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About capngrog

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  • Birthday 12/25/2014

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    I enjoy both classic and modified (hot rods) cars. I'm lucky in that I enjoy doing all my own work, because I couldn't afford to pay someone else to do it for me!

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  1. ` Isn't that the purpose of a deposit? If a deposit is nonrefundable, that really puts the pressure on the buyer to perform per the contract. Cheers, Grog
  2. I think that you're correct with your suggestion. It could be that Mike's trophy was the "Locomobile Cup for Best Saint Bernard" ... or sumthin' like that. The LKA was the Ladies Kennel Association, founded by ladies of the nobility in England in 1894. The Ladies Kennel Association of America (LKAA) was founded in 1900. I assume, but don't know for sure, that these two organizations were related with the LKAA being an affiliate of the parent organization, LKA. Whatever it is, Mike's trophy looks pretty nice. Is it all copper? Cheers, Grog
  3. Don't you mean 156 KPH, not MPH? Even 156 KPH (94 MPH) would have been quite fast on an interstate, but not especially dangerous or irresponsible; however, 156 MPH ... ? As far as I can tell, the SM was, as you wrote, "amazingly fast", but had a published top speed of 137 MPH. A real factory hot rod for sure. As far as Citroens are concerned, my favorites are the 2CV and the old Traction Avant. Cheers, Grog
  4. I agree, either next to the ocean or in an intertidal zone. I've seen similar states of deterioration in the Bahamas and Caribbean. Cheers, Grog
  5. While 17,500 ft. is really deep, it's not all that unusual. The deepest ocean depths recorded to date are of the Challenger Deep section of the Mariana Trench at 36,000 ft. ... deeper than Everest is tall (29,000 ft.). The Mariana Trench is roughly 2300 miles northwest of the Solomon Islands, where the Hornet was reported to have sunk. Closer to home is the Puerto Rico Trench located approximately 100 miles north of the north coast of Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Trench is 27,500 ft. deep and is considered to be the eighth greatest ocean depth recorded to date. I think it's amazing that the crew of the late Paul Allen's ship, the R/V Petrel were able to locate and photograph the remains of the Hornet, 76 years after its sinking. Not only is there little corrosion ( as Spinneyhill says, not much oxygen in the water) but very little growth or silt accumulation. I'm amazed at how well preserved the painted surfaces are and am blown away by the vivid paint colors of the wrecked Grumman Wildcat airplane. Another thing that leaves me awestruck is the capability to recover items from great ocean depths. The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR) of Air France Flight 447 were recovered from 13,000 ft. of water, two years after the crash. Cheers, Grog
  6. Here are a couple of pictures of what truly is a "contraption". It's a 1952 Crosley pickup on top of a 1962 Corvette. The frame, suspension, steering, cooling etc. are all '62 'Vette, and all of the body sheet metal, interior, seats etc. are stock '52 Crosley. The engine is a 350 sbc block with a 307 crank, making it a "big journal" 327. The transmission is a four speed. It aint no race car, but it sure is a FUN (Fast, Ugly, Noisy) ride. It wouldn't, by any stretch of the spirit of inclusiveness, be welcomed any where near an AACA event ... well, maybe a LeMons show. I welded up a trailer hitch receiver and use the FUN to tow my stock 1950 Crosley station wagon to some very local car shows. The rig tows great ... as long as I don't get into a situation requiring backing up. Anyway, the FUN photos: Cheers, Grog
  7. I think you're referring to the Moonshine Rod Run in Tennessee. Here's a link: There may be other similar-themed events, but that's the only one I've heard of. One of our local Old Car Guys participated in it a couple of years ago and was impressed with the event. Cheers, Grog
  8. That's the site where I obtained the pricing information and the diagram included with my original post. Thanks for verifying my source. Cheers, Grog
  9. Roger, Thanks for the link. I was able to look at that Corvette Forum this morning, and it has so much information available that It may take me some time to find the information I'm looking for. I was going to register/join the Forum, but their list of disclaimers was more than I cared to deal with on a Saturday morning. I may join in the future and use their search function after posting my question. The AACA General Discussion Forum remains my "Go To" source for automotive information. The folks on this site have an incredible wealth of knowledge which they are more than willing to share with dummkopfs like me. Cheers, Grog
  10. Dave, Thank you very much for the information. Using a combination of ratios derived from on line photographs and applying those ratios to known dimensions taken from my C-1 chassis, I was able to come up with figures very close to those you provided. With your help, I'm now in the "ballpark" dimension-wise, which should be sufficient for what I'm trying to accomplish. Thanks again. Cheers, Grog
  11. I have a car based on a stock C-1 Corvette frame and suspension; however, somewhere in its life, the rear suspension radius rods and their mounting brackets were removed. Under spirited acceleration, the car experiences severe axle wrap and wheel hop which sooner or later will cause something expensive to break. I know, I know, I could just drive the thing like Granny, but then what would have been the point of all that pondering, wrenching and cussing (when things go amiss)? All of the needed parts are available on line (e.g. Zip Corvettes), but they are expensive, and the radius rod support (see the below illustration) would need to be modified. I'm in the design phase of coming up with a radius rod system (I'm not a fan of traction bars) and would like to keep the geometry of my "fix" as close to stock as possible. To that end, I need some information on the dimensions of the three key pieces of the C-1 Corvette radius rod system. If anyone on this forum has a C-1 Corvette (1953-1962) I would very much appreciate the following information: 1) The length of the radius rod, center-to-center of the mounting holes; 2) The height of the center of the mounting hole of the radius rod support above the top of the frame rail; 3) The height of the center of the mounting hole of the radius rod axle bracket above the top (O.D.) of the rear axle housing. I realize that obtaining these measurements will require some effort, but that effort will be greatly appreciated. Cheers, Grog
  12. hddennis, I've had the same problem today. I finally accessed this forum by going through the AACA website, and that worked. I have the AACA Discussion Forum on my "Favorites", and it has always worked well in the past. I wonder what sort of "computer excursion" has occurred here. Technology is great when it does what you want it to do. Cheers, Grog
  13. I wasn't referring to the advice offered on this or any other Forum. I guess I should have made it clear that in my personal experience, the "experts" who most often steer me in the wrong direction are the professional "experts" at parts stores, repair shops, accessory vendors, dealerships etc.; in other words, people who should know better. Cheers, Grog
  14. Yeah, I manage to do that with dismaying frequency. All too often my screw-ups are the result of following the advice of "experts". "I guess I'll never learn." With that said, it's all part of the hobby, and it's a continuing educational experience ... and it's all (well mostly) good. Cheers, Grog
  15. This commercial must have been at least partial inspiration for the 1980 movie, "Used Cars", starring Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, et al. If you enjoyed the commercial unearthed by Joe in Canada, you'll really like this movie. I have the DVD of "Used Cars" and watch it every year or so, and I still LMAO! Cheers, Grog