Last year we struggled with our propane powered drilling rig. It was very thirsty for fuel and due to some issue that we could never resolve the engine would not run steadily. There was a surge in rpm that created issues with the work of the cable drill.
Bucky Mowery, one of our steadfast volunteers, determined to solve this problem. He obtained a Cummins diesel engine and was working to get the correct flywheel for the engine but he ran into trouble. Unable to locate a flywheel or have one made, he emailed Gary that he doubted he would have the engine ready to be shipped to Spokane by the container deadline of Dec 16. It seemed that perhaps the thirsty propane engine would have to work again.
When Dominic Parmantier got the word that there was a problem with Bucky’s plans, he contacted Gary with a message. His company had 3 Deutz diesel engines that had been removed from service in California due to environmental regulations. They were low time engines that had been used in concrete pumps or stationary applications. He asked if Gary was interested in trying to use one of them instead of the Cummins unit. The answer was YES. Dominic arraigned to have one of the motors shipped to the Portland area, where it will be mated with the correct bell housing and then on to Spokane for shipment in the container to Guatemala. Another roadblock melted away for us.
Dennis Baker of Campbell/Baker Manufacturing has generously made hand pumps available at greatly reduced prices. We ordered 10 pumps and they are safe in the shop waiting with a gathering mountain of tools, machinery, supplies and equipment. These things must be weighed, carefully listed on our shipping documents, values assigned to them for customs purposes, and set aside until the day of loading. We will try to load the container within the two hour time frame provided by the shipping company. If the weather holds true to the way it has been in the past, Dec 16 will be very cold, perhaps snowing, but we will be warmed by the work and the knowledge that our efforts and those of our volunteers will bring the miracle of clean fresh water to people have no other hope of getting it, even though it is only a few yards under their feet.
Thank you to all the people who donate their time, energy and money to assist our efforts.