Been a while. This is just not my year. The winery and the day job are keeping me busy enough, but on top of that my own damned body is out to get me. Back surgery went well and I seemed to be recovering -enough so that I started mountain biking again. Then the day after my 44th birthday my pancreas decides it is going on strike -acute pancreatitis. Spent two weeks in and out of the hospital getting treated for that. Seems to be better now, but I am on a no booze and super low-fat diet, which for me is the deepest darkest cruelest most non-funny irony ever. Anyway, enough whining. I'm alive everything else is bonus, right?
So, truck stuff.
I have been having ping problems with the new high-comp motor since I built it. I added an FIC (after market Fuel and Ignition Controller) system to control ignition and eliminate ping, but it didn't seem to work. I found out recently that the reason the FIC didn't fix teh ping problem is because I had the little ficker facker fooker hooked up wrong. Switched one wire and bingo we no longer have ping!!!
More detail if you want it: The FIC looked like it was working fine, but it wasn't controlling the timing advance / retard. This suspicion had been with me for a while, but I kept ignoring it because the FIC was getting a signal from the dizzy and the signal corresponded to rpms. A closer look at the wiring shows that the there are two hot wires to/from the crank sensor. Maybe I got the wrong one? The FIC manual said to use Vsignal as opposed to Vref and that is what I did, but I wanted to check. Thirty seconds of actually turning my brain on and using it allowed me to come up with a test. I figured I could set the timing to values that would cause the motor not to run at all. Then I could fire it up see what happened. Set the whole damned ignition map to 50 degrees retarded and the motor ran like nothing was wrong. Aha!! Switched from Vsignal to Vref going into the FIC and I then suddenly I could magically control timing and eliminate ping...only took two years.
Sadly, even after all that, the new motor still has to come out. Luckily a freshly rebuilt motor is waiting for me in the garage. The old one smokes really really bad when I get back on the throttle after engine braking downhill. I have one cylinder with lower (175 psi others are at 200+). Brad thinks I didn't get the rings and the cylinder run in correctly. I think I either killed a ring with all the pinging or screwed up the install. I checked the end gap and it was in spec, but the crank was VERY easy to turn with everything installed.
Hmm, what else? The dual battery stuff is still waiting for me to get to it. Did I mention having absolutely no time to do anything already?
Either the rear locker, some leaf spring / shackle bushing or my front axle makes a nasty pop when I start driving in reverse with the steering at full p-side lock. I really hope it is just a bushing, but it literally only happens when I back up into the driveway. The other day, i had teh wifey back into the driveway while I hawkeyed the front axle and springs, but, of course, it didn't pop. Hahah.
Anyway, maybe I'll actually go wheeling, camping or exploring this year and post up some pictars.
Thanks for reading.