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Sabtu, 22 Januari 2011

plug-in socket just below the oil filter

The M151a1 that I own has a plug-in socket just below the oil filter. Don't know what it was for… perhaps an engine heating blanket for cold climates? Any ideas?

if it is a 3 pin connector it is the low oil pressure shut off switch ...
Pretty sure its for a block heater or test port ............
not a test port Jeff's got it right  .. ???

it's the Fuel Pump Safety switch that cuts off the fuel pump in the event the oil pressure drops. Assuming you have the electric fuel pump on the A1 and all the correct wiring is in place.

I am not a mechanic, so I almost hate to answer that question. However, if your engine is running and the oil pressure is good, then this switch is just waiting to be activated by a drop in oil pressure. It is then supposed to cut off the electric fuel pump which will only allow the engine to run as long as there is fuel in the carburetor. I don't know how long that would be, but it is supposed to mitigate damage to the engine. I've had a fuel pump go out and the engine didn't run very long. I've never looked up what the oil pressure limit is or how to test the switch, so I'm not sure of any of the parameters. I assume that is documented in the 20 manual where I got the picture. Also, as I understand, that feature was removed when the A2 came out with the mechanical fuel pump in place of the vacuum pump which also right there by the oil filter so it's only on the A1. That's about the extent of my knowledge. Hope it helps.

Maybe some of the real mechanics will jump in here and help you out on what to watch for.

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Sabtu, 15 Januari 2011

Intro and Astro

I drive a 1991 Astro that i have outfitted for extended camping. i also have a 1989 AWD that i am contemplating another more improved camper style conversion and lift. I am procrastinating on the AWD conversion because  the EXT 91 has been such an awesome unit with excellent fuel milage so i hate to part with it for an older version allbeit AWD. Since probably 65% of my driving is off pavement in Mexico or on the Indian Reservations out west I would like to find a later model AWD (05 would be great) with less milage to do a total make over so i can be secure that it will endure the abuse and last me for many years.Part of the excuse for the lift kit would be because of the damage i have done to the front end and rockers front bumper erc.on the 91  pretending it is 4WD.
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Sabtu, 08 Januari 2011

Clive Chapman supporting Group Lotus

Group Lotus received a boost just before Christmas, when Clive Chapman - son of Lotus founder, Colin Chapman - issued a statement supporting the re-branding of the former Renault F1 team to create 'Lotus Renault GP'. 

The decision by Proton and Group Lotus to acquire a major stake in the Enstone-based outfit will mean there could now be two Lotus-named teams in F1 in 2011, with Tony Fernandes' Team Lotus – formerly Lotus Racing – also due to compete.

However, while Clive Chapman and the Chapman family had backed Fernandes' at the start of 2010, they are not happy 'Team Lotus' is to be revived.

The full statement read:
"The Chapman Family is impressed by the exciting developments underway at Group Lotus, and it is very grateful to Proton for the significant investment that is being made, to secure a strong future for the excellent workforce at the Hethel factory.

"In 2010 the Chapman Family and Classic Team Lotus have been pleased to support Group Lotus in many ways. In consultation with Proton, this included supporting the use of the Lotus name in Formula One, which was licensed by Group Lotus.

"The Chapman Family was impressed by the achievements of Lotus Racing as a new team, and appreciated its respect for Team Lotus history. However, then its license to use the Lotus name was terminated and things changed.

"During 2010, the Chapman Family, as and when appropriate, made it clear to those involved that it would prefer that the Team Lotus name should not be used in Formula One. Indeed, assurances to this effect were received.

"The Team Lotus identity represents the motor racing legacy of Colin Chapman, and this was preserved by the Chapman Family and invested within Classic Team Lotus. The association by Group Lotus with Team Lotus history is much appreciated and entirely appropriate, especially as it is in keeping with how things were in Colin Chapman's time.

"The Chapman Family is looking forward to continuing to give its support to Group Lotus, which is the ongoing Lotus entity created by Colin and Hazel Chapman.

"After all, the Lotus marque is the responsibility of Group Lotus, and Hethel is the home of Lotus."

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Sabtu, 01 Januari 2011

anyone interested in my vans?

I am located in western PA. A little town on the Allegheny River called East Brady (16028) The pop top 1981 is sitting in my driveway out back and the 1987 turbo diesel is parked at a friends,.......located between portersville,PA. and Ellwood City PA.

I have $3,200.00 into both vans and I would like to get that back out of them
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