Pete's wagon goes for a ride on a rollback...

Pete

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One of those days today...

Had a couple of failures on the wagon. Yesterday, I drove the wagon about 30 miles round trip on the highway. I ran it up to about 50-55mph, and just before I got home, it started making a bad whirring noise, and my first thought was maybe it spun a bearing or something. Parked it for the night, and this morning, got under the hood with my stethoscope to try and figure out what happened.

Fired it up, and noticed that the harmonic balancer had come apart, and the outer ring had slipped off and was in-between the pulley and the timing chain cover...

I don't have a puller to get the pulley off, so I fiddled with it for about an hour and finally got it back on. I don't expect it to say put, but it will do for now until I can get another one.

Once I had that fixed, I hopped it and drove the wagon to a design review meeting I had at noon. Drove the wagon up the highway again, and just as I pulled in to Ketchum, about 15 miles from home, the generator seized. I pulled in to a parking spot that was handy, and popped the hood. I couldn't turn the generator by hand, it was stuck good. Walked to my meeting from there, and called AAA to get the wagon back home.

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Once I got it home, I pulled the generator out, and pulled it apart. The bearing was toast, ground up in the housing, and the housing was ground up too. Luckily, I had a spare generator from my '50 Plymouth. It was 6v, but it had the same case.

Getting them apart was a chore, the nut that holds the pulley to the shaft was really tight, and no way to hold on to it to get it loose. Finally got them both apart, and swapped the front cast piece and put it all back together.

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Installed the "new" generator and fired it up, good as new!

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And the best part, it didn't cost a cent to fix. I called the parts place to see what a new one cost, $200... This rebuild will last until I rewire and replace it with an alternator.

Good to go hunting again in the morning- :cheers:

Pete
 

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Good job on the fix. Nice to se it back on the road right away.
 
Wow two trips two break downs! My guess is that your not proprely bonding with your wagon. It's important to verbally praise the wagon and give a nice hand brush across the fender before cranking her up. A soft pat on the dash helps also. Always works for me!

Tom
 
MajorTom said:
Wow two trips two break downs! My guess is that your not proprely bonding with your wagon. It's important to verbally praise the wagon and give a nice hand brush across the fender before cranking her up. A soft pat on the dash helps also. Always works for me!

Tom

On the contrary Tom! The wagon is getting loads of love and praise... I think it is just letting go of all the angst that it was holding in from being under the care of it's previous owner :lol: .

I'm driving it as much as I can, hoping to find all the little weak-links now so that when I hit the road on a longer trip I'll have all the wrinkles ironed out.

Pete
 
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