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Ducks over Beavs 37-20

By Luftwaffe

The Ducks have managed a perfect season. First time in school history. With it the have become Pac-10 Champions and clinched a spot in the National Championship game vs Auburn.

The National Championship game should be exciting. I hope both teams play well and give everyone something exciting to watch.

Daily Driver

By Luftwaffe

My daily driver keeps amazing me. I have clocked over 185,000 miles on it since buying it new.

Last week I had to put it in the garage for an un-planned service. Last Friday, I got off work an hour early to do a few errands (stop by the post office and pick up a part at the Chevy Dealer). As I finished up at the post office and drove out of the parking lot my "check gauges" light came on. I looked and didn't notice anything odd with the gauges. In fact the light had been coming on intermittenly over the last few weeks but again, I never noticed anything, so thought it was either minor or a malfunctioning light.
As I drive another block, the oil pressure droped to '0' psi on the oil pressure gauge. I thought 'well at least we know what to look at' and was thinking this was timely I would drop it off at the service department while I visited the parts department.
As I got another block the engine started making grumbling noises. I started thinking this might be bad. The Chevy dealer was about another 10 or more blocks away. I pressed on and drove into the service bay. The whole time the excessive valvetrian noise getting louder.
I shared with the service manager what I just shared here. I told him I was thinking it might be the oil pump and would like to have them check it out. Because it was so late in the day they didn't get to my rig that day. Monday, they called and shared with me their diagnosis. They shared that they started the engine, and it read 35 psi on the oil pressure gauge without any noise. They let it run for 40 minutes after which it started making the grumbling noise. They read the oil pressure gauge noting it read 0 psi. Based on this they recommended that the eingine be replaced. Stating that it was obvious that the oil pump was malfunctioning and that it likely had caused internal engine damage. They were thinking that instead of trying to dig further and determine where and what damage had occured it would be more cost effective to replace the engine (especially since the egine had so many miles on it already) and quoted the work to be $4600.
I struglled with this - first it wasn't really a diagnosis it was an opinion based on assumptions. Second, this rig has been very, very dependable, I don't think I want to give it up but honestly the truck is probably not worth too much more in resale value than what the installed cost for the engine was going to be.

I thought about it over Monday evening and called them Tuesday to direct them to proceed with replacing the oil pump and while having the oil pan off check a couple of the main bearings to see if there was any damage or excessive wear. They quoted this work would be about $800 and did not recommend it.
I was right! They were not able to work on it until Friday (something about the Holiday and other work). Well, they called Saturday to share with me the main bearings looked good. The new pump had been installed, the oil pressure was constant and there was no nose. Sweet ! I'm pretty sure I will be getting another 100,000 miles out of this rig. Its a tank!

Week 14 - NCAA Football

By Luftwaffe

Rose Bowl bound for sure. One more game, if the Ducks beat the Beavers then its National Championship Baby !

This was a great weekend. Auburn struggled but had an impressive come from behind victory. Boise State was upset by another impressive come from behind victory. Nevada outscored BSU by 17 points in the second half to force Over Time. BSU recieved ball first in OT, Nevada stoped BSU scores in their drive and obtained a Field Goal to win. Very impressive. Did you see how cold it was - it must have sucked being there.

Ducks manage clock and hold off Bears

By Luftwaffe

The Bears – Duck game was a nail biting game to watch. Traditionally, Oregon has not played well against Cal (at least in the last 10 years). I was thinking the game would be tough early in the season – most everyone I spoke with were confident in the match up. I was right. That game was tough all the way through but the Ducks won, by managing the clock with a 15-13 finish.

Cal did a great job, their offensive and defensive line were huge compared to our players. We had another run of penalties that hurt us and the turn over resulting in a Cal touch down without a doubt kept them in the game. Again, a very uncharacteristic performance by the Ducks. Cal was effective of putting pressure on the Ducks and the less than ideal performance by the Ducks made for a close exciting game for all to watch.

The Ducks have some time now to prep for the Arizona Wildcats, which I thing is greatly needed. We lost Costa against the Huskies and Le Michael James started hobbling with a knee injury in the second half of this game. I hope the Ducks can heal up and be ready for another exciting Pac-10 game on Nov 26. Since Nick Costa is out for the rest of the season we may want to get some exposure for our Freshman Quarterback.


Cheers - Jeff

Oregon Ducks Football 2010

By Luftwaffe

This year the Ducks have gotten off to a good start. Last weeks game at USC was an exciting challenge.

Tomorrow we are taking my 6 year old son to his first adveture to see the Ducks and experience Autzen Stadium, when the Ducks take the field against long time adversary, the Washington Huskies.

Ducks vs Cardinals

By Luftwaffe

Another great football game tonight as the Ducks came from behind to win 52 to 31 over the Stanford Cardinals.
The Ducks found them selves in a hole, trailing the Cardinals 21-3 in the second quarter. But rallied to make for an exciting game that proved to be an impressive win.


Rig Update

By Luftwaffe

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I love this rig. I can't imagine ever getting rid of it. I bought it new and it is as tight today as the day I bought it.
I drive this every day. It is not pampered but it is well maintained.
Most people that see my truck do not realize that it is over 14 years old with more than 150,000 miles on it. It used to see a lot more miles per year than it does now. We moved much closer to my office a couple of years ago so a commute to work and back is only 30 miles (about 8000 miles a year now).

Seasons Greetings

By Luftwaffe

We haven't had this much snow fall in years. These shots were taken the first day of snow fall. We are up to 12 inches in our area of Portland now.
Very beautiful and scenic winter wonderland but making a challenge for people working, shopping and traveling.

Rockin' Round the Block Car Show

By Luftwaffe

Gresham has been holding this car show for a few years but this is the first time I have been available to check it out. Great show. Over 300 cars, free admission, several bands playing for on lookers pleasure and food and beverage for refreshments.
I took the family for an afternoon outing and we all enjoyed ourselves.
Mustands, Camaros, Corvettes, Cudas, you name it and it was likely there.
Check out the album for a sampling of the rides there on display.

Friday Night Drags

By Luftwaffe

I went to the drags for the first time in years this last friday.

Went with a co-worker and my son - we had a great time.

Installed PurePower Oil Filter

By Luftwaffe

I installed a PurePower Oil Filter on my daily driver this weekend.
The PurePower oil filter is expensive but a very high quality product made in the USA. It is constructed of an aluminum housing with a stainless steel mesh for the filter screen. The screen core has high power magnets on the top and bottom to further aid in the process of trapping metal particles inside of the filter. The filter flows more oil than conventional filters and is all an all a great product. No I don't work for PurePower or get anything for pitching their product - I'm just passing along my enthusiasm for this quaility product.
If you change your own oil, I highly recommend this product. Its ability to be cleaned and reused (and reused and reused) for the life of your car is great!
Check it out:

Venture Shield Installation

By Luftwaffe

Here are pics of the install job. I hired a local installer - quite an artist - he did a great job. Let me know if you are from the NW and want his contact information - I'll email to you.

The install consisted of custom full hood and fender pieces. The bumper, rocker panels and rear quarter panels were from a pattern. The custom pieces wrap the edges of the panel(s) and make the clear film almost invisible. There is a little bit of a visible line where the pattern pieces terminate but is not noticeable at 10 feet from the car.

Great rock chip protection.

New Concept Corvette - The Z03

By Luftwaffe

Dutch design house “Ugur Sahin Design” penned an extreme version of the Corvette. Check out the link for more information and the selected images in my Z03 Album.

'Off Season' Mods

By Luftwaffe

I am planning on having VentureShield (paint protection)installed on my car before breaking it out for spring/summer driving.

I'll post pics of install.

This Weekend

By Luftwaffe

Went to the Hot Rod show Saturday - very fun. Here is pic of one of my favorite rides from the show.

Sorry for Lame Garage Start

By Luftwaffe

I hope to add some more pics and information for other to enjoy soon.

Stay tuned.

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