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Old 06-25-2016, 12:55 AM   #751
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Yes, an annoyingly well-hidden troublemaker. We were apparently very close to being stranded on the highway, and we had no clue the problem was in progress.
(I was not on the trip when Peter tightened the filter so ferociously. I was at home when he telephoned me. I told him to tighten the filter. Note to self: Never tell Peter to tighten anything. The man is a beast! LOL )

I'm surprised that this nipple is not pinned or staked in place from the factory, or was installed with the "bomb proof" Loctite.

But... I suppose, if they did that, and all the other little things they ought to do, the bus would cost $200,000 instead of $100,000.
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Old 06-29-2016, 08:49 PM   #752
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It would be nice to install the nipple with Loctite, but that means removing the filter-head from the engine in order to clean it properly. And... the next time I take the steel lines off that filter-head, I would like to install new gaskets (copper, I think), which I don't have handy.

So I'm simply screwing the nipple back in, at least for now. To do this, I made a tool; a 5/32 roll pin thru a 5/8 spark plug socket. (The 5/8 hex doesn't matter, of course. It was just a piece of pipe that fit over the nipple, with a 3/8 square in the end of it.) And I cut a correspondingly wider and deeper "screwdriver slot" in the nipple. Now I can use a ratchet to crank the nipple into place, and I can easily check it each time I change the filter.

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Old 09-19-2016, 06:44 PM   #753
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Millicent keeps serving us well.
Just returned from Burning Man. Grossed 38,180 pounds going out there -- with the trailer, of course. 20 MPH on steepest climb.

But two issues now need attention.

On the way back from Nevada, she cranked slower each time she started, and had to be jump-started at the very last stop before home.
Charging voltage is fine. The batteries simply died of old age.

But we got almost ten years out of them! Not too shabby. Next time I will (try to remember to) replace them at nine years flat.
NAPA Auto Parts battery number 7236. Sure hope they have the exact same kind now.

The power steering is failing. This began a while ago, and is not getting better. Works normally with engine wound up, but no assist at idle. Investigation about to begin. (Yes, the reservoir is full. No belt to slip -- gear driven pump.)
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Old 09-19-2016, 07:32 PM   #754
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way cool!!! I need to learn more about what burning man REALLY is.. all i get to read is the online hype about it.. I'd love to know the real deal and how it really is and what people really do there...

gear driven PS pump... its somerthing i always thought was rare... my bus has a belt driven air-bnrakes pump and a gear driven PS pump...

most of our busses use a TRw style steering gear that has pressure relief poppets which will release the pressure if you lock the steering wheel against the lock, if one of those sticks partially and doesnt go back to normal operating position you can end up with very little power steering.. esp at idle... there is a procedure for adjusting them online... mioght be something to try as its pretty easy to do and cheap...

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Old 09-19-2016, 07:52 PM   #755
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Burn!!

Good Burn this year? Im a 9 yr vet, but have missed the last 3. 38K behind a 5.9?? wow!! I love the Cummins more than anyone, but what did that little guy do to you to deserve that flavor of a beating?!?!?!?... Seriously, welcome back to default....
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:16 PM   #756
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CadillacKid... That's of interest. I'm not prone to deadheading the steering like that, but my buddy might be, since he does not have my automobile technician training.

As for Burning Man... let me get back to that.
For now.... Burning Man is not for everyone.
As for what I do there.... I repair bicycles. I have a "theme Camp" of 30 people, and this year we repaired 629 bicycles.
What is it about? It is about participating and contributing.

Yes, great Burn (as always)! And the Playa surface was the best I have seen in my ten years. Pretty much the entire Playa was like paved.
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:22 PM   #757
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Hey Elliot --- by any chance are you familiar with a Houston boy known as "Barter Bob". He has been a mainstay on the Playa for a decade or two or more but is closing his store (The Texas Junk Company) here at the end of this month. Great guy with a really big heart.
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:26 PM   #758
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Doesn't ring any bell. But I have a friend in Danbury who might be familiar with a junk dealer, so I will ask him.
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:49 PM   #759
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Bikes.

Awesome that you do bike repair out there. I have a tall bike that i LOVE on the playa, and a recumbent that i HATE all the time. The tall bike gets passed around through the neighborhood kids the rest of the year. I was part of getting the green bike project going with BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS years ago.... I agree, its NOT for everyone... (but think everyone should go once)... I'm surprised about the playa condition. I assumed it would be dusty and dunes from lack of water this winter...
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Thread drift:

Our camp was back-to-back with Elliots Bike Repair, Wine Bistro & Piano Bar this year, which is really quite the coincidence when you consider there are 12k camps and 72,000 people there. Awesome folks!

CK: Burningman is not for everyone, but those who like it, LOVE IT!. And no, its not the free sex/free drugs/anything-goes event the media thinks it is. Yes those elements are there in a very small quantity, but this is no different from any city. If you love art, love people, and are not afraid of camping in some truly harsh conditions and being COMPLETELY self-reliant for a week, you really should try it. PM myself or any of the other Burners on the board and we'll get you pointed in the right direction.

PS: Elliot is largely to blame for my bus. Guess where I met him?
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