Finishing Up the Hand Cart, Burned Van and Rodent Trap Improvements

Tuesday July 20, 2021 Guerneville CA.

Hand cart work

The first thing I worked on was the cart. I needed to measure and cut the handle extension metal I found that would work and weld it up so that’s what I did. I extended the handle about a foot.handle1

 

Use what paint I had

Once that was done I checked my spray paint supply. I wanted to paint it green but I only had a little part of a can of that but I had lots of red primer so red it waspaint2

 

I put the little bit of green paint I had on the handle as I’d rather look at that than red.

Wheels on

And then I greased up the axles and installed the wheels.axles3

 

Finished cart

Here it is. I wheeled it around the yard a few times and I think it will work real good for what I want to use it for. Most of my designs are dictated by what materials I have on hand to do the job.cart

 

Barry shows up

My brother Barry came by with his dirt bike and was going for a ride so we sat around a bit and shot the bull for awhile.  I decided not to go for a ride.

Having a look at the van’s burned engine

Next I cleaned the stuff out of the way in the van so I can remove the engine cover and compartment. I got the hood open from the back and I can take the bottom part out but it was late in the day so I didn’t want to remove the bottom part just yet as I’d have to put it back on because of possible rodents at night.van4

 

It doesn’t look too bad.engine7

 

Except for this. Burned spark plug wires and my electric fuel pump relays and fuses.burned5

 

Burned up distributor

And of course the distributor is fried with a big hole in the side.hole6

 

I still can’t see exactly what happened until I remove the engine compartment and can see all the gas lines which I’ll likely do tomorrow.

Right now it looks like I’ll need a new distributor and a new computer harness with the relays and sensors and I might need two injector pods as they got pretty hot. Two new electric radiator fans as they got hot and melted and some burned up wires need replacing and gas lines. That should do it, it’s doable. Good thing for the government stimulus checks. :O)

Improving rodent box traps

Late in the day I started working on the rodent trap improvements.

I needed some sheet metal to cut some strips for the trap. I found this piece of metal and cut off what I needed.metal8

 

Bending machine

The piece needed to be bent so I took it to my bending machine and bent it.bender9

 

Improvements

I added two parts here. A tray on the trigger to prevent things from jumping over the trigger tray. And a metal shield over the tray to keep rats from just climbing on the wire cage to get over the trigger tray;catch10

 

Here’s an end view looking at the trigger tray extension and the piece of metal over it to keep rats from crawling over.cage11

 

Another improvement was to hinge the normally closed end so it can be opened to bait the trap much easier. I have one latch but I think it will need three of them to properly keep the door closed a those big ol coons are pretty strong sometimes.door12

 

Then I cut out the half inch wire mess I will cover the cage with as the one inch holes it now has won’t stop small rats and big mice.

I put all that aside and will finish it up tomorrow, likely

Apples

While walking around the yard chair hopping I noticed my apple trees have way too many apple on them and will cause the tree to break off limbs if I don’t thin the apples out. I worked on it a bit but think I have to do it again as there’s still too  many apples.apples13

 

Nice day.

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2 Responses to Finishing Up the Hand Cart, Burned Van and Rodent Trap Improvements

  1. Ken+Solbakken says:

    Bob,
    Very sorry to hear about the engine fire in the engine compartment in your old van. The countless stories about your adventures makes me feel like the Chevy Van is part of the family.
    As you mentioned it could’ve been much worse and I agree. If you need any help let me know? I haven’t been over that way in quite a while.

    Take care, Ken

  2. Patsy+Irene says:

    You had a busy day with a lot of accomplishments. Great job on the hand cart, even at Christmas it will fit right in!
    Bill probably envies your tools – for welding and bending. I like how you make do with things around the yard.
    The van engine looks worse to me than it does to you because I haven’t a clue what it all is, other than burnt. :) Good luck!

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