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Re: What did you do today

Postby dbhosttexas » Sat Sep 11, 2021 11:18 am

Grabbed a slice of cold pizza, and a coffee for breakfast, started looking for my cooling system tester in the garage when my wife wandered out to remind me her brother and his wife are coming by today. This is a good thing, and problematic. I need time to do the security relearn procedure on the new ECU, basically program it to the key so the car will actually start.

Finished my pizza, mowed down the weeks growth of beard to stubble with the trimmer, not gonna shave, just wanted a bit neater appearance. Not super tidy, but don't care today.

Honestly feeling kind of sh*tty because of the significance of today and recent events. Tryin gto stay positive, but I lost friends in that dam*#$ war.

I should probably stay off of the forums and social media for a couple of days.

Oh, FWIW, I did finally grab the cooling system testing kit. No leaks, held 15PSI for 15 minutes. Issue is either sudden failed T-stat, or just air pockets that I am still figthing to get out of the cooling system... Not familiar enough with the GM 3.5L V6, but this seems like the sort of service issue that put Triumph out of business with the Stagg...

I want to wait until sundown to start the relearn procedure. That is about an hour that I have to babysit the car outside with the key on.
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Re: What did you do today

Postby twisted lines » Sat Sep 11, 2021 3:14 pm

Ugly old scrap of really hard aluminum and Still at it.
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Re: What did you do today

Postby dbhosttexas » Sun Sep 12, 2021 10:00 am

So far, ran through the ECU / Key / Security relearn procedure, and got the Malibu started up, ran it for about 10 minutes, as that was the time to die before, and ran a series of checks. No codes, no overheat, no power steering failure. So far so good.

FINALLY found the 3/4 NPT x 3/8" nylon barb fittings for my tank pickup and got it ordered. Sadly the cheapest way to do it was to buy a 6 pack... Oh well $6.00 but I didn't have to fish around Home Depot.

I WILL go to my local home center to buy 3/4" NPT plugs for the remaining tanks.

Road tested the car in my neighborhood, no issues. Came back home, retested alternator all is well. Road tested to Texas City, about 15 miles or so down the highway to get some ethanol free gas while I was at it... Noticed with the new ECU shifting is a little bit harsh, but not terrible. And getting about 3 coldes all related to the MAP sensor, which itself looks to be in bad shape, and fails several multimeter tests. Ordered MAP sensor.

Got my ethanol free gas @ $3.89/gallon. Certain more expensive than regular unleaded, but if it doesn't kill my generator or foul my stove I am fine with that...

I've got about a half gallon of ethanol free RUG left in my gas can from earlier in the summer that does have Sta-bil in it, but I need to use it, soon...

Probably be ready to go with the car mid week after the MAP sensor comes in and I manage to lay hands on a couple of quarts of Mercon VI. I really need this on a lift. I had so much engine oil under the car that I didn't notice any ATF leaks... It is possible I guess. Again could be due to the new ECM.

Anyway, one thing I am NOT seeing is the old evaporative emissions system codes that I never could clear. Possibly the ECM started failing there... Not sure. But it has not kicked back in yet.
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Re: What did you do today

Postby dbhosttexas » Tue Sep 14, 2021 6:23 am

Hunkered down. The little tropical storm that was supposed to hit WELL south of us at the TX / Mexico border decided to strengthen, and slide north, and hit just south of Galveston, putting the entirety of Galveston County, where I live, suddenly on the dirty side of a category 1 hurricane in the middle of the night. With next to no prep. Well, okay I can now easily take power outages, cooking, AC etc... But no windows got boarded up, no planters pulled in etc... My trash cans are probably in the street right now...

Update. The storm has passed, mostly, and the moisture is being sucked north, and east of us, which is a good thing. I had a chance to peruse the damage, fence is okay, no window damage, but I lost a few sheets of siding. I have Masonite siding on the house that is giving out a panel at a time. I have plywood T1-11 in the garage. Need to paint 2 sheets up, and wait for the yard to dry out enough so that I can stand on a ladder and not just bury the ladder in the gumbo mud that is my yard right now...

Literally walking across the yard to inspect the damage, I was sinking to the tops of my shoes.
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Re: What did you do today

Postby popper » Tue Sep 14, 2021 4:15 pm

1st test run towing extra wide bare frame, mpg was 25% off my usual number. Am disappoint.
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Re: What did you do today

Postby dbhosttexas » Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:11 am

Getting antsy. Side of the hosue is open to the elements, and ladder won't work right now as the ground is goopy mud. WIll have to temporarily staple sheeting from inside the attic before more rain comes Saturday... I need the ground to dry up!

Ordered a new 5K BTU GE window unit. The LG curb find, I am obviously not finding the ground fault. Into the recycle bin it goes!

I also have a 6.5K BTU Goldstar that I tried using during the post hurricane power outage. It would blow cool air, not cold... Fan speed on high was still LOW. And at a rated 6.6 amps it was nearly stalling my 1KW generator every time it cycled...

Added the hour meter to, and performed the 20 hour oil change. Oil actually looked decent.


Flame King 1lb kit and 2 of my 3 spare bottles arrived. Apparently the third was shipped by a different carrier...
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Re: What did you do today

Postby dbhosttexas » Fri Sep 17, 2021 2:40 pm

Day job work. Received last few remaining bits for my water tank setup.

Replaced the MAP sensor in the Malibu. Drives like an actual decent car now. If it keeps this up I might start hating it less again... The original crumbled into 3 pieces once I took the bolt for the clamp loose. Yay plastic car parts!

have a hunk of the busted out masonite siding that has the critical angles I need for the new siding. Of course T1-11 plywood siding is going to be few and far between right now, and to top it off, my yard is still soaked from the hurricane. 65% chance of rain and going up until Tuesday. So I went to Walmart and grabbed a fresh 8x10 medium duty silver tarp, using drywall screws and fender washers through the grommets, attached the tarp to cover the gaping hole in my attic. It will work well enough for now.

Cleaned up some of the Hurricane Debris in my yard. I need to spend time breaking down the messed up masonite and getting bagged up along with busted up branches. And paper towels I used for spilled gasoline cleanup need to get tossed in the BBQ pit and burned off.

Need some starter fluid to test the Tailgator generator. It refused to start, again. Starting to think carburretor problem. First tank of gas I put through it was not ethanol free and I am thinking I am paying the price for it now...

Tested the Goldstar 6.5K BTU window unit. Plugged into wall power it still only puts out 60 degree air. Curb time for it. Pending delivery of the GE. Drug the Goldstar out to the curb. It's days are done.

Winding up the extension cords we used during the power outage.

End of day update...

Spent some time fiddling with the Harbor Freight Tailgator generator trying to figure out what is causing it to not start.

I took the air cleaner cover off, exposed the carburetor and sprayed a shot of carb and choke cleaner in, let it soak, and set it to start. After 2 pulls it sputtered and smoked. Then a few more pulls, and some fiddling with the choke and it came to life. So long story short. This thing just needs some assistance in getting going. Finding the right choke position to allow it to start is next to impossible but kick it with some carb cleaner, or reportedly starter fluid and it kicks right off.
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Re: What did you do today

Postby dbhosttexas » Tue Sep 21, 2021 1:17 pm

5K BTU AC came in today. Have not set it up to test yet. BUT...

Am planning on testing the AC running on both the Tailgator, AND the Sprotsman generators. Due to reliability issues, and fuel use, not to mention noise, I have no intention of running the AC off of the Tailgator generator in camp.
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Re: What did you do today

Postby bdosborn » Tue Sep 21, 2021 2:29 pm

My 1000 watt Yamaha generator will start my 5000btuh AC and run it till it cycles for the first time. Then it won't run it due to the high head pressure of the compressor and disconnects on overload. I bought a 2000w Champion generator and it runs the AC like a champ (pun intended).

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Re: What did you do today

Postby dbhosttexas » Tue Sep 21, 2021 4:03 pm

bdosborn wrote:My 1000 watt Yamaha generator will start my 5000btuh AC and run it till it cycles for the first time. Then it won't run it due to the high head pressure of the compressor and disconnects on overload. I bought a 2000w Champion generator and it runs the AC like a champ (pun intended).

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Well, testing will show. Honestly I expect the Tailgator to fail, and the Sportsman to succeed...
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Re: What did you do today

Postby dbhosttexas » Wed Sep 22, 2021 2:54 pm

Very little progress in all areas...

My wife is having some issues lately with her health, I have been spending time taking care of her, and trying to catch up on sleep that I missed during the hurricane / resulting power outage. I didn't sleep well because she was overly worried about everything etc...

Our local lumber yards are just now getting siding back in, so I need to head over to the big orange store and grab about 4 panels of T1-11.

My fridge died. Under warranty, and they gave me store credit. In order to actually get an equivalent replacement I need to cough up about a grand. Yay! f***ing Whirlpool...
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Re: What did you do today

Postby bobhenry » Wed Sep 22, 2021 3:47 pm

Well it really took two days but I had an old scratched up desk that someone had carved an opening into for a sewing machine. I enlarged the hole and with a little modification made a nifty vanity. It just might make its way into the caboose bath area if I don't find a buyer in my little furniture store.........

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At the same yard sale bought a $1.00 clock and a $2.00 live edge blank and threw this little gem together

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