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Old 03-29-2013, 03:18 PM   #641
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailg

Welcome to the forum, John.
Millicent will be coming thru Willits in May, going to the Kinetic Sculpture Race in Humboldt County. I'll honk and wave.
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Elliot's off helping his Brother's Norwegian zoo, and left Millicent with me, so our muralist has been working on the passenger side..
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:20 PM   #644
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Here we go. These pics are not optimal, but they'll do for now. Two of the vehicles are in the water at Kinetic races, and the third (front) is from Burning Man. As on the other side, artist Kurt Kabica of Davis, CA, painted from photos of us in action.



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Very cool.
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:42 PM   #646
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailg

"QUARTERLY REPORT"

Millicent suffered a small but Serious failure on the latest trip. The engine oil line to the air compressor rubbed thru on a sharp corner of another fitting, and engine oil leaked out. The last two trips it had seemed like the engine consumed more oil than usual! Well, I found that oil, all over the undercarriage.

This could easily have totaled the engine.

Lesson: Keep a sharp eye out for developing problems like hoses rubbing on... sharp things.

Also, the transmission fluid has "turned to vinegar". Too much heat on long hill climbs. I read that the synthetic ATF "TranSynd" is worth the extra money, so I'll probably spring for that. Ought to install an external cooler, of course.

Carry on.

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wow glad you didn't blow anything up! on our last trip I notice some type of oil film on the under carriage check the fluids tranny was a bit low, but still in the cross hares, kept a close eye on everything, when I got home I had closer look, and notice the spin on oil filter for the tranny had pin hole in it .
just goes to show you have to really keep an eye on things
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Yep, maintenance starts with frequent and thorough inspections, and I had probably become a bit complacent. I didn't notice it until I set out to drain the waste tanks, and the drain spout was oily. It may have started leaking as much as 2,000 miles ago -- but it clearly became much worst in the last 600.

When I drove 18-wheelers I would often have to wait, and I would stare at the truck from every possible angle. Once in a while I found something that the company shop then quickly fixed.

Any wetness under a bus is a Bad Sign. The underside of a motor vehicle should be dry.

Now I would like to clean the mess off. I'm thinking a couple gallons of Gunk in a garden sprayer and then the garden hose. It would be an environmental sin, but what is a guy supposed to do -- lick it off and swallow it? The shop who worked on it was not allowed to do any spray cleaning. Seems we are now expected to take such cleaning jobs to cleaning specialists, with fancy equipment to collect every drop for recycling. In concept I am certainly in favor of that. But apparently there isn't such a facility for 100 miles from here. So... what's a good degreaser? Gunk?
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailg

Elliot,

Not knowing the inner workings of an MT643, do you have a means of locking the converter on those hill climbs? I had a truck with a 700R4 GM transmission in it with a simple toggle switch for the converter lock up wired through the brake switch and a relay for safety which allowed me to lock up the converter whenever I wanted since a bum transistor in the ECM wouldn't do it anymore. Doing so allows you to lock it in a lower gear which will reduce temperatures on the fluid and as long as you watch to make sure EGTs aren't going too high I think you would be safe from burning a hole in a piston. But...I don't know if that is possible and don't claim to be an expert at much of anything, but especially not the black magic of automatic gearboxes.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:49 PM   #650
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Hey Andrew!

I am somewhat familiar with the 700R4, and I know they can be locked with a toggle switch if suitable wiring is installed. Not what you'd want for Mom's car, but a handy tool for a gearhead.

So far as I know, the MT643 has no electrical controls. Everything happens by RPMs and throttle position. And on mine, throttle position does not play in, because that linkage is on the fritz! I downshift manually if the pyrometer calls for it. In 4th, I usually downshift to 3rd at 1.700 RPMs. 3rd to 2nd around 1,500 (wider ratio gap). (Redline is 2,600.)

My tranny locks in 3rd and 4th, after its own mind. In a sense, it feels like a 5- or 6-speed -- 1, 2, 3, 3 lock, 4, 4 lock, or maybe 1, 2, 3, 3 lock, 4 lock. Not sure which -- have not paid that much attention. In fact, it seems to depend on whether I'm going downward in the tranny or upward. And in rolling hills it will do all sorts of combinations.

But so far as I know, it can not be controlled by a toggle switch or any such. That sure would be nice.

I really ought to fix the modulator linkage, though.

But I am now hot on the trail of a fill of Allison/Castrol TranSynd or equivalent fluid. This is now THE fluid for Allison transmissions. It is sold under several brand names -- the vital specification is "TES-295". Do NOT use "Dexron VI" in an Allison -- there is some chemical incompatibility which causes rubber seals to leak. TranSynd is expensive, but apparently worth every penny.
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