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Old 04-01-2012, 02:53 AM   #52
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Hi Paul! Good documentation on the Orange Vert oil change. There is always a great possibility that small metal fragments will be in the pan after assembly, especially with a cast pan such as these. If you have any concern at all you can go to a Caterpillar or "John Deere" store and go to their parts counter and procure an oil sampling kit. I did it and it cost me about 20.00 to send in the transmission oil sample. They will email you back the test results of the oil assay. It will tell you exactly what it is you are looking at. It is cheap insurance and a great tool for discovering early engine wear.

I had a brand new Ford E-350 ambulance with a 7.2 diesel making abnormal valvetrain noise and as it turned out the cam had gone flat and the cam followers/roller tappets were flattened out and shaving steel bits into the engine. Ford warranted the $10,000 engine without any cost to me. So needless to say I am a huge supporter of oil assays for engines, transmissions (stick and auto) and Rear differentials.

I just did a couple of mods on Orange Krate that I did DIY's on and I am going to do another real soon for a throttle body install.

I wish you and your wife a wonderful fun filled spring full of many rides of leisure! Be safe!

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Old 04-01-2012, 12:52 PM   #53
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Awesome idea, thanks Jim!

That makes a lot of sense, would be interesting to see what the oil quality is like as time and miles progress. So glad your engine was covered! I was thinking more about this last night, and bits in the oil pan are probably not an issue until they clog the pickup screen or filter, and oil can't get through to the splash on the main bearing. Therefore it looks and feels a whole lot worse than it is.

A year later and I still love OrangeVert !! Plus I have a new job teaching for a different computer company - waaaaay less stress. Took several months to find, hence my absence here. Also get to travel now to varying locations. So if I get any where near So. Cal., will let you know!

Would be awesome to meet you and OrangeKrate in person. Maybe I'd be fortunate enough that there would be a show that weekend. Any chance you'd be driving the 2,576 miles to Niagara Falls this August for BBOMG4? Geri and I will be there with OrangeVert, "only" 502 miles for us.

Best to you and your wife, Jim. And of course OrangeKrate too!
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:42 AM   #54
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Quick February Friday morning update while she "sleeps"... Catharine has been hibernating since January 6th.

It's Feb 2014. 3 months shy of our third anniversary - 6,250 miles. Only mods so far are the license plate bolts through the lower grille, and orange SS kick panels to prevent any more door scratches. Finally temps are in the 30's again, and every day I plan on taking off the cover to reveal orange. But every day there is more snow, and I end up shoveling the driveway, walkways, back of the house, etc. again. This morning, nothing but freezing rain. Hope to pull off the cover tomorrow (Saturday, 2/22) and give OrangeVert her mid-winter start/run.

Pics to follow, have to run to work now ...
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