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Old 03-04-2021, 06:37 PM   #1081
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The border still closed both ways for non essential traffic till at least the end of March. Any one returning that has been away for the winter has to have a cvoid test 72 hours prior to crossing at their expense then test at the border again. Then quarantine for 14 days at your residence.

We haven't got our shots yet they are supposed to be starting for our age group in the next 2 weeks.

Hoping the borders are open by summer
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Old 03-13-2021, 08:41 AM   #1082
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Hail to the lord of the universe! What a month it has been. It started with my very hard to get first vaccine shot, followed by left hand carpal tunnel surgery, followed by an unprecedented deep-freeze, followed by my second vaccine shot, followed my major lumbar spine surgery. Now I am recovering and starting physical therapy next week.
Oh and I forgot at the very start of this Rob and Joni arrived with a flock of red Cardinals, dragging that major cold system all the way down here.

all they accomplished during their stay is have the entire coach polished and have their entire brake system rebuilt, lame
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Old 03-13-2021, 10:06 AM   #1083
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So what you're saying Peter is life in Texas isn't boring.....

I'm glad to hear you've joined the vaccinated club I got my second shot this past Tuesday.

I hope the rest of you is mending well.


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Feel better Peter... now the Cardinals have left you!
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Old 03-14-2021, 02:24 PM   #1085
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Hail to the lord of the universe! What a month it has been. It started with my very hard to get first vaccine shot, followed by left hand carpal tunnel surgery, followed by an unprecedented deep-freeze, followed by my second vaccine shot, followed my major lumbar spine surgery. Now I am recovering and starting physical therapy next week.
Oh and I forgot at the very start of this Rob and Joni arrived with a flock of red Cardinals, dragging that major cold system all the way down here.

all they accomplished during their stay is have the entire coach polished and have their entire brake system rebuilt, lame
Glad you're on the mend Peter!

Just came down 5 miles of 6% grade with zero white knuckles, and checked into a campground with a 10-year rule, all rigs must be 2009 or newer. The owner asked if she could have permission to come by later and take some pictures of the rig for their website.

So I guess both of those projects were successful, hope your recovery goes as well as the airstream projects did!
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Old 03-21-2021, 06:06 PM   #1086
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Sooo, sometime in between my 2 surgeries and 2 covid shots, I replaced the distributor to complete my "hard start at cold" issue.Typically, I will test drive right after a replacement like that, but was too pre occupied with health issues and was content with that it fired right up. I even looked up the timing and set it accordingly (4 BTC, use #5 on the lower marks, easy does it...)
Now, a month later, able to move around, I decided to take her on a big spin.
It didn't go too well, just around the corner, I started to backfire and stall upon acceleration. I pulled her back in the driveway and turned the engine off and lo and behold, it would not start again.

Hard to believe, but another Ignition control module just bit the dust. I replaced it with one i knew was good and it fired right up, YEAH. But another test drive revealed the same backfire issue.
Thanks to our local big guns, Brad and Chris, I was made aware off the fact that I didn't read the fine print. (disconnect the tan/blk wire to put the Electronic Spark Timing in Bypass mode.)
Oh boy, was the timing off.
Thank you Brad and Chris, I now humbly go in my corner.
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Old 03-21-2021, 07:54 PM   #1087
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Hey Peter, I prefer to call it a "learning curve".
There is not one of us that haven't gone through similar stuff!!
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Old 03-22-2021, 08:28 AM   #1088
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Sooo, sometime in between my 2 surgeries and 2 covid shots, I replaced the distributor to complete my "hard start at cold" issue.Typically, I will test drive right after a replacement like that, but was too pre occupied with health issues and was content with that it fired right up. I even looked up the timing and set it accordingly (4 BTC, use #5 on the lower marks, easy does it...)
Now, a month later, able to move around, I decided to take her on a big spin.
It didn't go too well, just around the corner, I started to backfire and stall upon acceleration. I pulled her back in the driveway and turned the engine off and lo and behold, it would not start again.

Hard to believe, but another Ignition control module just bit the dust. I replaced it with one i knew was good and it fired right up, YEAH. But another test drive revealed the same backfire issue.
Thanks to our local big guns, Brad and Chris, I was made aware off the fact that I didn't read the fine print. (disconnect the tan/blk wire to put the Electronic Spark Timing in Bypass mode.)
Oh boy, was the timing off.
Thank you Brad and Chris, I now humbly go in my corner.
I didn't know you had ORANGE hair!
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Old 03-22-2021, 12:27 PM   #1089
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I'd just be glad you were able to figure it out relatively quickly!
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Old 03-23-2021, 07:16 AM   #1090
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I didn't know you had ORANGE hair!

I think your hair would turn orange too, if you would attempt to set the timing on one of these 9 days after massive lumbar surgery . I had to get under there at least 5 times.
As you can see, I am recovering well, can I come out soon?
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Old 03-23-2021, 10:40 AM   #1091
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I think your hair would turn orange too, if you would attempt to set the timing on one of these 9 days after massive lumbar surgery . I had to get under there at least 5 times.
As you can see, I am recovering well, can I come out soon?
Anytime you want

I think that was a self imposed exile
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Old 03-23-2021, 04:40 PM   #1092
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Thanks to our local big guns, Brad and Chris, I was made aware off the fact that I didn't read the fine print. (disconnect the tan/blk wire to put the Electronic Spark Timing in Bypass mode.)

Ah, the old tan wire issue; we have travelled the same road.

Hope you are on the mend old bean and that 2021 proves better than 2020. Europe is bracing itself for a third wave, so it's looking pretty bleak this side of the pond.
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Old 03-23-2021, 04:44 PM   #1093
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Perfect official test run after Distributor replacement, proper timing and correct Map sensor (I cross referenced the old one and it came up with ACD213-1545)
I replaced it by mistake with 213-3205 per Rock auto ref.
After I pulled out the old distributor, I found a cracked shaft bushing that may have caused some idle irregularities and a jumpy Speedometer at idle.
All that is gone now and she starts and runs tops!!
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Old 04-03-2021, 03:49 PM   #1094
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started to have a little puddle and determined it to be coolant dripping only after a drive from the center of front crossmember. Visually checked everything and found nothing except these streaks on the upper portion of the lower rad hose. Surprisingly they feel sticky. Looks like I may have to pull the rad. Thoughts?
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Water pump ???
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Water pump ???

good chance, pump housing looks wet and is is sticky above the hose streaks.
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First time I will pull the horizontal radiator used in 84 and up. My 79 and 83 had the vertical that could be dropped from below.

Its a lot of work, especially in the early 90's with all the extra stuff and everything I added.

First the grill has to come off and the 8 side bolts were a mess. The last person totally destroyed them, so they were stripped, cross threaded and rusted. Took me several hours to get them out. I will drill the holes a little bigger to make it easier in the future.

I left the trans cooler mounted to the grill for easier reassemble.
Next will be the Condenser, it will have to be completely removed to make room for the Radiator to come out.
The radiator frame is a two part, with 2 bolts on either side about 1/2 way down.(see 2 pictures) The passenger side bolts are accessible from the front the drivers side are way up in front of the master cylinder. The metal shield will have to come out to gain access to them.
Then, after removing a top bracket and the oil fill spout, the upper frame should raise enough to tilt the radiator forward and out.

More as I continue to dismantle in the coming days.
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How's the back and hand treating you? Doesn't seem to have slowed you down!
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How's the back and hand treating you? Doesn't seem to have slowed you down!

Recovery is doing well, thanks for asking! I am already able to chase that red
Cardinal all over the place. Since you trained him to attack shiny aluminum his skill has vastly improved. We also lost several very large trees in the super freeze. So plenty of wood waiting for you.
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Be careful Peter, and don't over do it!

Thanks for posting all the info, I should be right behind you soon!
Will get the PB blaster on all the bolts!
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