Van’s Engine Miss Work and a New Chick

Friday May 22, 2020 Guerneville Ca.

Working on the old van

Today I was going to attempt to find out why the van’s engine has a bad miss. I removed the engine covers and got to it.engine



The first thing I did was remove the distributor cap to check things out.capoff


I was looking for any burned arcing spots. I first checked the rotor out. There was some discoloring but no arcs. The scratch is from me removing the top part and is ok. I removed it and looked it all over and didn’t find anything really wrong with it.rotor


Cap looks ok too

Next I checked out the distributor cap and it was a bit dirty but no arcs or burned spots on it either.cap2


New parts

I decided to go to the local parts place and get a new rotor and cap just because I’m in there and might as well start off new.

But first I let the chickens out to graze.chickens


First chick

And I checked the incubator to see if any chicks had hatched. I opened it and it looked like there was one but it looked dead, but it wasn’t. This is my first time seeing them hatch as before they were under a hen, so I have some stuff to learn.

Think about it

I put my finger to it and got a peep. Now think about it. If you are tiny and live in an egg, it’s going to take some time to get things working so after they get out they just sit and wait for stuff to firm up. They don’t eat or drink for the first two or three days either living off the yoke. It takes some time to get the body all working. I’ll check on it later.chick


Older peeps

My other peeps were doing well out in the sun with momma.chicks


Parts run

After that I got my stuff together and headed for the local parts place and got a rotor and a cap and installed them.

New rotor and cap installed.newcap


Still misses

I took the van for a test drive just to see and it still missed badly.

Bad plugs

So time for the next step. I attempted to remove the spark plug wires from the plugs and found most of the wires on the left bank were badly burned and corroded where they went on the plugs. That usually  means the plugs aren’t firing as they should, so I removed all the plugs and found the gaps on the left bank had burned back quite a bit and that seemed to be causing the miss fire as they weren’t firing.

It’s interesting that I bought platinum plugs which costs extra. They are supposed to outlast the regular type plugs but these sure didn’t.

Bad plugs. And some of the spark plug wires where bad too.plugs


Ordered up plugs and wires

So I drove down to the auto parts store again for plugs and wires. I had to order them and they’ll be in tomorrow. I didn’t waste money on the platinum plugs this time and went back to the regular ones that were much cheaper. I had a hard time finding the right wires, actually the auto person did but I think I got what I need. We’ll see tomorrow.

After that a nap was in order.

Protecting the citrus plants

I still needed to do something about doing a better job of protecting my new citrus plants from the chickens and finally decided to use some bamboo sticks I had laying around. That should do it.citrus


Checked on the chick

Just before dark I had another look to see how the chick was doing and if there were any more. It’s moved a little and peeped so it seems to be doing ok even though it may not look like it. There’s a couple more eggs with peak marks on them so hopefully more eggs will start hatching out.firstchick


I spent the evening chair hopping around the yard and that was my day.

Nice day, I got some stuff done and the chicks are starting to hatch out.

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One Response to Van’s Engine Miss Work and a New Chick

  1. Patsy Irene says:

    Congratulations! Ah, a little black peep. He’s peeping to encourage his cousins to hurry up and join him.
    Those citrus trees look well protected now!

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