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Old 07-05-2017, 06:32 PM   #891
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Alas, too far. $3,000 just in fuel.
But that's my "how to" article at the bottom of the page. Very old and needs updating, but I "have a presence" in Baltimore.
In that case, I'm just going to leave this here and a reminder that you've got some catching up to do.

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Old 07-25-2017, 05:27 PM   #892
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I saw you driving on the interstate out of Sacramento the other day! I told my passenger, hey I know that bus!!!
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Old 07-25-2017, 05:49 PM   #893
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Yup. Drove to Davis late Friday. Left Davis early Saturday for Oakland, where we participated in the annual PedalFest, held in Jack London Square. Back to Davis late Saturday. Home Sunday mid-morning.

Prior to that trip, I had replaced the fan-belt tensioner pulley, because a noise had appeared on the previous trip, and the pulley felt... not rough, but dry. It spun TOO freely.

Alas, that was not the culprit.

Reckon I will replace the water pump next. That's a good preventive move anyway, as it will fail sooner or later. Better to replace it before it fails.

Next would be the fan and fan-clutch bearings.

I sure hope it is not the new alternator making that noise! LOL
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Old 09-17-2017, 01:29 AM   #894
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Millicent made... not just "a" trip to Burning Man this year, but TWO TRIPS!
And this with that chirping noise up front, much of the way.

I brought a new water pump with me, but the noise did not change, and no water leaked out.

Let's see.... She grossed, with the trailer, 33,400 pounds going up there originally.
Then 35,680 coming back the first time.

Coming back the second time, it was only 29,980. This was with nothing but junk bicycles -- 181 of them. They had to be removed, so I volunteered. Hopefully, I can harvest enough parts to make it worth the trip. But I would do it just to help clean up the Playa.

Other than the chirping noise, she never missed a beat.

Except.... The gray-water tank is shifting back and forth a bit -- maybe half an inch -- and the vent pipe has pulled loose. This is easily remedied, but I ought to have checked the bolts once in a while. They have nylock nuts, but 60,000+ miles of travel can shake things loose a bit anyway.

That sort of thing is worth keeping in mind for all of us.
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Old 09-18-2017, 09:09 AM   #895
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They have nylock nuts, but 60,000+ miles of travel can shake things loose a bit anyway.

That sort of thing is worth keeping in mind for all of us.
I hate those things because they work too well. But then the only time I'm removing them is after whatever has rusted as well.

Even after 60k miles they ought not be loose. If for no other reason than the first 30k gave it time to rust and grime.
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Old 09-18-2017, 12:42 PM   #896
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I should have pointed out that the bolts and nylock nuts did not loosen. The plastic tank flattened a tiny bit.
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Old 09-18-2017, 01:03 PM   #897
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I should have pointed out that the bolts and nylock nuts did not loosen. The plastic tank flattened a tiny bit.
Ah ok, that makes sense. Still hate the nylon. Don't know that they are any worse than Loctite tho.
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Old 10-22-2017, 12:41 AM   #898
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Pictured below is a $650,000 tow truck. And I just made a payment on it.
Actually, Good Sam Road Service paid $866 and I paid $484.
Good thing I was only 70 miles from home, and not on my way to Burning Man or other vital event.

Millicent's engine is pumping oil into the radiator faster than I can pour it in. Close to a gallon per mile.
Perhaps it is "only" the head gasket, but....

So, for now, I have started keeping an eye out for a bus or truck with suitable engine (and maybe stick shift, while I'm at it). Mechanical Cummins 5.9. But if I get a deal on a larger engine, I may be interested. Must be cheap, though.

Most likely, this failure was triggered by the engine overheating severely a few weeks ago. And that was almost certainly caused by the thermostat not having an air bleed hole -- or it is clogged.
After changing the water pump, I failed to fill the system properly. I ran the engine a bit, and let it sit overnight, but there was still an air pocket in there -- about seven quart's worth.
Normally, I would have warmed it up fully, and gotten all the air out, including from the heaters. But it wasn't a normal day, and Peter took off with it as it was. After two or three miles, alarms went off. So he turned around and drove her back. When he pulled up, I could hear it boiling all the way from the house.

Well, Stuff happens. But Millicent will be laid up for a while.
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Old 10-22-2017, 10:23 AM   #899
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OUCH! Sorry to hear that old gal was having hot flashes. Hope the recovery goes well.
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Old 10-22-2017, 11:21 AM   #900
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hopefully a gasket!!.. thoiugh ive never had a head gasket pump oil into the coolant..
is there oil pressure going into the head on this engine?
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