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About Randiego

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  • Birthday 10/19/1949

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    Oceanside, California
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    1936 Plymouth P2 Tudor Touring Sedan , 1936 Pontiac Master 6 Coupe, 1977 & 73 Fiat 124 Spiders, 1960 Ford F100, 1978 Triumph 750 Bonneville, 1968 & 72 Honda Trail 90s, Starflight Ultra Light, 72 Simplicity 4041 Power Max Tractor 1938 El Monte walk behind garden tractor, 1956 17' Mahogany cuddy cabin cruiser (restored) with 1958 Mercury 48 HP (restored) Outboard


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    I have been in and around automobiles all my life. Starting with my brothers Model A Ford in 1957, progressing through various cars through my youth (Oh but to have some of the cars back!) I had a 36 Pontiac Business Coupe that only had 11K miles on it and a 50 Mercury coupe, a 49 Packard 2Dr. Fastback, 55 Ford Crown Vic., Plymouth Furry, 55 Chevy, 4 (bought 3 for less than a hundred dollars!)57 Chevy coupes, 70 Pontiac Bonneville, 1960 MGA (Migrated to California in that car). I purchased a 77 FIat Spider new (when I was working for a dealership here in San Diego) Recently, I just sold a 1972 Chevrolet Caprice Coupe with 25K original miles. IT was a pristine car that showed like NEW! It now resides in Qutar purchased by an emir three years ago. I am now involved with FIAT 124 Spiders. My daily driver is a 78 and I am restoring a 73 with a race motor. I restored 2 Triumph Bonneville Motorcycles. I kept the 78 (better road bike) and ride it through the San Diego back country. I am undertaking rebuilding a Starflight Ultralight that I inherited from my brother. In general, I love all around mechanics and working on anything.
  1. Gary, 79 degree day in FEBRUARY ? ? ! And we are freezing our keesters off out here in "Sunny So. Cal". Woke up this morning with frost on my windshield. Got down to 30 this morning and it won't be warmer than 57 today. Slows everything down for us out here. Wimps eh?
  2. Gary, FYI, I was watching an "Antique Roadshow" that they taped in St. Louis. In the intro, lo and behold, there is a 37 Buick 2 Dr. black sedan sitting on the curb. Just like yours. Were you aware of this? lt isn't a lot of air time but it is nice to see the car that you are restoring in a notable place. You can google the show and see it in the opening shots. Randy
  3. Roger, That shot of the Toronado.......Unless you look closely at the upholstery, there is NO Clue that this is a 1:12 model. The dash, steering wheel, console is so realistic. I can just imagine how the Continental will look when finished. Glad that you got your eye tended to. It is great to see clearly. We take that for granted until we don't have that ability any longer. My mom got her cataracts removed when she was 75. THREW HER GLASSES AWAY ! ! Modern Medicine. Randy
  4. Gary, I have been shooting Canon since my brother came back from Japan in the early 70's with his FTB SLR. So I went out and bought one. Later, I got an AE-1 and another FTB (from a guy getting a divorce). I still have them although they are relegated to the shelf. My first digital was a Kodak (poor quality when they first came out) and then an Olympus. Good camera, also stolen. My luck with cameras, eh? I got a Rebel XTI in early 2006 and have been using it with the Canon 70/140 zoom lens. I am very comfortable with it but you have given me pause as to what to get this time. Since I had my whole camera kit (with lenses and cards) stolen in December, I am settling with the insurance company now and am going to replace the camera. I will go to Costco and look at the Nikon. When I purchased the Canon, I bought it through Buydig.com there in your neck of the woods (NYC) The price with the lens was less than the body at the local camera shop. They are about the least expensive around. Just thought that I would pass than along. Plus with Buydig.com (stands for buy digital), the shipping is free and there is no tax as I am out of state. Plus you can get a 5 year warranty for minimal investment (against drops, rain, cracked lenses but not theft). I have to hand it to the Nikon though. Really crisp and clear pics. Now you have thrown a wrench into the gears. Randy
  5. Gary, I don't know if you mentioned what kind of camera you have been using for the photos in your thread. It is outstanding and since I have to replace my Canon (stolen) I would like to know which camera or cameras you have been using. The pictures are crisp and clear from a distance and up close. Of course, that is half the battle as the other half is the operator. But seeing a lot of threads with pictures, yours is top shelf. Randy
  6. Roger, Look into SURGICAL Cable that is used by Orthopedic Surgeons. My father, an orthopedic surgeon, did operations that required very small cable. I later used it on some of my model making. It is strong but very pliant. I am sure that you have a lot of sources for materials and you may have researched this type of cable. As a matter of fact, if I recall, it was made in Switzerland. Now it may be made in many different countries. It came on a spool in different MM thicknesses. If you know a surgeon in your area, I am sure that he (or she) can shed some light on the type of cable I am talking about. Just a thought. Randy
  7. Roger, Your rear end assembly is just like the "real deal". Right down to the emergency brake cable. Making it a "functioning" cable which can be (if the wire isn't too stiff) just goes over the edge ! I am imagining stepping on the E brake pedal and the cable is pulled. Just toooooooooooo much! Amazing. Everything on this model is just like the 1:1 car, only in miniature, with all of the detail. Some day, this car, the Avanit and the Toronado need to go into a museum where all can see these masterpieces. Unless an individual were following this thread, there would be no comprehension of how this model came to be. SO MUCH DETAIL and effort to produce the parts. Body men at paint and body shops have a hard enough time doing 1:1 cars, forming and shaping fenders, hoods, rocker and quarter panels and other parts, but doing it in 1:12 is absolutely an amazement that really is a loftier work of art. Roger, what planet are you on loan from? Because this work is truly "out of this world". Randy
  8. Oh, And the millennials imbibe a much different "concoction" that we did in our day. A case of beer or a bottle of Jack usually got the necessary help to give a hand when it was needed. Today, these youngsters imbibe all sorts of.........................spirits. The oddest guy I knew in my day (back in the 70's) , who incidentally had the most beautiful car collection (in St. Louis) starting with his fathers 32 Pierce 2dr Roadster, the family Cadillac limousine, His IMPECCABLE 57 Tbird (100 point car that he restored himself) for a few, drank Cutty and.......milk! He said that the milk kept his stomach from being upset. What ever works. These days my drink of choice is coffee and cold bottled water with a Johnny Walker (Black Label) over ice... on occasion. Southern California has the worst water in the US. Alkaline and cruddy tasting. Hence we started the bottled water craze that is world wide now. In your area, Gary, we are told that the Catskills provide NY and surrounding areas with the best water in the world.........right out of the tap. Luck you. Randy
  9. Gary, AH HAAAAA ! ! ! Now we know one of the reasons that your shop stays so clean. You do all of the buffing and grungy work out in.................................THE SHED ! Now that explains why your garage is so clean. Anyone using a buffing wheel to clean the rust and grunge off of a part will know how much crap and residue ends up on the floor or on the wall (if you don't have a shielded wire wheel). When I buff off corroded parts (if I don't put them in the blast cabinet), I move my wire wheel out onto the drive way to keep that junk out of my shop. Flinging the residue will be where it is easy to clean up instead of behind the benches, wall racks, etc.. etc. It is nice to see your "step by step" methods of your restoration. This could be a book on how to do a restoration........CORRECTLY ! ! One thing that is coming to your aid.....fairer weather! Just a short time from now, it won't be cold any longer and that will really give a boost to the restoration time as it won't be so cold for working in the garage or when you need to do something outside on the drive. Time moves fast when you are busy. Awaiting your next post. Randy
  10. Roger, Interesting that tin can be applied at home. Is it an electrostatic application or is it just a "bath" that applies tin via immersion? Are you using "clips" to hold the lines to the frame? If so, are they like the factory clips? Randy
  11. 1936 P 2 Side Mounts

    Oh, and I forgot my email address; randy@americanarbortreeservice.com Thanks Randy
  12. 1936 P 2 Side Mounts

    Hi all,. I am looking for single or dual side mount assemblies for my 1936 Plymouth P2 Touring Sedan. This involves the fender, side mount bracket (and hardware) and the wheel/tire cover and any thing else that is needed to complete the installation. I know that this is a tall order but hopefully, someone out there may have these items and or knows someone who will be willing to part with them. If you have these items or know of someone who does, please contact me. I would like to add this feature to my car. Thanks, Randy Lockett (760) 754-3166 Office (760) 533-7540 Cell
  13. Gary, Quit "beating" yourself up for your penchant for detail. Labeling and bagging the parts so that they go back in just as they came out will give you the fit and finish that MIGHT be there if you switch the parts around. The fact that your car is back in one piece (almost), looks fantastic and runs is testament to your standards. How many times that an individual has taken something apart, bags it and a year later are scratching their heads. Not only does the composed individual label, catalog and mark the part (up down, left or right) but also adds photos for complete documentation. This prevents the puzzle from having missing pieces or worst yet............"Now how the HELL did this part fit in here????" Add to that a time lapse of a year (or so) and then the picture really gets fuzzy. At a younger age, with a lot of energy and little patience, did I take something apart only to find out the hard way about 1. photo documentation 2. marking the part(s) and marking the bag 3. and where applicable, re assembly in reverse order of the disassembly. You have that in spades plus one; You are neat and keep your work area(s) clean and orderly. That says volumes about you Gary. After logging onto your thread, I bet a lot of followers have gone out to their garages and work areas, looked in dismay at their project and have started cleaning up their messes and putting things away. I know I have. I am striving to keep my work areas clean and free of the clutter that so plagues a lot of us. SO NO, you do not need a mental examination. Being neat and orderly is an asset. We should all be so organized and methodical in our pursuit in our restoration projects. You are "leading by example" and your kids are getting the best lessons in life from your work ethic and methods. Randy
  14. Beautiful work, Roger The detailing is.......................endless. And most goes unseen! Randy
  15. Roger, Just got out of the Surgery Center here in La Jolla CA yesterday. I had my right shoulder "overhauled" He removed a large bone spur and re attached torn ligaments to the rotator cuff. It should be a painful recovery but ......I am pain free ! My surgeon pioneered (at a much younger age) the arthroscopic surgery procedure back in the late 80's. He, like you and me, is grey haired and "seasoned" That is why they call it a "Medical Practice" Always practicing. :-) 24 hours later, I am typing. I have a shoulder brace on but my hands are free for typing and use. I won't be lifting my arm for a while but when I recover, I will have my arm back as good as new. Modern Medicine. Voila. The rear axle bumpers look great! Roger, you don't miss any detail. The steady progress that you are making on the Continental is something that I look forward to every time I log on to AACA. Randy