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I laid in bed last night thinking. How exciting would it have been to be able to do and know the things we do now when we were 16 years old. My dad hated cars or anything that would dirty his hands. I had the will but no tools, no knowledge, no guidance, and no experience then. Just a strong love and interest in anything with an engine.

My life has been a really interesting journey. It saddens me that all I have learned to do and the satisfaction that goes with it will all be gone in just a few years.

But! ........ For now, I have more fun things to do! 😋

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I laid in bed last night thinking. How exciting would it have been to be able to do and know the things we do now when we were 16 years old. My dad hated cars or anything that would dirty his hands. I had the will but no tools, no knowledge, no guidance, and no experience then. Just a strong love and interest in anything with an engine.

My life has been a really interesting journey. It saddens me that all I have learned to do and the satisfaction that goes with it will all be gone in just a few years.

But! ........ For now, I have more fun things to do! 😋

John
Seems kinda futile sometimes , eh ?
 

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Huh Oh. Put the quarter pads on today. They looked real good and I was pleased.

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Unfortunately, when I layed the top on the car for a double check, I realized the groove in the tack strip was not for the pads but for the top itself. I may be proud of the pads but I don't think the rest of the world wants to see them.:unsure:

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I will start pulling staples again tomorrow and lick my calf over again. At least it will be a simple and straight forward repair.

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The quarter pads have now been moved and I have started to staple the top itself on. The first thing that absolutely has to be done is positioning the dart in the top at the rear bow. That point is cast in concrete and can not move. That is why the height of the rear bow is so critical.

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My next step was to pull the top forward and clamp it so I could work out the puckers and staple it at the rear body tack strip. As you can see, it appears to be going very well.

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There is a tack strip at the front that a piece of welt cord staples to. The company failed to send the cord but I now have it. After pulling out enough stitches and trimming the sponge rod to the correct length, I stapled it on and trimmed the excess off.

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Now with the top pulled forward and clamped again, I can get a pretty good feel for how things are going.

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The truth is, I'm really excited about how this is working out. Unless things go south at the end, I am going to end up with a pretty nice top.

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Tim and Christine came for Thanksgiving. It is good to have them here. I miss them a lot since Barb no longer travels.

Tim did check out my top. It still is not completely finished but it really is working out well.

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We also agreed on a carpet choice. It is a German square weave and won't be cheap bit it will work really well for the car.

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Anyway, it has been a good weekend. How blessed I am that I can be so close to not only my daughter but the one she loves too. Tim is a good man.

I asked him how much riding he is able to do since he broke his back. He said the longest ride he had taken so far was just 42 miles.

John

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I laid in bed last night thinking. How exciting would it have been to be able to do and know the things we do now when we were 16 years old. My dad hated cars or anything that would dirty his hands. I had the will but no tools, no knowledge, no guidance, and no experience then. Just a strong love and interest in anything with an engine.

My life has been a really interesting journey. It saddens me that all I have learned to do and the satisfaction that goes with it will all be gone in just a few years.

But! ........ For now, I have more fun things to do! 😋

John
I had the passion at 16 but lacked the skills! I got her done, had fun, but needed 2 gallons of bondo on the roof before I even touched it with sand paper, no kidding!

Brian


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Wow, Tim is back riding his motorcycle ??? ONLY 42 miles ?? It's crazy to think he was so seriously injured just a short time ago and is riding again. I don't know if even I would be willing to get back on this soon and I've been known to do a few risky things in my life.
 

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Wow, Tim is back riding his motorcycle ??? ONLY 42 miles ?? It's crazy to think he was so seriously injured just a short time ago and is riding again. I don't know if even I would be willing to get back on this soon and I've been known to do a few risky things in my life.
No. Not motorcycle. 42 miles on his bicycle....:)
 

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John keeps telling me I can put a motor on my bike so I won’t have to sweat so much. One of these days I am going to take him up on that (just have to convince his daughter/my better half) 😁
WOW, I've had this whole thing wrong....I thought you were riding a "bike", as in motorcycle, when you crashed. Going fast enough to get that seriously injured from a bicycle crash raises the he-man bar...;)
Your recovery from that injury is truly miraculous ! Very happy for you and the whole family.
 

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WOW, I've had this whole thing wrong....I thought you were riding a "bike", as in motorcycle, when you crashed. Going fast enough to get that seriously injured from a bicycle crash raises the he-man bar...;)
Your recovery from that injury is truly miraculous ! Very happy for you and the whole family.
Thanks so much Mitch! Christine has embraced the physical therapist role and has been whipping me back into shape 😅. Seriously though, we have been blessed in so many ways since the accident. Wouldn’t have dreamed to be this far along in the recovery process at this point. Still have work to do but I am beyond thankful for where I am at!
 

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John keeps telling me I can put a motor on my bike so I won’t have to sweat so much. One of these days I am going to take him up on that (just have to convince his daughter/my better half) 😁
Wish I could help you Tim but you know how much influence I have on your wife. 🤔

I did get to work on Preciouse for a couple of hours today. The hidum (wire on) is installed across the header bow and across the rear bow. The front corners are working out pretty well also. So far, I have had few disappointments, but I am slower than mollasses.

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I also ordered 4 yards of dark brown German square weave carpet today. I used it in the roadster 13 years ago. Not only does it wear like iron, I still have a little and it is a great match to the top and interior in Precious. It is pricey though. I feel a little extravagant ordering it.

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Looking good John.
Glad to see you getting some time in on it.
Where did you order the carpet from?
 
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