Leaves in your cowl vents?

Don’t despair- just fix it:

Just a little work with some magnetic sign material

I bought a scrap of material used to make magnetic signs, and whittled it into a reasonable resemblance of the cowl vent’s opening. Even taking a short time to chat with the landlord, it was finished in less than a half hour. Cutting the curved part was the hardest part, and was easy- I held a pencil in my hand, running my finger next to the curve, and plotting the shape onto the magnet. Cut it out, made a couple minor adjustments, and it’s done. I carefully cut the front (hood) by using the gap between the hood and as a guide- if you’re squeamish, you could tape the cowl side so as not to scratch it. I was very careful, and removed the magnet to cut just a little more off the front side.

This idea has been rattling around in my head for several years, so we’ll see if it works. I’m confident that it’ll keep leaves out of the cowl vent/ heater/ cab, though.

The nice lady from the USPS stopped by…

And brought some goodies:

Headlight lamp relay goodies

You’re looking at a couple bundles of 12ga TXL wire, headlight sockets (the orange things) and a couple rolls of looming tape- it lacks adhesive, and won’t make the wiring loom sticky if it ever needs to come back apart.

I’m waiting on the relays, fuse holders, terminals, etc. from another company.

When I get closer to finishing the project I’ll do a post on where to buy all this stuff.

Parts are ordered…

I’ve placed the order for my headlight relay project- had to purchase from three suppliers to get everything, but it’s on the way.

I also ordered a Cole Hersee 1254 trailer plug and enough 14/4 SO wire to rewire my small pickup trailer. I wired it up several years ago the day before a vacation and used the cheap four strand stuff from Auto Zone, and it’s time t do it right. I’ll likely do a little writeup on that as well. I might put both projects on Youtube as well. When the time comes, I’ll provide links to my channel.

As I’ve alluded to in the past, I’m trying to keep Torah (the old testament law), and in my attempt to not touch anything made of pork I’ll be reviewing a couple kinds of bar soap that don’t contain Oleic acid/ pork fat. If you don’t want to hear about religion, you don’t need to worry, these posts will be about soap, not faith.

A reblog from The Iron Legion- The solution we do not want…

A society of shrieking single mothers and wayward, dissolute men is not a society at all. If a nation cannot do the basic job of reproducing itself while in the presence of a highly fertile and fiercely patriarchal alien culture then it doesn’t deserve to exist, and in time it won’t. If a nation does not produce the men who are willing and able to take ownership of their nation then it will find itself unable to stand against the march of men who will.

The rest is here. Read it all.

Busy, busy, busy…

Lots to get done at work- we’ve hired a replacement for a staff member, I’ve been training her, and lots of machine maintenance to catch up on.

On the home front, very little going on. I’m currently gathering information on parts to complete a headlight upgrade on the Ford truck. I intend to install relays, larger wires, headlight lamp sockets, fuses and new headlights. The headlamps will likely be Cibie H4 conversion units, but I’ve got to upgrade the wire and power the new lamps with relays so as not to melt the headlight switch/ dimmer switch/ stock wiring.

I purchased an upgrade kit from a fellow who is very informed about the subject, but I’ll use it on the Nissan since the relays and fuse holders aren’t waterproof, and it came with Hella lamp sockets that will probably work fine-I’m just not happy with the way they connect. I’m going to use these sockets instead- they’re ceramic (won’t melt) and I can get them with the terminals uncrimped/ unsoldered so that I can use the GXL wire I want to use, in the colors I want to use. I’m working with an industrial supply house to buy the parts exactly as I want them, and it’s taken a little longer than I’d like, but I’m confident that I’ll get what I’m looking for.

I’ll also take the wire looms apart and install the new wire into them, re-wrapping all the wires with new loom wrap. I expect this will be a fun project, albeit one done in winter. I’ll have update posts as the project progresses, and a “how to” post when it’s complete.

I’m also dieting-starving myself is more like it-in an attempt to get my blood sugars to a reasonable level. My blood glucose levels were up in the 250-275 range, and they’ve come back down to 145-170 rage. I’m by no means done, but I’ll get to the 110-115 range eventually. I was pretty discouraged about it, but after just two weeks of dieting, I’m having success.

Reblogged from ZeroGov: An Open Letter to Glenn Beck on His Adored Police State

You’ve become the police apologist that every lover of freedom and liberty in America dreads. Frankly, this is morally monstrous on your part because you’re rationalizing the very worst aspect of any government on Earth throughout history; the notion that you must take a bat or worst to anyone who dares to defy or disobey the state and its armed functionaries in ensuring all statist edicts are obeyed no matter how asinine, immoral or ineffective. You endorse the initiation of force against innocents. It’s much like cheer-leading the Cheka in the USSR. “We need to address a few bad apples on both sides of the line.”

Original here.

I’m no fan of the Oligarchy’s fanboys- Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, et.al. They spout “conservatism”, but speak out of both sides of their mouths. I suggest you stop listening to them.

H/T to Bill Buppert for allowing me to use his post.