It wasn't necessarily the Worst of Times
Some things went very much according to plan.
Some things I thought that would be difficult, weren't
Some things I thought would be quick and easy, Weren't!
The first task was to clear off the workbench a little bit. The summer and Fall residue of various projects that didn't get all the way put back to normal were all over the place. One of the drawers to the cabinet needed a little repair. Got that Done!
|Messy Work Bench littered mostly with "stuff" that just needed to be put away.|
Then there was the "stuff that I wanted to get done.
1) Change Motor Oil
2) Change the Spark Plug
3) Change the Radiator Coolant
4) Change the Gear Oil
Here's the Lineup!
|Castrol this and that, the NGK CR8E, and something called Silkolene for the radiator.|
I also like to do the harder tasks first. Here, I thought that changing the plug would be the most difficult, so I started with that.
The shop manual calls for a .8mm spark plug gap. Of course I don't have a gauge blade with exactly that gap. But I did find a blade with a .381 width next to a blade with a .405 width, so put them together and what do you have? Something close enough for government work.
|Putting two blades together to get the result I wanted|
|Anybody Speak Chinese? Actually the manual is pretty good!|
The gap is easy to set. I just barely needed to change the gap on the plug.
|You wouldn't think a little gap like this is so critical, but it sure can be.|
I compared the old and new plugs.Old one had been in for 3,000 miles. It looked to be in pretty good shape. Just normal wear, nothing unusual or threatening.
|Bought the new plug at Auto Zone, was identical to the old plug. Note the hairy knuckles?|
|Only one panel (easily removed) to get to the plug.|
What turned out to be more of a pain in the ass than anticipated was changing the gear oil. When I did this before, my friend Lloyd helped me. He had a particularly handy little syringe that we used. I remember we carefully measured how much oil drained out and replaced exactly the same quantity. The syringe was very handy because the fill hole is particularly tiny. Don't ask me why!
I originally fashioned together a very small funnel and filled the gear oil using that funnel. Didn't work real well and I made a mess on the floor trying to fill it back up.
|The measuring cup collects the gear oil.|
So it was back to the store (yes, Auto Zone, just because it is nearby)
|The new gear oil with a hopefully handy new little pump tool.|
I would really liked to have had a little syringe to replace the gear oil like the one Lloyd had, but couldn't find one. The guy at the store thought this little pump might help and at the time it seemed like a good idea and it was only a few $. So why not! Right?
|It fit real nicely into the filler hole, but turned out to be essentially worthless. Oh well, It was worth a try.|
|The lineup of gear oil bottles.|
And I admit, I didn't have the time to get the radiator fluid changed. We had some other chores around the house that we did this weekend, and my beloved Kansas Jayhawks even actually won a football game. (We are better known for basketball)
But the coolant replace is on the list to be done. Hopefully next weekend.
BTW, Max is running really nice with that new spark plug. It's just enough difference to be barely noticeable, but there is seemingly a new little bit of energy with each fire.
Ride On and Carpe Diem, my good friends.