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Old 04-06-2012, 08:43 AM
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I REALLY know how you feel Brian! My yougest son wa born with a broken collar bone; a sign of things to come! He has osteogenisis imperfecta, brittle bone disease. From birth to around 17 yrs. old he had probably 18 broken bones, and got to a point where he'd cry just seeing anyone in a white coat.
Fortunately he finally stopped breaking bones at that point, and hasn't had a broken bone for 20 years now. But they say the nature of the disease is he'll grow back into it as he gets old.
Hope your son gets better quickly!

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Old 04-06-2012, 01:49 PM
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Thanks guys, At this point it looks like a simple "cyst" in the bone, at this point this is what we are hoping for of course.

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Old 04-06-2012, 06:44 PM
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My Better half broke her arm above the elbow a few weeks ago.
Ugly break---clear thru and her arm was bent were it should not be.

She still has a few weeks of the cast and still a few weeks off work.
Poor girl has had nothing but "falling apart" issues for a couple of years now.
2 ankle surgeries and a knee surgery.

When all is said and done, this may be a good thing happening to your boy at an early age. Still young enough to heal up and learn his limitations.

A couple of my early injuries have kept me from doing some things, but knowing ahead of time it's a bad idea has probably kept me from more than one ER visit.

Hope he heals up fully and properly.

Susan's X-rays yesterday show she is finally starting to heal up and the arm has done some self aligning in the process.
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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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X2 at least it was early, and in an easy ambulance location! Now he knows and Will recover well. Pullin for him, best wishes. Chicks dig scars, he'll be good!
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:54 PM
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Thanks guys, he as moved around using a walker already, it's amazing how different it is than just a few years ago when he would have spent months in traction!

One of the more interesting things that came of this was this little story. The day it happened and we were talking with the surgeon about how it would be fixed I told him "That sounds like what I do for a living, only with different material". He asked me a question that told me he was a vintage car nut. He asked me "Why don't body shops want to work on a vintage car and only do wrecks"? He proceeded to pull out his phone and show me a photo of his 48 Chevy pickup that HE restored! LOL We had a nice connection right there.

After the surgery I had the most interesting talk with him. He explained to me every step of the procedure, it was so damn interesting. I told him how funny it is that we both do a similar thing but at a point early on went in different directions. He proceeded to tell me how he restored his truck WHILE he was going to med school! And I mean, HE restored it, everything but the actual spraying of the paint. And he did it in a one car garage in his apartment building.

The funny thing about the conversation, the very odd thing that is, I got a very clear message from him that he admired what I was able to do all these years making a living! I am not kidding you, this guy was a hot rodder who ended up a surgeon, probably being pushed by his parents or something like that. But I could tell he really wished he had done what I did! When he was telling me about this procedure he had done on my sons leg he spoke to me as an equal, he was telling me this just as if I was discussing with someone how to chop a top on a 32 Ford. It was really interesting and along with a few other people there, this experience introduced me to few people with a few conversations that were treasures that I won't soon forget.

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^^^^^^^^^ thats kinda funny, because when going to the dentist, I often compare it to polishing/repairing aluminum



yesterday, on our first real nice day of spring, I did a ton of yard work, and there is a bunch more to do

when my son got back from a dump run with my 97 f250 all I could smell was brakes
looks like the RF brake is stuck on, judging from the smoke coming off of it
took the tire off, and couldnt see what was wrong

I will tear it apart today

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Old 04-08-2012, 08:04 AM
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^^^^^^^^^ thats kinda funny, because when going to the dentist, I often compare it to polishing/repairing aluminum



yesterday, on our first real nice day of spring, I did a ton of yard work, and there is a bunch more to do

when my son got back from a dump run with my 97 f250 all I could smell was brakes
looks like the RF brake is stuck on, judging from the smoke coming off of it
took the tire off, and couldnt see what was wrong

I will tear it apart today
Uuuummmmm, Wheel bearing ? Let us know.
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:11 AM
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Well it was actually last Wednesday. I media blasted my buddy's spare set of alloy wheels with extra fine Black Beauty. It only took less than five minutes per wheel with my pressure blaster. Almost longer to suit up with long sleeved canvas carhart jacket, welder's cap, dust mask, full face mask, ear muffs, and TIG gloves. He picked them up cheap because the clear coat was peeling. He is going to paint them satin black. They go on his 2005 K-2500
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:14 AM
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^^^^^^^^^ thats kinda funny, because when going to the dentist, I often compare it to polishing/repairing aluminum



yesterday, on our first real nice day of spring, I did a ton of yard work, and there is a bunch more to do

when my son got back from a dump run with my 97 f250 all I could smell was brakes
looks like the RF brake is stuck on, judging from the smoke coming off of it
took the tire off, and couldnt see what was wrong

I will tear it apart today
Being a Ford, look at rusty caliper guide pins - a too well known situation. You can try a clean up, but you should really replace them along with their boots - the new boots are made of better stuff. A good silicone BRAKE grease should be applied to the pins on reassembly.

NOW, what did I do yesterday - tile work in a bathroom I'm redoing. This has to be one of the slowest jobs I have ever done on the house. Everything just takes 2X as long as straight forward carpentry work. The tiles are 5/16" thick Italian porcelain and are harder then steel. I tried my 4-1/2 grinder with a brand new Norton 60 grit disc to true up a corner - it barely touched it and threw major sparks. The ones I had to cut last week - cleaned the diamond grit off the blade of my little low end wet saw so ended up with the tile store's monster 12" pro wet saw - and that one even groaned. Waiting on a new blade for mine so I can do the backsplash.

The car - waitin' and rarin' to go if it ever gets warm enough again. A roadster in 30-40 degree weather, even with a heater could be a lot more fun at 50-70 degrees
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^^^^^^^^^ thats kinda funny, because when going to the dentist, I often compare it to polishing/repairing aluminum

LOLOLOLOLOL funny you should say this because he told me about how back in Med school he brought the stainless steel window trim from the truck into the school when no one was looking and using stainless polish and the polishing equipment in a dental class using for polishing dentures polished it! NO KIDDING! LOLOLOLOL, isn't that hilarious!

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Been busy drawing up plans for the house.

I want to knock off the first floor and get a two story pre-fab house dropped on the existing foundation.

I'm going Wednesday to get an estimate. If I do this project, the car will be shelved for a good 2 years as I will be doing the whole interior by myself.
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:43 AM
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Been busy drawing up plans for the house.

I want to knock off the first floor and get a two story pre-fab house dropped on the existing foundation.

I'm going Wednesday to get an estimate. If I do this project, the car will be shelved for a good 2 years as I will be doing the whole interior by myself.
WOW, that makes it hard to finish something!

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when my son got back from a dump run with my 97 f250 all I could smell was brakes
looks like the RF brake is stuck on, judging from the smoke coming off of it
took the tire off, and couldnt see what was wrong

I will tear it apart today
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Uuuummmmm, Wheel bearing ? Let us know.
nope those were perfect

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Being a Ford, look at rusty caliper guide pins - a too well known situation. You can try a clean up, but you should really replace them along with their boots -
surprisingly they were perfect-boots, pins, and mounting bolts


this truck hardly ever gets driven so I think thats what caused this

all I could find was the pads had a lot of crud/rust where they ride in the caliper
also the upper caliper piston was a little stiff to push back (but I have seen worse)

so I just cleaned and lubed everything around the pads and where they ride in the caliper
also worked the pistons back and forth in the caliper a few times


seems ok now
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I also changed the lug nuts on the wifes toyota p-up while rotating the tires side to side
so now you use a 19mm socket instead of a 21mm (it was really tight getting the socket in there) the toyota dealer would complain about the lugs when rotating the tires, when she would get her oil changed


also, some more yard work there is so much to do around the house its almost overwhelming
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Well I live in New Zealand and am packing to attend the first Willys nationals in Australia, there are not many Willys in NZ so when an opperunity fronts up I would be a fool not to take it,just sit around and talk Willys don't sound good, but it does to me. Not many people outside of hot rodding here even know what a Willys is, so you can imagine some of the confutations. Anyhow I took some shots of the pickup to enter into the project section
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