Sunday, November 29, 2009

led lamp project

Caught a cold today and did a little project

Changed out our old lamp that used a 120 volt light to a new fixture that uses 12 volt and 1.5 watt led

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Friday, November 27, 2009

A little more about a broken suburban

During the trip back to Waunetta from the Chevy dealer in Imperial, the suburban began running very poorly, only able to get to 40 mph top speed.

I was able to get back to the camper and decided that is was no longer an option to try and get back to Colorado and repair the fuel pump..

Harchelroad Motors has a branch shop in Waunetta, after trying to find a fuel pump for a 8.1 liter suburban. (It is impossible) I contacted the dealer in Colorado ( I had previously purchased a new fuel pump last summer). and they were able to get another pump from the warehouse in Denver.

The Colorado dealer was able to overnight the new pump to the Waunetta dealer and the pump arrived the next day at 10:30am.

I dropped off the suburban to the dealer at 11 am.

Photo of dealer

suburban on the lift,
to remove the fuel tank
and replace fuel pump

The defective pump was boxed up, and will be returned to the Colorado dealer.

The pump has a 12 month factory warranty

After installing the new pump, we ( Libby, Cody & I) decided we needed to test drive the suburban to make sure it was ok.

We drove around to couple of our favorite hunting spots the check on birds. Everything was good.

It is harvest time, after a wet early fall the corn harvest is in full swing. Photo of a pile of corn by the elevator.

We decided to not drive back after dark (too many deer)

An invitation to the Goodtimes Bar was full of fun and laughs.

enjoying the evening Jeff,Billy. Ed, Becky

Our waitress (smiley)

All of the girls posed for a "smiley" picture

One of my favorite pictures of a Brittany hunting dog

Becky having a good time....

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Lots going on this week

for the last week the suburban has been acting up a little.
It would loose power intermittently, and recover, I changed the fuel filter, (still the same),
checked the evaporation system on the fuel tank (It is Ok)
It had not acted up for 2 weeks, so, we decided to go hunting in Nebraska for a couple of days before Thanksgiving.

We have come back to the little house and set up, during the trip the suburban had a couple hickups, nothing bad.

Went turkey hunting on Monday morning and the turkeys saw me move ( I need to get under better cover) no bird..

Decided to take the suburban to the local Chevy dealer in Imperial Ne. we discussed the issues with the suburban and made an appointment for Tuesday at 9 am.

This dealership had burnt down last month and they have moved across the street to a building they had been building to house new cars.

Tuesday AM...

Received a call from Gary and he had to leave early and go back to Denver, his wife was taken to a hospital overnight..

Went to Harchelroad Motors in Imperial, Eddie the mechanic hooked up the tech 2 scanner to the suburban and tested all of the sensors and electrical systems, (the only out of normal reading was the oxygen sensor reading showing a lean condition). We then next installed a fuel pressure gauge and test drove the suburban, found the fuel pump, ( which was replaced last summer) is not supplying constant fuel pressure.

Paid the bill for diagnosis, (Only $25.00 wow )

On the way back to the trailer the pump is about to go out, top speed is 40 mph.

Now, I have made arrangements with the GM dealer in Colorado, to send a new pump to Nebraska overnight.

We now have power for the
camper in our favorite spot for hunting

The city cut down a cottonwood tree
to keep it from pulling down power lines

Pretty big tree

Monday, November 9, 2009

Trip two pheasant hunting

Camp spot for our Nebraska hunting adventures..

Hunted for two days, encountered some birds but,( knocked one down), the dogs could not find him in the very thick CRP grass, all others were, very spooky.
No corn has been harvested making finding birds difficult, we will return after harvest and hunt again..

Friday, November 6, 2009

Opening day of Pheasasnt Season

On Oct 30th.
After waiting for  interstate 76 to open after the blizzard on Friday

After about 9:30 am the interstate was opened from Denver to Nebraska

Libby, Cody and I left for the southwest area of Nebraska, with the camper in tow and anticipating a slow drive.

We drove the whole route, only to find just wet and dry roads, the trip was uneventful (thank goodness)

We are set up at a new spot for hunting from, I will post a picture latter.

With the very wet roads, we managed to get around, (only sliding into the ditch once) a total of 10 pheasants were harvested despite standing crops, very good opening weekend..

Cody trying to sit on friend Gary's lap about to fall off

Couple of tired dogs laying next to the wood stove, staying warm

Libby relaxing next to the fire

     Abandoned place typical of our hunting spots