Below is the first alea iacta est video about Signet's re-birth, so please enjoy!
One big step is taken. As mentioned in my previous post, we fired up Signet's new heart, the mighty 225 slant six engine! It's been little bit over a month since that and I guess it is about time to write about. So, Signet's motor is in running condition. And actually, it is almost ready for highway testing! But before that, I guess I will need to put in at least one seat, some headlights in the front and I guess it should have wheels underneath it. Other than that, it's good to go!! But to be honest, there is still lots to do before we can call it done. But the first road test is already nerve tingling close:D
Below is the first alea iacta est video about Signet's re-birth, so please enjoy!
3rd of March we did what we were planning to do... Fired up Signets new heart! The 225 was running nicely and we got that on video, too. However, I don't want to get ahead of ourselves, so this post is not yet about the start up. I have some pictures and few words to say about the accessories surrounding the motor and other stuff and I want to publish the material in the order it was created, sooo this post is about the accessories and such:)
Light my fire
I already wrote about the carburetion previously, but having fuel and air mixed in desired mixture won't get you going unless you have something to ignite the mixture at correct time. As for my ignition needs I was considering two options. Electric or points type ignition. While electric one offers better spark and more accurate timing with basically zero maintenance, the beauty of mechanical "points type" breaker system is in the simplicity. It is safe to say that if you have spare points and screw driver handy nothing can stop you. Ok, maybe a spare coil would be a good idea too, but coil failure is so rare and unlike event that I wouldn't worry about that too much. Also, electric systems can be picky about the coil and you must run a certain type of coil or you may get bad spark quality or even burned ignition controller, but points type ignition can usually run almost any type of coil out there and still get you where you're going. Of course it matters what you have in there in means of spark energy and duration and so on, but in case of emergency you can basically use whatever you can find.
Signet ain't high performance car. It ain't pollution controlled neither. Hotter spark of electric ignition wouldn't hurt, but probably wouldn't offer any noticeable different in performance nor fuel economy. Just some less maintenance that comes in expense of simplicity. It wasn't clear to me in beginning and I was really considering these two options, but the simplicity won, again. Points will get the job done just fine and offers if not better reliability, but ultimately simple construction that I can always fix no matter what's the problem. Important thing that counts with this car, so I went down the points line. Also, points ignition is not sensitive for failures in your charging system like fluctuating/too high battery voltage or busted diode in alternator that can create alternative current in you electric system. While these kinds of failures can easily interrupt or destroy electric ignition systems, the points type won't mind at all.
For my cooling needs I had a huge aluminum left over radiator (brand new though!!) from some of my previous projects. Actually a ´65 Valiant with blown big block. I never completed that car with the 572cid big block, but ran a lot with different small blocks, including blown 360cid. It was a nice car, but I sold it some years ago. Anyways, the radiator that I have for signet was originally bought to cool down forged induction big block. It is definitely large enough to keep signet's 225 cool even in hottest Thai summer day. As you probably know, I'll be heading to Thailand with this car some day, so there will be weather conditions on the way that are tough for cars cooling systems. In this case, I'm not expecting any overheating problems though:D
Another thing to keep cool in this car is the transmission. Automatic transmissions are known to create some waste heat, always. The torque converter inside automatic transmission always create some waste heat and that heat must be dissipated somewhere somehow in order to keep the transmission fluid temperatures in acceptable level. My pick for this job is a aluminum transmission cooler, actually a brand new left over piece from that very same '65 like the radiator! It should be large enough, but I'm still planning to install transmission temperature gauge in the dash so I can keep my eye on the tranny temps. Just to make sure I won't burn it.
One more thing related to cooling system is actually doing something very opposite. Instead of trying to keep something cool, it is heating up something! Yes, the cabin heater. It is related cooling system because it uses the engines waste heat to heat up the cabin. It has a small "radiator" inside where the engine coolant is circulated which in turns heat the air travelling trough it. I probably won't need the heater in my destination, but there is places on the way where I most likely will... I'm using Signets original cabin heater with no modification. These cars came with pretty good heater from factory and with my 400 000 kilometer experience of year round driving with A-body Mopar right here in Scandinavia I can tell that the heater is just about as good as it ever needs to be...
Below is a slide show about the cooling system:)
One piece at a time..
Oookay, and now all the rest. Starter motor, alternator and some other stuff. Cooling system wasn't really an accessories at all, but I included in this post anyways. It's something alike anyways... I also included fuel line in this post, but it ain't engine accessory neither. But the engine won't run without one, sooo, I included it as well. I made it out of same copper tubing that I used for transmission cooler lines. Some folks don't like to use copper tubing in their cars because copper act as cathode for iron (=steel= your cars body) which will become anode causing it to rust in points where the copper touches steel. However, that can be easily fixed using rubber or plastic isolation in mounting points. I've been using copper transmission lines and fuel lines in my cars and never faced a single problem. Good sides of copper is that it is very easy to work with, it withstand all possible chemicals you will ever need to use in your car and it don't corrode so it basically lasts forever. Make your lines out of copper and you will never need to do it again. Also, it's affordable and easily available. Plastic would also work for fuel lines and it is (of course) cheaper and lighter than copper, but I leave it for tuning guys.
Below is a slide show of all rest accessories and "accessories":)
Oh yeah. Everything is now all set up for initial start up. Wait, no, we need fluids. Coolant, engine oil and transmission fluid...
Fluids in except engine coolant, but I will leave it for later. I'm gonna pour it in just before we start this thing, because I didn't have it handy when completing the accessories... Must remember to buy when I come here next time! I mean my garage:) Ok, everything is ready for the first start up!! So, please keep coming back because the monster is waking up soon!! :)
I was about to begin this post with some piece of electric music... But after listening through every singe electric song man ever made and didn't find any music,, I decided to go with this.
As the tittle says, this post is about signets electric system. I've been postponing this section for so long that I kinda had to do it now. It was basically the last missing piece to get signet up and running. And now it's completed! To be realistic, there is still a lot of work left before we can actually hit the road and even after this thing is ready for highway there will be some outfitting, such as load carriers and other equipment.
So, the electric system is done. Since last post many other thing have been completed, but I just haven't had time to put up a post. I've been busy so to say, but ain't it most important thing that the project goes on...?:D If Planned schedules come true, the first fire up will take place 3. march and as I promised there will be video of the rebirth!
Okay, and now to the point. Signets wiring harness was entirely busted. In terrible condition with all kinds of DIY solution, jump wires and other suicide solution. Needles to say that it was a lot easier just replace the whole wiring harness. But after all, I decided to reuse the original tail light cables. Everything else is either from one '67 parts donor or completely new. Although vintage cars don't usually have much electrics they still have some and if that some is not working properly you might find yourself in trouble. The electric job looked very miserable to me. And I guess you understand when you look at the pics how it looked like in the beginning...
First thing to do was, naturally, removing the old harness completely. I've been there few other times with my previous projects (with A-body mopars) so I didn't need to make any what-belongs-to-where notes for myself to easy the installation. I just rip them out and started installing the new wiring harness. While at it, I did some modernization like added power relays to ignition switch (main power) and driving lights. Other than that, it remains pretty much as it came from the factory. It was kinda funny that I took 50 years old wiring harness and just plugged the connectors and everything worked right from the start. Incredible reliable technology, they don't make this stuff anymore... True plug and play experience! :D
I shoot one million pics of this project, but not too many was very self-explanatory, so I tried to pic those that makes any sens, that somehow cast light over what I did. Below is a one more slide show...
Now the electric system completed. I will need to install the instrument panel back on the dashboard, but I leave off for now because I need to replace the speedometer cable before installation. However, I cleaned it and all the connectors and replaced burned light pulp and now it seems to be in good working condition.
I didn't face any bigger problems at this project, except windshield wiper motor. Can you imagine, only seven years under the open sky in the junk yard and it was rusted stuck. I can tell you, it was hopelessly stuck. I mean stuck for real. You can ask my hammer, it's stuck.
When I brought this car to my garage and emptied it of all the trash and junk, I found a small brown box in the trunk. In side the box were windshield wiper motor. I didn't pay much attention to it back then, but I remembered that box now when I struggled with Signet's wiper motor. I found box and saw that it is similar looking motor. Even better, it worked when I applied power to it. I seemed like the wiper motor problem was resolved. So I started removing the old one which didn't take longer than five minutes, but when compering these two motors in my hand I noticed one, but tiresome difference... the out put shaft was about 1,5mm smaller on the "new" one. Argh. I believe, that the wiper motor were broken before Signet came to me. I can't be sure, because I don't remember testing it, but it probably were. And someone at some point were to replace it, but faced this small difference and gave up and put the motor in the trunk where I found it two and a half years ago... And now I needed it, but faced the same problem like the someone before me... Would it be so? Probably.
But I didn't give up so easy. I really needed a wiper motor and only difference seemed to be the out put shaft. Would it be possible to pop the lid open and change the out put shaft from signet's original motor to the spare motor...?
Ok, now windshield wipers works, lights works, ignition works, heater blower works, turn signals works, everything WORKS!! So, I will need to add some engine coolant, oil, transmission fluid and do few other things and just hit the key:) wait a minute, It needs some gasoline too. Must find a fuel tank.
Carbs are not dead. And I'm not talking about nutrition. I've been asked many times about Signet's technical details including the fuel system, if it's gonna be whether fuel injected or carburated. The question might sound odd agains the fact that Signet were made in 1969 when all large scale mass produced cars were carburated. And Signet definitely did not make an exception in that matter. But those who know me in person knows that I'm performance minded enthusiast leaning to EFI's instead of carburetors and I have build several aftermarket EFI-systems over the years. A big fan of DIY EFI's like Megasquirt. So, with that in mind the question isn't that odd at all. Actually, at some point I was considering EFI-system for Signet too, but dropped that idea pretty quickly.
So, Signet is gonna be carburated. With this project there is three main factors to define everything, reliability, cost and performance. In this particular order. On a long long road trip the reliability is the key factor to take you where you're going, but cost also play an important role because I'm financing this from my own wallet and the budget is tight. With cost I mean the actual cost of building Signet and the cost on the go which we can think as economy, fuel economy to be precise . Performance isn't so important, but it matters some. Driving with a car with total lack of performance ain't nice and it ain't safe neither so performance matters a little. We must have enough power to move the thing at same speed with other cars in the traffic, get on the go at traffic lights and ramp up the hills, pass a truck perhaps and so on. It is self evident that we're not looking for any racy performance here, but just something to get you around with ease. These are the factors. And although EFI can easily beat carburetor in economy and performance, it can never beat carbs in the key factor number one, the reliability...
Let there be carburetor...
And there was carburetor. The self evident God's gift to the mankind, the glorious Carter BBD! Haha. But honestly, it's one of my favorite carb models. There is many good carburetors out there of many different makes and models. But there is bad ones too, so picking up a good carb for the application takes some planning and comparison.
My goal were set by the three main factors mentioned before and I was lucky that I already had something to fulfill my needs. The 225 engine I installed in Signet is (as mentioned before) from '80 dodge aspen and it came from the factory with two barrel Carter Carburetors BBD, which is surely one of the most manufactured OEM carburetors of all times. Not the most, hell no, but near the top with millions of made during their production age. There is many different variations out there, but all of them share the same basic construction, decades after decades...
But what is so special about this carburetor that makes me love it..? Well, if we talk about OEM carburetors here, not any aftermarket, race and performance units, with my experience this little carb delivers extraordinary fuel metering and reliability.It has Carters unique "metering rod" main circuit that adjust main jet size according to throttle opening and engine load for ultimate fuel metering through out the RPM range and simple yet well engineered idle-progression circuit with AFR's always spot on. This carb does its job very well, yet still is simple in design, and has no gaskets or seals below fuel level, so it never leaks! And like all carb guys know, if something fails in carburetor it is most likely the needle valve and it usually causes the carb to "flood". A dangerous situation if lots of fuel is flooding all over the engine, but BBD's are build so that in case of needle valve failure the excessive fuel is directed into the carburetor barrels and no fuel is leaked outside of the carburetor. It will ,perhaps, make the engine stall or hesitate , but causes no further danger. And in that very unlike situation that your needle valve lets you down, with BBD's it can be removed for inspection/replacement without disassembling the whole carburetor! Les than 10 minutes work!
There is some other technical advantages in this carburetor too, but I guess I already explained enough. And it also happens to be the OEM carb for Signet's engine which means easy and problem free installation and I also have many of them for spare (actually two in good working condition and maybe two or three for parts...), so this is a natural choice for this application:)
Also, Chrysler small blocks with two barrel carburetor came with similar BBD like slant sixes, but slightly lager barrel diameter. (can't remember exactly how much larger, but something like 3-4mm). Using the "large barrel" BBD on slant sixes gives noticeable gain in performance because of the higher airflow capacity, but has no negative affect on fuel economy or low end torque, therefor it is always a good idea to use one of them on slant sixes! Like the one on Signet's engine:)
(actually, my own research shows something like these large barrel "small block" BBD's are delivering slightly leaner mixture than the "slant six" original small barrel ones and giving slightly improved fuel economy. I did my research on my daily driver using wide band lambda gauge and thousand of kilometers driving, so the results should be accurate...)
I think it was Homer Simpson who said "first step towards failure is trying, never try". Well, I'm not that kind of guy who gives up without trying, but he was definitely right about that. But I have little bit different view over this question. Instead of giving up in advance I like to see every job as a challenge and I believe the first step towads failure is the disrespect for the job you're begining with.
And I just got a small, but tangible reminder to support my beliefs. One day I went to my garage to start installind all the accessories on Signets engine. One of such, not really accessory but something alike, was the exhaust pipe. I was wondering weither to fabricate new one or use the one that I had for spare. The one that I had was an original factory style pipe in excellent shape. It is from the '67 parts donor valiant I bought coulpe years ago (wrote about it before) and it were replaced just little before the car was crashed badly, so it was virtually like new, but rear section was gone. (the car got so bad hit to the trunk that the whole trunk was virtually gone and so was the rear section of the exhaus pipe. Funny). Fabricating the rear piece would not be a big job, so going that way would definitely be the easiest way. It once were installed on a similar car, so it would fit like a glove, right..? Fabricating a new one might give me some more performance and better exhaust tone, but also cost more money and be a whole lot of more work. I guess too much work for such minor advantage. So, picked up the original style pipe and started working. just fifteen minutes and it should be done and I can move on to the next piece. Sure.
But what does it actually matter what kind of pipe you have in there...? Just a pipe big enough to bring out the gases, right? Well, Exhaust pipe is actually one of the rare things where bigger is not always better. It is definitely worth of considering what you expect from your motor and your car. It may seem like too small exhaus pipe would eat the performance of your car, but in most cases it is the too large pipe that will destroy both parformance and gas milage... So factory tail pipe is usually the safast way to go, although not always the best.
So, for Signet I was planning to fabricate a all new exhaust pipe using 2,5" (63mm) mild steel tubing. 2,5" would be slighly on the large side, but not too big and I believe it would work well with signets current compression ratio and camshaft. Anyways, going any bigger than that is definitely an over kill. My almost twenty years of experiece of different slant six engines tells my clearly, that the 2 1/4" pipe found on '76 up slant sixses with two barrel carbs is the most optimal size for daily driver stock or mild performance 225cid slants with cast exhaus manifold. Older 225's had 2", which is slighly in the small side for top end power and the 2,5" that I was planning to use is slighly in the large side for low end torque, but generally available at affordable price, so it sound like the pipe of my choice. Then the factory style ready pipe came by and I got lazy and decided to save some time and money and go the easy way...
As easy as it might sound, using the existing pipe turned out to be a disaster. Instead of combining all the good like easy of installation and affordable price, it offered me nightmare of installation that will never pay back the loss in performance. I mean, it still is probably the low-cost-solutio, but it didn't fit at all and I had to do hell of a lot of work to make it fit and now I have just an ordinary low-perfoamnce exhaus for the amount of work I could have a free flowing, excellent performance pipe. But I'm not going back, it's in there now and in there it will stay... Next, a slide show...
All in all. If I could foresee how much work this "bolt on" pipe would cost, I would probably go the other way. Fabricate an all new pipe. I don't understand how this pipe were installed in the '67 I pulled it out. I don't remember excatly, but I assume it must have been terrible and inconvenient installation.
Although the installation were not easy and even if it won't perform the best possible way, it is what it is now. I was wondering weither I should use one size larger pipe for optimum mid-range and top-end power for good acceleration and passing performace at highway speed. But in the other hand, the difference to this one size smaller pipe would have been marginal and this smaller pipe will perform the same or even better at low RPM's probably creating little bit more off-idle torque. Anyways, to be honest I'm not very happy with this thing. I feel like I did something that I already knew to be the second best solution. But the voice of reason in my head tells me to move on. This straw will get the job done just fine...But you know, It could have been done better still...
A lot Have happened since the last post, Signet is almost in running condition. Almost, engine and whole drivetrain is in place but some accessories are still missing. But that's just a matter of time, because I have them all, just need to bolt them on and hit the key... Well... maybe it takes some electric works too since Signet virtually don't have a electric system, so to say. Anyways, I'm too excited to wait until the new wiring harness and, oh yes, fuel tank is installed, but gonna make the first run immediately after I get the accessories in. I takes just one jump wire from battery to ignition coil to power up ignition system and a jug will work as fuel tank. That's what I'm gonna do! But not now, that's not the topic of today, so lets begin with engine and drivetrain installation...
I've been there I can't remember how many times. As you probably know I'm big fan of A-body mopars and enthusiast for almost twenty years soon, so this was not my first engine installation:D So, it is safe to say that not any big problems were expected to arise, but there isn't so simple job that nothing can't go wrong. Except this time anything didn't really go wrong, but some parts were missing and (of course) my memory was fooling me once again. Anyways, it went pretty smoothly and I didn't face any bigger difficulties. It also made the job whole lot of easier that I have a suitable shop equipment to lift the engine and transmission together into the car. Jointing the engine and tranny together isn't terrible job weither if you do it before installing them into vehicle or lifting them in separately and jointing in the car. When you have opportunity to do it before installation is the way to go because you will save a lot of time laying under the car when installing the tranny. It seems like showing the progression in slide shows have already become a habbit in this blog, so why not continue on that way. Below you will find the show of the drive train istallation. In the next post I will complite the installation with all the accessories, but not yet fire up the beauty. I have post some off topic videos before, but the first video of this thing really will be about the very first attempt to fire up Signets new heart. So stey in tune!:) But for now, the engine and drivetrain installation slideshow, be my guest:)
Aargh. Sometimes it is very difficult to put your thoughts into words, especially in written words in language other than your own. Today I'm suffering about that problem. But well, I try. Lately I've been tinkering in my garage again. I finally finished Signet's front suspension which was all set up excluding center link and idler arm. And the reason why it was not finished yet was that idler arm mounting bracket were gone. Actually, it was me who cannibalized it for my daily driver long, long time ago. The reason doing so is that my daily driver is year model ´67 with old style idler arm design (weak and overall poor design compered to ´68 and up..) so at some point I cut the bracket from Signet and welded on to my '67... I had no idea that I would need to weld it back on some day, ha ha!:D But the day was yesterday. Signet's engine and transmission are ready waiting for installation, but the idler arm thing had to be done first, because the engine will be on the way (terribly) when working with it. (it can be done with engine in the car, but it was whole lot easier to do it first..)
When working with the idler arm I decided to finish the whole front and suspension. Which I did..almost. Well, I'm good at missing things. Now in turn was(is) torsion bar adjusters. These old Mopars have torsion bar type front springs. It is nice design with one advantage over most other cars...You can adjust the ride high to your desire without need to change any parts. The adjuster is located in the lower control arm and they won't come out accidentally, but they were not there! Somebody pulled them out for some reason. Who is that someone is is pretty easy to answer, but why remains a secret... But other than that, everything is now all set up!
Now signet is ready for the engine and transmission! And the electric system is there waiting for the installation too, which one I'm gonna do first is pretty much up to my inspiration. I really hated the idler arm bracket thing in advance, because it not and easy job. You must be very careful to get it right. it is critical to get the geometry spot on or you will end up with weird and uneven road feel, pulling steering, wondering, or even tire wear. So, if it wasn't much physical work really, but it took a truck load of patience and carefulness. But I think I got it right. I thinks it's good :)
Here's one more slide show about the front end. enjoy:)
I was about to start this post apologizing that I haven't post anything for a century, but realized in next second that that's the way I have started most of posts this year, so I guess there is no need for it anymore. My dear readers probably know that there will be another post, sooner or later... Actually, I have received three massages from three different ip's in this month only that you're waiting for a new post and that you would like to know how things are now. Well, here it comes...
And there was wires!
Few posts ago I wrote that the next job was gonna be electric system. Wires and connectors, relays and stuff. As told Signet's original wiring harness is in miserable shape. It's been partly replaced with household wire that is absolutely unsuitable for car use and of course using only one color and gauge. It is hard to think how it could possibly do anything else than set in fire and burn the whole god damn thing down if connected to power. So, I rather be safe than sorry and decided to replace all the wires. At some point I got a beautiful untouched, "like new" wiring harness from a '67 parts donor valiant, but sadly lost it somehow... (I guess I wrote about it before) . When it was time to start doing the electrics I could find it. I turned over every millimeter in my garage, I searched every shelf, every box and bag and even called my buddies if they have seen it. But no. It was lost. I thought it is simply lost and gone forever. But somehow it felt odd because I was sure I have had it. Well... I already gave up with it and moved one to transmission. I finally got it done, as told, and now it is waiting for to be bolted on the engine and lifted in. I already started collecting parts for the brand-new diy-electric system.. Until one day when i was moving my personal stuff (Yes, I'm moving again, but that's another story...) I found something in a big white plastic box... You guess it! The wiring harness! Can you believe... there it was in a place where I could never ever thought it to be! I can't say how when and why I have put it in the storage with my personal stuff, but there it was side by side with drinking classes, unused clothes, household appliances and other stuff. I can't say how happy I was when I find!
The stray sheep arrived home! Ain't that awesome?:) I'm not sure if you can share the joy, but I'm actually pretty happy about this. It gave me a big (in positive way:) kick in the ass to go garage again:) (which I did)
Here it is, just as good as I thought ready to be installed, the long gone wiring harness!
Friday morning was somewhat surprising to me... And I bet it was to many of my fellow Europeans too! Well, I'm not politically active in any way and world politics are not the topic in this blog but I would like to say a word about the Brexit. I think it's great. It is just awesome and something that world have never seen before. No state have never before seceded from EU. However, I'm not gonna explain here what and why I support Brexit, this is not a political blog and I'm not political journalist, but just wanted to speak out my mind about Brexit...In entertaining way :D Even though Brexit is not yet reality in practice the message to the EU was clear, no more EU, no more bureaucratic, tax consuming, dictatorial monster house of cards. So, the time will tell how EU and Great-Britain will proceed from now on.
Although no country have never before seceded from EU, somehow this remind me what happened in the US in the 1800's when 13 states seceded from the US for some same reasons why Britain voted leave EU. The centralization of power from the states to the federal government and lost of tax money to the very same all time growing central government and, of course, people's will to manage their own lives free from the dictatorial powers.
To be objective I must admit that what we see now in Europe is not exactly the same what happened in the US about one and a half century ago, but progression is similar; There is states managing them selves, then comes federal government in order to work for the benefit of the independent member states, the states are ruling the central government, then the federal government grow bigger, then it grow little bit more bigger and begins to rule the states, opposite what it was meant to be, democracy dies, some folks get angry, federal government gets angry trying to shut the mouths of whining people, people get more angry, and want to get rid of the monster they (or someone) made. Conflict. How many times the world have seen something like this over the history...?
When I was thinking about this a funny song came to my mind. It's a nice American folk song originally about a boy waiting for a wagon to bring hes loved one, but during the american civil war they made new lyrics for war propaganda purpose. And later Johnny Rebel made he's own lyrics. The song I'm performing in the youtube video below has lyrics mixed of those two song and I also made some modification to it to better suit in today's Europe... Ladies and gents, 'Dissolution Wagon' in style of Vallu The Author.
So, that was that. I believe in nations, peoples, languages, cultures, I believe in global diversity. That's what makes world interesting place for a curious people. Yes, I believe in world of nation states living in harmony. But how can a traveler support the world of borders...? Well, if there is a border it don't mean it is impassable...It don't have to be sign of isolation. I see it is just one layer of protection. Just keep you passport with you and get a visa if you're required to and you're good to go:) But some folks say that there is wars because there is borders... Well, I wouldn't be so sure about it. Instead, it seems like there is wars because the borders were taken down or they never existed where they should. Or it is simply in wrong place.
Just my two cents.
Hello folks. It's been a good bit of time again since my last post. But, well, the time is not wasted. signet's transmission is finally done! I only need to visit my local car parts store to buy new fluid filter, bolt it on with new pan gasket and then it's done. I guess I need more than just one, my dear daily driver needs one too and I probably will drop the pan and replace filter and fluid of Signet's transmission after first one thousand kilometers or so. I think I will need at least three of them in close future.
Winter up here in Finland is quite depressive time. The weather is mostly miserable, gray and wet or so cold that I definitely don't go out if it is not a must. But for my luck the spring time is here, but ain't the summer coming slowly. So why wait when there is airplanes awaiting at Helsinki-Vantaa airport! Yep, why wait when boss shows green light to my early summer vacation application and even better, Russians are willing to sell some tickets to Bangkok for dirt cheap!
Thailand is awesome. First time I took part of the famous Songkran festival. And was it lots of fun! I have never seen myself as a person who enjoys big parties in huge crowd and there really isn't too many of such where I'm actually able to have fun instead of feeling irresistible need to escape. But I have found two so far. Before this Songkran experience there was only one, the Big Power Meet in Västerås. By the way, it is just a tad over two moths away, so regards to Västerås, we are coming again!! It is simply something I can not miss and neither should you! To Västerås we go every year. I can not say the same about Songkran because the terrible distance, but I would not be surprised if I find myself sitting on the Bangkok plane next year too, heading to the Songkran. Actually, I'm already planning to do it, but it's way, way too far from now to say anything for sure. This year I took place in both the traditional celebration and the "modern" water fights on the streets. First being very interesting in cultural ways and expanding my view over the world, later mentioned being absolute fun! My best buddy hates heat, so it is no wonder why I've been totally unable to drag him to Thailand with me. But lately he's been saying things that someone might understand as words of interest about going Thailand. Words of common sense! :D
And then about the transmission...
Shifting into holiday gear and back to everyday life was fairly easy. My boss is awesome and almost everything can be negotiated. I had to get some projects done before leaving on the holiday, which I did and he even gave me a ride to airport! But I also set up me a goal at my garage before heading to holidays. Signet's transmission had to be ready so I could say that one big step is taken again and I could enjoy my vacation in good conscience. Well, the only thing that I simply did not have time for was the fluid filter, but I ques it's okay. I can call it done!
In my previous post I was assuming the transmission having worn out clutches or bands (or both), because it was slipping in all gears, including reverse. Other than that, it seemed to shift through the gears just as it should. Closer look into it revealed that I was terribly wrong with my assuming. There was signs of slippage in clutch plates, but they still were almost like new. And so was the bands. It is actually little bit difficult to say what was causing the problem, but I found some parts missing from valve body and accumulator spring was gone too. it seemed like someone were trying to install a shift kit or otherwise modify the valve body and went wrong at some point. Anyways, I did not pay much attention fixing the valve body because I had one 100% working unit for spare, so I just replaced the whole valve body with new accumulator spring. Another thing that needed some attention was two badly worn out metal sealing rings. And that was pretty much all that needed fixing. Below is another slideshow about the transmission job! :)
Welcome to my site!
Hi everyone! I'm Vallu and this site is about my crazy road trip project called "Alea iacta est"
-The ultimate junk car road trip!-
I'm rebuilding a junk car, '69 Plymouth Signet, which I will then take to a long road trip from Finland to Thailand!
How this all started?
Kuinka kaikki alkoi...?
This is what I'm gonna do!
Homman nimi on tää!
Viljo the jester, mascot of this road trip project!