Wednesday September 8, 2021 Guerneville CA.
Let’s get that alternator done
So I started off needing a spacer to install the double pulley on the new alternator so I had to make one or find one.
Found a spacer
All is good
It started up and the voltage gauge now said the alternator was charging the battery, a good thing.
I warmed up the engine and checked for fluid leaks under the van and there were none, another good thing.
So now I could go down to town and get the van’s propane tank filled up which would also give the van a test.
Oh oh it died
When I left there the van died and I had to pull over as it wouldn’t start. What to do.
I turned the key and cranked and cranked and it started up. I think there is some air in the gas line that needs to be worked out as it hesitated a couple more times on the way home but not near as bad as the engine didn’t die after that first one.
I drove on home for a nap and some chair hopping.
Another test drive
Later in the day I decided to take the van for another test ride down to the ocean overlook at to give it some more testing.. I had a couple more hesitations but each time they were less so I’m pretty sure some air bubbles are working their way out of the fuel lines
One of the reasons I drove down to Jenner is I wanted to check out the parking that my older elementary school classmates are renting next week for a little reunion that we’ve been trying to do each year.
I had a couple more slight hesitations on the way home but each one seems to be getting shorter so I think it will work it’s way out.
I plan to do one more test drive on some more open and hotter roads as going to the ocean was fairly cool and I want to test out the radiator improvements I made. So far the radiator was running real cool about 185 which shows I might of got the heating problem licked, I hope.
I’m thinking I’ll take a ride out to where I used to live for about ten years out by Warm Springs dam which has some nice hills to climb.
Things are looking good on the old van.