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Somebody has to do it, and nobody else volunteers: the fixing saga

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by skyking1, Jul 9, 2021.

  1. JLarson

    JLarson Senior Member

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    Yeah they're just odd lol. I've taken roll scotchbrite and a flat file to a few and put bearings and seals from the local bearing house in em before with a good ol manual grease packing and off they went.
     
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    this trailer is getting the same treatment that both of my equipment trailers got. new skins repair the brakes a new pigtail seven wire a new breakaway switch. everything put in a junction box and tested for functionality.
     
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    one side done, tested and down on the new rubber. Just for kicks I tested the other side. One worked!
    The other I fear the magnet is toast. I dropped off the tires for pickup Monday.
     
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    The alternator started singing on the Ford, No More Juice For You!
    I had changed it out a year ago. Hmm. I get in there and find the Rube Goldberg adjuster had dis-assembled itself. It has a rod coupler in it, I don't know if it is standard that way but the jam nuts had worked loose. I re-cobbled it till I get better parts.
     
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    I remembered a thing from years ago. I was accompanying wife to a quilt show, and these guys were jump starting a '64 Ford with a Cherokee, unsuccessfully.
    I told her I would be right in, and she just nodded. She knew who she was married to by now.
    I walked over and they said we are charging the Ford battery back up for another go. I nodded, and offered to look at it. I had a rubber handled Kershaw pocket knife in my pocket.
    I pulled a plug wire, stuck the knife blade in it and held it near a good ground. "crank it over" I said. No spark.
    It was a 352 with the convenient front distributor. I used the Kershaw in my hand to flip the clips off the cap, pulled the cap. " crank it over"
    Rotor spun, so that helps.
    I pulled the rotor and looked down in there, and lo and behold, somebody had dropped a screw when changing out a condenser. It had grounded the plate.
    Using the same kershaw knife, I fiddled the screw out of there up the inside of the distributor, over the edge and into the palm of my hand. I put the rotor back, the cap back, and said "start it".
    It roared to life. I said "stick out your hand" dropped the screw in it, and just walked away. Elapsed time maybe 2 minutes.
     
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    This was so much fun I got to do it again :)
    The guys said it was making a horrible racket, and one of the guys was checking the pulley with a finger and ended up with the thread pattern burned on his fingertip for his troubles.
    I took a look and no nut. The pulley was freewheeling on the alternator shaft and got really hot and all hogged out. The parts store said no problem, don't worry about the receipt and handed me another.
     
  7. Willie B

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    Yeah........I'm not buying that one. You're rationalizing.
     
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    :shrug: It is the reason I do what I do. One may or may not agree with my motive.
     
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    I don't fix shopping carts, I just steal another when a wheel seizes up. /s
    ;)
     
  10. JLarson

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    Nobody can do a decent alternator anymore, I put 3 on a yard forklift for one of our readymix places before we got a runner lol.
     
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    If a cart is having a issue-when I get to the checkout stand I mention to the cashier that it's pulling
    hard to the right, they need to push it across the street to Les Schwab for a 4 wheel alignment.
     
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    A Dodge 360 that didn't run smooth and low on power that had just had a tune-up and back to same shop
    three times, belonged to neighbor. I threw a timing light on it {my that's interesting}. The locking tang inside
    rotor was off by roughly 20 degrees. Napa Echlin.
     
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    I still have my snap on timing light from the 70's in a toolbox drawer, but the dwell meter went missing a few decades ago and was not replaced nor missed.
     
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