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Old 05-30-2012, 02:25 PM
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Had an old friend stop by today after not seeing him for 41 years! In 1971 I sold him my unfinished '40 Chev coupe and he just started finishing and fixing it up a year ago! He's just getting around to changing the title, and needed to get a lost title done, as he had lost all the papers over the years.
I always thought it probably rusted away and he never got around to finishing it, but looking at the pictures he's really doing it up nicely! Metal work is almost done, and he's got all the new rubber and glass for it. It's getting a 383 stroker with TH400, and 12 posi. His plan is to make a sleeper that looks almost stock from the exterior, but updated performance drivetrain.
Can't even guess how many times I've wondered what happened to him and the old Chev over the last 4 decades! He promised to bring it by once he's completed it!

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Old 05-30-2012, 08:44 PM
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Glad there is good news for all. I had not mentioned it before but my wife found a lump in her breast about 6 weeks ago. They removed it 3 weeks ago. The lymph nodes were clear and we finally got the final pathology report today. She will not need chemo, just radiation therapy and the Dr advised odds of recurrence are approximately 1 in 20. We are very thankful.

Mike will the Colostomy be reversible down the road? I know you are thankful to be feeling better but it would be great if you had a chance to get back to where you were. Anyway, we feel God has blessed us greatly. I told the Dr. I wish he could give all his patience as good of news as we got.

I did get to the basement and started making my Rumble seat frame. I want to mount it in such a way that it will be easy to remove when we need the luggage space. I will post some pictures of what I am doing. By the way Guys the inner deck lid is 100% hand formed. I did reuse some of the outer skin.

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That is good news John! Glad your wife' prognosis is great! My wife went through this about 6 yrs. ago, and is healthy and happy today!
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That is good news John! Glad your wife' prognosis is great! My wife went through this about 6 yrs. ago, and is healthy and happy today!
Thanks for the positive feed back. With God's grace we will be able to say the same. I know you have to be excited to see the coupe. Hope your budy lives up to his promise to bring it by. If you can post a picture if he does.
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Oh hell guys, you are having some rough times. I don't know what I would do with something like that with my wife. A few years ago she ended up in ICU and it just about killed ME.

God bless her.

Today I got out in the garage and with my circular saw I cut up a few pieces of wood that I had out back to make a "filler" to set on the threshold and fill up the gap between the rocker and the seat so my buddy can get in the Rambler this weekend. This was one thing he pointed out to me yesterday. I have a little more work on it but it is coming along real good. I wish I had the time to make some sort of grab handle. I think I may, I just may be able to between tomorrow and Sunday when I take him to the good guys. I did have an idea on the way to work today where I would remove the right windshield trim from the inside of the A pillar and make something to bolt on there that would have a grab handle welded to it for him. We will see tomorrow.

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And by the say John, that rumble lid looks mighty nice! I sure like something like that beautiful work that you don't see, that is the kinda detail I love.

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And by the say John, that rumble lid looks mighty nice! I sure like something like that beautiful work that you don't see, that is the kinda detail I love.

Brian
The grab handle idea sounds great. I would not have thought of that. There is probably no one thing that will help him more if he still has strength in his arms. Is there any chance the sun visor mount might be strong enough? I just went to the Good-Guys Nashville. I would love to be on the left coast and be able to meet you and your buddy. Keep us posted.

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Yeah when he was looking at the car he was talking about grabbing the window frame on the door. Problem is it's not that strong and he is 275ish lbs.

Engineering a nice grab handle would be the bomb and I figured it out but now to make it and I am running out of time.

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Well nobody can say you didn't give it your best shot. I know a lot us will be looking forward to hearing how it works out. Good luck. Also, I hope you enjoy the weekend as much as I did the one in Nashville.

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Hope you can get things sorted out Brian so your friend can make the outting!
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Put new wheel cylinders in the rear brakes today. Couldn't find a source anywhere for US built, so had to put Chinese in. All went well except that I had a bear of a time getting the flare fitting to reseal, and it was probably those cheap Chinese wheel cylinders. Wih I'd have bought a rebuild kit instead. Finally got them stopped from dripping.
After that I installed the new MSD 6 ignition controller, and reset my timing for the hotter spark. Still need to open the plug gap from 35 to 50, and then it should be ready to go.
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I am embarrassed to say how much time I spent fooling with the mounting system for my rumble seat today. I remembered today why I don't do customer work. I would hate to tell a customer what he owed me for them. Of course I would hate more not to get paid for it. I still have to round the corners and dress them up.

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The 9er club...

Drove my 49 over to my friend Hank's house and we did a shoot of "the 9er club". His 59 and 69 are 3/4 ton. They should all be in paint by summers end if all goes well.
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Hey cool stuff there John and Prof, very cool photo.

Tonight I got out to the garage and started on a grab handle for my Rambler to help my buddy get in. I went out and found a safety handle from the shower in my house that I removed when I remodeled it. I took the handle and went to the car and it was the PERFECT length to fit on each side of the glove box. The damn thing was exactly right to fit in a place with very little room for error, I couldn't believe it. I made a piece to weld onto the bar that will bolt under the dash. Now I need to see about a vert support up to the windshield post.

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What did work on today? Something I would REALLY not have been doing

My next-door neighbor was getting some trees taken down and I was watching - including watching the tree-specialist get killed

So my day was spent with Workers Comp folks, police, coroner's office staff, etc, etc, etc.

Police confiscated ("seized") the card outta my video camera that had captured the entire incident

And now I am gonna pour myself one or 6 stiff ones and go to bed.
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