Tuesday, January 31, 2017
As the weather was nice, I went out to the airfield and went out for a look around. It wasn't too cold, but I was wearing my ski pants :o) The fields are flooded for the birds to nest, and there are a lot of birds about. Usually I'm a ways above them, but there was one long chain of birds that caused me to climb above them (while staying under the Beale controlled airspace step).
Monday, January 23, 2017
I went out to get some stuff, and ended up at the Chevy dealer and test driving a Bolt. It's smaller than I'd thought, but it drives like a normal car. The heater seems to knock off a fair bit of mileage though - I think we drove maybe 10 miles, and took over 20 miles off the range. They're going to call me when they get an orange one in, so I can go and see the colour :o)
I tried heating up the brake hub of the van to get the bearing race out, and it wasn't budging. It looks fine, so I think I'll probably just leave it in there now. I just have to wait for the replacement spindle to get here, and that seems like it's taking forever.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
In the afternoon, I took the Jeep over to Lincoln and took the plane up for some circuits. There was a helicopter in the pattern, and then a bunch of people started coming back from wherever they'd gone, so I gave up a little early and went home so Vic could use the car to go to the vet.
In the evening, Valerie came up from Monterrey to crash with us so she can go and argue with the contractor's board in Sacramento in the morning.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
I did get out and look at the van, and undid a bunch of bolts that are going to have to come out to swap the spindle. The bad news is that I'll have to replace the tie rod end on that side, too, as supposedly you can take the castellated nut off, turn it over, put it back on and then hammer the thing out. All I managed to do is bugger up the threads, so yay. Still, it shouldn't be too bad to change, and I was figuring on needing a wheel alignment anyway.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
We're supposed to be having a biblical flood and storms this weekend, so we've cancelled the pancake breakfast at the airport. I stayed in and played Warcraft most of the day, but we did go and try to cut the bearing race off the front wheel spindle on the van... no dice. I cut a slot in it, and we hammered a chisel into that, but it never cracked off. I've given up for now, and started hunting down a used spindle to just replace it. I'm going to see if the bearings will come out of the hub, and maybe I'll get to replace that, too.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Back to work. Joy.
It's been bothering me that the HTPC doesn't drive the TV down to black, as the new TV is capable of displaying total black, rather than gray. I found that the NVidia graphics card sees a monitor on HDMI, and ass-u-mes it's an LCD TV, so goes into "limited RGB", rather than full RGB mode. That was just a tweak in the NVidia control panel (after updating it to get that to work) and now I'm getting proper black. Now I'll have to recalibrate the TV...
I managed to get the hub off the front wheel spindle on the van, but I have a feeling that the bearing race is pretty much welded on now. We'll see.