The Peekaboo Bird Visits and I Go Get Some More Parts for the Van V8 Engine Conversion Project

Tuesday July 26, 2016 Jenner CA.

Peekaboo bird

I needed to go get some parts today for the van conversion project, but first I was going down to Jenner to kayak.

I put my boat in the water and paddled across the river to Penny Island and pulled into my regular spot by the green reeds to figure out which way to go today.

I was sitting there for ten minutes or so when I looked at the reeds to my left where I saw the peekaboo bird sitting there watching me.bird


It dove into the reeds when it saw me turn, but I could see it peeking at me.

About five  minutes later, it came back out. It was making a squawking noise.bird2


After a while, it presented me with the broken wing routine for a bit.bird4


I watched it perform for ten or fifteen minutes, then I moved off down along the islands edge.

Fog and an eagle

I was looking at the white egret when the bald eagle flew into view and the fog was starting to move in too.fogeagle


A deer on the island

I continued on down along the island’s edge as the fog continued to move in when I spotted the deer on the island.island


Here’s the deer I spotted just watching me pass.deerfog


Seagull hunting crab

Just off the lower end of Penny Island, I saw this seagull floating on the water and looking like it was hunting for little crabs.

It jumped up off the water and did this dive for a crab.dive


It dove into the shallow water for the little crabs as it would spot one.gull


Sometimes it was successful and got one of the little guys. The crabs are little one or two inch Dungeness crabs that come into the river to grow up some, if they make it as lots of things eat them.gullcrab


Foggy at the river’s mouth

I left the seagull at it and headed down into the fog towards the river’s open mouth area.seagull


I hung around in the fog watching things. These two surf scooters swam by.scooters


A baby deer watches me

Eventually I left and headed back up the river where the fog cleared and I spotted this baby deer along the shoreline. fawn


On the bottom end of Penny Island, I went past these terns resting on the gravel.tern


No peekaboo bird

I went back to the reeds to see if the peekaboo bird would show up again, but it didn’t.

However this dragonfly stopped by to lay a few eggs before taking off and  disappearing.dragfly


Headed to Santa Rosa for parts

I was off the water today by twelve noon as I needed to go to Santa Rosa to  exchange some parts and get some parts for my new V8 engine I’m installing in my van.

I needed to get the right pulleys, exchange my clutch kit for one that would fit and exchange the exhaust manifolds that I could see weren’t going to fit.

I went to Smoother’s auto parts where they helped me out. I got some pulleys, a new clutch kit and decided and ordered exhaust manifolds that fit a 1969 corvette figuring if they fit in a vet, they’d likely fit in my van.

I need a nap

When I got home I was beat so hit the couch for a bit before going out and working on the engine.

Success with the pulleys

I tried the pulleys. All the pulleys are aligned to whatever kind of water pump you have. Mine is what they call a short one as compared to a long one. The damper pulley below lined up with the water pump pulley, so I’m good to go on the pulleys. I still have to mount the alternator to also line up, but that should all work out.

Here’s the front of the new engine with the two pulleys aligned properly. I’m going with double V belts as I feel it’s the most reliable way. Not much chance of loosing a belt when there’s two of them.pulleys


The rest of the day, I sat around studying what I need to do next to get the engine together for installation.

That was my day for a good one.

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Ray Helps Me Pick Up My New V8 Engine and I Find Parts That Won’t Fit

Monday July 25, 2016 Guerneville CA.

Picking up the new V8 engine

My new V8 engine had arrived at the trucking yard in Santa Rosa. I needed a truck to haul it home so Ray helped me out.

We drove on over and arrived at the truck yard here.trucking


It didn’t take long. I just had to sign and they loaded it up in Ray’s truck. It’s in the wooden crate.engine


We used the cherry picker to get it out of Ray’s truck and here it is ready to start work on it.newengine


Wrong parts for the clutch

Ray went on home and left me hard at it. First I installed the fly wheel then I tried to install the eleven inch disc but it was too big for the fly wheel I have, so I will have to take it back and try to get the right thing. At least this time we have a flywheel I can take down to match things up, so that should go better as far as getting the right kit.

Not the right pulleys either

Next I installed the harmonic damper and then tried the pulleys I had, but no joy there either as the one on the water pump has the wrong mounting holes and the one on the bottom just doesn’t match up with the water pump one, so I will take the new water pump down and try to match up a pulley for it and get another one for the bottom too as it needs to be longer.

Nope, the pulleys just aren’t going to line up.pulleys


And the exhaust manifolds need to be smaller ones

Next I thought I better see how the exhaust manifolds where going to fit into the van engine compartment. I hung them on the engine just to check things out and things didn’t look good on them either. I have the type that the exhaust exits from the back, but that gets in the way of things on the van, so I think I need the ones that exit out the middle, so I will take them back and see if we can do better.

Intake manifold looks good

I checked the fit of the intake manifold and it looks like it will work out ok.

In some ways I didn’t make much progress, but now that I have an engine it should be easier to figure out what is needed.

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