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  1. What's your possition on Quiche? (Ref. the book Real Men Don't Eat Quiche. I think this came out in the 80's)
  2. I have a question, what is the function of that center line tie rod and how does one adjust it?
  3. NO JOB IS COMPLETE WITHOUT ITS POUND OF FLESH AND BLOOD. Or so I'm told. I stopped by Neil's place just to make sure that there weren't any leaks or other disasters. Much to my horror I find Neil's feet sticking out from under the car (looking much like a scene from the Wizard of Oz, the one with the house on top of a Wicked Witch of the East). Well, he was just adjusting the hand brake. I can say there isn't a drop or even any signs of oil weeping from the gearbox. There was one issue I needed to take care of so that we wouldn't be accused of hot rodding or modifying the car. One of the cross member bolts had a USS threads when the other three were SAE threads. I took care of that oversight in 5 minutes. All 4 carriage bolts are now sporting SAE threads. (looks much better)! We took the car for a drive around the city. After getting her warmed up and running she is now running and shift like new. I'm always surprised that even with old well used machinery one needs to give things some time the break in ( find its new equilibrium). After all we have disturbed much and may have re-shimmed things. At the end of the drive Neil and the car had become one again.
  4. It was you that told me about those pesky south paw threads. Even knowing that they were there, I had to be very cognizant of which way I needed to turn the fastener! I mention them as there was evidence that an earlier mechanic was not aware of these threads. Now that a few hours have past I’m a shamed to say I’m feeling the effect of the job. My arms are aching a bit. Not too surprising as the one issue we had, was that we failed to pull back the torque tube prior to stuffing the transmission into the transmission tunnel. That left me hold up the transmission for a bit longer than I anticipated. All in all it was an easy and safe repair. Heck, after cleaning up in a hot shower I found I didn’t even have any scraped knuckles.
  5. Neil, I was surprissed at how fast we got her all assembled. Now that you have given her a shake down cruise, I think it might be a good idea to check the torque on the spring hold down plates. I suspect thing could settle (shift) as the springs find their new home. Remember lefty tighty!!! Konrad
  6. Looks like I need to start on my Jack LaLanne work outs. All the best, Konrad
  7. Neil, I had a great time getting my fingers greasy again! I loved being in Don's shop with all that equipment. I love looking at this old "hardware". It is a time machine, interesting looking back at how things were done and seeing the why's and how things have changed. Like your gearbox with internal dogs. With your gearbox it was a stroke of genius on Don's part placing the case with the gear-shafts vertical. Ok, that may not have been the genius part, but using the through hole on the jack stand was! The job wasn't as difficult as the photo makes it look; three hands and still needing to hold tooling in my mouth! All the best, Konrad