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10-22-2014 08:33 PM Moved the Cars
Matt and I have been doing much work on the shop itself and are finally at a point where we can works on the cars in earnest.

The first step was to swap places with the '54 Desoto (non-running) and the '39 Plymouth (barely running) so cars could be moved in and out of the shop.

It was also an opportunity to move them outside to wash them so they could be protected from now on by car covers.

As well, it was nice to see the shop with fewer cars, if only for a few minutes.

Waiting on a re-manufactured starter solenoid. It's been three months so far . . .

The carb re-build kit came to day. We re-build the 454's Edelbrock/Webber carb tomorrow, bolt down the front seat and take it for some new front tires and that should be it!

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09-19-2014 08:43 AM Actual Car Work
Today, Matt and I took a break from working on the garage itself to do some actual car work. He's a skilled mechanic, but I'm teaching him some basic metal bumping. He's doing well so far.

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09-11-2014 06:20 PM Craft Room Update
Just an update on the room remodel for my wife's crafts room. I've taken some ribbing from my buddies for doing this, but we've gotten along fine for the past 43 years and she's always supported my car interests, so I'm glad to do this for her.

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09-07-2014 05:25 PM A Pause in Car Work
The problems with the '54 Desoto are never ending. When re-installing the starter, I noticed that the terminal post was loose on the housing. I took it to the local starter repair shop and he has had to send it to a specialist to be re-built since no replacement part was able to be located. That was six weeks ago.

So I resumed work on my wife's '39 Plymouth and got the shifter installed and adjusted.

But the car would not start; the starter would not turn over. It seems the terminal for the solenoid had broken, so that's off to the alternator/starter shop to be repaired. At least that was just week before last.

In the meantime. I added some outside security lights. there were none before and there have been some burglaries in the area, plus I already had the lights so it just made sense.

And I've added some additional storage shelves since I've had the spare time.

As well, I'm renovating the old office space to serve as a crafts room for my wife and her cousin. The restroom now has a working light, but still lacks a door. Not a problem for me.

There are many. many projects left to do for the shop itself, but I can't wait to get back to the cars.

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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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