June 22, 2012
In yesterday’s Blog entry I discussed my current problems with the no-see-ums bites on my legs as well as the charging system problems with my Ford Bronco II.
I was determined to do something positive about both problems.
Starting with the no-see-ums bites, I discovered I had a bottle of Witch Hazel which according to the label is a 100% natural astringent for face and body…providing gentle relief for oily, irritated, red, damaged, blemished or inflamed skin. Well, I certainly had a couple of those items so I sloshed it on my legs lavishly and by golly, the stuff worked wonders relieving the itch and pain from the bites. So much so that I did not apply another application for another eight hours just prior to going to bed. Made it through the night with no itching and wonderful sleep.
Witch Hazel is almost a miracle cure. It has many uses. You can read all about this wonderful stuff by clicking this link…
I was also determined not to get any more bites, so I hunted down a pair of peasant pants I had bought in Guatemala in 2004 during my Central America trip. I had never worn them before. Light weight and long-legged was what I needed in this heat. The worked really nicely and I got no new bites yesterday. They’re not the sexiest apparel I’ve ever worn, but they got he job done. Here I am in all my glory…
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The two young park rangers that are going to help me do the alternator replacement arrived at 9:00 AM. I had just confirmed that the alternator was actually not working. Here’s a photo of it in place in the Bronco engine compartment…
They agreed to show up at 4:30 PM after they got off of work. I was ready with my spare alternator…
Shortly after they arrived at 4:30…the malfunctioning alternator was out of the Bronco…and…oh no…It was different from my spare! The spare was for my previous 1984 Bronco. The 1984 and 1986 Bronco bodies are identical…but some things are different. Such as the 1984 was a carburetored engine and the 1986 is fuel injected.
I made a call to the nearest Napa auto parts store in Chama, New Mexico…about 25 miles distant. They have what I need in stock. This morning at 9:00 AM, I’m hitching a ride with a neighbor to Chama to pick up the replacement alternator. The young park rangers will return later today to install the new unit.
I’m really glad I engaged them to help me as the malfunctioning unit bolts were on really tight and I certainly would have further strained my already damaged chest muscle from the May 27th accident. The alternator we took out of the Bronco is a Motorcraft…a Ford original part name. So I’m guessing that it was an original factory installed unit which means it lasted 26 years! Pretty amazing!
I’m hoping tomorrow’s Blog entry will be reporting that all is once again well with the Bronco.
All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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