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Posted by Winston on December 20, 2010, 8:47 pm
Jim Wilkins wrote:


Let us spray.



Posted by Jim Wilkins on December 20, 2010, 11:14 pm

Were you reading r.c.m when I promoted the fine products of LPS
Research to Iggy? I wish they still made LPS100 grease.

It was a flange nut so I had to chisel and grind off the flange on the
only accessible side to give the nutsplitter a decent bite. After
weakening it with the splitter I shaved chips off with a chisel until
it cracked.

Almost done. The new waterpump is in and the new timing belt sitting
there loose, tomorrow's project if it doesn't snow too hard.

The dealer wants ~$00 to change the belt and pump, or $00 for the
special tools, which I made instead.

I want it on the road before the heavy snow, not immobile in the yard
waiting for ordered parts.


Posted by Winston on December 21, 2010, 12:15 am
 Jim Wilkins wrote:

Probably.  I know LPS is a real favorite on RCM for good reason.

You really know how to have fun, Jim.  :)

Yup. I've done the backstroke in the antifreeze puddle.

I wish you a happy hot chocolate.



Posted by Jim Wilkins on December 21, 2010, 1:30 am
In the summer I would tell people I spent the entire weekend just
lying on my back in the sand.

I didn't mention that it was sandblaster sand in the driveway.


Posted by Jim Rojas on December 20, 2010, 3:21 pm
 Winston wrote:

It's been running continuously for over 2 years, and the CS130 does have
a voltage regulator that shuts off the current to prevent overcharging.
I can find out what the current battery status is...

Since the setup switches out battery banks every hour, that could be a
reason why it has lasted so long. Deep discharging batteries will
shorten their useful lifespan.

Battery status is as follows:

Bank A 22.3 volts
Bank B 23.4 volts

Though this really doesn't mean much. I should do a proper load test to
see how much amperage these batteries still have left in them. They are
sealed lead acid. I got them from a couple of discarded UPS backups.

Using a digital ampmeter, the CS130 is only putting out 21.9 amps. It
should have been higher, close to 30.

Battery load status:

Using a car battery tester, all my batteries failed. Maybe I should
start shopping around for a new set of lead acids that have access to
the cells for maintenance. The date codes on my batteries suggests they
were made in March 2006. Not too bad results from a 5 year old battery.

Jim Rojas

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