My attempt to make it to my 10 acres in Terlingua Ranch and make a go of living on it. From the start it hasn't gone good at all, but I'm hopeful things will turn around!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
High wind again & Charger. (Not much Sand)
Welp... another brick wall. It wasn't just the tank filter that was stopped up the carb float valve was to. Neither of those were the real problem though. I cleaned the tank filter and the carb to and got the motor running like a top. Problem now is that the large pulley on the motor is too large and to keep the motor from stalling out I have to run the RPMs higher than I'd like to. That isn't the real problem either though. What the problem is that the pulley on the alternator is for a serpentine belt and the pulley on the motor is for a V-belt. With the motor revved so high when I connect the alternator to the batteries it puts such a load on the high revving alternator that it smokes the belt. I hadn't anticipated that. What I need is a V-belt pulley for the alternator and I have one, but I don't have a socket big enough to fit the nut on the alternator to take the serpentine pulley off and replace it with the larger V-belt pulley. Until I can get a socket to let me do that and a new belt then I'm SOL.
As for the wind... It was plenty cool out there this morning so I didn't do anything this morning besides make coffee and stay inside as much as I could. Made a trip to Study Butte yesterday and got the propane tank filld so I didn't freeze last night. When I did get out to finish up the charger I did as much as I could in front of the Iron Dungeon to block the wind and then grinned and bared it when I had to work on the side.