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  1. Nope, sorry. Many ways to think of this. The shock is the hypotenuse on the triangle. Think of how long a diagonal support mounted to a wall needs to be, much longer than the height of the stud to reach the same vertical height. To go up 10' vertically on a stairway, you have to travel 15' along the stairs. Switchbacks on a mountain. You might walk a mile or two to change 1000 vertical ft. When the tide comes in, the ocean level may raise 4' but the water's edge climbs a 1/4 mile up the shore. in this case, t
  2. Success!!!! Frost on the windshield this morning. I raised the hood, removed the air cleaner cover, and rotated the throttle linkage. The choke snapped closed. Replaced air cleaner cover, latched the hood. Car started right up and ran perfectly smooth. When I got to work I was idling at a reasonable RPM before I turned off the motor. Just to be sure I raised the hood and removed the air cleaner cover again and sure enough, choke butterfly wide open. Excellent! Likely the best all this has worked since I got the car.
  3. P.S. Is red oxide primer not a thing anymore? This is the closest I could find and it looks brown by the cap. I need to hit the fender lips where the paint cracked when I rolled them. Don't worry, half the car is red-oxide primer. It will fit right in.
  4. I mentioned lowering... These fiberglass leaf springs were supposed to do that job for me but it just doesn't seem like it ended up that way. Just for comparison-sake, I measured the fender lip to axle centerline on Slowpoke Somewhere between 9 3/4 and 10" maybe? On the wagon, that measurement is 12 1/2" So I need to come down 2" at least! Fortuitously, I had won a set of CNC aluminum "bump steer spacers" on ebay last month for super cheap - and they came with a 2" lowering block k
  5. The TS504 arrived a few days later and I was so excited to open the box, mount the shocks, and put this chapter behind me! TA DA!!! Wait, What?! You are kidding, right?! The TS504 has a upper eyelet mount! In all my focus on extended and collapsed lengths - I neglected to notice that this shock - unlike almost every other one in the series - has different mounting. *sigh* I give up... Fortunately, I noticed something very helpful to get me through this depressing discovery. The original TC2510P
  6. All the while in the background I have been progressing a rear shock issue. As mentioned earlier in this thread - the shocks I was originally running - that got from Kelvin - were too short. I was uncomfortable with how little shock travel they had. The shocks mounted to the wagon were TC2501P You can see here that there is not much travel - keep in mind with the shock leaned over, there is more rod travel than vertical suspension travel, so it gets used up pretty fast. At some point in time I purchased replacement shocks. TS510
  7. Regarding the upper spring perches. Had a bit of an a-ha moment and removed the front struts from Rice Wagon. I remembered I had a pair of Experimental Engineering perches on there. These are pretty cool how they work with stock 510 top hats and retain the stock bearing. Unfortunately Dave doesn't make these any more so I am going to use his concept as a starting point for a new - more compact design. First step - gnireenigne! (reverse engineering) Next step - remove unnece
  8. Next step... Fix the sticky choke. Basically it doesn't want to come on - the linkage is not frozen but it moves so slowly that even if I hold the pedal down for 30 seconds or so in the morning, it is not enough to close the butterfly so it starts hard and runs like crap until it warms up. I think I showed a photo earlier with all the varnish on the back side of the carb. Like it was sprayed with undercoating or stop-leak or something... Anyway, I set out to fix it last weekend. I started by spraying it down with carb cleaner. The linkage was INSTANTLY free and
  9. Going back to work after the snow didn't quite go as planned. Battery was dead! I took my wife's car to work and then put the battery on the charger that night when I got home from volleyball. Car started right up the next morning but the next day started running rough. I've been there before. Wednesday when I got home - it died in my driveway. Further investigation revealed the battery was dead again due to a failed alternator - you know, the rebuilt one I installed a month ago! So I charged the battery twice more to make it to the end of the week and then yesterday I swapped the alter
  10. We have just this month started to meet in person again. Other churches were open earlier. For us - it was a difficult balance between respecting/obeying the letter of the law (they want the speakers and vocalists and band members wearing masks) and trying to reach the needs of the individuals desiring to worship and attend church again. In two weeks we re-start our children's/kids ministry - which I am a part of. And we plan to host a COVID friendly Easter egg hunt this year which will be interesting. We still have more on-line than in person, and it may be that way for a long time...
  11. Corey's truck still has a nasty habit of one of the chokes sticking open. I pulled off the carbs, cleaned them really well, and spent a long time tweaking the linkage arm to try to get the chokes to close reliably 100% of the time. The linkage is free. The return springs are in good shape. The fuel lines are totally soft and pliable. But still they occasionally stick. You just have to tap them and they SNAP back closed. I give up for now. In a month it will be warm enough that the chokes are not required anyway.
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