The Real Culprit…

March 30, 2012

Note…I’m currently hanging out in the motorhome at the Moose Lodge in Silver City, New Mexico waiting on the completion of a transmission rebuild for my 1986 Ford Bronco II. I’m expecting the work to be finished today.

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Two days ago I wrote about the dis-assembly of the transmission…
http://wp.me/pDCku-44h

Yesterday morning I went to the garage to see how they were progressing. The replacement parts they had to order arrived and they were in the process of the re-assembly of the transmission. Nacho, the shop owner and my mechanic, told me that they had finally come across the real culprit… a mutilated planetary carrier assembly…three inches in diameter. Here are some photos…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view...

First a top view. Look closely…there are supposed to be three gears…one each at 12-4 and 8 o’clock positions. If you look closely you will see 12 o’clock gear is missing…

Here are some other views of the damaged area…

The mechanics were busy so I did not get into a long-winded discussion of why this part failed. Being an ex-engineer my guess is metal-fatigue. 26 years of internal heat and stress on this aluminum part finally took its toll. As I said in earlier Blog entry…the transmissions in these older Ford Bronco II’s were known to be problem-childs.

The exploded parts view shows 158 individual pieces in the transmission…

Hopefully the transmission will once again be in good running order and I’ll soon be back on the road again!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

Note…I’m currently hanging out in the motorhome at the Moose Lodge in Silver City, New Mexico waiting on the completion of a transmission rebuild for my 1986 Ford Bronco II

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The other day while I was wandering around in historic downtown Silver City, New Mexico…I had a chance encounter with a celebrity very famous here in New Mexico.

What’s so unique about Travelin’ Jack?

Here’s his photo…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view...

I was most fortunate to meet Travelin’ Jack accompanied by his travel companion Jill Lane…

Travelin’ Jack is a very active personality. He’s even running for Governor. Click this link to see his political pitch…
http://www.travlinjack.com/index.html

Among other things, Travelin’ Jack is a TV personality, travel expert and travel writer among other things. Here’s his resume’…
http://travelinjacksdog-blog.blogspot.com/2011/11/dogs-resumetravelin-jacknew-mexicos-dog.html

Click this link to see Travelin’ Jack’s Blog…
http://www.travelinjacksdog-blog.blogspot.com/

Travelin’ Jack even has his own Facebook page…
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Travelin-Jack-Roving-Bulldog-Reporter/246702159090

To prove just how famous Travelin’ Jack is here in New Mexico…click these following links…
http://dogfriendly.com/dognews/?p=508

http://www.pet-health-care-gazette.com/2011/08/17/pet-travel-new-mexico-style-with-an-english-accent/

http://www.kasa.com/dpp/nm_style/pets/travelin-jack

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60933-d79586-r115933020-Bottger_Mansion_of_Old_Town-Albuquerque_New_Mexico.html

http://www.scdailypress.com/ee/silvercitydailypress/index.php?pSetup=silvercitydailypress&curDate=20120323&pageToLoad=showFreeArticle.php&type=art&index=03

That’s just one more thing I love about being a full-time RVer…I get to meet so many interesting people…err…personalities!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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