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Old 12-06-2012, 12:30 AM   #1
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What's Wrong With Me?



Wait a minute, before you all get in line to answer that – it was meant as a rhetorical question!

What I'm referring to is this: I'm getting tired of the cold. And it's not even really COLD! yet. Just barely bounced off 50 below this morning. In years past, I remember being pleased when it warmed up to 45 below. But this morning the Jeep couldn't cope with the low temperature and the ECM had it pouring gas into the engine, giving me 6 mpg where it would normally deliver over 18 mpg. With half a tank of gas when I pulled out of Glennallen it should have made it to Anchorage and through half of my shopping without running out. But at the rate it was burning petrol we would not have been able to reach Palmer. Had to turn around 25 miles out and go back for more dead dinos. Then, when I drove into the coldest spot, the transmission started acting up, with the torque converter clutch locking and unlocking and shifting up and down violently. Finally went back to the apartment and parked it. There's something to be said for carburetors and manual transmissions.

Besides vehicles, there are heating systems. Or, more accurately, systems that are supposed to produce heat. And I'm tired of them. A wood stove. Simple (like me), works even when there's a power outage (unlike me), romantic (definitely not like me!).

Everything is being controlled by little squares, octagons, trapezoids, tiny cans on two or more legs – all glued together on a little board in patterns discernible only to electronics wizards who speak in strange tongues. “Inductor” “Diode” “Nand gate” “NPN transistor” “NMOS” (how the heck are you supposed to pronounce that?) “Bipolar transistor” (how do you administer lithium to a transistor?) And so on.

And you know what? The literature for those little devices often says “Storage at 0° to 40°C” In automotive use they often test these things clear down to – are you ready for this? - the incomprehensible temperature of -40°C/F!! Yeah, a balmy day in wintertime Alaska.

Okay... maybe I'm just getting old and cranky. Naw, it can't be that. Guess I'm just not into this "Global Warming".

But I'm sure looking forward to summer.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:48 AM   #2
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Less snow, yet cold. Maybe well have a fast break up = riding
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:26 AM   #3
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Without miserable conditions, how would we know we are alive?

Perhaps in 5 months I will post a similar rant...only mine will feature temperatures in the 50 deg C range.

Today, partly cloudy, a little breeze, high of 30 deg C. Tomorrow the same.

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Old 12-06-2012, 03:15 AM   #4
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There's something to be said for carburetors and manual transmissions.
Ain’t that the truth. They won’t suddenly go bad & leave you stranded like a lot of the electronics will. And if there is a problem with a carb I can usually find the problem & fix it on the spot. Hard to see WTF those little electrons are doing. .
Manual transmissions seem to last forever. I did have to change the clutch on my old snow plowin’ 1971 Bronco last year. Original clutch, had seen 40 years of very hard use. It would still be in there if one of the three pressure plate finger bolts had not broke. http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y14...ncoclutch4.jpg
The clutch disk was overdue anyway.

I really hate automatic transmissions but you can’t even buy a lot of new cars or trucks with a standard transmission anymore. That just ain’t right.
There are now a lot of people that can’t drive a stick shift car. That don't seem right either.
Even some that I *think* can drive a stick shift are completely baffled when faced with a “Three on the tree”.

BTW, I hear you ran into my friend & a fellow worker of yours from years ago, Don D. We graduated high school together but didn’t hang out back then & he only lived a block away from me. He didn’t hang out with the little bit wilder ...emm, ... cool guys back then I guess.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:45 AM   #5
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I really hate automatic transmissions but you can’t even buy a lot of new cars or trucks with a standard transmission anymore. That just ain’t right.
There are now a lot of people that can’t drive a stick shift car. That don't seem right either.
Even some that I *think* can drive a stick shift are completely baffled when faced with a “Three on the tree”

Well, luckily I avoid most of the cold crap down here in the South. But I've somewhat been there, used to live in Ottawa and would frequent parts north there of. Say sub -40 more than once or twice.

Kind of hard to explain how everything makes different sounds. Even unlocking you car.

But there is something to be said about having to hold your breath for a few minutes while you start your car. 'cause if you exhale it will turn to ice as soon as it hits the windshield. But even the clutch on my old escort was fun. It would take about 10-20 minutes before the hydrolic fluid would start to thin out, when you side stepped the clutch, you could just watch the peddle rise.

Anyway, I agree on the whole transmission thing, the only reason why my Suburban is an automagic, is that you can't get it as a manual. Luckily my wife likes all 3 peddles to be there, so her little GTI has all 3

Stay warm and safe up there.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:03 AM   #6
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"What's Wrong With Me????"
Since my esteemed mentor, who is sometimes Handsome, Intelligent and Charming, still has some potentially embarrassing photos with me in them, I will demonstrate outstanding public relations skills and give a diplomatic answer.

Nothing is wrong with the Gregarious Geezer from Glennallen, at least nothing that can't be fixed with a big hammer or his amazing mechanical aptitude.

As for Tom S, I'm not sure what's wrong with him as it's difficult to quantify. However, I sure admire his creative talents, even when he pokes fun at me.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:41 AM   #7
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There's something to be said for carburetors and manual transmissions.

Totally agree. Best to always have a least one vehicle without electronics. So not only the carb and MT but also a breaker point ignition system!
Now if we could just figure out what to do about those danged square tires...
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:46 PM   #8
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Ah winter

Jack it sounds like the beginning of Cabin Fever is comming early this year.

I once sold my Porsche to a guy that paid cash and then called a friend to drive it home for him......He had never driven a stick shift.

Oh and by the way Jack......post those pictures of the Dutches. That may warm up the winter.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:50 PM   #9
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I once sold my Porsche to a guy that paid cash and then called a friend to drive it home for him......He had never driven a stick shift..
Flashback! And I have to ask, what is wrong with that. I did that twice!

My first new car was an '86 escort. When the sales critter picked me up I scared him shartless, it was the second time I had ever driven a manual.

And when I got my first bike, EX500, I have the sales critter ride it to where I was living, because the dealership was on a busy street, no place to learn how to ride. Okay, I had sorta ridden a dirt bike prior, but .....

And hey, both turned out just fine .....
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:10 PM   #10
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Alls I can say is Jack the last 2 years Alaska has had same real BULL SHIT for weather and it has been hard to deal with. Iam getting my old vw bus ready for a road trip this March I will be heading south for at least a mouth and hopefully longer you hear me wheeldog Iam coming that way.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:25 AM   #11
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Hey Jack......there is a place called ARIZONA. Been heading there for the last 7 or 8 years in the winter. If you put some new batteries in your calculator and do the math you will find it is CHEAPER (unless your working) to live there in the winter than stay in Alaska. Oh yeah.....you get to ride all winter in warm weather.

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Old 12-07-2012, 10:31 AM   #12
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[QUOTE=Alcan Rider;20188276]

Wait a minute, before you all get in line to answer that – it was meant as a rhetorical question!

What I'm referring to is this: I'm getting tired of the cold. And it's not even really COLD! yet. Just barely bounced off 50 below this morning. In years past, I remember being pleased when it warmed up to 45 below. )


and that my friend is why I am now FROM Central Illinois...and call south FLA HOME!!!!.......I would have been long gone from AK in the winter much earlier than I left the midwest!!!!!

anyway.........if you can make it to an airport without an underway fueling truck attached to you, hop a plane and come down for a warm up!!! 70 degrees at 0500 this morning!!! and Stone Crabs are in season!!
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:44 PM   #13
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Jack....You must be forgetting to check your frost meter.....must near the life time total....Wheeldog's meter gets reset every winter....being south is easy on the wood pile too.
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:39 AM   #14
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Jack....You must be forgetting to check your frost meter.....
WTF? Frost meter? “No, man, I don’t have grey hair. That’s frostbite”.
I got yer “life time total” right here.
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:21 PM   #15
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Well Jack, I’ll do my best to solve all your problems.
You are sounding like a good candidate for an Airhead, and an Old manual Ford Escort, that I could make you a real deal on... (The Escort I don’t sell or rent Airheads, but I know where you can get one). There are some advantages to getting rid of all that fancy falderal. Of course there are no Airheads near as fast as Alcan Annie, let alone anything else in your stable except maybe the KLR.
The problem with the Dark and Cold you are really SOL, till at least March, can’t do a darn thing for you there. Oh the price we pay for living in a paradise, where some freedom still exists, and we can stay out of prison. I have heard of a great Sunshine Substitute. Annie Huddy’s Dream Sickle Fudge. One FIX a day for the darkest 3 or 4 Months, and your on the road again. I’m sure Annie will give you the recipe, or maybe you could steal it on the next run to Hider.
You should be able to parlay the negatives, and all the original photos you have of the Hay Duchess into an annual supply of the fudge. Just saying it could be a Win Win for both of ya.

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