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by Sharkey
Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:56 pm
Forum: Housebuses & Housetrucks
Topic: Grace 4 - The Great Highway 1 Housetruck Race
Replies: 15
Views: 5801

No, it up and quit six years ago because the chapter had reached the end.

Also, perhaps you'd enjoy re-reading the memo.
by Sharkey
Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:36 am
Forum: Stuff Forum
Topic: Ham Radio And Weather
Replies: 16
Views: 3706

Jerry Campbell wrote:We check in to the net every night at 6:30 PM. Pacific time on 3.980 Mhz
Another reason to get some sort of an HF antenna up. Know anybody who likes to climb trees?
by Sharkey
Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:29 am
Forum: Alternative Power
Topic: Nickel Iron battery inverter/wiring question
Replies: 5
Views: 4171

Lotsa questions! If you follow the links to the forum posts about the Alcad batteries, there are some photos. My Ni-Fe batteries are old, they are encased in stainless steel. These are also known as "Edison" batteries, and were used extensively in railroad signalling and sometimes in telephone switc...
by Sharkey
Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:07 am
Forum: Housebuses & Housetrucks
Topic: 1960 Crown TV Truck
Replies: 72
Views: 16971

Since Crown coaches have aluminum bodies, rust isn't really much of an issue. the only steel panels on the exterior are the corrugated belting on the sides, and it's very thick, high grade steel, which is unlikly to have rusted though no matter how badly it's been exposed. Emergency doors havesteel ...
by Sharkey
Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:52 am
Forum: Alternative Propulsion Vehicles
Topic: Opinions on this Plug-in Beetle
Replies: 4
Views: 2627

Hmm, well, after a quick run-through of the pages offered there, I do have some concerns: The conversions offer battery voltages 72 and 96 volts. This seems strange, because most AC systems for vehicles are in the 244-500 volt range. 96 volts is considered a minimum voltage for a DC system, and 72 i...
by Sharkey
Tue Apr 12, 2011 4:19 pm
Forum: Alternative Power
Topic: Nickel Iron battery inverter/wiring question
Replies: 5
Views: 4171

Thanks for registering and welcome to the forum. Yes, I still think that alkaline battery chemistry is superior to lead-acid. I do in fact have some Ni-Fe cells, as set of 10 that I picked up at the local metal recyclers back in 1982. I went in to cruise some old car parts that they had and found th...
by Sharkey
Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:17 am
Forum: Housebuses & Housetrucks
Topic: 1960 Crown TV Truck
Replies: 72
Views: 16971

The only way to effectively work with Gulmite screws is to have a set of drivers. It is possible to twist some of them out with pliers, but that will get old very fast on a coach that has thousands of them, and scaring up the metal behind the screw heads is almost unavoidable. Drilling them out is e...
by Sharkey
Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:16 pm
Forum: Stuff Forum
Topic: Ham Radio And Weather
Replies: 16
Views: 3706

Oh yea, I went out and got licensed about a year ago after a power failure knocked out the telephone for a week. Figured that if there was some sort of an emergency while the phone was dead, I might have trouble calling out for help. Attended Technician and General class licensing classes that the l...
by Sharkey
Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: Housebuses & Housetrucks
Topic: Antique RVs
Replies: 10
Views: 3607

Wouldn't it be wonderful if one of you WoWsers could POST A LINK so those of us with crappy satellite service could go have a look?

(Google doesn't work worth a damn in the afternnons here, returns nothing until 7-8 PM.)
by Sharkey
Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:03 pm
Forum: Stuff Forum
Topic: Multi-Fuel Engines
Replies: 22
Views: 4922

When considering "Old truckers tricks", keep in mind that back in the day, there was anywhere from 1,500 to 5,000 ppm of sulfur in the fuel, al lot of lubricity that doesn't exist in today's fuel. As a result, introducing microscopically-fine metal particles to your fuel system is probably a bad ide...
by Sharkey
Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:38 pm
Forum: Housebuses & Housetrucks
Topic: Grace 8 - Comfort and Condolence
Replies: 30
Views: 7639

Oh, well, alright.

"Once upon a time in a land far away, there was an old Housetrucker who owed the IRS a lot of taxes, and"... Jeez, will you look at that! I had no idea it was so late!!! That's all we have time for today. I gotta go cook up a story for a 1040 and a Schedule SE....
by Sharkey
Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:37 am
Forum: Housebuses & Housetrucks
Topic: 1973 Blue Bird
Replies: 864
Views: 149272

Well, considering it has two low-budget NAPA oil filters hanging off the bottom of it, I'd say it's a good bet that it's the engine's oil pump. Oddly-shaped thing, though. Usually, oil pumps are internal and resident somewhere in the vacinity of the crankcase sump. The silver can with the wire looks...
by Sharkey
Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:17 pm
Forum: Trouble Report
Topic: If You See Kay Spam
Replies: 10
Views: 3796

Giving this a bump because I've been spending a LOT of time working in the spam scripts that I use here. I'm actually working with the developer to release a version for phpBB3 forums that can be used to protect any installtion of that software. It's taken a couple of hundered hours to adapt and tun...
by Sharkey
Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: Housebuses & Housetrucks
Topic: Tires and wheels
Replies: 61
Views: 15479

The esters in biodiesel attack rubber. There aren't any esters in vegtable oil. You make them when you trans estrify the oil Oh, there most certianly are esters in vegetable oil! Vegetable oil is made up of esters in the form of fat (80%) and glycerin (20%), plus some fatty acids. From Wikipedia : ...
by Sharkey
Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:54 am
Forum: Housebuses & Housetrucks
Topic: Tires and wheels
Replies: 61
Views: 15479

I can tell you for a fact that the esters in vegetable oil attack and dissolve rubber, so if melting the top layer of a tire's sidewall is some kind of preservative measure, go for it. Otherwise, keep the sun off the tires and avoid climates that include a lot of ozone. Nothing lasts forever.