A couple days back, in an update via Bambuser.com/channel/CopBlock, I noted that my truck – a 1995 Chevy Tahoe 6.5L turbo diesel – which we’re using on the Police Accountability Tour, wasn’t operating at 100% efficiency.
In fact, it failed to start after our meetup at the Bridge Lounge. Fortunately, it was parked less than a mile from a diesel repair shop and I have AAA.
Today Garret and I picked up my truck – it started fine and we didn’t encounter any issues during the next hour when rolling around town.
Hopefully that remains the norm, especially as so much of my (scarce) coin, as well as time away from the project, has been allocated to address this issue.
The first time the Tahoe experienced a fuel-related issue was in January of 2013 when I was on the road with the five-week, 4,400-mile Cop Block Tour. That issue – a random stalling out – became more frequent over the next few months and, before being trusted on another long jaunt, had to be fixed.
So, just before Garret departed Keene, NH to join me in Detroit for stops the final four stops in the Police Accountability Tour (Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and New Orleans) the Tahoe was serviced by those at Steve’s Equipment Repair. The folks there have been standup – they even helped to diagnose the issue from afar via the phone.
Again, these projects cost money. And as has been experienced with the Tahoe, sometimes have unexpected costs. If you have gained from the content created on this tour and have the means, consider helping to keep our efforts going by donating via credit/debit card at http://Wepay.com/donate/CopBlock or via Bitcoin to 1Hy8xL2ey3GwFLTEd3NTS76A3bWMnQ2dRP
The Tahoe – with “CopBlock.org” emblazoned on the back, and a thought-provoking statement on each side, has definitely helped to spark many solid convos and an untold number of visits to the site by passersby.
As of this post we have 43 videos from the Police Accountability Tour – from places like New York, Oakland, Detroit, and Cape Town South Africa. You can see all our related content at http://CopBlock.org/TourStops
Unfortunately, some issues arose over the past couple/few weeks – such as difficulty starting immediately, especially if the vehicle sat for more than a couple days or if the weather was cold, as well as an issue when accelerating – it’d be smooth and operate as normal from say, 0-50mph, then would hesitate from 51-60mph, then would smooth out. Occasionally the idle was choppy too.
As we film everything, we started documenting when those occurrences when possible, to create an objective record to then share with those more savvy with diesels.
So, as was eluded to in the start of this post, earlier this week when the truck failed to start it was brought to a nearby shop.
Hopefully with these fixes that’s the last of the fuel system problems, as it’s now just about all new – even the fuel tank, which I replaced in October of 2012 when in North Carolina after learning that it had one too many holes.