First off, a big THANK YOU to our troops - past, present, AND future. The world would be a different place without all of you!
Fred is still beating me out of bed in the morning, even given his condition. That tells ya something. He's stronger than he thinks he is right now.
Just cleaned 3 carburetors yesterday. One off an older Husqvarna 50 chainsaw, another on an old Homelite brushcutter/weedwacker, and yet another on a '12 Echo PAS-266. That one I had to order parts for - the others I was able to work my magic on and get them going. Seems Echo has a different engine manufacturer these days. Time will tell if they will be as good as the ones in the past. Walbro carbs on the older stuff, Zama on the newer one - no wonder it needed parts.
A big complicated mess with some small, easily-lost parts. Takes at least twice as long to tear down than the simple Walboro ones.
Boiled the metering diaphragm in water for several minutes on the Homelite, and that seemed to do the trick. Was stiff as a bastard prior to that. Didn't seem all that much more flexible afterward, but it runs - that's all that matters! Every little bit counts I guess! Boy, did the Homelite brand go downhill or what?? Only one side of the crankshaft is supported on those. It's a wonder they run at all, let alone last as long as some of them do!
Weather has been sucking up here - hasn't been above 60° in days, overcast, wet .... Got some 80's on the way for Monday & Tuesday looks like - that'll work! Had to crank up the heat in the TV room last night. I was cold!
Was just reflecting on how this winter seemed to fly by, when normally I'm ready to murder everyone around me by March.
That stoker sure took the stress off my shoulders! Worst winter in a long time, but it was the easiest & most comfortable winter I've had yet! I can't say it enough, but THANK YOU JIM DORSEY! R.I.P. ol' buddy.