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Old 04-04-2012, 08:21 AM
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The only one I have near me I LOATH the owner of. The shop where I work has done some trading with him over the years. I had my hood hinges for the Gran Sport done by him. I gave them to my boss to bring over (the connection ) and there was no price.The guy then came over and handed them to me (first time I ever met him) and proceeds to tell me how they normally would be $250 but he is such a great guy he is going to give them to me for $150. The price was a little high for a "deal". I had a guy who is out of the area where this would have been $50 all day long. But ok, if $150 is the going price (like I said it was a little high but not a shock or anything) He had to have the cash NOW because he was heading off to Reno (gambling casinos). Now I don't like the whole "I am such a nice guy and it would have been way more" BS, it is fake and plain BS. Tell me the price and mention the discount, that's fine but to go on and on about it, BS! So that rubbed me the wrong way. But what REALLY chapped my hide is when three or for days later one of my fellow employees hooked up with the guy and they are of the same ethic background and speak the language, everything is "hey buddy, old friend, hows it going?" He did the guys entire 1964 Impala FRAME, and ALL the suspension components along with the radiator support for $550! I am sorry, but I can't give that guy any of my money. I rather go thru ten bags of play sand in the back yard and a weekend of work.

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Old 04-04-2012, 08:33 AM
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. I rather go thru ten bags of play sand in the back yard and a weekend of work.

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You'd be surprised how much sandblasting that I have done with dried and screened beach sand from the shore of Lake Superior back when I lived in Michigan. If you use the play sand, make sure to use a GOOD dust mask. The fines in it are good for silicosis or brown lung. I built a pressure blaster back in '82 that I still use on occasion. You can pick one up from HF for about $90.oo. The pressure blaster is about ten times as fast and uses about one fifth the sand of a siphon blaster. Also get a full face shield and wear long sleeve shirt and TIG gloves and a welders cap. It is actually fun to see how fast you can clean up old parts. Ear muffs are also good to keep the sand out of your ears. I have probably blasted over a ton of sand over the years. 50lbs at a time.

Black Beauty sandblast media is great to work with. It cuts fast and has basically no dust. I was just on the phone and found it locally for just under $15.oo for a hundred pound bag. Well worth the price.

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Old 04-04-2012, 10:14 AM
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What am I working on? What am I working on? The same @^%#*Y^$E 10 hp Tecumseh generator engine that I've been working on the last 3 @#&%)&#! days! Dial indicators, VOMs, @$^%!&*^! pull ropes, no timing marks no stinking %&*^%#(*&^%$#@ information!
But I'm not mad.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:19 AM
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What am I working on? What am I working on? The same @^%#*Y^$E 10 hp Tecumseh generator engine that I've been working on the last 3 @#&%)&#! days! Dial indicators, VOMs, @$^%!&*^! pull ropes, no timing marks no stinking %&*^%#(*&^%$#@ information!
But I'm not mad.
Oh yeah. You didn't see this one on " My favorite engine"
@%##^&*%#@@! Tecumseh
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:21 AM
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The only one I have near me I LOATH the owner of. The shop where I work has done some trading with him over the years. I had my hood hinges for the Gran Sport done by him. I gave them to my boss to bring over (the connection ) and there was no price.The guy then came over and handed them to me (first time I ever met him) and proceeds to tell me how they normally would be $250 but he is such a great guy he is going to give them to me for $150. The price was a little high for a "deal". I had a guy who is out of the area where this would have been $50 all day long. But ok, if $150 is the going price (like I said it was a little high but not a shock or anything) He had to have the cash NOW because he was heading off to Reno (gambling casinos). Now I don't like the whole "I am such a nice guy and it would have been way more" BS, it is fake and plain BS. Tell me the price and mention the discount, that's fine but to go on and on about it, BS! So that rubbed me the wrong way. But what REALLY chapped my hide is when three or for days later one of my fellow employees hooked up with the guy and they are of the same ethic background and speak the language, everything is "hey buddy, old friend, hows it going?" He did the guys entire 1964 Impala FRAME, and ALL the suspension components along with the radiator support for $550! I am sorry, but I can't give that guy any of my money. I rather go thru ten bags of play sand in the back yard and a weekend of work.

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Even 50.00 is to much for a pair of hinges for me.. thats about what a new set costs..The HF cabinet blaster is under 100.00 and you'll always have it around for bolts or anything small...I dont use it much any more but everyone else comes over to use it.....good little blaster after a little tweeking.....Change the hoses and clamps for good ones and there'll be no problems..
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Even 50.00 is to much for a pair of hinges for me.. thats about what a new set costs..The HF cabinet blaster is under 100.00 and you'll always have it around for bolts or anything small...I dont use it much any more but everyone else comes over to use it.....good little blaster after a little tweeking.....Change the hoses and clamps for good ones and there'll be no problems..
very good point
first time you use it pays for it--after that its a free tool you get to keep, or resell
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Got collector car insurance today for the 48.tomorrow its the DMV
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:26 AM
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Even 50.00 is to much for a pair of hinges for me.. thats about what a new set costs..The HF cabinet blaster is under 100.00 and you'll always have it around for bolts or anything small...I dont use it much any more but everyone else comes over to use it.....good little blaster after a little tweeking.....Change the hoses and clamps for good ones and there'll be no problems..

Excellent idea! But don't buy the small one. Sell your kids bike or mow the neighbors lawn, but buy the biggest one HF's got. I'll guarantee if you don't you'll regret it. There's always a part that's just a little to big. If you get the smaller one there will be lots of " a little to bigs"
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Wife's project

Well, I took a break this week to restore my wife's project. It has pedals and keys, but no motor. I bought her one of her dream things, an od upright piano. She didnt want anything special, but I wanted it to be, so I bought it off Cragslist since it was in great condition, showed it to her, then hid it in my shop and restored it. Sanded it all down to bare wood, smoothed it with 2000 grit till it was like glass, and stained it with a mahogany. 400 then 2000 grit on the brass hinges and fixtures, brasso, and a good cleaning. Oh and 5 hours of a piano tuner tuning it back up. It was made in 1905 so I guess I'll forgive the old girl for being a little outa tune. Not a bad job for a week. She literally cried when she saw it (in a good way) , so I guess its good. Now I have to re-clean the engine on the truck cause I have sawdust all over. sigh....the things I do for the wife.
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well how did it go?[/QUOTE]
more delays haven't had a chance to mess with DMV but on a positive note I'm learning to be more patient...
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Well, I took a break this week to restore my wife's project. It has pedals and keys, but no motor. I bought her one of her dream things, an od upright piano. She didnt want anything special, but I wanted it to be, so I bought it off Cragslist since it was in great condition, showed it to her, then hid it in my shop and restored it. Sanded it all down to bare wood, smoothed it with 2000 grit till it was like glass, and stained it with a mahogany. 400 then 2000 grit on the brass hinges and fixtures, brasso, and a good cleaning. Oh and 5 hours of a piano tuner tuning it back up. It was made in 1905 so I guess I'll forgive the old girl for being a little outa tune. Not a bad job for a week. She literally cried when she saw it (in a good way) , so I guess its good. Now I have to re-clean the engine on the truck cause I have sawdust all over. sigh....the things I do for the wife.
Man,I hope my wife dont read this
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Well, I took a break this week to restore my wife's project. It has pedals and keys, but no motor. I bought her one of her dream things, an od upright piano. She didnt want anything special, but I wanted it to be, so I bought it off Cragslist since it was in great condition, showed it to her, then hid it in my shop and restored it. Sanded it all down to bare wood, smoothed it with 2000 grit till it was like glass, and stained it with a mahogany. 400 then 2000 grit on the brass hinges and fixtures, brasso, and a good cleaning. Oh and 5 hours of a piano tuner tuning it back up. It was made in 1905 so I guess I'll forgive the old girl for being a little outa tune. Not a bad job for a week. She literally cried when she saw it (in a good way) , so I guess its good. Now I have to re-clean the engine on the truck cause I have sawdust all over. sigh....the things I do for the wife.
very cool, i have a ton of stuff around here that i would like to do that to
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I spent the day trying to diagnose a dead cylinder on my recently finished gasser! Well they're never really finished, but with only 500 miles on the 327 SBC since it went back together, I really thought it would be awhile until I was back into it!
Checked all the plugs, wires, cap, rotor, etc., and all checked good. Got the compression tester out and #2 cylinder was zero compresion! Pulled the valve cover and immediately the problem was ovious; no pushrod on #2 intake. Rocker sitting sideways, and after a short search I found a length of pushrod about 1.5" long laying inside the aluminum head near #8 valves.
Time to take the intake off, and underneath I found the rest the pushrod, plus one lifter that had come aprt internally. Fortunately no damage to the outside of the lifter, or the new cam. It appears that either the pushrod broke at the guideplate, or the lifter came apart and damaged the pushrod.
Called Summit (where I bought the cam and lifters) and after a short explanation the tech said he thought the re-used pushrods were the culprit, but they would gladly send me a new lifter. He also encouraged me to replace all the pushrods with hardened pushrods, and would give me 20% off to encourage me to do so. Gave me another $5 off the intake gasket set, so they were only $9.95 after that.
I'm glad it was minor, but even happier with the way Summit handled it. They did the right thing by me, and I'm an even bigger fan of them now!
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Well my last two days have been a little unplanned, yesterday was one of the worse in quite some time. I was called by my wife in the morning that our son had broken or dislocated his "hip" at school and an ambulance was on it's way to get him. They ended up taking him to a trauma unit. Not good, the doctors were perplexed, how in the world could a 14 year old break his leg from falling down on the floor? 90 year olds do this, not 14 year olds. And an X-ray told them the whole story. Nick had a cyst in the bone, a void if you will. The top of his femur was hollow, like a figgin light bulb!
The top of the bone basically collapsed, it was not pretty. He was transferred to another hospital where a specialist was and he did a bang up job on Nick. He had a rod and a few screws put in today and is already moving it! We are very blessed that it happen at a place like it did. This thing was so fragile it could have happened anywhere. Jumping from a rock in Yosemite, or off a hay bale in Half Moon bay last Oct, it could have happened at a very bad time or place, so this is as good as it gets. Nick believe it or not has enjoyed the "show". He said that if it wasn't for the pain of the broken leg it is "interesting" seeing what he has seen during this experience.

My Gran Sport is put on the back burner for a few weeks minimum.

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Well my last two days have been a little unplanned, yesterday was one of the worse in quite some time. I was called by my wife in the morning that our son had broken or dislocated his "hip" at school and an ambulance was on it's way to get him. They ended up taking him to a trauma unit. Not good, the doctors were perplexed, how in the world could a 14 year old break his leg from falling down on the floor? 90 year olds do this, not 14 year olds. And an X-ray told them the whole story. Nick had a cyst in the bone, a void if you will. The top of his femur was hollow, like a figgin light bulb!
The top of the bone basically collapsed, it was not pretty. He was transferred to another hospital where a specialist was and he did a bang up job on Nick. He had a rod and a few screws put in today and is already moving it! We are very blessed that it happen at a place like it did. This thing was so fragile it could have happened anywhere. Jumping from a rock in Yosemite, or off a hay bale in Half Moon bay last Oct, it could have happened at a very bad time or place, so this is as good as it gets. Nick believe it or not has enjoyed the "show". He said that if it wasn't for the pain of the broken leg it is "interesting" seeing what he has seen during this experience.

My Gran Sport is put on the back burner for a few weeks minimum.

Brian
Gee Brian that is tough luck hope the future is bright for him now, stainless could have been an option ?? anyhow wish him well from us all
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wow brain, tell him to take it easy and get better
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