It wasn't an ambitious weekend. Undone schoolwork is catching up with me. In some ways going back to college at this time of life is gratifying, and other times I just feel like I can't be bothered. Wait! I felt like that back in my twenties and that's why I didn't finish. Guess it's not an AGE thing - LOL.
Yesterday my fixit guy came over with his air compressor and fixed the valve stem and aired up that inside dually. I think he just pried it a little to open it up, get the pin back in place, or something "like that". The idea now is that I can keep an eye on it - check it out every few days and see how serious a leak I have.
Today Juno started up beautifully - all the advice here has made a huge difference in my perspective - what I thought might be a problem, looks like it might just be operator error. Hard starting might have been me flooding what is potentially a well-tuned carb. We'll see in time.
My only goal this weekend was to meet my engine battery. It's new, purchased in December right before the BF brought it over. What I wanted to do however was to add those little red and black anti-corrosion rings. Seemed like a good idea and I like the color-coding. In the dark or on the side of a road it just felt like that might prevent me from making a dumb mistake when I'm feeling a little panicked.
Gloves, glasses, find the right socket attachment, right tighty, lefty loosey, negative off first, careful with the positive, use a screwdriver to pull up the terminals, add the rings...easy peasy.
But, that said, I'm not happy with two things. The wiring looks crappy to me and the bungee cord holding down the battery has lost it's bungee. I wrap it back up with an extra bungee I have and add battery straps to my list (one for that and one for the house that will go back in here directly). I've attached pictures of my wiring concerns - does this look normal? Or am I being unduly critical? I feel while the engine is solid, the wiring is sloppy - I have them hanging down under my dash for example, and we won't even discuss the loose outlets - one with a burn mark - I'm going to be replacing.
And then, the hose off the air filter...should it be attached somewhere? Is that an intake? Exhaust? Right now it's just shoved over to the side (the empty area where the long screw is is where the house battery lives).
So, that was my weekend fun. My new extension cord came in, a rubber wheel for removing trim (that's actually pretty low on the list but I bought it in case it might be helpful with my corner-trim-removing-silicone project) and plastic razor blade scraper. Hopefully will get a start on that next weekend and will report back what I find out with pictures. I still haven't determined whether I'm doing the job "right" or going to temporarily caulk after removing the evil stuff.