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 on: October 26, 2020, 08:48:15 AM 
Started by Paul - Last post by RobertB
     It's my first, really long-haul trip with the Mercury Colony Park with the newly-installed, rebuilt engine.  Central Valley of California to Seattle and back... a distance of over 1,900 miles.  Well, after the first 165 miles, the engine was running rough at idle and up to speeds of 25 mph.  It was like I was missing a cylinder out of the 8-cylinder motor.  I kept thinking that there is an ignition problem with car.  Maybe spark plug wires, distributor cap, or distributor rotor.
     I made it to my hotel in SeaTac, and for a few days I rested.
     Today I finally went to Autozone in order to find a MSD distributor cap and rotor.  Though the website said the store would have the parts in stock, they did not, and they said they could order the parts for delivery on Tuesday.  Not good enough!  I had to hold off on getting the parts.  Instead, I got some spark plug cable separators.
     In the bright but cold afternoon light of the Autozone parking lot, I opened up the hood of the car and started attaching the separators.  This time I pulled off the rubber hood that covered the distributor so I could inspect the spark plug cables attached to the cap.  I saw that the distributor cap had already been replaced, because the engine was rebuilt about 1,500 miles ago.
     Ha, the number 4 spark plug cable was not pushed down fully onto the cap.  I pushed it back down.  Then I tried to inspect the cables, if not visually because of the crowded engine compartment, then by feeling along the cables.  There!  While feeling along the number 8 cable, I felt a roughness in the silicone insulation.  I pulled out that cable and verified that there had been a burn/break when that cable had touched the hot exhaust manifold.  Hey, it was supposed to withstand 600 degrees (I guess 600 degrees ambient temperature and not 600 degrees direct contact).  So much for the expensive Taylor Thundervolt 8.2 cable with its 40-ohm per foot resistance!
     I went back inside Autozone with the burned cable and showed it to the young guy behind the counter.  The nearest Autozone that had any spark plug cables for my car was 4 miles away along Federal Way.  However, the guy asked if I just wanted to replace one cable, and I said yes.  He went to the back and returned with a generic spark plug cable that I could use.  Just $1.99 with tax!
     I went back to my car, installed the new cable, and did some more re-routing of the cables so that they were not near any hot engine parts and not touching any metal of the engine.
     Success!  The car restarted easily and ran smoothly.  When accelerating, the engine/car did not shake anymore.

          It's good to have all 8 cylinders back,  Smiley
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 2 
 on: October 12, 2020, 12:02:05 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
Volley for Two review - https://vintageisthenewold.com/volley-for-two-a-new-game-to-join-the-select-club-of-new-games-exclusively-made-for-the-commodore-128/

Volley for Two music - https://soundcloud.com/encore64/volley-for-two-title-music

     Truly,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
     Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 3 
 on: October 11, 2020, 02:19:31 AM 
Started by Paul - Last post by RobertB
     It took awhile, but the Mercury Colony Park station wagon is back!  With the O2 sensors and 4 California catalytic converters, it came out to a heady $2,200!  However, I had a discount certificate and then another discount from the owner of Mooney Shell which brought the price down to $1,050.  Whew!  Smiley

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 4 
 on: October 11, 2020, 02:15:15 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
-------- Forwarded message --------

From: bjonte
Date: Oct. 10, 2020

Volley For Two has been released and is available for download from https://kollektivet.nu/v42/. I hope you'll enjoy it!

 5 
 on: October 09, 2020, 12:29:48 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     With Ray producing many, different Commodore/Amiga power supplies, it's hard to keep up with what's available and what's the pricing for them.  You can easily and clearly find them at

http://personalpages.tds.net/~rcarlsen/customps.html

     An alternative if the front-end of the site is making you look around too long,
     Robert Bernardo
     Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
     Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 6 
 on: October 07, 2020, 11:00:34 PM 
Started by Paul - Last post by RobertB
The engine has been rebuilt and installed in the station wagon!
    It was smog time for the station wagon... and it failed!  Though hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide were low, nitrous oxide levels were too high.  So, the wagon is at the mechanics' right now for two new oxygen sensors and 4 catalytic converters (2 pairs of pre- and post-converters) on its dual exhaust.

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

 7 
 on: October 07, 2020, 10:57:04 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
Happy autumn, C= and Ami aficionados!
      The Fresno Commodore User Group has its annual ?picnic? lunch at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 18.  The location ? Casa Corona Mexican Restaurant at 7044 N Cedar Ave. (on the northeast corner of Cedar and Herndon Aves.) in Fresno.
      Due to pandemic concerns, please bring your masks, and please be on time as nearly as you can, so that we may be seated in the outdoor patio at socially-distanced tables.  As is traditional, the club will pay for the members? lunch.
      This is the first meeting since spring, so it will be good to see all who come to the lunch.  Whether it?s small talk, Commodore/Amiga talk, or catching up on what?s going on your life, we?ll all be listening at the picnic lunch!

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

P.S. If you have any hardware orders to place or Commodore equipment to repair, I will soon be heading to the Pacific NW for a visit with Ray Carlsen.

 8 
 on: October 03, 2020, 10:30:33 AM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
     Though our in-person meeting for September was cancelled due to pandemic restrictions, we cannot forget that the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network was founded 15 years ago!  The club began by having its first meeting in Jason Greene's garage with attendees Jason, the late Bogdan Macri, and myself.  Sometimes we would have meetings in Jason's living room which became more common when later he moved to a different house.  Still later, we held meetings in Joe May's garage, eventually having one meeting at a Denny's Restaurant.  When the Denny's decided to start charging us after that meeting, the search was on for a different locale.  The criteria - someplace free, someplace with climate control, someplace with electrical outlets, someplace comfortable, someplace with food, and someplace more in the public.  Eventually, this led us to our current venue which fulfilled all the criteria, Panera Bread Restaurant in Northridge.  With our more public presence, our membership grew from the original three members to a now-crowded corner of the restaurant for our meetings.
     When this pandemic subsides and the restrictions are lifted, we will return to Panera.  We will once again have meetings.

          Sincerely,
          Robert Bernardo
          Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 9 
 on: September 28, 2020, 10:09:31 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
In 2017, Viva Amiga, a film about the Amiga computer, was released for download and on DVD. Now, Viva Amiga: the Extended Remix has been released! The original clocked in at 1 hour, 2 minutes; the new version is a heady 2 hours, 36 minutes!

The Remix has even more details provided by Amiga developers, fans, and the Commodore/Amiga engineers. Especially the engineers who were left out of the original, like Bil Herd and Andy Finkel, and more from Bryce Nesbitt, Jeff Porter, and Dave Haynie et al. They talk about Commodore Business Machines, Jack Tramiel, and the transition from 8-bit Commodores to the Amiga.

Viva Amiga: the Extended Remix is for premium download at

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/vivaamigaremix

Sincerely,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
Southern California Commodore and Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

 10 
 on: September 28, 2020, 10:00:39 PM 
Started by RobertB - Last post by RobertB
The developer tells me it's going to be free!  He couldn't stand filling out the forms for the US Internal Revenue Service!

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan

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