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 91 
 on: August 17, 2017, 07:38:05 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by sevk
I'll be bringing a buddy who's new to commodore and is excited to meet the club!

Are those 1541's still available? Cheesy

 92 
 on: August 17, 2017, 11:48:24 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
The steering is still too light, due to a problem with the steering gearbox; a replacement plus installation would have an estimated cost of $425 to $475.
     I took the truck to Hewitt Alignment today, and they removed the old steering gearbox, flushed the steering system, installed a rebuilt gearbox (adequate but not perfect... the other rebuilts they tested were no good), aligned the front wheels, and lubed all the fittings.  Total cost - $451.  Now the truck has steering feel!

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

P.S. I got an estimate on installing a modern CD/radio in the truck from Autosound Warehouse.  New Pioneer 6900 with two 6 x 9 speaker boxes (for placement in the rear corners of the cab... I don't want to cut into the doors), and a couple of 6 x 9 speakers - estimated $400. (Ouch!)  Right now it's cheaper to get some new taillight lenses and a emergency brake pedal pad from LMCTruck.com  Smiley

 93 
 on: August 16, 2017, 11:29:19 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
Happy, hot August nights, C= and Ami aficionados!
     The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 20 at  --

  Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant
  2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan)
  Fresno, California
  (559) 227-1686

     For discussion the topic is the July 29-30 Commodore Vegas Expo; we'll go over how the show went.  And there will be CommVEx goodies to give away!  We'll also talk about the October 21-22 Amiwest Show in Sacramento.
     On the hardware side, we'll examine the recently acquired Commodore PC20-III which came from the Sacramento Amiga Computer Club, the host for Amiwest.
     In software, we'll play around with the C64 Forever 2017 CD and the Amiga Forever 2017 DVD's.  We'll also have fun with the competition game of CommVEx, the classic C64 game, "Ringside Boxing", from the 1988 special issue of Compute!'s Gazette.  At the July meeting we were so busy with testing out member David's C64 system that we didn't get to many of that month's software presentations; those remaining are the VIC-20 Meteor Wave, VIChaos, and VIC-20 Doom; the Plus/4 Botticelli Bilderdisk 42 art disk; and the C64/C128 plus SuperCPU -- RAY, Wolfenstein 3D, and Doom.  Let's see how many we can get to this time.
     I'll be seeing C= repair tech Ray Carlsen in a few days; if you need anything repaired, give it to me and I'll give it to Ray.  Finally, for those members who attend the meeting, start thinking about what you want from Europe!  Smiley

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

 94 
 on: August 14, 2017, 10:05:00 AM 
Started by Paul - Last post by RobertB
...I connected that can to the low-pressure side of the (station wagon's) a.c. system, read the pressure readings, and began the process of charging the system.  One can did it!  Previous pressure had been down to an unacceptable 28 p.s.i.; now it was up to a good 44 p.s.i...
     Today was the Crown Vic sedan's turn.  A couple of days ago I discovered that the a.c. was not blowing cold air as well as before.  Today armed with an 18 oz. can of R-134, I dug under the hood.  I couldn't understand how the a.c. system had lost its freon in the relatively short time span since it blew its hose and had been recharged.  Looking around the fittings, I discovered an oily patch around the high-pressure inlet.  It had loosened to only being finger-tight!  So, I wrenched it a bit tighter to about 5-7 footpounds (don't want to overstress its o-ring).  Then I measured the system pressure with the engine running and the a.c. at max.  The compressor was cycling on and off between 25 and 52 p.s.i. (between undercharge and overcharge levels).  As soon as the new freon started pumping in, the readings leveled out to 30 p.s.i., still undercharged.  Patiently, I continued the process, and the freon pressure topped out at 39 p.s.i., adequate for the system.  Success... the a.c. was now blowing out cold air.  And I had about 2 ounces left in the freon can.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

 95 
 on: August 10, 2017, 01:50:10 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Heh, I'm slow at reporting this, but others have already discovered the latest one uploaded --

Leonard Tramiel Greets Those at CommVEx 2017

https://youtu.be/zNGEd7QbLjI

          Back in California,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          July 29-30 Commodore Vegas Expo v13
          http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

 96 
 on: August 07, 2017, 05:14:02 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Though the photos are not ready (but will come soon), some videos from the Commodore Vegas Expo 2017 have been uploaded.  They are:

A Look Around the CommVEx Room on Friday night

https://youtu.be/Yw5WkWQS40E

Leigh L. Klotz and LOGO for Commodore

https://youtu.be/mr_vpGDqVQs

Van Pelt and updated C64 games

https://youtu.be/MLORvV20O5k

          Enjoy,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          July 29-30 Commodore Vegas Expo v13
          http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

 97 
 on: August 07, 2017, 03:42:07 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     That will be only 4 days before I leave for Europe!  If you need anything from over there, let me know.  Smiley

          Last night in Las Vegas,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 98 
 on: August 01, 2017, 08:24:05 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     It will be at our usual time, 2 p.m., and at our usual place, the Panera Bread restaurant next to the Northridge Mall.

          More details to come,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
          http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 99 
 on: July 21, 2017, 09:18:44 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     This commercial was filmed in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Commodore PET, the 35th anniversary of the Commodore 64, and the 30th anniversary of the Commodore Amiga 500 and Amiga 2000.

          https://youtu.be/yftkAYYSbDY

The commercial used "old-school" C64 programs - the Write Stuff 64 with built-in Busy Bee Talker (S.A.M. - Software Activated Mouth) and the Flexidraw hi-res drawing program.
     I tried to get it at the 1-minute commercial limit, but the closest I got was 1 minute, 9 seconds. If I took out all that "business" before the C64 got going, it would definitely make the 1-minute mark.  Wink

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          July 29-30 Commodore Vegas Expo v13 -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

 100 
 on: July 20, 2017, 03:40:19 AM 
Started by Paul - Last post by RobertB
I put in most of the Taylor spark plug cables (o.k., I haven't put in the cables for #6 and #7 because those are the most difficult to access)...
    When I brought my car into my mechanics for the car stereo installation, the Crown Vic stalled out in the parking lot of their establishment.  It would not restart.  Was it a fuel delivery problem, or was it an ignition problem?  Raymond, the mechanic in charge of electricals, gave it a quick test for spark right there in the driveway.  Donnie, the mechanic in charge of engine problems, deduced that the ignition control module (which hangs on the distributor) had gone bad.  He quickly replaced it, and the engine started up right away.  Bruce, the owner of the shop, commented that I was really lucky to have broken down right there and not on the way to and from next weekend's SCCAN meeting or the July CommVEx.
     While the car was there, the remaining Taylor spark plug cables were installed... for free!
Quote
...the car will get a new, 2017 Pioneer car stereo, just like the one installed in the Colony Park station wagon.
     Stereo installed!  It took me awhile to pair the Bluetooth of the receiver with that of my cellphone, but I got it done.  Now the question is... do I put the same Pioneer stereo receiver in the 1972 Ford Ranchero?  Currently, it has a non-working aftermarket radio that fits the original hole in the dash.  If I do go with the modern Pioneer, the hole in the dash would have to be enlarged, and of course, the Pioneer does not look at all like a classic car radio.  Smiley

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group -
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          July 29-30 Commodore Vegas Expo -
          http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex

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