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Old 07-08-2012, 06:06 PM
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i am not setting any records for big accomplishments but changed oil and serviced the roadster in preparation for going to the Street Rod Nationals in Louisville in 4 weeks. Needed to be done 2 months ago but I was busy doing more funner things.

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Hey long John I dont plan on doing nothing but the funner things,all day every day....unfourtunatly something always comes along and ruins all my plans...I havent done anything fun since I put my door locks in upside down...

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Old 07-08-2012, 06:11 PM
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LOL. I understand, Just don't like it but got to do it. Too poor not to take care of what little I've got.

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Old 07-08-2012, 06:44 PM
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LOL. I understand, Just don't like it but got to do it. Too poor not to take care of what little I've got.

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I'm slowly coming to the realization that what I need to take care of most now is my health, I'm starting to deteriorate and the other day I had a 65 yr old run circles around me...what a reality slap in the face.I'm in terrible shape for my age....I never planned on being around this long,always stayed out all night partying,chasing women, never exercising over eating and just plain over doing everything ,now I'm paying for it. I need a full body restoration.... I just wish I realized all this 10 yr ago....I wouldnt have so much work to do now...
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I'm slowly coming to the realization that what I need to take care of most now is my health, I'm starting to deteriorate and the other day I had a 65 yr old run circles around me...what a reality slap in the face.I'm in terrible shape for my age....I never planned on being around this long,always stayed out all night partying,chasing women, never exercising over eating and just plain over doing everything ,now I'm paying for it. I need a full body restoration.... I just wish I realized all this 10 yr ago....I wouldnt have so much work to do now...

I think if there is anything this old 67 year old guy could make the younger guys realize it would be first; how short life is and second; what a gift every day is. The sad thing is no one could tell me and I know no one will believe me either. They will have to figure it out on their own. I have really enjoyed my life and if the good Lord does not see fit for me to wake up in the morning I am thankfull for all I have had. On the other hand I am going to go ahead and make plans to be here.

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Repacking wheel bearings on travel trailer. However when I took 'em out & cleaned 'em, I was NOT real happy with seeing some colour ("color" to our US readers!), so a trip to get new sets was in order. Whole new kits: bearings, races & seals. Start over. Well I got ONE wheel done - 3 more to go! And its too bleepin' HOT out in the driveway!
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After a few failed attempts at getting my alternator to fit and adjust in a very crowded engine compartment with several rigged attempts, I finally got it done! Had one of those "duh" moments after I couldn't seem to figure a way to get the alternator adjustment arm to clear the fender, and the belt to clear both fender and frame.
I suddenly realised I didn't really need to have the adjustment arm even on the engine, as the engine has solid motor mounts. Once I got over that I decided to fab up a arm bracket on the frame, and simply bolt the alternator arm to the frame. The alternator adjusts backwards, as pulling down on the alternator tightens the belt, but it clears by 1/2"-3/4" on the frame and the fender, and it works. Pretty cramped quarters, so the alternator sits in the left fenderwell. As long as it's not too rainy it should survive! No room in the engine compartment for it!
Drove it around a lot today, plus hit the local cruise in, and it's working good.

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Repacking wheel bearings on travel trailer. However when I took 'em out & cleaned 'em, I was NOT real happy with seeing some colour ("color" to our US readers!), so a trip to get new sets was in order. Whole new kits: bearings, races & seals. Start over. Well I got ONE wheel done - 3 more to go! And its too bleepin' HOT out in the driveway!
I feel fer ya that blistering 80 degree weather can be brutal...My bleepin AC is set at 80...
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:13 PM
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After a few failed attempts at getting my alternator to fit and adjust in a very crowded engine compartment with several rigged attempts, I finally got it done! Had one of those "duh" moments after I couldn't seem to figure a way to get the alternator adjustment arm to clear the fender, and the belt to clear both fender and frame.
I suddenly realised I didn't really need to have the adjustment arm even on the engine, as the engine has solid motor mounts. Once I got over that I decided to fab up a arm bracket on the frame, and simply bolt the alternator arm to the frame. The alternator adjusts backwards, as pulling down on the alternator tightens the belt, but it clears by 1/2"-3/4" on the frame and the fender, and it works. Pretty cramped quarters, so the alternator sits in the left fenderwell. As long as it's not too rainy it should survive! No room in the engine compartment for it!
Drove it around a lot today, plus hit the local cruise in, and it's working good.

Looks good! Sometimes, for me at least, my best "fixes" are directly after a "Duh" moment-

I took part of last week off, and my better half "let me" work on the Car for about 3 days-didn't seem like that long, but I got my Fuel Pump/Filter arrangement finished up, and started on the Tank cartridge-

Still kinda hard to explain, but I had a new insert made by them, and when I received it and put it in my Tank I realized that the way the return fuel would come back into the Tank (basically pointed straight down at the suction side), that it would create a ton of aeration, and probable cavitation, so I capped off the return line, bought some 14 gauge Stainless 308 and cut a circle out of it with my Plasma cutter-then I made a hole for the pickup tube in it, slid it up and welded it to the return line, thereby capping it-before I did this I had a 4" stub sticking down that I drilled 16 3/8" holes in it (for the return fuel)-done.

Then, I started bending up some Stainless 1/2" (-8) line for my new Fuel lines, and flared them-I am using regular Parker 2 wire braid Hydraulic Hose (good for 3000# psi) for my "flex" lines between the Tank and Pump, and also for the return fuel lines right at the Tank (about 8" long to take out the vibration)-it will outlast the Car-

At this point I'm about 2/3 done with the Lines, and had to order some more Fittings, and a Ball Valve to put between the Tank and Filter so I can shut it off when changing Fuel Filters or working on the Fuel System-
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I'm slowly coming to the realization that what I need to take care of most now is my health, I'm starting to deteriorate and the other day I had a 65 yr old run circles around me...what a reality slap in the face.I'm in terrible shape for my age....I never planned on being around this long,always stayed out all night partying,chasing women, never exercising over eating and just plain over doing everything ,now I'm paying for it. I need a full body restoration.... I just wish I realized all this 10 yr ago....I wouldnt have so much work to do now...
Walking is one of the best things you can do for your body and mind. Walking in nature is of course the best, I haven't been doing it as much as I have in the past and need to, it is so therapeutic.

I have a guy who comes by and picks up our cardboard. Not because he has to, but just for something to do. He bikes and hikes a lot, he is 75. He just biked around Lake Tahoe for his birthday! It's 75 miles! and he did it in five and a half hours!

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Old 07-10-2012, 10:44 AM
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Well yesterday turned into a "honey do" day and will for a few days more. My wife bless her heart never tells me to do a thing, there is no real honey do list, she never complains about anything. So when out of the blue during a conversation she simply mentions something that is bugging her I jumped and was onto it right now. I guess I have looked at that termite eaten window moulding on the front of the house too much too.

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Old 07-10-2012, 11:31 AM
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Well yesterday turned into a "honey do" day and will for a few days more. My wife bless her heart never tells me to do a thing, there is no real honey do list, she never complains about anything. So when out of the blue during a conversation she simply mentions something that is bugging her I jumped and was onto it right now. I guess I have looked at that termite eaten window moulding on the front of the house too much too.

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It would be good if you explained to her you really would rather work on the house but there are a lot of people depending on you to show them how to install their own convertible top. explain to her you feel obligated to go to the garage and work on the car. I do have free long distance. I could call her for you...

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Old 07-10-2012, 11:57 AM
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I sprayed the passenger seat in my daily driver with urine cleaner because my dog soaked it the other day. Not sure if it is enough yet because I did it just before heading to work. I also topped off the coolant. It had been overheating a bit because of the 100+ degree weather. Let me tell you how much fun it is to be running the heater when it is 105 outside.

Sunday I stopped and looked at a 1976 coupe deville. If it was in better shape I would trade my pt cruiser for it. Wish I could swing the deal, but I'll just have to soldier on for a while longer.
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it would be good if you explained to her you really would rather work on the house but there are a lot of people depending on you to show them how to install their own convertible top. Explain to her you feel obligated to go to the garage and work on the car. I do have free long distance. I could call her for you...:d

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LOL,ILMAO...Thats funny...I think I'll try that one...If you dont hear from me for a couple days you'll know for sure I did...
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