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09-06-2015 05:38 PM Work Has Hit A Wall

When moving the coupe, the brakes failed and a cinder block wall was required to stop the car's movement with predictable results. No one was injured. It does appear that due to the low speed, there is not any frame or mechanical damage.

The Briz bumper is a total loss. They are kind enough to offer a discount on replacement bumpers.

The driver's side fender is . . ., well, it looks worse that it probably is. I'll take it to be media blasted and then begin the metal work. I've some experience doing this kind of repair; I suppose I'll learn a wealth of experience on this one.

I do have insurance and am debating whether or not to file a claim. The labor for this repair is extensive and simple replacement parts for a widened metal fender for a '37 Plymouth are ... nonexistent. I believe that The Plymouth Doctor sells some body parts and there's a rod shop in Ohio that sells body repair panels plus widened fiberglass fenders; I'd rather not go that route.

Due to illness, the mechanical repairs (Radiator fan and wiring. P/S pump and brakes) have been delayed. I have located a local shop that is qualified to do the repairs and should be acceptable to the insurance company.

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08-30-2015 11:14 AM A New "Tool"
You can't wrench all the time.

I picked up a 52 inch LCD for $250 and a PS3 for $95 so with the games I already own plus Netflix, I can have some entertaining down time while waiting for parts to arrive.

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08-22-2015 01:29 PM When It Rains, It Pours . . .
I got the convertible all pepped for the StreetRodder Road Tour to the Woodward Avenues Dream Cruise.

On the trip there, we got 100 miles, refueled, and the car would not start: bad starter switch on the column.

That was repaired and the next day, we didn't get out of our neighborhood when the electric fuel pump quit.

Switching to the coupe, we arrived in Dearborn, MI, hit a pothole and needed to replace some tires.

Picked the car up the next day and then couldn't leave the parking lot of the hotel. The electric fuel pump went bad in the coupe.

Two cars, each carried on rollbacks twice apiece over four days.

Still, we had a great time at the Dream Cruise and enjoyed seeing old friends again. The trip home was uneventful, but the coupe developed some brake problems just after arriving home. At least I was able to drive it to the shop without having to have it towed.

I hope we can get all the cars running soon.

It's always an adventure.

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08-06-2015 07:54 PM Eagle Equipment lift malfunction
While working today with the car on the lift, it was time to raise it a little and I heard a terrible noise. This is what caused the noise.

I was fortunate that the car was only about 5 feet off the ground. I placed a jackstand under the lift and lowered all four corners onto the safety stops. Supporting that corner with the big floor jack, my helper and I managed to get the car safely on the ground and off the lift.

I purchased the lift new in 2008 and until recently have only used it to store cars.

All the other cables appear undamaged, but a call to the manufacturer indicates that they may no longer carry the cables as replacement parts, so I'll need to source someone local that can fabricate a replacement. I hope Eagle will share the specs of the cable if they cannot provide the part.

UPDATE: I did source a cable thanks to a site member with better Google-fu than me. The threads were metric (M20 nyloc) which necessitated a trip to FastenAll.

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08-05-2015 01:44 PM Streetrodder Road Tour
My wife and I are taking the convertible on the Tour next week, so I'm doing some last minute things to get ready. I had the A/C serviced today and now I'm getting ready to pull the dash to fix a few loose wire gremlins.

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