It did make me feel a bit better after such a crazy week that the view numbers here on the daily pose spiked considerably… thanks guys for recognizing us squirrels around here are really spinning that treadwheel!
Not without issues…. you know after watching folks driving these machines as long as I have it seems that the “shakedown cruise” with deeply restored coaches seems to always show something. I mean the ship builders don’t do the “shakedown”… the crew does and they both work together to keep the ship from sinking. To show you how bad the water is in the Ethanol gas, Ron filled up a carb filter in less than a tank full of fuel! Whaaaaatttt???? Yes, totally cleaned and pressure tested fuel tanks as a part of a major restoration with @ 1/4 tank of fuel to move it around the shop… the inside of the tanks grew enough surface rust to clog his carb filter! Ain’t that a kick in the shorts? He brought it back, we drained the tanks, changed all of his filters and I made sure he had several carb filters and the 2 wrenches you need to change them. To look into fixing it better, I have a line on an in line 5 micron canister filter/ water separator I may start installing as SOP. This Ethanol crap is here to stay or at least we need to prepare ourselves even more from the bad effects of this stuff….. What can I say…. it’s a problem.
So after the trauma of finding the issues and get Ron and his sons back on the road fast…. I’m ready for this weekend for sure!
I guess I have to face the fact that I’m just one of those messy desk kinda guys this week especially…. I tell ya, keeping up with all that’s happening around here I’m all over the place and my desk is suffering….
aND WHILE WE’RE ON MEANINGLESS JIVE….. IF YOU ARE A Harley GUY… OR GAL, READ THE UPCOMING BLUE PRINT, IF NOT YOU MAY WANNA PASS IT OVER… I’ll also be sure to keep the cap lock off!
OK you biker types… I have a question to pose, see not only do I have to discover long lost mysteries and black holes that seem to defy the laws of gravity…. whenever you mess with old vehicles you must set your mind to expect to find stuff you just can’t get your head around. OK, I never was a “Harley” type though I’ve had motorcycles of all types. Heck right now I am attempting to keep 3 different ones on the road! If this case I’m having a perplexing issue with this 1996 Harley “Ultra Classic”. It’s an Evo motor with the first year fuel injection Harley tried. After getting this thing I find out this new set up was not one of HD’s finest moments. In fact I’ve read on the internet many just yank it off and put on a carb. Now having to do with a GMC … I would totallt agree. Up to now, I feel FI for a 455 Olds motor may not be the best choice… maybe in the future but… whatever but in the case of this neat looking pig, I;’d kinda like to keep it as original as it’s been kept these past 20 years .
So reading this far you’d say what’s your beef? OK, here it is, here is a pic of the bike at my house the other day. As you can see it’s dark outside… I get out early… but the bike doesn’t like that…. last winter any temp below 56 defrees F. the *&^%$#@#%^& thing would not start. Let the sun get up and warm things a bit a boom, it runs but cold starts? Forget about it! That last pic shows a packing blanket covering a space heater warming up the motor. Give it 15 min. of this and boom… it runds and is fins all day! Now the bike DID come from Miami and it does have a lightning box and “Bub” header plugs but that’s it. It’s a bone stock 2 lunger, fuel infected… and it hates the cold! So what’s up with this guys? I carry a small space heater in the piebox …. just in case. This can’t be normal, I have no experience on these beasts……. I can work on my 1975 GL1000 street bike Heck, I’ve got that thing running on a 32P VW Solex 1 bbl. carb . But this Harley —- NO WAY. Just like I explain about the GMC… if you have never messed with them you may want to ask for help… I’m asking for help with this green pig. What say ye…
So now back to the GMC world for us all now…. Here is a newly purchased coach that was purchased by Andy T. who happens to live in Switzerland. Hey, who SAYS you live too far away to bring us your coach? Already a nice coach, we’ll be painting it silver….. Andy T. and his family will holiday with the coach here in the US for the next couple of years then ship it back to the home country where it will be an unbelievable machine in Switzerland! A great idea…. think if you could have a GMC waiting for you flying into the Swiss alps….
Theoretically several of the guys said they would be coming in… after last week that shows their dedication… wait, lets see if any come in before I say that. We’re hot-n-heavy on Bill D. 23′ coach trim out now so stay tuned for that. His rear suspension is going in now with the bathroom and interior finish underway. This will be the next delivery so stay tuned for more on it.
Gotta go, I’m burning up a Saturday…. see ya tomorrow…..