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In anticipation of a snowy forecast on Tuesday Filled up some gas cans for the Blower and to add some for the Special as the effort was to dig into the garage there.

After putting in 5 gallons I connected the battery and hit the starter. Having fired her up not long ago the fuel filter had gas in it and away she went. 

 

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While not extremely cold, having the door open made it feel colder so left her running on a nice fast idle and soon felt the heat from the engine.

 

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I have not posted many pictures here because it is such a cluster... mess but have been working at it since Xmas and can now see the spare motor for the Whippet.

It is on dollies so it can be moved out fairly easily.

 

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We bought it from a place in New York State that had it mounted on the back of an International duel wheeled truck supplying power for a boom to hoist trees out of the forest for lumber.

It wasn't running when we got it but turns over freely and might be good for a rebuild.

 

 

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My lively hood has been window cleaning soon to be 47 years and have stored some of my equipment here which now has to be moved. 

Long story short, I have ropes for high rise work and enough to put three people in the air. Unfortunately regulations require certification for safety after so long and they are now all out of date. 

Wondering what to do with them I called our local Fire Department as they have teams that do high rescue and was told to call our local College as they donate their out of certified equipment to them for their Fire Rescue Program.

Sure enough I received a call from the head of the department and is glad to have them for training purposes!!

I will be dropping them off on Thursday.

 

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Each 1/2" line is 300 feet which is about our highest building in the City other than the Casino (which I never was awarded the contract) so there is a lot of rope there as the descent devices require two lines per person by law. This by the way is for boatswain chairs which is quite a thrill on a warm summer day. 

 

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With a text from my wife asking what time I would be home for supper I shut the lights off as it was 6 pm.

About 7:30 I went out to the garage at home and continued with the ceiling panels.

Between sorting tools I brought home and putting some things on shelves I have out back I managed to get another row of panels up in place.

 

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What fun that was around the attic access door with nothing being square....

 

I keep the radio going when in there and could not believe it when I heard it was 12 am! (Wish I was getting paid for a 14 hour day.)

Guess it's going to be this way for awhile.

 

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Hey Joe,

Wish I could help you out with your effort man, especially since you have been storing that spare nailhead this long. Thanks for that!

If the Border ever opens up again I'll be Johnny-on-the-spot to come and get it!

Now, the engine will have to be dropped into the Limited right away with not much extra room around but thinking that's OK. It would be great motivation to get it running and make some progress on the car but for now, busy picking and choosing what to keep... 

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Had a fairly good day today.

Checked in on Mom (daily now) and she was more up than the last couple of days but... it's tough being alone and isolated (due to the Lock Down) but left her feeling relaxed for tonight.

I realised back in October that Dad's car trailer was still in his name and while I wasn't using it since his passing, had a difficult time reaching someone to speak to about it over the phone with all the changes/restrictions. Yesterday took a chance to go by one of the three offices here and saw the open sign so went in finding only three people inside and walked right up to the teller.

Understanding all they required and the cheapest way (their words not mine) to transfer ownership/title was to get Mom to sign the sellers portion and in brackets write Executor.

I then would be buying it for 1 dollar, pay the 13% government tax as it was from parent to son (otherwise a specific value would have to be taxed...) and purchase a new trailer plate. Went back today after she signed the ownership and one two three it is done and all for 72.00!!!

Wish the damned website would have been that clear and easy...

 

I was able to clean it up before Dad's viewing back in March '17 before putting the Whippet on it to pay tribute to him. His beloved '66 Corvair I also drove over and parked on the other side of the Funeral Home entrance as most of the 250 people that came and signed the registry that day knew both of the cars. 

 

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Today it is tough to even think about a funeral as we are currently limited to people calling to make an appointed time to meet with the family and are limited with that time. Then we are limited to only 12 people at the grave site in total including the Funeral Attendants...

Can't get better soon enough for me.

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Managed to install another 6 panels tonight quitting at 11:30.

Started above the wall shelf which naturally has things in the way and makes it a bit of a reach to secure in place.

 

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The next three panels were much easier till I came to the light box.

Measured twice, cut once and made a minor fudge to get it right so all good.

 

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Reconnected the fixture and went to take a shot of it and the next panel but the battery showed needing to be recharged.

Gathered the tools I used and had laying around before going in for the night.

It is 16 degrees F outside and the little heater is keeping it at 38 so with overhauls and a heavy coat it is manageable in there.

 

Supposed to be only in the mid twenties for a high this week.

 

 

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After a trip to the metal scrapper and getting 60 bucks for it I stopped in at Mom's.

Steel price is slowly going up here and I have a few more trips to make yet so making it worth the effort!

 

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I found her having made the decision to go ahead with the next step for her cancer treatment which means taking two shots of a drug each time for two weeks for a month and then once every four weeks after that to hopefully slow it down. The other choice is, there is no choice with her age and the side effects from chemo or radiation.

Fortunately our conversation was good and we are all resigned to what will be shall be. 

 

After that I had to go and load up the ropes that the College Fire Rescue Training Department was willing to take. I was really amazed that they felt the ropes could be used in some form or another and took them all with no issues.

I even had four coils of manilla rope totalling 2400 feet stored in metal containers that I quit using back in the late 70's. They were always stored inside and were decent enough and asked what they might use them for? The head instructor said they cut them, give students a length to practice knot tying to aide in different situations. I'm guessing it is a successful training class as that alone is a lot of rope to cut and hand out!

 

I did save a set of blocks with a length of rope not only as a memento of my early days in the business but figure they might come in hand moving a car or two in and out of my garage one day.

 

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Since it is quite clear my years of being over the sides of buildings is over now I will post this shot to prove I used these ropes and blocks.

Yes that is me and very fortunate to be here to tell the story.

(It was on a 100 foot tall building - 10 stories) 

 

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It changed my perspective on life that very moment like you can't imagine...

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Not a job for everyone for sure John but like the expression goes, Young and fearless comes in play.

That is not a ladder, it is what platform stages commonly known as swing stages were made of and the back bracing had separated from the other end when it dropped. 

I could describe every detail moment by moment even today like it was yesterday but will say that someone in the building called 911 and the Fire Department came with four trucks as I climbed up over the end of the stirrups where the ropes are attached and then was able to hoist myself up over onto the roof.

 

Always trying to find something humorous in most situations (if this can be funny...) of all the trucks there NOT one of them that was a ladder truck! LOL

Guess they figured to hose me down which might have been appropriate as I was seething mad at the guy on the ground who had let the rope go before I had crossed the 24 feet to tie it off! (it was an antiquated system even then,,)

 

Knowing this would or could scare me out of what was going to be my lively hood I had the crew back on site the next day and went back up. It didn't take long to realise inspecting the ropes that they needed to be replaced so shut the job down till new ones were put in place. 

 

As an aside, back then I learned to do all the rope splicing from a boater friend and that ended about 10 years later when we switched to synthetic lines for the boatswains chairs instead of using the swing stage. That unit hung around on the wall till I finally cut it up and scrapped it fairly recently.

 

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Memories....

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2 hours ago, dei said:

Not a job for everyone for sure John but like the expression goes, Young and fearless comes in play.

That is not a ladder, it is what platform stages commonly known as swing stages were made of and the back bracing had separated from the other end when it dropped. 

I could describe every detail moment by moment even today like it was yesterday but will say that someone in the building called 911 and the Fire Department came with four trucks as I climbed up over the end of the stirrups where the ropes are attached and then was able to hoist myself up over onto the roof.

 

Always trying to find something humorous in most situations (if this can be funny...) of all the trucks there NOT one of them that was a ladder truck! LOL

Guess they figured to hose me down which might have been appropriate as I was seething mad at the guy on the ground who had let the rope go before I had crossed the 24 feet to tie it off! (it was an antiquated system even then,,)

 

Knowing this would or could scare me out of what was going to be my lively hood I had the crew back on site the next day and went back up. It didn't take long to realise inspecting the ropes that they needed to be replaced so shut the job down till new ones were put in place. 

 

As an aside, back then I learned to do all the rope splicing from a boater friend and that ended about 10 years later when we switched to synthetic lines for the boatswains chairs instead of using the swing stage. That unit hung around on the wall till I finally cut it up and scrapped it fairly recently.

 

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Memories....

Looks like it would have made a nice set of shelves. 

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Managed to take time to get at the garage with the Special today and load another trailer full of scrap steel I deemed not usable in my future. I have been doing this a trailer at a time since mid December and today found a lineup this trip. Was very surprised to learn steel price has gone up since my last trip and happy to receive almost 80 bucks for this load!

It totalled 720 lbs. making the effort worthwhile. 

 

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Went back to the garage and decided to fire up the Special to back her out and clean up the floor under her plus reposition her to access the shelves after parking her back inside since I had cleared some of the things beside her on the other side.

 

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She fired right off like she would normally do as if I had been driving her regularly having had her running not too long ago.

Yes it doesn't look pretty having things put on the trunk like that but... I have had this garage for 13 years and moving is a huge process! Sorting things to put into containers means using space for the interim...

 

I left her running / idling while placing a new plastic sheet on the floor to help keep the moisture down and jumped in to drive her back in when...

I dropped her into drive, put my foot on the gas pedal and then... the pedal went to the floor with no increase in engine revs! 

Just My Luck!

The linkage obviously came apart somewhere but could not see where.

 

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Fortunately the driveway is level and was able to idle her back inside dropping it into low but with all that is going on right now I need this like I need a hole in the head!!

Some days I just gotta wonder...

Next? 

 

 

 

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On 2/2/2021 at 9:35 PM, dei said:

 

The linkage obviously came apart somewhere but could not see where.

 

 

 

Check the first link from the gas pedal rod right at the firewall.  That is the junction that usually wears the most and then the ball socket can easily slip out.

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10 hours ago, lancemb said:

Check the first link from the gas pedal rod right at the firewall.  That is the junction that usually wears the most and then the ball socket can easily slip out.

 

Thanks for that Lance.

I figured it likely is one of one of those ball joints that broke. Not sure I have a spare from the Limited parts car but will look in the shed and see.

Guess worst case scenario I could rob one from the good Limited foe now but really don't want to start that trend. 

It is supposed to dip down into the twenty for the next 7 days so will leave her for now as laying on the cold cement floor is not fun on these bones.

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43 minutes ago, dei said:

 

Thanks for that Lance.

I figured it likely is one of one of those ball joints that broke. Not sure I have a spare from the Limited parts car but will look in the shed and see.

Guess worst case scenario I could rob one from the good Limited foe now but really don't want to start that trend. 

It is supposed to dip down into the twenty for the next 7 days so will leave her for now as laying on the cold cement floor is not fun on these bones.

Yes  I understand.  It's going to be around 0 Fahrenheit here starting tomorrow for several days.

 

Often the pocket and/or ball will just wear and become loose rather than break.  If that happens you can slip it back in.  You may be able to lubricate it to prevent further wear and wire it together loosely to keep it from coming apart again, at least in the short term.

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21 minutes ago, lancemb said:

 

Often the pocket and/or ball will just wear and become loose rather than break.  If that happens you can slip it back in.  You may be able to lubricate it to prevent further wear and wire it together loosely to keep it from coming apart again.

If you fix it fix it right.  I re-engineered mine with some modern heim joints.  That was after driving 600 miles with a string from the linkage at the carb through the vent window.  Tough driving in town, but thankfully the added cruise control served me well on the highway.  On my 55's that part is very hard to access even on a lift....impossible in a parking lot!

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2 minutes ago, old-tank said:

If you fix it fix it right.  I re-engineered mine with some modern heim joints.  That was after driving 600 miles with a string from the linkage at the carb through the vent window.  Tough driving in town, but thankfully the added cruise control served me well on the highway.  On my 55's that part is very hard to access even on a lift....impossible in a parking lot!

I agree with fixing it right long-term, but sometimes a temporary fix is better than not being able to move the car in the short term!  When it comes to BRAKES, that is a totally different thing - never go temporary.

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Thanks fellas for your thoughts and yes I will try to see if I have the proper used parts first even though it will be used, at least it will be correct. It's going to be left for a bit due to the cold and efforts needed to try and be on schedule.

 

It has been a busy couple of days though.

I had to move two riding lawn mowers I had in a back shed to transport over to home and with both dead, flat tires and pushing into the carport, phew... 

I managed to get one loaded and moved to home with the aide of those block & tackles I posted earlier. I knew I wanted to save them for something besides nostalgia sake.

 

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Going to move the other one later after I put a tube in one of the big rear tires. Those are tubeless and once they start to leak it is best to put a tube in.

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After parking the rider I went back to the Special garage and continued gathering tools, boxing/marking parts and hear the sound of air brakes outside. I went out and saw this parked across from me on our residential street.

 

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I put 2 + 2 together and figured the neighbour had sold his three year project. Since I've known him he takes a car and builds it up leaving the body original looking and the interior also but, his choice (not mine) sells them once completed to move on to another car.

I have to admit he is truly talented on these builds but I prefer an original, smooth running vehicle compared to the snort / rumble of a high performance cam'd powered engine that loads up till warming up and finally somewhat clears itself.

 

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To each his own. His car, His time and Money, so be it.

 

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Naturally with all the noise and commotion my other neighbour and his 9 year old son came over to talk saying he thought maybe I was moving my cars and wanted to see them before they leave.

He's a good kid and I have let him sit in the cars (with his Dad's guidance) and think he will be the next old car nut one day.

 

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Can't wait till my grandson is able to enjoy them with me (God willing).

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With the excitement and visiting over I continued to clear one shelf after sorting things on the floor to get access.

Buried up there were these headlight assemblies that will be going on the Limited. I haven't checked if they are working but there are two T3's in there. One is a low beam and the other a high beam. I'll likely replace them with regular ones and only install if I ever consider showing the car. (not likely but...)  

 

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A little cleaning on the backs and they will be good to install when I get the fenders done.

These and some of the really good parts are going to Mom's instead of the sea can where I have set up a shelving unit that is on wheels to store till I get the addition built at home. 

 

By supper time I had this wall cleared of everything to the window on the right but gives you an idea of what I'm up against... Think of what you would have gathered over a 13 year period and not contemplating a move?

 

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Had a none "garage clean effort day" yesterday as we had 4 inches (possibly a bit more) of snow and had to load up the snow blower since it was a bit heavy for me with the shovel.

Having five rather large driveways it took most of the day and naturally about half way through, the pull start came out but would not retract!!

Fortunately the old Craftsman has a 110 electric starter so backed up to a plug, fired it up and left it running while loaded in the trailer to finish the rest of the jobs.

Had my fingers crossed when deciding I needed to fill it up with fuel so as to NOT run out at a job.... Obviously I'm here so all went well.

 

After supper I went into the garage where I had two boxes of good parts out on the table and decided I would bring them inside to put downstairs. With orders from headquarters to NOT leave them in our already cluttered rec room I decided to put them under my long neglected model railroad table. 

I have not done much with it for a long time and found myself being distracted while in the 11 x 17 foot room...

 

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Somewhere I believe I have a '53 Buick but it didn't jump out at me the short time I was in  there.

 

Anyone have or know where I could get a '58 Buick of any model in 1/87 HO scale?

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BRRRR!! Baby it's Cold outside!

 

Too cold to fix this outside and not ready to clear things to bring it inside the garage at home yet. With no more major snow fall forecast it can wait for a bit.

 

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I did put on an extra layer and headed over to the other garage to continue the clean out effort.

Time stands still for now one...

 

Once there, to aide some on the comfort level, I decided to fire up the Special again.

Having heard that familiar noise last time figured I'd better check the power steering level.

Wasn't surprised too much as the last time it was on the road and checked was sometime in the fall of 2019 and here we are.

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Had a bit of a scare trying to start her when I reached under the air cleaner to pull the linkage and got NOTHING!

You know that instant panic and "what the..." feeling when that happens?

Double checked the battery disconnect, found the horn working so had contact but no starter. Seeing my breath in the cold garage air I stepped back to think a moment before getting to the point of saying, "I give up" and looked at the gear selector.

AAAHA!

It hit me that when Conner was sitting in the car the other day he had asked if he could shift the selector to which I said OK but do it gently. Sure enough, I checked and it was still down in low which the safety neutral switch was doing it's job preventing a start in gear. PHEW!

By now with multiple attempts to start her there was plenty of fuel in the carb and when I hit the starter this time she fired right up on the first roll over.

Dare I say I love the smell of 140,000 mile engine exhaust fumes in the air? hahaha

(yes the garage door is wide open but with the cold air it does hang there some)

 

 

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Guessing I'll have to put another 5 gallons of fuel in her as I left it running on a medium fast idle setting cause the chill was being taken out with her heat build up.

 

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I turned up the radio (not in the car) and worked away clearing things to save and things to throw out. Interesting find seeing a Buick cap stuffed in a plastic bag on the shelf. Going to bring it home to put in the office.

 

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I also came across this valve cover that I hope someone can confirm if it is a Buick one or not? It is in great condition and likely would polish up easily. It and the other parts I took over to Mom's place to put on the rolling shelf for safe keeping.

 

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All in all a good bit of progress and pleased that it is finally starting to show.

Between the heat from the Special and keeping moving it was manageable but wish it would warm up some... 

It would motivate me to get here earlier in the day for sure.

 

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Working in the cold sucks.  That why I've not made further progress on my coupe.  You are on a time crunch so I get it.  Besides, it keeps you moving and that helps.

 

It has been between about 0 and 15 degrees here with similar temps in foreseeable forecast.  Plus I've spent a lot of time clearing snow!  Waiting for weather to break a bit.  50 degrees will be t-shirt weather when it comes!

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4 hours ago, Bill Stoneberg said:

It’s 63 here at the moment and I have flannel shirt on.

 

 

God Bless you and a few others in that warm belt!!

But then again, this is winter time and your summers can be brutal with the heat right.

One can't take enough clothes off to stay cool versus putting more clothing on to stay warm. hahaha

 

Thanks for chiming in Bill.

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Even with the sun shinning it felt as cold today as yesterday being only 11 degrees out.

I put on an extra sweater before dawning the insulated coveralls and dug in to clean off the shelves. 

While it doesn't look too cleaned off here, most of the junk is at the curb for tomorrows pickup and what you see is about ready for transport with a bit more sorting. No sense of having two or three boxes separately when putting it together and labelling one box will do the trick.

 

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Found three car batteries sitting on the lower shelf that I will return and get 10 bucks each when I take them back to the Battery Man for recycle on Tuesday.

Haven't seen the floor under the shelves in a long time so making some progress.

 

One surprise was unearthing this Speedometer Cluster.

It is for an Oakland of which I believe will fit a 1927? It is in pretty decent condition showing only 35,000 miles. It must have been a 6 cylinder car as the speedo goes up to 75 miles per hour. It was in a box of stuff Dad got when he bought a pair of wind wings thinking he might mount those on his Whippet. Bet I'll come across those at some point...

 

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Going to clean it up some, shoot some pictures and list it for sale on the AACA site and see what happens. I'll bet not many Oaklands are being restored out there...

 

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Decided to call it a day tonight as the little heater is only keeping the garage here at home at 29 degrees. It's time for a hot shower and watch a movie.

Will strike out early tomorrow. 

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This cold snap for me is not going win!

Making my way deep into the garage and can now get at my '52.

 

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Focus will be on clearing the rolling bench in front and removing things placed on top of the truck. I need to bring another garbage can from home as there are two filled for next weeks pickup already.

To be cont'd...

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I had a bit of success today as I accomplished more than I had planned on getting done.

I purged two big boxes of travel posters which I now can't remember why I ever saved them... That in itself was big but I also cleaned off the metal work bench in front of the '52 which was the original plan getting it to three tool boxes and uncovering another rebuilt water pump for the Buick's. That makes two sitting on the shelf at home now.

 

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That effort allowed me to lower the hood after shifting the bench some.

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I had put it on casters which can lock it in place and looks like I will be giving it to my Railroad friend who bought a container to used as a work shop. 

 

I then moved a bunch of cardboard off the truck roof and behind the Overland where I found the two doors ready in primer I bought for when I redo the paint of the truck....

 

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All that cardboard is loaded into the trailer which I'm taking to the City Transfer Station in the morning where they will take it for free.

 

Much to do yet but it is starting to show some progress.

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The moving adventure continues and discovering finds have their moments.

Like finding pairs of old license plates;

 

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Those 688 128 plates are really nice like they were not even used.

Not sure I'll go to the expense or registering any of them as the pair I have on the Special are the same ones I put on the car when I bought it back in 1972. 

The Limited though... hmmm, I might consider that when the time comes.

 

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While yesterday (Saturday) was cold it seemed to feel a bit warm which means I spent less time in the truck warming up my hands.

Came across two boxes of brand new gold balls and went over to give them to my son who plays for recreation when he can. (His wife has told him those days will be limited this year now that they have a four month old son... good luck with that son)

Ii know these came from inside the house in the basement when we bought it and Dave confirmed that they are old school balls but figures he will use them when he gets around the water holes in case he looses one or two. 

I don't know anything really about that as I don't golf so have at them.

 

Here is a shot of the house we sold and of course the garage on the left I'm going to miss severely.

 

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Heading over shortly to continue the clean out. It is supposed to be one of the coldest days so far this year and expecting 3-5 inches of snow overnight...

Guess I'd better fix that recoil on the snow blower tonight to be ready in the morning. 

 

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Today's effort was to remove a metal shelf unit and slide the metal bench out from in front of the '52. Everything is two steps forward and one step backwards....

 

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Managed to get the shelf unit out of the garage and loaded. Stopped at Mom's to put some things into the garage there and then went home to unload the shelf unit.

 

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Went back and moved the spare Whippet motor/frame to give me room to get the bench moved.

 

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About the only smart thing I have done over the years is put as many heavy things on casters as I could but...

Fortunately the tires on the truck are holding air so should be able to pull her out when things get moved enough to get it home on the trailer.

 

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Depending on the actual forecast tomorrow will be boxing more things and maybe doing a run to the container. If holding true we are expecting another 3 -5 inches of snow... 

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Having fun with snow....?

 

Three days ago we had about 3-4 inches and finished everyone else, grabbed a lunch and went to the Special garage where... The auger belt blew! I called my go to guy, brought it over and found the housing attached to the engine had two welds broken plus the recoil wasn't working again...

He does this part time saying he would do it but not today so called the son and said it's pay back time since we were to get about 10 inches in the morning.

 

Woke up yesterday and found this.

 

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Since I didn't pick his machine up the night before I had to shovel my way out with the trailer to transport it to the jobs.

 

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Officially we had 25 cm which is about 10.5 inches and fortunately being as cold as it is the snow was light but... lot's of work none the less.

 

After a bit I was shocked to see my wife grab a shovel after cleaning her van and do the front walkway to the porch! Before I left she said to me she was sooo tired and her hands were cold. Welcome to my world dear but you did a good job there.

 

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By the end of the day it's sounding like I'm going to have to replace the auger belt on my boys machine as it would screech every now and then....

 

After a good nights sleep my wife says over coffee, "You need to go downstairs and check the freezer chest".

Sure enough the top layer of meat was defrosting!  Fortunately nothing had rotted yet but there were thawed things on one end at the bottom so sorted through and filled the big garbage can as it was pick up today.

 

Fun, fun, fun.

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