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  1. California has spent over 24 Billion over the last five years to combat homelessness. Rather than address the underlying causes like mental illness and drug addiction they spent it on expensive housing, so those folks are still on the street attacking centenarians for their phones. Brilliant!

    Good that the Camfather is OK>

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  2. I remember years ago people bringing their Easter Chicks to the farm after they grew up to be annoying roosters. Some just kicked out of the car on the road. I don't think Easter chicks is a thing anymore.

  3. I'm not sure and I can't look at it because I'm on the road but I'm pretty sure my manual for the gas engines covers the C221; C263; C282 and C301. I replaced the C221 in my backhoe with a C301The 221 is dry sleeved and I'm pretty sure the 263 is too. The 301 is parent bore for sure and I don't remember if the 282 is sleeved or parent bore. As far as I can tell there's no real differences in the blocks. It seems for the larger displacements they just gave up on sleeves and bored out the casting. Anyway, the 301 certainly livened up the loader along with the fuel consumption.

  4. 3 hours ago, oleman said:

    The goodwill stores will not even take them

    Our transfer station has a bunch. People don't realize you gan replace the burner and other parts for short money; throwaway economy.

    I grabbed a propane regulator off one to make a smoke machine for chasing EVAP leaks, works good!

  5. 8 hours ago, TN Hillbilly said:

    I hope you put some anti seize on it... for the next guy. Which might just be you.

    Oh yeah, I use Permatex 77124 Nickel, it seems to work well on SS.

  6. 1 hour ago, Ihfan4life said:


    I cleaned the terminals on the battery, cleaned the battery terminals on the car end, slid the battery back in, connected everything and it started right up😱🤩

    As the terminals looked clean, just oxidized, I never suspected it would be that… hopefully that’s all it is🤞

    thanks guys. I never would have thought it to be simple as that. 
    It’s still running, I’ll check voltages again before I shut it off, but hopefully…

    I'd still get a look at that strap. The 328i was intermittent for a while before it finally gave out. The X1 has a second smaller wire between the engine and right side of the unibody just under the strut tower which will carry some of the load when engine is warm and easy to start but wouldn't start cold. I'm surprised it didn't melt.

    I didn't know how common it was until after I found it myself. By the time I did my niece's 5 series I started at the strap and found a green corroded mess just like the others.


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  7. My daughter's X1 happens to be on the lift but I can't get a picture without removing a bunch of plastic belly pan. Anyway, on the X1 it's just behind the left front wheel area hiding under the belly plastic. I think the 328 was in about the same place as was a 5 series.

    I's sure they use a braided strap so no vibration is transmitted but the ultra flexible Ancor marine cable is better and is tinned wire and less likely to corrode. Sold by the foot at West Marine.

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  8. I suspect it's the ground between the body and engine under the car. They use a strap that I replace with a piece of 4-0 cable from West Marine. They also have the terminals and adhesive heat shrink and I have the crimp tool.

    Prove it by using jumper cables to the red covered terminal under the hood and engine ground to a good battery. It should start fine. Jumping at the battery doesn't work because of the salt corroded strap due battery ground connected to the body in the trunk.

    Good luck, we're all counting on you.

    EDIT: Or prove it by taking a jumper cable from a good spot on the body to the engine block. Maybe a nut on the strut mount?

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  9. 1 hour ago, Ian Beale said:

    As they say on TV - "And then there's more"


    I have a MK III Commando and with that, the final version of the Norton Commando, they used a cast aluminum primary cover held on with perimeter bolts rather than the sheet metal cover with a rubber perimeter seal held on by a central screw on the previous versions. The MK III only lightly marks its territory after a hard ride and actually can be made drip free. Early versions had an automatic chain oilier which dripped engine oil onto the chain. It was probably an OK idea back when Brits were riding motorcycles in all sorts of weather as their primary transportation and engine oil was the only option for lubing the chain. The Japs figured out that splitting the crankcase horizontally rather than vertically and using modern casting rather than porous sand casting made the engine tight. That, and without the labor strife that England was going through at the time spelled the end of the British motorcycle industry. I still love my Commando. It brings a smile to my face more than my rice rockets that could thrill with their awe inspiring acceleration and speed.

  10. I just finished replacing an O2 sensor on a BMW. They're great driving/handling cars but a PITA to work on. Typical newer car, got to take a bunch of plastic off before you can even see anything. Bank 2, sensor 1 hidden under a SS shield held on by inverted Torx that BMW is so fond of. Apparently they don't use salt in Germany or they'd know that once corroded those fasteners are impossible to remove. I had to use a screw extractor to remove them and replace them with 12.9 socket heads so the next guy won't have that problem, at least once he gets a mirror on the blind location and sees they're not Torx😁.

    Sensor in a SS manifold tucked in so tight that a regular sensor socket won't work so had to use an offset. Heated manifold cherry red for 1/6th turn then do again 6 times until removed. You can see how bad the threads on the sensor are and the manifold was the same . It did chase OK but was hard going. My arm is all bruised from working in an impossibly tight space.

    EDIT: Sensor $225 from my local parts store; $40. Amazon Prime was at my door at 07:00 next day. I don't know how they do it.

    Inverted E8 and socket screw.jpg

    BMW O2.jpg

    O2 thread chaser.jpg

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  11. On 4/4/2024 at 7:57 PM, MT Matt said:

    Welp, nothing like doing the same job twice to get it right!


    I remembered that I had some extra springs and balls from when I worked over the brakes on the Super MTA. So off came the brakes again on the 400. Glad I did it, the actuators had what I think was graphite grease dried up in the ramps. Two of the balls were rust pitted so I swapped them out for better ones I had.  No springs broke so I was lucky there.


    Now both brakes will grab and lock up like they are supposed to. You’d think I’d learn to do it right the first time!

    My backhoe has the same brakes. The balls were beat so new ones from the bearing store and a complete cleanup and they now have worked well for years. Machine had been used by a town in their salt pile so lots of things had some serious corrosion.

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  12. On 4/2/2024 at 1:37 PM, Rawleigh99 said:

    True story!  One of my business partners had an old male mutt dog that could barely get up the back steps and just slept all the time.  They were considering having to put him down.  The neighbor up the road had a fancy high bred female that he kept in a pen with an 8 foot fence around it.  She went in heat and my friend got an irate call from the neighbor to come get his dog!!   That old dog had gone up the road, climbed over the 8 foot fence and serviced the fancy dog!  My friend found his dog lying on the ground inside the pen so exhausted it could not stand up.  He had to pick it up and carry it home.  He also had to wind up paying for an expensive dog abortion to keep the neighborhood peace!  I think he was secretly very proud of his old dog though!!😁

    One of my colleagues had an unaltered Great Pyrenees and he decided to buy a female to breed with him. The male was about 10 years old. When she came into heat he did the deed then promptly had a heart attack and died. Sadly it didn't take so I guess he didn't even make it.

    I had to stifle a laugh when he told me that story.

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  13. 8 hours ago, vtfireman85 said:

    dove hunt

    Company I flew for many years ago sponsored a hunt in AZ for their big clients. The flight crew was always invited. At opening day sunup it sounded like a war zone. First flyers flew in a straight line and were fairly easy shots then they got the message. They'd fly full speed evasive paths and weren't so easy to hit. You might get a few in a row then shoot a dozen shells for the next. Joe Foss, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient for Guadalcanal was the marshal for the event. He would stand by his Suburban and occasionally pick up his shotgun and drop one that would land at his feet; never saw him miss. We had a FA who asked if I had a shotgun she could borrow. I've got an old Mossberg pump with a short stock that she used. Guys were amazed that little woman was out shooting them. Although an American she'd been married to a rich Brit and lived in England for years. She'd been well trained at a hunt club shooting bespoke guns. She sounded like a Brit mostly because of the terms she'd been used to using. She caught her husband and his secretary so back in the US with her proper Brit kids.

    Doves are protected song birds in NH. In AZ they'd have multiple clutches so there are thousands. Limit was 15 birds but they'd average it out as some guys would be lucky to get a couple. It was a little dangerous as you could see some get target fixation and follow too low. One of our crew, a retired Marine Colonel, got hit by some shot. I asked him if he wanted me to put him in for a Purple Heart and he started laughing. He'd already got his in Vietnam along with 49 Air Medals and 2 DFCs.

    Anyway, those dove hunts were way better than any day at the skeet range.

  14. We have traditionally hosted Thanksgiving at our old farmhouse. One year my SIL said don't buy a turkey, my neighbor is raising them and has one for me. She showed up the day day before with a 30 lb bird that I had to brine in a contractor cleanup bag lined trash can. Thing barely fit in the oven and was so unwieldy to do anything with. I cook turkey on a rack at high temp starting breast down, left and right sides and finally finishing breast up. It took three of us to rotate it safely. It was an OK tasting bird but just too effing big! It looked like we were eating Big Bird.

    Don't start them too early or pick a small breed!


    Big Bird.jpg

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  15. From all the work the diesels seem to need I'd certainly rather the gas engine. $60k for brand new doesn't sound all that bad. Mount the body and PTO, a set of decals cut  and some lights and it's ready to go. No hidden problems of a used truck to find and fix and no need for a lot of work to ensure it's going to be reliable.

  16. 12 minutes ago, vtfireman85 said:

    Were also considering a 2024’ C+C for a body we already have, 59K and its a gas, which I would prefer. Soon as people start talking about all the stuff you can do to a new truck to make it usable, I stop listening. 
    the 6.0 one could be a good deal, but it makes me nervous. 

    Must be Ford as I don't think GM does anything but Duramax. Gas should be fine - start up and drive away plus warranty on new truck.

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