Tech Issues
Home Depot has a battery for Dodge Cummins, group 65 Exide

I guess Home Depot sells automotive batteries now. They have Exide group 65 for $89 on sale. I needed 2 batteries and the next closest price found was $99 at Sams. The Exide has 40 month free replacement warranty. The Home Depot I visited had a complete line of batteries from Exide but only the group 65 was on sale. Home Depot Exide group 65 battery
gandude 09/01/14 12:05am Tow Vehicles
Found this generator at Home Depot. "deal of the day"

It has an RV socket. HD generator -Glen
gandude 08/11/14 11:15am Tech Issues
Companies That Stand Behind Their Products

In 2006 I bought a Bed-Rug bed liner for my new Dodge. I like it because it's good on my knees and is attractive. Now, I really like it because UV has attacked the material and to my surprise the company is going to replace it. They even paid for shipping of the old one back to them. It has a lifetime warranty and they honor it. I have no affiliation with Bed-Rug. What other companies have you had good experience with that honor warranties? My experience has not been very good in this area most of the time.
gandude 07/04/14 02:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: BLOWOUT! Need opinions TPMS System for Toy Haulers

What happened to the time a fellow motorist would pull up next to you and flag you over? People don't that anymore. I stopped a gal that had no brake lights to let her know, and she was aggravated and confrontational about it. Not too long ago, a fellow motorist was the best TPS.
gandude 02/19/14 04:49pm Toy Haulers
RE: Compression ignition Gas Engine

LOL, Nayan Engineer (yes, that’s really his last name), a powertrain engineer with Hyundai. Nayan Engineer, engine engineer.
gandude 02/06/14 06:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Helping

I mean no disrespect to the OP or anyone here, but I was told by a professional generator guy that the carb on my Onan could not be rebuilt. ... it is sometimes wise to say "the emperor has no clothes". On this site a professional welder advised me not to weld potmetal, after a few tries on scrap, I welded it just fine. The proper answer would have been from the pro, 'make sure the wind blows the vapor away from you and try Mig on scrap a few times w/co2, no flux wire. (and any other tips that could help) IDK, maybe liability issues get in the way? I digress.
gandude 02/05/14 05:15pm Tech Issues
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