Thursday, April 30, 2020

Old IronTown Settlement

We drove about 30 minutes west of Cedar City to see the old IronTown Settlement. There are remnants of an old home, a charcoal kiln, and a molding house - all for producing ore and iron. 

Old homesite with chimney, floorboards and even plaster left in some places on the walls.

The remnants of the "Spanish Erastra"

US Air Force F-35A Demo Team Utah Strong Flyover

I saw a facebook post about this flyover, so we went and sat on the lawn at the middle school and waited to see the jets. 

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Easter in Quarantine

As we started the new year, we never would have guessed that the whole world would be in quarantine for Easter.  But here we are...

Easter was pretty subdued.  We did a simple Easter egg hunt with candy and cash.

Savannah bought the large chocolate Easter Bunny for the family with some of her coloring contest winnings.

To stay slightly active during quarantine, we have been taking daily walks to see these horses about a mile from our house.

Clutch Work on the Motorcycle

The previous owner of the KTM motorcycle had installed an auto clutch and removed the clutch lever.  So Keith tried to reinstall the clutch lever -- only to find that the clutch was not designed to work with a lever (even though most similar clutches are).  So Tucker helped him put it all back together exactly the way it was to begin with.

We had no instructions and Rev-Loc, the manufacturer, has been out of business for a long time, so it took some studying and guesswork, especially determining if we found all of the ball bearings that had fallen into the engine while disassembling it.  But we studied the bearing races and counted the number with wear (33 out of the 36 slots were used).

Friday, April 10, 2020

Carson's macro photography

Recently, I have found that I enjoy macro photography. A few days ago, I found a magnifying glass. I tried to take a picture through it, and I found out that I could create a macro effect with it. I found a few of my hot wheels to take pictures. These first few pictures are a '65 Ford Ranchero that I got as a present from Aunt Teresa and Uncle Rogan.

This is the decaled door of my Dodge 1500.

This is Tucker's Chevrolet Camaro.

This is the helicopter that my Uncle Brent flies. It is a Robinson R44. 

This is a Guardian from The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild.

This is a dismantled electric motor.

This is a Lego minifigure of Tucker's.

I measured the magnification, and it has a magnification of 10x at the most.

Savannah Wins Big! Thanks InfoWest

Tucker and Savannah both entered coloring contests hosted by companies throughout the city.  We just found out that Savannah won first place in the InfoWest contest.

The prize: $50 Walmart Gift Card


Thank you InfoWest.

UPDATE: With her winnings, she bought a rotisserie chicken, some makeup, and some candy.  She kept some cash and put the remainder in savings.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Some Minor Repairs

We're still trying to find the cause of an intermittent stalling issue in the Escalade that only occurs once every 6 months.  We brought it into a shop, which after a thorough examination, concluded that they couldn't reproduce the issue and had no idea what could be causing it.  Unfortunately, the issue occurs so rarely that we probably won't know if or when we have fixed it.

We sent a sample of the engine oil to Blackstone Labs for evaluation.  We're hoping they can give us a better understanding of the internal condition of the engine to see if there may be deeper issues.

Recently, we changed the transmission fluid and filter, changed the engine oil, and replaced leaking transmission fluid cooler lines.  Unfortunately, the only access to the lines is behind the plastic bumper / grill unit which surprisingly is only held on by a handful of small bolts.

After those repairs, we replaced the variable valve timing actuator and solenoid (which required removal / replacement of the belts and water pump).

Next up: the crankshaft sensor.

Removing the transmission oil pan proved challenging.  The exhaust pipe runs beneath it, preventing removal of the pan.  Frustratingly, you only need a couple of millimeters of extra clearance.  So we found a 3' crowbar at Harbor Freight, then pried the exhaust down slightly using the floor jack to hold it.  The exhaust went right back into position afterwards -- no harm done.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Savannah the Author and Her New Book

Savannah decided to become an author.  She bound her book with cardboard and cloth backing, wrote, and illustrated it.