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05-10-2015 09:31 AM **stuff** happens
I left the house to go to my grand children's high school band concert and when I returned I found that some neighborhood unsupervised children had let themselves into my garage and trashed it and spray painted my hot rod. The kids were discovered by the police within minutes after my call along with various items of mine that they had taken home in my wheel barrow. Fortunately nothing of value was taken (these were children under nine years of age) and no one was hurt. Being too young the children were not charged as such but the parents were held responsible. My insurance is going to cover the removal of the spray paint and if needed the repainting. The hot rod is in the shop now awaiting final appraisal and inspection. If I can get it back the way it was I'm a happy Old Guy.

*****I have since learned that there is nothing legal that can be done with the parents, but my insurance will sue them for the damages.


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05-05-2015 08:00 AM 178-4 Old Guys ride again
This weekend's car show was a little over 50 miles away, held at a city park. The day was perfect weather wise and about 60 entries showed up. Fuzzy Ron drove down (twice as far) in his newly acquired '31 Chevy sedan and we made four Old Guys, enjoying the fine day and pulled pork and nitro burgers and admiring and photographing sharp cars. My hot rod topped out at 200 degrees so maybe my over-heating worries are solved. I'm a little concerned that the voltage gauge reads really low. The new fan?? A couple of two show weekends are coming up.


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04-21-2015 07:37 AM 177-3 Over the Wabash
The Old Guys spread out this weekend, a couple of the guys went west to a swap meet and car show and two of us went east to nearby Indiana. It was a really nice spring day and a good drive. I met friend Tom at the river and we went on to the show, held at a high school parking lot to benefit their auto shop. Over 130 cars and trucks showed up and enjoyed the day. To make the day even more enjoyable Tom and I stopped at an award winning cafe on the way back for home made pie ala mode and coffee. The perfect rest stop.


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04-13-2015 11:08 AM #175 and 176 The season begins
A couple of friends and I decided it was time to get the hot rods out and go somewhere. It was midweek so the plan was to cruise to lunch. I have written about this place in an older post. It is a popular destination in this area of east central Illinois. Moonshine, IL. (population 2) is a small store in the middle of fields on an intersection of country roads that just go to more country. Moonburgers are a sought after commodity here. Just one week later on Saturday the owners and extra help served 3061 moonburgers to as many motorcyclists from all over. Our Wednesday was much less busy and after lunch we drove on to the owner of the T coupe's home and had a tour through his shop and projects under construction. It was a really good day!
On the following Friday evening we attended a local car club's first of the season cruise-in. About fifty cars and trucks came in to enjoy re-connecting with fellow car guys. I had spent the week between events replacing the steering shaft to the Vega box, with the very great help of my son. All is well as the hot rod drove straight and true without the annoying clunk in the shaft. Next weekend we're off again.


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03-19-2015 10:06 AM Door panels, part two
The door panel project has been a slow process as I am making laminated wood blocks to serve as the arm rests, and kind of feeling my way through this as I've never tried it before. But now both rests are finished and padding material was glued across the top of the panel and the vinyl itself was glued on. There was an allowance of extra material to wrap around the edges to hide the panel edges as well. Using a sharpened tube as a drill bit, holes were cut for the mounting screws. After showing the finished arm rests to family and friends the steel angle was replaced with aluminum. It seems as if everyone thought the steel too heavy and a friend donated the used 2x2 aluminum. It was cleaned, drilled, and polished some. Once the whole thing was finished and installed it looked pretty good for someone who never attempted any thing like this before, maybe I can almost be upgraded to an amateur now. I was a little disappointed with the padding. I had intended it to smooth over the relief bumps but in gluing they still show somewhat and the area is a little uneven. The plan for the other door is to double the layers of padding and not press them down as much. This will also make a softer drivers door over the arm rest.


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