L60Boerne's Santa's Sleigh

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Postby plateaucal » Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:49 pm

We gotta find someone that knows how to write. I'll take pictures.
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Postby L60Boerne » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:21 pm

Writing is an art. Some people have a way with words others not have way.
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Postby L60Boerne » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:44 pm

Santa's sleigh with Rigid LEDs on bumper and front windshield reattached.

By Monday....awful side door window frames coming off so target aquisition time will not be impedded.

Looking for Donner and Blixon,
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Postby L60Boerne » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:53 pm

Santa's Sleigh is ready for field testing. Plateaucal will precide over the ceremony. It remains to be seen whether it makes it to the desert as we might have a license issue as public roads will be under tire.

Santa's sleigh has many cosmetic warts but Eddy the Eagle has rebuilt it mechanically in it's most needed areas.

As always your advice and parts have returned the sleigh to flight.

Patrolling with Plateaucal,
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Postby mad4hws » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:00 am

looking good. Can't wait to hear from the field report.
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Postby L60Boerne » Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:42 pm

Good news, the field test went very well. It still has an electrical issue draining the battery but it runs very strong!

Here is Plateaucal at The Lair...striking a pose.

Patrolling at last in the sleigh!

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Postby plateaucal » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:14 am

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The Patrol runs out really well! I don't know if its the altitude or the new carb. but it runs out better than mine which has a rebuilt engine. It also seems to be geared higher(lower ratio) than mine. Is this possible? Our tires are the same.

I noted that when starting the starter would spin the engine then stall momentarily then spin and so on. Finally it stopped working. The battery volts static was 12-12.5. With the lights on we engaged the starter and the lights went out completely suggesting a big voltage drop and current draw. The battery is new and holding volts. Could the starter need a rebuild or do a load test on the battery first? All the connections were sound and clean.

I'll post up a couple of photos
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Postby plateaucal » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:16 am

Sorry about the rotate thing. The first photo is of my gracious host. And the second photo is from a deer blind on one my many solo forays in pursuit of the wild beasts.
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Postby Thaniel » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:22 am

Totally cool patrol. Love it.

Any chance the admins could move this thread to projects from classifieds so folks can find it :-)
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Postby RiverPatrol » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:23 am

Thaniel wrote:Totally cool patrol. Love it.

Any chance the admins could move this thread to projects from classifieds so folks can find it :-)


Done. :D
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Postby RiverPatrol » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:27 am

plateaucal wrote:I noted that when starting the starter would spin the engine then stall momentarily then spin and so on. Finally it stopped working. The battery volts static was 12-12.5. With the lights on we engaged the starter and the lights went out completely suggesting a big voltage drop and current draw. The battery is new and holding volts. Could the starter need a rebuild or do a load test on the battery first? All the connections were sound and clean.



It doesn't sound like a starter issues, you've got another electrical problem of some sort. It almost sounds like a short.
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Postby plateaucal » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:08 pm

My thoughts are that the rotor is grounding on the stator due to bad bushings. The wiring looks all new.
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Postby L60Boerne » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:42 pm

Thank you all for always sorting out my problems. I hope in the coming years I can pay back more of you from what little I know about things other than Patrols.

So....the Rio Grande headwaters are across the divide from Lake City, Co. Run it through CO, then the length of NM, then through El Paso, then along the MX/US border for 250 miles and you get. My next stop after leaving Plateaucal. We planned more field testing but licensing and electrical issues got in the way.....next time.
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Postby L60Boerne » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:43 pm

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Postby mad4hws » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:52 am

Nice report!
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