Robert G. Smits

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About Robert G. Smits

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    College Station, Texas
  1. I miss the DFers!

    Thanks for starting this post Wayne. Bringing up the Old Timers names makes me smile. I never got involved in AACA politics but Al Edmond was my best friend in Des Moines and introduced me to AACA. I knew Howard for over 30 years and he was instrumental in helping me acquire Ron Van Geldrens 38 V16 with automatic transmission. When the Glidden was held in Texas a few years ago I emailed Howard inviting him to ride with me. His response was that he wanted to drive his 41 on one more tour before he died. Little did I know that he wasn't kidding. I am 78 and still work on cars six days a week but realize this won't last forever. Like most of you I am thankful for the many friendships AACA has brought into my life.
  2. Convert slides to digital?

    I was told by a IT consultant years ago to never trust a CD or DVD for long term storage. My photos are stored in the Cloud (which I don't really trust long term) and on a back up solid state drive kept in my safe deposit box and backed up periodically.
  3. Convert slides to digital?

    If you are only talking about 20 to 30 slides I would check with your Walmart, Costco or Walgrens as Many of them provide photo/slide conversion services. Many all in one printers or scanners have slide adapters. A couple years ago my kids gave me a stand alone slide converter made by Wolverine that does a decent job and doesn't require a computer.

    Thank you to all who replied. I was actually thinking about installing an electric vent fan in the end wall. Carl, I will call you in the next couple of days. Bob Smits

    Thinking about buying a 40 ft container to store a couple of parts cars. Does anyone have experience using these for storage and do you need insulated them? Thanks, Bob Smits
  6. Hauling the 48 Jeepster Home

    Your dogs also may have been a factor. Several years ago we were put through a 45 minute search of our luggage and van crossing into Canada. Later one of the agents told us that out German Shephard triggered the search.
  7. Any experience with Plain Ol' Trailers?

    Marty, thanks for the tip several years ago about the tire changing ramp. On a trip from Texas to Florida a few weeks ago my TPM indicated a drivers side trailer tire losing air. I was able to pull off the interstate into a gas station instead of changing it on the interstate. Using the ramp I was back on the road in 14 minutes and it was raining. The TPM saved me $200 as I wouldn't have known there was a problem until the tire blew. Ed, thanks for the tire tip. I am currently using E rated 14 plies but not with the load ratings you show. You can solve your gas station problems with a auxiliary fuel tank. With my 90 gal tank I can tow to Florida without stopping for gas which saves me 45-60 minutes on the trip.
  8. Any experience with Plain Ol' Trailers?

    A lot of good advice here. Specify tire pressure monitors on your trailer. This allows you to spot a problem before the BLOWOUT. It is nice to have options on where to change a tire that is losing air pressure. If I were going to haul heavy classics I would go with the 17.5 tires/rims rather than 16 inch..I have towed over a quarter million miles and if I never have to change a tire along the interstate at night again it will be too soon. Just my TCW. Bob Smits
  9. Car Lift experience and recommendations?

    540K, I just spoke to a independent lift installer in Fort Worth. When I told him what lift i was purchasing he stated that this is the best 4 post on the market today. Before he retired he worked for Rotary.
  10. Great effort Marty but I think it is too late. I have several in my car building that arrived a week ago. See my post under "Hurricane"
  11. Hurricane

    Right now I do not think there is any access into or out of Houston as all roads are blocked and both airports are shut down. We have had 29-30 inches of rain in College Station since Friday night and parts of Houston could get another 20 inches. If you wish to do something I would suggest donating money to the RED CROSS which is doing heroic work from all over Texas. They expect to house over 30000 individuals in shelters before this is over.
  12. Car Lift experience and recommendations?

    540K, thank you for starting this thread and doing all the research for me.. I have had a 12K two post for over 10 years love it for restoration work but need a movable lift for the small jobs, especially when the other lift is in use. Getting the arms correct for a 30 minute oil change is a pain. When the dually is on the lift it always worries me because of the movement and I also use hoist jack stand now.. Thanks again. Bob Smits
  13. My God man, what have you done?

    Marty did you have to mention the Oysters and make me homesick. Matt, you avoid those "looks" by just going to hot rod shows. Bob Smits
  14. Rich Marsh has been released from the hospital following a near fatal auto accident 9 days ago and is recovering at home. We pray for a speedy recovery without complications. If you would like to send him a card his address is: 575 Paulownia Dr, China Grove, NC 28023