Sunday, September 22, 2013

"Eagle Powers... Come To Me"

The time was coming. All the gas and chemicals had been put in. A new battery was procured and placed in its home as you can see here, in the lower left hand corner of the snake pit engine bay.

Not to be forgotten was the spiritual preparation - maybe the most important part- which was roughly like this, today's Eagle pun:

I was a bit anxious as I went over all the pre-flight checks to make sure everything was hooked up right for this momentous occasion. Crank it with the ignition coil disconnected to build oil pressure... connect the wire back up... turn the key and hope for the best... and this is what happened:

Appropriately for an American Motors classic, it said "...'murica!'murica!'murica!..." a few times before starting (at least that's what I heard). All the lights and other rudimentary electronics appear to be working just fine. I switched on the radio, and the first song that it played was AC/DC's "Back in Black" (again, very appropriate)...

"Back in black
I hit the sack
It's been too long I'm glad to be back
Yes I'm, let loose
From the noose
That's kept me hanging around
I keep looking at the sky
'Cause it's gettin' me high
Forget the hearse 'cause I'll never die
I got nine lives
Cats eyes
Usin' every one of them and running wild
'Cause I'm back
Yes, I'm back
Well, I'm back
Yes, I'm back
Well, I'm back, back
I'm back in black
Yes, I'm back in black!"


  1. Ah, I miss that sound as well as its accompanying sound of "blub-blub-blublubblub prrrlth..." as it stalled while I was at a red light. I think I got the carb tuned pretty ok before I killed it though, so it should theoretically be good there.

  2. hm... hopefully I can avoid those incidents once I get it on the road. I've run the engine long enough to reach operating temperature a few times now, and it seems fine, though it's still not been run under load, so that remains to be seen. Yay!