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In case any of you were wondering why they charge so damned much to replace your heater core in most vehicles...IMG_20190902_114822IMG_20190902_114812IMG_20190902_114804

I had to pull the intake manifold, recover the R134a, remove the driver's side seat, center console, dash, crash bar, disconnect about eleventybazillion wires, remove the radio, climate controls, gear shift lever, transfer case selector, each of the 2 glove boxes all of the interior trim.
This is why they charge@ $1,500 to replace the heater core or anything else in the climate control system. All for a $45 heater core.

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Many years ago, when my parents still lived in Alaska, but frequently traveled in the lower 48, they would fly into Travis AFB on space available MAC flights.  They bought a used Ford Taurus, which they kept in storage while up in Alaska, and broke out for their travel needs when visiting in the summer.  Unfortunately, they had to come down one winter for my Grandmother's funeral.  They flew to California, picked up the car, and then headed west through Lake Tahoe and Reno for Nebraska.  They then discovered as they climbed into the mountains, and it grew colder, that the heater didn't work.  Finally, they stopped at a garage to get it fixed.  $400 later, the mechanic handed them a disposable Bic lighter.  During the prior ownership, someone must have tossed it onto the dash and it fell into the windshield defroster vent.  It had fallen down and blocked the flapper from changing to the heater air.  Somewhat the same disassembly you described.  To remove a lighter.

So let that be a lesson to be careful what you toss on your dash.  A pen comes to mind.  If it can slip into the vent, well...do the math.

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Many years ago, when my parents still lived in Alaska, but frequently traveled in the lower 48, they would fly into Travis AFB on space available MAC flights.  They bought a used Ford Taurus, which they kept in storage while up in Alaska, and broke out for their travel needs when visiting in the summer.  Unfortunately, they had to come down one winter for my Grandmother's funeral.  They flew to California, picked up the car, and then headed west through Lake Tahoe and Reno for Nebraska.  They then discovered as they climbed into the mountains, and it grew colder, that the heater didn't work.  Finally, they stopped at a garage to get it fixed.  $400 later, the mechanic handed them a disposable Bic lighter.  During the prior ownership, someone must have tossed it onto the dash and it fell into the windshield defroster vent.  It had fallen down and blocked the flapper from changing to the heater air.  Somewhat the same disassembly you described.  To remove a lighter.

So let that be a lesson to be careful what you toss on your dash.  A pen comes to mind.  If it can slip into the vent, well...do the math.

Same thing with my F150and a pair of Wayfarer Sunglasses. 

In case anyone was wondering, M. Wilson did get that Montero back together.  I know this for fact because not only did his wife drive it on the largest sand dunes in N. America behind us in the Jeep, I rode in it after we dropped off the QX80.  His Megaforce Jeep, manufactured with parts from 18 different manufacturers, was sidelined.  Because it broke down.  On the dunes.  At dusk.  I have now been present for one of Mac's "singularity of fuckitude" moments.  When I mentioned possibly deserving a merit badge for it, one of his kids said, "If I had a merit badge for every time a Mac adventure happens, I'd have like 50."  True story.

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Some were made under licence in the UK and thus were right-hand-drive. That meant the driver sat on the same side the engine was and would tip it over had they not built a counter weight into the left side to balance it. I don’t think it would survive live fire.

Might have related this before but  some more detail. A true story...from long ago when all events were quite legal.

Two people with an interest in collecting military weapons found that between threm they had a enough parts for a working M2 HB...and about 300 rounds of assorted ammo for it.  So they got together & decided to have a range shoot.  Sadly, neither had a tripod but one did have ring mount with legs from some US truck.

Deciding the ring mount was impractical to use as ground mount they then looked at their own vehicles: A Datsun 120Y station wagon & a ragtop Mini Moke.  Both were judged to be unsuitable for the ring mount.

At that point one the father of one offered to improvise a pintal hard mounted to the Moke roll bar- he was a smash repairer/mechanic by trade.

This was done & off to the range they went the next day. They nosed the Moke up to the firing line, staked down the nose of the Moke via the 'rabbit bar' & mounted the M2 to much admiring attention & some disgust from other shooters there.

It worked- although 300 or so rounds did not last long.  

The Moke wouldn't start.  After being recovered by the father, the cause was that almost every single screw/nut/bolt/connection had shaken loose...including the wheel nuts.

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In case anyone was wondering, M. Wilson did get that Montero back together.  I know this for fact because not only did his wife drive it on the largest sand dunes in N. America behind us in the Jeep, I rode in it after we dropped off the QX80.  His Megaforce Jeep, manufactured with parts from 18 different manufacturers, was sidelined.  Because it broke down.  On the dunes.  At dusk.  I have now been present for one of Mac's "singularity of fuckitude" moments.  When I mentioned possibly deserving a merit badge for it, one of his kids said, "If I had a merit badge for every time a Mac adventure happens, I'd have like 50."  True story.

It was a Vatozone electric engine ran that crapped the bed, but in typical Jeep 4.0 inline 6 fashion got us home. 

Put in a new 'Merica made Flexalite fan and has less amp draw, quieter and moves more air and Jeep runs like a champ. And I never again have to worry about this 20160811_22190620170904_15274520171017_191747

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Been doing a bit of work on my Soouper-Doouper MeggerFourse Land Rover Perentie while in isolation.

At this point in time I was supposed to be travelling around Northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory, but instead, the backyard is my oyster ;-)

I learned there are not many problems which cannot be solved with the judicious application of stainless steel blind rivets, rivnuts and high tensile bolts. Good times...

Various bolt-on upgrades include:

  • New house battery
  • Rear dual spare wheel carrier
  • Side jerrycan panniers
  • New bullbar
  • New rims and tyres (UK Wolf rims and BFG Mud Terrain KM/3 tyres in 7.50R16 so they fit in the rear wheel carrier)

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Been doing a bit of work on my Soouper-Doouper MeggerFourse Land Rover Perentie while in isolation.

At this point in time I was supposed to be travelling around Northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory, but instead, the backyard is my oyster ;-)

I learned there are not many problems which cannot be solved with the judicious application of stainless steel blind rivets, rivnuts and high tensile bolts. Good times...

Various bolt-on upgrades include:

  • New house battery
  • Rear dual spare wheel carrier
  • Side jerrycan panniers
  • New bullbar
  • New rims and tyres (UK Wolf rims and BFG Mud Terrain KM/3 tyres in 7.50R16 so they fit in the rear wheel carrier)

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Noice.

Those rat cans ares not going to last long & they don't make them any more.

We used to have fuel can racks just like those on our clamshell humvees.  We had to remove them for rail transport to Hungary during a deployment.  I don’t know where they came from or why e never put them back on.  By the time OIF rolled around we were using a 2x6 under cans strapped to the rear tailgate.  Those side jobs were so much better.  3 cans per side so two more than fit on the tailgate set up and they didn’t need straps to retain them.  I think they stayed in the motor pool until they were tossed out.  I should have grabbed some.  We used to fill the jerry can insulating bags with Ice and keep drinks in those cages too at NTC.  The ice would melt but the mess stayed outside the vehicle.

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Noice.

Those rat cans ares not going to last long & they don't make them any more.

Thanks mate. Yeah, I had the rat pack cans up there on the racks as "garnish" for ANZAC Day along with some webbing, a bit of old cam netting and an old, tatty yowie suit hanging off other parts of the vehicle LOL 

A stand-to at dawn was a nice way to commemorate ANZAC Day during the present travel restrictions, so I thought I'd help the local community commemorate by doing a quiet and slow drive past through the streets in the Rover, pulling over and stopping for the minute's silence, the Last Post and the National Anthem. Hopefully it enhanced, rather than detracted from folks' commemorations.

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