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  1. BravoXray

    Dufas Moment...

    I will simply relate that a plasma cutter will not cut worth a damn if the ground cable isn't clamped to the piece you're trying to cut.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I think you're mistaken, Joe doesn't run, nor in any way control what the USPS does. Louis DeJoy, a Trump appointee does. According to a friend that works there, he doesn't do a very good job.
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    Rail roads and their tracks.

    A Big Boy in his working clothes.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    In a different vein, you know you're old when the guy in front of you in a line has his long hair wadded up in a "man bun" on top of his head, and all you can think of is that you wish you had a pair of scissors to cut it off. Seemed like a nice guy when he talked to the counter lady, just has...
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    Thinking about buying a Tahoe

    I have an '06 F150 and an '04 Town Car, and am seriously replacing them with a '15-'19 Tahoe. I rarely drive the Town Car, and don't have to haul truck parts and tires around since the trucks are gone. The Tahoe would allow me to take up to five passengers, would be comfortable on trips, get...
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    Great lake boats, a good video

    Why do they feel the need to accompany videos with the most annoying, loud music?
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    2000 445, mystery spring?

    Here's a picture out of the parts manual.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Well, when the vinyl top installer said he could do it the weekend after the 4th, he meant the weekend after the 4th of July weekend. I'll try again next weekend. Or give up and install it myself.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Seems to be a problem to get a good powder coat job on wheels. I wouldn't think new wheels would give a problem, as long as they get all the grit out of the crevices. As long as it isn't raining tomorrow, the Nova goes to get the vinyl top installed. Outlook is pretty iffy....
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    What is some of your Pet Peeve's

    That's an interesting looking rig. I would guess the front trailer is some kind of workshop, and the rear trailer has material needed for the next job. Never saw a short stepdeck trailer like that with a beaver tail.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Still waiting on the vinyl top installer, tentatively going to do it this weekend. Of course, it's supposed to rain Friday and Saturday and I have to haul the car on an open trailer, so we'll see what happens. I talked to the window installer who is taking over for the gentleman that passed away...
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    buckled frame

    When you see them hauling a stack of them to the factories around here, they wave around like wet noodles. The wood structure is most of the strength once their built.
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    Great lake boats, a good video

    I wonder what size the loader is that feeds the conveyor, and how many bucket loads it takes to fill the ship.
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Some of the high-end gaming motherboards have two video card slots.
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    Rail roads and their tracks.

    I've been by there a couple of times and always stopped and looked it over. Those were amazing pieces of machinery. If I remember correctly, that one had over a million miles on it when it was retired.
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    Laser rust removal

    Edd China, previously on Wheeler Dealers, has a video of using a Narran Laser to take rust and paint off an Land Rover frame.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    At one of our class reunions, a girl that had always been flat chested showed up with a really nice rack. Another classmate said she had married a plastic surgeon.
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I feel that if people would would honestly and objectively examine their beliefs before declaring them facts, there would be a lot less division and contention in the world today. No one is right all the time, I know I'm not, but when I'm presented with facts that disprove my belief(s), I will...
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    People that think their view of the universe is the only valid point of view, are the bane of society today. Angrily ignorant self centered morons. Mental luddites.
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Scientists will disagree with you. Where is the center of the universe? | Astronomy.com
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    The scientists already know that there is no center of the Universe, something all the narcissists don't want to know.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Yesterday, I addressed some more little niggling items on the car. One was that the passenger door dome light switch didn't work. I took it loose, and I could tell the wire wasn't attached to it. Without taking the kick panel out there is very little space to get int that cavity, but with a...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Did anyone else remember when you grandparents told your parents to not let a cat sleep with a baby, because it could suck the breath out of them, asphyxiating them?
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Not sure I appreciate your taste in accessories, I'm of the more subtle, don't show all your cards kind of guy. ;) I tried to find some 434 emblems to replace the 350 emblems, but no one makes them. I guess 427 ones would be a little more honest, but then everyone would think it had a big...
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Yes, once it's finished. I'm going to get it re-appraised and re-insure for actual value.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Still pecking away at wrapping up some of the last tasks on the Nova. Since I have it on the wheels now, I moved it around and discovered the brakes are still a little soft, and the brake warning light comes on when you hit the brakes. A couple of weeks ago Brian and I had bled all the brakes...
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    What is some of your Pet Peeve's

    I repeat my contention that some people are idiots, and this proves it. Should have called the health department.
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    Windows 11 Office 365 Question

    Not as long as Libre Office is around.
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    The term "meme" was coined by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene, published in 1976, as a contraction of memory and gene. It's meaning has greatly diverged from his original concept.
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    The seldom used word for the day after tomorrow is overmorrow.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    I watch the Mecum auctions on the Motor Trend channel occasionally, and it's interesting how much the price of classic cars can fluctuate. It all depends on the people bidding on them. I've seen some restored or resto-mod cars that have sold for outrageous prices, and some go for a fraction of...
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Thanks for the compliment. Yesterday, I tries to find where the fluid on the floor came from. It was either brake fluid or antifreeze, as both feel and taste similar, but I couldn't find any place that it might have come from. All the brake lines on that side were dry, as were the heater hoses...
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    Windows 11 Office 365 Question

    Copy the files from One Drive back to your HD, maybe even make another copy on an external HD, different partion on your HD or another folder, then you need to go into the Apps section in the Settings menu and delete the One Drive application. Another reason I refuse to upgrade from Win7.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Thanks a lot. Finding a classic muscle car that isn't really expensive or isn't a rusted out pile of junk is getting tough, but good deals can still be found. Most important is to check it out thoroughly to make sure it isn't hiding problems the seller isn't disclosing. When I bought my Nova, I...
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Thanks. Fortunately, I'm a pretty patient person, so I don't try to rush things. Sometimes I get wrapped up in the task at hand and I forget to do a related step, and have to backtrack and start over. The black vinyl top and stripes will completely change to looks of the car. Here's what the...
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Next task is the vinyl roof, then the front and rear glass, cowl panel, and window trim. I'm also thinking about putting black racing stripes on the hood and trunk lid. I had them use stick on weights, picked them up this afternoon, and when I got them home, the weights on one of the front...
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I don't know anyone that has a bottle of Tobasco in their fridge.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    I believe these wheels were also called Magnum 500s. I think Chevy called them Super Sport wheels. Several cars uase the the same basic wheels with different trim rings and center caps.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    I was thinking about that, going to ask if the tire shop can use the stick on weights. So it's been over six weeks of waiting just for the rims to be finished up. Guess I should have gotten started on them earlier in the process, but I didn't imagine I would have all this trouble.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    FINALLY got the wheels painted and ready to get the tires mounted on them. After the powder coat shop wasn't able to coat them without bubbles, Brian said he would paint them for me, as he had a supply of single stage argent silver. He had some personal issues that came up in the mean time, so...
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    Diesel Fuel Caddy

    Thanks! I'm thinking of putting an R12T type filter on it that has a transparent water trap on the bottom, and has 3/8" NPT ports. It should be less restrictive to flow than the inline filter. R12T Filter Assembly
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    Diesel Fuel Caddy

    Thanks! Link to the pump: 12 Volt Submersible Pump There a bunch of identical pumps listed: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=12+volt+submersible+fuel+pump&i=automotive&crid=10L4CBMS8BE5W&sprefix=12+volt+submersible+fuel+%2Cautomotive%2C156&ref=nb_sb_ss_fb_4_25 I don't have a drain on it, as I was...
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    Diesel Fuel Caddy

    I hate using 5 or 6 gallon diesle fuel containers to fuel my JD and Kubota tractors, so I've been looking for a 15 or 20 gallons barrel to make a portable fuel caddy. I mentioned it to a friend, and he gave me a plastic 15 gallon barrel that he had no use for. I rinsed it put with water, then...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Because they are petty, nosey, jackasses.
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I've met a few people like that, but it didn't take long for me to never deal with them again. One asked me why I wouldn't do business with him after our first misunderstanding, I told him straight out I refuse to deal with his type of people, it's not worth the stress. More people need to do...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    ... you could buy a school cafeteria lunch card good for 5 lunches and milk, for $.75.
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    Rail roads and their tracks.

    A man in Mishawaka, IN is lucky to be alive, after his car was hit by not one, but two trains. He had only minor injuries and was able to get out of the car after being hit by the first train, before the second one hit it. Some idiots evade the Darwin award. Man walks away after train hits...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    A few years ago, one of my trucks delivered a load of bagged salt to a HD. The forklift operator picked up a pallet almots as high as it would go, then turned quickly, tipping the forklift over onto the trailer and scattering salt all over. They got the forklift set back up, cleaned up the...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    ...when you had to go out and turn the TV antenna pole until dad yelled "that's good!"
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I had a Betamax machine, the video quality was better than JVC's VHS, but Sony's Betamax licensing was expensive and the VHS format was basically open, so Betamax lost out.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    If either one of the tailgate cables break, it'll get really ugly fast.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    That would require one thinking about the possible consequences of one's irresponsible actions or inaction, which is a rather rare occurrence today.
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Not if you ask conservatives, but in fact most have that view.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Yep, there are times when I just want to let things stay broken, or let someone else fix them for a change. And there are times when it seems everything breaks at once. Just yesterday I replaced the battery in a friends Norelco rechargeable shaver. I swear some day I'm going to get a hat that...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    I see that here in Indiana. Most likely because they have no driver's license.
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    Rail roads and their tracks.

    Most likely it's cheaper to ship to Duluth by ship, then on rail from Duluth to Canada. Could be that the problems with lack of rain in the Panama Canal area, forcing long delays was a deciding factor. The skinny ends of the blades rest in a saddle that will allow them to move fore and aft to...
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    Tool caddy/cart

    For quite a while, when working on something while sitting on a roll around mechanics seat, I have wanted a small caddy or cart that is only two feet high to hold tools and/or parts. I have never been able to find any commercially made cart like this, so I decided to make my own. A couple of...
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    Starting problem click click

    I had that problem with my BX a whiles back. Took the starter off, took the solenoid apart and found a little tit of copper had grown on one of the contacts. Used a Dremel to remove it, cleaned up the contact plate and both contacts, put it together and put it back on. Started right up. The...
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    Great lake boats, a good video

    So what are the 16 rectangular items laid out near the tracks? Generator houses for the turbines?
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    Not Enough Babies?

    We need to stop having so many babies, or it's going to get ugly in a few decades. Like George Carlin once said, " the Earth is doing just fine, but we're effed." Interesting report by The World Population Report. How Many People Can the Earth Support 2024
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    You Know You Are Old When

    That's what I had heard way back when the song was released. Warren was a bit of a egomaniac.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I can still hear dad saying that. He meant it too. I think I turned out pretty well for it. Some kids today are a bunch of wimps. That's why they're so screwed up, and parents are to blame, a total lack of respect and responsibility.
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    Rail roads and their tracks.

    Those look like 50 foot flat cars, so probably about 150 foot long blades.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Yeah, they don't make those types of parts easy to repair without special tools.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    I rarely use Locktite for that very reason, especially in aluminum. If you have a problem with bolts loosening in aluminum, I prefer to drill the heads and safety wire them. Are you talking about the actuators in a hydraulic steering system with a cylinder attached to the tie rod?
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Gee, I still get Discover, Scientific American, Astronomy, Sky and Telescope, Hemmings Muscle Machines and Trains in the mail every month. I got Hot Rod magazine for many years, until they stopped publishing a couple of years ago.
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    Nearly died yesterday

    Only had that happen once, way back in the 70s. Was westbound on Indiana Route 2 west of South Bend on a foggy morning. Was driving a semi pulling a dump trailer loaded with sand headed for Chicago. I was in the right lane when out of the fog came a car going the wrong direction in the left lane...
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Got the hood lip trim installed today, makes it look a lot better with that on. Couldn't find the correct speed nuts anywhere today, to I took some 3/16" ones and swaged them out a little with a tapered punch. Then they worked just fine. I found some 1" tall spacers and put them between the rear...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I remember when operators placed all your calls. Pick up the phone, wait for the operator, give her the number you wanted to cal, and she'd connect you. One of my aunts was an operator back in the 50s.
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    I love search engines. :€

    Anyone remember Alta Vista?
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    After sleeping on the hood alignment problem, I came up with the probable cause and a fix. It seems that The subframe must be slightly offset to the left side, causing the radiator support to also be offset to the left also. The error is only about 1/4" or 5/16" at the radiator support. Solution...
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    When I bought my Nova, I knew it had some rust holes in the driver's side floor, but figured I could fix that. Three years later, I decided to get it fixed, so I pulled the seats and carpet and found holes in the passenger side too, from the leaking heater. Some more checking, and I found sloppy...
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Sound like you have a lot of work to do on your vehicles. But, when it's done, you can truly say I did that. At least in Texas you don't have to problems we have with salt that eats up anything on the roads.
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Not so. I had one climb up on the roof of my '66 Impala SS once when I was at a friends house, and there was nothing to eat up there.. Fortunately, the friend got him to get down before I could get my club out of the car and beat it senseless. I had to pay a body shop to buff out the hoof marks...
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Awesome looking plane. I always liked the F-16's looks.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Sure, but just how often are those capabilities actually used? Most of the people that buy those option loaded, over priced trucks rarely use it for anything other than to impress the neighbors and haul the kids to soccer or gymnastics practice. I love to laugh at those guys loading 8, 10 or 12...
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Had a little help yesterday, when my neighbor Rusty and mt friend Brian stopped over in the afternoon, so I had them give me a hand setting the hood on the Nova. No problem getting it bolted to the hinges, but there are definitely some alignment issues. First thing was the fenders were too close...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I kinda miss the good old days when it took a real computer nerd to keep them working.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    And all that on an 8 bit card.
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    What blades for my 60 deck on my 425

    Same thing happened to my local JD dealer a few years ago. They'd been a JD dealer since the '40s, but I guess loyalty means nothing to the big corporate monopoly JD has become in the last couple of decades.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Not ancient history on a human scale, but how many of us were blown away with the speed you could get logging onto a dial-up BBS at 1200bps? My first computer was a Radio Shack Model 1, with a 300 baud modem. An now people whine like babies if they can get gigabit fiber connections.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Everyone has their own set of talents.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I used to have to go over to dad's place a couple of times a week to get his TV and DirecTV back on the correct channels. Even though I locked out every channel on the TV except for 3, the channel the DirecTV used, somehow he would get it switched to a different input or would turn the DirecTV...
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    Rail roads and their tracks.

    I couldn't convert the HTML web page to something that showed up properly here, so here is a link to the schedule. Union Pacific Steam Schedule
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Haven't been making much progress on the Nova lately, too many other things to do and work on, like my Troy-Bilt string trimmer that ran for 30 seconds and died, to run no more, and resurrecting a Snapper push mower that has sat in my garage unused for 7 years. I also replaced three of the...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    After dad had back surgery and lost a lot of his flexibility, and after mom passed, I had to cut his toenails. The worst part was that he also had nail fungus. I finally got him to go to the doctor and get a prescription that got rid of it, about two month before he passed.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Doesn't look too thrilled about all the attention.
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    Rail roads and their tracks.

    Those were the auxiliary engines off the B-36 bombers. The shutters around the inlets in one of the pictures were the tip off.
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I still carry a Rand McNally road atlas in my Town Car that I use on longer trips. I only ever got lost once in my whole life, in a semi, at 1:00AM in a residential area in Topeka, KS. Had to back up about three blocks to the turn I missed. Fortunately a friendly cop came along and escorted me...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Bought a plain Jane GE fridge in 1995, and it's still humming along.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    You know you're old when it seems like yesterday was Sunday, but tomorrow is Saturday.
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    Rail roads and their tracks.

    I had a couple of pennies that were flattened by the Freedom Train when we saw it in Florida back in the 70s, but lost track of them a few years ago.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    My fall back plan is to do that if they can't get the powder coating right. He said that usually recoating them works a lot better, as anything om the crevices gets baked out the first time. I'll wait and see. Also, The color really isn't what Argent Silver is supposed to look like, too bright...
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Got a call from the powder coat shop, said they had a problem with the wheels, and would like me to take a look at them. It seems that sometimes when they powder coat welded rims like these are, they sometimes get bubbling at the seam, and that's what happened. If it would have been on the back...
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    Lefty Shooting?

    I'm a lefty, when I first learned to write, I wrote right to left, but eventually the teacher got me to write left to right. I shoot a pistol left handed, but shoot long guns right handed. When I was really small, we lived with my paternal grandfather for a couple of years, and when I would do...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Apparently, they could afford a probably several hundred dollar fridge, but not a couple of $10 ratchet straps.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    This weekend, I pulled the X-pipe out of the car and turned it over hoping that would raise the pipe enough, but not too much. But, with it turned over and all the pipes connected, it was right up against the drive shaft. Took it back off and made some cuts in the short pipes ahead of the X so...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I started working in the local restaurant as a bus boy in 1964, on Mother's Day. After the rush was over, I got to wash all the pots and pans. Made $.80/hr. I did a lot of food prep for the weekend crowds, flowering chicken and fish, making cole slaw and wrapping baking potatoes in foil. After...
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Dropped the wheels off at the powder coat shop today, he thought they'd have them done end of next week. They can't do two colors, so I'll just paint the black areas. Took some time and cleaned the bench off this afternoon. Also went to the electrical supply in town and bought three 8 foot LED...
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I didn't really notice, as I had him on ignore.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    After the wife and kids left, and it was only me eating at home most of the time, and the dishwasher broke, I have washed everything by hand.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    No, I think it's the original , kinda floral design.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I'm still using Corelle dishes I bought in the mid 70s, and they still look brand new. Never have broken one either.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Yes, down on the south side of town, but I have had some bad service there, so I'm not going back. Prices are higher than McMaster-Carr, too.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    I have a couple of bottoming taps, but not a 1/4"-28, of course.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    I thought about that, but then I would still have to buy a new tap, so I just figured I'd get the proper tap to begin with. I have other things to do until the tap gets here. Of course, when I order from McMaster-Carr I usually get the parts the next day or so, since they come out of Chicago...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I loved her in Scrooged, especially when she hit Bill Murray with a toaster.
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Pictures like that make me feel rather insignificant. Makes you wonder how many other sentient beings are looking back at us and feeling the same thing.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    I finally have the parking brakes nearly finished up. I have all the cables installed and routed, just waiting on a 1/4"-28 bottoming tap to show up so I can finish tapping the set screw holes in the block I am using to connect the left and right cables together, similar to the factory setup. I...
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    Rail roads and their tracks.

    I'm not sure how far back the arrangement was used, but the EMD E series of locomotives also used A1A-A1A wheel arrangements, as the were basically the power trains of two F series units on one longer chassis. Advancements in the power ratings of traction motors using AC technology has allowed a...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I'm still running WIN7, and have had to help so many friends with trying to get rid of all the spyware and bloatware in WIN10 and WIN11, I will migrate to a distro of Linux before I install them on one of my machines. I have a drive in my computer that I regularly image my C: drive to, just in...
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    Rail roads and their tracks.

    The lead locomotive is an General Electric ES44C4, which rides on three axle trucks, but only the leading and trailing axles are powered, making it an A1A-A1A wheel arrangement. Couldn't make out the unit number on the trailing locomotive, but it has a different radiator, so it is probably a...
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    What did you break today?

    When we were running a fleet of semi-dumps and a few PTO shafts and pumps got destroyed, we put rather loud beeper alarms in all the trucks using a pressure switch in the airline to the PTO. That pretty much eliminated PTO and pump problems.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    She mustn't have known you could unscrew the mouthpiece and take the microphone element out, so there would be no background noise to give her away. Don't ask how I came to know this little party line secret. ;)
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Well, I finally got the exhaust finished up. The new tailpipes sort of fit, well, not really. The end that attaches to the outlet of the muffler, extended too far forward, so I had to cut ~3 inchesoff and reswage the pipes. I had bought a tail pipe expander a while back and I used it to swage...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Yep, the local shoe store on Main Street had one when I was a kid. They were really a bad device, exposing the operators to a large dose of X-rays.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Not me, I go to the Wranglers web site, order the ones I like, and a couple of days later the UPS guy delivers them. No more searching piles of jeans for the size and style I want.
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    Rail roads and their tracks.

    Don't see too many older cars with roller bearing conversion on journal type trucks,
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    You Know You Are Old When

    You're welcome! ;)
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    You Know You Are Old When

    The Fazoli's brownies are probably the best I've had, full of chocolate chunks. :devilish:
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Me too! Everyone wants you to install their app so they can pummel you with "special" offers and ads, in addition to compiling every bit of data they can from your buying habits and which ads you look at, and then sell that personal info to data brokers. I only have one app on my phone...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    A crow foot wrench works well, too.
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    Intercom to shop

    I buried a run of plain old RG-6 coax from the house to my shop when I built it in '83 so I could watch SAT TV if I wanted to. Never used it until a couple of years ago when I wanted to have internet access in the shop. was going to run direct burial CAT6 cable, in fact I bought it, but...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    A while back, I bought a bunch of the flip top storage bins and spent an entire day sorting all the "stuff" into them and labeling each one denoting the contents. One is entirely full of boxes of screws and nails, and must weigh ~50lbs. Electrical wiring supplies, painting, tiling and plumbing...
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    Has anyone built.........

    I built one for my BX2230, out of parts and material I had on hand. Works great.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    None. Channel locks do the job for me.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    And they weren't the crew! Nowadays, most of the passengers look and smell worse than refugees, and behave like two year old children.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Writing practice paper in grade school.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Remember the Uniroyal Tiger Paw tire commercials?
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Will do, Moss.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    When I get it on the road, I'll have to drop by so you can drool on it. ;)
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Chevy, Chrysler and Ford all used variations of the Magnum wheel.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Yes, the tops can trap water and lead to rust issues, but that was mainly on older cars like mine that weren't built with any longevity in mind. Newer, and replacement tops can be installed and sealed much better than they were from the factory back in the 70s and 80s, so I don't have any...
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    I still had some spray-on undercoating left in a can, so I shot a bunch of it into the bottom of the rear quarter panels for rust prevention. I still have a couple of other places I want to seal up, but I'm going to have to order another can as this one is just about empty. I had bolted the rear...
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    When I was in business, I had to submit a financial statement to the bank every year if I had any outstanding loans. After they were all paid off, I kept doing the statements for my own information about just where I stood financially. Information is always a good thing to have.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    May 2nd is the first local cruise-in here, don't think I'll make it by then.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    It didn't look that great when I took it, but with the work light hanging over the column and the phone's flash, I was surprised how well it came out. Yep, it didn't take that long to do the job this time, and I knew every tool I needed to do it, so fewer trips to the tool box. But, it's not a...
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    The one thing that you wonder why you didn't buy sooner?

    I have a couple of different ones, but have had limited success. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. Small traces are really difficult to use them on, as the solder will cool so quick that by the time you remove the iron and apply the sucker, it has cooled too much to get sucked out. The...
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    The one thing that you wonder why you didn't buy sooner?

    Not tractor related, but I just bought a Hakko FR-3010-03 de-soldering gun. I have a couple of electronic repair projects that require removing through hole components from PC boards, and I have used flux/solder/de-soldering wick with limited success. Tried the Hakko for the first time tonight...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    The Battle Of The Bulge. :cool:
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    You Know You Are Old When

    When you are 20 years older than the car you are restoring and the car is considered an antique.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Actually, I've kept the car registered and insured all these years as I didn't know just when I'd get it back on the road and I didn' want to lose my vanity plate, so as long as the plate is on it, I'm good to go. I have a 1970 plate a friend gave me, and I can take it and my "Seventy" plate...
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Still getting some things done on the Nova. I repainted the black part of the rear trim plate, then spent an hour laying out the four mounting holes. Measure six times and drill once. Came out very close, only had to file a couple holes out a 32nd of an inch or so to get it to fit snugly against...
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    Great lake boats, a good video

    On the local news this evening, they had a spot about the Joseph L Block being the first ship through the Soo locks this season.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    It also shows that many young people are more interested in what the latest scandal is going around on social media than learning life skills. You can't force kids to learn anything, well, at least today you can't. When I was in high school there were two kids in my class that has been held back...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    As long as the company selling those devices doesn't go titsup and they can't talk to the servers in the cloud, like some have done.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I didn't go to a Catholic school, but when I was in elementary school, we did have an old retired minister that came around every week and gave us Bible lessons, for which we had to buy a workbook from him. Quite a sweet deal for him. It kind of planted the seeds of doubt in my young mind about...
  148. BravoXray

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Using that line of reasoning, Mars should be awash in plant life, since it's atmosphere is predominately CO². Venus' atmosphere also has a high percentage of CO², and it's surface temperature is about 800°F. Like anything in a complex, interrelated system like our atmosphere and everything...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    The older I get, the less time I will take to suffer idiots.
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    You Know You Are Old When

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    You Know You Are Old When

    We used to drive to Ohio to buy fireworks, not beer. Couldn't stand that vile tasting stuff. In fact, a few years ago on a trip to Ohio, we stopped at the same store, still there over 50 years later, being run by a daughter of the originals owners.
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I still have two boxes of Chocolate Charlie left from Christmas. They are still selling it in Martin's stores, too. It used to be seasonal only.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    So does the school I went to. It usually had a total of 450-500 students in K-12th grade. My graduating class in 1968 was 31 kids, and the last I knew 11 had passed.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    We did get the bumper on today. Initially I had the rear bracket bolts in the wrong holes in the subframe and couldn't get it positioned correctly, but I figured that out. It HAS been over a decade since I took it apart. I went over to Brian's place this afternoon to help him get his '70 Charger...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Remember when a place like this was the hot spot to hang out at on Friday and Saturday nights? Lots of hot cars and hot women riding in them. Most of the car hops were pretty nice too.
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Since we here in the US have an eclipse coming in April that will be seen by millions of people, here is a bit of eclipse trivia. The eclipse with the longest period of totality in recent history was on June 20, 1955, visible in the southern hemisphere, and lasted for 7 minutes and 8 seconds in...
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    I pulled the alternator off and took it apart to see if I had messed something up when I reclocked the back cover, but it looked okay to me. I took it back to the shop that had fixed it last fall, it had a bad a bad regulator, and the tech spent over an hour trying to get it to work. It had him...
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    Shop ideas to consider

    I have four of those in my shop, and I use them a lot.
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    Leaving MMM pinned up in winter and plowing.

    I leave the MMM on my BX2230 when I push snow, neever had a problem with it. I just clean the snow off it before I put it back in the shop.
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    Great lake boats, a good video

    It is a very efficient way to move cargo, but with rare exceptions it will still need to be moved by train or truck on each end of the shipment.
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    Starship News

    I'll bet that booster made a big splash when it hit the water going supersonic! I hope one of the tracking planes got some video of it hitting.
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Yes it is. Details here: https://www.cat.com/en_US/products/new/equipment/dozers/medium-dozers/15969752.html
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    air tool lubricants

    Been using Marvel Mystery Oil for 50 years. Never had a problem with any of my air tools.
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    In reading my response, I don't see any language that states whether or not his opinion is valid or invalid, I simply stated that as is true of any stated opinion, even mine, it is not by default to be considered valid unless supported by the facts. Of course at this time in history the term...
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Okay, point taken. I should have said widely available, modern, mass produced, lithium battery powered EVs.
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Even if that were true, that doesn't, de facto, make your opinion valid.
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    I read a lot of the complaints, naysaying and doom and gloom about EVs and I think most of those people are missing the fact that just like many other new technologies, EVs are still in what I would refer to as the Alpha stage of development. They are little more than a decade old at this point...
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    GOOD MORNING SHEEPLE!

    I didn't know that chickens could tell time.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    My paternal grandfather had one of those that mounted to the front of his John Deere tractor. I remember my dad and him going the the woods and cutting firewood and stacking it on a hay wagon.
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    Shop ideas to consider

    A mini-fridge and microwave oven.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    A year ago last Thanksgiving, I drove my sister and I ~1300 miles from northern Indiana to Sarasota, FL, non-stop, other than stopping for potty breaks, gas and eats. 20 hours door to door. Never even got sleepy, thanks to a couple of 20oz. Diet Cokes. Slept about 4 hours and was up and ready to...
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    There is no valid reason that diversity and unity need to be mutually exclusive. In fact, it is to the advantage to all involved if it isn't.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Got it fired up for the first time in almost 2 years. It started immediately, on the first revolution, I think. Love the EFI for cold starts. Only had one water leak, I forgot to tighten the clamps on the heater shutoff valve. Holds good oil pressure, doesn't make any strange noises, and water...
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    Rail roads and their tracks.

    I see those little cars are limited to 220K GVW, and carry 175K payload. Interesting dump mechanism on the side, too.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    I'm getting close to starting it up. Today, I painted the front of the radiator core with Eastwood radiator paint, so you can't see the aluminum core from the front, got it set in place, the top plate bolted down on it, put the fan shroud in place, bolted up, got the new radiator hoses trimmed...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Yep!
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Remember when gas tank fill pipes were behind the license plate?
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    I got the steering column back in the car and buttoned up today, but not without a couple of challenges. Brian got it painted for me and dropped it and the front bumper brackets off on Saturday. I started putting it back together and discovered that you have to leave the turn signal switch out...
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    Shop ideas to consider

    I have actually thought about the very same thing. Only thing is, the nearest power for shop lights is up 16 feet on the rafters, and the Nova is where I would have to place a ladder. But it is on my list of to dos. One other thing is an opener for the overhead door. And a Bridgeport mill.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    That's certainly what it seems like on any vehicle I ever worked on. My friend Brian has a 2010 Challenger too, in B5 blue with the 5.7 Hemi and six speed Tremec. Cool, fast car. Also has a 70 Charger R/T 440 with FI-TECH EFI and a 4L60E that I installed for him.
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    Thanks for the kind words. When I first started the restoration project, it was just to repair a rusty floor on the driver's side, bur once I pulled the carpet, I found the passenger side was full of pin holes too. I knew there was some rust popping out around the rear wheel openings, but once...
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    So, did you ever feel like you were going backwards on a project? That's how it's been feeling lately. As I said, I had to pull the instrument cluster out to get to the cable from the EFI to the hand controller, which meant I had to remove the radio, drop the steering column down, which meant I...
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    Cell Phone Outage Today

    For many people a cell phone is a tool, however many people that have cell phones are tools, annoying ones.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    And it's best not to argue with the wife. Yes dear, whatever you say dear.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    For the last 25 years or so, my watch of choice has been a Seiko titanium watch, as they are much lighter.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I only wear shirts with pockets, especially tee shirts in the summer, and I always have a pen in the the pocket. I think somewhere in my stuff, I have a pocket protector from . my days at Purdue, where I carried pens and drafting pencils, like all proper nerds did back then. I still also wear a...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I've seen the same thing with people buying cases of beer on Fridays at grocery and liquor stores.
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Electricity consumption in the United States was about 4 trillion kilowatthours (kWh) in 2022
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    I have a 2006 F150 standard cab, long bed I use for everything except trips. Recently used it to haul lumber, furniture and household goods (for a friend who's moving) and pull a 14' utility trailer for moving more furniture. I actually prefer driving it to driving my 04 Town Car.
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    What is the oddest machine you have worked on or operated

    Back in the 70s, working for the family construction company, I ran a small asphalt paver for a day, and on several occasions operated a Marion 1 yard dragline digging a pond. I also operated S7 Euclid, International E211 and E270 earthmovers as well as TD9, TD15, TD20 and TD24 dozers.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Anyone remember Jungle Jim and Jungle Pam?
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    Keweenaw snow photos

    I've been to Deerton a few times, my sister lives there on Military Road.
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Religion is just like any other business, it's all about the money. Years ago, someone, I don't remember who, said the fastest way to become a millionaire was to start a church. I was raised in the Brethren church, went twice a week from birth to around age 25, when I figured out what religion...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    A couple of places I frequent have have attractive, young 20-someting girls working there with tattoos and or piercings, and I too have wondered why they do that to themselves. I often wonder how they are viewed when going for a job interview. Even though they might be qualified for a position...
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    Restarting My '70 Nova Project

    I haven't had a lot of time lately to work on the Nova, as my friend has finally found a house in the area, and have been spending a few hours a day loading, moving and unloading her stuff. And she has a lot of stuff. A lot. I've also been doing a bunch of repair on some of her furniture, mainly...
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    Great lake boats, a good video

    Looks like it says Tecumseh to me.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    My first radio was a crystal set with a long wire antenna run out my bedroom window.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    After Mom passed and Dad was living alone at home, we got him a medial alert fob that hung on his neck. It had a base station that would call me and 911 if he pressed the button. It was put in the living room on an end table, a good central location in the house. It had a blue light on it to...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I just tried it and it works for me. Just Google it.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    How about the old Kukla, Fran and Ollie puppet show? Kukla, Fran and Ollie - Wikipedia
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