Monday July 19, 2021 Guerneville CA.
Work to do
I started out working on the cart conversion as I needed to cut the handle off so I could get an inside measurement to try and find something to use to extend the handle about a foot. The power band saw makes quick work of that. So far I haven’t found anything in my junk to extend it but I’ll keep looking.
Ready for paint
Then the disaster hit
I wanted to do some work on my old van and get it ready to travel so I hooked the battery up and got it ready to move to another spot in the yard where I’d work on it, so I had to drive around the yard going about a hundred yards or so.
It started right up so I started off and got a short distance when it died so I tried the key and nothing. However I did notice big black clouds of black smoke coming out of the van towards the rear. Holy shit.
I jumped out and and opened the side door to disconnect the battery and then ran for the hose a short distance away. I didn’t think the small fire extinguisher in the van would be of much help and there was a water hose close by.
Only problem was the hose was five feet too short.
However I was able to spray out the fire that was falling under the van and starting the forest debris on fire. I quickly gave that a good soaking.
Thick black smoke
Now I had to move that hose to a closer faucet and get it hooked up which seemed like it was taking a long time while I was watching thick black smoke bellowing out from the van’s engine compartment.
I had to open the van’s engine cover which was quite hot and squirt water in there and I finally got it out and this is just after I put the hose down. The fire was only in the engine compartment and I was fortunate I didn’t start a forest fire. And I only got a couple small burns on some fingers trying to open the engine compartment cover.
Gas line leaking
The fire started back by the distributor where the injector gas lines go.
For how much thick black smoke was coming out of there, there seems to be very little damage. A burned up distributor and spark plug wires and gas lines and some fried wires but everything else looks like it might be ok.
Lesson learned replace the gas lines with higher quality ones and run them somewhere away from the distributor to avoid sparks. I’ll have to look into my options for better fuel lines.
It could have been a lot worse, for sure, eh.
I puttered around the yard when I heard someone at the gate. it was Ross a neighbor that lives up in the hills stopped by for a visit. I took him for a tour around the yard sampling all the plums as we went.
We shot the bull for a bit and he took off for home.
Tom’s tow survive
The rest of the day I spent chair hopping and just enjoying the evening.