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  1. Greetings folks, I have a question regarding starting a vehicle that has been sitting. I don't know particulars as the question was posed to me by a cousin in Glendale, and I am working at the station the next three days and cannot get there until Thursday. So... Cleaning out his uncle's house, he has a 1979 Chevy Blazer that has been sitting for one year in the garage. He couldn't elaborate on the general condition of the vehicle other than it is old and it used to run. I fear he is going to start it before I can get over there. I told him to wait at least until I got pointers from some pros. What should I have him look for/do prior to attempting to turn it over? Again, a carborated chevy 350, nothing fancy. I will be heading over with my trailer on Thursday in case it does not run. Thank you for your time.
  2. I understand it was a bit vague. My apologies. I am looking to build an app that: has a main intent to relay information/communication to our members. has pages I can update, perhaps a calendar, social media and RSS feeds from other sources is android & ios ideally, each individual has a login & password. Why this? I understand anyone has the ability to download the app from the apple/play stores, so I need to control who has access by controlling who can utilize it. There would be nothing classified so to speak, but just trying to keep meeting notes and internal discussions(should we have a commenting feature) to ourselves I currently have switched from a standard PHP website which I designed before to a WordPress site because I saw a plugin that would convert it to an app. (side note: WordPress is easy to use but I get about 40 attempts a day to hack it and spammed more than possible in a lifetime) I came to find out that the WordPress conversion app would not have access restrictions because the WordPress site is not fully locked down to begin with. The external site(WordPress) is intended to allow the public to see what we do, with only some of the pages restricted to my fellow firefighters. Mostly, because my people don't check or update personal emails and may miss texts, Ultimately, I would like an app so I have the ability to send Push Notifications to everyone's phones. That way they cannot say they did not receive an particular notices. Short, fast, and easy. I have server space under my GoDaddy account. I have found companies that create what I am looking for but they either charge an unsustainable amount for hosting their product as it is on their server, or they have a tolerable monthly fee and charge a liver and kidney to create their standard app which has way more functionality than I would ever need. I understand business and do not fault them on their practices, I just have to be concerned over cost because this is out of my own pocket.
  3. I am looking at creating/using a mobile app for myself and my fellow firefighters. Does anyone have any resources they have used, whether developers or an app builder? I have looked at some app builders that have Plug & Play options but they require you to host with them, usually with hefty monthly fees. I have tinkered with websites before but not apps, I am not familiar with the backend stuff. I am uncertain if I can, but if I could buy a template, or have the initial app created, I would like to try to update/maintain it myself. I have server space on GoDaddy and can host my own app. Heck, If someone recommends a developer that also hosts, as long as it is not as expensive as my Cox Cable bill as this is coming out of my own pocket, I will entertain that option. I just need something very basic, like to post news and send push notifications. If you have any ideas or advice based on something you have done, I would appreciate your input. Thanks!!!! BTW: Weather is cooling off. My Jeep, without A/C, is anxious to get out on the trail.
  4. As quick as I was in on this run, I am out. Jeep is out of service and I am not taking my truck again. I went out to do an assessment and minor work and found that my Jeep has a considerable knock emanating from the motor. I don't know if it is because she has been sitting and is cold or if it is a valve/lifter. It is a fresh rebuild with a new rotating assembly, with less than 1000 miles, so I am perplexed as to what it might be. I am going to get it looked at before I put any miles on it as to not permanently damage anything. Sorry, gang.
  5. I love using Joe but he is so back logged. I was planning on giving him a call later today. My only issue is with the academy going, I am instructing five days a week and cannot get to the West side.
  6. I would like to get a leaky seal replaced. I am looking for a reputable shop to take my GM(4L60E) transmission to. I can pull it myself and take it in. If they are a good shop and their dance card is not completely full, I would gladly pay them to pull it, if they aren't going to keep it for weeks. Thanks for any assistance you can provide.
  7. I am planning on pulling my transmission to replace a problematic seal. It is easy enough to get my transfer case off, but is it possible to pull the transmission and still leave the motor in the vehicle? If so, what is the trick to balancing the motor on its two mounts so it doesn't go into the firewall or more importantly, the radiator? If there is a trick to leave the motor in, I can pull it and I know what I need to disconnect to remove it. Thank you for your assistance.
  8. Please add me as tentative. I will solidify plans Monday or Tuesday. Hopefully will bring a couple of my kids. It will be good to see everyone.
  9. I bought brand new BFG Mud Terrains at the beginning of the summer from Discount Tire. Drove her a bit before parking for the summer. She sat for a few months with only periodic movement forward or to the rear by about a foot to move things through the yard. I didn't drive her because I thought I had a bigger transmission leak. Fast forward to about 3 weeks ago when I started to drive her around the neighborhood. I noticed it had a clumpy feel as we went around the flat neighborhood roads. It would appear that my tires got a bit of a flat spot on them for parking for a couple months. Is this something that will go away with me driving on them? Will I need to go get them rebalanced now and then put some miles on to improve the ride? Or, as I hate to ask, did I ruin a brand new set of tires? Thank you.
  10. Ha! I missed all that. I usually only log in once a day. Thanks for the offer, though. I think the shirt and hat can still happen, sir. @theksmith, is there a setting that will have the forum notify you for additional comments on a post that you are part of?
  11. Taken?! Someone swooped me? I didn't even get a price? Man...
  12. What are the dimensions, sir? And price, sir? What trades are you looking for? I have some dirt, old Jeep magazines from 10 years ago, or my kid's halloween candy. @theksmith, what would I need additional to hook this up?
  13. Okay. Thank you, sir! I will look at my bookmarked articles to find a suitable replacement. At first glance there were a few that people stated were for a all disc vehicle and a matching mounting pattern.
  14. Greetings all, I am curious if there is a general rule of thumb for the life span of a master cylinder and brake booster. Especially if it had sat for, oh I don't know, 10 years. Had the Jeep out around town today and then after looking under the hood, I noticed some weeping. It appears to originate from around the lid of the master cylinder, continuing down onto the booster. I cleaned it up and plan I driving the Jeep all this week to check if the condition will duplicate. Also, the fitting around the brake booster vacuum hole(not the elbow, but where the elbow enters the booster) looked cracked. Does anyone know the part for that rubber ring/fitting the elbow slides into? Can a MC and/or booster "go bad" from sitting around? The Jeep seems to stop around town just fine, but will not stop while in 4-Lo. That specific condition might be related to R&P gearing and T-case low gearing, combined with the V8 power. The Jeep originally came with drum brakes in the rear but has since had read disc breaks installed. Some articles I have read state you can get a master cylinder designed for disc all corners that evens the braking power without changing the proportioning valve. This might be an option later down the road, but I am just trying to improve the condition of what I have. You know, in case I find myself on a "forest road."
  15. It was a great getting to see old, as in known for a long time, friends and making new ones! I will try to figure out how to post my pictures. Thank you to everyone for being patient getting my land yacht through that forest road. "It's just a forest road..." - And thanks to the ORP crew for planning all of this!
  16. About 3 weeks ago I noticed an irregular wear pattern starting on the inside edge of both of my front tires. It looks to be evenly spaced diagonal patches around the circumference of both tires. My vehicle does not wander, and tracks Dead ahead. I do not have any unusual vibrations while driving. I did notice lately and about the same time that I noticed the wear patterns that it felt a little rough breaking. I just dropped my vehicle off at the local auto shop the inspection report came back that both my front lower ball joints were loose. They suggest replacing lower a arms and the ball joints, not just the ball joints. They did not have any findings on the front brake systems. When I search the internet, because we know all things on the internet are true, most replies showed that this type of wear pattern was indicative of a suspension problem. Again, my truck tracks correctly without any wandering, and there is no excessive vibration while driving. does anyone have any idea what might cause this wear pattern? Does anybody know if the lower control arms need to be replaced in addition to the ball joints, or should just replacing the ball joints suffice?
  17. The site and the skin look good to me...
  18. With regard to the Element extinguisher, for anyone who does or plans on running it, where are you going to keep it? I ask because my current "cheapo" extinguisher set up is haphazardly attached the the roll cage. Similar to the location of others, the extinguisher is easily spotted for use by myself or those that need to employ it. After I aquire an Element extinguisher, I am thinking about keeping it in a bright red bag located on the rear wheel well. Thank you in advance for your input.
  19. GRUNT

    R&P in V8 Jeeps

    I apologize for the differences in font within the same post. I am using an iPad and did a cut and paste, which appears to have modified the font.
  20. Just curious as to what running gear other V8 Jeep owners are using. If you have a V8 in your Jeep: what size ring & pinion are you using? what transmission are you using? what transfer case are you using? what size tires are you running? I am running a GM LM7 motor, paired with a 4L60E and a NP-231J(with a 4-Lo), and 33in. tires. My R&P is a 4.56. I am happy as I did not need to put it into 4wd or use the gas pedal on the three easy runs I have been on. She practically idles everywhere. My concern is that my RPMs seem pretty high at freeway speeds. Heck, even at 45mph. The RPMs listed by the grimmjeeper.com gear calculator says my RPMs at 45mph should be 1463, and that at 65 it should be 2113. That is not the case as they are hundreds higher. I intend to do more runs as the temps drop, but I feel like I went from high RPMs with a four cylinder to high RPMs with a V8. I don't recall my exact numbers but believe they are slightly higher than these listed below. I did purchase and have installed, a signal adapter from Novak that is supposed to covert the GM signal to the Jeep one as to work with the Jeep gauges. After reading a post from a Facebook group for V8 Jeeps, it turns out that some say the 4 cyl to 8 cyl did not require the module, just the 6cyl does. I am wondering if the unit causing me to run higher RPMs. I know that I cannot dial it all the way down where the idle is supposed to be.
  21. @ob1jeeper agreed, sir. I am uncertain if it is a large or small town, but if you had a plant there, I would assume someone knew the mine was in the general area.
  22. @Russ Chung, do you feel one is adequate or would you order two based on Tim's story?
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