Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall?

Fall has pretty much came and gone no matter what the calendar may claim. Most of the leaves have fallen off of the trees and the temperature yesterday morning was in the mid-20s. It's nice to have the Ural up and running again and I am pretty happy with the replacement ignition system. That was the only change and my gas mileage as my fill-up today was significantly higher than before. Hopefully it wasn't a fluke. It does feel like less throttle is needed to maintain a given speed. And I think I need to adjust the idle mixture a bit.

This picture was taken at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. Most birds have come and gone on their way south by now. I had been waiting for a nice sunny day to try and get some good Fall color shots. But the peak has past and today was the first sunny day in the last week and a half.

The indirect-fired water heater isn't quite installed yet and I needed to pick up more pieces and parts yesterday. Including two 2"x4" ¾" plywood and an 8' Cu pipe. The stuff fit easily on the rear rack though I was getting a lot of stares at Home Depot. Hopefully it'll get installed tomorrow afternoon.


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  1. Good news that the Ural is running well again. Needing additional parts is a common occurrence when I'm doing a project no matter how much I preplan. Getting into hot water in this case is a good thing!

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    1. I'm amazed at the number of pieces and parts that are needed to get the water heater integrated with our boiler. I was originally thinking of doing this myself but I'm glad I decided to hire someone who knew what they were doing.

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    2. Richard ... I have been hot water-less for three days. The old oil fired tank didn't make it to the date the new LP tank is due to be installed. Son number one has made a valiant effort to get a few days more from the beast to no avail (you really need to be a dedicated technician for this stuff.) Good decision not to DIY.

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    3. I'm very tired and sore now that the heater is installed. I ended up doing quite a bit on the installation. An great way to save a few $$.

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  2. Its amazing the amount of stuff one can carry on a URAL sidecar rig....you should have taken a pic! :)

    Glad to hear the P/A is doing well so far. Remember, moisture and that optical sensor=not good.

    Now that the weather is a bit cooler here in the mornings, my cold engine idle is a smidge lower than normal, leading to the engine sometimes dying at a stop before it gets warmed up good. Debating tweaking the idle speed up a tad, or just live with it. I know, EFI should be dealing with it....

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    1. Wayne, the boiler guy, was amazed at how readily stuff can be carried on the Ural.

      I think that I have the moisture addressed for now. But the weather sort of took care of that for me ;-)

      There is a slight roughness to the idle which reminds me of the mixture needing a little tweaking. And I end up using the throttle lock in the morning for a fast idle. The enricheners are a bit too rich to use for more than a few seconds after starting.

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  3. Lovely picture to capture the season. Can't believe that fall might be over for you already...

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    1. Fall is just about over. Time to put on the studded tires...

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  4. Mid-20s? Yikes.

    Sad to hear your Fall is done. It's just ramping-up in the mid-Atlantic region. It's my favorite time of year.

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    1. The forecast is for high teens next week...

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  5. That is a chilly morning temperature for sure. We are seeing low 40's right now and the leaves are starting to show brilliant reds. Bummer that your "fall" is already gone. Good thing you like Uraling in the snow.

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    1. Pretty much resigned to the fact that winter is almost upon us. It is real rare to see any color around here besides yellows and a few oranges. There are a few transplanted maples but they really need warmer soil.

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  6. Sorry about all that studded tire nonsense and leafless trees and snow drifts and all that hearty stuff. Could be a good time to practice brewing Cuban coffee in preparation for your 15 minutes of winter daylight ...
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_12?url=search-alias%3Dgrocery&field-keywords=cuban+coffee&sprefix=Cuban+Coffee%2Caps%2C179

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