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It is Wednesday, Sept. 12th. Not too much going on. Yesterday I received the new Carter in-line fuel pump for the Jaguar, and also the newly rebuild power steering pump for the Avanti. Both are now on my "to do" list, which grows every day.

I finished the Jaguar yesterday too. Gave it a final going over and then strapped it down inside the trailer. She is ready to go. I then had to take the trailer out into the pasture, turn it 360 degrees to line back up with the gate so we can get out easily. Naturally, everything is on a down slope, so am sure glad that the truck has 4x4 drive or I would not have made it. So we are ready to go on Saturday.

And Greg just sent this report. "It's Tuesday. Well, there hasn't been much to report. The 5054 Avanti that was sent out for paint is still out for paint. He called last week to say he wanted to shoot it while we had nice weather this week so I haven't bothered him.

Lee has the Matheson cylinders, stopped by today to see how he is coming. One cylinder had been weld repaired and he had it underway. The displacement (bore x stroke) is so great as to stretch the limits of his power hone. In fact he has to hone the cylinders by doing have the stroke, then inverting it to catch the other half. The first one is halfway done. An impending dyno job might preempt me for a day or so.

So, when the Avanti returns I need to take some time here and there to put the doors and trunk lid on, front and back glass just to get them out of harms way. I might sneak in some small part restoration this winter, but the plan is to sit on that one until warm weather returns. With the Matheson being my main focus, I haven't charged into any other projects while I wait for the cylinders."

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Benefits of AACA Membership.

It is Friday, September 14th. Have been doing a mix of farm stuff, getting the place ready for fall and winter. Still have about five acres of electric fence to repair before I can open up a winter pasture for the critters. But before I do that I will get the Avanti out for a run today.

And speaking of Avanti, Greg's car is about to get a new coat of paint. Here is his report.

"Today was expensive. I've been waiting on:

1. Lee to hone the Matheson cylinders.

2. 5054 to be painted

3. The 5054 transmission to be finished.

Lee called to say he wanted the cylinders out of his way. Come get them (bring money).

Jason called to say the 5054 Avanti is in final stages of primer and should get color coats tomorrow. Come look and bring more money.

Roger called to say the transmission is ready, get it out of his way. Bring money.

Word came that there's a set of new water manifold castings available for my 1910 Overland. I need'em. Sent money.

So, I fetched the cylinders, the transmission, inspected 5054 and mailed a check for the manifolds. I consider these car payments. They stretch from Virginia to California.

The transmission will get a repaint before 5054 arrives after spraying, sanding and buffing. Probably two/three weeks.

Everything in life has a cost."



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It is Monday, September 17th. We made it home from the Jaguar concours late last night. We had a great weekend and saw some spectular cars. Will post later on today when I get a chance to collect my wits and download some pics for you. But here is Greg's weekend report. Now he is making some big progress.

"Not a lot to report , although the time was definitely spent. Saturday's pleasant weather was an opportunity to pull the Stoddard from it's resting place and give it some exercise.

I had drained that crap ethenol and that was the time to run some real gasoline through its veins. I've also noticed that coolant has been weeping from a couple places, in went the bottle of stopleak. Out the back road we went. Another reason was to test the speedometer against Barbara's GPS. Her speedo function certainly works when I"m driving her car...("It's FORTY-FIVE here!").....but the screen was invisible in the sunlight and an open car. Scratch that idea. The car must have liked the time at the Wisconsin track. It started nicely, ran well, after the initial startup it actually gave me "free starts" (careful manipulation of switch and levers resulting in engine running without the use of the hand crank, it just lights off).

This morning began with a surprise phone call from Germany. An old friend from my Air Force time there was keeping in touch and that was a nice surprise. I'd mention some of the old car adventures we had in those days , but he'd have to kill me.

The rest of the day....I eased into a chore I've been putting off. Housecleaning my space for doing engine work. Piled high with parts from Wright Brothers to Studebaker to Matheson to miscellaneous. So I've been sorting, tossing, boxing and labelling. In order to work on this Matheson, I needed to remove the clutter.

Not being known for being neat, the place just doesn't look like mine. A secret to getting things done is to be comfortable, and I'll begin making it looked lived in right away.

Oh yeah, I called Jason for progess on Avanti 5054. Friday evening saw it with two coats of black. It's to sit over the weekend, get a light scuffing and then reshot with two more coats.

Saturday's lunch break was an opportunity to put some paint on the transmission, so it's ready for the car to be installed."





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Still Monday. We got home late last night from the Jaguar concours. Spent the entire weekend talking and seeing great cars. The first evening was a club dinner. We met several very interesting folks, of course, all jag owners. The next morning we got up early and took the car through the inspection process for lights, horn, etc. To my surprise, the brake lights and back-up light failed to work. Opps, there was six points down the drain at the start. Not a great start to the judging for us.

But the rest of the day went smoothly, and we had a great time talking to folks, having them sit in the car, and making new friends. The meet was in a mall area where their were lots of spectators, and that really made it fun.

There were some great Jaguars at the show. I would say that a least a dozen were national quality, and at least four were good enough to make the best or lets say in the top five. At this show there was a beautiful Mark IX in blue and gray, a Mark 2 in Maroon, and a XK 120 roadster in a light gray with red interior. All won first place in their class. They were all spectacular.

We were entered in the driven class. That was a good choice, as no way we could compete in the champion class with basically an unrestored car. But in the end we did good. We received a third place in the driven class. We were happy and proud of that.

We will get the judging sheet in a couple of weeks, but I know what they did not like. The bumpers are not well chromed and you could easily see imperfections, tail light is loosing it chrome finish. Rusty washers holding on the bumpers, and poor finish on the bumper attachments. And some of the rubber moldings are starting to get a little checked. So these give me some things to do before next year to improve our overall score.

So here are a few pics. The three first place finishers and then the two top finisher is the drivers class ahead of us. And then in the next post I will just put in some miscellaneous pics. The first place finisher in the driver's class was a red 140 and second was a dark blue FHC XK 150. A pic of some of the cars in the various classes and then of Alice talking to folks as she did all day. Finally, the award we were given.











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and here are some more shot especially more shots of the three big award winners. Sorry they are not in order. I cannot get the forum to post them in the order I want, so you will have to mix and match.

Also, I did some testing this afternoon. I by-passed the hydro switch for the brake light. The lights work, so the switch is bad. I ordered a new switch and a new tail light assembly too.

I have not received my tool kit yet. Pics of that when it finally shows up.












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Pat, that Mark IX was the best restored car I have ever seen. It took the owner seven years to complete between a restoration shop and himself. He told me that just to do the interior wood refinishing took him two winters. The car was flawless. He has not taken it to nationals, but I encouraged him to do so as it clearly a number 1 car. Beautiful job.

And I have uploaded all my pics at https://picasaweb.google.com/unimogjohn/JaguarConcours2012

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It is Wednesday, September 19th. A nice day today, which was much different from yesterday. A big storm rolled through and dumped two inches of rain. We had a bit of storm damage from high winds so I spent the day doing clean up and farm chores. It is almost the end of the warm weather so doing the last mowing for the season, about a quarter done. About a days worth to go.

Not much car stuff going on, but I did get the enclosed trailer all set up for the winter. Have it stabilized with jack stands and leveled. So now it is the Jaguar garage for the winter. Speaking of the Jaguar I received the new stop light switch and new back-up/license plate light today. The light is a new production in the UK. It looks great.

Here are a few pics. I took a couple of the old back-up light pictures for comparison. You can see the chrome loss on the top and the deterioration of the plastic lenses. Both the stop light switch and the back-up light should be easy installs. Maybe I will find the time to do that tomorrow. I also want to change the anti-freeze. Picked up a couple of gallons today. I will make sure that I flush it with clean water before I refill.






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It is Thursday, Sept 20th. OMG! Greg just sent me his report, and he is starting restoration of another car. I have pulled a picture off the web so you can see what it looks like. But, here is the story and an Avanti and Matheson engine update also.

"What have I been doing?

Waiting on Avanti 5054 to come back from the painter. I'm not impatient, though. With the onset of cold weather, not much will get done to it as it shivers in the tin barn on the hill. Not me. I actually saw my breath this evening as I made my way to the second shift. But he is gaining on it. The foul weather and it's humidity got in his way yesterday. Friday he based it in with a couple color coats. Monday he reshot my engine compartment as per my request. I'd put color in there so that I could put the engine back in the hole, but shooting black in a dimly lit and dirty shed, it didn't turn out too well, but well enough for me to get the engine installation off the list.

Today's brief conversation leads me to believe that it's been scuffed and he'll get the final topcoats laid down tomorrow.

A trip to the storage garage for some errant Studebaker parts also netted more parts than I'd planned on. The next project after 5054 will be the restoration of my '10 Overland Model 42 touring car. Purchased in the early eighties, I'd gotten lucky at an estate auction in Hanover, Pa. I drove the old restoration long and hard. A real trooper . But after a weeklong tour in Maine where it spent almost the whole week in pouring rain, it began to complain. So thoroughly soaked, the glue joints in the body came apart, shifting mechanism got so rusted that it wouldn't shift.... Maine practically ruined the car.

So, I took it apart for a "quick and dirty" restoration. I found so much to repair that the progress came to a halt in 1990. A change of careers, two boys, other priorities, life got in the way. The undercarriage is on wheels, painted and pinstriped.

Now it is time to look way ahead to the engine overhaul.

I've begun gathering the parts that I'd scattered years ago. Cylinders and pistons, rods , crank and camshaft are now here with me. To begin taking inventory, the cylinders had been stripped, degreased and then ignored . Neglect and poor storage have allowed surface rusting, so to check the condition of the bores, during lunch I wiped them out with the ball hone.

They look fine.

This car had been restored long agon by Norman Becker. I never met the man, but I would have liked him.

He prepared the car for participation in the 1953 Glidden Tour , and driven to Detroit.

He spent some time in the engine. It came to me with aluminum pistons. Mitch identified them for me today. His old Zollner catalog determined that they were from a Waukesha industrial engine. A great choice. The good bores mean that I can reuse them. The storage wasn't kind to the wrist pins, but can replace them with new ones. I'll be accumulating parts as time allows.

Matheson work tonight. Before I prepare the cylinders for painting and then installation, now is a good time to begin fitting the piston rings. The rings, custom machined and quite expensive, were supplied a little on the tight side, so I'll take my time working on the end gaps.


*The Overland cylinders from storage.

*A comparison of the 4 1/4" bore Overland cylinders with the 5" Matheson.

* Adjusting Matheson piston ring gaps."





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Still Thursday, now PM. Well, I had a very nice day today. I went over to visit "Bentley" Bill. Remember a couple of weeks back when I took his Bentley to White Post? That is Bill. I asked him what was happening with the Bentley. He replied, nothing, still in the same spot. He is going to contact them next week to see if he can get a schedule out of them.

But he wanted me to come over to see his other cars and a few other collectibles that he has an interest in. So this morning I jumped into the Jaguar and headed on over for a short visit. Upon entering his home I was taken back and I am sure that my mouth dropped a foot. What a beautiful house. Much different from our farm house for sure. Every room was perfect and wonderfully decorated with antiques. I was impressed.

Then Bill took me down to the basement area. And to my amazement each room was full of different collections. An Thomas Edison collection of very early machines, music, mechanical and electrical instruments; clocks of all ages and sizes; mechanical toys; antique musical instruments including ornate pianos and small organs; and finally a room of trains.

I must say, I was really impressed. It was like walking into a fine museum gallery. He must have thousands of things. Bill told me that he started collecting when he was about twelve, and still has everything he started with. Truly a wonderful place.

Then we headed to lunch to talk about cars, and then I headed home. My sort, hour visit, lasted four hours.

I decided I had to do something today so decided to tackle the Jag jobs. I replaced the brake light switch, which was not difficult with the right sized sockets and then decided to replace the license plate/back-up light. I had to take everything off the inside of the trunk to get to the wiring. Everything is exposed now so I can start to figure out the wiring.

One thing I have found out is that the little dome light in the trunk does not work, so will have to track that down. Also I need to buy some rubber wiring grommets tomorrow as the ones on the car are old and brittle. I also found out that the trunk release handle is pushed in by about half an inch or more and the body is dented. You don't see it as it is down low. I cannot figure out why they did not fix it when the car was painted as it sure looks like the dent was already there because the paint is not cracked.

Tomorrow I hope to have everything back in electrical order with all the lights working.

Here are pics of Bill's Cadillacs. Both have been in the family forever, and have never been restored. They are great cars. Also a couple of pics of his train room. And finally, pics of my Jaguar project.











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John, sure that you probably have experienced this, but just thought I would remind you. On the little Anglia ( Popular actually ) we recently got, as well as our other Brits and a Pantera we have had, some of the little push-in type and spade connectors seem to frequently have VERY poor solder joints causing things to work occasionally or not at all. The body ground connections are also prone to acting "un-electrically", so give each wire a tug or a wiggle. It's nice when it becomes a simple fix instead of a disasembly procedure. The headlight ground wire was rather firmly hung in the plug-in connector on the Anglia, but only made light when wiggled. A simple re-solder and it's the brightest stock one around here ! Oh..... it's the only stock one around here, never mind. No Lucas smoke escaped during this procedure, ha !Good luck.

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Your friend "Bentley" Bill is certainly not a bad man: he has two Cadillacs! The '56 one is atypical: it's a Serie 62 (base model) with options like electric windows, Autronic eye and, but I'm not sure, A/C.

Regarding the dent in the trunk lid of the Jag: body shop people are not always smart. Many years ago, somebody hit my '80 Oldsmobile, the man was sleeping at the wheel. The car was repaired, had a total repaint except the trunk lid, but the body shop did not remove a dent located low on the passenger door!


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It is Friday, September 21st, PM. A really nice day, sunny, low humidity and temps in the mid 80s. The only bad thing is that the stink bugs have returned from the forests and are attacking the house, trying to get in for the winter. It will be a daily battle for the next couple of months.

And Greg has just sent me an update on his Avanti. Here you go.

"Well, it looks like we're on the downhill side of it now. Jason got the topcoats applied this morning. I stopped by during lunch to take a look. Enclosed photos of what I saw.

He'll let it harden over the weekend and next week begin color sanding and buffing.

It's been a long long time since it looked this shiny!"






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It is still Friday. I did get some time on the Jaguar today. Was able to install the new license plate/back-up light. Had to run into town to get some grommets as the ones on the car were original and hard as rocks. Looks good.

Then I turned to the wiring. I started to pull the wiring out and found three broken and one disconnected wire in the back of the trunk. No wonder why the lights did not work. I by-passed the harness and when directly to the light to make sure that it works. The backup light works, but all the time. I will have to look into that. Also the little lamp on the headliner was disconnected and a line broken. I have to head into town tomorrow and see if I can find some bullet connectors

Here are pics of the lamp installed and the broken wires. I also pulled the spare tire out and gave it a good scrub. Per the 2nd owner of the car, that is the original spare, a Dunlop Road Speed.

And finally, I had Alice jump into the car to test the brake stop light switch. It works! Now we have brake lights.









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It is Sunday, PM, September 23. Well I did some more electrical work on the Jag. I had to do a lot of splicing and cutting to get almost everything to work again. The harness had been mangled and wires misrouted or broken. No wonder nothing worked. The wiring digram was helpful, but you really could not make out the color tracers in the wiring so red with brown tracer, and red with orange tracer looked the same.

I was able to get the license plate lights to work correctly and the trunk dome light. I did not have success with the back up light. I cannot find the wire that goes from the switch on the transmission to the light. But it has been rewired and if I can find that connector, then it will be an easy connection to make. I have to remove the carpeting over the transmission tunnel to get to the switch.

Was going to change the anti-freeze today, but just ran out of time. The wiring fixes just took forever to complete. Oh well, tomorrow is another day for car projects.

Here are some pics for your enjoyment.






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It is Monday, September 24th. Greg just sent me his weekend report for your reading during morning coffee.

"The pleasant (but slightly on the cool side) weather made it possible to get in some work and get in some play. On the work side, I spent time completing the gapping of the Matheson piston rings. Careful going, took two evenings and a Saturday morning. The gap for each ring was adjusted to fit it's particular cylinder and in it's particular neighborhood of operation. They turned out well.

Then, a piece of aluminum was counterbored to the proper size to receive each ring, hold it stationery and allow me to mill one end of each ring for a relief. These original pistons had been pinned to prevent ring rotation and that's the way it's going back. The pins, that's another problem and I'll get to them when these rings are milled. Someone had removed them. More slow going, it's not the time to get sloppy and wreck these custom fabricated and costly rings.

Today we found time to enjoy the day and drive to Rob's. Delivered some parts for long term storage there, then Barbara insisted that I air the tires on the '10 REO. On the low and/or flat side, she's a stickler on tire pressures.

Rob's '28 Chrysler station hack is nearing completion, but not the Hershey date that I'd been told.

Also, I wish I had taken this camera along. His latest big project had arrived. Another Chrysler of course, I think he said it was a 1933 two door convertible sedan, one of 800 built. I'm not sure of the date because: 1. I'm not that familiar with Chryslers. 2. The car went through a garage fire and is burnt to a crisp."



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It is still Monday, early PM. I got the Jag out of the trailer this morning to change the anti-freeze. Pretty cool outside, you can smell that fall is coming.

The radiator has a bottom petcock to drain the coolant and so does the engine block. I tried to rotate the radiator petcock by hand, but it was a no go. In fact the little arm came out of the fitting. It looks to be a quick fix replacement anyway. I will use some JBWeld to glue it in when I get everything done. I grabbed my trusty set of plier and was able to get the petcock to rote and the old gunk started draining.

I then tried the engine petcock. That also was a no go by hand. But with the pliers I was able to get it open. But nothing came out. Now that did seem to be a bit odd, but finally it started to drip. So I figured that it was plugged. I pushed some compressed air and got the gunk dislodged. I tried to capture some in my hand. Looks to be silica and sand, and of course all kinds of crud. With a few blasts of air I was finally able to get it to run. I must of tried about ten times to finally break all the gunk out.

After running water through the system I was finally able to get the water to run clear out of both petcocks. I then filled everything with fresh water and let it circulate through the engine and radiator. Then I did a final drain and then filled with two gallons of nice, new anti-freeze.

So this project is done. Sure glad that I decided to change out the coolant. Here are some pics. You can see how bad the old coolant was, might as well been mud as it was that color.








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It is Tuesday AM, September 25th. Here is Greg's morning report. And I may tackle adjusting the rear brakes on the Avanti. At least I will take her for a nice drive.

"Today was ok.

Got in more time on the next Wright 4-28/30 repro engine. Took my old friend Weldon Britton to lunch. Chinese, it was good. Missed Jason at the paint shop, he'd probably gone to buy a replacement buffer for the one he said "went to lunch".

This evening was spent finishing the notching of the Matheson piston rings. Next comes the piston ring land pin renewal.

Enclosed photos:

* If Weldon was a car, he'd look like my old Dodge Brothers. They were manufactured about the same time.

That's what we took to lunch last time. It wasn't as much fun for him as his trusty P-40 was (or his P-51), but he enjoyed it anyway.

* A stack of Matheson piston rings ready to be deburred."




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As I look at all the various crafts and trades being featured in these forums, it is the machining that I think I would have enjoyed doing the most. I remember being totally engrossed by Dean's work on the '29 Hupmobile and now this old engine. It seems to have almost endless possibilities.

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Pat, I agree with you. I am amazed at Greg's expertise. He quickly makes something out of nothing.

It is still Tuesday. Ran into town this morning to buy feed for the llamas and then made a quick stop at our "we have it all" hardware store. Pickup up some chrome washers for the Jaguar's rear bumpers. they cost me a total of $5.23.

I lost a few points from the judges for having rusty washers. Actually, looking closely at the attachments I also have chrome loss on the brackets. Those will have to wait until next year. After all, my cars are drivers, not concours. Here are some before and after pics.

Also took out the Avanti. Funny, it would not start, no power, like the battery was dead. Put it on the charger at the fast setting and let it cook for about five minutes. Then she fired right up. I did clean the battery terminals a couple of days ago as it would not start then. So I know that the terminals are not the issue. Both the cables are new also, well, only a couple of years old.

I will clean the contacts on the negative engine attachment and the positive attachment at the solenoid tomorrow. I will see if that may be the issue. If I am still dead after a couple of days of sitting then I will take the battery in for a check. I was told by the shop that Interstate Battery hates to give anyone a replacement battery so I may have a struggle on my hands.






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Unimog, Interstate is a really good battery but if they are going to give you a hard time giving you a replacement than consider a Sears Die Hard or Platinum battery. They have never given me any trouble when I have needed one replaced under warranty.

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It is Wednesday, September 26th AM. Sitting here with a good cup of coffee and a little kitten sleeping on my lap. Life is good, I am a Dad again. And I just read Greg's report too. Going to head to Greg's place today and take him to lunch. I think he needs a break. Driving the Avanti, and bringing along a spare batter and jumper cables just in case.

Here is Greg's report.

"The following opinions expressed are my own, no reflection on the management.

This evening in the Matheson Department, I worked on the piston ring pins as promised. The lower three pins had been driven deeper to clear the new rings. Modern rings had been installed, stacking thinner modern rings in each groove. A practice that many rebuilders resort to. I guess it works, but the purist in me won't stand for it. Another good reason for not doing it in this engine is that each cylinder bore contains an oiling groove about halfway up. A groove about 3/32" wide. Some of the rings were 1/8" or so.

I can't imagine those skinny rings jumping that skinny trench . There are horror stories about others doing this and getting into deep doo doo. A ring that gets hung up in a groove like that means destructiion of something. Probably a piston. I'm returning to the original wide rings.

I drove the pins through the walls of the pistons and then reinserted them from the outside and drove them in the proper distance to check the piston ring from rotating in the groove. The pins in the top grooves were another problem. Couldn't drive them through, they are in blind holes drilled into the piston's top deck material. So they had been filed away to make room for the new rings.

Redrilling a problem because the centers of the holes were in line with the crack between the top of the ring and the piston diameter. A quick and dirty fixture was made so that I could redrill in the proper location. With the four holes drilled without incident, I called it a Matheson night.

Car 5054, where are you? Still at the painter's. I did stop by today to take a look. Jason's Dad was busy sanding with 1500 grit wetpaper while Jason was gliding the buffer around on the top. His plan is , after it is sanded, to buff with a coarse compound, rebuff with a medium, and then finallly a finishing compound. I'm almost afraid he's going to get it too glossy.

Unlike most of today's restorers, I'm not a fan of basecoat/clearcoat finishes. What Glenn Miller calls the glaized ham look.

The Avantis were originally painted with acrylic lacquer. In most cases it wasn't a long lasting finish, but it gave an elegant lustre.

That's what I'd like , but with lacquer all but extinct, I chose the single stage type of finish. I also went with urethane enamel hoping for durability on the fiberglass body.

I like subtle elegance. Not necessarily the "in your face" hurt your eyes method . A good example is something I saw while in Idaho.

We went to a car show, lots of street rods in attendance. Two cars side by side. Thirty-two Fords coupes.

One was bright yellow with purple . Cartoonish waves of colors and stripes. Lots of garish chrome. Couldn't look at it in the sun.

But the other..... a full fendered three window in dark black. Body just as straight as can be. Black wall tires on dark red wire wheels. Just a modicum of chrome. But the pinstripe! The beltline from the radiator to the splash apron in the rear, flawless triple hand laid stripes in dark red. Perfectly spaced, the center line was maybe double the width of the outers. And where they converged at the rear, he'd painted a neat little V8 in Ford script. The work of a master, the whole job was stunning. Most probably overlooked the thing.

Those cars, if I had to compare them to female entertainers, I'd have to say the one was either Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj, the other was a Lauren Bacall."






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Happy Anniversary on your Avanti Refresh thread!!!! 3 years today.:) Keep it going, this is wonderful reading.

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Dale, your wish is my command. As long as folks enjoy reading these car adventures Greg and I will continue. Glad you still like to read them after all this time.

Still Wednesday. We are under attack. The stink bugs are back with a vengeance. The entire house is covered and they are looking for any way to get inside. Since we are in an all wood house, we have lots of little cracks here and there. So they are finding their way in. I must have vacuumed up a hundred inside the house already. I have three vacuums at the ready to get the little buggers. Here is a shot of them on the outside of one window.

Greg called this morning and said that he may want me to pick up his black Avanti from the paint shop. The last time I picked him up the winch battery was flat. Tried to charge it up this morning and was not taking a charge so picked up a new battery. Then went to start the Avanti and it was a no go, so charged it up and went to pick up Greg for lunch. I hoped that it would restart at every stop we made. it kept getting slower and slower, so after I let Greg off I ran home and pulled the battery and went off to NAPA. Traded that battery in and a new one will be ready tomorrow. Now I do not trust batteries so ordered a new portable battery jump starter/charger from Amazon. So now I am $300 poorer, but power rich.

Greg and I went to lunch. Met Lee, the engine machinist, at the local Mexican stop. Had great food and conversation. I also got up to date on several of Greg's projects.

The Wright V8 recreation looks great. It is only lacking connecting rods and pistons, and a few other do dads like a water pump. Greg has the pump built and is machining the mounts. Construction is on the back burner as he has to get a repo Wright 4 done and running to put in a plane, which is nearing completion.

He is working hard on the Matheson engine. He is behind his schedule, but hopefully he is looking to getting it done over the next couple of months. He is waiting on parts to be plated.

Finally, Greg showed me the engine pieces of his Oakland. I saw the cylinder jugs, crank shaft and block. The actual car is in another location.

All in all, a very interesting day. And the Avanti ran great too. Cruised right along. I hope to get the battery tomorrow morning and then take her out for a spin. And I have to get the open trailer out of the pasture to get ready to pull Greg's black Avanti home. Maybe Friday.










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Still Wednesday, but PM. The post lady drove up the driveway to present me with my package from Denmark. My tool kit for the Jaguar had arrived.

Ran into the house and immediately opened it. A real nice set and complete with all the correct tools and markings. No disappointments. Now I only have to find a few bits at Hershey in a couple of weeks. The big thing I am missing are the jack and handle. So I will be on the hunt.




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