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Old 05-27-2012, 10:42 PM
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Well I got the passenger door all done with the latch out of the four door and all lubed up along with the window regulator and aligned too, the window and the door latch work MUCH better, just like new.

Funny, I vacuumed the inside and when I went to the drivers side that door just doesn't open up far enough. I am jazzed to get over to Steve's house and see how it's going to work.

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When you figure out the logistics on this project let me know and I'll contact my buddy to see what kind of car he wants.
That wouldn't be me Brian ,I'm just a worker ,I can barely organize my tools but I would love to fly over and help for a couple weeks...Since my wife has been there and loved it so much I'd probably have to drag her along. I think I could round up a member or two though...maybe even a couple sponsors
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Well I got all the way over to the shop and discovered that I had left my carpet stacked up nice and neat right by the door of the apt. so cancel installing it for today. Dang old age. haha I went to the Sat breakfast and outside photo shoot. Then I went for a winter cruize of about 80 miles so I now have my Jan miles in. I should only have FEB to worry about as we usually get some miles in at the end of Mar.

For those that don't know I'm trying to drive 12 consecutive months and at least 75 miles in each of our winter months regardless of weather. I've been out in light snow and down to 15 deg with no problems.
So hows it going with the driving ? sounds tough to do up there...
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Well it was it actually Saturday. Me and my buddy Bron installed the 2.5 back in his '95 Wrangler, after a re-ring and re-bearing job that I did on it Thurs and Fri, at my little shop. Top compression rings were broken on 1 & 3 cylinders and both compression rings were broken on #2 cylinder. He picked the Jeep up cheap, because of the engine miss, and had his guys patch the rust holes and other needed body work, when they had a couple slow days at his body shop. It looks and runs great now. Took off the doors and top and just havin' fun with it now. BTW It was 90 in my little shop, so I had taken off my shirt and kept my HF blower pointed at my bod to keep cool. Decided to call my shop : B.A.T.E.S... Big Al's Topless Engine Service, where topless is our middle name and service always comes last.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:06 AM
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LOL,thats pretty funny.
I woke up this morning with every intention of getting to the shop by 7:00,sat down with a fresh cup of coffee and checked out my favorite thread (this one),not much happening here,Memorial day and all so I went back to page 1and started from the beginning ....knowing what I know now and missing quite a few pages I spent a very enjoyable morning full of chuckles ,laughs and being very impressed with everybody ,what they are working on and the next thing you know its 10:00 I've been on here for 4hrs and only got to page 40...What a great bunch of guys.I wish I had gotten to the shop but my time was'nt wasted either I thouroly enjoyed it but now I gotta go and get something done on my car so I can concentrate on the job coming in tomorrow and the shop is clean and ready for it when he pulls up...I highly advice going back and catching up.
Brian, I cant believe the transition that came over you and your attitude on your car....I missed so much....How about Pm'ing me with your phone number again so we can have a chat I really enjoyed the last one and I need some advice (nothing to do with cars) gotta go.Have a wonderful weekend guys...
OK,Now heres something to think about on Memoria day thats a little different,I hope it sticks in your head like it did mine and give you something to talk about at work tomorrow...
WHY MR. ROGERS WORE A SWEATER!


Captain Kangaroo passed away on January 23, 2004, at age 76 , which is odd,
because he always looked to be 76. (DOB: 6/27/27)
His death reminded me of the following story:

Some people have been a bit offended that the actor, Lee Marvin,
is buried in a grave alongside 3 and 4-star generals at
Arlington National Cemetery.
His marker gives his name,
rank (PVT) and service (USMC). Nothing else.
Here's a guy who was only a famous movie star who served his time.
Why the heck does he rate burial with these guys?
Well, following is the amazing answer:
I always liked Lee Marvin, but didn't know the extent
of his Corps experiences.


In a time when many Hollywood stars served their country
in the armed forces often in rear echelon posts where they
were carefully protected, only to be trotted out to perform
for the cameras in war bond promotions,
Lee Marvin was a genuine hero.
He won the Navy Cross at Iwo Jima . There is only one
higher Naval award...the Medal Of Honor!




If that is a surprising comment on the true character of the man,
he credits his sergeant with an even greater show of bravery.
The following is a dialog from "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson."
His guest was Lee Marvin...Johnny said,
"Lee, I'll bet a lot of people are unaware
that you were a Marine in the initial landing at Iwo Jima...
and that during the course of that action, you earned
the Navy Cross and were severely wounded."

"Yeah, yeah... I got shot square in the bottom and they gave me
the Cross for securing a hot spot about halfway up Suribachi.
Bad thing about getting shot up on a mountain is guys getting
shot hauling you down. But, Johnny, at Iwo, I served under
the bravest man I ever knew...We both got the Cross the same day,
but what he did for his Cross made mine look cheap in comparison.

That dumb guy actually stood up on Red Beach and directed his
troops to move forward and get the hell off the beach.
Bullets were flying by, with mortar rounds landing everywhere,
and he stood there as the main target of gunfire so he could get his
men to safety. He did this on more than one occasion because
his men's safety was more important than his own life.

That Sergeant and I have been lifelong friends. When they brought
me off Suribachi, we passed the Sergeant and he lit a smoke and
passed it to me, lying on my belly on the litter and said,
"Where'd they get you Lee?" I told him, "Well Bob...
if you make it home before me, tell Mom to sell the outhouse!"

Johnny, I'm not lying, Sergeant Keeshan was the bravest man
I ever knew. The Sergeant's name is Bob Keeshan.
You and the world know him as Captain Kangaroo."



On another note, there was this wimpy little man
on PBS, gentle and quiet. Mr. Rogers (who has now passed away)
is another of those you would least suspect of being anything
but what he portrayed to our youth.
But Mr. Rogers was a U.S. Navy Seal, combat-proven in
Vietnam with over twenty-five confirmed kills to his name.
He wore a long-sleeved sweater on TV, to cover
the many tattoos on his forearms and biceps.
He was a master in small arms and hand-to-hand combat,
able to disarm or kill in a heartbeat.


After the war Mr. Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister
and therefore a pacifist. Vowing to never harm another human and
also dedicating the rest of his life to trying to help lead children on
the right path in life... He hid away the tattoos and his past life
and won our hearts with his quiet wit and charm.
America 's real heroes don't flaunt what they did; they quietly go
about their day-to-day lives, doing what they do best.
They earned our respect and the freedoms that we all enjoy.
Look around and see if you can find
one of those heroes in your midst.
Often, they are the ones you'd least suspect, but would most like
to have on your side if anything ever happened.

Take the time to thank anyone who has fought for our freedom.
With encouragement they could be the next Captain Kangaroo or Mr. Rogers!

Send this on. Nothing will happen to you if you don't, but if you do share it,
you will be awakening others to what a HERO is made of...

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Well saturday was a bust slept in and never even went to the shop.Sun wasnt much better ,I went in and the stereo blew so ....No Jimi no workie had a major mental block going on and just farted around but I wnt in today and got a bit more done...cleaned up and got the shop ready for the 65 impala wagon coming in...play time is over.
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I still haven't got the bugs out of the skirt but its getting there.the bottom of the skist is being a real clallenge ,nothing I did looked right but I have one more idea to try before I give up on the skirts all together,theres just to much to do getting this ready for taillights so I can drive it without worrying and thats really all I want to start driving it ...
It really doesn't look like the wheel opening was changed a whole lot so I included a pic of the back side of the fender showing just how different it really is,it should be the second pic, a couple pics of how I made the new shape on paper then blacked out a new shape in the paper with flat black paint in order to see it better...
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It is looking damn good to me!

First off I enjoyed out conversation today Mike, when you remember why you called, give me a call!

I did some pre-top work like bending this tack strip into shape.



Swapped out some nuts on the top irons for SS ones being you can see them from the inside. I gave the Rambler a good washing getting it ready for the Goodguys Summer Get-Together this weekend.

When I came back from the parts store I had to laugh when I saw this. It's like the movie "Twins" when Arnold tells Devido that they are twins, "I thought I was looking in a Mirra".



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First off I enjoyed out conversation today Mike, when you remember why you called, give me a call!



Brian
I remembered this morning ,it has do do with what I went through last week.and how I lost 30 pounds at the hospital getting some major surgery done.I got out Saturday ,and started working on the car Tuesday ,felt better than I have in years the surgery had nothing to do with my back but they cut out about 20lbs of my guts and tossed them in the trash.so losing that weight alone is making me feel like a new man....Every day I feel better and better by the end of next week I should be able to bend steel with my bare hands and be faster than a speeding bullet.I went in at 210 lbs and today I'm at 177 lbs ...My high school weight was 175... WHAT A DIFFERENCE
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I remembered this morning ,it has do do with what I went through last week.and how I lost 30 pounds at the hospital getting some major surgery done.I got out Saturday ,and started working on the car Tuesday ,felt better than I have in years the surgery had nothing to do with my back but they cut out about 20lbs of my guts and tossed them in the trash.so losing that weight alone is making me feel like a new man....Every day I feel better and better by the end of next week I should be able to bend steel with my bare hands and be faster than a speeding bullet.I went in at 210 lbs and today I'm at 177 lbs ...My high school weight was 175... WHAT A DIFFERENCE

WOW! That is great news! Are you able to take walks ok? That has been my miracle medicine for years, lots of walking. A few months ago all of a sudden my feet started hurting bad, real bad and I have had to stop my hikes, but after a visit to the doctor and some shoe inserts and exercises I am getting better I think and am on my way to getting out there again.

What the heck was the surgery that you had?

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Hey Guys. Before I forget. If you get a chance Brian, Post a picture of the Buick. I read the posts when you were discussing putting the top on but have not seen the finished project since you got the top and windows all aligned.

Mike, I did not know you had been in the hospital. Glad you are doing well. You have talked a lot about the skirts on the car and I do like what you are doing but the thing that really impresses me is that bottom fender cap you made. That is a high quality part. it is not only formed and fitted well but it looks like the factory designed it. I am truly impressed. Thanks for posting.

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Old 05-29-2012, 09:13 PM
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Forgot.....Brian , let us know how your friend does at the Good-Guys. Hope he has a ball.

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I don't have a photo of after the alignment was all done but this will look the same to you and I could have lied and said this was it finished.


I have great news about my buddy and his trip into the Goodguys. I went by his house today and showed him what the entry looked like and he is very confident that he can get in to it. He told me a couple more things that he may need and I am going to try to fab them between now and Sunday.

The other very exciting news is that I sent an email to the Goodguys telling them about Steve and I received an email back from a guy excited to meet him and take a photo for the Gazette! Now I haven't told Steve about this and I will discuss it with him before I give the guy a call when we are there. But I am thinking Steve will be beyond jazzed about it.

Looks like Sunday we will be there first thing in the morning.

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Thanks John,It was a pretty tough (and frustrating) piece to make as I'm sure you know.
Brian.Basicly I had a colostomy,A masive infection first had to be addresed ,my bowel,bladder were fused together and my ureter was embedded in my colon ,there were holes connecting these systems that aren't
supposed to be there, so they cut a bunch of my guts out and seperated the different systems Then bypassed everything so it could heal .now I have a little stub of my large intestine sticking out of my stomach and and bag stuck on there which I poop in...While they were in there they also fixed my hernia My scrotom looked like two grapfruits in a bag....
I spent the week before in bed feeling run downand with absoluty no energy.by the time it hurt bad enough for me to have the wife get me to the ER I was in screaming agony every 20 min...every 20 min or so I felt like a chugged a six-pac and had to wee like a race horse but there was a zip tie on my wee wee..Any way at the ER they got me right in and and before I could even fill out all the forms ,they threw me in a wheel chair and rushed me in like I just got shot or something...8 days later (saturday) I came home.Sunday I forced myself to go to the shopand just hang out doing paper work and trying to keep busy cleaning up..Ithink it was tuesday I got started on the car...Now this might sound like I was pushing it but not really right out of th hospital I felt clear headed, healthy.and my back didnt hurt near as bad....I havent felt like this in years.I cant lift anything and have to be mindfull of that but wow it feels good to be pain free once more no pain pills since the hospital either...I was scared to death of going in and even more scared knowing I was going in to surgery ,told the wife who gets my stuff and if I needed a machine to keep me alive ,say goodbye and unplug it..The stay at the hospital turned out to be very pleasent and everyone there was fantastic friendy and professional.I even went back yesterday for my check up and went to the hospital while I was in the area to visit the nurses and thank them for all there help and smiling faces and just a little flirting...They all told me how much better I looked and that I looked sooooo good so I just had to tell them they looked pretty dam hot too,wanna ALL go out for drinks after work,They ALL laughed and thought I was just trying to be funny I was walking around yesterday for about 2hrs straight ,before I went in 50 ft was max....
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Holy Cow Mike, that sucks! Damn, so glad you are feeling better, you sure sound like it. And on the phone the other day you sounded like you were up to running a marathon so you must be well on your way to getting better.

I spent a day in the hospital a couple of years ago and I called it a "Day spa", they were SOOOOOO nice man, it really was like a "vacation" they were so nice to me.

Do what the doctor tells you and get better.

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