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OAUSA Net - November 1, 2018 - Vehicle Maintenance

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Post by DaveK » Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:37 pm

For those of us who enjoy camping and 4WD exploring, it does not matter if its winter or summer, cause its always driving season. Keeping your 4 wheel drive or trail vehicle in good running condition is a great way to avoid trouble. Our discussion on vehicle maintenance will be led by Larry Bernstein, W6LPB. The depth of Larry's expertise is significant, and for those interested in some excellent tips and advice, this is a net that shouldn't be missed.

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Post by DaveK » Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:41 pm

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT

This spotlight is a little different than most. It's not something your can buy (usually), but something you can make.

Recently, I came into possession of what appeared to be a quite old Dietz kerosene lantern. It seems that a friend found the lantern in the trash can of a neighbor. Knowing my fascination with lanterns, he grabbed it and brought it over. My first reaction was that it wasn't worth keeping, but I looked deeper and was thrilled that I did.

There is an interesting similarity between collectors of old Coleman lanterns and collectors of old Dietz lanterns. Like Coleman lanterns, there is also a lot of interest and information for Dietz kerosene lanterns. Once I realized that a unique Dietz lantern had been dumped in my lap, I decided to bring it back to life.

A little history of Dietz lanterns. They began making lanterns about 1842 and have been making them ever since. The company began life as a New York business, as this was the home of its founder, Robert Edwin Dietz. Due to an ingenuous design, high light output, excellent quality, reliability, and durability, and a price that just about anyone could afford, Dietz lanterns quickly became the most popular source of light in the world.

Long before the recent trend of sending production facilities to China, the Dietz Company decided, in 1956, to relocate its production facilities from New York to Hong Kong. Prior to that date, all production took place in the USA. Dietz still manufacturers these same lanterns today, but imports them to the USA and all over the world.

The history of the Dietz Company is fascinating and for those interested, the best place to look is the W.T. Kirkman Lantern website at http://www.lanternnet.com/history.htm

As you will see below, it was the country of origin that made my new found lantern so interesting and unique.

Here is the lantern, almost exactly as I received it, and it was clear that the lantern had been neglected. Just about every exterior steel part was badly rusted, the fuel tank leaked, and most of the paint had either worn off or rusted away. Thankfully, and surprisingly, the globe remained intact.

Beneath the rust, in raised letters on the fount, was the model, "The Little Giant." Directly below the name, also in raised letters, was a designation reading, "70 Hour Fount Capacity," meaning that with a full tank, the lantern would last 70 hours.

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So, I cleaned the globe, filled the tank with kerosene, waited for the wick to soak it up, and lit it. Despite the rust, the neglect, the old wick and the leaking fount, it performed like it was new.

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While this was enough to pique my interest, it was the subsequent discovery that really made me dig in. Underneath the rust and dirt, it became apparent that this lantern was made in the USA.

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In addition to the Syracuse, N.Y. U.S.A. designation on the globe, there is also other manufacturing information in the photo below. Directly above the Dietz name there the letter H followed by the number 10. This alpha-numeric code, found on most Dietz lantern globes made before 1956, designates the manufacturer and mold number. In this case, the globe was made by the Anchor Hocking Company, also of New York.

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Based on this, there was no doubt that this lantern was made sometime before 1956, in the USA, making it at least 62 years old. But I had to know more! Apparently, similar to Coleman, Dietz stamped the date of manufacture on their lanterns. Barely visible on my lantern, under some rust, I located some very faint printing on the location where the date stamp was to be found. Unfortunately, despite the removal of rust, the exact date of manufacture was not legible.

So, I contacted Woody Kirkman and provided him with pictures of the lantern, and a request to help with a date of manufacture. I lucked out, as there was enough original paint left on one portion of the lantern for him to recognize that this color was only used between 1950 and 1952. That was enough for me. I now knew that my lantern was between 66 and 68 years old.

Using information on the Kirkman website, I began the restoration. The first step was getting rid of the rust, which is ALWAYS a PITA process, so I decided to use Kirkman’s advice by submersing the lantern in a solution of molasses. It sounded weird but it was better than the elbow grease alternative and it could get into small places where I couldn’t. Surprisingly, it did a pretty good job, but for some areas, not good enough.

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One of the benefits of this project was the discovery of two amazing products, both made by POR 15. The first was a rust remover, that worked like nothing I have seen before. Soaking parts in this solution amazingly removed the rust, leaving behind a clean steel surface. Here is a before and after picture of the lantern burner, using POR 15.

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The next phase involved the leaking fount. In my case, the leak was large, so my first line of attack was to re-solder the seam using a using a micro butane torch. This may work for some, but for me, it just made the leak worse. So, it was time to put plan B into action - using POR 15 liquid fuel tank sealer. AMAZING STUFF!!! The only noteworthy thing is that this sealer requires 8 days to fully cure. Once sealed, it is good for the life of the tank.

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With the rust removed and the tank sealed, it was time to paint. Below is the final product, and although it is not a “like new” restoration, it is pretty close. Yes, there is some rust pitting and my painting skills could use some improvement, but it is attractive, fully functional, safe to use, and I now have one of the last Dietz kerosene lanterns made in the USA. And, the lantern is all original - no replacement parts were used (except paint.)

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Re: OAUSA Net - November 1, 2018 - Vehicle Maintenance

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Post by toms » Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:53 am

Tools

Here is a start - modify as you need - If you do your maintenance and repairs at home with the same tools you carry on the trail it is less likely you will be missing a necessary tool on the trail.

BASIC
Hammer
Screwdrivers
Pliers
Crescent Wrench
Vice Grips
Socket Set 1/4,3/8,1/2 (SAE, Metric)
Set Open-End Wrenches (SAE, Metric)
Needle Nose Pliers

Lug Wrench
Tire Gauge
Air Compressor
Valve Core Tool
Hi-Lift Jack
Jack Platform

Gloves
Jumper Cables

BASIC PLUS
Breaker Bar
Set Box End Wrenches (SAE & Metric)
Wire brush

Crow Bar
Pipe wrench
Brake tools


BASIC PLUS PLUS
Tire Iron(s)
Bottle Jack
Air Hose
Ratchet Strap
Plastic Tarp
Paper Towels
Spark Plug Wrench
Siphon Hose
Hacksaw
Allen Wrench / Sockets -SAE, metric
Snap Ring Pliers
File
Telescoping Magnet
Torque Bits -sockets
Multi Tester
Welding Rod & Goggles
Grease gun
Tap & die set
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Re: OAUSA Net - November 1, 2018 - Vehicle Maintenance

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Post by toms » Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:01 am

360 Walk around
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Vehicle in depth Inspection Check list
The check list has items for
a. Vehicles with leaf spring and coils springs and
b. Automatic transmissions and manual transmissions.
c. Coil on plugs and with rotor & separate coil
d. Use the ones that apply to your vehicle and cross out those that are inappropriate.



UNDERHOOD
Hood Latches ___ _____
Radiator & cap _____
Coolant _____
Radiator hoses & clamps _____
Heater hoses & clamps _____
Water pump & fan clutch _____
Washer fluid _____
Freeze plugs _____
Oil _____
Oil filter _____
Valve cover & PCV _____
Misc oil leaks _____
Auto transmission fluid _____
Trans oil cooler _____
Trans oil cooler lines _____
Power steering _____
Power steering lines/cooler _____
Belts & pulleys _____
Alternator _____
A/C pump _____
Onboard air compressor _____
Compressor Air lines & filter _____
Battery & cables _____
Battery tray & hold down _____
Motor mounts _____
Air cleaner _____
Brake master cylinder _____
Clutch master cylinder _____
Wiring & vacuum lines _____
Older Vehicles
Visual check of plug wires _____
Cap & rotor _____
Carburetor/EFI & filter _____

INTERIOR
Zippers & windows _____
Doors & lock/latch _____
Glass (cracked?) _____
Weather seals _____
Roll bar/cage _____
Mirrors _____
Seats mounting & bolts _____
Belts/harnesses _____
Instruments _____
2-way radio (Ham, etc.) _____
Fire extinguisher _____
Parking brake _____
Horn _____
Interior light _____
Headlights - low/hi beam _____
Emergency flashers _____
Tail (running) lights _____
Side marker lights _____
Backup lights _____
Brake lights _____
Turn signals left/right _____
Auxiliary lights _____
Wipers _____
Brakes _____
Clutch _____
Hood release _____
Starter _____

UNDER VEHICLE
Steering play _____
Steering box & components _____
Steering stabilizer _____
Sway bar & links - L & R _____
Front shock mounts _____
Oil pan _____
Auto transmission pan _____
Manual transmission fluid _____
Shift linkage _____
Front differential cover _____
F. Coil springs & mounts _____
F. Springs _____
F. Spring hangers/shackles _____
F. Axle U-bolts _____
F. Spring pads _____
F. Axle fluid level/leaks _____
F. Axle housing _____
F. Driveshaft u-joints _____
F. Driveshaft slip yoke _____
Rear differential cover _____
R. Coil springs & mounts _____
R. springs _____
R. Shock mounts _____
R. Spring hangers/shackles _____
R. Axle U-bolts _____
R. Spring pads _____
R. Axle fluid/leaks _____
R. Driveshaft u-joints _____
R. Driveshaft slip yoke _____
R. Brake hose & hard lines _____
Gas tank & hoses _____
Air tank & lines _____
Exhaust system _____

Body mounts _____
Check frame for cracks _____
Fuel lines _____
Brake lines _____
Wiring _____
Recovery points - front/rear _____
Bumpers _____
Antennas and cables _____

RAISE FRONT OF VEHICLE
Front lug nuts _____
Front wheels _____
Front tires _____
Front valve stems & caps _____
Locking hubs _____
Brake hoses _____
Wheel bearings _____
Ball Joint play _____
Wobble/play _____

RAISE REAR OF VEHICLE
Rear lug nuts _____
Rear wheels _____
Rear tires _____
Rear valve stems & caps _____
Wheel bearings _____
Wobble/play _____
See you on the Trail!
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Re: OAUSA Net - November 1, 2018 - Vehicle Maintenance

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Post by DaveK » Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:01 pm

ANNOUNCEMENT

In about 2 weeks, on Saturday, November 17, 2018, the Yavapai Amateur Radio Club (YARC) of Prescott Arizona, will operate a Special Event Station in Celebration of the NRA"s 147th birthday. This is from the Yavapai Amateur Radio Club website (http://www.w7yrc.org/nrabirthday/):
The Yavapai Amateur Radio Club (YARC) of Prescott, AZ, is planning to operate a special
event station November 17, 2018, in celebration of the NRA’s 147th birthday. The special
event station will operate from Gunsite Academy’s 2,000-acre campus in Paulden, AZ, north
of Prescott. The special event call sign will be K7NRA. Operations will be conducted on
the following frequencies: 7.040, 7.250, 14.040, 14.250, 21.040 and 21.335 MHz. The hours
of operation will be from 1500 to 2400 UTC.

All amateur stations, especially those operated by NRA members and Gunsite alumni, are urged
to participate. A special certificate will be awarded to those stations making contact during
the event. QSL with a 9 x 12 SASE to:

YARC
P.O. Box 11994
Prescott, AZ 86304
More information can be found on the YARC website.
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Re: OAUSA Net - November 1, 2018 - Vehicle Maintenance

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Post by toms » Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:10 pm

Maintenance issues?
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Easier to spot issues with a clean engine
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Control Arm
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Loose lugs nut resulted in a broken Lug nut
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Broken coil spring
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Drum brake packed with mud
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Brake pad ground down by mud
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Re: OAUSA Net - November 1, 2018 - Vehicle Maintenance

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Post by toms » Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:27 pm

Fluids
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Post by Voodoo Blue 57 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:54 pm

Early checkin please

Brief discussion on Winch maintenance:

What to check or look out for during inspection?
Cable/line maintenance and life expectancy?
Drum or motor maintenance, if any?
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Re: OAUSA Net - November 1, 2018 - Vehicle Maintenance

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Post by Jeff-OAUSA » Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:13 pm

Early check-in request. Thanks.

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Re: OAUSA Net - November 1, 2018 - Vehicle Maintenance

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Post by k9atk » Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:22 pm

Please check in

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