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08-23-2014 07:55 PM Lift Footings
I just found these photos on an older laptop I was installing Linux on to give to a friend.
They show the installation of two concrete pads for the Benwill lift back in November 2011.

When we first tried to install the lift, it was discovered that the existing concrete floor was only two inches thick, not enough for the lift to be safely installed.

So we dug two 4'x4'x2' holes, tied the footing into the existing floor with rebar and poured 3,000 psi concrete. The gray material is clay; the lighter material is sand.

Here's the initial effort to bolt the lift to the floor. You can see the damaged concrete where the bolts pulled loose from the floor when we simply rocked the columns. At the time (mid-60s), they probably poured the least and cheapest concrete they could.

It has served me well so far.

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08-22-2014 01:54 PM Taking care of the daughter's car

The guys finished the seats today. Wow, just like new. We replaced filters, changed fluids, put new wipers on it and fixed a few other problems while we had it and filled up the tank. I mean, it's my daughter's truck and she can't afford a new one.

I suppose my wife's car will need to wait until next week . . .

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08-22-2014 12:04 AM A little help is a great thing
For the past two weeks, I've had the benefit of extra help in the shop, son-in-law Matthew and nephew CJ, so I have been able to get to some long-neglected jobs.

First, we added an additional fluorescent light to the main work bay. That will make it easier to work without a drop-light.

Next, we installed three exterior security lights. i had prepped them almost two years ago, but they go about 10 feet high and it takes two people to install them. The first one, cousin Daniel helped with (he helped with most of the interior lights), but he had to go back to school). CJ was the inside man and Matt climbed the ladder outside.

Earlier, Matt helped me rebuild the alternator for the '37 coupe and install a new battery, the guys got the Kikker 5150 motorcycle running (it's been in storage for 5 years). they rode it around the parking lot since I've never registered it (I have the MSO). It has an oil leak from a shaft seal. The next owner can fix that; now that it runs, it's up for sale.

Matt and CJ helped fix the leak in the '99 S-10 fuel tank; someone had used the wrong size O-ring when they replaced the fuel pump. We fixed their mistake. Hopefully. this is the last repair for the pickup fo a while, but the state inspection is due next month . . . so we'll see.

Just when we thought we could move on to some of the older projects, my daughter showed up in her Isuzu Trooper. The driver's seat springs had failed.

So we worked on that. I got replacement springs from a furniture upholstery shop and glued the ratty seat foam back together (Pick and Pull did not have a seat; the bottom foam is the same for both sides -- would have been an easy fix). We serviced the vehicle while we had it in the bay. We also cleaned the interior while we had the seats out and found $30 in rolled quarters, so we made money today! The seats go back in tomorrow.

Finally, as we were ready to leave today, Matt's starter quit, so we put a 5-gallon bucket in the Trooper to drive it out (seats not finished yet) and pulled his car into the bay. Breakdown to completed repair was only an hour. It's sooo handy to have a shop.

It's been a busy few weeks with plenty of projects left to do, but I feel good about the progress we've made. Having a large family in the area helps a lot.

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08-22-2014 12:03 AM Hope it's finally fixed . . .
Still more problems with the '37 coupe, but i think I finally found the answer.

A while back, I had replaced the alternator with a stock 87-amp Delc12Si. It seems the car needed an alternator with more amps, plus the battery had been discharged so many times, it could no longer hold a charge. As a consequence, when the 20-amp draw of the fan kicked in, the voltage would drop and continue to drop as the car was driven, resulting in a rough idle and poor performance.

My son-in-law Matt helped me rebuild the alternator with a 105-amp kit and replace the battery. The car hasn't run so well in a long time.

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05-28-2014 11:05 PM Fan Update
It's not the fan that broke.

The wiring through the mechanical thermostat was done incorrectly, running full current through the thermostat contacts instead of the relay. Result: fried contacts and no voltage to the fan.

I've ordered a new electronic thermostat switch to power the relay. It should be here soon and I'll be back on the road.

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