The responsory from today’s Office of Readings:


The time is growing short,

so we must rejoice as though we were not rejoicing;

we must work in the world yet without becoming immersed in it,

for the world as we know it is passing away.


1 Corinthians 7:29,30,31



I finally got around to installing the overdrive solenoid bypass on the 760. Ever since I first had the overdrive solenoid fail on a 240, I’ve always wanted to do this “upgrade”… It’s about $40 from IPD although you can always wait for one of their seasonal sales. It’s about a 5 minute job, and now my freeway RPMs are a 1000 revolutions lower, so I should get better fuel mileage and the engine and transmission should last a bit longer!

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Monastery of the Ascension



Currently what I’m using as a DAC for my main computer…


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The time has come to throw in the towel with the Silver Volvo — the 1999 XC70. It was a sweet ride while it lasted, the most comfortable and best handling car I’ve ever owned, but it’s time is at an end. I’m going to tear everything out of it to maximize the amount I get from it, and then scrap what’s left over. As of today I’ve got everything, but I’m probably to hang on to the 3rd row seats, the wheels, the horns, the hitch, and the after-market stereo for now.

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But available is:

Rear Hatch
Extra set of Brand New Hatch Struts
All glass
Driver Seat (one rip/burst)
Passenger Seat
Climate control unit
MAF (I think I have a working spare as well)
Tons of relays
5 coils
Fuel rail
5 Injectors
XeMODeX ETM (very low mileage)
Brake callipers
Roof rack w/ rails

Eventually I’ll have the bevel gear and tranny and driveshaft.

Let me know if there’s anything you want! If you’re one of the first to come, you can help me break down the car in exchange for a better price on the parts. The car is located out of Kalama.

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It is the application of the Rule of Saint Benedict to the family that produces the agrarian homestead.


I’ve been troubleshooting a hot start issue on the 1991 Land Cruiser FJ80.

I did replace the OEM vapor canister with a newer purge pump (as detail on IH8MUD).

The candidates for the problem right now are:

  • vapor lock
  • EFI relay issues
  • fuel pump
  • fuel filter
  • These are my main two references for others having had similar issues:

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