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Old 05-31-2011, 10:00 AM   #1072
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I just got an update from Corey, my builder, and he said that his Transmission guy said the 6060 actually looks pretty good inside... He is going to put bronze bushings on the shift forks, and upgrade the synchros and look for any other parts that may help it shift better, but overall, it's in pretty good shape.

He did mention there is evidence that the clutch was not disengaging all the way... which would certainly make it hard to shift.

Corey will call ACT on the left Coast as soon as they wake up.... Find out what they have to say about the clutch if anything...
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:16 AM   #1073
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Did you ever get a good loud BANG during shifts?
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:27 AM   #1074
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Did you ever get a good loud BANG during shifts?
I scared the crap out the guy in the other lane in my one pass at the Fest... It was a hellishly loud bang... but it wasn't from the transmission, it was from the exhaust when I WAYYYYYyyyyyyy over reved it in second gear and blew flames out both pipes about fifteen feet long.... It was really really loud... Funny thing is he was ahead of me with his window up and still heard it really clearly...

I rolled out pretty easy in first, hit second, hammered it and immediately slammed into and beyond the rev limiter when the tires smoked up really bad... Short shifted into third, same thing but got out of it before I hit the rev limiter. I tried slipping the clutch a little but that wasn't working, (further driver mod needed) so I short shifted into 4th at about 75 mph, still spun them through the lights and went somewhere around 12.2 at 117... It was an awful run...

ooops, original question answer... Nope...
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Old 06-02-2011, 04:34 AM   #1075
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:04 AM   #1076
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When does the freedom bird arrive?

I am supposed to be off of here Monday morning, but I have to go spend a day or two in Macae doing my annual physical and extending my Visa...

I am scheduled to depart Brazil Wednesday evening and be home late Thursday Morning...

Hopefully I get my upgrade for the flight home and can sleep and am rested up enough to go and pick Brandi up Thursday... My company still makes us ride in the back of the bus, but I have acquired enough miles that with a fee and trading in miles I can upgrade if there is space available. The fee is worth every penny to me...
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:33 AM   #1077
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I got a little update from Corey,

He said that the transmission upgrade parts should be at the tranny builders Monday, and so it'll go together real quick, no problem there...

And, apparently there is something going on with my clutch, as the owner of the company ACT is taking a personal interest in it.... I'm happy so far with the customer service and concern... They told Corey they wanted to make sure it's right, and appear to be taking the necessary steps to insure it is... to ACT...

We'll get an update Monday as to what they are going to do with it...

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Old 06-04-2011, 11:38 AM   #1078
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I scared the crap out the guy in the other lane in my one pass at the Fest... It was a hellishly loud bang... but it wasn't from the transmission, it was from the exhaust when I WAYYYYYyyyyyyy over reved it in second gear and blew flames out both pipes about fifteen feet long.... It was really really loud... Funny thing is he was ahead of me with his window up and still heard it really clearly...

I rolled out pretty easy in first, hit second, hammered it and immediately slammed into and beyond the rev limiter when the tires smoked up really bad... Short shifted into third, same thing but got out of it before I hit the rev limiter. I tried slipping the clutch a little but that wasn't working, (further driver mod needed) so I short shifted into 4th at about 75 mph, still spun them through the lights and went somewhere around 12.2 at 117... It was an awful run...

ooops, original question answer... Nope...


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Reason I asked, no clutch shift will really BANG if the gears aren't meshed.

Throw some quickrete bags in the trunk next time, prolly grenade the diff but the wheelie will be SO worth it!
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:08 PM   #1079
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Reason I asked, no clutch shift will really BANG if the gears aren't meshed.

Throw some quickrete bags in the trunk next time, prolly grenade the diff but the wheelie will be SO worth it!
I gotta be careful with the diff, already have two people that have offered to buy it if I don't grenade it...

Pics, you want pics, you can't handle pics, cause deep down inside in places you dont talk about at parties...... you want to see pics, you need to see pics, [ATTACH][/ATTACH]

ok, here are some really random pics of a project I worked on a couple of weeks ago....

This is a pump system to provide hydraulics for a couple of sea chest valves...

These are mounted in the lower hull pump room... The valves are normally fail safe closed. I was asked if I wanted to fix it and here are the results...
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I gotta be careful with the diff, already have two people that have offered to buy it if I don't grenade it...

Pics, you want pics, you can't handle pics, cause deep down inside in places you dont talk about at parties...... you want to see pics, you need to see pics, [ATTACH][/ATTACH]

ok, here are some really random pics of a project I worked on a couple of weeks ago....

This is a pump system to provide hydraulics for a couple of sea chest valves...

These are mounted in the lower hull pump room... The valves are normally fail safe closed. I was asked if I wanted to fix it and here are the results...
haha, I read the whole post in the character you started with. LMAO

Wasn't the same the last half.

I LOVE to restore shit. Very nice job. So now they can go abuse it again.
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:24 PM   #1081
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Old 06-04-2011, 05:56 PM   #1083
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I gotta be careful with the diff, already have two people that have offered to buy it if I don't grenade it...

Pics, you want pics, you can't handle pics, cause deep down inside in places you dont talk about at parties...... you want to see pics, you need to see pics, [ATTACH][/ATTACH]

ok, here are some really random pics of a project I worked on a couple of weeks ago....

This is a pump system to provide hydraulics for a couple of sea chest valves...

These are mounted in the lower hull pump room... The valves are normally fail safe closed. I was asked if I wanted to fix it and here are the results...

Damn, I wish you were around for the rest of the Firebird's hardline. It took me forever to do stainless -3 lines for the brakes and -4 lines for the fire suppression system and some -8 and -10 for the fuel. My biggest problem was getting the -3 brake lines to not leak at high psi. I used a 37 degree flare to keep everything AN compliant. I had to add those little Earl's plumbing aluminum washers to make them seal. Stainless on stainless just never quite sealed for me.


So doing that hardline is an art and then some. Nice job R.
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The weather has turned to straight up doo doo out here. Appropriate since Doug crapped in here anyway...

We are currently experiencing Gale Force winds and the sea have continued to build throughout the day....

I took a few pictures to show the force of the weather... Bare in mind that these are takne from approximately 50 - 60 feet above the water line... There are 15-20 foot seas with occasional 25 and 30 footers rolling through... This is expected to continue to build through the night...

Anyone wanna go for a boat ride...

There are two boats below and as you can tell, the seas are rough... These are about 40 foot boats. The closest one is tied off to the rig and is approximately 110 yards off the rig... Despite this, and our height above the water, they occasionally disappear completely out of sight... For them to try to head in right now would be rough as it would be side seas for them the entire trip in... By tying off to the rig, they maintain some degree of stability and if gets too bad, they always have us to help them...

There have been offshore rigs worldwide that have helped in various ways to mariners in trouble... Safety Reps, (the rig medic) have launched in fast rescue craft, (Semi Rigid inflatable craft with a pump drive) and gone out to meet fishing boats with injured or severly sick persons, to bring them back to the rig for delivering them to a helicopter... One of these was offshore Australia... A guy was injured by some form of marine animal, and it was about a three hour boat ride out to meet the vessel he was on, and then the same ride back to the rig... The FRC was much faster than the boat the injured person was on... and no, other than a handheld GPS and a Compass, there is no navigation equipment on the FRC's.

We've had large work boats pull along side to transfer a sick or injured person via a crane man-lift basket to the rig for handoff to a helicopter... and we've taken on people and treated them on the rig as best as possible until weather and flight conditions or the seas allow for some form of transportation to a shore based facility... I'm still a certified Paramedic and was actually hired on by this company as a Safety Rep... but I transferred into Subsea as soon as I could, No Regrets...

Everyone helps everyone out here... We can't call 911... Well we can, but no help would arrive...
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Old 06-04-2011, 06:46 PM   #1085
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Heres a couple of shots down through the moonpool area... Again, keep in mind that we are 35-40 feet above the water line here in the moonpool...

Ordinarily there is a slip joint located here but since the stack is on deck and we are not currently drilling, there is no need for it...

Unfortunately the pics do not portray the depth of field and therefore the height of these splashes... Some of them were almost up onto the deck... and I was getting quite wet from the spray coming off of them... In one of the shots, you see a hose hanging down through the image, this is a jumper hose for the Choke/Kill lines... It has a gooseneck at one end of it, and it is part of the well control system... This hose is rated for 10,000 PSI, and it has a 3.0" ID, and is around 6.5 to 7 inches OD... It's really big, and looks pretty puny in the image...
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haha, I read the whole post in the character you started with. LMAO

Wasn't the same the last half.

I LOVE to restore shit. Very nice job. So now they can go abuse it again.
Tinkering with stuff is my favorite pastime, and I love running tubing, especially small tedious jobs like this one... The long runs with few bends bore me to tears... give me a little one with lots of tight bends and hard to fit areas and I'm in heaven... It drives one driller and an Asst. Driller nuts... They'll stand there and watch me and when it's break time they want me to go to chop chop... (the galley and food) and I'll usually walk with them, smoke a cigarette in the designated smoking area, and head back to the shop while their still eating... They'll come back out 20 or so minutes later and find me with my MP3 player plugged in listening to New Age (Yanni) or Country (Trisha Yearwood) or Rock (38 Special, Van Halen, Bon Jovi) and having a ball, tuning the whole world out...

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Damn, I wish you were around for the rest of the Firebird's hardline. It took me forever to do stainless -3 lines for the brakes and -4 lines for the fire suppression system and some -8 and -10 for the fuel. My biggest problem was getting the -3 brake lines to not leak at high psi. I used a 37 degree flare to keep everything AN compliant. I had to add those little Earl's plumbing aluminum washers to make them seal. Stainless on stainless just never quite sealed for me.


So doing that hardline is an art and then some. Nice job R.
I'm not big on flare fittings, preferring compression (swage) fittings and my personal fav is Swagelok fittings. My supervisors in town would stroke the F out if they caught me using a compression washer... I'ld be looking for a job for sure...

We deal with up to 30,000 PSI fittings... Those come pre made for the most part, and I use only Swagelok with tubing going subsea... We also have parker compression fittings but I do not care for them at all... I'll use them for surface applications if I dont have the necessary Swagelok fittings for a specific purpose, but other than that... We make our own hoses with a Parkrimp machine, and subsea guys are the only ones on the rig that are supposed to make them, due to the variations in fittings and hose compatabilities... Too many hoses were blowing apart at the compression fittings and so....

To give you an idea about the problem with mismatched hoses and fittings, a rig may make as much as 500,000 per day... If they are in Ultra Deep water, over 6000 feet, and something happens to a hose, they may have to shut in the well, pull the stack, or at least the LMRP, and recover it to the surface... make the necessary repairs and run it back down... So, 10 minutes to make a 20 dollar hose, fittings and hose included, and it could cost the company literally millions of dollars in down time.... Plug the well if the bad hose is on the stack, rig up to pull the stack is a couple of days. Pulling the stack can take a couple of days, and making the repair takes ten minutes, (swap a hose) testing the function takes a while, and run the stack back down, a couple more days, relatch to the wellhead, test the entire stack... and then drill out the cement plugs... Your looking at a week minimum... 3.5 million, maybe two weeks, 7 mil... It's a problem... we don't take it lightly...
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These are mounted in the lower hull pump room... The valves are normally fail safe closed. I was asked if I wanted to fix it and here are the results...
Ok smarta$$ I was gonna compliment your bending skillz but I think I see a kink in one

How do you paint anything? Can't paint over rust but I'm betcha you can watch bare metal oxidize right before your eyes out there
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The weather has turned to straight up doo doo out here. Appropriate since Doug crapped in here anyway...


Yeah...the first couple pix of the waves and I"m like....that don't look bad. Then I see the next one and I'm like, "where'd the boat go?"

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