Finally . . . .

Finally after almost 3 years, I finally have enough pennies saved to get the bus running.  I may not get the body work completed but my hope is to make the Memorial Day campout!

FIRE!!

Over my Birthday week.   Birthday eve to be exact (25 July) we were visiting Steph’s family cottage in Macatawa Mi for the week.  Taylor and I were going for a ride in the bus down US31.  Just south of the Saugatuk exit I noticed that the engine lost power.  Taylor mentioned he smelled gas.  We pulled over and I saw that the engine was on fire!  I grabbed the fire extinguisher, which didn’t work.  A Spartan truck  pulled up and gave Taylor an extinguisher and he put out the fire.

State Farm was very helpful.  they totaled the bus and offered me $12,151.00.  I bought the bus back for $2500 and still have $9600 for repairs.  From the initial look, it appears that only the distributor and coil are melted along with the hoses.  There was still power to the ignition and the motor still turns.  I’m thinking with an engine rebuild and some body work, Ill be back in business with funds left over for other projects.

Buses by the Beach

We went to our 2nd buses by the beach campout over memorial day weekend.  For the most part it was a good time, but I got sick and the boys got flooded by rain.  So we left on Sunday.  Hoping for a better trip next year.

Taylor had a guitar playing contest with another camper.  They both did a good job and it ended in a tie.

Solex Stock Carb Jets

In the quest to get better mileage, still 14mpg, I’m looking for solutions. One thing I can do is decrease the size of the main jet so the engine doesn’t run so rich. I’m thinking I have a 130, so I should use a 127.5. I also wanted to see what was originally in the carb. Yes, I know I can take the carb off and look, but with me in Chicago and Kermit in Mi, it’s rather hard. I found this list….

Stock Solex Jets

28 PCI... with removable Venture… Venturi =21.5 mm… Main Jet = 117.5/122.5… Air correction jet =180/200…Pilot jet = g50… Idle air jet drilling = 0.8… Power fuel jet = no…Emulsion tube = 29

28PICT-1… 1961-1965.…Venturi = 22.5 mm… Main Jet =122.5… Air correction jet=125z/130Y
Pilot jet =g55… Acc pump jet = .50…Idle air jet drilling = 150… Power fuel jet=1.0mm
Accelerator pump feed = 1.1-1.4cc/stroke…First year of Automatic choke.

30 PICT-1… 1966-1967…Venturi = 24.0 mm… Main Jet = 125… Air correction jet =125z/135z
Pilot jet = g55… Idle air jet drilling = 150… Acc pump jet = 50…Power fuel jet = __
Accelerator pump feed = 1.1-1.6cc/stroke…Larger Venturi

30 PICT-2…1968-1969…Venturi = 24.0 mm… Main Jet = 116/125… Air correction jet =125z/135z
Pilot jet = g55… Idle air jet drilling = 130/135…Acc. pump jet = 50… Power fuel jet =60
Accelerator pump feed = 1.3-1.6cc/stroke…First year for Power fuel system which draws
fuel directly from the float chamber under full load at high Speed.

30 PICT-3…1970…Venturi = 24.0 mm… Main Jet = 122.5/112… Air correction jet = 125z
Pilot jet=65… Pilot jet air bleed = 135…Acc. pump jet = 42.5… Auxiliary fuel jet = 45
Auxiliary air jet =130…Accelerator pump feed = 1.3-1.6cc/stroke…Idle speed is controlled
by bypass around the throttle plate.

34 PICT-3...1971-1974… Venturi = 26 mm… Main Jet = 127.5/130… Air correction jet = 75z /80z
Pilot jet =g50/55… Pilot jet air bleed = 147.5…Acc. pump jet = 42.5… Auxiliary fuel jet
=42.5/47.5… Auxiliary air jet = 90…Accelerator pump feed = 1.3-1.6cc/stroke…Larger
Venturi.

34 PICT-4…1974 (Calif.)…Venturi = 26 mm… Main Jet = 112.5 to 130… Air correction jet = 75z…
Pilot jet =55 to 60… Pilot jet air bleed = 147.5… Acc. pump jet = 42.5…Aux. fuel jet
=42.5… Auxiliary air jet = 90…Accelerator pump feed = 1.1-1.7cc/stroke

Float weight 1961-1967 = 5.7 grams and 1968-1974 = 8.5 grams

Bed Issues

It seems like the back of the of the bed slopes and I couldn’t understand why.  Now I think that it might not have been assembled correctly.  You see, the back of the seat should rest on this part here….. one on each side.

Mine doesn’t reach, so that is the next project over the weekend of the 23rd.  It would be nice to get that fixed before the Cowpie Blues Festival.  Which is the next outing.

New Grill

so this is my first mobile post….

I was at the mall today and saw the green Weber baby grill.  I thought to myself…. who the hell would..wait I would.  It matches the bus! I didn’t price it but I assume it is double the black ones.  Maybe some day when I get employed.

Irish Hills

Had a great weekend camping!  Started off the trip on Thursday to get the bus all packed.  Found out my friend was playing at the Ball Joint in Battle Creek.  I’m not sure if I have heard ever him play with a valid ID….. man those were the days.  They sounded great and it was a real treat for me to see them.

Jim "Mouse" Klein

Friday we went to the Irish hills camping to a place called the Jado campground, which is a few miles east of the Michigan International Speedway. We had about 20 buses total which I understand was more than last year.  I heard about the event via flyer at the Buses by the Beach.

There were some folks there I met from the Dixie Bus event last year, which was very cool.  I’m beginning to see how a close community that us bus folks are!  They are the head of the Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Club, who hosts the show in Ypsilanti that I have wanted to attend.  Of course, I met many new folks as well.  It wasn’t long before the boys were part of a crew.  They spent the weekend at the marsh trying to catch frogs.  On Saturday the worlds largest slip and slide was erected for young and old alike to enjoy.  My back has been feeling pretty good lately, so I stood my some other folks, chatted with them and watched.

Saturday evening, we had popcorn, hotdogs, meat balls, a nice fire and band to entertain us. The guys traded off playing so we had music from about 5pm till dark.  One of the hosts was a long distance coach of the musicians, so they were willing to play for donation.

Sunday we had a community breakfast.  I was making blueberry cobbler, which I promptly burned.  At least some folks there knew I could actually make it.  Need to learn to cook over the fire.  I used charcoal last time.  It rained on breakfast, but that didn’t damped out spirits  we moved to cover and enjoyed the morning.  Can’t wait for the next trip!

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