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New Englander

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  1. It's definitely a you get what you pay for thing. The interior lights on our older planes and all the airliners back at Eastern were all fluorescent tubes that had descent service life but were on or off, no dim and had an annoying habit of flashing when they started to fail. The new planes are all LED and other than a reading light we've yet to replace any and they have a full range of dim. Of course they can't emit any RFI. I'd hate to see what they cost but other than the landing and taxi lights all the lights are LED and are likely to be on the plane for its lifetime. I started to replace the 200W incandescent lamps in the barn with big curly fluorescent but now are using 300W equivalent LEDs Light is better, hopefully they'll last. Too bad I missed the HD sale on the big curly fluorescent, the 300W EQ LED are expensive! Nothing like dropping the service (drop) light and having it break and set the gasoline on fire that just spilled when you were changing the filter!
  2. I shot one squirrel out of the bird feeder. I just got so mad at it that opened the window and hit it with .22 bird shot, that's all it took. Hit in the head it doesn't take high velocity hollow points.
  3. Ha! My father used to start his '56 Lincoln that way. Lincoln used a GM Hydromatic, which had a rear pump and could start from a push or on a hill while most automatics will not having front pumps only.
  4. Get a backup generator and use your normal heat source. Even if you don't smell anything the CO and other fumes are not doing you any good.
  5. Lots of rain in southern NH and little snow. Fine with me but the ski areas can use the snow.
  6. Appropriate now due 8 day aviation clock posted. One of many mechanic log sign-offs from back in the day.
  7. Funny story: Back at Eastern all of the new hire pilots would have an engineer ticket and be assigned the third crew member on the 727s. All of our 727-200 and many of our -100 had electric clocks in the engineer's panel but the QC (quick change) versions, the ones with the cargo doors, were not. A newbi wrote up the clock in a QC as in-op. The mechanic's sign-off was precious: Wound clock, repeat in 8 days.
  8. Local IPA brews for me. Everything else just tastes like Bud Lite to me - little flavor at all. Gotta be careful as some are 7.5 ABV or more.
  9. Do they have a pile of Rim Guard rotted rims?
  10. The kind of watch I like, simple analogue, wind it up. It'll probably need a service if it hasn't had one recently. Funny how pilots, not professional ones, will buy huge watches that do all sorts of things. Rolex GMT masters were all the rage at one time but I never bought into it. Cheap Casio are my go-to as I'm tough on them. I would like something for a dress watch - a vintage Orvis or Omega perhaps. I'll probably never buy one though.
  11. Having seen enough rotted rims I'd use Rim Guard: https://www.rimguardsolutions.com/ I unloaded a set of new take-offs that I bought for my backhoe since I didn't need any weight and gave it to my neighbor. Any spill just washes away and is totally safe for animals and doesn't kill the grass for a couple of years like CC. I ran over the remains of a Tee post and had a dead spot for years. Yeah, if you're lucky and never have any leaks CC works but for a few bucks more no worries. Your tires will take 100 gallons or 1070lb each of Rim Guard.
  12. What the FAA has to say about icing and LEDs: Subject: Issues Related to the Use of Light Emitting Diode (LED) Landing Lights in an Icing Environment. Purpose: This InFO serves to inform operators of aircraft equipped with LED landing lights that LED landing light icing can occur more frequently than incandescent landing light icing, resulting in reduced light output and pilot visibility. Background: Operational experience has revealed that LED retractable landing lights are susceptible to icing during the landing phase of flight causing the landing lights to be ineffective. This issue has been reported in Boeing airplane models MD88/90, B717 and Airbus airplane models A319/320/321. Discussion: Icing can reduce light output of LED landing lights by approximately one-third. Engineering tests have determined that it takes about 20 minutes for LED landing lights to warm up enough to start melting ice. The LED landing lights tested showed a slow initial temperature increase followed by a relatively linear increase to get above the freezing point in the center of the lens. Recommended Action: In consideration of safety management system principles, operators of aircraft equipped with LED landing lights should consider adapting procedures during operations in icing conditions to mitigate the effects of reduced LED landing light output.
  13. Same with the nose wheel mounted taxi lights getting slush and water thrown upon them or in-flight icing. We went from halogen, which burned out regularly, and didn't provide much light to HID. LED was also an option but the HID is really bright and is warm enough to not ice. Interestingly the HID takes a minute to warm up. When first turned on to taxi there's not much light then all of a sudden there's light! Our landing lights are halogen and are like the sun, you can't look directly at them up close. Others have found the same problem with LED landing lights and in-flight icing. Halogen, or any incandescent, generate enough heat to stay clear while LED don't.
  14. Pumping gas in the '60s we, of course, checked the oil, water and battery unless the driver declined it. Cars back then burned oil and often needed a quart or two between changes. People with good cars would buy the top of the line oil. The smokers that rolled in would buy the .25 oil in the glass bottles. That came in 55 gallon drums and we kids would fill the empty bottles every shift. The drum said "oil, ND, 30w". There was no API or other specs, just oil😄. It kept the old smokers running until they got junked. Pulling the valve covers off one that had cheap oil or never changed oil rewarded you with a couple inches of sludge with tracks across it where the return oil flowed. Pull the covers off a present day engine that's been running on modern oil with changes and even after thousands of miles they're clean. The "Just Rolled In" YT videos show that there are still idiots that never change oil. Even modern oils eventually give up and turn to sludge.
  15. Here are various replacement axles from Rock Auto. I would replace the entire axle as has been mentioned dirt probably is already in the joint and replacing the boots and cleaning/packing the joint is labor intensive. Find a youtube video for your truck. https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/dodge,2003,ram+1500+pickup,5.7l+v8,1413425,drivetrain,cv+axle,2288
  16. So I looked it up. I found plenty of info that using a non-Dexos oil or any cheap or non synthetic oil contributes to lifter problems but nothing that suggests the oil life minder is at fault. Apparently there are batches of faulty lifters out there as well but not my year. We have only one 5.3 with AFM and it's around 175k +/- if memory serves. So far, so good.😁 I also read the early one suck oil through the PVC contributing both to stuck rings and high oil consumption. Dodged that one as well. Hopefully we won't have any issues while in our custody as I'd rather not be changing lifters, push rods, etc. Deactivate AFM? Well, so far it's working well. I can tell when it shifts but my wife cannot. Of course there's a dash display if one is curious. I'm going to stick to using good oil and chance it and hopefully my luck holds.
  17. Key on, engine off, three full throttle actuation too much? First start will bring up the notice again, do it then.
  18. So I looked it up: Q: How many miles can I expect to go between oil changes when using this system? A: It will vary. The beauty of the GM Oil Life System is that it automatically adjusts the oil-change interval based upon engine characteristics, your driving habits, and the climate in which you have been operating your vehicle. For instance, mild highway driving in a warm climate will maximize the interval between required oil changes. Depending on the vehicle, this could be as high as 12,000 miles. On the other hand, short-trip driving in a cold climate may limit the interval between oil changes to 3,000 miles or less. In general, most people who combine city and highway driving find that the GM Oil Life System will indicate the vehicle needs an oil change every 5,000 to 6,000 miles. Most people maintain consistent driving habits. This means their mileage between required oil changes will be consistent.
  19. Everyone certainly has oil opinions. My GM trucks tell me when they want the oil changed and that it is supposed to be Dexos. I comply and have yet to have a problem. I've no idea how many miles between changes. Supposedly the PCM evaluates the type of driving and makes the suggestion accordingly. It's likely somewhere in the 4-5k range on Dexos synthetic oil.
  20. Thanks all! I'm entering the year with a new knee - yay! Just getting over pneumonia which absolutely kicked my butt. Recovery from surgery must have let my immune system down and I got the flu which begat the pneumonia.
  21. 6'1". One of our mechanics had a brand new Heritage Soft Tail and said "take it for a ride". I ground the crap out of the floor boards just leaving the parking lot and sheepishly brought it right back. He said "it's not meant for corners". Really, I cannot use forward controls and in fact had rear sets and clip-on bars on a GS1150. Something about the straight-up riding position into the wind just doesn't work for me. I was more the cafe type in my youth and figured that if I wasn't grinding something I wasn't taking the corner fast enough. The end of my pegs were always ground off. The US bars on the Norton suit me in my old age as they're a little higher and are fine since I became mortal and slowed considerably. Norton still has plenty of clearance for my more moderate riding.
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