1893 Grand Exhibition. The world's intro to PBR, hot dogs, ice cream cones and the Ferris Wheel.

1893 Grand Exhibition. The world's intro to PBR, hot dogs, ice cream cones and the Ferris Wheel.
A view through the wheel. The black, horizontal line is the axle, the single largest forging to that time.
"I don't make hell for nobody. I'm only the instrument of a laughing providence. Sometimes I don't like it myself, but I couldn't help it if I was born smart."

1st Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden.
"From here to Eternity"

Paul Valery

"You are in love with intelligence, until it frightens you. For your ideas are terrifying and your hearts are faint. Your acts of pity and cruelty are absurd, committed with no calm, as if they were irresistible. Finally, you fear blood more and more. Blood and time."

The Wisdom of the Ages

"When a young man, I read somewhere the following: God the Almighty said, 'All that is too complex is unnecessary, and it is simple that is needed',"

Mikhail Kalashnikov
"Here lies the bravest soldier I've seen since my mirror got grease on it."

Zapp Brannigan

Friday, September 18, 2009

Still Crazy After All These Beers.

Had a bit of a meds hickup there.
Took down my Ogre tirade out of a sense of decorum (decorum seems to come out in the morning).

None of this alters the fact that I think George Hill is swimming out of his depth.
Not my call to make though.
I offer this in small compensation:

7/04
I think my solenoid is going out. A couple times today I’d turn the key and nothing would happen… but if I held it for a second or 3 then I’d here a click as the starter motor engages. Weird. I’ve never had that happen to me before. I’m afraid of rolling out to go hunting with Ranger because of it. I don’t want to be out in the desert with the Fremen and shit and all the sudden find myself stranded. This Ford truck is still pretty alien to me under the hood. Where there is normally the solenoid… I got 3 different things with wires going everywhere. I have no idea what that stuff is. My Jeep, when that solenoid when bad – I didn’t replace it. I opened it up and fixed it. This… I don’t know what this is. Still living and learning.


Okay, here's where I redeem myself.
Introducing (To whom I wonder) the Ford starter relay.
Fords don't have a solenoid, as such.
I don't know about now. I live in the past but I've owned Fords from my '59 F100 to my father-in-law's '64 F100 to my only 1-ton vehicle I've ever owned, a '74 van E350, my long-running and faithful '73 F250 right on up to my 1985, shitbox Escort wagon (I really love this car but the master cylinder's shot and J. C. Whitney doesn't offer them.
Ergo, they don't exist, right?
Also, the love-of-my-life, the wonder I'm now referring to as "78,000 original miles! Woo Hoo" posessed the same chunk of 1920's electronics, the starter relay.
The relay makes the big mega-amp connection. The shoving the starter gear into the flywheel is acomplished by a centrifugal mechanism called a Bendix (?).
Anyway, stone-age simplicity.
That's why they're First On Race Day.
Chevy's suck!
By the way, and this even works with starter-mounted solenoids, if the relay is dead, you can jump across the two big connections (starter/battery) and the starter will turn over - and will confirm that your relay is shot.
The E350 mentioned above enjoyed a week or so of being started that way.
I usually do this with two screwdrivers and it's easier with Fords.
These cars are complicated.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Google is your friend
'85 Escort master cyl-->
http://www.drivewire.com/vehicle/ford-escort/brake-master-cylinder/
$14--$20 ish kits for less.

The old ford 240 bigblock 6- with
a 300 crank/rods/pistons--holly
1 barrel ect hard to beat.

Check this out..
AC DELCO Solenoid 24vdc likely
made for a GMC M135 early '50's vintage
$9.95 mounts on the fender looks
like a ford style.

https://www.surpluscenter.com/item.asp?UID=2009091918040730&catname=&qty=1&item=113196

Surpluscenter.com--> good stuff
great prices..

Bob Brock said...

Google and you.
The little woman is suspicious of the present "probable-cause-mobile" but, if I can get it to where it stops as well as goes...
You're BFF
PS The Escort: $200 - 10,000 miles ago.
God! did I get hosed.

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