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...
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! :)