[tcb] Re: What do gremlins enjoy?

  • From: Julie <julie.hey.ho.lets.go@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2012 18:32:39 -0500

Waiting for a tow to a mechanic.  That damned gremlin is sitting here chewing 
on chocolate cake and swigging beer and laughing at me.

On Apr 2, 2012, at 3:46 PM, shirley hall <vwbuslady@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> light switch?
> trip to kerrville last year, my wipers would not turn off, so i pulled off 
> and found the power wire.  first try to start bus, got no elec (no gen or oil 
> light or starter).  turned second time, started and on the way.  stayed at 
> kerrville 11 days.  moved the bus twice.  when packed and ready to come home, 
> again no elec.  2nd, 3rd time started.   at burnett, gen light comes on.  
> leave bus running, check engine, no visible problems.  told probably 
> alternator/regulator. eventually engine died and came back on tow truck.  
> changed regulator and other engine issues.  but when i put the engine back 
> in, again a couple of start issues and the low beams wouldn't work.  looked 
> under dash and switch was hanging out of case.  new switch.  no more 
> problems. 
> light switch?
> --- On Mon, 4/2/12, Julie <julie.hey.ho.lets.go@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> From: Julie <julie.hey.ho.lets.go@xxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [tcb] What do gremlins enjoy?
> To: tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Date: Monday, April 2, 2012, 1:43 PM
> Maybe I am going about this gremlin problem the wrong way.  Maybe I need 
> embrace him and celebrate him and make him comfy rather than try to banish 
> him.  I haven't driven Donner much in months.  I was working on him before 
> the accident.  Friends came over 2 weekends ago to help with the last part of 
> his mini-overhaul.  We did have to honk the horn to get him started. (So now 
> I have witnesses that aren't related to me.). But other than that he has been 
> doing well on test drives around my neighborhood and town.  Today I drove to 
> a doctor appointment in Austin (so 45 miles) and he was perfect.  After the 
> appointment he started fine.  At the first traffic light he died and wouldn't 
> start until I honked the horn and then less than a mile later he cut off 
> while I am driving and wouldn't start until I honked the horn.  I am having a 
> feeling it is going to be a long crazy 48 mile drive home tonight in Austin 
> traffic.  
> Maybe if I spoil the gremlin with chocolate cake maybe I will get home with 
> no problem?  
> One of you nice folks looked up the wiring chart for a '71 and said to check 
> out fuse #10.  Well it was loose and I have tightened it.  I was hoping that 
> that was the magic solution.  But now it does not seem to be.
> The stalling problem does not have to do with an intake leak.  It has to be a 
> strange electrical quirk.  I don't mind honking the horn to get it started 
> but I do mind the shutting off while driving.  A couple times when this has 
> happened if I honk the horn in time the engine comes back to life.
> Maybe beer for a gremlin?
> I am not making this stuff up!

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