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« Reply #9160 on: November 12, 2020, 02:22:54 PM »
Congrats Leigh!
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« Reply #9161 on: November 13, 2020, 04:49:57 AM »
Well, I thought I was retired but I received a call from an old friend who had started a firearms company and it is growing ridiculously fast. He lost his gunsmith (which is only 1% of their business) and wanted to know if I was interested (they do a fair amount of coatings and I can spray). I checked it out and have now been there for two weeks. Looks like I had a short retirement.  :-D I am young but as my wife has her own business our plan was to retire early (50 ish) but with Covid I lost my job and for the past 5 months we found that I didn't need to work. The gunsmith job is vary interesting and kind of fun. The problem is my wife is not happy that I'm back to full time... She liked the time I had to do stuff around the house and time spent with the kids. The positive side is insurance, 401k and 6-2:30 hours so I am home more than my last job. Oh, its 7 minutes from my house too.
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79 Formula 301 (Work in progress)
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« Reply #9162 on: November 13, 2020, 07:19:49 AM »
Good Deal Luke, that sounds like the ideal job to me. Being retired and financially independent cant be beat, but you are young enough that I am sure you would eventually run out of projects to do around the house, lol. Sounds like interesting work as well.
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79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
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85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
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« Reply #9163 on: November 14, 2020, 01:00:49 AM »
Thanks to everyone for their well wishes. No project in the future, but time to do stuff on the 68 I've been putting off.

Luke, that sounds like an awesome job....do it till you get tired of it.  :cool:
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Leigh

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1971 Pontiac Firebird 455
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1976 Pontiac Trans Am
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible
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« Reply #9164 on: November 14, 2020, 07:42:37 AM »
Updated Avatar, first time since originally creating it, and amazed at how long I left it alone!

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« Reply #9165 on: November 15, 2020, 06:17:38 AM »
Updated Avatar, first time since originally creating it, and amazed at how long I left it alone!

I don't see the 70 or 71!




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« Reply #9166 on: November 15, 2020, 08:31:28 AM »
I suppose I should update mine and take off the stock photo, but I will have to do some digging first to figure out how to do it  :shock:
Finished!
77 T/A - I will Call this one DONE!
79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
'38-CZ 250
'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
'66-BSA Lightning
'01-HD RoadKing

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« Reply #9167 on: November 15, 2020, 08:35:10 AM »
Doing some demo at work the other day, place was beyond a mess, but in a corner closet was a pile of race deck flooring. I grabbed it all along with some heavy rubber matting that I put in front of my work bench. Yesterday I had a bit of free time in the shop and counted about 180 pieces. So, that should give me at least a big enough area to put under one car. Problem is that its silver and blue (must've been a Detroit fan). I suppose it will go with the TATA better than the 77.
Finished!
77 T/A - I will Call this one DONE!
79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
'38-CZ 250
'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
'66-BSA Lightning
'01-HD RoadKing

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« Reply #9168 on: November 15, 2020, 08:36:08 AM »
I suppose I should update mine and take off the stock photo, but I will have to do some digging first to figure out how to do it  :shock:
On the forum header click "Profile" then "Forum Profile" and it's at the top of that page. :)
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« Reply #9169 on: November 15, 2020, 01:11:47 PM »
Updated Avatar, first time since originally creating it, and amazed at how long I left it alone!

I don't see the 70 or 71!
The '71 is the ex drag car on the trailer in the middle. Original 455HO and four speed were pulled before I got it, it was raced with a 427 Chevy and Muncie four speed. From the time slips I found inside, It was running in the 12.80's right around 108 mph. One of the partners/drivers in the car owned the machine shop that built the 455 that I had built. Nice guy, I was sad to see him retire. Can't find any photos of the gold '70, currently disassembled. Still looking though.
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« Reply #9170 on: November 17, 2020, 12:37:57 AM »
This picture is actually from last week on Veteran's Day. I decided it was time to have the steering column on my '87 Monte SS professionally restored. After hearing about Steering Column Services in Albuquerque, NM (including our own 737Driver) and talking at length with the owner, I felt the column would be in good hands. So as to not spend about $200 in shipping and insurance, I opted to make a day trip and a little adventure.
I chose my '89 Iroc-Z to drive, since I really haven't driven the car much this year. Due to Covid concerns, we ate breakfast at home and packed our lunch to eat on the road. My wife really plans well and had a delicious meal in an Autozone parking lot in Socorro, NM.  :lol:

I'll be going back to Albuquerque next week to pick it up...should I take the T/A? 8)

Day Trip Picnic by Jose Mireles, on Flickr
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« Reply #9171 on: November 17, 2020, 04:22:16 AM »
That is one beautiful car there. Sounds like a fun little trip!
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79 Formula 301 (Work in progress)
67 RS Camaro (This one is next)


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« Reply #9172 on: November 17, 2020, 05:19:59 AM »
Take both lol, each one of you can drive one.




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« Reply #9173 on: November 17, 2020, 06:20:08 AM »
Today I got offered casual work in a workshop. Asked the owner, who I’ve known for years, to keep his ears open for anyone looking for a part timer.....he pointed at a C3 Corvette that’s been sitting on one of his hoists for months and tells me he’ll give me as many hours as I want to restore the suspension and steering. Tells me he can’t get anyone interested in working on old school stuff, lol....it’s all I know.
Nice to pick up some extra money in retirement.
Regards,
Leigh

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1968 Pontiac Firebird 428 5 speed coupe

Former Firebirds -
1969 Pontiac Firebird 400
1971 Pontiac Firebird 455
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1976 Pontiac Trans Am
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 coupe

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« Reply #9174 on: November 17, 2020, 07:30:11 AM »
Jose, great looking Iroc, I have always liked those cars. More importantly, what was for lunch?

Leigh, that sounds like a pretty good gig. You can work a few hours, get some extra money and do something you enjoy.
Finished!
77 T/A - I will Call this one DONE!
79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
'38-CZ 250
'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
'66-BSA Lightning
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« Reply #9175 on: November 17, 2020, 10:15:12 PM »
Form TA,
Thank you so much, it was a fun little trip. I wish I had taken photos of the Rio Grande River Valley...The leaves are turning all sorts of brilliant colors.


Jack:
I'm no good for long distance driving, so on about the sixth hour, my wife repeatedly asked me if I should let her drive. I really did need the break but declined. She added that it was because I just didn't want her to drive.  :lol:  I'd like to take the Trans Am next week when I go pick up the column. We'll see.


Roadking77:
Thanks, the car is fun but definitely not for long drives! We ate Sandwhiches...thick, spiral-cut, honey glazed ham, Mozzerella cheese, thinly sliced onion, tomato, baby spinach, avocado and jalapeño salsa. My Stepfather calls it Dagwood sandwhich...I call it a Dang good sandwhich!  :lol:
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1989 Iroc-Z28 5.7 TPI 90K original miles
1987 Monte Carlo SS LS 2/4L65e
1997 Silverado 5.7 Z71 Single Cab, Short box (daily driver)

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« Reply #9176 on: November 17, 2020, 11:13:21 PM »
Leigh,
Sounds like a pretty good part time gig! That’s what I’d like to do when I retire ! :)
Jim
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« Reply #9177 on: November 17, 2020, 11:38:29 PM »
Leigh,
Sounds like a pretty good part time gig! That’s what I’d like to do when I retire ! :)
Jim

We need more people like you guys. At least within a 2 hour radius of northwestern Ohio, it seems to be getting scarce to find people willing to work on cars of our era. Suspension and steering aren’t too tough of a thing to work on but for the few places I’ve taken my 77, shops either don’t seem confident in doing work or don’t do quality work. I’ve been lucky that I haven’t had to farm out much with my car so far but from what I’ve experienced I’ve had more disappointments than success stories.
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« Reply #9178 on: November 18, 2020, 12:42:33 AM »
Thanks, guys.
Yeah, kind of surprised he has trouble finding people to work on old tech....pretty simple suspension and steering. The fact it’s on a hoist won me over, lol, no crawling on the concrete.
Regards,
Leigh

Sydney, Australia
1968 Pontiac Firebird 428 5 speed coupe

Former Firebirds -
1969 Pontiac Firebird 400
1971 Pontiac Firebird 455
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1976 Pontiac Trans Am
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 coupe

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« Reply #9179 on: November 18, 2020, 06:21:54 AM »
Opened Hot Rod Mag. web site, Optima ultimate street car article, lead photo jumped right out with  a Gold TA right up front on the lead photo!

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« Reply #9180 on: November 18, 2020, 08:07:45 AM »
Theres a 72 TA in the current issue of the Antique Automobile (aaca publication).  Great looking car, but not enough article.
Finished!
77 T/A - I will Call this one DONE!
79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
'38-CZ 250
'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
'66-BSA Lightning
'01-HD RoadKing

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« Reply #9181 on: November 18, 2020, 09:42:55 AM »
Congrats on the retirement and the entertainment Leigh!!
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« Reply #9182 on: November 20, 2020, 08:01:12 AM »
Today is my  (youngest) sons 29th Bday.  Boy talk about something to make you feel old! He's not really into old cars, but he loves the GTO's, old and new. Music is his thing and he collects guitars. It was quite a panic when he was born as he was a premie, weighed less than 3 lbs and literally could fit in my hand! Spent his first month in the hospital. He now stands at 6' and is a healthy 225lbs. Who would've ever known  :shock: Happy Birthday Aleks.
Finished!
77 T/A - I will Call this one DONE!
79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
'38-CZ 250
'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
'66-BSA Lightning
'01-HD RoadKing

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« Reply #9183 on: November 20, 2020, 09:58:10 AM »
Glad everything turned or well for him. Happy birthday kid!
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79 Formula 301 (Work in progress)
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« Reply #9184 on: November 20, 2020, 12:06:29 PM »
Today is my  (youngest) sons 29th Bday.  Boy talk about something to make you feel old! He's not really into old cars, but he loves the GTO's, old and new. Music is his thing and he collects guitars. It was quite a panic when he was born as he was a premie, weighed less than 3 lbs and literally could fit in my hand! Spent his first month in the hospital. He now stands at 6' and is a healthy 225lbs. Who would've ever known  :shock: Happy Birthday Aleks.

My daughter had a similar start. month premie, weighted 4lbs, fit in the palm of my hand, with her feet touching my wrist. Hardest thing was starring at her in ICU for the first while hooked up to tubes, wires and what ever else. She is also healthy and 5'9 or 5' 10 no clue what she weighs now but she's a bigger girl. They grow up fast...btw she doesn't like cars but is an artist and very good at it!!

Happy birthday to your son sir, and glad to hear he is healthy
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« Reply #9185 on: November 20, 2020, 04:55:40 PM »
Happy Birthday Aleks!
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« Reply #9186 on: November 22, 2020, 04:35:51 AM »
He now stands at 6' and is a healthy 225lbs. Who would've ever known  :shock: Happy Birthday Aleks.

Happy Birthday to your son Kerry, they do grow up fast which means we are getting old fast :lol:

So yesterday my son helped me with this:


I think he was on his phone half the time... but we managed to get it done.





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« Reply #9187 on: November 22, 2020, 04:38:15 AM »
That last pic looks deceiving, there is a 3' wall so the pile is about 6' high by another 6' wide.




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« Reply #9188 on: November 22, 2020, 05:02:27 AM »
That last pic looks deceiving, there is a 3' wall so the pile is about 6' high by another 6' wide.
That’s a huge perk your city provides getting leaves to the curb and the city comes and picks them up.  Us schmucks need to bag them in those paper bags.   :grin:
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« Reply #9189 on: November 22, 2020, 05:14:30 AM »
That last pic looks deceiving, there is a 3' wall so the pile is about 6' high by another 6' wide.
That’s a huge perk your city provides getting leaves to the curb and the city comes and picks them up.  Us schmucks need to bag them in those paper bags.   :grin:

It might be going away soon. They use to do it few times a year but only once this year and on a very specific day. I missed the deadline last year and I think I bagged 65+ bags... not fun.




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« Reply #9190 on: November 22, 2020, 08:02:39 AM »
Thats what I spent yesterday doing Jack. My son actually enjoys taking care of the leaves in the yard. I have a back pack blower and recently bought a battery job from lowes. He starts cleaning them as soon as they start falling. That way he can keep up with them. I cut the grass yesterday for the last time of the year I suppose, then did the leaf cleanup in the backyard. One advantage of living in the woods is that we can just blow them to the perimeter, no pick up involved.
Finished!
77 T/A - I will Call this one DONE!
79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
'38-CZ 250
'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
'66-BSA Lightning
'01-HD RoadKing

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« Reply #9191 on: November 22, 2020, 01:44:31 PM »
It's snowing today... Only about half an inch but dang, it was 60 plus the other day.
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79 Formula 301 (Work in progress)
67 RS Camaro (This one is next)


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« Reply #9192 on: November 22, 2020, 01:51:36 PM »
You know what we do with leaves?  We leave them be. :lol:
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« Reply #9193 on: November 23, 2020, 06:39:37 AM »
Haha, nice Casey. I just put the mulching blades on my lawn mower.  :cool:

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« Reply #9194 on: November 23, 2020, 11:26:22 AM »
I mulch mine too. In fact, the other day was the first time in my life I cut the grass/mulched leaves in November!!
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http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=79648.0

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« Reply #9195 on: November 24, 2020, 01:17:26 PM »
Anyone heard from DeCaff? Hope all is well.




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« Reply #9196 on: November 24, 2020, 01:27:27 PM »
Nope... just looked, and his last post was in July!!
I agree and hope all is ok!!
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http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=79648.0

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« Reply #9197 on: November 24, 2020, 07:44:17 PM »
I text him a few weeks back. He said he was good, just busy... Not sure if there is more to it...
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« Reply #9198 on: November 25, 2020, 02:16:44 AM »
Um, you all notice he just posted some stuff for sale?

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« Reply #9199 on: November 25, 2020, 03:08:51 PM »
Um, you all notice he just posted some stuff for sale?

That was started back in May sir!!
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(20 years and counting but still have her)
http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=79648.0

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« Reply #9199 on: November 25, 2020, 03:08:51 PM »
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