Back in Moscow…

The time spent in TRV (Tiny Russian Village) was simply too fast, to short and too busy…

Now we have to gear up and get ready for Armenia. Time to make an important trip to…

Armenia Cradle of Civilization

Then when we get back…

We have to get me to the doctors and get checked up…

I have several spots on my arm and face that do not heal and it is looking like it is time to remove them and check for cancer and issues. Probably skin cancer cause by sun over many years of constant exposure, as I work outside as much as possible. That has been most of my life…

Sammy the Volga is runny and driving like a new car. Sveta helped and we installed our homemade shackles on the rear suspension, we installed a new idler arm, we greased the whole front end, we installed a new clutch slave cylinder and a dozen other little things got done…

We got the rear suspension to sit less than a centimeter difference in height and that changed the complete way the car handled, drove and increased safety. The idler arm was the last of a long list of parts that I installed in Sammy’s front end. It should have been installed sooner, as I see some excessive toe tire wear at the front tires. Kinda made me upset at myself. Finally found an excellent grease gun and with Sveta’s help, I was able to grease the ball joints good and that made me happy…

The only thing that I see, feel and hear that is wrong with Sammy is that the gearbox is getting worn out. I would say that Sammy has basically 400,000 to 450,000 kilometers on her and not all the wear has been under ideal conditions…

Since Sammy the Volga is family, we treat her like family and get her worn out parts fixed, rebuilt and or replaced. I with Svetochka’s help try to do 90% of the work ourselves and I am dusting off the memories of rebuilding gear boxes in my past youth and flexing my ancient muscles to get ready for dropping the gearbox and either rebuilding it myself. Or finding a replacement and we will install it…

Right now Sveta is looking into the little known fact that a Volga 5 speed gearbox can be replaced with a GAZ Gazelle – maybe??? (truck) 6 speed gear box and that will give us a granny gear to help around the Tiny Russian Village…

We were very successful in what got done in the Tiny Russian Village. Between two homes I stayed busy and even lost 7 kilos of weight, I think mainly in my brain, but all is good as brains are overrated anyway…

I will most likely stay at least a few more weeks at the TRV, before winter hits hard and vicious, but we got done what had to get done and all I really have to do at this point is spend a weekend and winterize the homes…

I am tired and will end this wandering thought session…

WtR

kKEETON @ Windows to Russia…

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