Finca de Palta

When someone invites you to to come up to visit on their avocado farm… you just say yes.  We headed the wrong direction – north – all the way up to the Elqui Valley.

Our friend Neressa – who we met skiing down in Chillan – has moved her whole family from Alaska to the Chilean desert to grow palta.

We popped the top on the hillside and have been eating guacamole continuously since we arrived.

She needs some help with her bee hives, so I’m all over it – no experience necessary.


bus notes for those interested:

-the loud valve noise was a really loose #2 exhaust valve. I pulled off the rockers and inspected everything one more time.

-compression is 120 psi on all four cylinders

-still have the oil leak

-we had a bad oo9 distributor that I’ve already replaced with my spare. The advance would get stuck in both full and zero advance conditions – no way to predicting what it was doing.

4 thoughts on “Finca de Palta

  • November 26, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    “Bad 009”? Isn’t that redundant?


  • November 27, 2011 at 6:53 AM

    Mitch – I knew I could count on you for a 009 remark! the ‘good’ news is that since these oft-maligned dizzys aren’t available down here, I’m going to have to finally drill that hole in my carb for a vacuum line for the next distributor replacement.

  • November 28, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    classic shot of bode!

  • November 28, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    Disregard my question on the 8 hours blog. I’m glad you found it. I bought an SVDA-034 that I really like with a breakerless ignition chip in it. I ran it on the bus for about 6,000 miles before putting that engine in my beetle and building up another engine for the bus. It has the Petronix 009 clone as is needed for the dual Weber IDF setup. I also am not the biggest fan of the 009, but they work well with my webers. They absolutely sucked with my 34PICT3. I tried several before switching to the SVDA-034. Hope my ramblings help.

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