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    East Central Alberta, Canada

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    83 944, Forester, 02 Jetta TDI, Dodge 3500 Cumins, 02 Lupo, Manx copy

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  1. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    Here you go! 😉
  2. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    Yes, I put some 17" wheels on my daughter's '92 Jetta with tyres that have about an 1.5" side wall height. While the handling is improved some the ride took a serious turn for the worse. Quite frankly it's bone jarring. I would hate to see what a pot hole would do! Interesting though about the 13" wheels as I tried a set on the front of Franklin and they would not fit over the brake calipers. They fit fine on the rear.
  3. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    I see! So some Lupos had 13" wheels?
  4. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    Seems it's time for new tyres on Franklin. He came with 175 60 R14s, I see the spare and the owner's manual say 185 55 R14. Our local tire shop found us a set of 175 65 R14s which will be a fair bit taller. Any thoughts? Thanks Merv.
  5. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    All went well so until it happens again it will remain a mystery.
  6. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    We had a flat tire to start the day yesterday but five hours of driving and Franklin behaved just fine. We have 9 hours to do today.
  7. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    Not sure about the engine code or where it is located but it is a 1.4 liter 16 valve petrol engine. Hasn't done it again but we will be putting on a lot of miles this weekend so will see. Thanks for the tips on what it could be!
  8. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    Franklin gave us a bit of attitude on Monday. The Missus was on her way home and he just up and quit running. The oil and alternator light came on and he coasted to a stop. She got out and checked the oil level but it was fine. Got back in and he started back up and has run fine since. I checked the battery terminals and fuses but nothing seems loose, wiggled the ignition key when I was driving but no issue there so... wait and see I guess.
  9. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    Oh! We got that too!
  10. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    Franklin hit his 1st big milestone today!
  11. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    Maybe you would enjoy seeing a spring sunset to prove that all is not doom and gloom here! This is out the back door just now.
  12. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    Just to show you we share our hobbies with Franklin, here he is helping out with another batch of sap. This is an old farm yard 1 Km north of us that has a number of Box Alders that I have been tapping for 3 years now. 10 gallons on the boil tonight!
  13. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    Ah! You are perceptive my friend! It does indeed change the flavor. The sap as it comes from the tree is just faintly sweet with a definite woody/barky/earthy overtone. As you boil it down that woody/earthy odor fills the house and when the syrup is done it is absent in the final product. Just the sweetness is left with maybe a hint of a caramel/molasses flavor. Now as the sap boils there forms tiny whitish flakes that they call ash. Several times in the boiling process (we do it each time we change to a smaller pot) it needs to be filtered out. If you leave it in it really doesn't effect the syrup much but later it settles on the bottom of the jar and if you get it on your food it has a definite bitter/baking soda sort of taste. The North American Natives I understand concentrated it by freezing instead of boiling. Sugar is used in antifreeze and as you know has a lower freezing temperature than water. What they did was to let the sap start to freeze, skim the ice crystals off and repeat until they had the sap concentrated to the flavor they wanted. I have done this with milk but I have not tried it with sap. Time consuming process I'm sure but it would be interesting to compare the results!
  14. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    First 5 gallons of maple sap off and on the boil.
  15. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    Franklin made the trip just fine. Exposed him to a bit of Canadian culture! And yes we had seats in the nose bleed section. I just love scooting around the city in this car, it fits in places that nobody else does and what a treat in a parking lot - turns on a dime and gets change back!
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