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Old 11-23-2009, 10:51 AM
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Valve adjustment attempt #1

Yesterday I decided to do the valve adjustment on Umlaut. I drove out to Stubblefield (my shop) and bent up a couple of cheap 14mm wrenches:




Had the valve cover off Umlaut and, with wrenches and feeler gauges in hand, started the wondrous task.




Right at that moment when wrench touched locknut, the combine went through in the field behind me, harvesting corn. The air around me promptly filled the air with corn dust and corruption. I slammed the valve cover back on and swore softly to myself.

Maybe next weekend.

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Old 11-23-2009, 11:51 AM
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I've had those days. Mine are usually when I'm draining the oil from a trans or a diff. The wind comes up and nothing hits the drain pan. Just smile & move on.

BTW that engine is mighty clean inside. What oil do you use?
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BTW that engine is mighty clean inside. What oil do you use?
Right now, Rotella. I'm not sure what was in it prior to me owning it. It looked almost RED when I drained it out.
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I slammed the valve cover back on and swore softly to myself.
No! No! No! NEVER swear softly to yourself unless you are in church, public meetings or around young children! Ya gotta let those evil spirits OUT! Indulge your creative side. Swear proudly, colorfully and often. Make up new words, languages and phrases!

An example, " I'll be frickety-frick-frick triple-dipped in weasel ***** and tattoed by a blue-arsed bear if THAT don't gadwallucking HURT!", usually said whilst waving the bruised, sliced or seared body part around in the air and doing the Southern Ukraine peasant dance at an enhanced and frenetic tempo.

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And here I deleted the following from the initial post:


"I believe that proper periodic maintenance, done in an orderly fashion and not rushed, produces a feeling similar to the well-being and happiness that you get from a grade-A two-flush, no-wipe dump."
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Now that's a mental image I could have done without!
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Old 11-24-2009, 12:48 PM
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I hope the made in china wrenches do the job, may be your next chance to swear loudly!
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I hope the made in china wrenches do the job, may be your next chance to swear loudly!
The Pittsburgh wrench is made in India (same as my Whitworth tools, and they are very nice), and the stubby wrench took a $#itl0@d of heat to bend; it's actually pretty stout.

*shrug*
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Man you are reminding me I have to do mine...... Guess it's that time!
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Old 11-24-2009, 01:36 PM
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Right now, Rotella. I'm not sure what was in it prior to me owning it. It looked almost RED when I drained it out.
I've always wondered if Royal Purple really is purple, it sounds like this may be the case!
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:39 PM
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My adjustors are so tight I could not move them with the engine out of the car and using a straight wrench. I will be pulling the heads eventually so I will loosen them with a impact wrench once the cams are off.
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The Pittsburgh wrench is made in India (same as my Whitworth tools, and they are very nice), and the stubby wrench took a $#itl0@d of heat to bend; it's actually pretty stout.

*shrug*
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:08 AM
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FWIW I have Pittsburgh wrenches from Harbor Freight too, they seem to be built just as well as the Craftsman ones, if not a little better. I know, that's not saying much - not a mechanic's tool but a decent one at least.
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Best to wear a glove when heating up those wrenches...

It looks like you burned all the skin and flesh off your hand and most of your arm.
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Best to wear a glove when heating up those wrenches...

It looks like you burned all the skin and flesh off your hand and most of your arm.
thank you for catching that!

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