I am so ecstatic to report that I picked up Juno from the mechanic's last Thursday and she and I had our virgin trip together. It was definitely a happy honeymoon. Do you know I signed the papers on her in October and this was the first time I actually was behind the wheel on the road??! Rick didn't get her here until January and then she sat in the yard until I could get the roof sealed, and finally the mechanic took pity on me and came and got her because of the stall on idle issue. I was really worried about stalling her out and it's horrendous traffic between here and there.
First let me just say, she sounds like a new engine. My guy talked me into just replacing the carburetor - same thing, an Edelbrock, but it has a warranty. He showed me when he made the first house call how the adjustment screws weren't making much of a difference and with the other issue and money I'd spent trying to get it tuned up, I decided not to just throw any more good money after bad.
Now she works just like she should - a couple of pumps, starts before I even finish turning the keys and catches, idles high until I bring her back down and just smooth as silk. And no trying to stall from a stop.
He also found and fixed a manifold leak (a plate that had come loose) and she is much quieter. He gave her a thumbs up, said she ran great for her age. No more gas smells either.
We are hoping the transmission service he did will solve the tranny oil leak - he found someone tried to seal up the pan with silicone. He removed all that and completely cleaned it, new gasket, new fluid, etc.
Oil also serviced. Front end tight and all brakes and bearings good. Adjusted timing, checked all my fluids and all good on power steering, brake, radiator, etc.
So, still have an oil leak we're chasing (if it's rear main he'll have to send me to a shop that can but the rig on a lift), and I want to fix the shifter display (yeah, drove about five blocks before I realized I was in 2nd) and I'm going to start taking her out after the madness of the 4th is over so see what else might shake out. I know my outside tires look good but I want to take it to the tire shop to check the inside ones and I think the spare is old. Also, I need to face the dump problem.
I really should do this myself, but the squeamish part of me says, no go let the professionals do it. What I have is a black tank with contents (thanks to the PO) and a gray tank with a broken t-handle. I just don't know what I'm going to find when I go to unscrew the cap - will sewage spill out? Is my hose any good? Will I be able to pry open the gray? Do I really want to flush it all and change out the gate valves myself (remember I have a toolbox on the back so in addition to the unknowns, I have to crawl under two feet and be on my hands and knees to even screw the hose on...)? Or do I hit my fast dwindling budget and just ante up for someone else to do the dirty work?????
In the meantime continued with the inside curtains - over the next few days will be finishing the valance and the last of the curtains. And, I'm also tackling an electrical issue which I posted my questions in discussions. These aren't great photos but gives you an idea of some of what is going on:
Curtains I took out to measure before hemming:
And these are the curtains for between cab and camper - may not work with those dinette curtains but I already had this from thrift and liked it, so going to pull it all together and see how it works before I dismiss it:
I made a tieback in the dinette upholstery fabric and added velcro to be able to pull over into that space on the right. Chair on the right is getting reupholstered in a dark purple velvet duvet cover that was on its last legs. I know, bright and a little crazy. The loft curtains are blue with a simple white retro pattern.
I really do think it will all pull together in the end. If not, well, that's half the fun, right? The only unknown is that black and white pattern and being too busy with the dinette curtains.
My to do list is still huge:
Pull out refrigerator, burp and if that doesn't solve my issue figure out what the heck I am going to do.
Sewer issue, and once that is resolved, for now, just add some grease to the bowl valve and see if I can keep water in the bowl.
Chase the rot in the front (I'm almost positive it's an old leak but better safe than sorry - that's not going to be fun to remove all that wood and replace, and while at it reseat and seal the front window.
Get the ladder installed.
Add a vent hood to the front vent and or replace the vent. I just dicored the darn thing and gave it a new seal, but the replacement crank won't pull the vent cover down quite enough to seal it and water comes in when it rains. To old to find parts for according to ventline, so should just replace whole assembly.
Fix the 12v accessory plug - and add plugs
Get my house battery back in (maybe sooner rather than later) and wire the monitor into the dash
Tear out carpeting, replace with vinyl plank flooring and go ahead and change the flange on the toilet while I'm at it.
Wire in the garmin backup camera
Hook in both wireless and wifi systems
Paint all the cabinet doors and pulls, replace one broken door panel.
Some sort of kitchen backsplash (smart tiles most likely)
Paint over the bath wallpaper and paint walls in there (not a fan of wood look paneling)
Add a door to bath cabinet - you can't put anything in the front doors because the plumbing is in the way but behind the trap there is space.
Add doors to the medicine cabinet.
Replace kitchen sink basins.
Replace kitchen and bath faucets - the first to get a higher clearance so I can fill a teapot and the second because the shower diverter doesn't work.
Paint the shower pan
Add some smart tiles to the bath
Replace awning and window awning fabric (my handy man decided it was beyond his abilities after watching youtube video so still not sure if we're going to try to attempt this ourselves or pay the pros).
Replace lots of trim on outside around different doors and bays, doublecheck seals on all my lights.
Plumb in water heater with a bypass and test.
Give the exterior a good sealing and figure out what to do about the trim - try to remove? Paint over it with rustoleum? Change the color?
Put in a solar system...
Actually some of this is going to be second season stuff along with things like adding sensors back to the water tank. I don't need that for black or gray (right, the nose knows?) but fresh it would be nice to know when running low. Sensors are there but someone clipped the wires...
Boy I'm exhausted just thinking about it all. Going to be interesting to see how much I can get done over the next month and a half...and how much ends up being put off. Obviously a lot of this can be done later after I'm already on the road.
Oh, one last image - my mom, who is an artist in addition to all her other talents, created the banner for the blog I'm going to start - isn't it cool????? Juno now has a face! I love that it's a little retro - kind of like a 70s album cover, and a little hide and seek to look for all of the elements in it. Plus it has a nod to the ocean, the forest and the road. I thought she did a fabulous job....