Tuesday July 26, 2016 Jenner CA.
I needed to go get some parts today for the van conversion project, but first I was going down to Jenner to kayak.
I put my boat in the water and paddled across the river to Penny Island and pulled into my regular spot by the green reeds to figure out which way to go today.
It dove into the reeds when it saw me turn, but I could see it peeking at me.
I watched it perform for ten or fifteen minutes, then I moved off down along the islands edge.
Fog and an eagle
A deer on the island
Seagull hunting crab
Just off the lower end of Penny Island, I saw this seagull floating on the water and looking like it was hunting for little crabs.
Foggy at the river’s mouth
A baby deer watches me
No peekaboo bird
I went back to the reeds to see if the peekaboo bird would show up again, but it didn’t.
Headed to Santa Rosa for parts
I was off the water today by twelve noon as I needed to go to Santa Rosa to exchange some parts and get some parts for my new V8 engine I’m installing in my van.
I needed to get the right pulleys, exchange my clutch kit for one that would fit and exchange the exhaust manifolds that I could see weren’t going to fit.
I went to Smoother’s auto parts where they helped me out. I got some pulleys, a new clutch kit and decided and ordered exhaust manifolds that fit a 1969 corvette figuring if they fit in a vet, they’d likely fit in my van.
I need a nap
When I got home I was beat so hit the couch for a bit before going out and working on the engine.
Success with the pulleys
I tried the pulleys. All the pulleys are aligned to whatever kind of water pump you have. Mine is what they call a short one as compared to a long one. The damper pulley below lined up with the water pump pulley, so I’m good to go on the pulleys. I still have to mount the alternator to also line up, but that should all work out.
Here’s the front of the new engine with the two pulleys aligned properly. I’m going with double V belts as I feel it’s the most reliable way. Not much chance of loosing a belt when there’s two of them.
The rest of the day, I sat around studying what I need to do next to get the engine together for installation.
That was my day for a good one.