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akamcfly
akamcfly Dork
5/20/18 4:51 p.m.
Toyman01
Toyman01 MegaDork
5/20/18 7:25 p.m.

In reply to akamcfly :

I'd love to have one. They aren't cheap. 

 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
5/20/18 7:36 p.m.

I grew up with an ammonia fridge in our deer camp. I loved lighting the burner to keep things cold. One of the things that kept me curious.

akamcfly
akamcfly Dork
5/21/18 6:02 a.m.
Toyman01 said:

In reply to akamcfly :

I'd love to have one. They aren't cheap. 

 

There are diy construction videos on youtube...  Also wondering if they're rentable. 

Then again, you may have no trouble. I would also like one, but I'm not doing enough stuff like this right now and for a while. House stuff mostly, and I'm ok with that. :)

Toyman01
Toyman01 MegaDork
5/21/18 6:58 a.m.

In reply to akamcfly :

I've seen the DIY stuff. 

And it's definitely going to be a problem. I worked on it for a hour Sunday afternoon and nothing broke loose. I've soaked everything PB and I'll be working on it over the next few days to see if I can get them out without breaking the bolts. The new manifold won't be in until Wednesday. 

akamcfly
akamcfly Dork
5/21/18 7:42 a.m.
Toyman01 said:

In reply to akamcfly :

I've soaked everything PB... 

My conspiracy assertion (not a fully formed theory) is that all penetrating oils are a a means for "big oil" to have us dispose of their refuse. They don't do anything beyond making seized parts into oily seized parts.

wvumtnbkr
wvumtnbkr UltraDork
5/21/18 10:15 a.m.
akamcfly said:
Toyman01 said:

In reply to akamcfly :

I've soaked everything PB... 

My conspiracy assertion (not a fully formed theory) is that all penetrating oils are a a means for "big oil" to have us dispose of their refuse. They don't do anything beyond making seized parts into oily seized parts.

The only one I have ever had success with is Kroil.  That stuff usually works.

Apexcarver
Apexcarver PowerDork
5/21/18 11:08 a.m.
Toyman01 said:

In reply to akamcfly :

I'd love to have one. They aren't cheap. 

 

Hmm, amazon prime has them at $375

pleiades
pleiades New Reader
5/21/18 11:11 a.m.

Soak them and run the engine to heat cycle it. I once had to remove the original exhaust manifolds from a '66 Mustang 289. This was around 2001, so they'd been on for 35 years and looked very angry. One side had completely cracked in half. I soaked all the bolts in PB Blaster for a week, and would occasionally start it to heat cycle it. I went slow and didn't break a single bolt. You can also turn them clockwise a little bit to help them break tension if they're really stuck.

Toyman01
Toyman01 MegaDork
5/21/18 7:16 p.m.

Heat cycled today after soaking most of yesterday and today. One bolt loose, one snapped. These are some of the softest bolts I've seen.

I'm stopping and this will wait until after this weekends trip to the track. Everything is tightened up and the broken bolt replaced with a c-clamp. I don't want to be trying to drill bolts out Thursday night so I can hit the road Friday. Better a cracked manifold rather than no manifold. 

NOHOME
NOHOME UltimaDork
5/21/18 7:44 p.m.

I just did the 50-50 ATF and Acetone thing yesterday and it worked a charm. Why that stuff is not sold pre-mixed I cant figure out.

 

Pete

Toyman01
Toyman01 MegaDork
5/28/18 7:54 p.m.

Trip number 2 is done. It wasn't quite as trouble free as the first, but at least all the issues happened in the yard before we left.

This was another trip to the track for a SCCA TT event. My wife and 18 yo son were driving in it and we were going to camp at the track again. 

The new fridge worked perfectly. The plan was to run it off of an inverter while under way. That plan ended in a rather stinky cloud of smoke as my inverter promptly went up in smoke Friday afternoon. Not the end of the world since I had a hitch carrier and could just run one of the generators that was sitting on it. 

I had started SanFord to warm it up. While I was factoring on the refrigerator/inverter/generator situation, the main engine coughed a couple of times. Just as I was walking up to the front to check the gauges, it shut down.  We went from ready to pull out of the yard on a 2.5 hour drive, to crank no start. surprise 

I had just gone through the ignition and put a electronic ignition kit in it, so my first guess was carb or fuel. I pulled the breather and had my youngest son pump the throttle. It was getting plenty of fuel. So I pulled a plug wire and had him spin the engine over to check for spark, and it started on 7 cylinders. It was running, but poorly. While I was checking things, it shut down again. No spark. Something was getting hot and failing. At this point I'm thinking coil or the electronic ignition module, so I sent my daughter to the FLAPS for a coil, points, condenser and resister and started pulling the coil. Low and behold, I found a broken connector on the positive lead between the coil and the resistor. I swapped in the new coil, threw the rest of the parts in a cabinet and we hit the road much later than I had planned. 

There have been comments made about the quality of the headlights on SanFord before. It turns out the voltage regulator was dumping 16 volts to them. I've since replaced it and the headlights aren't bad but they aren't as bright as they were. The set of Hellas certainly do help. No complaints in that department.  

Another small issue was the wipers. I replace the arm and blade on the wiper and while not great it was adequate on the way up for the shower we encountered. This morning we woke up to the remnants of a tropical depression moving across the Southeast. Lots of rain. As we were pulling out from the track, I turned the wipers on and it didn't move. Turns out the brand new arm had failed spectacularly. No way to fix it, no luck tracking down another. It doesn't matter how much RainX you have when the windshield is vertical.  Driving home without wipers sucked hard. Wipers are going to the top of the list. 

The rain also found a new leaks. Notably the window at the foot of the bed. At about 3am this morning I woke up to wet feet. I'll have to figure that out pretty quickly. It was probably caused by the canopy that was set up next to the bus. It was directing water onto that window and was more than the gasket could stand. 

All in, another great trip. Looking forward to the next one. 

Ford52PU
Ford52PU New Reader
6/1/18 6:41 p.m.

Bus looks real good. Glad your using and enjoying it and working out the bugs along the way.

Ford52PU
Ford52PU New Reader
5/23/19 11:08 a.m.

Wow its been a year, what ever happened to this great Bus restoration?

Daylan C
Daylan C UltraDork
5/23/19 11:21 a.m.

In reply to Ford52PU :

Back burner with the fairly recent acquisition of a newer and way closer ready to use RV last I saw.

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