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Sunday the 'General' did indeed side track me.

Seems I was assigned the mission of attempting to clean up the Recreation Room downstairs. I use the formal term since it was pointed out to me when it is called the 'Rec Room' it means more like the 'wrecked room' to my wife.... It was used as the playroom for our boys and their toys growing up and our kick back room but..... has become "my toy room" and storage room for my Business papers.....  :o

 

One good thing was finding the rear chrome quarter panels I had redone for the Limited (and the top of the bar ;) )

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These typically rust out where they attach to the wheel trim and both my original car and her twin had that problem.  

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Can't remember right now where I came upon the ones I had chromed but do remember they had minimal rust. Should be OK for my 'driver Limited' but can see they are not perfect..... 

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Now, need to dig deeper and find the wheel mouldings? :rolleyes:

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Not digging into the Special brakes as of yet due to work still coming in (a good thing! :)).

 

However, 

Poking away at the basement, came across a small box labelled Limited parts and brought them over to the garage with the Special today in an the effort to 'clean up the rec room', moving things out to keep the 'General' happy.

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The 'Limited scripts' are all old stock but have all their prongs and most with clips. 

The chevrons are old stock also with their prongs and some clips also which I believe I took off my original Limited some time ago.

The small molding was rechromed from my old girl.

The top fender molding I had rechromed to replace that other cracked one.

 

Looking through a box for the Limited's (in the rec room) I found a receipt for the wheel moldings. Unfortunately it is not dated properly but looks like I paid 80 bucks for them.

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Weather is unbelievable mild for this time of year and with nothing scheduled this weekend hoping to get onto the Special again, but that has been said before...... :unsure:

With gas prices at an all time low, think I will fill up my 5 gallon cans, top her off and fire her up again! :D

 

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Can't wait for New Years to officially bring a fresh new year in and say goodbye to this past one!!!

Where I live we have had issues with power cutting out at times for various reasons and have had battery backups for some time. Well,

Monday sitting at the computer trying to post my car video on YouTube doesn't the power trip off and back on so quick not even the tv went out. I carried on because things looked good on the opened screens then all of a sudden everything froze up! Nothing I did had any effect then..... It completely sut down!

Bottom line, the hard drive is totalled, data completely wiped out on a just about 1year old pc. Yes, I have an external hard drive as a back up but one has to use it regularly to be of use to save your data.....

It is being sent back to the manufacturer and a new hard drive is being put in under their warranty but without a computer for two to three weeks and Xmas.....

Using my Ipad as I can but not happy.

Looking over my shoulder till January 1, 2016.

Meantime, MERRY XMAS EVERYONE.

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 Doug, bad luck my friend. That's part of the issue with this nice modern technology we use, I've got burned more than once too. Is your theory that the power blips screwed up your hard drive? Also, most systems can be set up to do an automatic back ups at regular intervals to your back up drive(s).

 Anyway, take care and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

 Keith

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Thanks Keith and Merry Christmas to you and all your family.

Yes, I had my tech guy try to access things first and he stated no computer is totally safe from power outage damage to hard drives. Then the tech department at the brand store where I bought it took out the hard drive trying to retrieve the data and said it was most likely a result of that too so... off it went to the manufacturer and see what happens.

By the way, would have posted thanks sooner but.... my Ipad charge cable has now developed a break in the outer casing near the unit side plug! This is the only way to charge the internal battery and unless you hold it such a way and bite your tongue the right way it will not charge so.... off again to the brand tech store only to be told, get this, I now have an antique unit as they have changed that cable to accomadate the new Ipads. What?! It is only three years old!

The response to that was, how long do you expect it to last?

Kids to the rescue, they found the cable on Amazon and should be here by the 21st.

To keep this about cars (somewhat), I know I'm in that 3rd quarter of my life but.... What is the future of our automobiles with all the current electronics and the hybreds let alone the totally electric ones coming onto the market?

Sorry there is nothing to fix your 50,000 (or MUCH MUCH MORE) five year old car but we have this new and improved model right here. Oh, and we will have to charge you an evironmental fee for getting ride of your now defunct vehicle.........

Come on 2016, can't wait for a new start.

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DOUG, it's only a matter of time before Apple releases the iCar. It'll be lovely to look at and delightful to use. However, it will only last exactly 3.25 years before it's rendered obsolete and must be returned to the maker for recycling. A shiny new iCar v.2 will be waiting for you.

 

Good work on your basement cleanup. I've been through a similar experience, cleaning out my ex-wife's garage as we get her house ready for sale. Lots of potential projects went onto the junk heap. I thought I'd removed all my Buick parts earlier this year but I did find a couple more boxes, including some precious NOS trim bits. They're now squirrelled away in my garage, where they will continue to gather dust.

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And the countdown continues...

Meantime I carry on with the rec room effort and come across these.

They appear to be NOS and if not, are brighter than the ones on the Special now.

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Finished my last contracted work today for this year and managed a great Xmas Holiday with the family!

What has been a most stressful year is ending with the best news.

While dad was diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer last February and it had migrated to his liver, after two operations last April and not looking too good, he has stabilzed to the point the doctors have assured us if he is this good next June he will have another 2 years to look forward to!

Mom had a fall the end of October leaving her is bed for three weeks and doing physio but has recovered to the point she is driving again (a big relief).

Dad will be 92 in May and mom is just 88 and they still live at home so....

I am so greatfull to have had everyone at my home for Xmas Day!

TRULY HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A GOOD HOLIDAY TOO!

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Merry Christmas to you and yours also! Give your mom and dad both higs from a complete and total stranger. I miss my parents terribly. Especially this time of year!

Happy New Year

Matt

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Hey Matt,

Thanks for the holiday wishes and right back to you too!

I have some sense of what you are feeling since having to be faced with the inevitable concerning mine but this is our 1st Xmas spent without my mother-in-law. For me it was very noticeable as I was blessed with one who would go to bat for me over her own daughter sometimes! At 90 she was still quite sharpe, here last year with some help up our four steps and always loved the holidays the most!

I'll share one personal experience which made this season a bit better to cope.

Two weeks ago there was a card with a small box in our mailbox. It was from the Funeral Home that performed her service and expressing their condolences. In the box was an engraved clear glass Xmas decoration with her name and beautiful verse.

Naturally it went on our tree and my wife, Cindy, expressed she would like to see if they would make one for her father who we lost in 2002.

I ran with that idea, stopped in and they indeed made one which I had wrapped up! Could not have planned the opening of gifts any better Xmas Day as it was the first one she picked to open!

Needless to say it was a wonderful unexpected moment, shared by the whole family and while in our hearts we know they are together again, now can see them here with us at this special time of year.

So, this last day of 2015, for being such a good guy (ha ha) I will be on leave till about 6pm. Will be going over to the Special and likely change out those hood spears and maybe fire her up to build up a bit of heat to work in the garage as it is only 30f today.

The evening is going to be quiet, just me and Cindy, but one spent snacking on shrimp and crab. Oh, and definately a toast (or two) to bring in the NEW YEAR!

TO EVERYONE, HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY SUCCESSFUL NEW YEAR!

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Merry Christmas to you and yours also! Give your mom and dad both higs from a complete and total stranger. I miss my parents terribly. Especially this time of year!

Happy New Year

Matt

 

 

  I concur. Enjoy!! They WILL be missed.

 

  Ben

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Thanks for sharing those wonderful family stories, Doug.

Happy New Year; hope it's a safe, healthy and happy one for all.

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Your comment that they are still living at HOME, reminded me of what my sister told me a few years ago, and a good friend shared with me a couple days ago.

Both said " DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO KEEP THEM IN THEIR OWN HOMES".

Both said that at least one of their parents hasn't, FORGIVEN them for putting them in a retirement home.

I know there is a time when they need the help, but both said, TRY HARD TO KEEP THEM IN THEIR OWN PLACE AS LONG AS POSSSIBLE.

Dale in Indy

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Nice, having trouble posting on my own thread....

Third times a charm?

THANKS ALL FOR THE KIND COMMENTS AND WELL WISHES!

Yes, the plan (hope) is to keep mom and dad at home as long as possible. We all have talked over the recent past and have sense of where things will be when the time comes.

Mom is the one who will have the issue with change but dad has this great ability to adjust saying, Well, what else can I do?

Meantime, I did get over to the Special to change out those hood whiskers.

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Hard to tell by the picture but the ones on the car now have some sanding marks from the paint job done before I bought it in 1972.

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I soon found out the new ones are NOT NOS but likely early take offs. They are definately nicer than the ones on the car!

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Naturally I had to drop one of the spin nuts on the floor since it was not much over 30f.

Will get out my magnet later to save crawling on a cold floor....

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Those nuts are just horrible.  I have them on my 60 hood letters and you can't hardly get your fingers into the holes, let alone turn them on or off.

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Oh yes Adam, large cold hands, thin rubber gloves and not quite sitting on the grill backwards sure makes it a challenge!

By the way, sure hope you are on high ground with all the flooding that's going on your way?

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Yes, we are in good shape here, thanks for asking.  There are some pretty bad spots in town, though.

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With the unusally mild weather we've been having here (no snow at all) the business phone rang and my first week of 2016 was filled.:-) Saturday while warm rained all day so kept the wife happy in the rec room.

Uncovered a tote and found:

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This was a swap meet find I came across. Notice there is no scrpit stating power steering and the chrome is in great shape.

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I believe I took these off my Roadmaster to keep them out of the long term storage conditions where the car is. The plastic lenses were purchased some time ago at a swap meet too. These fit all 58 convertible models and believe gm used them up untill 1965 or so.

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Another swap meet find. While just the Sonomatic and not the signal seaking unit for 25 bucks it has a nice chrome face if it does not work.

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Having trouble attaching pictures with this tablet!

Guess after I buy a new anti virus software will post more once I get the refurbashed computer up and running. Oh Son......

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Still using the tablet, settings need to be tweaked some on the pc.

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These were at the bottom of the tote wrapped up.

The top two were rechromed from good cores I picked up and the bottom one is one that came off a complete rear bumper dad bought waay back thinking it would fit the Limited. This was the first of many lessons of the differences between the different models.

Still, for something like 35 bucks, not out too much?

Now, if I can come across the two striped panels and get some new bolts I could assemble this, take off the old bumper and make her look a bit better.....

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Not to be picking on ya Doug, but did I miss the post where the brakes were fixed?

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Hey John,

Uhmm... The quick answer (no excuses) to your question is no you didn't miss any posting about the brakes all fixed and I more than understand you are not picking on me :-) in fact I'm taking it as you proding me to get moving and thanks for your interest!

If I was the New Years Resolution kind of guy that would surely be Tops on the list though!

I actually did a bit on the left front one day but not enough to post about or take pictures.

My plan tomorrow after a breakfast meeting with a friend is to get into my insulated coverals and get back at her till supper!

With work done for now, will be switching between the car and a much needed bathroom in our basement which will keep my wife really happy.

Happy wife, happy life.

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Spent some time with brake parts as hoped.

Turned on the propane heat, the tunes and wheeled eveything.

When it came to the backing plate I started with this.

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When the crap was gone it looked like this.

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There are grooves where the shoes are to slide. Guessing that is from the different years of storage I put her through. Think it needs some work before remounting or...

Might have to check the condition of the front backing plates on the Limited parts car....

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