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    Since a couple of people have asked... A regular reader of his car restoration discussion noticed signs of medical issues. Frank had posted some photos that included his address. The reader reported his concerns about the recent erratic posts and suspected worsening medical issues. I was able to do a Google search for the local law enforcement agency in Frank's location and obtained their phone number. I called the law enforcement agency, reported the concerns and asked them to check on his medical condition based on those facts. They responded to his home and, after investigating summoned an ambulance to transport him for treatment. The world is a smaller place than it used to be. We can all look out for each other even if we are in distant locations.
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    You asked for the video, you shall receive! I hope everyone likes my joke at the end... It's really funny, the lopey and poor driveability was terrible oil. I did the oil change today. I used Valvoline VR1 20W-50 and the car runs like brand new. It also had a FRAM filter in there... now replaced with a WIX filter. Also I couldn't figure out why the WCFB won't pull off the choke. There is vacuum to the heat stove, and I waited 5 minutes... today it's 78 degrees outside, it's not cold or anything. Looks like I'm going to have to tear it back down and see what's going on with that gasket. For now, the 4GC is back on. I don't have a good choke stove tube for it, so it's just running the electric choke for now. This engine deserves respect, and aside from the valve covers with the 401 rockers underneath and the late 50's Buick fuel filter, it's going to be mostly stock, IE no additional modifications like a PCV system or a newer carburetor. Oil bath filter, too. It's an original running motor, it needs to be preserved with dignity. I'll save the Edelbrock and stuff for my new engine. I don't know what the original caretakers of this engine did for maintenance, but it'll be babied from here on out.
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    Drove my '50 about 40 miles today . Running stronger every time I take him out. Ended up by one of the local lakes for a picture. Ben
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    Still can't figure out the WCFB choke. The choke won't heat up after 5 minutes and pull off, I think my choke spring is beat. Going to probably swap back to the 4GC tomorrow since I'm a little hesitant to go back to the Edelbrock. While it was the best running carb, it just doesn't feel right to try and do up this rescue engine like that. Oh and here's a good one for you guys. We were trying to line up the block and tranny and when it finally went snug (with taking awareness to torque converter drain plugs this time), one of the torque converter to flywheel housing bolts fell out. Gasp! So, what we ended up doing was taking 3 bread ties, wrapping them together, then stripping the paper off one end and wrapping it around the threads of the bolt. I then had to snake it back through the hole... we were not pulling the engine back out again! Also I used what I thought was the mark on the balancer for TDC, but ended up being a paint smudge... turns out we were 180 out. So after I pulled the distributor again, I set the balancer to 5 BDC, dropped it back in so it was pointing at #1, marked the base with a highlighter close to where I thought #1 plug wire was on the cap, lined the highlighter mark up with the rotor, and put everything back together... when it fired off, it was at TDC exactly.. I was 5 degrees off. All in all, lots of fun. My dad bailed on me around 3:30 PM after it was seated in. The rest of the night I spent doing all the small 1 man stuff... alternator, vacuum hoses, etc. Here's a pic of the engine my dad took right after we got it butted up to the transmission (he hasn't uploaded our special torque converter bolt installer yet): The next thing I gotta do before going to college is rip the dash back apart. My oil gauge stopped working for some reason and needs to be investigated. When we fired it up at the guy's place, we noticed about 40 psi. Is that normal? Also the radio has been cutting in and out, I think one of the big capacitors is grounding out on the inside after going over some heinous bumps.... and maybe I can get the clock working, too! I've also decided against doing a compression check... I want to know, but I don't want to know... lol. This about wraps up the thread... I guess when I get to machining the other engine, I'll make a new one. Thank you everyone for advice, support and feedback with everything that has gone on in this thread. As always, it is greatly appreciated no matter what the subject matter and content is. I learn something new every time I come on here and ask questions.
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    You folks are absolutely amazing! One of the frequent posters on this site was drawing concern over posts that just did not seem like his style and became increasingly unreadable. A few members noticed and were able to seek medical attention for him. F&J....we're pulling for you.
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    Old cars wear the light perfumes of gasoline vapors, antifreeze, and oil. If it's not overpowering, it's just part of the romance. Drive and enjoy...put the wrenches down until something breaks.
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    So the hard work is done and the 67 Buick Sportwagon GS 400 clone is ready to drive and enjoy. Newly rebuilt 400 BB and T-400 now have about 100 miles on them and so far so good. In our 95-100 degree weather the engine temperature is 190 -200 degrees, I tried the factory A/C several days ago for 3-4 miles at 30-45 MPH in urban setting going back to my house from downtown and it worked well but engine temp climbed to 210. I spent 4 long days working at the interior shop to get all the folding seat hardware put back together using all the special nuts, bolts, screws, etc. then added seat backs, and finally put the seats and hardware back in the car with shop personnel help. Interior Shop: re-covered the 2nd and 3rd seats, (front bench seat and carpet already done), made new side and odd shaped filler panels out of a dense black board and then covered them with the correct vinyl to match the seats, recovered the wheel well humps and spare tire cover, made new carpet to go between back of front seat and up behind the second seat, all the flat metal pieces that are on the back of the 2nd and 3rd seats recovered in new carpet new carpet on all other floor panels including the storage compartment cover and side panels. I had previously refinished all the metal in black and had 8-10 pieces powder coated in black. Installed all newly refurbished seat belts from Ssnake Oyl. Then had the red pinstripes painted on. I still have some minor odds and ends to do but car should be ready for the BCA meet in Brookfield, Wisconsin July 5-8Black is hot but sure looks good when cleaned and dusted
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    We had a Memorial Day weekend with 80 degree weather, first time in over 20 years. I drove my 55, and cleaned it up a bit as it had been down since last year with a bad fuel pump that was finally rebuilt. Also took my 70 out a few times. :>)
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    Had a very beautiful day today for a cruise in.
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    So: I went to my local ACE Hardware to get some extra keys for the Electra. I did get an extra ignition key back when I got the car, but for some reason I did not get an extra trunk key, but that’s not important. I wanted to get both an ignition key and trunk key now. So the clerk who has helped me in the past with other keys offers to assist. I’ll call him Clerk1. Here’s how it went: Me: I’d like to get one key like this ( Ignition Key) and two of these ( trunk Key). There is a letter code on the blanks here. I hope you still have the blanks. Clerk 1: Looks at the key and then stuffs the ignition key into a slot below the computer. He looks at the computer, pulls the key out of the slot and stuffs it back in. Keys some stuff on the keyboard and pulls the key out and then stuffs it into a different slot machine next the computer. Types a bunch of other stuff and then asks me what type of car it is. Me: It’s a 72 Buick Electra, but the code for the blank can be seen on the key, do you have blanks with that code. Clerk 1 looks at the rack of keys and picks one off but puts it back and spins the carousel. Then he sighs and takes the key and stuffs it into the slot below the computer again. Types more stuff and asks me to id the car again. Pulls the key out and stuffs it into the other slot and then selects a blank off the board. He cuts the key and hands them to me to which I checked and he had the right blank. Me: This is good, now I need two of these (trunk key). Clerk1, same basic scenario as above. After a few more minutes he pulls another square keyhead blank off the same rack. Me: I think that’s wrong. It should be a round key. Clerk1: Sir, that’s not what the computer says. It says right there that it should be this blank Me: That can’t be right. It should be a round key, what’s the code on the blank? Does it match my key? Clerk 1: You can’t go by that. Our blanks are not the same as your keys, they are different and the computer says that is the right blank. Do you want me to cut it or not? Me: Okay, go ahead and cut it. Clerk1 hands me the two keys which of course matched perfectly in terms of the tumbler surface, but which were totally different in terms of the side slots. Me: See this, this key won’t go into the lock. This cannot be right. Clerk1 takes the keys and says the cut matches perfectly. Me: I agree, but the slots are wrong. This key will not go into my lock. Clerk1: This is the right key according to the computer but I see what you mean. Clerk1 then calls for assistance. Clerk2 arrives and the situation is explained by Clerk 1. Clerk2: Well, You gotta go by the code on the original key. See here, this one is a code C, so you use a code C off the board. Clerk1: But that’s not what the computer says. Clerk2: You can’t go by the computer. These car guys know their cars. You only go by the code on the key. What’s that screen you have on the computer? You shouldn’t even be on that screen. That’s not right! Here, here is the blank with the code C, use that one. Clerk1: cuts the keys and hands them to me and apologizes several times for his errors. Me: Don’t worry about it…. LOL…
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    Oh yeah, Factory Appearing Stock Tire Race (webpage here!) at US131 Motorsport Park, Martin, MI
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    LeSabre Concept car comes to life, driving around
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    Today was "Pistons on the square" drove the Reatta and there were a total of 84 cars.
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    I had to go up to Union Bridge MD to make some arrangements about getting some work done on my '57 Triumph so I decided to take the '40 out for a spin. It was truly a flawless 100 mile trip, everything worked well, engine stayed cool, still lots of power going up the hills even with my 3.6 rear. So for all of you working away on your cars thinking it'll never be done, as I did many times, take heart! You will get there! I finally made it and it took 5 years from when I bought it in 2012! And thanks to all on this forum who have made it possible, I salute you! Thanks, Dave
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    Asking AACA members about street rods is like asking a kennel club about cats---
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    I was pleased to put a few dozen miles on the 56 this weekend. But didn't do any car shows or cruise in's.
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    Willis, out in the desert college town, "play" may be a little too extreme for forum posting... lol. A buddy of mine that I'll be rooming with just so happens to have a grandfather who kept a hold of his old car, too! His grandfather has two 58 Olds stored on his property waiting for some young hands. One is a wagon and the other is a 2 door hard top. So I think we'll be busy during the off time over there. Also looking forward to the competition, though I think even with the J2, it would still need more to beat a Nailhead. Thanks for the kind words Doug. Yes I started on a 3 year engineering associates degree at the community college that turned into a part time degree that ended up taking much longer than anticipated. To make a long story short, my benefactors fell through and I was forced to make pizzas 5 days a week to make ends meet while going part time, but I endured and I finally got my diploma this year, and was accepted to my school of choice. I'm looking forward to the road ahead, even more so now that I have MY car on the road again.
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    Hi All, It has been a lovely sunny 62F autumn day here and a perfect opportunity for a trip out to catch up with some friends. Location is Lake Macquarie, on the New South Wales Central Coast (Australia) about 100 miles north of Sydney. My friend, the photographer, was adamant that I was to be in the photo...my apologies to you all, Cheers Paul
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    Photos from a couple of years ago at Kalbarri, Western Australia. Watching the sun set at the beach.
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    How about a video of the car running? I think we'd all like to hear the roar of the engine to help you celebrate your accomplishment of getting this done!
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    Attended the Puget Sound Chapter's All Buick Open in Puyallup (just south of Seattle) on Saturday. Left bright and early on Saturday morning for the 330 mile round trip. A little over 100 cars showed up a cloudy day. Rain was not forecast, and most of the day was perfect car show weather, but rain showed up by the end of the show and followed me most of the way home. Most I've driven the Electra in the rain. Car performed well, handling the Interstate speeds with ease. A great show seeing and meeting a bunch of really great people! At the end, a few of us stuck around to stage a picture with the big cars, 1961 through 1971 represented (with a few years missing)
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    Sunday, June 18, 2017: Happy Father's Day! Painting the "recesses" in the chrome parts Here's how I did it........ Today I set up shop in the kitchen. Way too humid outside to do anything! I wanted to rebuild the windshield wiper "transmissions", but I have to paint the grooves in the chromed towers first. But, being those wipers are so prominent on the cowl of the car, I wanted to practice on a couple parts first before I attempted the wiper towers. So today I painted a few parts. Having never done this before, here goes! I chose the fender lamp chrome molding first. It had nice deep grooves so I figured it would be easier. I dipped the artist's brush in Rustoleum Flat Black. and made sure to "work" the paint into the depth of the grooves. It's really hard to photograph chrome parts. But there is black paint down the entire side. There IS NOT ANY paint on the front "ring" surface. Just a reflection. I wrapped my finger tightly in a thin cotton cloth. Then, by sliding my finger down the length of the part, while "rolling" my finger backward, the paint cleaned right off the "proud" surface, leaving the black in the detail. Here is the fender lamp center molding after wiping off the paint. I really like the result! So I tried the trunk handle next. Grooves are not as deep, but the surface is nice and flat so I figured it would wipe off easily. Again, worked the paint into the grooves. Looking sloppy, and believe me, I was hesitant to paint on my freshly chromed parts! As soon as the paint was worked into the grooves, I immediately wiped it off, again kind of "rolling" my finger backward while sliding down the part. And here we are! Not too bad for my first attempt! Then I did all eight door handles. They were much easier as the grooves are very deep and the part is thin enough to clean with one quick sweep! Another view. And then I had to stop to fire up the grill. Darn kids are always hungry! Happy Father's Day out there! Gary
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    I had a wonderful Fathers Day! Hope everyone else did also. The csr show is always well attended.
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    Hope sitting in and starting this qualifies. Today was our Chapters annual Charity fund raiser, which we call Cruise Into Summer. Turn-out was lower than last year although there was a count of 130 cars. Anyway, our sponsor dealer drove the '25 from the showroom to the site, and I had a chance to sit in it and crank her up. I must say, it felt like a million dollars to be able to do this!
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    Since I am retired and everyday is a weekend for me, I can claim a Hat Trick today. The GS on Thursday, The Electra on Saturday, and the 56 today! I was surprised to note that I had not driven the Electra since May 13th. Also I saw the fellow who has the wagon today. Said he does not hate me yet! They love the car! I know I certainly miss it...a lot!!!
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    Save everything! Make your children deal with it when you are gone!
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    Got the new top finished today and took it out for a short spin.
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    Well, the Buick is sold. The paint guy at a local restoration shop bought it. Looks like she's gonna get the rest of the work done she deserves.
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    Here is my latest project - and my biggest! It shall be fully restored and I've got a fresh small block Chevy for it. Just kidding! About the last part at least... Here is how I found it. Smartin sent me a link on an abandoned and neglected vehicles page on Facebook. Nobody would say where it was though, as if it was better off sitting there a number of years more. Somebody gave a clue though so knew the area. With the help of a couple emails to BCA members in the area, I had it's location within a couple hours! I threw the guy a maybe price over the phone, looked at a couple days later and he stuck to it. It's rough...I know. But, it's exactly what I've been looking for and saving parts for, and it's not too far gone. Another 10 years there, and it might be. Believe it or not though, the rust isn't quite as bad as it appears at first glance. Make no mistake, it will need some patching. Fenders are junk. Hood is marginal...could go either way. Trunk lid and doors solid. Trunk pan has a few holes and needs spare tire well. Rockers have a couple small holes. Floors appear solid, or nearly so. Rear quarters are rusted through on outer skin - pretty big on right, small hole on left. Frame looks good. Here are the goods on the car: Model 75R - 2nd rarest 1957 Buick right behind the 56C. Rare original 2-tone top. Beautiful original colors of Sylvan Gray (spring color) under Arctic White top will be returned to the sheetmetal. Original engine, and original everything including Trailmaster spotlight (took it off already), electric antenna, Wonderbar radio, rear speaker with fade switch and original grille on back package tray. 100% complete, although many parts on body are not salvageable. I already have many of the hardest to find parts, and have begun to collect the rest already. I love a nice survivor, but this car was just too cool to let rot or be rat-rodded with clearcoated rust. It will be a worthy recipient of many valuable parts I've collected. Check out some more pics and tell me if you can see the potential that I see? As of tonight, it's finally home...
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    Parked on the waterfront in Windsor, Ontario, Canada looking across the Detroit River at the General Motors Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan.
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    Thanks for posting the video. It sounds great, no smoke out the back when you blip the throttle, imperceptible vapors coming out of the breather - better than mine did when it was in regular service. Regarding the odor - 1) buy 2 clothespins, 2) place one on your nose, 3) place second in glove box for spare 4) drive the car. Remember - believe you will prevail in the end. Great job!!!
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    I took the '73 SCO Yellow Stage 1 Sun Coupe to the New England Auto Museum show in Norwalk Ct. last Sunday . The car won the Favorite preservation award!
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    So that's how the designers at Buick figured out the relationship between the contour of the fenders and the hood!
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    Speaking just for myself Keith, I love your Electra and indeed the entire Electra Class. 15 mile drive to the local Wednesday night cruise. There were three Regal T's at our cruise. One was Maroon with a red interior, but naturally I missed that picture. Here are a few other Buicks that belong to Chapter members
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    Friday June 9, 2017: Re-vulcanized Running Boards Arrived! On January 15 I removed the running boards from the car. I sent them out to get the bottom blasted free of all that rust and barnacles that 80 years of use will bring. I was going to buy the rubber mat from Steele and cure it on myself, but the more I thought about it, the task of removing that old dried up, vulcanized rubber seemed almost impossible. So I decided to send them out to be professionally revulcanized: So on February 28 I boxed them up, actually using old outdoor furniture cushions over the ends of the boards to protect them on their journey to Canada. I used heavy duty boxes and "sleeved" them so the walls were doubly protected. Well, today UPS dropped off the restored / revulcanized boards and they look great! January 15, 2017: Removed off the car Here's a close-up of the condition of the rubber Another shot as it was removed. . All the hardware removed and the underside blasted clean, ready to boxed and shipped. The last time they will have their original rubber. I felt this job was a bit too much for me to tackle. Today, UPS dropped off a nicely built wooden shipping box. Acting like a kid in a candy shop, I couldn't wait to undo all the screws and open the treasure! The undersides are powder coated "mirror black" The up side..... smooth as a baby's bottom! The finished product! Very, very nice job. Here they are, ready to have the hardware re-installed. The detail is perfect! I sent all the mounting hardware to my local powder coater, and I got all new nuts and bolts for re-assembly. Job well done! Thanks to Kris at The Running Board Rubber Company, Mc Bride, Canada.
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    So the engine and heads checked out in the crack detect. Bores measured good. Just going to hone and reuse stock pistons. He checked the heads and they are flat and true,
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    Name calling and detracting remarks have been removed and edited and will not be further tolerated.
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    Speaking of drugs. I have a Dynaflow in my cellar. The meterman came down the outside steps while I was working. He exclaimed "Wow! Did you carry that thing down here?' I said "Naw, it was drugged." Bernie
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    I have had the top and top bows since I bought the truck about 15 years ago. With all of the other repairs, broken rod, radiator, clutch, broken axle, etc.. which are big money sucking repairs, I could not find the time and money at the same time to get it redone. The old, and it was an original top was so fragile and brittle that just touching it caused it to crumble. I had it stored in the attic until the stars & moon aligned which they did this year. I am so glad to have it done, finally.
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    Congrats to winners. We the members should be thrilled at the talent on the BOD. At the same time we should also be disappointed at the talent we didn't get as I know several of those who ran bring some unique work experience and other club mgmt experience that I feel the BOD and club would significantly benefit from. I know a couple folks have tried a couple times now and I'm sure they are discouraged, but hopefully they give it one more college try. Will be interested to see who the BOD chooses among themselves to be officers of the club.
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    Do I dare post a picture of my mom on this thread? Here's my Granddad's car, can't tell the model but it is a 1940 Buick. This is Mom posing; my Grandmother might have been showing off her daughters new coat or my Granddad was showing off the new tires on the car. Depends on which one of them was taking the photo.
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    Picked up the block and two heads. Numbers matched 56. We just stopped in at the first rest stop in Oregon. The block looks good, really clean and taken care of. Hoping to hone .006"! Probably will go back to .030" if I'm being realistic. Heads look good, too. Two burned exhaust valves but the seat looks good. Still have to pull the block in the car, but we're going to take the block to the old machinist and ask nicely for the $5000 first before we go to court. No signs. We'll get her running right and healthy.
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    I THINK I HAVE FOUND A WAY TO INTERACT WITH THE BOYS WHO LIKE MODIFIEDS-------INVITE THEM TO A NATIONAL MEET AND LET THEM HAUL YOUR VEHICLE WHEN YOU GET THERE SEND THEM TO CLASS 36. THEN EVERY ONE GOES HOME ALL EXCITED! Here's an example: A 1936 Ford Truck with a Chevy 501 engine taking my 1931 LaSalle to the Huntington Meet ! I got a repeat preservation and possibly a new member and he got a lot of tips on prepping a car for shows Comments expected and appreciated. My "FUN" badge is pegged on HIGH
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    Drove to a local car show. To my surprise appeared a 61 LeSabre I have never seen before.
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    I think I finally figured out why I never get time to work on my cars. About 3 weeks ago my wife had been bugging me to move the kids play house back about 30 feet. There is a natural grade there that it would set nicely in and put it out of the lawn and back in the woods a little. At the time we dropped it, it was solid woods behind where we had it. Last year I cut and chipped a large area all around, so now it was open behind it. Moving it wasn't too bad and only took a 1/2 a day with the forks on the tractor. Most of the time was in setting it on new blocking and levelling it. Well about a week later my wife comes up with the idea to put a shade garden in. Later that day she asked me to help her move a rock. She was just going to lay rocks on the ground. Now probably 35 hours later and several tiered gardens made out of rock scavenged around our 7 acre property I finally finished tonight. I took over after about the first 1/2 hour when she was ready to give up because she couldn't envision how it should look . A few of those rocks were real back breakers. I hauled most of the large stuff up our driveway / long hill on a hand truck. ( I should have just got the tractor with the bucket out) I kept thinking well this will be the last one. Now maybe I can get back to work and get something done on my cars. Oh wait there is another garden she wants to replace out front, as well as a large area that should really be done like this off to the other side She said she wanted something that looked like what you see in a magazine. I think it came out good enough to pass. Just a few more stone steps and line the underneath of the play house with a stone looking foundation. I don't even want to think of how many ton of rock I moved by hand. You can see the rejects in the background of the one photo. Well our Daughter Auburn likes the little paths and steps. She uses the big rock in the front as a table with the neighboring rock as her stool. Maybe next time I specify I want an Auburn, I should clarify that it needs to have atleast 4 wheels.
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    Both front hubs reassembled!
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    Well there ya go .... maybe the drug dealer can offer some help with suggestions on how to get the car drugged back home. Sorry Benjamin, we're not making light of your continued troubles, just trying to keep you on the sunny side. Here's a couple of songs that were my moms favorites and I remember her singing when I was growing up. in fact she and I would sing them when I visited her in the nursing home. She had forgotten a lot of peoples names and such but never forgot the words to these songs. By the way, I don't recall your Century having a name, may I suggest....... Hang in there Brother no one ever said the Buick Highway was without potholes, just dodge what you can and hold tight the steering wheel with those you hit.
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    Beemon: I've mentioned before that I read and enjoy all your posts. Still do. But don't go too far with this, it's not worth it. Talk to that guy some, but entertain the possibility of walking away and putting it out of your mind. $5000, (or however much) is a lot of money, but keep it in perspective. I just paid $9200 to re-do the HVAC in our house. I'm 67 years old, a disabled combat veteran, former drug addict and recovered(ing) alcoholic. Wasn't all that long ago I was your age and began getting a handle on my issues. You can always find another $5000, but you really have to work at contentment and peace of mind.