Monday, July 13, 2009

I'm not one to complain, but it is hot !

I'm sure you all remember 1980. I was 7 years old and living with my dad in a little portable travel trailer that didn't have any air conditioning in Brownwood, Texas. Even 29 years later, I remember how bad it was. We'd sit next to the trailer in any shade we could find just hoping for a little breeze to take some edge off. Looking back, I don't know why we didn't just go to the library or someplace similar to at least experience air conditioning during the heat of the day.

I check the forecast every day and it's been 100 plus every day for awhile now. Today is supposed to hit 104. I was wondering if maybe we are going to eclipse 1980s heat wave this year, so I did some research... Stolen from wiki...

In Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, high temperatures exceeded 100 °F (38 °C) a total of 69 times, including a record 42 consecutive days from June 23 to August 3. Dallas/Fort Worth reached an all-time high on June 26 and 27, when the temperature reached 113 °F (45 °C) on both days. In all the Dallas/Fort Worth area saw 29 days in which the previous record high temperature was either broken or tied.

I sure hope not. I keep hearing we are entering the El Nino pattern again, which usually brings cooler and wetter weather than normal. Let's keep our fingers crossed. Click here to learn about El Nino.

I had the power steering pump and brackets sitting around so I decided to go ahead and rebuild all of that and get it ready to go.

I didn't take any before pictures because, really, it's just greasy junk. After disassembly, I cleaned and powdercoated the pulley, brackets, and reservoir. I couldn't powdercoat the pump itself because it has little delicate things inside that would get damaged by the bead blasting and oven heat. So, I wound up painting the pump itself.

The pulley and brackets and reservoir are done in black like the rest of the pulleys and brackets are. The pump is cast iron paint. I got lucky too, O Reilly had the rebuild kit right in stock. It cost me a whole 14 dollars. Stuff like this is tedious, but with all new seals, gaskets, and o-rings, I can be pretty sure I won't ever have to deal with leaky power steering fluid.

Here it is installed onto the engine...

1 comment:

  1. Yep, and on the first day over 100 the AC went out at our mothers trailer.. I would carry my clothes to work to change because it was cool at work.. Living in an old mobile home or travel trailer was no place to be with those temps.... still isn't lol...