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Chat / GM car question for Greg, others
« on: November 15, 2018, 06:02:20 PM »
One thing my Chevy engine guy told me was that he couldn't find a new bimetal choke spring and that the old one wasn't closing the choke all the way.  Sure enough, it runs fine when warm but gives that lean-mix stumble  when you accelerate before it warms up.  Which is usually when you're turning left in front of a truck....

When I thought about it, I wondered why he didn't just rotate the little disc on the choke oven, the one with the lean-rich arrows.  That's what I've always done when I had a GM carbureted car with the stumbles.  Now maybe this spring isn't opening the choke all the way when it's warm, so that's why not, but I'm inclined to give it a try when  visit the car at Thanksgiving.  I can't ask Perry, who did the work, because he's in Florida on vacation.

Otherwise, the car runs flawlessly.   Perfectly.   Better than ever before.

Any helpful comments?

Chris Campbell

Music / Jerry Lee Lewis
« on: November 11, 2018, 05:45:00 PM »
Nick Spitzer's great public radio show, American Routes, features Jerry Lee Lewis this week.  One of my public radio stations carries it on Sat. and the other on Sunday so this is my second listen. (The first station turns up the bass in their equalization a bit; great for R'n'R).   Just great music and great stories, too.  You can find it online, but just make sure you turn it up.  Nothing makes me grin quite like Jerry Lee.

Chris Campbell

Sightings / Zenith console
« on: November 10, 2018, 01:44:04 PM »
The newspaper has an ad for an estate sale about 15 mi. north of me.  The ad mentions a "vintage Zenith stereo."  No idea what that means.  The photos don't include a console but there is a "compact stereo" shown that may or may not be a Zenith.  You can check it out here; there's a phone number for inquiries:

Lots of interesting tools too and a nice console Victrola (acoustic) but I am trying to avoid acquisitions right now.

Chris Campbell

Chat / 1947 broadcasting film
« on: October 29, 2018, 11:27:42 PM »
The New York Times had a notice today that the Library of Congress has a bunch of films available for streaming in the "National Screening Room."  The example was an NBC documentary on radio broadcasting.  I couldn't load it from that site but Google showed me it was here:

At the beginning, you'll see a bunch of late '40s RCA radios, both consoles and table models.  There's  beach scene with a suitcase portable--I have that radio.  Later there's a brief scene with Bob Hope dancing, and later, driving a convertible among a crowd of fans.  There are NBC studio scenes too.  It's worth a watch.  Look carefully for microphones, speakers, etc. of that era.  At the end there's some footage of early TV.

Chris Campbell

Sightings / Stereo console cabinet only
« on: October 23, 2018, 07:59:47 PM »
A friend asked me to come over and look at some used sails that might fit my local boat.  They didn't, but I spied a small stereo console cabinet in his garage, minus innards but with the glued-on schematic intact.  I did not see any direct ID of the device and couldn't read the schematic (low light and @#$*&!!! progressive lenses not in the right angle), but I'm pretty sure it was a Motorola because it was a three-channel device--space for a big woofer in the middle and two smaller speakers on each side.  It was a sort of modern cabinet--rectangular grills with a sight arch at the top.  I can get more details of anybody has three-chanlel innards and needs a small console to house them.

Located in northern lower Michigan.

Chris Campbell

Chat / Internet speed
« on: September 27, 2018, 07:57:46 PM »
Woo-hoo... the cable guy just left after installing new cable connectors at the pole, house, and modem, plus a new modem, and now when I click on this site, it pops up right away.  He also told me I can get a faster service for the same price, without the need for anybody to come out.  Just call up and ask for the better deal.  I'll worry about that tomorrow.  For now, it's so cool to click on a site and have it actually come up. Last night I was restarting, unplugging the modem, hitting the modem's reset button, and generally using lots of bad language until giving up and going to bed.

Chris Campbell

Wanted / High-temp insulation (spaghetti)
« on: August 15, 2018, 08:53:36 PM »
I wonder if anybody has some high-temp spaghetti, the woven kind that you'll find in the wiring for coffee makers and other heat producers.  I need a 1" piece--yeah, one inch--with maybe 1/4" ID.  It's for the replacement connector that goes to the lamp holder for my Mustang driving light.  The original used a rubber insulation. 

I usually have something like that in my stash of Very Valuable Junk That I Will Need Some Day, but it seems to be hiding.

Chris Campbell

Chat / Another car question
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:03:36 PM »
Hey, it's summer, so my attention is diverted to outdoor stuff like cars, boats, and bicycles.  Tonight I gave the Mustang its annual wash.  It deserves more frequent attention but time is a scarce commodity.

So as  get older and older (somebody rudely pointed out that I have entered my 8th decade--ouch!) the future has fewer and fewer years left and I start thinking about paying somebody else to do some of the projects that I don't have time for, at east until I retire.  So I figured that maybe it's time to have the Chevy engine rebullt.  When it was stored, it was belching lots of fumes from the road draft tube.  There's a sign....  Plus the fact that it won't start.  So I stated calling around to find an engine rebuilder. Geez, here I'm trying my best to spend money and nobody wants to take it.  They all start explaining why they don't really want to take it on. 

 I've got a few guys I'll ask to see if they know any, but online searches haven't yielded much useful info.  So I wonder whether anybody has good advice in finding an engine rebuilder.

Chris Campbell

Chat / High temp adhesive?
« on: August 06, 2018, 08:24:13 PM »
OK, guys, save my butt here.  One of the Mustang driving lights was dim.  It's the same one that was out until I wiggled the bulb in its holder a year or so ago.  I took it apart and the little slide connector broke off.  Came home where the pars are and crimped a new one on.  But before putting it together I decided to check resistances.  Across the bulb, a halogen, it was very ow.  But at the socket lugs, it was high.  I cleaned all the contact surfaces--still high.  That meant that the little rivets that hold the lugs on must not be making good contact.  I tried to use a center punch to firm up the rivet. But then the bulb holder fell off my little anvil--a pin punch--and BROKE.  Aargh!!!!  I thought it was plastic but it was ceramic--because it holds that hot bulb.

These things are unobtanium.  Even the whole lights go for $$$ on eBay.  Many that are offered lack the bulb holders. 

So is there any glue (adhesive) that tolerates high temp that I can use to glue my little ceramic device back together?

Chris Campbell,
aka Clumsy Fumble-Finger

Chat / restored WW II movie
« on: August 02, 2018, 09:23:48 PM »
Our film festival is on this week.  A friend always gets me a ticket to something good.  This year it was the restored version of a film about the B-17 "Memphis Belle," the first to survive 25 missions over Germany.  The film had deteriorated by Erik Nelson found the original footage and restored it to full color and resolution.  It's called "The Memphis Belle."  If you seek it, make sure to get the restored version.  Nelson showed a sequence of before & after images--night and day difference.  The film was made by famous Hollywood director William Wyler, who flew--with three cinematographers--in real combat over Germany, some of the most dangerous action in WW II.  Wyler was too old for the war but volunteered to do this (unlike John Wayne, who stayed home).  Erik Nelson then made a new film, "The Cold Blue," using Wyler's footage (some in the original film, some never used) with voice-overs by actual B-17 crew members.  It's not quite finished so we saw only the first 40 minutes ("the good stuff," Nelson said).

There's a documentary about five famous Hollywood directors who went overseas in WW II (Wyler, Ford, Stevens, Capra, and Huston) called "Five Came Back."  I haven't seen it, but there's a great review here:

Chris Campbell

Chat / Car question (Chevy)
« on: July 21, 2018, 05:32:28 PM »
OK, so this is OT, but maybe somebody can tell me the likelihood of getting my Chevy 283 to start if the compression is about 25 lbs.  My brother is here and he cranked while I held the compression tester.

Later I'll post photos of the '38 Buick, which I rolled out of the garage for the first time in 40 years.

Chris Campbell

Chat / The friendly corner of the internet
« on: July 12, 2018, 08:03:55 PM »
I read an article today by a woman whose hobby, pottery, led her to what she called a "saner, friendlier corner of the internet."  Unlike most social media experiences, she found that her hobby groups valued "collaboration, persistence and shared ingenuity."  There was no arguing about political issues or attempts to sound smarter than everybody else. The people in the hobby groups are "folks who are only too happy to help you learn whatever you are trying to master."

This group came to mind right away.  I don't recall ever seeing a snarky comment or an attempt to make anybody feel stupid.  Instead, we all get help when we ask for it.  Will Rogers said, "We are all ignorant, just on different subjects."  The older I get, the more I find that I don't know.  But then, there are also the things I do know but once didn't, and those are the things to share.

You can read the whole article here:

Chris Campbell

Chat / Where is everybody?
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:47:29 PM »
Not much activity lately--maybe everybody else is distracted by summer and its projects, like me. I've been dealing with weather events.  A big storm in April washed out the front yard of my tiny cottage on Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay, taking the concrete-paver sidewalk.  Saturday I built a new one from treated lumber and will weigh it down with a really heavy section of rail from the railroad that used to run behind the cottage, so it doesn't float away in next April's big storm..  The railroad bought an inland railbed in about 1986 when high water washed out its rails.  I saved a 5' section that they left behind. 

Then on Monday I heard a big noise while shaving and getting ready to go to work.  A street tree had broken and fallen on my house. 

Chris Campbell

Chat / BBC in Scotland
« on: June 09, 2018, 12:05:10 PM »
I'm just back from two weeks in Scotland.  For somebody named Campbell, with a grandmother named Murray and a great-grandmother named Sinclair, this qualifies as "homeland."  I took along a little portable radio.  The broadcast options were disappointing.  News coverage was kinda thin on BBC Scottish Radio. It makes me appreciate my local public radio organizations for FM, and the high-power AM broadcasters that we can hear from all over at night.

The radio just barely fit in my carry-on luggage bag because I took along a bunch of layers for cold and wet weather.  It was sunny & warm every day.  Even the Scots were surprised.

Chris Campbell

Magnificent Magnavox / My 1951 (??) Magnavox
« on: March 19, 2018, 10:25:54 PM »
I snapped some more pictures of my early '50s Magnavox.  First is the record changer, a Webster-Chicago model that is not often seen.  The speed knob is chrome, tall, 1 inch or so, with a "reject" button in the middle.  The size selector (7" or 10") is chrome also.

The dial face is copper-plated and the raised area around the dial itself is uniformly sized & raised (later ones had some taper).  This was a no-flash handheld natural light attempt, with hand-shake.  My camera is not happy.  You will notice that Magnavox had not yet become Magnificent.

Here's also a full frontal shot, taken previously, just for reference.

So tell me--what year was this sold? 

Chris Campbell

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