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Yesterday 06:25 PM
Too Many Projects With your situation 7-8 days is doing good..

Glad you solved the issue and are satisfied with the outcome.
Yesterday 06:02 PM
John long
Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
John, please PM me his location, so we can send a card in support.
Will do Mitch. That is kind of you guys.

Tim is going to go home tomorrow. He will be in a brace for X number of weeks even if they don't have to do surgery in two weeks. Also, it is his right shoulder blade that is broken and he is right handed, so he is going to be dealing with a lot of inconvenience for a while while his arm is also immobilized.

I did finish getting the '53 back together today and she now has 3/4 free travel at the top of the clutch and it releases about one inch from the bottom. The clutch pedal has a good feel without being to stiff also.

It may have taken me three weeks to do a 7-8 hour job but the end result seems to be very good.

Yesterday 10:59 AM
Too Many Projects
Originally Posted by cgates View Post
I hope you can go see him soon as I am sure he needs all the support he can get.
John, please PM me his location, so we can send a card in support.
Yesterday 08:51 AM
cgates I hope you can go see him soon as I am sure he needs all the support he can get.
08-09-2020 08:22 PM
John long Thanks guys. Tim was riding alone, as I understand it, and reached up to wipe sweat out of his eye. Apparently, he hit something (pot hole?) and with only one hand on the handle bar it flipped him into a gully. He had his phone in his pocket and called Christine to come help him.

When she got to him there some other cyclists who had come by and stayed with him until she arrived.

I have not talked to Tim so there may be parts of this that are not completely accurate but for the most part, I think it is close.

He has three fractured vertebrae, two broken ribs, and his shoulder blade is broken. They are particularly concerned about his L1 vertebrae as I understand it.

Again, thanks for all your concern and prayers.

08-09-2020 06:40 PM
Too Many Projects Dang, John, that was tough to read. Back injuries can take a long time to recover. The fact that they are NOT doing surgery is welcome news, at least to me. WAY too many negative outcomes from that procedure.
Hoping he is as comfortable as possible and heals well enough to stay out of the operating room.
Tell him I said "hi" and helping him recover from here...
08-09-2020 05:53 PM
idrivejunk That means it will be awhile before any conclusions can be made. Whew. Peace to you and to his, and comfort to him. Was anyone else hurt? Thanks for telling us what goes on. Can't always be shiny car stuff, I know that.
08-09-2020 05:04 PM
John long It turns out Tim did not go to surgery. As I understand it the Dr's looked at more X-rays and decided to hold off on surgery and are attempting to immobilize him with a cast and see if he will heal without the surgery.

I really feel like God has answered prayer and we are optimistic that more good news will be forthcoming.

Thank you all for your concern and prayers. I should have posted this earlier but have had a houseful of Barb's family here today.

08-09-2020 12:26 PM
John long He is in surgery now. Dr says it will be about 5 hours. Will post as I find out anything.

08-09-2020 09:00 AM
123pugsy Jeez...terrible news. With the advancements in medicine these days, I'm sure they'll fix him up nicely. Keeping you all in my thoughts.
08-09-2020 08:43 AM
idrivejunk John I am real sorry to hear that and thankful there is movement. Please keep us posted.
08-09-2020 08:06 AM
John long I wish I was giving you all an update on the car but Im not this time.

Tim had a wreck on his bike and has three broken vertebrae and a couple of broken ribs we know about. He is to go into surgery to get screwed back together at noon today. Keep him in your prayers please.

BTW, all legs and toes are still working. That is good news.

07-29-2020 03:28 PM
John long For some reason that big block did not make it easy to get this linkage out but I made it.

If I drill the clutch pedal and lever lower the bracket has to be modified for clearance. I was afraid to do it in the car so I fought the battle to get it out.

I plugged the hole where the rod did run and added a reinforcement for clearance and strength. I think I now have the clearance I need to move the rod down and increase the travel at the clutch throwout arm.


07-29-2020 08:44 AM
John long There was just enough time to jack the car up and pull the clutch pedal yesterday but it looks like re-drilling the clutch pedal is the way to go.

The brace nside the firewall is not nearly as much of a concern as I remembered it would be.

Much of the strength of the firewall comes from the angle where the toe board meets it as well as the front body mount that joins at that same point.

I circled the hole in this picture where the clutch rod comes through the firewall so you can see that where the inner brace ends the outer body mount begins. The actually overlap about an inch or so.

The real stress from the clutch pedal is on the steering column and pedal bracket. They are tied in at the floor, master cylinder, and a brace that goes up to the top of the firewall. Anyway, the plan is to redrill the Z-bar down about 1/2” and the pedal about 1”, reworking the inner brace and filling the old hole. I hope to pull the brace and z-bar today.

07-27-2020 04:40 PM
John long Good news! By the time I got to the end of my street, the gas gauge jumped up to 1/3 tank. There must have been some corrosion on the sender contacts after sitting all winter.

In any case, I’m a happy camper.

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