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About Digger914

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  1. Here's the big question, are you going to drive it or show it? Spent several hundred hours under cars at a custom exhaust shop and if all you want to do is make the old stock muffler look as good as the new pipe, go to the nearest Walmart and get the cheapest rattle can of aluminum or silver paint on the shelf and spray it.
  2. Nothing on the SLK that a good mechanic can't fix, but if you don't have the factory software and tools, you are guessing at what part might bad and even if you do guess right you might not be able to replace it. The soft tops on Saab and Volvo are almost identical, but I don't touch Volvo's. I'm tooled up for GM and I will do Saab's, even a Cadillac retractable hard top if someone brings me one. I don't even know anyone who will touch a Mercedes. The Ford may have a million miles of wire, but they are child's play compared to these things. Most of what gives you trouble on the Ford can be found with a circuit tester and fixed with a can of contact cleaner.
  3. Don't sell yourself short, the factory service manual for this top was written for the average 1950's mechanic and if you can follow written instructions and can use simple hand tools, you can fix one of these.
  4. My brother had a 59 retractable and a Sunliner, his first wife got the retractable in the divorce, his second wife got the Sunliner and I bought his Ranchero. He would buy another of either if his present wife would let him. Automatic retractable hard tonneau tops are problematic and it doesn't seem to matter who made the car, or when it was made. More power moving parts means more places for problems and they all have problems after they get to be a few years old. The newer cars are computer controlled pressure sensing hydraulic and the old Ford here is simple switch and relay logic. If the wire harness insulation is rock hard or brittle pass on the car, if you can make a 180 bend and not split the insulation there isn't anything in this top that can't fixed by a guy that can fix an old pin ball machine.
  5. Same year but not quite as opulent as the first one I drove. Terrible drivers seat, tremendous engine.
  6. All of my cars have been "One" cars. With the car I needed every day, the truck or trailer to haul the crap I couldn't put in a car and all the other things in life, I never had enough extra time, money and space all at the same time, to have more than one at a time. I'm not alone in this, in my older suburb, mostly working class with children, there are at least 20 other "One" cars in a one mile radius.
  7. I don't know the story, but I can guess and my guess is megawatt sound system related. Can't get this kind of damager with vented rotors, after they wear to the fins, they usually grind the piston until it jams in the rotor and stops the wheel. Only seen this on solid rear rotors with a sticky caliper or way to many DIY pad slaps.
  8. Looks just like Yankee ingenuity, must be the shared heritage. Darn fine fabrication, couldn't have done better myself.
  9. The short version is I got a little hurt the last year of the Viet Nam war and couldn't do my regular job for a while, Digger got stuck on me by the guys who thought I had life really easy during my part time foray into an unrelated career field. The numbers at the end of my handle are my birthday, there were a couple of Diggers here before me and I went for a number that wouldn't need to be entered again.
  10. Nice thing about high humidity is that it helps to settle dust and heat is also good, but there is that old saying to much of a good thing.......... Good advice from PFitz and only adding a few simple things. Tips: If you don't have a dryer for your airline, get an extra length of air hose, coil it up in a 5gal bucket filled with ice and enough water to cover the hose. Depending on temp you may need to refill this bucket several times so keep an eye on the ice level. Put a water separator up near the spray gun, one that you can see into so as to know when it is getting full (I use a drainable separator) and use both fish eye and hardener additives. Watch out for sags and runs, easy to fix when wet but it does take some practice, suggest practicing removal by creating runs and sags on some old panel to test how well your paint holds in the temp and humidity of your paint day. Get a good clean shop rag dampened with your reducer and dab off the runs you create to get a feel for the touch you might need to use later. A cold beer and a good cigar doesn't help the paint set up faster, but it will help pass the time between coats. Lots and lots of light coats before you lay down the heavy shine coat and have fun.
  11. Thanks Bernie, for some reason the last 2 posted images didn't display for me here and I was wondering what they were. Though I've never met up with one personally, I do know about the Koala, when I was young, my aunt who knew from personal experience told me that they that are not a cuddly as they look
  12. Needing more garage space means moving the storage shed and having as many contents of my shed as I can stand to part with posted for sale on craigslist, some of them for half value to get them out of the way as fast as possible, I can empathize with the poster of this motorcycle add. That said, my response to people who call and email that ever popular question, "What is the least you will take?" is I don't know, guess I'll find out when somebody puts that much cash on the table.
  13. Bernie, I don't come to this site as often as I used to, but I do follow this posting through my email as it is updated and I'm not bored rotten yet. It will be a day or so before this image uplinks to my email and kind of wondering what it might be. Larry