Monday, December 10, 2012

1984 Nissan Datsun 720 – Thermostat

This post is a bit different because the subject was my truck.  Here in Colorado Springs we just had our first cold snap and my truck was not prepared!  I also recently replaced the thermostat because the old one was stuck closed and was causing overheating.  The only problem was that the new thermostat was not working either!  The truck would never warm up.  Thanks to this post I found my problem!


I installed the thermostat wrong.


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First I had to gain access to the thermostat.  It is in one of the radiator hoses under a bunch of the stuff on the top of the engine!


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The thermostat housing is located right in the middle of the picture where you can see the blue line of goo.


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When removing the top radiator hose make sure you have a pan under the truck.  I had more cleanup than I anticipated!


You can see the gap between the top of the thermostat and the housing.  This gap made the thermostat useless.


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When replacing the thermostat this time I used a little “glue” to hold the thermostat in place so it wouldn’t fall like before.


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Above is the thermostat installed with the “glue” against the engine.


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I have added the blue paper gasket and more goo!


I am happy to report that the truck now warms up and my feet will be much warmer in the morning!


And here is the info that makes this a real photograph post.  Below is the flash setup that I used to get even lighting on the parts.  I used 2 speedlites and the on camera flash


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I also improvised a bounce fill!  Most mechanics don’t need the white foam core in the hook while they work.


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Monday, November 26, 2012

Rogers Family Portraits - Monument Valley Park

What a great day for being outside!  We rescheduled from about a month ago because the weather was too cold.  So glad we waited.

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I always love Monument Valley Park for photographs. Today was no exception.


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We started the morning just across the street at the Colorado Springs Horticulture garden.

After the girls had some time to warm up we headed across the street and toward the play ground area.  But first we chased some squirrels and did a little boxing.

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We ended the day just playing around.

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You guys were wonderful and it was great spending the morning with you all.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Howards–Cottonwood Creek Park Maternity

Congratulations on the new arrival!  Just a week after we took these photos were taken these two had their little baby girl.  Here is a snapshot of their maternity session.


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Friday, November 9, 2012

Sterling Wedding – Kevin and Jen

I was a little worried the day of the wedding when it was snowing.  I am so glad it did.  The day was amazing.  Jen and her girls had some good laughs getting their hair and makeup done.  We headed to the hotel to finish getting ready where there were some amazing photographs of the dress and shoes.  Jen found a beautifully restored firehouse for their first look and wedding party pictures.  The wedding and reception at the golf course were wonderful.

Thank you so much Kevin and Jen.  You guys were wonderful and I wish you all the best.

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