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  1. There are two theories about that - one is that in the initial days of submarines (pre-WWI), the sanitary facilities available on board were so primitive that the submarines were called pig-boats by the sailors who didn't sail on submarines but had to smell those that did. The other one I've typically heard is that they were referred to derisively as "boats" by destroyer, cruiser, and battleship sailors because they were so small. In true submariner fashion, we adopted that, made it our own, and now call submarines "boats" to highlight the unique nature of the platform and those who serve onboard! Terry - that's a fact! I would also point out that all ships can sink once - only submarines can repeat the feat! Thanks for the kind words.
  2. Matt - that’s awesome... I’m 38 and felt like we were about the same age
  3. Any updates? I've grown accustomed to reading your daily reports. Hope all is well, and everything worked out at the glass shop.
  4. I think something must have gone wonky with the post office - my dad got both of his copies on the same day, two days after he emailed the AACA office about not receiving the original. Thanks Steve, and the whole AACA team, for making sure everyone gets their magazines.
  5. I have a 2004 Chevy 2500HD with the Duramax/Allison combo. Bought it used with 39k, it has 115k now. Only issues is injectors (it's an LB7) and I had to re-do the job once, because the shop I paid the first time put crappy parts in. Trailer is a 2016 Cross Trailers 24 foot enclosed trailer. Bought it brand new, two 5200 lb Torflex axles, brakes on both axles, 48" RV door on the LH side, and Ez track on the floor. Works great. It is heavier than the aluminum trailers, but it was less than half the cost of the aluminum jobs, and I wasn't willing to spend 20k to pull a 15k car!
  6. These are awesome! Makes me want to get a 3D printer.
  7. Ted, I’ve followed your work on the ‘34 Chevy truck, but just found this blog. Man! Amazing work, and I especially love all of your research to make it right, instead of just making it work! Beautiful car through and through, and congratulations on the many awards- I’m sure there are more to come!
  8. Matt, glad to see you back at it! I have had days where nothing goes right, and I'm (slowly) learning that if I walk away and come back another day, things will usually go right together. Had it happen with tail light rings (after I broke a beautiful NOS one), king pins, etc. Tried to adjust my valves the other day, car still sounds like a tractor, hoping the same strategy will work again! Good luck, and we'll be watching and learning along with you.
  9. Matt, glad to see you back at it, and coming up with a solution! I too consider you a friend, and it’s also nice to see someone else in the hobby close to my age (I’m 38, with 2 kids). Goid luck, and I’ll be following!
  10. I also had good luck with gas tank renu on a previous project.
  11. First of all - I hear you on prior "mechanics" and "handymen"! I currently have two on my list I would consider treating the same way - the first is whatever troglodyte welded the king pin pin retaining pin on my Packard, and the second is the guy who used 3" construction screws in every electrical box I've opened up in my house! I'm sure you'll get it figured out soon. Maybe you could run wires from your new sending unit to under the dash, drive the car, and fix the gauge when snow flies again? I decided to do a few small projects 8 weeks ago - king pins and replace intake manifold. Going on waiting six weeks for the machinist that promised less than a week! Anyway, keep your chin up, and good luck with your car. A lot of us are learning from your experiences, good and bad!
  12. Where did you source your 600W/SAE 160 transmission fluid?
  13. Looking great! Any tips or tricks on cutting your floor mat? Doing a similar job on my Packard, and the thick rubber is difficult to cut cleanly. So far I've use a sharp knife and patience, but if you have a better way, I'm all ears!