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Old 01-12-2011, 05:17 PM   #611
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailg

mt643 is supposed to lock in 3rd and stay locked on the 4th upshift. and the converter is supposed to stay locked on downshifts to provide engine braking, but only if your foot is off the throttle. supposed to stay locked even in 2nd gear with no throttle. the lockup clutch in a 643 has the holding power for ALL of the rated engine torque, up to 640+ ft lbs so WOT in 4th gear is a direct link through the trans. theres a stack of like 13 friction/metal plates in the converter
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:50 PM   #612
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailg


Thanks, Craneguy01!

Oh.... And yes, I will OF COURSE drop in from time to time. Such as now.

Millicent has not actually moved. I have room, and Peter doesn't. So everything is the same, except I'm a hired hand now.

As for additional hands -- Peter & Jerri have a new baby! Three months old now, a little sister for three-year-old Sam to watch over.

No work has been done over the winter. Millicent is ready to use anytime -- just needs the antifreeze flushed out of the fresh water system. Of course, still needs paint, water heater, a couple more tanks, further fiddling with the furniture.

To shed a little bit more light on the mystery.... I've been ill for a while, which took some of the pepper out of me. Much better now! So I'll probably "bump" this thread whenever we accomplish any major work.

Thanks for all the kind words! Looks like "the 43 pages" can still be useful to new Skoolie members.

Oh... and my Kinetic Sculpture Racing page has a new home: http://kineticbaltimore.com/KSR/howto.asp
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:44 PM   #613
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailg

Nice to have you back here at Skoolies, Elliot, even if for only a breif appearance. Too bad about your illness, I'm happy that you're now well. It does seem like life likes to intrude into a guy's (or gal's) projects more and more the older one gets.
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:53 PM   #614
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I've been asked to " 'splain " the new paint on the front of Millicent, as seen in my signature picture below. High time I put some paint on her, eh! Well, it's only the front so far, and the door. My partly home-made tall door had bare rusty steel on it, and I couldn't stand it any longer. I did not remove the rust. Instead I treated it with phosphoric acid, sold in paint and hardware stores precisely for this purpose. Same stuff as in naval jelly and POR-15. Then I painted right over it. With time, we shall see how well this works. The paint is Ace RustStop applied with a brush.

Now I need to make a grille for that gaping vent inlet!
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:24 PM   #615
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It took me long enough, but the vent now has a grille. Yes, it is the same material as the Peterbilt radiator grille -- from a damaged grille I scavenged a couple of decades ago.

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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailg

Looks "factory equipment" to me...and looks nice
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Thankx! Certainly an argument in favor of hoarding Treasures which may come in handy one day -- provided one has enough acreage to store said Treasure, and a tolerant local Code Enforcement office allowing such hoardage.
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Elliot, quit talking about my garage like that, I can at least still get to the washer
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:08 AM   #619
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailg

Just wanted to thank you for all the pictures!

Your lift diary IS VERY VERY good for anyone thinking about this project.

I have found several things in your thread and Randys (bus with no name...yet) that sent me in directions I would have otherwise not even considered.

Hope you are still feeling well.

PS You were not around at BM in 09...I tried to find you.
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailg


Hey, thank you for the kind words!

And thank you; yes my health is all right nowadays.

We were at Burning Man in 2009, I think on either G or H between 8 and 8:30 -- thereabouts. Then in 2010 on Esplanade just past 9, set back a bit.
The year we missed was 2011.
I’m still cleaning dust from this year. Peter & Jerri did not make it, but I was definitely there. Here is a picture:



And will almost certainly be there in 2013, since I work Perimeter and thus have guaranteed entry.


Now…. Peter just took Millicent to Port Townsend, Washington, and got back to his house in Davis yesterday. He has a friend with artistic talents and there is painting now going on before we all travel to Ventura, Southern California, for the last Kinetic Sculpture Race of the year in ten days. So when Millicent gets back to my house after that, there should be something to show you.

Meanwhile, a couple of weeks ago I installed the lettering I’ve wanted for years, on the “forehead”, just above the windshield:



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