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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.
 

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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...:thumbup:
 

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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.

John
 

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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.

John
 

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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.

John
Just wanted to thank everyone for your prayers, each and every one is very deeply appreciated! Long road ahead with several unknowns, but we will take it one day at a time and stay focused on the rehab process. Didn’t mean to create a diversion for this thread, will try to be more careful going forward :(
Tim
 

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Good to see you post, Tim !!
Also, good to hear they are using a natural healing method, over surgery, for now. Hopefully, you will heal well on your own.

This will give you time to plan out a new avatar pic...something with a Chevy II in it...:D

I hear your F-I-L has some room in his restoration shop for a new project... ;)
 

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It looks like I jave a new project for Precious.

All four adjuster screws for the quarter windows are unusable. There are some on Ebay for 18.50 plus freight. Hmmmm, I don't think so. I have ordered some fine thread stainless allthread from McMaster Carr which should be here Monday. We will see how it works out.

The windows are ready to go in after having to reshape the upper chrome frames, cut every screw to length and rivet the weatherstrip channels to the lower frames I had plated.

So far, so good.

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I drove Precious up to Melvin's and Steve's last week. She looked good sitting in the driveway.

John

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BTW, Tim is doing well and no longer on any Pain medication. He goes a week from Monday for a follow up visit and hopefully will find out for sure if he has to have surgery.

John
 

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LOL, Those are the $18.50 oem ones. 🤫 I will post the fabricated ones next week if all works out. I think I can fuse weld a stainless 5/16-24 pan head screw and a piece of stainless allthread and create an adjuster that will work. ......fingers crossed.🤔

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I had the opportunity to play with Precious today. I came up with a plan to reproduce the adjuster screws without paying $18.50 a piece. With shipping, the four screws would have been $80,

Have I ever mentioned I am very frugal?

This is the hinge that the quarter window pivots on.



This is the adjuster screw I need.



I took a 5/16-24 stainless pan head screw and a piece of stainless all-thread.



Then drilled a 5/16 hole into the head just deep enough to center the all-thread.



Next I took my little Eastwood TIG welder and fused the two pieces together. No filler rod needed.



After grinding them and shortening them, as well as slotting them, I now have 4 stainless adjuster screws for about 10 bucks.






Frugal wins again! 🍻👍😋

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SEVEN YEARS ... I just realized I have read this thread since the beginning, in 2013.... no wonder I look older.

GREAT JOB, even with life getting in the way.... I hope the bones keep healing Tim, and that the rest of us geezers get to read for another SEVEN years, but maybe on a new project.

I grabbed that last picture to use as wallpaper for a few days... HOPING it will inspire me....

Nice job John...best 54 I ever had for wallpaper ... and it looks GREAT on my computer !!!!

Mike B
 

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SEVEN YEARS ... I just realized I have read this thread since the beginning, in 2013.... no wonder I look older.

GREAT JOB, even with life getting in the way.... I hope the bones keep healing Tim, and that the rest of us geezers get to read for another SEVEN years, but maybe on a new project.

I grabbed that last picture to use as wallpaper for a few days... HOPING it will inspire me....

Nice job John...best 54 I ever had for wallpaper ... and it looks GREAT on my computer !!!!

Mike B
That is about as nice of a compliment I could be paid Mike. Thank you very much for posting this.

LOL, You didn't have to remind the world how long it takes me to build a car. :)) I posted at the very beginning of this thread, if you don't enjoy the build it is better not to start it......kind of like riding a motorcycle.................. The journey is the destination.😉

Thanks again.

John
 
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