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About JCamper

  • Birthday 07/31/1970

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    Longview, WA
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  1. Well, after 262k miles, my truck had picked up a case of the wanders. I replaced the steering box twice before finding a good reman. Did new wheels, sway bar bushings, new DOR control arms, a new aftermarket Hellwig rear sway bar, and an alignment. Drove it about 750 miles on Memorial day weekend and it was better than ever. With camper on and trailer behind absolutely drives fantastic. Think I am going to do a new windshield and cab seals at some point here. What an amazing truck. 70mph up vantage towing in the heat, just like it always has. This truck has never broke down on me, the engine has never been opened up, and it just works. Interior is still nice, exterior looks good, simply marvelous. Just thought I would share that I am still pleased and impressed by this old 12 valve anvil. Jeff
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    Steering sticks at times

    Thanks, I have a great local guy I have been using for years (Quality Auto). He replaced it today free of charge. Think I am back in business, drives great again. I am not going to worry about messing with it. Going to keep this old '98 that came with the "T" setup forever! Jeff
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    Steering sticks at times

    Hey all, long time no post! This thread is timely for me, I finally started having some steering wander after 250k miles and a set of mismatched tires. Fixing the tire mismatch took care of most of it but in the meantime I had swapped steering boxes trying to solve the issue. Now the reman box turns well one way but not the other. Going to get a second one under warranty but thinking about truly fixing the issue. I messaged Scott yesterday about this and he directed me here. I will probably do control arms and a dss also, I have never done those before. I always thought it was interesting that my truck steered perfect while so many complained about it. Being on this side of the fence isnt quite so fun! Jeff
  4. 400 miles in an old Packard sounds like an adventure! 5000 pounds, wow. I think the Franklin is fairly light. I know they got mid 20s for gas mileage. It has an aluminum engine, trans, and rear end. The frame is steel and some components but I am impressed how peppy it is. Yesterday was the 6th anniversary of my dad's passing, so we took it out to dinner to honor him. I will get some pics of the engine today. It is a straight six, air cooled. There is a big fan up front that has ducting that pushes air down over the head/cylinders. Franklin underrated the horsepower from the factory to help owners avoid horsepower taxes in some areas(these originally cost about 6 times what a Ford would have been), they would do about 65 back in the day. Franklin was the world's largest user of aluminum at the time and also used their design in aircraft engines. The cylinders look like radial aircraft cylinders all in a line. My dad purchased this one at an auction, the guy who sold it said it was his most reliable antique car (he had a large collection). He stated that he always used the Franklin if he had parades or something where he wanted a car that wouldn't break down or overheat. It is an older restoration, so it has a modern electric fuel pump on it and a few modifications to the oiling system. The old system used a weighted device that pumped oil through pumice stones to oil the valves when the car would hit bumps (!!!). They had to add the pumice stones because the original system worked too well. My dad had donated the Franklin to the Franklin museum at one time, but after he got sick he kind of fixated on it, so my mom bought it back from them. They used it to take people for rides and they rebuilt the brake system while it was there. Sorry for the long post. Jeff
  5. DING DING DING!!! 1929 Franklin. All aluminum air cooled straight six with hydraulic brakes. I downloaded an original parts catalog off the internet; page 5 details what codes to use for telegraph orders. Hilarious. Jeff
  6. We had only driven it a few times in the last 15 years. Once for my brother's wedding, once for mine, and one little trip around the neighborhood, but it needed a muffler so I drove it the 10 or so miles into town and back. Worked great, I still can't believe it. Drove about 30 to 35 just loafing along, plenty of power leftover for more. Brakes weren't great, but ok. Seemed to work better towards the end of the trip. Started first touch of the starter every time. Heck, there is less corrosion on this thing than most new cars. Felt like I should have been wearing a pinstripe suit, toting a tommy gun, picking up some dames. Still cracks me up. What a car! Anyone know what it is? , Jeff
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    Transmission Time so it Seems

    I second the call to Rip. Jeff
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    getting more MPG towing

    If you think about what your main forces are against you when cruising down the highway it becomes real simple. Slow down. It's free and by far the most effective thing you could do. Not to say don't make sure the tire pressures and alignment don't matter, they do. Seriously. Accelerate slowly, in rolling hills let the truck gain speed as much as you are comfortable with on the downslopes, park it behind a big truck on the interstate. Easy and free. Also easy on the drivetrain and works great with a stock truck. J
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    Alcan5000 Autoweek Article

    Looks like fun! Nice pic of you with the truck. J
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    Time for new batteries..

    Just a data point here, take it for what it's worth. Gtroyer's solution makes a lot of sense to me. During a lab in our first year electrical circuits lab we established that each battery will have its own internal resistance unique to itself. This is basically why dual batteries in parallel will always discharge a little. A single battery should hold a charge longer during storage, leading to less cycling and a longer life. Jeff
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    Bird watchers?

    People come to my community from hours away to birdwatch. We have TONS of raptors. There is a red-tailed hawk that is sitting around my house or on the powerlines in front most of the time. Today I was hauling/chopping firewood and he was sitting on the top of a small tree about 30 feet away totally ignoring me. Sometimes I go out and he will be standing in the front lawn...gives me a look like he is giving me a break and letting me tread on his property...but just this once. Lots of bald eagles (there were two standing in a field a quarter mile over yesterday). A ridiculous amount of herons, those things are taking over. We have lots of snakes, mice, frogs, some coyotes and a few white tail deer also. When you drive a tractor in the field, if you stand up, you can see mice streaming away from you constantly. One misty morning I was driving to work and I saw an eagle with its wings spread,looking to the side, standing on top of a telephone pole with the sun behind him. I almost crashed. This was before the days of cell phone cameras that didn't suck. Jeff
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    Electronics gurus, I need your help!

    I should mention, since you seem interested in learning/playing with this stuff, one of the common software programs for doing circuit simulation is called Pspice. It is ridiculously expensive, but there is a free version which is pretty good. It is called LT Spice. Look around, you should be able to find it and then you can build your circuit virtually before you buy anything to see how it acts. This also allows you to "test the limits" of it without actually letting the smoke out, and make sure it works before spending money on stuff. Jeff
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    Electronics gurus, I need your help!

    What you want to start off with is a breadboard (or prototyping board) and all the components you need along with some various colors of wire (like 20 guage I think). This allows you to hook everything up and get it working on something you can just easily change around. Probably want to use something like a 555 timer to make the sequential part work. I would look for a circuit that someone has already built for you. Should be a perfect project for getting your feet wet. Ok found kind of what you want. This way you can just go get all of the supplies and a wall wort power supply (or use batteries) and build it. This one does one sequential sweep and then stays on. Circuit After you know it works on your breadboard, then you actually mount everything up and solder it together. Only small issue is that without an oscilliscope, if something doesn't work, it can be difficult to tell what is wrong. However,you should be fine. Most of the issues that will get you on a project like this can be found with a normal multimeter (the beauty of using old school IC circuit design). Good luck! Jeff
  14. So I bought an older alignment rack from a friend of a friend, but decided it won't work in my shop. It is still in pieces in the back of my truck, I can deliver it if you are a reasonable distance. Takes at least three people to lift each of the main 4 pieces, it is a heavy duty old sucker. Offering it to friends and Bombers first. It was stored indoors for about 10 years, needs new air lines, but otherwise I guess it works fine. How it works is the front 7 feet are fixed, the surface that the front tires are sitting on would be a couple feet or so up. At the back of the fixed section is a pivot and 10 feet of ramp goes down to the floor. These back sections have air cylinders built into them, and you can lift the back up level with the front. The driver's side slides laterally to adjust for different width rigs. He also threw in a couple air jacks and adapters that attach to the rack so you can lift up the rig to take off a wheel. Everything is air operated, no electricity needed. None of the alignment instruments are included, this is just the rack. PM, reply, or give me a call at (360) Four three one, one three two three. Thanks, Jeff.