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    I don't know nutt'n about graphics, but would love to hear about this "project." It sure looks nice.
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    Steel or Aluminum Drom box

    Putting the whole aluminum v. steel discussion aside, if you're carrying something which would prevent the doors from opening, the unit with the lifting lid/door could save your bacon, if you need something roadside.
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    Cat C7 Alternator Neville LBA2108 no output.

    You never mentioned the symptoms, or mileage on the unit. So, just guessing from my past mistakes, you might just have worn brushes. An overhaul kit for that alternator is less than $30 and includes bearings and loaded brush holder ass'y.
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    A nice Carriage toy hauler for sale

    We're not in the market currently, but wish i could have found it when we were looking. In my research, the C-Force and Newmar X-Aire are the toy haulers to have. But maybe I'm just a bit of a tight wad.
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    Coolant Lines

    Back in February, we sprang a leak in a coolant line. It was a steel tube going from the motor to the tranny (ISX/Eaton auto shift). We by passed it and came home. Cool weather so the tranny was fine. After we got home, I went to my friendly dealer and asked them to get me all the coolant lines, both steel and hose. Golly, there's a lot of lines. And they ain't cheap. Some are in tight places too. A few require a second person to help feed in the hose. I'm cheating and running silicone hose in place of some of the steel, which makes for some creative routing to avoid hot spots. All told, this is about a $1200 project, not counting labor and a new batch of anti-freeze. So, if your truck came from the rust belt, check those lines and avoid sitting along the road with a puddle under your ride.
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    A nice Carriage toy hauler for sale

    From the pics, that's a bargain. But, there's no verbiage describing brakes, axles, tires, and no pics of those either.
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    Coolant Lines

    Vern, Got your P/M and can't respond. My email is in my signature.
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    IRT canceled? a little off topic

    Happy Birthday!!!! Here's hoping you have many more.
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    10 Speed Autoshift ain't so Auto any more

    Ouch! I had new oil put in ours a couple of years ago when they rebuilt the hi/lo. Oddly enough, it's going to the Mack shop tomorrow for A/C work, I'll have 'em check fluids too.
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    Coolant Lines

    You can likely count on your thumbs those here who even know what a Steiger is........ I think I have a picture of an early one. Yep, found it.
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    IRT canceled? a little off topic

    I'm not a real trucker, but have held a few steering wheels in my day, and almost never sleep at a Holiday Inn. Most of the truckers we talked to on our Alaska trip thought that show was pretty hokey and scripted. Some had first hand knowledge of the "staged" drama.
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    Cat C7 Alternator Neville LBA2108 no output.

    Sounds like a great time to teach the kids some mechanical skills. They'll remember it long after the memory of a water slide has faded.
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    How-to Sharpen a Drill Bit

    Paul, Did Paula let you sit in your recliner and watch NASCAR while you sharpened your bits, or did she banish you to the shop? You know how "fiscally sensitive" I am, and I like my DD. Money well spent.
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    Changing batteries

    Found out the hard way. That said, of late, I've been leaving everything hooked up if I know I'll be starting the truck in a month or less. If I had a disconnect, I'd do it for shorter times as well. I really need a solar charger for the truck and the 5er.
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    Changing batteries

    Sooo, is there any reason one way is superior to the other? The Brits held on to "P" ground for a long time. Have we drifted off topic enough?
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    Smart car radiator fan

    Phil, that's an excellent idea. I see by his signature line that he has motorbikes and toys for us to abuse, er, enjoy.
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    Smart car running ruff after buying gas

    I doubt it would cause these symptoms, but could the station have had diesel in that tank by mistake?
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    Changing batteries

    Ahh.. The positive ground was on my mind because I'd spent a big part of the day riding a '49 Farmall Super A with dirty terminals, right in my line of sight. So, You ARE old enough to have played with some of the weird stuff.
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    Parts for volvo mirror

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    Changing batteries

    Usually. Apparently, you didn't grow up around older vehicles, where positive ground was common. Check this out: http://www.restore-an-old-car.com/positive-ground-cars.html My brother-in-law was trying to help out an elderly neighbor with his Farmall Cub. He put in a new battery and hooked it up. Every time he turned on the master switch, the motor would turn over. He asked me what was wrong. In turn I asked him why the fan was turning the wrong way, and got a blank stare. The tractor had a generator, which turned backwards when voltage was applied in reverse polarity. He should have known something was amiss when one cable wouldn't slip on the post, and the other wouldn't close enough to come tight.
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    Sheesh...... I tried, I really did. But if you'll recall our phone conversation, you recommended I swing north and avoid the traffic, which also allowed us to get our A/C fixed. We'll stop next time, I promise.
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    How-to Sharpen a Drill Bit

    Buy quality bits and keep them sharp. The difference is amazing. You, and your drill, will last longer.
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    How-to Sharpen a Drill Bit

    When I was young and steady, with good eyes, I could sharpen bits by hand nearly as well as any machine. That was some time ago. Now I use my Drill Doctor, especially on split points. I still do them by hand if I only need to do 1 or 2, but it sometimes takes a couple of tries. A Drill Doctor is money well spent.
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    Private rv not for hire

    Would it be accurate to say that said sticker may slow you down if you drive through Houston? "PRIVATE RV - NOT FOR HIRE" will be removed from our rig.
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    Quartzsite, RV parks, big rigs, wife retiring.

    So, I'm old, bald, and short for my weight, and can see Kentucky from our farm. Other than that, pretty average.