How to build a backyard garden: Part 2

In our first backyard garden series post we showed you how to start setting up your garden beds. Now it’s time to show how to finish digging the beds and how to plant all the wonderful fruits and veggies that you and your family will soon be enjoying. But before you actually start growing your own organic food, its important to 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

How to smoke BBQ Pork Shoulder

Smoked BBQ Pork Shoulder

Smoked BBQ Pork Shoulder

It’s time again for some smoked BBQ pork shoulder! Smoking meats is really quite simple, and can easily provide more than a few family-sized meals. We recently smoked a 12 lb pork shoulder for nearly 23 hours at 225 degrees. During that time, I flipped the pork at the half-way point, refilled the water tray, and checked the temperature a few times to make sure it was consistent. This recipe requires a little prep in the beginning, and a little at the end – just like any other legitimate meal. However, the rest of the cooking process should be smooth sailin’. Remember, the key to tender juicy meats is 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

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

Reminder to stop and smell the…Broccoli?

Healthy broccoli at the 4 week mark

Organic gardening takes vigilance, and being aware is your best weapon when dealing with garden pests. I generally give each plant a look when I am watering.  If any have holes, yellow leaves, wilting, or Continue reading