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“Why has it been so quiet?” While Midlana builders continue to make progress, and I keep a close eye on them for support, I haven’t been driving my car much. Why? It’s because I’ve been distracted by a number of things, including age related medical issues. I don’t like going to a website for a specific topic, only to read excuses about how someone’s medical issues are affecting them, so I won’t go into detail. Suffice it to say that it’s nothing bad (I think), but it’s a big deal mentally because it’s the rude awakening that I’m aging. My brother said don’t let it get to me. Well, okay, but everyone’s different.
The other distraction is telescopes. Back 25 years ago, I built a 10″ f6 Newtonian, used it a while, then got distracted by, of course, cars. Fast forward to now and it’s been sitting in the garage this whole time under a tarp. With the grandkids growing, my interest has been rekindled, but the mirror is in sorry need of being recoated. Me being me though, I see it as a chance to built a larger one, and of course one thing leads to another…
,Speaking of being distracted, this weekend was a trackday at Fontana and for several reasons I didn’t feel like going. My brother went and, well, now he knows how I felt a couple years ago. He went out for one session and all was fine for about 20 minutes, then the LS-3 started running rough. The water pump/alternator belt had broken and the engine overheated. No problem, he had a slightly shorter spare and installed that. Went back out and things went from bad to worse. The slightly shorter belt apparently bottomed out the tensioner, overheated the bearing, and the pulley started to disintegrate, but not before the belt departed a second time… this time taking the drysump belt with it. In about two seconds, the engine was junk and his day was done. We’re still trying to figure out what happened first, other than the belt just being old. If there’s a good side to this, an LS-3 short block is only $3000, the heads are probably fine, and the external oil lines, drysump tank, and pump, are fine, ironically because they failed first. He’s bummed, but not as bad as when I blew up my engine!