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  1. I dunno. It's sort of an odd concept. I get what they were trying to say, but without wheels, front end etc...this looks like some interstellar, car wreck acid trip. I like how the passenger is looking out the window and down...."Look honey, I can see Uranus. Hope my hat doesn't blow off. Can I have another acid tab please? How is this thing flying without a motor? PRL
  2. Too much Sawzall. Too much time. PRL
  3. Check out ROA forum information from May 2011 and you'll find info on this topic. Memory here is a little foggy, but here goes: All GM prior to 65 used sender units with resistance of 0-30. In 65 they switched to 0-90. Obviously the gauges changed at the same time to reflect the resistance. You might be using the wrong unit. My guess is you've got a ground problem. On 63-4 the ground is actually the tank straps. Not sure on a 65, but I bet it's the same. You could test this theory by creating a new ground off the sender and running it to a clean spot on the frame. PRL
  4. IMHO, the gold car is a honey...but not a true "time capsule". To me, it's a really nice survivor class car with one repaint. I think of a time capsule car as one of these nutty rigs you see on Barrett Jackson where somebody put the car in a bag, then in a garage for 40 years. Just saw a 79 Trans Am with under 300 miles listed. That's a time capsule. Not sure if I'd want something like that anyway. Can't be good for the machine to sit that long and you'd never want to drive it anyway for fear of loading miles on it. In the case of the gold car, I think it's got a bigger problem: Not totally original, a little worn in areas and not very sexy. There...I said it. Not trashing it because I really think it's a sweet car. If it was a Vette, Challenger, Mach One or something like that, people will pay huge dollars for this level of relative originality. Unfortunately, our model/marque doesn't command big dollars unless it's unbelievably mostly original in fanatically good condition (like Winston's), restored to the max in factory configuration or maybe restomoded out the wazoo. I really nice Riv with earth tones, some wear areas and wheel covers is easily confused with Grandma's car to most big buck spenders. PRL
  5. George-Your construction is jaw dropping. While we are all complaining about the cost of stick frame buildings and tin sheds, you my friend have built the replacement for the NORAD complex at Cheyenne Mountain. If Trump keeps throwing Tomahawks and it gets crazy, you are safe. PRL
  6. I'm sure glad I got a mid model car because I really need that 140mph speedo. Otherwise I'd always be wrapping the needle back around and just guessing at anything over 120. PRL
  7. This post really got me thinking. It's relevant to every car guy. Wouldn't it be great to have a huge space to stash all your treasures? One that is close, secure, affordable, has room to work and maybe even is a cool place to hang out. I know a lot of car guys and their garage/stash take all forms but there is one thing they all have in common. I've noticed a rule...I call it the rule of 30. Here's what I mean: I've got a friend with some really cool vintage Fords all cooped up in small garage behind his house. It takes him about 30 minutes to unpack stuff so he can reach his cars. Another friend has the most well outfitted garage set up you've ever seen stuffed with the best tools and cars ever. He needs about 30 more square feet. There's a guy who keeps all his cars and tools at an airplane hanger. It's located about 30 minutes too far from his home. One guy I know has a huge urban industrial garage in downtown Dallas. At night, crime is crazy down there so he spent about 30K on security measures. Down the street from me is a older guy who finally built the garage he always wanted and outfitted it for storage and do it yourself restoration. He told me he has arthritis, doesn't like to wrench like he used to and should have built his garage 30 years ago. Another dude I met at a show let me tour his ultra slick garage that looks like a nightclub. He paid about 30K too much for paint, mirrors and fancy lights in his garage. On and on. I'm telling's all about 30. Like Jason said earlier, if you've got a roof over your head and your car, you're luckier than most. PRL
  8. Bought my house with an existing two car detached garage/side shop combo. Loved the house the minute I saw it, but nearly fainted when I saw the garage. Detached is important. Buddy of mine built his drive in basement dream garage under his dream house on a hill in Atlanta. His entire family hates the sound, vibration, smell and late hours of his car hobby. Not good. Anyway, bought mine specifically for the separation. House and garage were built in 1920 so walls of entire garage are wooden 6" shiplap pine. Kinda of nautical, like being inside some big ship. Garage has upstairs man cave area with bathroom. Cars were smaller in 1920 and my hobby was growing so I expanded. Built back so now have space for 4 cars parked 2 deep. Found reclaimed shiplap lumber and lined walls so it looks like it was always there. Ten years ago I dug out a 12x3' pit, lined it with cinder block and drain so I can get under cars. Also now have 2 small shop areas. Window unit AC/ Heat throughout, wired for 220 and TV ever. Usually, I have three cars inside. My daily driver and wife's car are outside. Also have a few trash picked easy chairs set up inside for hanging out. Its often the location for buddies to come over for a few beers, a cigar, music and conversation. IMHO, having my cars and garage close to home is really important. There is a big difference between telling your wife you are going out to the garage for a few hours versus telling her you are driving someplace else to do it. Nothing is better than working in the garage as long as you want, then simply shutting everything down and walking to the house. I certainly could use more space, but like everything else, you've got to be happy with what you've got. I know a lot of guys who literally have no place to go simply to be a guy and do guy stuff. I love my garage and can't imagine life without it. PRL
  9. Mine were overstuffed too. Without the fronts seat in, I learned a little trick: Grab the back edge of the seat with your right hand. Make sure you are lined up. Lodge your right foot against the depression in the floor just before the location for the front seat. Take your left hand and grab the front edge of the seat while pressing your left knee against the front edge of the seat. Lean into the seat, pressing your weight into it and shove it in. Your weight and pushing is actually slightly bending the seat frame, but it will spring back. You'll feel it sink into place enough, push down further locking it against the floor hooks, then let it ease back locking itself in place. It is an effective form of erotic automotive ballet. It's all in the shove. Be firm, but careful. I know you Adrian, you can do it. I also suggest two fingers of Blanton's just prior to help get you in the mood. PRL
  10. I think you've got to take an appraiser's POV with a grain of salt. It's just his opinion. His advice on certain detail points might be helpful (like the sills and the upholstery) in terms of his ability to sell the car but really it's up to you to decide if you want to heed his particular advice. From there, it's just a matter of taste. Some people want the showroom stock look, others want something more resto mod. If your car is someplace in between, so what. I think you shouldn't lament any decisions you've made and not worry too much about what the appraiser says. I would only change something if you specifically think it will yield you more profit and it's an easy fix. Fine, buy some new rocker sill covers. If you want to sell your car, find somebody out there will love it as much as you did. If you don't get as much as you'd like, consider the value of the experience you had working on it and worry less about the money. PRL
  11. It's hard to argue with a longer screw. Yep. PRL
  12. I found a guy in Hemming's called Pete's Rod Shop. I sort of lucked into it. It's a small operation just outside Philly. I searched on line and called around a lot and most of the bigger shops where very expensive and had a long backlog. I am re-doing a 77 Pontiac Can Am now and it has lots of interior plastic parts that are chromed. Dash bezels, AC vents, interior light bezels etc. Once I talked to Pete, he won me over. He is a stand up guy and his work is excellent. His business is cars, but the plastic chroming service has really taken off for him. Highly recommended. PRL
  13. It's pretty over the top...but I like it. I'm thinking Bill Mitchell would have liked it too. In his later years, he got pretty over the top in his design choices. He'd probably slide into this rig wearing a matching pantsuit and smile. PRL
  14. Chrome it all. It looks bitchin. PRL
  15. Seafoam-Just a little more history on my harmonic balancer event. Turns out the balancer was fine, it literally just came loose. To your point (and luckily) I'd only been driving it around town when it started acting odd. The nut was not correctly torqued and it worked loose. One new nut/washer, some Locktite and 220lbs later it was solved. Also luckily, the nose of the crank was fine. One the road, this might have been a much bigger problem. PRL