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Onan 7.5 JB's Recovery Towards A New Life


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I don't have much more spending to do - Maybe another $50 to $300 Realistically I would guess $100. I may have to raise additional money by setting up a lemonade stand in my front yard come summer

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I don't have much more spending to do - Maybe another $50 to $300 Realistically I would guess $100. I may have to raise additional money by setting up a lemonade stand in my front yard come summer

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What about a coffee stand now?
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Better yet, this evening's fortune cookie I just ate may have the answer. I just need to figure out the answer (see picture below).

p.s. - coffee stand is a BAD idea. I would drink all the coffee leaving none for sale.

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Today the volt meters arrived as well as a 30 amp double pole breaker. The Hz and hour meters should be coming soon. I will try to recondition the amp meters soon. They seem to be the best in condition of all the meters I have.

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Saturday's Update

Today I wanted to paint, but instead I reconditioned my original meter face lens. Just to recap, I already received 2 new AC volt meters. I only have one originally. I am reconfiguring the meter layout for 120/240 ac 1 phase and want 2 AC meters. All the original meters had deep scratched and green overspray paint (see first picture below to view 2 of the 5 meter lens).

When my two OEM replacement AC meters arrived, they are the same physical size and look like the original meters when viewing them from the front. From the back, the original meters have a metal casing and are made in the USA. The new meters are all plastic and in bold letter it says "MADE IN CHINA". Now, some of the folks here know my view on Chinese made products, enough said. Also, the new meters are much lighter in weight. I had no choice except to restore the old meters.

I could have bought those $40 plastic headlight restoring kits from the autoparts store, but at work we have a professional kit with top grade materials. It is a no brainer which I chose. The trade off was I ad to go into work this morning (Saturday) and help out for an hour or two.

After helping to open the dealership and stocking the shelves from overnight parts delivery it was PLAY TIME!!

Looking at the second attached picture below, I show the different grits of sand discs used in progression (left to right, top to bottom) that I used for 5 meter lens. I started out at 500 grit, moving up to 800, then 1200, 1500, 3000, then a rubbing compound and finishing with a special machine polish. I was able to successfully remove all scratches and overspray.

As can be seen in the third picture below, The lens is totally clear and free of scratches. The green tape has been removed after the pictures were taken and I will paint the black area that is under the green tape at a later time.

That is all for now....

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They look good as new, nice job.
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Wow, VERY NICE indeed!

I see automatic transmission parts there. In a BMW shop. Someone is in a WORLD OF HURT!
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Wow, VERY NICE indeed!

I see automatic transmission parts there. In a BMW shop. Someone is in a WORLD OF HURT!
Yup! NEVER, NEVER, NEVER buy a new BMW. Lease it unless you got money to burn. Almost anything that goes wrong will cost you thousands once it goes out of warrantee. Trust me on this!


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I just sold my 2001 325it sport suspension and package, 5 speed stick wagon this last week. It only had 70,000 miles on it. I just wasn't driving it enough but it was a completely trouble free car. It didn't have all the electronics in it like the new ones have.
The little wagon was a real nice, one person car. Had enough power to be fun and had great handling too.
When I was 15yrs old,(1967) I had a 1958 BMW Isetta. Had a ONE cylinder, 300 cc, 14 hp engine. I got caught driving it on the San Diego Freeway by the California Highway Patrol.
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Looks new for 16YO, nice.
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The earlier cars such as yours are more reliable and less costly and easier to maintain than the new BMWs which I'm sure you already know. If your BMW breaks down or if you need a part let me know what your BMW dealership wants for the part and I can tell you what we sell the same part for both retail and wholesale. I can get any BMW part at cost + 10%, but I have to pay cash. Tires I can get at wholesale cost, no tax.

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I sold my 1995 BMW 525TD 5 speed Wagon about a year ago it had about 180Km on it. It was a German import and pretty rare in Canada being a diesel. I sold it to a guy from Ohio who hopped in it at 8 oclock at night and set off for the east coast without so much as a second thought. He made it, but 2 weeks or so later he was on the freeway doing 75 or so and the driver side front wheel , hub and strut collapsed and broke off, causing the car to roll into the ditch. The assembly was found a couple hundred feet back of the rest of the car. He was a little dinged up but very lucky not to have anything serious. The car was written off. But he didn't hit anything, the front assembly just rolled off !!! That could have been me !! Only BMW car I have ever owned. Cheers Dan
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NEVER, NEVER, NEVER buy a new BMW. Lease it unless you got money to burn. Almost anything that goes wrong will cost you thousands once it goes out of warrantee. Trust me on this!
Pretty soon that advice will apply to all cars, as they become more complex and loaded with custom electronics. Self driving cars are a good example. That day may already be here for some high end tractors:

Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware

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Pretty soon that advice will apply to all cars, as they become more complex and loaded with custom electronics. Self driving cars are a good example. That day may already be here for some high end tractors:

Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/a...inian-firmware
Quite an article Kevin about John Deere! Look what VW did to me with the 2012 TDI I sold back to them.
This is why my 2007 Dodge with the 5.9 diesel is still worth what I paid for it new. It was built the last two weeks of 2006 and that is why it still has the 5.9 and NO DPF, EGR or any of the other crap that got put onto any Diesel pickup built January 1, 2007 and later. Dodge went with the 6.7 and all guys complain about now is the check engine lights, limp modes, ect.
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Wednesday's Update

Today, I installed an hour meter into the meter panel for my JB. The hour meter was removed from the JB's transfer switch and reflects the actual hours of use. To install the meter, the sheet metal in the front panel of the meter box had to be cut (see picture below). Once I finalize the arrangement of meters and switches, the sheet metal of the meter box will be painted Onan green.

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I have a 2013 Sprinter van for work and though I like it in not sure I would buy one again. The DEF system (cat urine) has caused me so much grief. I have maybe 45,000 miles on it and had the van in 5 times because of failure. When the light comes on you get 15 starts and once that's over it won't start. No limp mode from what I understand. As was mentioned earlier the price for repair for general repair items e.g.: brakes, fuel filter is crazy. Oil changes $150.00 every 10,000. That's not so bad but there is also something else that needs to be done bringing the bill to between $500. - $1,000. I figured you buy a Mercedes and the initial cost is $10,000.00 more but it will last. Next time buy American. My 1999 Chevy 1 ton Window van has close to 200,000 and keeps going just rusting away.
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Well, Johnny, I am sorry I led you down a rabbit hole with those OEM meters. I get tired of Chinacrap stuff too, but that seems to be where EVERYTHING is made and well...it is what it is. I will buy them off yah if you want to recoup some of your money.

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Well, Johnny, I am sorry I led you down a rabbit hole with those OEM meters. I get tired of Chinacrap stuff too, but that seems to be where EVERYTHING is made and well...it is what it is. I will buy them off yah if you want to recoup some of your money.

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TLB01, sorry?? There is nothing to be sorry about... It is all about learning and I'm learning by comparing the old to the new. What I learn, I pass on the information here for others to learn too. The sad part is seeing how a product of high quality made in the yester-years is now made piss poor in China and I found out they are making them in India too. I wish I had the answer to get this stuff back on US soil and made to high standards, yet affordable.

I am going full steam ahead to restore the JB including the meter package while having fun. I will try my best to restore the old meters and what I can't restore I have no choice but to buy new cheap-azz China sh!t. So far, I only bought 2 AC volt meters and a Hz meter. I might be able to restore the original Hz meter and will have a few back up meters on standby. In the end, I think I will have a beautiful 7.5 JB that will last for more than a lifetime.

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is it me or johnnyc milking this restore?
or is he taking his time so he doesn't get the itch again?
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Personally I think it might be due to the fact the GIRLFRIEND is back home. Just my .02
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