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  1. It helps me out. I got a sheet but I have no idea what half the codes mean. I see some decoding in my near future. Awesome find! Thanks! 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  2. I used to like a lot of country but as I get older I don't like the newer stuff. I find myself listening to Amazon 90s country and 80s hits. It goes full circle. I've turned into my Dad listening to 60s music on the oldies channel while I was growing up. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  3. I wrenched some this morning but not on my MJ. Actually had to fix something at work. Oh and no beer allowed. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  4. tugboat95

    Bucket list add

    And that would be the last time she rode with me. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  5. Please note I'm not an expert on how Jeep did stuff. I know a lot more about Chevy. But Jeep used a lot of GM stuff so......maybe. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  6. I'm not an expert on these. But if you open the differential it should be stamped on the gear. Don't know if Jeep did it, but GM put a sticker in the glove box with a bunch of letter codes on them. If it is still there, One of those codes tell what gear was in it when manufactured. Another way is to enter your Vin number in the registry on this forum. You will quickly get a build sheet in response. That sheet will have the OEM gear listed. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  7. Like I told my Dad, there's a lot more of me now than when I was 17 driving his. Once in I'm ok but getting my legs in and out can be challenging. The door has to be fully open. And the steering wheel tilted all the way up. No tight parking spots. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  8. Cool vid. I really enjoyed my time in Utah last year. I think I could into that style off-road real easily. Y'all hiring any computer science grads?? My son graduates college in December. Boy needs a job cause I'm tapped out. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  9. tugboat95

    CC Handles

    The 7th picture is my fuel manifold. Boat has 8 fuel tanks but engines only draw from 2. Called daytanks. I move the fuel around the boat both to keep the 2 daytanks full and to keep the boat level and trim, along with the freshwater. All this has to be done in accordance to the Letter of Stability every vessel has issued when built. Fluid moves around and if done wrong can affect vessel stability. Vessels have sunk because of this. Panama Canal is a marvel of engineering to this day. They cut a canal thru a mountain and I mean thru a mountain to connect Gatun Lake to the Pacific. Called the Gailiard Cut, I may not have spelled that right. As well as built a series of locks to stair step vessels up and down. All done with dynamite steam shovels and manpower. Gatun Lake is 82 feet above sea level. It is constantly fed by rain over a vast area of mountains and collected there. Once you arrive you go thru an exhausting inspection by canal authorities. The canal provides over 25% of Panama GDP. Then you get in line. Cruise ships pay a premium to go thru in day light on a set schedule. Everything else is around them but money gets you moved to head of the line. Hazmat ships move only in daylight and in an afternoon convoy each way. Pass in the lake. Little ole us went thru at sunset into the night after a 4 day wait. Cost 100,000 for us to transit with a 350 foot empty barge. They charge a tariff on cargo. Loaded oil tankers are a million. Large containerships are 1.5 and up. Money is paid in full up front. There is no 30 60 90 day billing. A Panamanian pilot comes onboard and assumes command of the vessel. Everywhere else pilots are advisors nothing more. In the canal they are in charge and responsible. Approximately 45 vessels a day transit the canal total (both ways included). Transit lasts about 8 to 10 hours. To transit along with the pilot a crew of deckhands comes onboard. The vessel crew steps out of the way. The new crew takes on lines attached to train locomotives. These are still delivered from shore by a row boat. The crew heaves them up and attaches them to the vessel. Oh I forgot to mention, transit required 50 thousand dollars worth of deck mods and gear installed at specified locations beforehand....They didn't use them! The locomotive pulls you into the lock, its sealed and filled with water from the lake. When you exit, an outbound vessel slips in the same way and is lowered by the water being released. All gravity, there are no pumps. Basically sit and ride. Takes about 10 to 12 minutes to fill a lock and you share it with other vessels they can fit in with you. Included are a few pictures. I had opportunity to go ashore twice for ship business. Panama City on the Pacific coast is beautiful, modern and clean. Cristobal on the Atlantic side looks like 1980s Beirut with military checkpoints and police have Uzzies on their shoulders. Fishing was good off Guatemala. Caught 17 Mahi in 2 hours. Had to quit fishing because we ran out of freezer space. As for rough weather. I'm on a 98 foot boat and have been over 200 miles offshore (most of the time we are around 20 to 30 miles). My last transit we were in 25 foot seas off of northern California for several days. When we passed the Columbia River we had 30 to 35 footers for about 18 hours. Never was more glad to get inside a breakwater than that trip. We were also attached to a 350 foot barge with a mile of 2 inch cable that was jerking us around. Anything above 12 foot or so is miserable. It affects everything. You don't sleep, peeing is a challenge best done sitting. Even that's hard to stay planted. You chase dinner across the table and of course cooking is hard to do but is manageable. Everything had to be secured. Even the coffee pot....especially the coffee pot. In the engine room all the equipment has Marine oil pans. Basically they are twice the amount needed to allow for this type of movement. This marks my 30th year at sea. I've sailed offshore the vast majority of it. I've had enough. I'm now content with working a harbor tug in LA/Long Beach fueling ships. I'm currently assigned to the first tug I brought out west when my company expanded out here 2 years ago. I like the idea of my bunk not moving in a vertical inclination while I'm in it. I also like the fact that the toilet is no longer a moving target. I don't have any good pictures of rough weather. I've learned pictures just don't get it. Videos do tho. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  10. I almost went career in 2004. Dept I was with then hired 16 people with a Safir grant. We were a combo dept. I would have taken an 11 thousand dollar a year pay cut and had to get a second job like most of the career guys around here do. I like to goof off too much on my time off. We moved a few years later outside of town and I joined another dept. First dept is now 100% career. I was the last volunteer Lieutenant for that dept which happens to be the oldest in NC, formed in1845. 2 of the trucks I specced out are still operating there as a front line engine and one ladder truck. I still roll into New Bern occassionally as mutual aid. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  11. I'm at work on a Sunday morning doing absolutely nothing bored out of my mind. In my job, boredom is a good thing. Anyway what do you do for fun other than Jeeps? First and foremost is my family and travel. My son and I are both certified Advance Open Water Scuba divers. That got us into camping as we traveled the southeast on diving trips. And RVs are a lot cheaper than hotel rooms. Camping kind of morphed into Road trips. We have been all over the country in the last years. My job as a Chief Engineer on an offshore tug allows me the time. I work for 3 weeks then I have 3 weeks off. When I'm home I live in a small community. I had to take firefighting training for my job many years ago. I discovered I not only liked it, but I loved it. So I promptly joined my Local fire dept as a volunteer. Been doing it for 23 years now. There is no drug that can get you higher than knocking down a door and facing the devil. Only thing better is saving someone from that fate (3 times including one child). This is tempered with how many I didn't save (including multiple kids). The Brotherhood is real and if you've never put your life in your buddy's hands you'll never understand it. Wife is not left out she just doesn't like Long trips and doesn't go. But I did get her to Hawaii last February for our 25th wedding anniversary. I included some pics of what I do. The fire pics are controlled training burns. The one with the black helmet on the window is me. Scuba diving in the Hot Springs of Florida. Elk on the Olympic Pennisula of Washington. Glacier National Park and Devil's Tower, Wyoming. I rebuilt that Suburban. Everything inside that sheet metal was new Gatun Locks on the Atlantic side of Panama canal. A beautiful day at sea in the Caribbean. Last few are Moab Utah area. Already planning a trip back there. Last two are Honolulu and Maui. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  12. tugboat95

    CC Handles

    I don't really know how to work the app in using on my phone. See my above post. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  13. tugboat95

    CC Handles

    Manche757, Pictures are from 2 separate shipyard periods of the tug Choptank. I'm no longer on her. She was built in 2005. I'm now on the Delaware built in 2016. But they are 98% the same vessels. The Choptank has what is called a Cutlass bearing and a drip shaft packing. The gland holds up to seven 1 inch rings of packing material made out of graphite. Water leaks thru it at a controlled pace (hopefully) to allow the shaft to be cooled. This water is collected into a coffer dam and is pumped back over the side. This is a constant maintenance item and is adjusted regularly. (Pumps like to fail).The picture with no shaft and a hole in the bulkhead is the gland being replaced. We tighten down a collar just like any other packing gland. When We run out of adjustment we add another piece. My current ride has dripless shaft bearings. There is no adjustment. Very precisely made with some high tech crap I don't really understand. But water flows in and out of the gland but not into the boat. The pics of the shaft show this system. Notice the two valves. These are basically a vent pipe and have to remain open in order for water to flow. Both systems have a rubber inner tube like a tire that remains deflated. It can be inflated by a bicycle pump. When inflated it seals against the shaft for a water tight seal so I can perform maintenance on them. The dripless couplings require very little attention. 2 years on this boat, I've never touched them. I LIKE dripless couplings. No coffer dam, no pump or piping to deal with. Fourth from last picture is the bolt up coupling from the shaft to the reduction gear (transmission) engine at 1550 rpms(max) is reduced to a shaft speed of 210rpms. We usually run 180 to 200 rpms. The last few pics are of the dripless coupling and the shaft. I added a pic of the towing winch. Double drum Intercon. Thing is a beast. And the one of all the piping and valves is my fuel system. I have 8 fuel tanks onboard with a total legal capacity (hold more) of 78000 gallons. I generally load to 72 or 73. I also carry 8800 gallons of fresh water and can make up to 60 gallons an hour with a water maker. By the way, I brought the Delaware from Jacksonville Florida to Seattle (and three other boats over a year). Approximately 42 days. Panama to LA was 17 days. Left Panama with 78000 gallons of fuel. Arrived in LA with 27000. We did not have enough to get to San Francisco. Approximately 5 grand is inaccessible due to tank pickups are not on the bottom (where trash collects) Oh and I know all about the 757. Lots of guys out here are from Norfolk area and the Eastern Shore. Shoot I think we employ 3/4 of Tangier Island. Myself, I'm 3 hours south of you in a small town of New Bern, I live right on Hwy 17. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  14. Every time my wife goes to drive it she has this issue. I've never had it. She got trapped in it one time and had to crawl out the other door. She just told me she went to move it today to cut the grass and she couldn't get in it. The landscaper showed up and it opened just fine for him. Been an interesting read as I think I'm going into the door next time home to see what's going on with it. I call it operator error but my wife doesn't agree with that assessment. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  15. Backtrack it as well. Chewed wires is a good indication of an issue. But does the coil deliver spark to the distributor? Who put the new cap on? Is rotor in correct position for timing? Is it there? Is it worn? 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
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