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  1. Bernie, I hadn't seen one in any of your postings and with your plans to remake the LeaF, I was going to ask if you had an English Wheel. I know what it takes to fix a compound curve by hand and now that I know you don't have a wheel, I'm even more impressed by your coach building skills.
  2. From the day you wrote about taking a nap under the car the short lady has been looking over my shoulder while I check your postings. Being a hairdresser and concerned about how your wife can keep her hair good, she likes the green one with the full windscreen and the shinny radiator.
  3. Hey Bernie, Everything I know about Koalas is second hand and the last word I had on Koalas in Victoria, was that when the road near my aunts old home got widened and paved there must have been 50 cars a day going by, so many Koalas were getting killed crossing the road they made their own Koala crossing signs. I had a couple of great aunts from down under, my Kiwi Aunt passed away when I was little and I don't remember her, but her son lived in town until his father died. I was in my late 40's when my Aussie aunt passed, she was actually Tasmanian but moved to Victoria when she was little. It was always an event when one of her siblings passed through town on their way to or from Europe and there were always pictures from back home and travel, most of them were black and white. The pictures of so many different things were always interesting, but it was a bit disappointing to learn that the Tasmanian Devil didn't look anything like it did in the cartoons. If you're mad then I'm mad too. The LeaF would be a nothing car, but the thought of putting it back together appeals to me because it looks so much like the old thing behind the barn that grandpa let my brother and I play in until it got hauled away with the old silo. The Rapier is a classic and classy roadster, seeing pictures of it out on the road always puts a smile on my face and I'm not the one behind the wheel. I love the pictures of it running through the countryside and color adds to the experience. Never really gave any thought as to how green Australia and New Zealand could be.
  4. Did you see any Koalas crossing at the Koala crossing signs??
  5. You don't have to explain the LeaF to me, I have a similar weakness for projects and if I lived across the road from you I would learn everything I could from you and I wouldn't get anything done around my house until everything I knew how to do on the LeaF was done, or there was nothing more I could do to help.
  6. Bernie, Never to old to try something new and never underestimate the WOW factor, that is the boost you get when someone walks into your shop and says WOW. What you might be lacking in youthful stamina and exuberance, you more than make up for in talent and experience. To me, what you do with steel tubing is so far beyond my ability that it boggles the mind and way more difficult that replacing sections of rotted wood with epoxy soaked strips of fiber mesh. I knew almost nothing about fiberglass when I bought a boat with a busted hull and it was a learning experience, a big part of the experience was removing what I did wrong so I could do it right and doing it more than once.
  7. Looks like keel rot but horizontal and I would have bet that it fixes the same way until I read up on timber coach / wood frame restoration and discovered that it might be even easier than I imagined. Of course there is only one way to find out and I've got nothing to try it on.
  8. Never seen a car with this much metal and a wood frame, so my imagination is running wild with what kind of rot could make it un-restorable and I really do wish I was close enough to get a good look at this thing. I didn't know anything but the absolute basics about fiberglass and nothing about carbon fiber before I bought a boat with a busted hull and my wild imagination has me wondering about replacing the rotted wood by molding in carbon fiber. I'm sure that whatever you do it will look great when it's done, but curiosity as to how this body is wrapped around the wood has me wondering.
  9. Bernie, you have a very colorful way of describing an engine that has very little wrong with it.
  10. Getting through the main number can take forever and I've never had a problem getting hold of the field office duty agent. https://www.einvestigator.com/federal-bureau-of-investigation/
  11. Roadsters are good for fun in the sun, but this thing will be great for a stately night on the town. Wish I could be there to help.
  12. Sounds like the same former friend flimflam man that Carl told me about. The Sheriff is a good call to make, but with the internet add selling a car you don't legally own makes this Federal and the FBI is better.
  13. I spent a couple of hours on the phone with Carl a couple, maybe three years ago talking about this car and I thought this was taken care of. When I was talking with Carl I was still doing fraud and forgery work for attorneys, so I would go with misappropriation over a money dispute because we talked about his options. Carl knew where the car was and told me why he was having trouble getting it back, from his description the guy was a former friend, flake and flimflam man. If he didn't go to an attorney to take care of this back then, the car is probably legally owned by now. I don't know how Nevada DMV handles these things, but there can't be to many recent abandoned vehicle storage leans for 1927 Cadillac LaSalle's on record.
  14. Hey Bernie, I was in the service back in the early 70's with a guy that picked up an old Lea Francis while he was TDY to England and it cost him a fortune to ship it home. They way he talked about getting parts to rebuild the motor I was sure he was talking about a motorcycle., until I googled up the motorcycle and found out that it was a bike with a motor.
  15. I was in service with a guy who had a Lea Francis bike, but I thought he was talking about a motorcycle. I didn't know Lea Francis made cars until you mentioned it.
  16. Now that the Singer is half way gone, [ I may never learn ] About 4-5 years ago I went to look at an old Bug Eye from a craigslist add where I also found and passed on a $1,000.00 Le Mans Replica Singer that needed full restoration. Being in the states and not spending hundreds of hours restoring an old right hand drive would have been a good reason for the decision, but it wasn't my reason. The word Replica chased me away because I didn't know enough about Singer to know it was important and didn't give it a second thought until you drug this thing home.
  17. When a new/used dealer puts a car like this out on the lot, they usually aren't in any hurry to sell. This T-Bird looks to be the point car of a used lot and as long as the point car is doing its job, its worth its weight in gold.
  18. You got paid for this, you lucky dog you. My dad was a Minnesota dealer and keys were a pleasant childhood chore. The unpleasant childhood chore was sweeping snow off all the new and used cars all winter long.
  19. A Tesla on auto pilot hit a tree and it burned for how many hours? and took how many gallons of water to extinguish? We are going to need more infrastructure than charging stations to fill the highways with modern electric vehicles. We are going to need a super fast fire suppression system that works on these batteries, or a lot of urns for the ashes of their occupants.
  20. My best suggestion is visit your nearest farm animal vet and get yourself one of those wonderful rubber gloves that that goes all the way up your arm to the shoulder then follow these instructions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Liiewkf1UIA Don't have any southern state gummy jell experience, so I don't know how long gas lasts in the warm verses the cold, but in my chilly part of the world gas tank goo usually means new injectors, purge valve and at least one vacuum check valve. Hopefully a clean tank with new pump will give you trouble free down the road driving.
  21. "still have the manifold gauge set but they are for R12Z" Good tools never die. Hose fittings need to update if removable fitting adapters weren't attached over top of factory connections when updated, but the gauge set itself is not obsolete and new 134 hoses are cheap. Basically you are a couple of fitting connectors away from being able to monitor high side while you add freon to the low.
  22. Entertaining and educational: Tucker, a man and his dream.
  23. Not knowing which of the old and even older style belts you have to match, a trip to a u pull to acquire the newer end you need, a search of the internet for air line seat belt extensions made for the larger passengers and a trip to the shoe or upholstery shop for a sewing machine that can attach what you need to your adapter harness.
  24. Post this in the for sale section with pictures, price and location.
  25. For 25 years I had been talking about moving the cheap, small, leaky steel shed from the flat spot next to the garage to some other part of the yard. Now that I have finally cut down the big tree, built the retaining wall, brought in the fill, poured the cement and built the barn, I can estimate that I probably spent as much, or more time over the years talking about the all the work as I did doing the actual work. Talk was a lot cheaper, but for less than 10 grand and a couple hundred hours spread out over two summers, I got an easy to push the boat into flat spot next to the garage, a shed that doesn't try to rip my head open when I walk through it, an enclosed storage space for another car and more parking space. So if you already have a spot picked out and you add in all the talk time, you're more than half way done and summer hasn't even started.
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