Sunday, April 5, 2020

Battery wars....continued

7:20 am - Sunday - April 5th - Wittmann, AZ - 50° F, 56% humidity, wind 6 mph out of the north by northeast......clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 77° F.  Here is a throwback picture from this date in 2017......

On this date in 2017 we were walking on the beach near 
Pismo Beach, CA and staying at the local Oceano Elks Lodge

When last we left off one of our 8d batteries had given up the ghost......

Deceased 8d battery

....and my friend Tom had ordered two new 8d batteries from O'Reilly's in Wickenburg, AZ which is about 22 miles to the north via Highway 60.  Around 11 am Tom and I loaded to two old 8d batteries into the rear of their Honda CRV and made the drive into Wickenburg.  As you all must know any quoted price on a new battery includes the requirement you must give to them your old battery, or core, which is why we hauled those old batteries 22 miles into Wickenburg, plus who wants old batteries sitting in your garage for years on end, right?  The quoted price was $195 per 8d battery, plus tax.  The total came to $430 for the two batteries.  We were back home about 12:30 pm and proceeded to unload the new batteries, but before installing them Tom helped me.....or should I say I helped him install a new positive battery clamp on one of my cables.  Years ago when we first got the Newell I had to replace this clamp with an off the shelf one that is attached using a screw clamp.  This is not ideal, but I did not own, and still do not own a hydraulic crimper.  Tom owns such a tool, so we removed the old clamp, and crimped on a brand new one.......

New positive crimped clamp installed

.....once the new clamp was installed we proceeded to load the new batteries onto their sliding trays, then reattached the positives and grounds to their respective terminals......


.....and we were done.  On top of that everything worked just as it should! We should now be good for another 8-10 years on our house batteries.  Just as it was when we owned our sticks and bricks home unexpected repairs crop up from time in our home one wheels, and we deal with them and then get back to living the nomadic dream.  When we arrived in Wittmann on March 4th replacing our two 8d house batteries was the last thing on our collective minds.  Of course, if we had to have a battery sulfate, we could not have been in a better location to deal with its replacement.

Once I had put away all my tools, and supplies I cleaned up, and then took a LONG nap.....as you know I take a lot of what I would call 'cat' naps, but I haven't had one of those LONG naps in a very long time.  When I awoke it was after 3:30 pm....I must have been tired.

Our Wittmann weather has been absolutely idyllic the past 10 days, and that trend continued on Real Saturday.  We continue to be.....wait for it......we continue to be asymptomatic.    Current Arizona stats are: 2,019 positive tests (there are 7.2 million people in Arizona) out of 27,160 total tests.  A total of 267 people have been hospitalized over the course of the last few weeks, but we do not know how many are currently in the hospital.  There are 41 reported deaths from the Chinese virus over the last three weeks.....for a little perspective....in Arizona 3 people die every day in auto accidents, so over the same 3 week period 63 have died in auto accidents.  A little more 'micro' perspective.....I had a greater chance of being killed in a car accident Saturday than I had dying from the COVID-19 virus.

For a 'macro' perspective the national numbers are as follows: Out of almost 1.7 million tests performed there have been 307,000 positive tests.  Out of those 307,000 positives there have been 8,300+ deaths to date out of a population of 330 million.  Of those 8,300 deaths 3,600 are in the state of NY, and most of those in just three counties.  The source for these numbers, and the ones I report each day is COVIDTRACKING.COM/data, which is updated numerous times daily.

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Something's rotten in Denmark.....

7:19 am - Real Saturday - April 4th - Wittmann, AZ - 48° F, 55% humidity, wind 6 mph out of the northeast.....clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 79 F.

I thought it would be interesting to go back in my blog to April 4th for prior years to see where we were and what we were doing. On April 4th, 2015 we were boondocking at Goosenecks State Park in Southern Utah near Mexican Hat.  This is one of my favorite boondocking sites ever......


.....unfortunately Goosenecks is closed right now to visitors, except those who live within San Juan County.

As I mentioned briefly at the beginning of yesterday's post, we awoke to a sulfating 8d battery.  You know a battery is sulfating when you think you are smelling rotten eggs.  When I opened the bay door to the 'house battery' compartment to investigate the source I was met with an overwhelming wave of rotten egg smell.....yuk!  It was one of the 'house' batteries that I replaced back in May of 2008....so it was almost 12 years old......I originally thought it was 8, or 9 years old, but after doing some checking I found out how old it was.....amazing!  Before I did anything else I retrieved a 1/2" socket, and a 3/8" ratchet to disconnect the now deceased battery from our 12 volt system.  It was too hot to touch from sulfating all night long, so I let it cool down for a few hours, and then removed it.....


.....once it was cool enough to handle I removed it from its cradle and set it on the ground.  While I was taking care of the battery my friend Tom made a call to the local O'Reillys where he does business and negotiated a great deal on two 8d batteries for $195 each.  Most people, including Tom, will recommend that you replace both batteries at the same time.  Over the years I have just replaced the one that went bad, and it has worked out okay, but this time I decided to go ahead and do the recommended thing.  Tom ordered two 8d batteries for me, and we will drive into town Saturday to take delivery.

After posting my daily blog entry I set about rearranging where our bicycles are stowed when in travel mode.  When I bought the Haibike eBike I just stowed it in the space where the Cannondale tandem used to reside, and left the other two Cannondale's in their existing spots, but I found that it was extremely difficult to stow the Haibike there.  It was just too tight, so I switched the bike tights and am now stowing my Cannondale Bad Boy in the corner, and the Haibike in its former spot.......

 The Bad Boy in its new travel position

......I then moved the Haibike to the back of the trailer with TLE's eBike so now I have room to workout again......my 'back machine' is now set up again, and I can walk from front to back of the trailer without having to squeeze between bikes.....


 The bike tight for the Haibike is now out of the corner

......I also got another Amazon delivery.....my bag of 40 polishing wheels for my Black and Decker dremel......


.....after my work in the trailer was finished I called it a day, and spent some time on my laptop doing some research for our future travels.  We capped off our day soaking in Tom and Darlene's Jacuzzi with Tom.  It was a beautiful, clear night sky with stars everywhere....a great way to finish another day in the Wittmann desert.

Good news on the mother front......my mother's Chinese virus test came back NEGATIVE, which we expected, so she can now be transferred to Hospice care, and that will happen today, Saturday.  She is comfortable, and in good spirits.  TLE and I are also still negative for any COVID-19 symptoms.  The Arizona numbers this morning are as follows: 1,769 positive tests, 22,904 negative tests, 249 people who are currently hospitalized, or were hospitalized at some point, with 41 deaths to date.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

A day of ups and downs......

7:38 am - Friday - April 3rd - Wittmann, AZ - 56° F, 48% humidity, wind 4 mph out of the northeast.......clear, blue, sunny skies this today with a forecast high of 80° F.  Woke up this morning to one of my 8d house batteries sulfating.....haven't had that happen for over 3 years.  Basically that means this battery, which was 9 years old, finally gave up the ghost......not too bad.  I'll write more about that tomorrow.

You might have noticed I posted my daily missive late Thursday morning.  I had it mostly written by 7:30 am, but we had to leave to make the 25 minute drive over to the COSTCO in Glendale, AZ to arrive in time to participate in the new senior hours which has the store opening from 8 to 9 am for those over 60 years of age.  I had two prescriptions to retrieve, and we were going to make another try at getting some Charmin, Cottonelles, and Kleenex.  We arrived just after 8 am to find the parking lot full, and people already exiting the store with full carts....wait, what?

We soon found out from a COSTCO associate that by 7:15 am the line to enter the store was too long to wait any longer, so they opened the store 45 minutes early, hence the full carts we observed at 8:05 am.  And it was a long, long line......


....we grabbed a shopping cart and made our way to the back of the line, which, as you can see, was way in the back of the parking lot.  Once you reach the COSTCO building in the background you have four 100 yard switch back lines to get through before you are able to finally enter the store.  Now, we could have played the prescription card, and been taken directly to the pharmacy, but we would not be able to take a cart with us, and we needed a cart for all the bulky stuff we hoped to be able to buy, so we had to get in line.  As a side note we wore our nitrile gloves, and new face masks, as were about 80% of the seniors in line.

We finally entered the store around 8:40 am......for every 50 people who exited the store they would allow 50 more to ingress.  While I walked to the pharmacy to pickup my meds, TLE got in the one way line to get TP.  On this day they were passing out 24 roll packages of TP, and we got Charmin, which happens to be our TP of choice.  She also got a 12 pack of Kleenex, but they were out of Cottonelles, as well as any generic offerings.  By the time I finished paying for my meds TLE was mostly done shopping.  The actual checkout line was not that long, and we were soon exiting the store and making our way to the VW with our spoils......


......we then got in line at the COSTCO fuel station to fill up the VW gas tank at $2.19/gallon for premium unleaded.....by, and far the best price we have paid in over 3 years.  Next up was the local Walmart Supercenter just 3 blocks away where we hoped to find some Cottonelles, and we scored there getting the absolute last package of the same.  TLE bought some produce, and a few other things.  By 11 am we were on the way back home with everything we had set out to procure arriving back at home base in Wittmann just after 11:30 am.

While TLE was putting away our spoils an Amazon package arrived via UPS with our new panniers for our eBikes....frankly they exceeded my expectations.  They were quite easy to install, and within minutes I had them attached to both bikes......



....for some time I have wanted to fabricate some sort of box to contain all of my Sea-B-Que grill tools, and the box which contained the new panniers was perfect, so within 20 minutes I had cut it down to fit the space......


.......and finally I had what I had wanted for a long time now.  By this time it was after 1 pm and time to take a break, which I did.  By this time TLE had gone inside for her daily card games with Darlene.

Around 3:20 pm I got a text from my brother, Dwyer, advising he had received a text from my sister Hilary's husband (Bob) advising my sister had to call '911' for my mother (Virginia) as she was in respiratory distress (fluid in her lungs).  She was rushed by the EMT's to the ER at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, where she was admitted in short order to an isolation unit within the hospital until they can rule out the Chinese Virus, which will take some 3 days for test results.  In the interim no one, including my sister, can see her, or be with her.  We can only call her in her room.  In the mean time they have stabilized her, and after some treatment she is now breathing more easily.  Virginia is over 90 years of age.....she is 20 years, and three weeks older than I....we were both born in October.  The frustrating thing is I cannot get there right now to be with her.  We pray she will recover, but she has several 'co-morbidities', or underlying issues, including her advanced age which are in play.  Your prayers for my mother will be greatly appreciated.

TLE and I are doing well.....no symptoms.  In Arizona our numbers are as follows:  1,598 positive tests, 21,111 negative tests, 32 deaths, and 228 hospitalized.  Nationally the numbers are: 241,734 positive tests, 1,046,279 negative tests, 5,862 deaths, and 33,040 hospitalized.  Of those numbers we see NY has 92, 381 positive tests, 146,584 negative tests, 2,273 deaths, and 20,817 hospitalizations.....staggering numbers for sure.....NY has 2/3's of all the national hospitalizations.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Wednesday......

6:49 am - Thursday - April 2nd - Wittmann, AZ - 52° F, 53% humidity, wind 2 mph out of the northeast.......clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 79° F.

About mid morning I finished off the repair of the artificial turf by applying Gorilla Tape to each of the seams.  Once that was done.....didn't take long.....I rolled the carpet back to its upright position, and the 'lido deck' was once again available for use.......


.....and use it we did.  Wednesday was the warmest day we've had in a few weeks at 82° F, so we spent a good part of the morning and early afternoon sitting outside reading.  After my marathon day stitching the remaining cuts I had opened back in 2016 I was ready to take it easy Thursday.  Early afternoon TLE surprised me with a nice lunch......a deconstructed BLAT.....

 Proof I am loved

........I read until about 3 pm, and then went inside to finish watching the last 5 episodes of season 2 of 'Luke Cage'.  TLE was home from playing cards around 4:30 pm to begin preparing dinner.  We had roast beef, and vegetables covered with hollandaise sauce.....yummy!

We had a very subtle sunset to bring to an end the daylight portion of our Wednesday......



......TLE and I continue to be in good health......no signs of the Chinese Virus yet in our little Wittmann enclave.  Over all in Arizona we have had 1,413 test positive, and 19, 645 coming in negative with just 29 reported deaths so far.  Nationwide there are 212,695 positive, 956,302 negative and over 5,000 deaths.  So far the national case load centers in states with large population centers, and NY state is still the epicenter.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Stitch in time........

8:20 am - Wednesday - April 1st - Wittmann, AZ - 62° F, 52% humidity, wind 4 mph out of the east by northeast.....heavy cloud cover today with a forecast high of 82° F.

Back in the summer of 2018 after we had left Smuggler's Den Campground to spend a month on the property of our friends Tony and Janet I began to stitch several cuts in our artificial turf which I had intentionally cut so it would fit around our concrete picnic table in our site at TVC (Tahoe Valley Campground) in the summer of 2016.  When the old picnic table was removed I just used Gorilla Tape to put the small area of turf back together, and it worked okay, but after a lot of rain the tape would begin to come off.  With time on our hands in September of 2018 I decided to buy some sail thread (I wrote about that here) at the local West Marine store and begin to stitch those cut sections back together......

Back in September of 2018

.......I laid out the turf upside down on the grass next to our site at Tony and Janet's home, and began the slow, arduous task of undoing my mistake from two years earlier.....I should never have cut that turf!  Over a couple of days I managed to get about half of the stitching completed, but our time was up in Southwest Harbor, so I decided I would finish it when we got back to SoCal.....yeah, right!  My process was to first stitch the sections I had cut back together, then apply clear silicone caulk to the stitches to protect them from the elements, and then cover each seam with Gorilla Tape.....


.....and for the spots I stitched that process has worked out quite well.  The seams have held, and are still solid after 2.5 years.  On the sections I had not stitched I just reapplied a new round of Gorilla Tape.  So, fast forward to January of 2020 when we are leaving RORVR after 9 months.  As we were folding up the turf to insert it in the trailer those unstitched seams pulled loose from the Gorilla Tape, and it became obvious that I would have to finish that long delayed project.  That date with destiny came Tuesday morning.  I rolled back the edge of the turf where the remaining cuts to be stitched are located, pulled off what remained of the Gorilla Tape, then began to stitch the remaining cuts, determined I would finish this undesirable task in one sitting, and I did......


....I probably laid down around 200 'whip' stitches in all, and I got it done in about 4-5 hours.  Above you can see the entire area I repaired Tuesday, and below is a close up of the 'whip' stitches on one section......


......once all the stitching was complete I laid down a bead of the GE clear silicone caulk over all the seams......

The seams are caulked

......once the GE clear silicone caulk has cured I will reapply Gorilla Tape to the newly stitched seams, and then roll the carpet back to right side up.  It only took me 4 years to correct my bad decision back in the summer of 2016.

By the time I put my materials away I was around 4 pm, and I was tired, but it was a good tired, and now one more thing is crossed off my 'TO DO' list.  I watched a few more episodes of 'Luke Cage', plus another episode of 'Outlander' (season 5, episode 2) with TLE, and it was time to call an end to Tuesday and head for slumberland.

TLE and I continue to be asymptomatic, and continue to do well.  The Arizona numbers are shown below.....



.....Arizona numbers are still not alarming.  Here are the numbers nationally.....


.....NY has 1,550 of those deaths and almost 76,000 of the national cases, and continues to be the national epicenter.  The rural areas of the U.S. continue to be way less affected than the large urban areas.  Most states have just single, or double digit deaths reported, while a few have triple digit deaths.  World-wide numbers how 889,213 cases, and 44,323 deaths.

We get a little stir crazy now and then, but once I can immerse myself in another project it goes away.  Of course, the list of projects is diminishing, but "I'll worry about that tomorrow" to quote Scarlet O'Hara in Gone With the Wind.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Razor's edge.......

8:20 am - Tuesday - March 31st - Wittmann, AZ - 57° F, 51% humidity, wind 1 mph out of the north.......cloud cover this morning and the rest of the day with a forecast high of 80° F.  We have four more days of 80-82°  weather, and then back into the 70's through at least the middle of April, and April begins tomorrow.

I returned to my copper plumbing polishing project Monday morning.  Up to this point I had tried 'Bar Keepers Friend', some water, and a tooth brush.  It worked slowly, but well, but also made a big mess which required a lot of cleanup......


.....then Monday I tried 'Never Dull' which I have had for years.  Thankfully, it is still potent.  It is basically a cotton like substance soaked in some sort of metal cleaner that you use to polish the metal.  It takes a lot of rubbing, and takes a while, but it also does a pretty good job, albeit slowly.......


.....after about an hour I decided to get out my dremel and use a couple of polishing wheels to see how that worked.  Well, it worked well, and very, very fast!  What took me the better part of an hour to accomplish, I did in 5 minutes with the polishing wheel. Unfortunately, I only had two of them, so I will have order some more of them from Amazon......


.....I'm sure with the new wheels on order I can finish the rest of the copper plumbing in short order and move onto some other frivolous project......😉

Over the weekend Tom had offered to take TLE and I on a Razor ride through the desert, and we took him up on his offer Monday afternoon.  I love taking these desert journeys with Tom, as he just makes it up as you go....you never know where you are going, let alone where you are at any given point.  He just drives, takes turns here and there and somehow we find our way back........




....at one point TLE shouted over the steady roar of the rear mounted motor that she saw a couch on the side of the road with a TV sitting in front of it, so we turned around to see it.  Sure enough, someone had set up an old, discarded couch with an old cathode ray tube TV on the ground in front of it......cool.....desert art.....


.....seriously, if you are going to discard old furniture out in the desert, please set it up in way that is thought provoking, instead of disgusting......nice job whoever you are.

We arrived home between 3:30 and 4 pm after having covered some 27 miles of desert meandering. Tom let me drive the last few miles.....let me assure you that no small children, or animals were harmed, and we all arrived home unscathed.

Around 6 pm we drove over to the home of Jon and Laura (Tom and Darlene's daughter, and son-in-law) to celebrate the 17th birthday of their daughter Katie.  They live about 1/16th of a mile away as the crow flies, and they are currently healthy.  We all practiced social distancing.....no hugs, or handshakes.  

So, another day in the life....we are now on the verge of April, and who knows what unknowns are yet out there?  Both TLE and I continue to be asymptomatic.  On Thursday we venture into Glendale, AZ to visit COSTCO  to pick up two more prescriptions.....these two, combined with the one I picked up two weeks ago will take me into July without needing a refill.  COSTCO has now instituted 'senior' hours from 8 am to 9 am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and on those days they also open their Pharmacy early, so we will take advantage of that.  Additionally, TLE and Darlene did some extensive research into making our own washable, and reusable face masks.....



.....I have two, and so does TLE, so we will be wearing those when we enter COSTCO, or any other public place from this point forward.  Darlene has a wonderful, commercially equipped sewing center and is quite skilled.  It took several fittings to get each one designed, and finished, but they came out very well....looks like something you would find in a store.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Back roads........

7:55 am - First Saturday - March 30th - Wittmann, AZ - 55° F, 48% humidity, wind 5 mph out of the north by northwest......clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 77° F.  The views this morning......





......it is a beautiful Monday morning in our Wittmann, AZ neighborhood.  Come Wednesday we will have been here 4 weeks.  Does not seem like that long at all.  Not much to relate from our Sunday, but the weather has been very moderate, very nice.  The forecast for the next two weeks is for more of the same (high 70's to low 80's).....can't complain about that.  No need to employ air conditioning, yet.

We got off our collective derrières and took a 1 mile walk around the local Wittmann back roads......most of Wittmann is connected by dirt roads, with a few paved main arterials.  We have to cover almost 1 mile of dirt roads to reach pavement, so we are pretty isolated.......


.....I spent the afternoon binge watching 'Luke Cage' (Marvel) on Netflix.  So wonderful to have access to great WiFi here, and be able to stream to our heart's content.  On top of that I got an email from Verizon Wireless advising they had added, at no additional cost, another 15 gigabytes to my Hot Spot capacity, giving me now 30 gigs before they throttle.....nice!

Not much else to report except that we are both still asymptomatic, feeling quite well, and enjoying the pursuit of happiness.....all our best to everyone.  Stay healthy and safe....think for yourself, use your common sense.....we will all get through this together.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Finding balance.......

7:40 am - Sunday - March 29th - Wittmann, AZ - 51° F, 53% humidity, wind 2 mph out of the east by northeast......clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 73° F.

I began my day Saturday with Tom in the Newell House watching him work on his Aqua Hot system in his 2002 Newell.  Many more modern, high end coaches for the last 20+ years include an Aqua Hot system, which not only provides hot water, but heats the coach.  It can be run, while dry camping, off diesel, or electric when connected to shore power, or you can use both simultaneously when the temps get below 20° F, to provide extra heating capabilities.....



.....there are two heating elements which screw into the Aqua Hot tank, and Tom was in the process of removing the old ones (above) and installing the new ones when I joined him in the shop area.  Right now he has two Newells in what we all affectionately call 'Newell House'.......


  Tom's Newell is a 2002 as seen in these pictures.....it 
is just under 46' long with two slides
The coach on the right is a 1999 that he bought to 'flip' about a year ago.  

.....one is his 2002 Newell (white with blue and red accents), which comes in a just under 46' long, and has two slides, plus 1.5 bathrooms.  The coach on the right in the above picture is the 1999 which is a few feet shorter than the 2002, and white with green accents.




After reinstalling the Thetford valves the other day I wanted to clean up the driver side of the water bay, and Saturday seemed to be a good day to do just that. I retrieved a can of 'Bar Keep' and proceeded to scrub the white 3" drain pipe, as well as polish up the copper plumbing which is everywhere on this side of the water bay....


Before.....

 .....after.....

 Shining up that copper!

....there is  lot of copper plumbing on this side of the water bay, and it is understandably very tarnished after 38+ years.  I didn't want to get into polishing it all in one day, but I got two sections done, plus one of the numerous gate valves looking pretty good once again.  The white drain pipe cleaned up pretty well, also.

I spent the rest of the day wondering what to do....there are a lot of small things I could do, and I will probably do them, but after spending most the last 10 days 'sheltering in place' I am beginning to lose purpose and direction now that the big projects are completed.  I need to recenter myself, and try to keep myself more scheduled......I do best when I have something to do, even if it is just a taking a bike ride, or vacuuming out the trailer.

I missed the main part of Saturday's sunset, but I did get these late pictures.......



....shortly after I took this picture TLE and I joined Tom in the Jacuzzi for an after dark soak....it was the perfect way to end the day, and I slept like a 'baby'.  

TLE and I are still asymptomatic.  Our plans are changing by the day.  Originally we had planned to leave Wittmann on April 6th to head over to All Aboard American in Mesa, AZ to have our coach checked over before we began our trip to Alaska.  We were to meet Glenn and Laureen there, but now they are not able to leave Texas until at least the 6th as their adult son who lives at home, developed a low grade fever about a week ago, and even though he has not been diagnosed as having COVID-19, they are still self quarantining until the 6th, which means the earliest they could be here would be the 9th, or 10.  We have pretty much determined we will stay put here in Wittmann for a few more weeks.  Instead of heading to A.M. Solar in Oregon to get a solar system installed on Glenn and Laureen's  1984 Newell they are considering having the panels, etc. shipped here to Wittmann, do the install in the Newell House garage, and then decide where to go from here near the end of April.  That's where we are for now.......Thanks for stopping by!


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Saturday, March 28, 2020

An alternative......

7:22 am - Real Saturday - March 28th - Wittmann, AZ - 38° F, 72% humidity, wind 4 mph out of the north.......clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 68° F.

I took the day off from 'doing' projects to do some research into solving my non-functioning tachometer.  My existing tachometer is a Stewart-Warner, as most of the 16 different gauges on my dashboard are......


....it is an analog gauge that depends on a signal generator attached to a ratio adapter on the front of my 6v92 Detroit Diesel.  I wrote about this yesterday.  I cannot fix it, so I am going to replace the tachometer with one of the electronic variety which can be wired into our 12 volt, 160 amp Leece-Neville (Model 3425J) direct drive alternator.....  

Note the 3 terminals on top of the alternator in the picture

....it is easy to install, and calibrate.  It costs under $130.  This is the one I am leaning towards.....


.....it is made by Speedhut.  I spoke with a gentleman at Turbo and Electric of Phoenix (Leo at All Aboard America referred me to Rick there), who asked what model of Leece-Neville alternator I had, and then told me I could tap into any one of the three terminals on it to power the new tachometer.....perfect.  Since 'redline' on the 6v92 is just 2,100 RPM's I don't need a display showing more than 4,000 RPM's, so this one will work just fine.  All that research took time, but by the end of the day I had a plan, and a solution.  Special thanks to my friend Tom for his help in this process!

TLE spent much time playing cards with Darlene Friday, and I spent time watching Season 2 of 'Iron Fist' (another Marvel franchise) to its conclusion.  By the time I finished it was just before 5 pm, and TLE arrived home a few minutes later.

We were treated to a lovely sunset Friday evening......




......TLE and I continue to be COVID-19 free......no symptoms.  We are doing well.  I won't bore you with the current U.S. cases/deaths, or the world-wide cases/deaths.  It is getting worse, but still not remotely approaching the doomsday scenarios the bearded experts were predicting just a couple of weeks ago.  Be safe, use your own judgement, think for yourself.....do not be sheep led to the slaughter by 'well meaning' bureaucrats.....they do not have your best interests at heart......just look at what 'well meaning' bureaucrats may have caused in NYC who as early as the first week in February, and as recently as early March were still poopooing  the China virus threat, and encouraging their population to get out, use the subways, dine out, go to the theater, go to the Chinese New Years celebrations enmasse, which, not surprisingly, they did.  Now look at where they are just a few short weeks later....the epicenter in the U.S. for this pandemic.  Just in case you feel this claim is a little dubious, take time to watch this YouTube starring numerous NYC officials....it will make you ill.

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