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  1. Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

    Chris, it seemed that all the local retailers wanted $200 or more. So just got lazy and opted for the internet and lower prices. Slow on the farm with all the storms and such. Getting ready for Spring to hit next next week when we will get above 60 degrees. Anxious to get all the old cars started and out on the road.
  2. Roger, I am still here also, have been with you since the beginning. You are part of my day, along with Chris and Bernie. I always look forward to your posts. Even if you think your posts are mundane, we are all still in awe.
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    It is Sunday, March 11th. After two starters I found one that worked on Brownie the van. I ended up getting a high amp, smaller gear reduction starter that actually fit. Two chinese starters either did not work or were the wrong fitment. I finally got a Bosch unit that did the trick. It was about half the size of the original starter and replacements. So Brownie is back on the road. Tomorrow evening we are expecting our third big storm in 10 days, but hopefully, this will only be a glancing blow. Just finished clearing all the downed trees and debris from the first and second storms. I am ready for a rest. Oh forgot, we were without power for four and a half days, sure glad we have a whole house generator. We did not suffer at all, but did keep an eye on the propane level in the 500 gallon tank. Good thing we had a full tank, used about 5% of the contents each running day, about 17 hours or so. Most of our neighbors have the same generator setup, but a few did not so everyone tried to help each other out. Still learning about the Tesla. Seems to be a car made up of lots of different vendor parts. Here is an interesting article. https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a16570798/tesla-model-s-parts-other-cars-have/ I decided to take a full charge on the Tesla's battery to see what my range would be if I were to take a long trip. It stopped charging at 100% and 276 miles of range, normally I charge to 90% and that yields 253 miles.
  4. 1952 MG TD

    Jeff, it looks to be a great build for you both. Look forward to following along.
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    Paul, they just hang in the pasture and put their butts into the wind. Just too funny. And they move to the wind direction as it changes. The llamas just cush and try to get out of the wind. Each has its own means of coping.
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    It is Friday, March 2nd. We are in one heck of a wind storm. Started at 3 AM this morning. Been blowing from 45 to 70 mph all day. Power and the phone land line went poof at 7 AM. We have a whole house generator and that kicked right in. So we have been on generator power all day so far. Reports indicate that over 400,000 homes and businesses are without power. Entire towns are without power and hospitals are on back-up generators and are not admitting anyone except emergencies. Lots and lots of trees downs and junk is blowing all around. So far we are good, but we have lost a few trees. Nothing major. One tree gave a glancing blow to the llama's run in shed, all the others were in the pasture or over access roads. One tree went over the driveway, but Alice and I cleared it with the tractor, and push it back over the fence and repaired the fence line. It is suppose to blow all night and into tomorrow with sustained winds of 45 to 60 mph, so we are not out of the woods quite yet. Another 24 hours to go. Here are a couple of pics.
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    March 1st. Been a while since I have posted. Just not much going on in the lull of winter. But Brownie, the 1979 Chevy van, has a broken starter. Solenoid clicks, but does not engage the starter. So I ordered a new one, and guess what, it does not fit. So I am waiting for a second one to arrive. This is the van's original starter also, lasted 39 years so cannot complain. We are expecting a big wind storm tonight and tomorrow. Sustained winds of 25 to 30, and gusts up to 60 mph. Going to last almost 24 hours. So we are moving everything inside. Oh no, the BMW Z4 is outside. Well, it is a little on the small side so put it under the van. Not for the faint of heart. Should be just fine.
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    David, I get unlimited Tesla Supercharger use for the life of the car not just 1,000 miles worth. At the time of my build Supercharging for life was a big incentive for buyers. This is one reason the early Model S are so popular as used cars as the Supercharger for life goes with the car, no matter how many new owners. I have seen some Model S used car sales in the $38K range for the 60KW battery, 85KW batteries seem to be in the $45 to 50K, and the newer 90/100 are in the $60s. 2012 was the first year of the Model S. The D (dual motor) model S commands a higher price, but not much for a all-drive car.
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    David, re the charging rate for the Tesla Model S. The car displays a charging rate while it is charging, but not a running total. Cost to charge depends on how depleted your batteries are and the cost of power from your utility company. Here is a general rule. The average cost of electricity in the US is 12 cents per kWh. Therefore, the average person driving the average EV 15,000 miles per year pays about $540.00 per year to charge it. Tesla Model S charging. According to Researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, the sales-weighted average fuel economy of all new vehicles sold in the United States in 2016 was 25.3 mpg. The average cost for a gallon of regular gasoline in the US over the past two years was $2.35/gallon. Using 15,000 miles as the average amount of miles a person will drive in a year, the annual cost of gasoline for the average car will be about $1,400 per year, using the average cost of gasoline in the US from 2015 through 2016. One thing to also consider is that the cost of gasoline is currently much lower than it has been through most the past decade and it’s likely to rise again sometime soon. I figure that I will drive about 3,000 miles per year and figure that my cost will be about $100 or so for house electricity. Remember also that if I use a Tesla Supercharger on a trip it is free to me.
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    It is Saturday, February 10th. I wish I had more to report, but I have been doing very little on the old cars. They are asleep for winter. But Brownie, the 1979 Chevy van, has a bad starter. The solenoid clicks, but the starter motor does not spin. Cleaned the battery connections, but sill no go. So I ordered a new one from Amazon for less than $60. Never have replaced a starter in her so the original lasted all these years and 165,000 or so miles. Also put in new plastic/fibre gears for the house garage door opener. The repair kit was only $16. Now I have a working garage door again. Only 23 years old too.
  11. 1961 RR Brake Parts Needed

    Call these guys in Virginia. They probably have what you need or can locate it for you. http://www.moyermotorcars.com/
  12. Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

    It was a sad day yesterday. The 2002 Trailblazer left the farm for good. Hope that someone buys it at auction and returns it to the road at some point. The donkeys were interested in the Tesla when I brought it over for a quick charge. After figuring they could not eat it, they left it alone, which is a good thing.
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    Thursday morning, February 1st. It sure feels really cold outside, but it is 34 degrees. A quick Tesla power report. I got my two power adapters from Tesla yesterday, a 220 volt three prong dryer adapter and a 110 20 amp adapter. The dryer adapter is what I have in the new garage for the welder and air compressor, the 110 adapter will go in the house garage in place of the 15 amp outlet I have in there now. This morning I moved the car by the new garage, the donkeys did not seem to mind, went over and sniffed it and then walked away. I connected the controller to the dryer/220 volt connection and it went green, which is good. Then connected it to the car. The car lapped the electricity up. So now I am getting 20 miles per hour charge rate versus 4 miles per hour in the house. The car now says that it will be at full charge in 5 hours versus over 24 hours for the house garage. If I change the 220 volt breaker from 20 to 30 amps I think the charge will go up to 23 miles per hour or better. I will do that swap tomorrow. Now I have to run out and change the 15 amp house outlet to the 20 amp. I think it will give me 6 miles per hour charge. Good enough for topping off over night. When I get the 4 prong 50 amp RV circuit installed in the next couple of weeks then the charge rate will go up to 30 miles per hour of charging. That is the max I can go with this Tesla Mobile Connector. If I want to opt for a Tesla Wall Controller for $400 then I can charge at an even higher rate. That is a future option for right now.
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    Roger, just a regular week day. Not many people early, but by the time we left there were quite a few more, but certainly not crowded. With the old geezer discount only paid $8 to get in. Bill picked up lunch and parking so it was almost like a free day. There were lots of beautiful new cars. Made my brain swim for sure. It was quite a shocker to find out that to replace my 2003 Suburban with like equipment the cost would be over $80,000. I would probably get a extended pickup that has four doors for $60,000. And I would never, ever buy new.
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    It is Wednesday, January 31st. Bill (a neighbor) wanted to head into Washington DC for its annual auto show. So this morning we jumped into the Tesla with a full tank of electricity. I was my impression that Chevrolet had the most beautiful paint work on its vehicles; and Ford and VW cars looked somewhat dated. KIA was a big surprise, and the nicest little convertible was the Fiat Spider. Here are the pics I took. I was surprised not to see many concept cars that gave me the "wow" factor.