Thursday, May 28, 2020

Jeep Maintenance

2010 JKUR 3.8 Liter


Oil: 6 quart 5w20
Spark Plug Gap (not sure on NKG model): 0.050



Air Filter: Jeep came to me with an AFE cold air intake on it. Not sure how I feel about it, seems like it would be more exposed to water to me.

https://afepower.com/afe-power-54-11252-2-magnum-force-stage-2-pro-5r-cold-air-intake-system
https://afepower.com/media/pdp-files/31-10238-is.pdf
Replacing PCV valve:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZVDON-ka70

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Troubleshoot & Tune Up GCV160 Honda engine on Toro lawnmower

Dusting off my mad skills from the small engine class I took with Eric a few years back :)

Friend had a mower dying after running a couple minutes.

So I figured I'd check the oil, plug, air filter, carb while working my way over to the fuel...

Oil looked good, plug was excellent, OH HOLY HELL that's not what an air box inside of the air filter should look like! While I don't expect a small engine cleaner box to be pristine, there shouldn't be an obvious build up of dirt:

Looks like they put the wrong filter on at the factory:

Easy fix, new filter that fits properly:

As to the chief complaint, I checked that the gas tank was almost but not quite empty. Took the hose off the intake side of the shutoff...well that should be free flowing:

And taking the line off the tank it is free flowing...so it's either the filter (which is obviously dirty) or the hose itself is plugged.


Thought of replacing the Honda internal filter with a generic external filter, but it doesn't fit well:


So since I couldn't find a new filter locally, and Corona virus has delivery schedules all screwy, I just used carb cleaner to clean the existing filter and re-installed it. Also upgraded the spring hose clips:

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Detective Songy convoy

Run?

Parade?

Not sure what you call it. Rutland, Mass. Detective Songy is critically ill with Covid-19. He's also active with the local Jeep community. Last weekend they put out the word for a Jeep run to show support...it kind of snowballed. Seriously. They were originally thinking 100, they must've gotten the better part of 1000 cars and Jeeps.

I had already said I was in; as the meet up time kept getting moved earlier I did consider dropping but what the heck plus it gave my back some more time to finish recovering from the sprain a few days back.

The club I'm with (at least in the group that got together in Holden first and came up as a group) had six Jeeps. There were hundreds.

Canon EOS 50D,0.00625 1/160, f/5.6, focal length 18, ISO 100

Canon EOS 50D,0.008 1/125, f/5.6, focal length 18, ISO 100

Canon EOS 50D,0.008 1/125, f/8, focal length 18, ISO 100

Canon EOS 50D,0.004 1/250, f/8, focal length 18, ISO 400

Canon EOS 50D,0.00025 1/4000, f/8, focal length 18, ISO 400


I'm at the 20:45 mark in a nearly 40 minute video of the parade. His Jeep is the one on the trailer at the beginning.

https://www.facebook.com/christina.halbedel/videos/10158113793677332/?hc_location=ufi



Monday, May 11, 2020

Day Off...

Looked at my calendar at 7:45 on Monday...and decided I could take the day off :)

It was going to rain off and on, so no sense trying to finish cleaning the garage since some stuff still needed to go outside while I finished.

General Lyon cemetey, Eastford, Conn.
Canon EOS 50D,0.0015625 1/640, f/8, focal length 50, ISO 100


Old silo, Route 89, Ashford, Conn.
Canon EOS 50D,0.005 1/200, f/5.6, focal length 17, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.003125 1/320, f/6.3, focal length 200, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.003125 1/320, f/5.6, focal length 67, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.003125 1/320, f/6.3, focal length 149, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.003125 1/320, f/5.6, focal length 107, ISO 100


Barn, Route 89, Ashford, Conn.
Canon EOS 50D,0.003125 1/320, f/5.6, focal length 31, ISO 100


Old farmhouse, Hillside Road, Ashford, Conn.
Canon EOS 50D,0.0025 1/400, f/5.6, focal length 54, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.0015625 1/640, f/5.6, focal length 18, ISO 100


Looks like an older cultivar of daffodils? Ashford, Conn.
Canon EOS 50D,0.005 1/200, f/8, focal length 47, ISO 100


Somewhere along the Mowhawk Trail. I was in and out of rain for most of the day, but mostly out of it.
Canon EOS 50D,0.008 1/125, f/6.3, focal length 200, ISO 400


Near Whitcomb Summit, Florida, Mass. looking east. You can see the Bear Swamp pumped storage hydroelectric reservoir just about center in the picture.
Canon EOS 50D,0.00125 1/800, f/8, focal length 42, ISO 400


Florida Baptist Church
Canon EOS 50D,0.005 1/200, f/8, focal length 18, ISO 100


I believe the station is in use for a mini-pumper. They have a newer station a bit up Route 2, I'd presume this was their original station but I don't know the history.
Canon EOS 50D,0.005 1/200, f/8, focal length 18, ISO 100


Most towns keep sand on hand, maybe some crushed asphalt...a town this steep keeps rock. Lots and lots of rock on hand.
Canon EOS 50D,0.005 1/200, f/8, focal length 18, ISO 100


Next three I'm not exactly sure where, somewhere south of Charlemont and west of the Deerfield River.
Canon EOS 50D,0.003125 1/320, f/5.6, focal length 73, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.0015625 1/640, f/8, focal length 22, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.004 1/250, f/8, focal length 18, ISO 100


Rain to the south. Riverside Cemetery, Sunderland, Mass. Canon EOS 50D,0.008 1/125, f/8, focal length 18, ISO 100


Crappy photo that of a stone that floored me. Cynthia Alexander, Age 38, d. 1809. Epitath reads "Farewell my friend to we meet again." That is an very rare sentiment to see on a headstone of this era in New England.
Canon EOS 50D,0.07692307692307693 1/12, f/4.5, focal length 50, ISO 400


Canon EOS 50D,0.004 1/250, f/4.5, focal length 31, ISO 400


Canon EOS 50D,0.0008 1/1250, f/8, focal length 31, ISO 400


Interesting clouds, Salem Cross Inn. Stretching my legs once again.
Canon EOS 50D,0.004 1/250, f/8, focal length 18, ISO 400

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Much of March Picture Dump

I've been on Work-From-Home since March 16th. This is what I am built for...while other folks are anxious and such, my anxiety has collapsed. Still working steadily, good pay, gives me puzzles to solve during the day but allows me to take breaks to do things around the house; and most of all not having to be around people all day. Eating well, eating less, and getting regular short intervals of exercise in (like 5 minutes every couple hours on the recumbant bike).

Seriously. Best I've felt at least since 2016.

3/19 The first pic is fuzzy, but damn this dough was loving life and raised like crazy!







3/20 Toast and fried eggs? Oh yeah :)



3/21 Making some yogurt, trying a bit different. Started one pint with my normal Chobani & Siggis combination, then used it in a big mixing cup to mix it up to make the next three pints. Not very happy, it was messier than expected pouring back in jars (should've used a funnel).




Okey Dokey, Amazon trading packages in my yard.





3/21 Some sort of half-assed chicken parm. Egg noodles I had left over in the fridge, rest of the sauce from the pizza, couple chicken cutlets with cheese.



3/22 Chuck steak from the sous vide!







Left over egg noodles, plus the veggies from some vegetable soup I made last week...fried up with a bit of cheese.



3/23 Time for some oatmeal raisin cookies for the freezer!



Piece of cod for dinner :)



Of course, I have a friend who is a professional chef who is bored at home and puts my cookies to shame. Those are cupcakes.

Cupcakes.


3/24 Left over steak & taters for lunch.




Tuna melt for dinner.



3/25 Noodles & Wine



3/26 Yogurt, canned pineapple, frozen strawberries...looked better before I added the water :)



The important types of Alcohol for dealing with Coronavirus :)



Chicken Cutlet for lunch.


Sprayed deer repellent.



Waiting for the ducks to swim in the pond again...



Hot Sausage from Campbell's stand & Jalapenos!




3/27 Breakfast



3/28 I had gotten out a bit mid-week (Wednesday I think; I had planted Potatoes) and split about 1/3rd this pile of wood. Got out early Saturday morning and did more -- feeling really well, no pain, my knees were completely stable. I actually had to pull the reigns hard, I wanted to do a bit more but knew I had to pace myself splitting.



Next loads I split I'll put into the long-term storage; I think I may have enough on the deck to make it through April (except maybe not since I'm home during the day burning a bit more...tough to judge this time of year and situation!)



Picked up the rototiller finally. Onions & Peas should get planted this week.



Vigo Yellow Rice & the Sausage/Veggie stuff with cheese. I love that rice.