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About capngrog

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    I enjoy both classic and modified (hot rods) cars. I'm lucky in that I enjoy doing all my own work, because I couldn't afford to pay someone else to do it for me!

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  1. Airplanes

    Pictures would be of great help. Although this is an old car forum, many on here are, or have been, pilots and would be more than willing to share their expertise to help you get an initial "handle" on what you have. As to sources to assist in selling an aircraft, the previously-suggested Trade-A-Plane is excellent; however, for vintage aircraft, the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) may be a better resource. Here's a link to EAA's site: Here's a link to a guide to California aviation museums, which could also be a good resource: Bhigdog's advice is great, and Greg's friend Gerry could prove to be an excellent source of information for you. Good luck, and let us know how it works out for you. You have my sympathy over the loss of your friend. Cheers, Grog
  2. Don't worry about the photos if all you need is a reference for someone to "... sort and check the car ...' I'm a long way from the Colorado Springs Area, but I bet there will be someone on this forum who can connect you with the right person to get your Mustang sorted out. Good luck and let us know how it works out. Cheers, Grog
  3. MASSIVE FIRE Country Classic Cars Staunton Il.

    Ed, Is there a link to those photos or to the local news channel? Cheers, Grog
  4. I don't know if it's art. But I like it.

    As Laughing Coyote said, it looks like the fender brackets were meant to accommodate long stock, either pipe or lumber. It makes me wonder, though, why the stock would be carried on the driver's side, forcing the driver to enter/exit through the passenger side door. Perhaps some obscure DOT regulation. I like your truck. By the way, welcome to the Forum if this is your first time. Cheers, Grog
  5. Try calling the Trona Airport (L72) at (928)592-3427. I'm not sure what other digits would be involved in making what, for you, would be an international call; however, I'm sure that such a call would be routine for many folks. Let us know what you find. Cheers, Grog
  6. Where is the "other side of the world"? Cheers, Grog
  7. Is my ammeter burned out.

    Click on the link furnished by Mike6024 above, and you'll see that everything in the car, with the exception of the starter and the horns, is fed through the ammeter. This is typical for many older cars, and I encountered a similar situation when I re-wired one of my Crosleys. I know little about electricity, but what oldford said above sounds about right, but who knows how a British ammeter is set up? Check for continuity between both poles of the ammeter, and if you have it, your problem is not the ammeter itself, although the current measuring capability of the gauge may be "toast". Looking at the wiring diagram furnished by Mike6024, it appears that power is fed from the ammeter to the voltage regulator, and then to the ignition/light switch. This seems a little strange to me, but, as I said, I don't know that much about automobile electrical systems. Perhaps someone on this forum having more knowledge than me can take a look at Mike 6024's diagram. I understand that the major components of your MG's wiring system are of Lucas manufacture. Good luck with your efforts and let us know how you make out. Cheers, Grog
  8. Does this sound familiar? (Humor)

    At least 27 Forum members would ask for some pictures or diagrams on how to change a light bulb. Printed instructions would be useless, since, as guys, we wouldn't read 'em anyway. Per Craig's post #19 above, a video would be nice, but without the Country and Western singers. At least five members would be required to discuss the question of right or left-hand thread. Cheers, Grog P.S. Victorialynn2, after I finished laughing my ash off, I started to wonder that as a "Senior" Forum Member, I should be offended by the assessment of the talents of Forum Members. After consulting with my lawyer, my psychiatrist, my masseuse and my bartender, I've decided to retreat (with my friend Johnny Walker) to my safe space and await contact from "The Mothership".
  9. British Retractable "Coo-pay"

    I hate to admit it, but I kinda like that song, "Old Betsy Goes Boing, etc." On a more sour note, I believe I've met Jake the Mechanic. Cheers, Grog
  10. Check out this VERY special Dodge van....

    I don't know what proof the video narrator has that the van was ex-FBI; however, it could have been any of the "alphabetic" Federal agencies, or even a local jurisdiction. In my years with a large local jurisdiction, I was familiar with our marked phone company vans, utility trucks etc. While it was our policy to dispose of such vehicles in a "stripped" state, I encountered a few that had slipped through with much of it's "spy" equipment intact. With that said, it's difficult to believe that a surveillance van was sold to the public containing case file information. If the video is true, someone really dropped the ball on that one. With that said, that van is a really cool vehicle and would certainly be handy for the ol' neighborhood watch or for watching the neighbors or ... . They're watching, Grog
  11. Out of gas

    Even with today's technology, it would be fairly easy to place a meter on all "certified" charging stations, whether located in private homes or public electric vehicle service areas. Of course, the certification would involve a certifying government agency, which would charge for that service, and so on ... The "certified" charging stations could be fitted with transmitters (like some existing electric meters) arranged to send all charger use data to some billing entity, be it a private utility or some government agency. If to a private utility, taxes would be paid to the government based upon the amount of power used to re-charge an electric vehicle's battery. I'm sure that "The Government" will find a way to squeeze a road use tax or electric power use tax out of owners of electric vehicles. It's a brave new world indeed. Cheers, Grog
  12. Chance to buy a 1968 Chevelle - Need Advice

    I appreciate the input. That's what I'm looking for. I'll check the block casting numbers to confirm that it is, in fact a 502, and then I'll do my best to determine the transmission and rear end. Should I be looking for a 12 bolt rear instead of the more standard 10 bolt? I'll also check the VIN to determine what model/series it was originally. The Fisher body 'plate should give me some indication of the trim etc. I realize that the 502 engine has a negative impact on the ultimate value of the car, but it should be fun, and if the price is right ... My quick check of the obvious body sections revealed no rust, but I hope to get it up on a lift tomorrow for a closer look. Thanks again for everyone's help. Cheers, Grog
  13. I have a chance to buy a 1968 Chevelle that is powered by a 502c.i. big block. I'm a SBC guy, and no expert at that, and know little about the Chevy big block engines. This morning I got a chance to look at a really nice looking 1968 Chevelle that had been re-powered with a 502 big block several years ago. It's an automatic transmission car with the center console, but I don't know much more about it than that. I assume that it's a Powerglide. The car is reportedly an SS model. The car is in a garage with poor lighting (naturally my flash light batteries conked out), so I wasn't able to check out casting numbers etc., but tomorrow I expect to see the car running in the bright sunlight and will get a chance to drive it. I would appreciate any advice from folks who have some knowledge of 1968 Chevelles and 502 C.I. big blocks. What should I be looking for in either the engine or the car itself? Are there any particular trouble sources I should be aware of? I'll try to get some photos tomorrow. I need all the help I can get. Cheers, Grog
  14. There has already been an extensive discussion on this topic on this thread: Volvo to Phase out Combustion Engines by 2019 By Mark Gregory, July 5 in General Discussion Cheers, Grog
  15. Ford Model A delivery truck

    If it's mounted on a standard Model A chassis, shouldn't it technically be called a "sedan delivery"? Perhaps that term hadn't been coined as early as 1931. Cheers, Grog