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« Reply #8400 on: November 01, 2019, 06:38:58 AM »
Wait.... You touched the second gen?
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« Reply #8401 on: November 01, 2019, 07:55:44 AM »
Today I had one of the two new tires for the front of my truck mounted & balanced. I won't let anyone touch my truck unless absolutely necessary because the "techs" here are generally stupid or on drugs or alcohol. Many are both stupid and on something, so I don't want anyone even changing a wheel as I've seen the things they screw up and had to fix them on customer cars. Anyway, I bring one wheel to a Tire Kingdom as I've installed the spare tire on the truck so no one has to touch the truck. I specifically state "I DO NOT WANT DYNAMIC BALANCE, JUST STATIC BALANCE THE WHEEL AND PUT THE WEIGHTS ON THE INSIDE LIP. I DO NOT WANT ANY WEIGHTS ON THE FRONT OF THE WHEEL." This pic  is what I found when I got home. Do'h I shoulda checked at the shop because I do know the techs in shops here are really bad. Saw the front of the wheel at the shop with no weights and thought they did it correctly.

EDIT: I should have mentioned because many of you guys aren't tire techs who should know, but static balancing is done with just one set of weight to offset the imbalance while dynamic balancing also does side to side so there's often weights placed on the inside and outside of the wheel. Road force balancing is another thing that can also be done which takes into consideration hard sections of rubber, belts etc.. With static balancing there shouldn't be weights opposite of each other as seen in my wheel. Static balancing can be done with an old fashioned bubble balance like we did when I was a kid.



UPDATE:
I brought the wheel back to Tire Kingdom. I explain to tire jockey who met me outside that the wheel wasn't balanced correctly. After explaining why it was wrong twice and getting stupid responses I asked to speak to the boss man. Boss man immediately realizes they screwed up and takes full responsibility for not explaining to the "tech" who mounted and balanced. I leave wheel and do errands, then go pick up wheel. It appears that they static balanced it correctly. We'll see once I get it on the truck. Still have to have them do the other front wheel mount & balance.



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« Reply #8402 on: November 01, 2019, 08:48:27 PM »
Wait.... You touched the second gen?

I've been.  Just don't have motivation to try to fix my resto thread.

BTW, that window breaking was probably 6 or 7 years ago......
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« Reply #8403 on: November 02, 2019, 09:04:17 PM »
Ahhh...ok ok...so not a new issue
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« Reply #8404 on: November 03, 2019, 06:12:35 AM »
Wait.... You touched the second gen?

I've been.  Just don't have motivation to try to fix my resto thread.

BTW, that window breaking was probably 6 or 7 years ago......

Aw, come on. Everyone loves that thread. Like I've said before,  you have a great writing style and very in depth posts.  It makes for great reading.
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« Reply #8405 on: November 03, 2019, 11:01:57 AM »
Just gave away a sub frame I have had in my backyard for a number of years. Met a guy at a show a couple of weeks ago that needed one for his 74 firebird. I told him he was welcome to it. It was the last piece I had left from the donor I used when building my 77. Glad its going to someone who will use it as opposed to rotting away in the woods.
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« Reply #8406 on: November 03, 2019, 02:16:31 PM »
Cool. I like it when stuff doesn't rot away or get trashed. Someone somewhere needs this stuff.
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« Reply #8407 on: November 10, 2019, 09:28:21 AM »
My wife found a double oven (brand new) on facebook for a third of the price $550 vs. $1600 from the store. Our oven is about to crap out and we will be needing one soon but I wasn't very eager. She finally stopped hounding me about it so I figured it was a done deal. Then yesterday she hit me with the 'if you don't get this oven, youre not getting any more car parts!'. So I broke down. Happy Wife=Happy times in the shop.
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79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
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85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
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'39-BSA Gold Star
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'52-Ariel Red Hunter
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« Reply #8408 on: November 10, 2019, 11:31:34 AM »
Yup... I hear you. Have fun!
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« Reply #8409 on: November 10, 2019, 11:34:28 AM »
Then yesterday she hit me with the 'if you don't get this oven, youre not getting any more car parts!'. So I broke down. Happy Wife=Happy times in the shop.

I'm a little surprised you took this long to figure it out. My wife has every nice kitchen tool she even slightly dreams of having and it all keeps getting upgraded. For the most part, I can have what ever power accessory I need(car parts included) and she doesn't complain. We are currently renovating all the bathrooms for this reason too. The house and everything in it is her problem to figure out what it needs and we make it happen. The garage and shed are my problem to sort out and I make it happen. There are limits, but we both know about how much wiggle room we have.
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« Reply #8410 on: November 10, 2019, 05:57:01 PM »
That's kind of sad that married couples need to negotiate purchases like that.  If I need a part/tool/accessory and the money is there, I buy it.

Hell, most times, the Woman supports my decision.
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« Reply #8411 on: November 11, 2019, 08:23:09 AM »
Ah the world of marriage and compromise.  Early retirement is our goal so purchases need to be well thought out. Like all good marriages, you help keep each other on track.  You talk things through. 
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« Reply #8412 on: November 11, 2019, 12:12:01 PM »
That's kind of sad that married couples need to negotiate purchases like that.  If I need a part/tool/accessory and the money is there, I buy it.

Hell, most times, the Woman supports my decision.

In your case you just have to worry about yourself and you can set your own budget, etc. But if you are married with kids there are so many things to consider and if you don't evaluate major purchases you'll end up broke very fast. It's all about priorities and what needs to be purchased or paid for first, hobbies are low on the priority for obvious reasons.




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« Reply #8413 on: November 11, 2019, 04:30:21 PM »
This Jan will be 34 years of marriage for us. We don't dictate what each other does, however we keep things in control and each other in mind.
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79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
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« Reply #8414 on: November 12, 2019, 10:22:27 AM »
This Jan will be 34 years of marriage for us. We don't dictate what each other does, however we keep things in control and each other in mind.

Great formula for success.  That's what we do and we're at 26 and counting.


Today it is frikkin cold.  Started the day at a balmy 9 degrees...................yuck.

I did have the GTA out Sunday...........well out of the garage lol.  Had someone that used to work with my son come and pick up a motor that had been taking up space in the garage and was sitting behind the GTA.  Guess he is opening up his own speed shop and wanted the motor to display in his showroom with go fast parts, etc.  I was more than happy to get rid of that lol. 
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« Reply #8415 on: November 12, 2019, 12:54:41 PM »
That's kind of sad that married couples need to negotiate purchases like that.  If I need a part/tool/accessory and the money is there, I buy it.

Hell, most times, the Woman supports my decision.

That's an interesting statement. I'm curious how long you have been married and if your woman knows that you refer to her as the "Woman"? In my marriage there would be a direct correlation between the number of times that I call my wife "woman" and the number of times I get a divorce. haha

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« Reply #8416 on: November 12, 2019, 01:18:37 PM »
That's kind of sad that married couples need to negotiate purchases like that.  If I need a part/tool/accessory and the money is there, I buy it.

Hell, most times, the Woman supports my decision.

That's an interesting statement. I'm curious how long you have been married and if your woman knows that you refer to her as the "Woman"? In my marriage there would be a direct correlation between the number of times that I call my wife "woman" and the number of times I get a divorce. haha


I about spit my drink out! ROTFL!
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« Reply #8417 on: November 12, 2019, 01:56:05 PM »
Yea, that's a pretty good one Ryan.
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79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
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85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
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« Reply #8418 on: November 12, 2019, 06:11:49 PM »
Today I made some subframe dolly wheels. Well, my father and I made them.

parts used...all scavenged from the property

20191112_133906 by Charles Marson, on Flickr

made a template

20191112_133920 by Charles Marson, on Flickr

threaded the 3/4" bar stock...NOTE: thinner material could be used with a welded nut...we had this in the scrap steel pile

20191112_145927 by Charles Marson, on Flickr

test fit

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20191112_145636 by Charles Marson, on Flickr

Final product

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« Reply #8419 on: November 12, 2019, 07:30:47 PM »
You're planning some serious off road use. At least that's what it looks like with the quality of those.  :grin:

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« Reply #8420 on: November 13, 2019, 08:17:20 AM »
Good idea, I did something similar, except being a carpenter I used treated 4 x 4's.
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79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
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'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
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« Reply #8421 on: November 13, 2019, 10:14:59 PM »
Good idea, I did something similar, except being a carpenter I used treated 4 x 4's.

That's a good idea too!!
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« Reply #8422 on: November 14, 2019, 09:18:45 PM »
That's kind of sad that married couples need to negotiate purchases like that.  If I need a part/tool/accessory and the money is there, I buy it.

Hell, most times, the Woman supports my decision.

That's an interesting statement. I'm curious how long you have been married and if your woman knows that you refer to her as the "Woman"? In my marriage there would be a direct correlation between the number of times that I call my wife "woman" and the number of times I get a divorce. haha

Why is that?

Hmmm, as for your question, we are not married.  Don't plan to ever be, either.  We have, however, been together for something like 14 years.

LOL yes she knows I call her that.... but only as an identifier on the internet... much the same as you all would call me DeCaff.  IRL, I would introduce her as just what she is - my g/f.

Now, back OT.

Today I....

Did nothing worth mentioning, lol.
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« Reply #8423 on: November 15, 2019, 07:00:51 AM »
First "today I" post ever - well I've posted here but not how this thread was intended to be used...
Anyways - Yesterday I... saw Tool for the first time, thanks to my son for getting us an early Christmas gift.

Thanks Joe, it was great.




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« Reply #8424 on: November 15, 2019, 07:12:04 AM »
I saw them years ago. I think they opened for BUSH maybe? It's been a long time. They have some good tunes. Can't beat Sober.
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« Reply #8425 on: November 16, 2019, 12:03:41 AM »
Today I built a stand for the Endura nose on my 72Firebird. I basically wanted to built a stand to support the nose while I work on it. I am going to fabricate an adapter to mount it on a stand while I work on it. Basically I wanted a stand to keep it from getting distorted while it is off the car. I used some scrap metal I had and simply made some attaching brackets that bolt onto the bumper bracket. Its pretty sturdy and solid so I think it will work out pretty good.
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« Reply #8426 on: November 16, 2019, 11:01:02 AM »
Saw “Ford vs Ferrari” last night. Noticed some things not exactly true to life but it was still a very enjoyable movie.
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« Reply #8427 on: November 16, 2019, 11:52:27 AM »
That movie is on my list. So, worth watching then?
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« Reply #8428 on: November 16, 2019, 01:48:38 PM »
Never even heard of them...I'll have to look into it
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« Reply #8429 on: November 16, 2019, 09:45:04 PM »
First "today I" post. I recently did some work on my boat (Malibu Sunsetter) that has a vortec 5.7L in it. I took the fuel injectors out, sent them off to be refurbished, and I put them back in after cleaning the pump and fuel rail and replacing the fuel lines today. It started with NO LEAKS! And no explosions! I need to take it out on the water for a real test drive. I've never messed with fuel injectors before. The report came back that 3 were not functioning properly so I hope for an increase in top end. They were quite dirty when I removed them. 

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« Reply #8430 on: November 17, 2019, 04:55:51 AM »
Right on...I haven't done anything with fuel injection either. It's on the to do list one of these years
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« Reply #8431 on: November 17, 2019, 10:28:23 AM »
Im not really into car movies, but I saw a preview of Ford vs Ferrari and it looked interesting. I havent been out to a movie for years, but I will def. get it when it hits the red box.
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« Reply #8432 on: November 17, 2019, 02:58:47 PM »
Today I put on my electrician's hat and installed a new outlet box. When we built the house 22 years ago, my grandfather forgot to put in a box over the stove so we could install an over the stove microwave.  No biggie at the time. We had a countertop microwave and been fine with it til this year when we got granite countertops. I like the look of them so much that I dont want anything on them so it gave me incentive to put the box in. I have an outlet directly below for the stove (Its a gas stove so it only powers the clock and electronic ignition) so I cut the new hole, fed the wire down and I'm now one step closer to getting my countertops cleared.
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« Reply #8433 on: November 23, 2019, 03:59:04 PM »
Out of boredom, I decided to weigh the stock flywheel and centerforce clutch assembly for the Ram Air III.

It tips the scale at 52lbs.

Playing with a few engineering calculators, the Centrifugal Force at 5k RPMs is 16163.169lbs. That makes ya feel good having that thing next to your right foot.
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« Reply #8434 on: November 24, 2019, 10:50:01 AM »
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Got my Christmas present in the mail. There was a link on the py thread about an outfit in the Chicago area that sells limited shirts linked to their sports teams. Part of the proceeds are supposed to go to a charity. This years theme was the blackhawks, I have no idea why they used the 'Pheonix', but I thought they looked pretty cool so I ponied up for one.
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79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
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'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
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« Reply #8435 on: November 24, 2019, 02:13:12 PM »
Went to Blowes to grab a refrigerator box to mod to send my Lemans dash for refurbishment.  Got in back 20 seconds too late, just to see a vendor carving up a box that was the perfect size.   arrggh.

Then some fat little a$$hole started giving me static for being in back.
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« Reply #8436 on: November 25, 2019, 08:44:57 AM »
Yesterday, I sold the outdoor wood boiler that came with my house. I used it for the past 3 years to heat the house, and it saved us a good amount each season. The problem is I had to buy the wood, and the previous owner didn't. So I started shopping around and found a Co-op near me that give a significant discount on propane if you buy one of their tanks. We spent about $1K for the tank, but we should be saving about $400 each time we fill up now as the price is less than half of what we were paying. Should net out the cost of the tank the first year, and should end up costing about the same as I was spending on wood + propane throughout the year. Win-Win-Win for me with no more cutting/splitting/stacking/loading wood, save money, and I'll end up being able to enclose a 15 x 30 section of the covered building next to my house.  :cool:

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« Reply #8437 on: November 25, 2019, 09:00:25 AM »
My old shop was wood heated; the chopping up of pallets got old quick, as did the late night stoking on cold days. 

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« Reply #8438 on: November 25, 2019, 07:13:53 PM »
Pop got a wood stove back in the late 70's early 80's when the craze hit. We (myself and 2 brothers) would spend what seemed like all weekend cutting wood to feed it during the week. Dad would save any scrap from the jobsite that would burn and our way of cutting wood was with a skilsaw. I learned at an early age to HATE wood stoves.  I have never had one, but do have a wood burning fireplace that I thoroughly enjoy during the colder weather. I have a heavily wooded lot and all but one year I had to buy firewood.
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79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
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Re: Today I...
« Reply #8439 on: November 25, 2019, 08:34:29 PM »
Went to Blowes to grab a refrigerator box to mod to send my Lemans dash for refurbishment.  Got in back 20 seconds too late, just to see a vendor carving up a box that was the perfect size.   arrggh.

Then some fat little a$$hole started giving me static for being in back.


LOL!  Glad I'm not the only one who hates that place.

1976 T/A 400, 4-speed swap.... 

Check out my resto thread:  http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=48626.0

It's all trial and error until something lines up...

Re: Today I...
« Reply #8439 on: November 25, 2019, 08:34:29 PM »
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