unimogjohn

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John:

Very picturesque all that snow. Ours ended around 8:00 last night and an open spot in my yard showed 30" post-121302-0-69682200-1453673708_thumb.Todays photo of the snow on my small insignificant garage. (No jalousie here is there?) Living in town we are limited to shovels and an occasional snow blower attack. We still have not shoveled out the Kia from in front of the house but there is no need to be anywhere soon.

 As an update on the Brass era Buick quest. First, I found out that the gentleman in Manasas who wanted to sell his 1910-10 runabout to a "Buick Loving Home"had passed away and his son still has the car. post-121302-0-84742000-1453675418_thumb. I let him know that I was still interested at what I offered at the time. At this point he does not want to sell.

  I have been trying to work with a fellow in Pa who has a 1913-31 Touring. post-121302-0-09770800-1453675842_thumb.His step father restored after he passed they inherited the car and has had it in storage for 15 years. As he indicated in his ad it had won all these trophies and had achieved an AACA First place award! Great, only these trophies and awards were achieved between 1955 and 1958. The step father had restored the car in 1955 and seemingly did a very credible job. Although they used the very heavy vinyl upholstery of the time instead of leather. Looking at all the badges on the car it appeared as if they did tour the car heavily in the late 1950s. Needless to say the restoration is quite deteriorated and the car did not run when I went to inspect it in November. The seller indicated that it was running. My friend Mark Shaw has a 1913-31 that he tours regularly with and is quite knowledgeable about them. He suggested a price for a running /driving car (which this was not) $6,500 less than the sellers asking price. Also $5,000 more than I could offer. The sellers comment was at that price he would push the car back in the corner and let it rot!    He e-mailed me this week to ask if we could talk.as he still has it....WE shall see..

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Larry, Wow, it looks like you live in the Alps.  That is a lot of white stuff.  Good luck on the car, remember, cash counts.  Keep us posted on the negotiations.

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 Well folks, I hope that everyone is staying healthy and not overdoing the digging out!

 Larry, I wish you well in the quest for another car.

 Keith

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Just when you start thinking there can't be any more "garage finds," another one appears.  I was also watching an episode of "American Pickers" and they found a garage loaded with brass-era cars that had been in there forever.  Anyway, good luck Larry with our quest.

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Larry, everyone is rooting for you.  Now you have to just buy something.

 

Ok I promised, but here are the final snow pics.  I had to make the driveway wider, the Suburban would not fit.

 

Still tons of snow on our road, but the plows are coming, or so we hear.  Not one car or truck ran the road today.  Tomorrow we are going out and into town.

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Your Kubato sure earned it's keep John  ;)  

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John, picture number 5 looks like a good start for large snowman! These snow banks are what I see in Northern Ontario. Good thing that you have the equipment to deal with all the snow.

Keith

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Keith, thanks for the comments, I think that you have us beat.  We are such wimps when it comes to bad weather.

 

We headed into town this morning.  All the roads are clear, you did not need four wheel drive, but it helps.  Everyone in farm country is out with their tractors.  Never seen so many on the road.  

 

Today was shovel day for me.  Got the snow away from the generator and heat pump for the house.  No way would they work with all the snow piled on them.  The new garage heat pump was OK, the wind took most of the snow away from the pump and the roof.  I also have to shovel paths to the hay rounds, the llamas do not like snow and will not go to them.  So their human does it for them.  

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It is Thursday, February 4th.  Just got home from a week in Seattle.  Much nicer there than here for sure.  A little rain and damp sure beats heavy and drifting snow anytime.  I was surprised to find a winter wonderland still after a week of melting.  Still over a foot of snow on the ground at the farm.  And there was heavy fog almost half of the way home, really hard to see.  The last ten miles we crawled along with three or four foot snow berms on either side.  Good to be home.

 

And we have a Greg report this morning.

 

"Haven't had a lot to share lately.  The day job keeps me busy,  haven't been able to take this latest OX-5 engine outside to get some running time on it,  so I've tried to make more progress on the Wright Brothers V8-60 recreation.  Connecting rods being the biggest puzzle pieces missing,  so I've returned to gnawing them out of steel bar.

 

They've actually been coming along.  Shaping them on a rotary table on the milling machine, I'll do a smidge of trimming on the other side and then  there'll be a lot of hand work with a die grinder,  burrs and sanding pads.   Photo enclosed as of quitting time today.   I'd attach more photos of the process but I see the pics are 1 MB (whatever that is) and have a feeling they'd choke up some computers.

 

Otherwise I've gotten the valves installed,  the valve spring heights adjusted and the rocker arm assemblies ready to install on the Matheson engine, and the Overland seat wooden structure about ready for the tin skin.

 

 C'mon Springtime."

 

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Sunday, February 7th.  Camaro Steve came over this morning.  He wanted to borrow my hammer drill.  I said sure, but I had to drill into the garage floor so I could mount the new little tire changer.  He said that he would do it.  So in about fifteen minutes, it was all done and mounted securely to the floor.  I can easily remove it to get it out of the way as the mounts are flush with the floor.  Good deal.

 

I did add a couple of washers to breaker arm to firm it up.  Seemed a bit too sloppy for my taste.

 

Still a lot of snow on the ground and more to come in the next couple of days.  And very cold too.

 

 

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John,  What happens with the Llamas while you are away ?  Do you have someone take care of them ?  

Just wondering as I have had to deal with that with milk cows.

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Bill, we have a critter sitter that comes to the farm and stays the night.  She works during the day at her horse job and then comes to the farm to feed and check on everyone.  She has been doing this since she was fourteen, she is now twenty-six.  Soon we may have to get her a 15 year service pin.  We have forbidden her to ever move away.  Heaven forbid if she ever gets married.

 

Not doing much on the car front, just too cold and too many farm chores.  Only thing I have accomplished is to plunk down some cash for two repo fender mirrors for the Jaguar.  Mine are loosing their luster and have a few debris dents in them and the glass itself is starting to discolor.  The new ones should be better than what I have now.  We will see.

 

 

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Wednesday, February 10th.  The weather folks are advising us that Saturday will be the coldest day of winter so far, 13 degrees during the day and 6 degrees at night.  I will be leaving the pellet stove on 24 hours for those coldest of day.  And snow is to follow the cold also.

 

Just a couple of garage things.  I finished up putting on all the fittings on the bead sealer tank, used Teflon tape on all of them to make sure they sealed tight.  Then I charged it to about 80 lbs of pressure just to see how it works.  Reminder, never put you hand or other body parts in front of the nozzle when you release all that air.  I forgot that little warning and had my palm in front of the nozzle to gauge the amount of air coming out. Wow, that is a lot of air, really quick.  There must have been a little debris inside the tank as it shot into my hand.  It hurt and left a dent, but did not break the skin.  Lucky.  

 

And since I seem to do a lot of grinding I bought a full face shield.  I use safety goggles, but they do not protect the face when the sparks are flying.  So went on Amazon and found something I thought would do the job.  Here is a pic.  About $18 to my door.

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In the Pacific Northwest we are still at $1.75-$1.80 per gallon, and that's at the cheap places.  I have 2 refineries within 4 miles of me too.  They say because of that, we pay more per gallon because "the gas is fresher."

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Joe, headed into town this morning and filled up the Suburban as the weather folks are predicting another big snow storm (maybe) on Monday/Tuesday of next week.  Paid $149.9 for regular.  Must be "old" gas.

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Friday, February 12th and waiting for the snow to start flying.  So I have been doing a bit of YouTube surfing.  The Goodwood pre-war racing cars are pretty neat.  Here is an example.  

 

 

Talked to the insurance folks yesterday, and decided on $150,000 coverage for the new garage and its contents.  Does not include the cars, which have their own coverage.  Cost is $13 a month.

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 If only we in the Great White North could get gas as cheap! Current prices here in Toronto, Ontario are about $.88 per litre, and there's about 4 litres  to the US gallon, so that makes it about $3.50 Can per gallon, accounting for the differences in our dollars, it makes it about $2.65/gal or so. The gas prices here in Canada have not fallen as much as the price of crude has, plus the difference between regular and premium has got wider than it was.

 Anyway, guys (and gals) that's my sob story for this rather chilly Friday night. The temperatures have are forecast to 12 degrees below zero (F). So it will be the coldest night of the year so far for us.

 Keith

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I went down and got a gallon gas can of non-ethanol earlier today and it was $2.93 per gallon. The normal "sorta' like gas" was $2.77.  BUT, I was on a scooter wearing a sleeveless t-shirt, and it was 82 degrees.  I call it a worthwhile "paradise tax".   Now I've never heard Packick's quoted reason from anyone before, so I may be wrong..... ours could just be extremely fresh, ha !  I did look around a bit and didn't see any close refineries though...

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Don't complain about the gas price, Keith: in Switzerland, we pay now about CHF 1.20 for the 95 unleaded which is about US$ 4.50 per gallon! The most expensive was about 8 years ago: CHF 2.02/l or $ 7.68 per gallon!

The current exchange rate is more or less 1 to 1 between CHF and $.

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It is Saturday, February 13th, AM.  15 degrees here this morning and heading for a high of 20 degrees; tonight is going to approach 0 degrees.  Now that is really cold for us.  I guess to prepare for the cold coming, nature presented us with a beautiful sunset last night.  Pics do not do it justice.

 

We are just hunkered down for the day.  I did get the Jaguar repo mirrors.  They look very good, much nicer than what I have on there now.  And the Bionic face shield arrived yesterday also.  Put it together and fitted in about five minutes.  I feel much safer now. 

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Al, no.  You have to buy another shield for $5 ea, I think that you can get packages of 10 for less than $40.  3M also makes a set of goggles that go over glasses.  I think I may get a pair of those also.  They are about $13 from Amazon Prime.

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