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Let There Be Light!

March 11, 2012
Hey everyone
We now can see in the dark…well some of us.  The headlights work (sort of).  They turn on and off, but there is no high and low beam.  The wiring needs to be fixed, and it will, so promises a student.  We also had the issue of the truck was not running.  To fix this, the students drained the tanks, cleaned the tanks and then re-attached the tanks.  Jake now has it running on one tank and will be working on the other.  We also found out that the floaters in each tank do not work, that will ahve to fixed as well.
When it comes to the CMP…I have seen the light.

Wiring the CMP

January 29, 2012

Hey everybody,

Have some updates to tell you about. One of the students has decided that wiring the truck was going to be his final project and he has been working hard on it. There was also a fuel leak that needed to be fixed, they believe they have it fixed it but need to buy some gas soon to try it out.

As you can see the wiring is coming along but one of the switches “dissappeared” but a new one is on it’s way.

Here is a video of the horn working…one of the female students just loves the sound of the horn.

2011 in review

January 1, 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Now We’re Rolling

December 8, 2011

Sorry for the lack of reports but things just seem to be moving slower this semester.  The install of the dash continues…ran out of wire and the engine temp sensor needs a plug adaptor.  On the plus side the CMP now has glass in the windshield and the windshield is installed.  The wiper motors are also installed but need to be tested.  I rebuilt them so we still need to see if they work.  The hatch is coming along as well and the students are creating the second set of wood pieces that go around the hatch and act like a cushion.

The biggest news is that the CMP has tires…they look purtty…I mean pretty.  The hope was to get the CMP into the Port Colborne Santa Claus parade.  She started up great and idled well but when we gave her gas to drive it out of the shop, she stalled.  The engine is sucking in air when the gas pedal is pressed, so the students are going to install a one way valve so the gas can not go back to the tank.


Back at it with a new crew!

September 22, 2011

Hello Everyone,

I hope your summer was relaxing and productive. Another school year starts and so another round of students starts work on the CMP. The list of jobs that are now on the go are:

1) Wiring – all the switches are here so the wiring of the electrical system can begin

2) The Speedo cluster has arrived and boy does it look nice – it will be installed

3) The roof hatch is being stalled

I would like to thank Gerry Machi for his beautiful work on restoring the Speedometer cluster. The pictures do not do it justice. The cluster was shipped to him with those clay hornets nest in it and everything was rust. Second I would like to thank my step dad Marcel for making the new wood for the hatch. When searching for the proper wood at a lumber yard he came across a man who had made them before so knew the wood type and everything else. And lastly Bob Moseley for sending us a set of dashboard switches to complete the dashboard.

PPCLI Reporter



Final Post for the School Year

June 21, 2011


Ok, well I thought I was done but here are a few more pics of the CMP plus a couple of videos.  The one of me riding inside didn’t capture so we might try it again.  The cluster still has to come out but the students (even on exam days) have been fine tuning the CMP.  She did not want to stay idling, so that was fixed and the generator was wired to the battery.  Oh and the front convey lights are attached.

Til next time – Joel

The Truck Looks Great

June 18, 2011

She runs and she’s now purtty!

The students have one day left, and that will be to attach the bed and the toolbox and remove the gauge cluster in the cab.  I tell you, she’s a beaut now.

The gauge cluster will be sent to to be rebuilt at cost for him since it is a school project.  That way it can be installed in September and all the electrical work done.

It’s been a great 3 months and I look forward to continuing in the fall.

– Joel