Cruising with an incontinent, gassy Mistress
- Had my day all planned out: Run some errands, go pick up Margarita,
and spend the afternoon replacing the smog pump that was chirping
last week, install all new belts while at it, and change the oil.
Well, best laid plans and all that rot...
Errands took far longer than I expected, but I managed to go get
Margarita around 2pm. Now... Last week I got a whiff of gasoline one
afternoon. But I'd gassed her up just before, so I thought I'd just
spilled some down the filler neck or something and didn't think a
thing about it. Well! Today when I started her up, I got more than a
whiff... I thought I'd stuck my head into a gas pump. Upon looking at
things, I saw a steady drip - Not quite a stream, but close - Of gas
back near the rear axle. Yikes!
I got her home, jacked her up, and crawled underneath. The 1/4"
return hose from the chassis to the tank unit was in tatters! What
the...?!? I'd replaced all three at the same time a few years ago
and the others looked fine. But I've never seen anything quite like
that one. The surface was peeling, flaking, and in shreds. (It
reminded me of some oddly shaped flaky dinner roll...) The only thing
I could figure was that, since all three are different sizes
(diameters) they'd come off different rolls. Apparently the roll of
1/4" hose was a bad batch.
At any rate, a quick trip to O-Reilly's for some new hose, a few
minutes to replace them (I did all three since I was under there
doing the one) and all was well. But that little diversion ate up
another chunk of my afternoon. I decided to press on with the other
Pulled the smog pump and got to looking at it. It was "chirping" last
week, hence I'd ordered a replacement which came in the other day.
Apparently the old one was puking its guts out - After removing the
diverter valve, the internal failure was obvious. A handful of metal
fragments (not just little chips) fell out of both the pump and the
diverter valve. The filter / shaft was so loose in the housing I
honestly don't know what was keeping it all together. The thing had
eaten its own guts and should have self destructed. But, I cleaned
out the diverter valve reinstalled the pump, got all new belts on
her, and changed the oil.
Started her up and she was back to her silky smooth, quiet self,
idling happily and serenely. Had a little ride around town for a few
more errands and got lots of stares, comments, and even a few
whistles from folks.
So Joe-Boy has been out doing his topless cruising thing again. The
weather was glorious, and is supposed to remain that way for another
day or two. Whee!
Joe-Boy (& Miss Margarita, of course)