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  1. Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

    Re the Trailblazer. I can get all the parts to repair the truck myself. The cost of the parts shipped to my door will be about $900 or a bit more. We will take the truck in to the repair shop to see what they have to say. Oh, and the cost includes the painting of the bumper cover and front fender. So truly it will be plug and play. And I picked up a 10 lb spool of solid core welding wire via Amazon. $30 and made in Italy. I also ordered electrical connectors so I can switch between the 220 volt air compressor and the welder. Would not use both at the same time anyway. I have a small cylinder of gas, enough to see if the welder actually works.
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    Greg sent me a note that he is really busy in the airplane shop and trying to stay warm. No work on his old cars, but he is mastering a new skill for airplane work. A work project calls for engine turned cowlings. Detailed to the job, I've had to construct a throatless drill press and a method of indexing. Today's first effort, Test pattern 1 is flawed, but I guess a good start. At least it is indoor/shop work.
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    It is Sunday, January 14th. Oh gosh! The 2002 Trailblazer was hit by a deer. Thank goodness Alice was driving. The deer gathered itself up and ran away, the Trailblazer, not so much. This is the third time. I fixed the first two, but this one is more extensive than replacing plastic. Smashed in the driver's fender and pushed it back into the door, so the door will not open. The plastic bits of the bumper attachment points and grill at all broken. I am thinking that the insurance company may just total the little truck.
  4. Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

    It is Thursday, January 11th. I got a call from Camaro Steve a few days ago. He said that our chief fabricator, Dan, had a good commercial Millermatic welder for sale and did I want it. Without doing any research or thinking, I said yes. Well I picked it up from Steve this morning. Had to use the llama trailer as this thing weighs a ton. Over the next few weeks it looks like I will be getting to know it. Dan said that it works, but will give me my money back if it doesn't. It came without any wire or the gas bottle. Even old people have to learn the hard way. It is a Millermatic 35 S (S=spot weld), probably from 1976/75. Paid $200.
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    It is Wednesday, January 10th. Attempted to clean the grease and grime off the new van seats. Even with some light scrubbing the grime did not come out of the bottom seat fronts. I will try some more aggressive cleaner and a soft brush to see if I can get the dirt to give up. The rest of the seats came out great. I did some measurements and the new seats will fit just fine. They are the same height as the ones in the truck now. The passenger side will just be bolted down with enough room to allow me to pull the dog house over the engine. I will have to modify the factory mount on the driver's side to get it to be in the correct placement for a universal, non-adjust seat. I want to add three point seat belts. Problem is that GM did not put in an attachment point on the B pillar. I found a plate that you can put in, but it is not an easy process. Will continue to explore options. And never have seen this. The battery on the van seems to be almost frozen due to the two weeks of teens temps. I put a slow charge on it and gradually heated it up. Worked great a couple of hours later. That is frost/ice on the sides.
  6. Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

    January 8, 2018. Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. It has been bitter cold here for the past couple of weeks so we have been in a survival mode keeping the animals well fed and warm. For many days we were in the teens during the day and near 0 degrees at night. But it is warming up and tomorrow it will be above freezing. Today we jumped into the Suburban and headed out to pick up a couple of 2nd row buckets from a 2007 Yukon. They are tan leather with some power options. Paid $100 for the pair. They are a bit dirty on the seat bottoms, but otherwise perfect. The plan is to have them replace the front seats in the 1979 Chev van, which are falling apart. I will either mount them on a wood platform to get them to the right height or will modify the factory base to get them to fit on the van seat pedestals. I think they will look just great in Brownie the van. And the new donkeys are doing just fine. They are a hoot. Always getting into stuff and exploring. They love getting a paper feed bag and fighting over it. It keeps them entertained for an hour or so. They love carrots. And they can figure out how to unlock gates if you are not careful.
  7. Multi-classic insurance?

    I have a fleet rate with JC Taylor. Give them a call.
  8. 1960 MGA Restoration

    Chris, looking good. Before you know it, the car will be done and you will be hitting the road.
  9. Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

    It is early Saturday morning, December 23rd. Christmas is getting closer and I still have things to get. Heading into town this morning to finish. And yesterday we received our donkey rescues. They are quite a pair. Good looking critters and friendly. They are a bonded pair and cannot be out of the others sight. They got seperated by the garage, and what a commotion until they found each other. Here they are at their arrival. The llamas are not impressed.
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    Keith, the boys are both 3 years old and a bonded pair, and joined at the hip so to speak. Their current names are Eli and Jerry Bown. I have asked our grandkids (Evan 6 and Caroline 7) to each name one. So we will see what they come up with. Will let you know. Alice has the idea that she would like to have a driving pair, so I guess I will be on the hunt for a carriage or wagon plus all the rigging/harnesses. Our critter sitter drives large horses and ponies. We are going to talk to her about training for the donkeys and us. It is Monday, December 18th, still fighting a cold, now more of a cough at night. Slept 11 hours last night. But I had enough energy to fix the donkey [pasture fence line and barn area for them. I figure that I have to buy two new gates, a 12 and 10 footer, to make a secure area for them in the barn. On the car side I finished putting on the Suburban's new camo seat covers. They look pretty good, and I hope they last a few years without falling apart. I know that Trimacar (David Coco) would not approve, but the price was right and something I could do in a couple of hours.
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    It is Saturday, December 16th. One seat done and one to go. I am a bit under the weather with a good cold, but decided to warm up the garage and see how much I could get done on the Suburban's new camo seat covers by CalTrend. They are made special order to you have to wait a few days before you get them. The fit and finish are excellent and the price was right, $161 shipped. It took me a bit over an hour to put the passenger side on. I have to do some final adjustment, but very pleased with the results. I hope that I feel better on Monday to put the other side in. And donkey news. The boys will be here on Friday. Cannot wait. They are both three years old and live to 50. Looks like the kids are going to have donkeys at some point.
  12. Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

    It is Friday, December 15. Put the Suburban in the garage and turned up the heat to 60 degrees from 45. Perfect for working on the truck. Outside it is 27 degrees. I installed two exhaust manifold clamps. It took about an hour each. The passenger side rear and drivers side front. The front was easiest, but broke the plastic tab for the water temp plug, old and brittle, but still fits in OK. The passenger side rear was harder as there was less room. I had to bend the oil dip stick out of the way and hammer down the heat shield to get it to fit. But they are in. Iwill take it in for re-inspection on Monday. I will do the driver's rear another day, which will be a much harder job as there is no room to work. I also got new custom seat covers for the front, going to put them on tomorrow.The front seats are starting to look a bit ratty after fourteen years and 185,000 miles.
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    Those are some nice cars. Nice to see them. Life on the farm continues. On a whim we decided that we needed two donkeys, a bonded pair. So we contacted a rescue group in central Virginia and adopted Eli and Jerry, both three years old. Going to be delivered to the farm by the end of next week, their new forever home. On the car side, going to attempt to put on the two of the Suburban exhaust manifold clamps today.
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    It is Wednesday, December 13th. Wow, cold here this morning, 19 degrees. But am happy that the garage heat pump is working and keeping it at a nice 46 degrees. Yesterday I got the Dorman exhaust manifold hold down clamps for the Suburban, two large ones for the passenger rear and driver front, and a smaller one for the driver rear. The two large ones will be an easy installation, the rear not so much. The rear clamp is attached to the back of the cylinder head and you can barely get your fingers in there. I am going to put the truck up on the lift to see if it will be easier to go up by the transmission. Plan is to do this on Thursday. Here are pics of the two clamps and one of the bolts that broke off.
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    It is Monday, December 11th. Now that I have the rear chains on the tractor I thought I better put on the fronts. No go! The tire is too close to the steering arm. So I ordered a set of 1.5 in spacers from Canada. And to fix the Suburban's exhaust manifold problem I ordered three Dorman clamps. I will post pics when I start the installation. And we got our first snow, 3.5 inches, but the roads were warm so nothing stuck to them. Sure is pretty.