How to charge the AC in a car

Car AC refrigerant

Arctic Freeze refrigerant r134a being injected into Honda Accord AC system.

Summer is in full force and if it seems like your car’s air conditioner isn’t blowing as cold as it once did, there’s a good chance you simply need to recharge it.

Recharging the AC can be done in just a few minutes and typically doesn’t require any tools. I recommend using a can of r134a refrigerant. Arctic Freeze works well and they sell the canister with a pressure dial on the outlet tube. Note: You definitely want to grab the one with the pressure gauge so you can measure Continue reading

How to fix a washer that won’t drain

Oh no! All of a sudden the clothes are sopping wet at the end of the wash cycle…Now the wash cycle is failing during the middle of a load!…If you’ve experienced either of these symptoms before with your front-loading washing machine, it’s most likely a clogged drain pump filter. Below, we’ll explain how you can repair your own washer in a few simple steps and avoid a costly Continue reading

How to tune the carburetor in a Ford Bronco

We rebuilt the carburetor in our 1978 Ford Bronco a month or so ago and promised we’d do a follow up post on how to “tune” it. Ours is a 1978 Ford Bronco that goes by the name of Javelina Sue (it’s safe to say she likes her mud). Well, winter is behind us now. It’s getting warm again, and the easiest way to describe the carburetor problem is that she’s “breathing heavy”; the engine idle is irregular and sporadic. So it’s time to give the carb a tune! If you’re not familiar with basic carburetor and choke mechanics, don’t worry Continue reading

Rally Fighter Jump – General Lee

We mix vintage ways with modern days on this site. And today, we’re going to jump the General Lee! Or “flatten the hills” as Waylon Jennings would say. This General Lee, however,  is a 2013 Rally Fighter by Local Motors. I must admit, I’ve wished I could jump the General Lee since the first time I saw Dukes of Hazzard as a young boy in the early 80’s. Who didn’t right?! Well, just like Waylon Jennings says, we were definitely “flattnin’ the hills” on this test drive. Buddy Crisp was doing the driving, and Ted Purdy was nice enough to grab some video footage on the iphone for us. For those of you who like cars and like to make things, I highly recommend you check out this new car company. I visited their Chandler, AZ facility last month and it was pretty spectacular. Their business model is built on co-creation and they lead Continue reading

How to rebuild a carburetor in a 1978 Ford Bronco

Bronco carburetor rebuilt and ready for installation

Bronco carburetor rebuilt and ready for installation

Sure you want to rebuild that carburetor! It’s fun and is a good way to ensure your car or truck is running at peak performance – from an air/fuel mixture standpoint. Today, we’re going to rebuild the carburetor in our 1978 Ford Bronco.  Ours has a leak, which we suspect is from a float bowl gasket. The fuel is draining onto the intake manifold before the fuel system can build sufficient pressure resulting in the truck not starting. That’s good because if this occurred while the engine was hot and running, it most likely would cause an engine fire and then we’d potentially have all kinds of issues to deal with.

The first thing we need to do is Continue reading

Mud boggin’ the Christmas Bronco

Here’s some footage of our 2012 Christmas tree hunt. The spot we like to go to didn’t have any snow this year, but the weather was still awesome. It was a pretty muddy back-road due to the melt from the last snow. And yep – that’s our tree on the top of the truck.  We do this each year and typically will use one of the day’s pictures for our Christmas card to family mem Continue reading

Sunday Truck Project: Alternator swap

Bronco alternator before removal

Bronco alternator before removal

It’s time to swap out the alternator in the 1978 Ford Bronco. The headlights began flickering and fading in and out, and then the truck suddenly died while I was driving it.  I had the local parts store test the alternator just to make sure, and it indeed had a bad diode. So, we ordered a new one and it’s time to put it in.

We’ll walk you through the quick alternator removal, install, and diagnostic testing afterward. It’ll be helpful if you have a Continue reading

Looking for a good truck name

AfterThe Truck was seen in the Christmas Hunt video blog, it’s time to give it a name. Let us know what you think or if you have an even better idea!                         

Project Bronco

1978 Ford Bronco after driving home 12 miles to Gilbert, AZ.

We purchased this 1978 Ford Bronco Custom 4×4 as a restoration project and overall fun outdoor vehicle. This Bronco was owned for 29 years by a man in Prescott, AZ. It was well taken care of and handed over to another lucky owner in south Scottsdale, AZ in 2006. We acquired it in October 2012 after it had sat for 9 months. It has the original owner’s manual with all maintenance records and receipts since 1978! The Bronco had been rolled while rompin’ down in Continue reading