A couple pictures of life

Here are some visual representations of what I have been up to lately.

I spotted this place in Elk Grove, CA near the place I bought my new (used) trailer.

I got a great deal on remnant carpet at Home Depot!!!!


Road case

Road Case - I am in the process of gutting and customizing this road case to hold one of my drum kits.

Callie Meowingbutts

This is my friend's cat, Old Blue. He's a good kitty.

Only $1800 for this Moog at Starving Musician.

I saw this nice Camaro in a parking lot near my house. I was there meeting an old timer who wanted to buy some insulated boots I was selling on Craigslist.

Moby and Flipper in a Target parking lot in Dublin, CA. It was 103ºF at the time I took this picture. Shitty hot. Glad I wasn't the people I saw whose car had broken down at the freeway offramp. Super shitty.

Red car.

These old ladies were quite literally talking about being old ladies with small dogs as I walked by. My mom should so totally join up with them.


I laid the remnant carpet in the trailer. I nice thin indoor/outdoor carpet. Cheap and easy (except for all the sweating I did installing it!).



I hope I'm standing in a Goodwill when the zombie Apocolapse occurs; I've always wanted to put their extensive golf club collection to good use...


A doctor's office

Installed a tool box on the front of the trailer. On sale at Harbor Freight Tools for $120 minus the 20% coupon I had = cheap!

Callie Meowingbutts

New Fan Clutch

  • Parts needed: Hayden Automotive Fan Clutch Model #2780
  • Tools Needed: J 41240 & J 41240-5A
  • Tools Used: Large Adjustable Wrench & Cable with Loops on Ends. 8, 10, 12 13, 15, sockets and/or wrenches, needle-nose pliers, small flathead screwdriver. 

I bought a replacement fan clutch for Moby (my 2005 Yukon XL K2500 4WD powered by the 8.1 liter engine) about 2 years ago. This morning I finally got around to replacing it. I actually tried getting this done on Thursday but I didn’t have the right tools. In fact, even this morning I didn’t have the right tools but on Friday afternoon I purchased a better version of the the wrong tool. Yay me!

Why swap it out? Why wait so long?

Obviously, this was elective surgery and the original part had not failed. If that was the case I would have had to replace it back when I purchased the replacement part. No, I was simply upgrading the part from OEM to an aftermarket Severe Duty unit.

A fan clutch aids in pulling air over the radiator, a/c condensor, transmission cooler, engine oil cooler, power steering cooler, and any other items that may be in use on a particular vehicle. It is one of the key components in making sure a vehicle runs at the correct operating temperature. Like everything in life, there are options when it comes to a fan clutch; the options are basically how often and at (approximately) what temperature (ambient air behind radiator) the fan clutch “locks up” or engages, thus causing the fan to spin faster and draw more air across the radiator.

Per the GM shop manual, to remove the fan clutch two special tools are needed; the J 41240 and the J 41240-5A.

J-Tools diagram

Ya right.

Needless to say that neither of these expensive, specialty tools is in my toolbox. On Thursday I tried removing the fan clutch with just pliers and an old dog leash. That had the predicable consequence of failure. On Friday I bought a gigantic adjustable wrench for $15 bucks at Harbor Freight Tools in place of J 41240 and I went to Autozone to try and rent a J 41240-5A tool from them. Autozone did not have what I needed so I decided to try again this time substituting a cable for the dog chain.

It was not a pretty sight, and I thought that something along the way would break, however I am pleased to report that the operation was a success and during the subsequent test drive nothing fell off the truck or caught fire*.


Shroud and air intake removed. Cable attached using extra long bolt run through the alternator mount and ends attached to two bolts on water pump pulley.


Severe Duty Thermal Features:
Turns the fan 80-90% of the shaft speed when engaged.
Turns the fan 20-30% of the shaft speed when disengaged.
Used with deeper pitch fans. (2 -1/2° of pitch).
Land and groove design with 70 Sq. In. of working area.
Larger working surface provides cooler running and longer life expectancy.
Thicker body and deep finned faceplate dissipate more heat.
Can be used in place of many heavy-duty clutches.


*I did strip the threads on the engine side hub a bit – small potatoes since everything still went together just fine.

Look! Up In The Sky!

Seriously. Look up once in a while. We’ve had lots of interesting things sky-related around here recently. Here are a few:

A friggin blimp

Big Cargo Plane


Another Big Cargo Plane

A B-17 (I think). WWII Bomber.

Air Force One

It's always impressive to see Air Force One flying overhead.


We had an eclipse! You can see the shadows on the wall are rounded - cool!