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Old 12-29-2013, 08:03 AM
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Thanks for thinking of me ,but as you said the freight would make it out of reason at the prices I have ben paying for small items ,Thanks anyway.
You might be surprised about how little it can cost. I shipped two transmissions on a pallet from Sacramento to Denver for about $110. And they picked it up at my house in Grass Valley (small town 40 miles away).

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Old 12-29-2013, 08:26 AM
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I was surprised when I sold an old Buick body, put it on a pallet and it went to New York as I remember, and it was only a few hundred dollars.

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Old 12-29-2013, 11:15 AM
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Since I had my ProStreet Sierra out for a winter cruise Sat I decided I would drive to NJ and take the ProStreet Ranger out to stretch it's legs. I leave that one at a friends house in NJ so we're only 1/2 hour from the 1320. There are "0" tracks left in NY and he has a trailer and tow vehicle so this way I dont have to tow through the hell they call The Bronx every time I want to go racing.

So I took a nice ride, worked on his Prostreet Lightning and my Prostreet Ranger (although I only have a small 10.50 tire on it right now). Next trip I'm going to lose both bumpers on the Ranger, install a Roll Pan and remove the exhaust. We'll run it open headers from this point forward and expect a couple of tenths improvement over this years 10.6 runs
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Must be getting to be spring , my neighbor trimmed his hedges.
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Worked on cleaning up after the big ice storm from saturday before Christmas. Entire area was without electric power for days since then. LOTS of trees down. Temps in the low teens most of the week made it real bad conditions for the power companies. They had linemen and tree guys from as far as Pennsylvania working all hours. My two lane gravel road was impassable for days. Trees/limbs everywhere.

I fired up the generator on the previous Friday as my power went out before the ice storm even started getting bad. Eight days on a gasoline generator, at $3.59 per gal. makes you appreciate the much lower power company rates.
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Old 12-29-2013, 03:57 PM
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Worked on cleaning up after the big ice storm from saturday before Christmas. Entire area was without electric power for days since then. LOTS of trees down. Temps in the low teens most of the week made it real bad conditions for the power companies. They had linemen and tree guys from as far as Pennsylvania working all hours. My two lane gravel road was impassable for days. Trees/limbs everywhere.

I fired up the generator on the previous Friday as my power went out before the ice storm even started getting bad. Eight days on a gasoline generator, at $3.59 per gal. makes you appreciate the much lower power company rates.
Good to hear you came thru it OK. The gas is expensive but be glad you had the generator. Without it, you won't have been able to stay in the house with no heat or water. The plumbing would've froze too. We are in a rural area with our own well and I can't understand the neighbors who refuse to buy a generator. We have gone 3-4 days without power before too.
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I actually spent a few hours cleaning the garage.
I needed to make room for a blasting cabinet I bought myself for Christmas.
I can now walk all the way around my car!!!

But I still can't see my work bench yet.
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Old 12-29-2013, 05:20 PM
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Epoxy primer is in the mixing cup cross linking it's little heart out. Will get the door patch primed tomorrow.

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Old 12-29-2013, 06:09 PM
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Got a little time out in the garage. I set out to practice my long welds using the rod feeding method I learned. Right off the bat a piece of metal and went to tack it, I wasn't using any clamps and the very first tack my hand is a bit close....



But after that little set back I welded the whole length of it in one shot. Now, you will see that the weld is UGLY, I still have a way to go with that. Then the acetylene ran out by the very end there was nothing so it was a bit oxidized along the way and popping blowing holes that I had to fill. This of course blows the consistency all to hell. Even then, it turned out great. I welded this seam, set it down and walked away to pull the tank off the cart and put it in my trunk. Didn't touch it with a hammer until it was cooled down. Now, first off, just letting it cool made a big difference in how it looked. It was rolled up kinda funky, but after cooling it had flattened out quite a bit. A little, I mean just a very little planishing was done before these photos. Just simply planishing the weld so it thins out spreading the metal back apart.





I am telling you, I am taking leaps and bounds ahead with this stuff. Back years ago I would have done all kinds of goofy stuff with this warped metal. Now, I understand, EVERYTHING that the metal is doing is right there in the HAZ. If it's warped and metal buckled out away from the weld, it needs work AT the weld, in the HAZ, that's it, that is the trick to this whole thing.

I am having a ball, because I am succeeding of course. If I was struggling I wouldn't be having quite as much fun.

But really, the student is ready and the teacher has appeared!

I also got a little better at straightening out the mig wire making it welding rod that is easy to work with. I mentioned how it still had a loop to it, just larger to my mentor and he simply said, pull it against the break line as you pull it out. I tried it and wham, almost perfectly straight!



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One funky thing I am finding is that it looks like my little jewelers torch tip is wearing, the tip isn't as nice as it was. Hopefully I can dress it up. But I am going to try and buy a few new ones. If I an figure out the brand name and make contact.

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Old 12-29-2013, 06:36 PM
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I actually spent a few hours cleaning the garage.
I needed to make room for a blasting cabinet I bought myself for Christmas.
I can now walk all the way around my car!!!

But I still can't see my work bench yet.
Good for you, Matt. Take it a little at a time and soon you will be at the bench and ready to get back on that '37...
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:38 PM
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I just found that I can get tips from a number of sources. And the cool part is I can get a little bigger so I can try a few different sizes.

If any of you want one of these little torches this place has killer prices. www.weldingsupply.com (12-1401-07 $15.99*)

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I can now walk all the way around my car!!!
But I still can't see my work bench yet.
First Law of Shelving: Junk expands to fill available space
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Good for you, Matt. Take it a little at a time and soon you will be at the bench and ready to get back on that '37...
Yep, i am spending more time here, and i find myself reading hotrod mags more than other stuff.
It's coming around.
I am not having as much time off of work this winter, as I have in the past. (good problem to have)
It always takes me a few weeks to get pointed in the right direction.
So I think it may take a while longer this year, because I am only off about a week a month.
I never really get going good.
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I am a pack rat, so it gets bad around here.
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I did get started on the interior panels for my project.
Many thanks to those who have shared their tips to doing interior work.
Also to "Dantwolakes" thank you. Your posts have inspired me to try.
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