Sunday, December 10, 2017

Timing mark for LS engine

LS engines have no timing mark. The balancer is not keyed either. We made a pointer and filed a mark on the flywheel to indicate TDC on cylinder 1. Used a piston stop to get two references and filed the mark at the halfway point. Want to verify the engine computer has an accurate input for crankshaft position.

    Timing tab is cut out of a license plate. Aluminium will bend out of the way    without damage to the flexplate if it contacts
         Made the tab with a slot so it could be stored pulled back from the flexplate
        Painted the file mark white.

Traction bars for Dodge Dakota

Patterned after Caltrac, Assassin and Slide a link bars. Didn't use Heim style bar ends because I didn't want the rattle.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Powermasterbrake boosters

Messing around with powermaster brake boosters try to get them to function

This valve was pitted by rust and caused the pump to cycle periodically

Thursday, February 16, 2017

General Electrodynamics scale rehab

I bought a set of aircraft scales to use for the GMC or what ever else. The set had two 5,000 lb scales and one 2,000 lb. Only one worked. Replaced two of the handle springs with a cut down Ebay spring.
     To get them apart there are snap rings and discs that cover two socket head fasteners on the bottom which hold the top on.
These scales operate like a bathroom scale where levers press on the measuring part. These are hydraulic using a gage and a piston that the levers press on.
The brass screw is where the oil is put in. Two of these had o rings that failed and needed oil. At first I used oil that was too high in viscosity and the gages moved real slow. Drained that and put in thinner oil and it worked ok. Doesn't take much oil.
The black part is a diaphragm which the piston presses on. There was rust stuck on the diaphragm which came off with a vinegar soak and neutralized with baking soda.
                                          Levers and top cleaned up
                  Two broken screws, one came out other not.
They did put steel inserts in the aluminium and that did come out.
               Cleaned, greased and ready to reassemble
      Stacked for testing, match pretty close 500, 750, 1000, 1500 and 2000 lbs
  Testing the 5,000 scales to see if they match

Monday, January 9, 2017

Black tank done

Lid attached to tank flange with Gflex and then two layers of 9 OZ over the edges
           3/8 x 4 aluminium straps to hold it in

Mounting straps made of aluminium and twisted to conform to the tank bottom
Valve and sender mounted. Valve is Valterra pattern
Leak test, it took 309 lbs of water before it quit venting.
Oring slip fitting for shower and lav, 3" for toilet and depression for shower trap
1-1/2 bung for kitchen