Category: Mechanical

Zeno is Back in the Shop

The rest of the Porche 930 kit showed up today and I promptly fired up Zeno and headed over to the shop. The new CVs should be good to go by tomorrow sometime.

CV Bolts on the Way

Mail from Brul this morning indicates that the bolts and the rest of the kit will arrive on Monday the 26th. This means that the van will be in the shop hopefully Monday or Tuesday next week. I’m going to call the shop and see if we can get it back by Wednesday if parts

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New Proche 930 CVs Minus Bolts

Burl sent me a message yesterday before they arrived to let me know that the CV bolts didn’t get shipped with the rest of the CV replacement kit. Bit of a bummer, but hey, the rest of the kit arrived today and he assured me that the bolts made it into FedEx too.

Lift Completed

So let’s start with the ride.  The strut replacement represents a huge improvement in the way Zeno drives.  Not an easy thing to quantify, but from a guy who’s used to driving really old cars long after they’ve superseded the useful service of suspension parts its like driving a new car. Then there’s the fact

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The Lift Underway

I took Zeno into the shop this morning to get started on installing the lift.  The new A-arms came in about two weeks back and I’ve been sitting on them waiting on a who knows what.  Last Friday I talked to the shop and they said to bring it on in as soon as I

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Oil Change and AUX System Reroute

Yesterday it was well above 50F so I used the afternoon to pick up on some maintenance I’ve been putting off on the Zeno because of the cold. First off I needed to change the oil so I swung over to NAPA and dropped some dough on new filters and some DELO (15W30). They don’t

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Fuel Leak

Just found the friggin fuel leak. Talk about needle in a hay stack.

Road Trip/Mechanic School/Road Trip

What a freakin awesome weekend! If you didn’t get out last weekend you missed out. First, weekend of summer and everything went super well. Ok, I take that back … but it was an adventure. So the plan was laid out something like this: Friday afternoon drive to Phoenix, OR. Camp along the way, enjoy

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Overdue Update

Introduction So spring is more or less over and summer is certainly on its way. Yep, I’ve been remiss in my updates. So to remedy my negligence (and who can blame me, it’s tough to update your blog after you spend all your time off working to fix your van up) I am composing the

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1st on a 5-speed

Zeno has a 5-speed transaxle on which I will inform you dear reader that I almost never use 1st. Its way, way down there. I mean, it is helpful if you’ve got to start the van from a stop on a very steep hill, but in normal driving conditions I just never get a chance

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