What a great weekend, it needed to this week is gonna be a bugger! First though lemme give you a phrase to live by:
“Aftermarket stuff, Bah Humbug” And to prove it’s not just stuff I run into with the GMC, my mechanic used our modified diagnostic tree used on 40 year old GMC’s to my 20 year old Harley…. and don’t stop reading….. yes, never thought I would and now that it works I’m having a blast in in “ride year round” Florida.
Many of you may remember the malady my good looking 1996 Ulta-Classic had of not starting below 60 degrees….. Can you wrap your head around that? I have been carrying a small space heater in the pie box for 2 years….. If I could find power in 30 minutes with a tarp I could heat the bike up enough that it would start……. just sad!
So Phillip took the challenge and first … as we always do sorting out issues with our GMC’s removed all the aftermarket stuff. Being soooo original there was only 1 “black box” that didn’t come from the Harley Gods…….. This plug-in domaflitcher had some high performance something to do with the fuel injection. Look, it’s a green pig! If it runs and doesn’t stop why do I need “hi performance” anyway. Phillip unplugged this %**^$#@ pain in my life and the bike starts…. when it’s cold…. anywhere, anytime!
So… that’s it, whenever you are stumped and can’t figure something out… take out any super-doper aftermarket thing that’s supposed to make your teeth brighter and women love u and see what happens. I don’t care if it says MSD, Mallory, Edelbrock or whatever…. take it out… go back to basics and you will solve the problem. It works on a 20 year old motorbike and it works on 4 for year Old GMC Motorhome. This ends this tech session!
Moving on, take a look at the bowed out body side molding over the front wheel on Andy T. coach We’re going to solve this “chipmunk cheek” problem today for him….. come back tomorrow and see the outcome. BTW, this is caused by the front plastic cab body opening up because of bad support. Watch tomorrow on how to fix this…
On now to Rosses awesome, low miles coach bringing it back to the road It’s up on the lift (operating table) now after getting a serious body leak sealing, his quad bag system is in BTW, one of the first 5 questions on installing a quad bag rear suspension… Will the original T skirts fit back on? As you can see… yes they do… It’s up on the lift for that, dropping the fuel tanks, replacing the holding tank then we need to do something about all the oils that are dripping out of the drive train.
The coach drove in nice.. except for marking it’s spot at every traffic light! The firs tplan is to drop the trans… have it resealed and freshened up, afterall it is original. Having the trans out we could then lift the motor up high enough to replace the hopelessly leaking oil pan and rear main seal. We decided since it was original to pull the intake to install blockoff plates and replace the timing chain… we know they all stretch for they are a single chain………. We ended up pulling the motor too! Yes and leeme show you why. In the coach, Phillip pulled the carb to make the lifting easier…. the intake has the usual crack between the secondary large ports And hey, isn’t this new phone making nice, sharp pics? Seeing that, Phillip knew the intake was coming off so he pulled it while in the coach…. look at this!!! . There were 2 boxes of Keeblers coockie on the turkey tray and a couple more under it in the valley There is surface rust on the rocker arms and push rods ….. as you can see it’s out now … look Ma… no motor Had to happen Ross… sitting getting those low miles still caused issues…. with the tranny out, it will go to our tranny guy to reseal and give it a once over no metal in the pan but the ATF was really black and think. we may look at the clutches and bands too. We will pull apart the motor for the same thing… a clean up and gasket replacement Like I said, low miles can cause other issues… this drive train will have many years of fun left…. hang in there Ross, we’ve doing our best…. got the big cookies out, now it’s a vaccum andoil flush for the engine valley…
Today, I’m taking “Fandango’s Zip Dee awning hardware to the powder coaters… Yeah, e’re powder coating the Zip Dee aning….. never seen THAT one! I’m also heading to Deland to pick up a stretch to tighten up for the trip home to NY. Oh Boy, I get some seat time!!!!! Can’t wait. Hey Nelson, wanna go? I’ll be on the cell phone if you need me… if not we’ll talk tomorrow….