High Hopes and the Real Truth

We had hoped to get in a real road trip on Saturday but, unfortunately, my car has been (ahem) hesitating.

The spark plugs are covered by the black plastic engine cover.
The spark plugs are covered by the black plastic engine cover.

Charlie insisted that the spark plugs needed cleaning de-carbonizing.

This 8-inch gadget is a spark plug clean which hooks up to an air compressor.
This 8-inch gadget is a spark plug clean which hooks up to an air compressor.

We bought an air spark plug cleaner, put it together, and mounted it on some heavy shelving.

Spark plugs are hiding under the 4 rectangles (3 white, one black) lined up in  the center of the engine.
Spark plugs are hiding under the 4 rectangles (3 white, one black) lined up in the center of the engine.

Charlie researched YouTube on how to remove the spark plugs from my car.

Spark plug in the top, push the button on the bottom.
Spark plug in the top, push the button on the bottom.

Then he proceeded to clean the spark plugs.

My car has four spark plugs, one for each cylinder (I think).
My car has four spark plugs, one for each cylinder (I think).

After using the machine, a wire brush, and a pointy scraper, Charlie removed as much carbon deposit as he could

We also bought some deep-well socket wrenches to remove the spark plugs.
We also bought some deep-well socket wrenches to remove the spark plugs.

and returned the spark plugs to their proper positions.

She still looks pretty but is not running very well.
She still looks pretty but is not running very well.

We headed toward the lumber yard but the car was still bucking so Saturday’s extended road trip has been postponed until a later date.

How do you vent your frustrations? Turn to another project? Have a cup of tea?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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