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Old 06-22-2013, 03:21 PM   #301
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Are you for REAL? That looks like nothing's ever happened to it!

Roach. I think I have a crush on you. Actually, sod it, I know I have a crush on you!
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Are you for REAL? That looks like nothing's ever happened to it!

Roach. I think I have a crush on you. Actually, sod it, I know I have a crush on you!
Hey Mel - As much as I enjoy basking in your misplaced adoration, I must repeat that I got a NEW fender and did a somewhat passable paint job on it. I'm a wood worker, not a body man. (I hope we can still be friends)


Shadoll - That battery box is for my starting batteries. My house batteries live in a sealed and vented plywood box in the bottom of one of my tall inside closets.
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Are you for REAL? That looks like nothing's ever happened to it!

Roach. I think I have a crush on you. Actually, sod it, I know I have a crush on you!
Hey Mel - As much as I enjoy basking in your misplaced adoration, I must repeat that I got a NEW fender and did a somewhat passable paint job on it. I'm a wood worker, not a body man. (I hope we can still be friends)
I take it back, you suck. :P Paintjob is still nice, though.
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I have to agree that it is a wonderful overall look.
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:04 PM   #305
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It was back up north for the 4th of July weekend. After having Roachie weighed last trip I had deflated the tires from 80 lbs down to 60 lbs and the ride was quite nice this time. We still got 13.5 MPG with no drafting on our mostly flat Michigan freeways this trip. I'm very happy with the fuel mileage. The beastie is starting to feel like home now.

Had no issues except for one self-inflicted wound. A couple of weeks ago I had repaired my crunched fiberglass battery box and it was looking pretty good (Mel will be crushin' on me for sure now ), but while driving the two-track back to our camp I managed to tangle with a tree root and put it back pretty much to it's previously crunched state. Damn. At least it's fiberglass and easily repaired.

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And here it is after visiting the roots



We drove with all our side windows open and the wind unwound the paper towels. Here's our hi-tek fix



We also discovered that the heater fan doesn't work and the AC needs to be rebuilt since I removed the rear mounted AC to make way for our interior renovations. Working in a van engine compartment isn't one of my favorite things but going through the HVAC system shouldn't be too horrible.
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This summer I've been adding a quart of Walmart Super Tech 2 cycle oil to the tank at each fill up to replace the lost lubricity of the new ultra low sulfur diesel fuel (one ounce per gallon). I was just over at the Ford Powerstroke Forum and saw that many there were claiming a nice fuel mileage boost from it. My mileage on our last two trips has been 1-2 mpg better than last year so maybe it's true.

I also noticed a bit less engine clatter.
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I also noticed a bit less engine clatter.
That's always a good thing...keep on keeping on!
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Our sauna weather finally blew out of here and I got the chassis air conditioning buttoned up. I had gotten two quotes for recharging the system and found it would cost more to have it done than to buy the tools and do it myself. So off to Harbor Freight I went and picked up an AC vacuum pump, AC charging gauges and some R134a refrigerant. The process went pretty smoothly except the gauge instructions were heavy on disclaimers and really short on how to actually use the equipment. In the end we have nice cold AC, the blower works and I've checked off the last item on my bus "to do" list.

Now what will I do for fun?????

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You can fix the battery door again
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You can fix the battery door again
Bloody Hell! I forgot about that. We're going camping again this weekend so I'm going to leave it busted until we get back. No sense fixing it a THIRD time.

I'm considering making a new box out of 1/4" steel plate - or maybe rubber.
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