unimogjohn

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It is early Saturday morning, December 23rd.  Christmas is getting closer and I still have things to get.  Heading into town this morning to finish.  And yesterday we received our donkey rescues.  They are quite a pair.  Good looking critters and friendly.  They are a bonded pair and cannot be out of the others sight.  They got seperated by the garage, and what a commotion until they found each other.  Here they are at their arrival.  The llamas are not impressed.

 

 

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January 8, 2018.  Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year.  It has been bitter cold here for the past couple of weeks so we have been in a survival mode keeping the animals well fed and warm.  For many days we were in the teens during the day and near 0 degrees at night.  But it is warming up and tomorrow it will be above freezing.  

 

Today we jumped into the Suburban and headed out to pick up a couple of 2nd row buckets from a 2007 Yukon.  They are tan leather with some power options.  Paid $100 for the pair.  They are a bit dirty on the seat bottoms, but otherwise perfect.  The plan is to have them replace the front seats in the 1979 Chev van, which are falling apart.  I will either mount them on a wood platform to get them to the right height or will modify the factory base to get them to fit on the van seat pedestals.  I think they will look just great in Brownie the van.

 

And the new donkeys are doing just fine.  They are a hoot.  Always getting into stuff and exploring.  They love getting a paper feed bag and fighting over it.  It keeps them entertained for an hour or so.  They love carrots.  And they can figure out how to unlock gates if you are not careful.  

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It is Wednesday, January 10th.  Attempted to clean the grease and grime off the new van seats.  Even with some light scrubbing the grime did not come out of the bottom seat fronts.  I will try some more aggressive cleaner and a soft brush to see if I can get the dirt to give up.  The rest of the seats came out great.  

 

I did some measurements and the new seats will fit just fine.  They are the same height as the ones in the truck now.  The passenger side will just be bolted down with enough room to allow me to pull the dog house over the engine.  I will have to modify the factory mount on the driver's side to get it to be in the correct placement for a universal, non-adjust seat.  

 

I want to add three point seat belts.  Problem is that GM did not put in an attachment point on the B pillar.  I found a plate that you can put in, but it is not an easy process.  Will continue to explore options.

 

And never have seen this.  The battery on the van seems to be almost frozen due to the two weeks of teens temps.  I put a slow charge on it and gradually heated it up.  Worked great a couple of hours later. That is frost/ice on the sides.

 

 

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See some cars on the forum you need!  Bull run has a Triumph and Somerset...take a look!  Close to you!

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How about a leather cleaning and conditioning kit? They come with cleaner, colour, conditioner (= some kind of oil?) and sealer I think. That grime will be body fat and include salt and dirt.

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It is Thursday, January 11th.  I got a call from Camaro Steve a few days ago.  He said that our chief fabricator,  Dan, had a good commercial Millermatic welder for sale and did I want it.  Without doing any research or thinking, I said yes.  Well I picked it up from Steve this morning.  Had to use the llama trailer as this thing weighs a ton.  Over the next few weeks it looks like I will be getting to know it.  Dan said that it works, but will give me my money back if it doesn't.  It came without any wire or the gas bottle.  Even old people have to learn the hard way.

 

It is a Millermatic 35 S (S=spot weld), probably from 1976/75.  Paid $200.

 

 

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It is Sunday,  January 14th.  Oh gosh!  The 2002 Trailblazer was hit by a deer.  Thank goodness Alice was driving.  The deer gathered itself up and ran away, the Trailblazer, not so much.  This is the third time.  I fixed the first two, but this one is more extensive than replacing plastic.

 

Smashed in the driver's fender and pushed it back into the door, so the door will not open.  The plastic bits of the bumper attachment points and grill at all broken.  I am thinking that the insurance company may just total the little truck.  

 

 

 

 

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Greg sent me a note that he is really busy in the airplane shop and trying to stay warm.  No work on his old cars, but he is mastering a new skill for airplane work.  

 

A work project calls for engine turned cowlings.   Detailed to the job,  I've had to construct a throatless drill press and a method of indexing.

           
Today's first effort,  Test pattern 1 is flawed,  but I guess a good start.
     
At least it is indoor/shop work.
 

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Re the Trailblazer.  I can get all the parts to repair the truck myself.  The cost of the parts shipped to my door will be about $900 or a bit more.  We will take the truck in to the repair shop to see what they have to say.  Oh, and the cost includes the painting of the bumper cover and front fender.  So truly it will be plug and play.  

 

And I picked up a 10 lb spool of solid core welding wire via Amazon.  $30 and made in Italy.  I also ordered electrical connectors so I can switch between the 220 volt air compressor and the welder.  Would not use both at the same time anyway.  I have a small cylinder of gas, enough to see if the welder actually works.  

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It is Tuesday, January 16th.  Update on the Trailblazer.  Took it into the shop for an estimate to repair.  Well the estimate came in at $3,600, and no surprise that the insurance company totaled it.  I have to call tomorrow to see how much they are going to offer for it.  

 

 

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It is Wednesday, January 17th.  Well, we were suppose to get four inches of snow last night.  Woke up this morning with nothing.  We were all excited to push some snow.  Now it is just cold again for us, 23 degrees.

 

Just a quick couple of things.  Donkeys are smart, somehow they managed to get their heads into the hay stash and pulled out about six bales.  And I found two new seat belts that will fit the van's new seats.  Bought them in 2004 when our new dog, Shadow, ate the seat belts.  I had to buy a set of four and only used two.  Sure glad I saved them.  And finally I received the electrical connectors so I can use the new welder.  Now I will be able to change between the welder and air compressor with a quick plug pull.  Should work great.

 

 

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It is Thursday, January 18th.  This will be a very short report.  Just too cold to do much in the garage or outside.  But I did have a chance to install the new 220 volt connector to the wall and then to the big air compressor.  I now have a set-up where I can plug and unplug the welder and compressor.  Works great.

 

 

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Paul, the big snow storm was a bust.  We just got a dusting, but it was sure cold and windy.  It just took the heat right out of you.   The donkeys just stayed in their shed with lots of day.  When the sun comes out they run out and stand in the sun to get warm.  

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12 hours ago, unimogjohn said:

Paul, the big snow storm was a bust.  We just got a dusting, but it was sure cold and windy.  It just took the heat right out of you.   The donkeys just stayed in their shed with lots of day.  When the sun comes out they run out and stand in the sun to get warm.  

 

We got 7 to 8" here in Winston-Salem, so I'm surprised you didn't get much of any. It was an odd storm tho, in that the totals were higher in NC the further east you went. My son, who lives in Franklin NC up near Cherokee, only got a dusting also.

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It is Monday, January 22.  OMG.  We went to our financial advisor on Friday.  His parting comment, "you cannot take it with you".  So we decided to go out and get a new to us used car.  All of ours daily drivers are over 15 years old with almost 200K miles on each of them.  We settled on a 2013 Tesla Model S P85.  First electric for us.  Should be a grand experiment for sure.  We made the private party deal yesterday and pick it up today.  

 

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Wow, nice car!  I don't know much about them, so looked up Motor Trend review for 2013, 0-60 in 4 seconds! Quite a bold choice for a new-to-you car....

 

Their sub heading: 

 

"The P85 is a car with split personality: Usually, it’s an ultra-efficient energy-sipper, but periodically, it’s a rocket ship..."

 

Sounds like fun....

 

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As one who converted VW beetles into total electric in the 70s  I think you made an excellent choice .

Al 

 

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You will have fun with that, they are little rocket ships.

But the faster you go off the line the less milage you will get.

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Zipdang, well, I probably should consider dropping a couple.  I will have to think about that.  

 

Been playing with the Tesla and getting it all set up for us.  It is like setting up a new computer.  But all is done.  Charged it up on the 110v house power. I have ordered a couple of adapters so I can use 220v to charge.  At capacity at 257 miles.  Here are pics, just home.

 

 

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John:

 

Assuming you are almost out of charge, how long does it take to fully charge-up the Tesla?  I notice in your last picture it says it is still "Charging" and "24+ hours remaining," and it is only at 153 miles.

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