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Old May 19 2018, 11:31 AM   #4601
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Here we have warm days, unseasonably warm up to 26 C degrees. But then, the next day it's 13 degrees C... We had unseasonalby hot days before but the big differences within a day are rare.
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Old May 19 2018, 04:13 PM   #4602
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Apparently we're going to be stuck with low 20s for the next week.
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Old May 20 2018, 05:25 AM   #4603
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Awww, is that too hot or too cold for you, P'ter? Low 20s (C mind, not F!) is just about right for me. Too much over 27 C and I become woozy and don't feel like doing anything. Fine if you can just spend time under a parasol and enjoy the shade, but not if you have to go to work.

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Old May 25 2018, 03:44 PM   #4604
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We're officially in thunderstorm season in the southeastern US!
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Old Jun 8 2018, 08:56 PM   #4605
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Right...finally got the Lada roadworthy again.

We had...shall I call it...fun...getting the emission test passed.

This turned out due initially to a dead ECU. This meant initially that I had no diagnostic system. Eventually I managed to track down a replacement ECU (they're basically made of unobtainium these days), which got me a working onboard diagnostic system.

That showed a duff oxygen sensor. This was duly (if awkwardly) replaced. ...at which point it still persisted in showing code 13...no oxygen sensor signal.

Wiring was checked, rechecked, the sensor was tested...all fine.

I eventually tracked this down to being due to an actual design flaw in the ECU resulting in problems with any non original sensor (they've been extinct and unobtainable for about ten years now)...was actually really easy to sort once I worked out what was going on. All I needed to do was link too wires to correctly ground the sensing circuit.

Suddenly the carbon monoxide content in the exhaust gases dropped from 5.247% (legal limit is 0.2%) down to a much more reasonable 0.047%. Not a bad result I reckon for a 25 year old bit of Russian pig iron.

Should improve my fuel economy a fair bit too!

Not much else been going on lately, reverse engineering a significant portion of the fuel injection system there had occupied the bulk of my brain cells for a fair while!
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Old Jun 12 2018, 04:11 AM   #4606
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I admire your perseverance. My old Lada (I think I traded it in 25 years ago) was exported back to Russia an might still be on duty there

In 2014 I saw its brother on a curb in St. Petersburg


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Old Jun 12 2018, 12:48 PM   #4607
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Zelandeth, I know what you mean about working with old cars. I restored antique cars for about 15 years, so I know from first-hand experience that things are not always what one thinks they should be.

I once did a lot of the restoration on a 1936 Cadillac. When it came time for wiring, as part of the engine bay work, I put all the wiring on the flathead V-8. Now understand that I thought that V-8 firing order, with the exception of Ford, was all the same. All General Motors brands and all Chrysler brands number their cylinders the same; one bank 1-3-5-7, the other 2-4-6-8. Ford did it different; 1-2-3-4 and 5-6-7-8. Firing order on non-Ford V-8s was all the same; 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2.


Well, I found out that is indeed true..... of overhead valve V-8s. Flatheads were quite a different story. That Caddy wouldn't run for diddly-squat. When I finally got my hands on a book (pre-internet days …. how did we ever survive?) I was able to correct things and by the time it was done, that big monster 4-door sedan would ghost along at 45 or 50 miles per hour (and up) so quietly and deceptively smooth you hardly knew the engine was running. I had to watch myself closely because more than twice I found myself doing that 40 or 45 MPH in a 25 or 30 MPH zone. Beautiful antique car or not, cops frown on such things and get rather upset about it. Especially when the license plate reads "PETRONE" and there's a realist-looking Tommy gun with a drum magazine in it laying on the back seat. The owner was a doctor. He also had a Ferrari. The license plate on it read "BASTA". Anyone need translations?
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Zelandeth, I know what you mean about working with old cars. I restored antique cars for about 15 years, so I know from first-hand experience that things are not always what one thinks they should be.

I once did a lot of the restoration on a 1936 Cadillac. When it came time for wiring, as part of the engine bay work, I put all the wiring on the flathead V-8. Now understand that I thought that V-8 firing order, with the exception of Ford, was all the same. All General Motors brands and all Chrysler brands number their cylinders the same; one bank 1-3-5-7, the other 2-4-6-8. Ford did it different; 1-2-3-4 and 5-6-7-8. Firing order on non-Ford V-8s was all the same; 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2.


Well, I found out that is indeed true..... of overhead valve V-8s. Flatheads were quite a different story. That Caddy wouldn't run for diddly-squat. When I finally got my hands on a book (pre-internet days …. how did we ever survive?) I was able to correct things and by the time it was done, that big monster 4-door sedan would ghost along at 45 or 50 miles per hour (and up) so quietly and deceptively smooth you hardly knew the engine was running. I had to watch myself closely because more than twice I found myself doing that 40 or 45 MPH in a 25 or 30 MPH zone. Beautiful antique car or not, cops frown on such things and get rather upset about it. Especially when the license plate reads "PETRONE" and there's a realist-looking Tommy gun with a drum magazine in it laying on the back seat. The owner was a doctor. He also had a Ferrari. The license plate on it read "BASTA". Anyone need translations?
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"Basta" may not mean what you think, unless you speak Italian.


Tomorrow I go in for surgery for colon cancer. "See" you all after.
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Old Jun 14 2018, 01:06 PM   #4610
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Belated good luck Allen!
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Old Jun 17 2018, 06:40 AM   #4611
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I hope your surgery went well, Allen. I wish you a speedy and complete recovery.
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It's either hot & humid or storming. We've had a couple of close tornados.
Kibby fell down some stairs about a week after moving to Staunton and broke her wrist. It's all healed up now and as soon as the cast came off she got a job at McDonald's. She's working the grill which is what she wanted. Since she worked at McDonald's here she was started at a higher pay. Over all she is doing well.

Not much going on in Concord. I've mostly been staying home taking care of Mom.
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