Well, it’s been busy, which is good and bad. I’ve been busy since late June, but that means I haven’t had much time off either. Honestly, I’d rather be busy than have to find things to do, but my diet and exercise routines go to hell when I’m on the road since I typically work 12 hr. days, so I usually stay awake just long enough to throw some food down my neck before I toddle off to bed. Even so, I haven’t gained any weight, but I may have added to my girth, by about 1/2″, it could be worse, and no Universe, that wasn’t a challenge.
Now that I have a few weeks off, I guess I need to fix the tractor, the carb was so full of gunk I’m surprised it flowed fuel at all, and all of the packing around the throttle shaft and the choke shaft were nonexistent, so one big vacuum leak. After 3 days in my ultrasonic cleaner with 4 gallons of Carburetor and Parts cleaner, the good stuff, you know the stuff that gives you a contact high and water eyes just from the fumes, the cleaner is disgustingly dirty, and the carb is disgustingly clean. It only took 4 orders from online companies that specialize in carbs, and a couple of returns, to get all of the correct parts for the rebuild. It was so fun examining, confirming proper fit, and returning these parts during the one or two days I had between assignments.
Yes, after years of complaining that I didn’t have anything big enough to properly clean my carbs and other bigger car parts, I broke down and bought an ultrasonic cleaner that’s 16″ X 11″ x 5″, not big enough for a cylinder head or an intake manifold, but plenty big enough for any carb I can fit on a car or truck or a throttle body. Watching these people on youtubes struggle with these tiny little jewelry cleaners, hey, moron, look a little closer at Amazon, where you bought that tiny ultrasonic cleaner, they have a lot more than just those, I picked up my 22L cleaner for $146, the tiny little 1-3L jewelry cleaners go for about $90, and will only heat and clean for 999 sec which is 16 min, the units that are 10L or larger usually have a 9999 sec timer that’s just over 2 hrs and 45 minutes, for an extra $30-60. That’s enough of a rant.