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Yesterday 07:30 PM
whinny
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
See !!!! That's exactly what I'm sayin'. If you can't get what you're looking for locally, you gotta expand your horizon's...
I once drove about 650 kms to watch a 4 min race then drove all the way home again.
Russ
Later gator
Yesterday 05:23 PM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by MecGen View Post
Last summer I drove 15 hours for a diff that I could not find locally, I think it adds character to your project
See !!!! That's exactly what I'm sayin'. If you can't get what you're looking for locally, you gotta expand your horizon's...
Yesterday 05:20 PM
Too Many Projects Drove 500 miles round trip yesterday for fenders for my '62 Impala.

current fender...



Replacement, there is a small rust hole in the bottom corner that will take a patch to replace but this is WAY better than the toast on the car.



Left one is just as nice...



The engine had a pair of short block hugger headers with no collectors when I got it. I bought a set of Hedman's and put them on a couple days ago. These headers are very unique to work with the X frame on '58-64 Chev's. The left side is actually an inch too long but has plenty of room to the frame.



Then I put the right side on and dang if it isn't an inch too short !! The collector flange is right against the frame. Checked all the motor/trans mounts and it is centered so out comes the porta power.





I was only wanting 1/4" gap but I had to move that collector 1 1/2 inch to get the room after it relaxed back.



At that point, I can clamp on mufflers to quiet it down for start up, so I moved on to the oiling system. The heads are bone dry from sitting for 10 years.



So I put it on TDC and pulled the distributor and dropped in my primer.



It took 5-6 minutes of running the drill to get all 8 push rods oiling.



Now I'm getting anxious to fire it up, so I check over the cooling system and notice there are fittings for heater hoses but no hoses on them. I run a bypass hose and check all the other clamps. I was concerned that the radiator might leak because it had some fin damage that was pulled away from a tube. I filled the system with water to see if it was going to leak. The rad stayed dry and I was pretty happy with the days result. As I was getting ready to come in, I glanced under the car and saw water dripping from the BACK of THE BLOCK. I crawled under and saw what I was hoping I wouldn't. One of the frost plugs was pushed in too far and was leaking !!!!!!! I drained the radiator and then put the pan under the engine and closed the door. Now I get to pull the trans and change out a frost plug.
Yesterday 05:17 PM
MecGen
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
So my wife always tells me I'm crazy for running around the country for cars and parts.

So am I alone in this "craziness" or am I just an average "gear head"
Last summer I drove 15 hours for a diff that I could not find locally, I think it adds character to your project
Yesterday 02:31 PM
MARTINSR Some of the things I have seen insurance companies pay for make me want to scream!

How about a bunch of the interior on a Lexus RX when the customer put a stand up Weber BBQ full of hot coals in the back that fell over when they went around a corner.

A Saturn Vue that a dog was left inside for what was obviously a LONG time. He shredded the door panels and seats and head liner. I don't mean some tears or even alot of tears, I mean SHREDDED till it looked like a friggin rain forest.

Blows me away.

It's like the NFL players who are now suing because they weren't told they could get hurt.

Brian
Yesterday 02:13 PM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by harposrepair View Post
How about one who, while driving down the highway at 60+ mph, opens her drivers door to look under her car to see who is calling for her to come under there? And burned her house down by pouring gasoline down the drain and lighting it to kill the media that keeps talking to her. SCARY!

It's time again for the annual 'Stella Awards'! For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued the McDonald's in New Mexico, where she purchased coffee. You remember, she took the lid off the coffee and put it between her knees while she was driving. Who would ever think one could get burned doing that, right? That's right; these are awards for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the U.S. You know, the kinds of cases that make you scratch your head.



This year's runaway First Place Stella Award winner was: Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, from an OU football game, having driven on to the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver's seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner's manual that she couldn't actually leave the driver's seat while the cruise control was set. The Oklahoma jury awarded her, are you sitting down?






$1,750,000 PLUS a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home.
Yesterday 11:21 AM
harposrepair
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
Oh but the customers, you just can't make this stuff up! We have one right now, two weeks ago came in with the side of the car damaged from head light to tail light, bad. Looks like she grazed the corner of a semi bed, just about slicing the side of the car open. One thing it did was knock the mirror right off the car. So all we do is install a mirror so she can drive it.

She came back in today with the mirror knocked off again!

Ok, now that you know that, how about she is also a bizzare woman who is telling everyone in the office personal info like why her husband left her (he's gay) and gave her a sexually transmitted disease.

Oh yeah, as nutty as your customer is, he isn't nearly that bad!


Brian

How about one who, while driving down the highway at 60+ mph, opens her drivers door to look under her car to see who is calling for her to come under there? And burned her house down by pouring gasoline down the drain and lighting it to kill the media that keeps talking to her. SCARY!
03-25-2015 09:08 PM
tech69 wet sanded and buffed the top part of a cowl on a 1940 Ford. It was black and has lots of beads in it. What a nightmare. Also got the pedal car but will wait til this weekend to start.
03-25-2015 08:15 PM
Northstar T This morning I picked up my 59 BelAir from the shop where they did a front end alignment, and charged the new Vintage Air system. it sure drives nice with both wheels pointed the same direction.
When I got home I decided to polish up the Billet Specialties wheels that were on the car when I bought it last year. they look like someone used a chemical cleaner that attacked the aluminum and left spots etched into the rims. I sanded out the spots and minor scratches with 2000, and then picked up some Mothers Mag and Aluminum polish from O'Reilly, on the salesman's recommendation. holy cow! this stuff really works! . if you haven't ever tried it, do yourself a favor and pick some up. the small ~$6.00 tub should last a person for years, and the results are truly amazing. the photo doesn't do justice to how bad they were, or just how good they look now.

One wheel done and three more to go,



Russ
03-25-2015 07:17 PM
boothboy
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
Oh but the customers, you just can't make this stuff up! We have one right now, two weeks ago came in with the side of the car damaged from head light to tail light, bad. Looks like she grazed the corner of a semi bed, just about slicing the side of the car open. One thing it did was knock the mirror right off the car. So all we do is install a mirror so she can drive it.

She came back in today with the mirror knocked off again!

Ok, now that you know that, how about she is also a bizzare woman who is telling everyone in the office personal info like why her husband left her (he's gay) and gave her a sexually transmitted disease.

Oh yeah, as nutty as your customer is, he isn't nearly that bad!


Brian
For God sake Brian! Don't sit on that seat!

BB
03-25-2015 06:34 PM
John long There you go, trying to hurt my feelings again........Try harder.....

John
03-25-2015 06:08 PM
MARTINSR Oh but the customers, you just can't make this stuff up! We have one right now, two weeks ago came in with the side of the car damaged from head light to tail light, bad. Looks like she grazed the corner of a semi bed, just about slicing the side of the car open. One thing it did was knock the mirror right off the car. So all we do is install a mirror so she can drive it.

She came back in today with the mirror knocked off again!

Ok, now that you know that, how about she is also a bizzare woman who is telling everyone in the office personal info like why her husband left her (he's gay) and gave her a sexually transmitted disease.

Oh yeah, as nutty as your customer is, he isn't nearly that bad!


Brian
03-25-2015 05:41 PM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
I love those Stovebolts! Now tell me again, Why do I keep buying these big blocks???

I did get my rear quarter locked in place and have my wheel house fitted up and held in position by drill screws. Spent much more time than I thought I would. I believe when the wheel well lip on the quarter is added and the skirt has a gasket, it is going to fit pretty well. Thank goodness this is not customer work.

John

But I hear this customer is a friggin nut job!

Brian
03-25-2015 05:07 PM
John long I love those Stovebolts! Now tell me again, Why do I keep buying these big blocks???

I did get my rear quarter locked in place and have my wheel house fitted up and held in position by drill screws. Spent much more time than I thought I would. I believe when the wheel well lip on the quarter is added and the skirt has a gasket, it is going to fit pretty well. Thank goodness this is not customer work.

John

03-25-2015 04:39 PM
boothboy
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
So my wife always tells me I'm crazy for running around the country for cars and parts.
I just got back from a 500 mile run for 2 really nice fenders for my '62 Impala.
I think nothing of spending 8 hours and 15 minutes driving to get something I can't locally.

Last October, I drove to the Northwest corner of Montana to bring back a really clean '66 Malibu. I turned that 2500 miles in 60 hours and I stayed in a motel 1 night on the way out. That next day, I drove the last 220 miles to get to Great Falls. Once I had the car loaded, I drove the 1250 miles home with 1 "crash" stop somewhere in the middle of ND for 3 hours.

So am I alone in this "craziness" or am I just an average "gear head"
Nope! That's why God made Book Tapes and your Library!

BB
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