Archive for February, 2011

Milking a Jersey

Boy, the milk is good, and lots of cream. Next time the stainless bucket will have a cleaner outside.

After 16 hours, pretty well all the cream has risen. Jersey’s are known to produce this nice cream-coloured cream, and a fair whack of it. Wikipedia says 6 % butterfat (compare with Holsteins at 2.5 – 3.6 %).


Icebergs at Campbell River

Phil Z. took these shots a few days ago. Global warming, feh ๐Ÿ™‚

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Vanagon ignition switch

It has been “discovered” that the Vanagon ignition switch is a weak design. Why? Well it switches a fair bit of current and the contacts seem just adequate for the job. All right, I admit I have no real data to present to prove this, but maybe it is wise to have OCD and switch off accessories (heater fan, wipers, lights) before starting the van. If these loads are present then contacts in the switch have to handle a bigger current, and the resulting sparking will degrade the contacts over time. Mind you, the actual switch is relatively cheap ($20 – $40), so this really does fall under the category of Vanagon nerdom.

Excerpt from manual showing switch:

David B.’s photograph of dissected used switch:

I must be so bored to resort to posting such a flimsy entry ๐Ÿ™‚

Update: Maybe its not such a flimsy entry after all, Jay Brown sells a relay package to reduce switch load.

Also, headlight relays on there own will reduce load on the ign. switch.

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ATA – close ups of the Catalina

Got lucky today and had the chance to get some quick up close snaps of the PBY 5. I even peeked inside… a lot of unpadded corners in there. Why that struck me I don’t know, maybe I am a closet Health & Safety officer. Anyway, word is that it will be flying again in the spring.

You have to watch this, Rick Mercer visiting Buffalo Airways HQ in Yellowknife, and in the winter.


Syncro and Ohio winter

Brett H. sent me this picture of his syncro. Its a good looking van, must ask him about the aux light mounts.



ATA – its all about the sky

Usual spot, nothing much of interest except the busy sky.

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Incredible model making

B. Perkins makes anย 1/3 scale model of Mercedes Wย 165. It really is worth a good long look.

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