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Monday, June 28, 2010

New Chapter Is Up

As a note, I have posted Chapter 11 of "End Game" for your reading pleasure.

Enjoy!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Buffalo's New Accessories

As promised, the new (to me) rack on the new (to me) truck.

 

 

 

It's too hot here to type a lot so I'll bid adieu,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 6:32 PM
Categories: General Blogging

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday, why art thou so short?

Today was a decent but short day.

My brother scored me a ladder rack for my truck, a practically new one from Drake Welding, located in Campbell, CA. Estimated value, $1,200 USD. My cost, zilch. Yeah, instead of letting it go to the local Pick And Pull, the yard boss offered it to me through my brother. He knew it would fit, since it was coming off of a similar 2WD drive Ford.

The donor truck wasn't worth what the rack was worth, by the way. They will get $200 USD for that truck, so why let them have a $1,200 rack with it?

Anyway, still have to drill a few more holes and bolt it down but all in all, that was a grand score. A Drake Welding rack is the Rolls-Royce of racks here in the SF Bay Area. It might outlast the truck, too. I'll post pictures when I have a few minutes.

Take care!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 9:52 PM
Categories: Family, General Blogging, Work

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day Blog

Yesterday, my brother and I turned back the clock and became auto repair mechanics again.

As you my well know, my new (to me) pickup needed to have the transmission solenoid pack replaced. That's the part that the computer uses to shift the gears in the transmission. I finally received the pack that I ordered from Makco Transmission Parts and got it installed. As I had surmised, that was the problem. The transmission shifts smoothly and operates as advertised.

A word for you Ford owners. I discovered that my particular transmission, an E4OD, uses and prefers regular Mercon fluid. I was warned that if I wanted to kill it, just use Mercon V fluid. The E4OD/4R100/5R100 transmissions will fail using Mercon V, since it 'too slick' for the friction plates. I used Dexron III/Mercon from Valvoline and it works. If someone says they don't make plain Mercon ATF, they're full of $hit. Use Dexron III/Mercon. Good stuff.

Anyway, I'm planning on watching the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR race this afternoon from the comfort of my recliner. I would have loved to had been there in person but 1, the tickets were too high and 2, no refrigerator nearby. :D

Y'all take care and Happy Father's Day to all of you,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 11:17 AM
Categories: Family, General Blogging

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tuesday's Musings

I went to the gas station yesterday to fuel up "The Buffalo" and after a few calculations, I have determined that she gets a little over 9 miles to the gallon. Not bad for a 3/4 ton, 4WD, 7.5L V8-powered beast that probably weighs two tons or more. Also consider it has the frontal area of a house to push through the air.

Okay, so that doesn't sound like much but it's substantially better than "The Rumblemobile", my 1973 IHC pickup. With a tuneup that number should improve, too.

I should have the parts to fix the transmission on Saturday so after that and a tuneup, it's off to the Smog Inspection Station! Whee!

Take care,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 7:07 AM
Categories: General Blogging

Monday, June 07, 2010

A New Chapter Of "End Game"

The latest chapter of "End Game" has been posted for your reading pleasure.

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 10:55 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Friday, June 04, 2010

Busy Day Tomorrow

As a quick note, today is 'Baby' the cat's eleventh birthday. She's still with us but she's a bit weaker than she has been.

Now on to the real intent of this blog.

Tomorrow will be a busy day for me. Getting my eyeglasses (Yay!) in the a.m., then fix the driver's inside doorhandle and adjust the MLPS, or 'Neutral Safety Switch' for all of you non-Ford savvy readers.

The door handle is a common thing with these trucks and it's about an hour job. About five minutes to do the actual fix, the rest spent taking the interior door panel off and replacing it afterwards.

The MLPS, however seems like a thirty minute fix at best, since "The Buffalo" sits so darn high! The switch does more than allow you to only start in Neutral or Park. It also tells the TCM (Transmission Control Module) what gear has been selected so it knows how to control the electric solenoids that operate the gears. If it's out of align, it does some 'weird' things, such as a very late, rough upshift from first to third (direct). It also won't allow you to lock out the Overdrive. If adjustment doesn't help, it will be replaced with a $44.OO USD new switch.

A few other things, such as realigning the front and rear bumpers and replacing some burnt out lamps will occupy the remainder of the day. Two pix of "The Buffalo" below.

Front:

 

Rear:

 

Have a nice weekend,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 9:36 PM
Categories: Family, Friends, General Blogging

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

New Family Member (vehicle)

It had to happen at some point . . .

As some of you well know, I have been struggling with my 1973 International Harvester Corporation Model 1010 pickup, pulling my hair out trying to find parts for it. The fun and joy of owning an obsolete truck.

My brother works for a tow company so they get vehicles in from time to time that they lien sale off. One such vehicle is a 1997 Ford F-250 XL Heavy Duty Standard Cab 4X4 pickup. I went today and put my money down ($1,600 USD), making it the newest vehicular member of our family. I don't have a picture of her just yet so her stunt double (twin?) will have to stand in.

 

"The Great White Buffalo" is about 90% as nice outside as this truck is. Pictures will be coming.

My friend "SC" will be glad to know "The Buffalo" is a kindred spirit to "The Bowtie Beast".

Quick specs: 136K miles, 460 SEFI V8, Auto trans, Manual hubs, 4.10 gears. Runs smooth as silk. No kidding!

Because it's a lien sale vehicle, I have to go to the DMV and jump through a few hoops to register it. Wish me luck.

Take care,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 8:38 PM
Categories: Family, Friends, General Blogging