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 Post subject: Re: The Amazon project begins!
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:00 pm 
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I'm actually negotiating/chatting with a buddy of mine who does professional photography. I want to have him set up a professional shoot somewhere in downtown Portland. Just not sure where.

I'd shoot it, but first off I'm biased, and secondly I lack all the expensive flash modules and equipment to do it right!

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 Post subject: Re: The Amazon project begins!
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Nick, I'm a pretty good writer. How about I do an article for the the Amazonbladet which is the member publication for the the SVAK, Svenska Volvo Amazon Klubben? They would also love photos with something like Timberline or Crown Point and maybe some people in period clothing.


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mfritch wrote:
Nick, I'm a pretty good writer. How about I do an article for the the Amazonbladet which is the member publication for the the SVAK, Svenska Volvo Amazon Klubben? They would also love photos with something like Timberline or Crown Point and maybe some people in period clothing.


Funny you say that... my wife and I had planned to do something along those lines. She has a 1960s dress and her mom did her hair up in a beehive doo. I've always wanted to get a "Mad Men" suit and pencil tie, and tortoise shell sunglasses (think JFK).

I can provide you information and photos for the article... I've done a few columns for Turbobricks in the past, and published another in Rolling Magazine. I've got tons of photos from when we bought the car, tore her down, and progress photos all the way through the build. Either way, I really appreciate your help and interest!

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 Post subject: Re: The Amazon project begins!
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I'm in Virginia finishing a log house right now and will be driving back in the next few days. I'll connect when we get back.


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 Post subject: Re: The Amazon project begins!
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Log house = awesome. I've always wondered how the insulation works with them, though... Maybe a topic for another thread? 8)

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mfritch: Beautiful home! Doesn't look like a Volvo though and unless you're either going to let me park my 122 in its garage, or trade me straight up house for car, maybe the mods can move it to another thread?

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 Post subject: Re: The Amazon project begins!
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Better cooling for Blackie... $100 imported from Germany, via Ebay. I think the B20 will be much happier.

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Is that a thermally controlled fanor a solid plastic fan? I found a six blade fan with a viscous hub that must have come from a later B20 or B30. I"m not sure whether it would help or not. I thought that I'd try it in the spring.


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 Post subject: Re: The Amazon project begins!
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mfritch wrote:
Is that a thermally controlled fanor a solid plastic fan? I found a six blade fan with a viscous hub that must have come from a later B20 or B30. I"m not sure whether it would help or not. I thought that I'd try it in the spring.


Not sure the viscous hub fan will fit. There's barely enough room between the water pump pulley and the radiator.

This one I have is a solid plastic fan. I had a solid metal 4-blade fan and figured this one would cool better. It's certainly much lighter so there will be less spinning mass!

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Motor is almost done! Just need to tighten the crank pulley bolt, install the fuel line/filter, and spark plugs, and button up the power cable to the battery.

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 Post subject: Re: The Amazon project begins!
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Sweet! Sounds easy enough. :). Regarding the fan, though, I don't see it adding too much performance unles the fan blades relax at higher rpm like a flex a lite fan. Do they bend somewhat easily? Does it run yet? :)

Sure looks great!

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KLR142 wrote:
Sweet! Sounds easy enough. :). Regarding the fan, though, I don't see it adding too much performance unles the fan blades relax at higher rpm like a flex a lite fan. Do they bend somewhat easily? Does it run yet? :)

Sure looks great!


No, doesn't run yet, but really close.

The fan blades do flex a bit, but not as much as a flex a lite. I bet they flex more than the 4-blade metal fan I used to have!

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 Post subject: Re: The Amazon project begins!
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A lot has happened since my last post... finished Blackie, went to the IPD show, went home with a trophy... now she won't start :(

Let's pick up where we left off, shall we?

Decided to pick up a Swedish Ops all-aluminum radiator, and installed an e-fan...
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All of this additional electrical needs wiring and relays!
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Long ago, I had purchased an Avalanche B20 main pulley from Dale.
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I fitted it to the B20, and lo and behold, it didn't line up!
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After several conversations with Dale via PM which resulted in him denying that it didn't line up and that he did nothing wrong with regard to measurements, I decided to have my machinist Dennis Helzer shave 2.5mm off the back:
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It fit just fine after that. Thanks for nothing Dale!
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 Post subject: Re: The Amazon project begins!
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Nick, I tried to get to the photos and nothing seemed to work. Can you post a link to the Flickr site? I don't know what is going on, but I scrolled down to check something in your post's text as I'm writing this reply and the photos are showing up here, but not on the main link page. Any ideas about what is going on?


2 minutes later.......WEIRD! Now that I've posted this, I went back to the main thread and the photos showed up. Sometimes technology baffles me!


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w00!

Won't start... In what way, exactly? No starter activation, or your fuel/ignition/compression aren't working properly to make it wake up?

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ON the "no start issue," was it a case of "running fine, shut it off and it won't start" or did you notice anything a bit off with Blackie the last time you drove it?


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Here's what happened... had a rough time driving it home from IPD... was missing and running rich, sputtering, and wouldn't idle. At stops I had to keep the gas pedal pushed down so it wouldn't die. Leaving from a stop, had to give way more gas than usual to get it going.

Got home and put her in the garage, turned her off, and tried restarting. Motor turns over, but pushing the accelerator or pulling the choke does nothing.

Confirmed fuel delivery to the carbs, but that's as far as I got. I just haven't had the time to really get into it, but I want to pick up a good dwell meter and a synchrometer. My plan is to start from square one, and go through everything... timing, dwell, carb synch, idle speed, etc.

Anyone wants to come out and assist? This would be a classic case of "teaching a man to fish", LOL!

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 Post subject: Re: The Amazon project begins!
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Nick, I'll send this link to my buddy that used to be the SU carb distributor for the West Coast. He will enjoy your thread and probably have the answer to your question. If you don't have all the data on your motor, ignition, carbs and anything else that would make a difference, post that and I'll see if I can squeeze an armchair diagnosis out of Ron.


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 Post subject: Re: The Amazon project begins!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:37 pm 
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Ron isn't online. He said that when he retired as the service manager at Sheppard Motors in Eugene that he threw away his keyboard and burned his ties. He did ask several questions.

1. Do you have the fiber timing gears? He said that it could have jumped one tooth on the way home and again on shutdown.
2. Did you fill up with fuel just before or just after you were at iPd? You may have gotten a slug of water in the fuel that didn't show up right at the first.
3. Did you check the coil and condenser? Standard things to check.

He did say that it doesn't sound like a fuel delivery problem, but rather an electrical one. Boy, for 78, this guy is sharp and he still rides his Harley past my place.


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 Post subject: Re: The Amazon project begins!
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mfritch wrote:
Ron isn't online. He said that when he retired as the service manager at Sheppard Motors in Eugene that he threw away his keyboard and burned his ties. He did ask several questions.

1. Do you have the fiber timing gears? He said that it could have jumped one tooth on the way home and again on shutdown.
2. Did you fill up with fuel just before or just after you were at iPd? You may have gotten a slug of water in the fuel that didn't show up right at the first.
3. Did you check the coil and condenser? Standard things to check.

He did say that it doesn't sound like a fuel delivery problem, but rather an electrical one. Boy, for 78, this guy is sharp and he still rides his Harley past my place.


Too bad he isn't local...

1. No, steel gears.
2. No, I had a 5 gallon can of E-0 supreme on hand, and poured it into the tank before I left. There was already about 4 gallons of E-0 supreme in the car before that, so there should have been a total of about 9 gallons in there.
3. Have not done that yet, but will.

One thing to consider is I have pointless ignition installed in the distributor. I had planned on doing an upgrade to the coil (install a real coil instead of the one-wire/hard cable to ignition switch type). Maybe if I can figure out how to integrate my MSD 6A into this system, I'll be fine.

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