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  • #91
    A lot going on at the shop, here's some of the goings on:

    The Whale has been sanded as smooth as a baby's ass (so I've been told), and ready to go to Indiana to be wrapped into a new theme. I will be keeping the Texas/Confederate Battle Flag roof.



    The Texas Thug went on it's first road trip yesterday. Easy for 2.5 miles and the wick turned up on the way back.





    All that really is left is to sand the bumpers down and try that $300 a pint chrome paint.



    My 46 Olds Street Rod is halfway finished having a new wiring kit installed.



    Inspected and registered my Allante, Stacker, Geezerglide, Drifter, and the Genesis I'm giving my Daughter.



    Mowed the five acres that the shop is on, including the wildflower meadow I let grow until May every year. While the wildflowers are dying off, the Cactus roses are blooming. Stopped to visit with Smith and Wesson's friends. They love chasing the Angus/Brahma/Brangus calves - much to the chagrin of their mothers.



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    • #92
      Spent the day emptying a dozen carts of parts that need to be put away, crap that needed to be thrown out, and parts needing to go onto vehicles.



      I put away stuff in the proper bin, in shipping containers, but I still have to spend a day sorting through stuff I have on the floor of each of four shipping containers.



      As I was clearing off carts, I rolled them outside for my shop rat to wash.


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      • #93
        Now that the Thug is mostly done, work has been redirected back to the Street Rod.



        Right now focus is on installing a new wiring kit, power windows, gauges, door poppers, power door locks and other electrical components.



        Still looking for a good interior shop.
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        • #94


          The only thing left are the bumpers. I have a set of fiberglass bumpers and a $300 Easy Chrome kit. I had my Shop Rat wet sand and wash the bumpers for me, so I could paint the Easy Chrome on.



          However, once i got the black base coat on, i noticed some flaws from the sanding job.



          I ordered another can of the black base coat, so I can do it right. There won't be enough time between now and Dave Duell Classic to wet sand, prime with heavy solids, wet sand the primer, spray on base coat, let cure 48 hours, brush on chrome, let cure, spray on top coat, let cure, and then mount on car. So I bought some aluminum stock to make mounts, and I'll mount black bumpers Tuesday - and do it right after the DDC.



          Also did a major detail job on car, and ordered the hood lip trim that classic Industries repops. I also want to clean and polish up the brake master cylinder before I lad up next Thursday.


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          • #95
            Final touch thrashing has been going on to make the Thug ready to go racing.

            Aluminum Bumper brackets were fabricated and Bumpers have been mounted.



            When I get back from Dave Duell Classic I'll finish sand, prime, sand again, apply Easy Chrome Basecoat, brush on Easy Chrome, and spray with clear. Wasn't enough time to do before.

            Located and installed hood lip trim. I'll refinish the grill after the race.



            Installed a hood rod.



            Polished the ten year old radiator.



            Fabricated some battery hold down spacers to replace stacks of washers I'd been using on battery hold downs.




            The five year old hold downs polished up well.



            Also polished up weight boxes and fuel cell.



            Before is above, after is below. I also swapped out bolts on hold downs and boxes with stainless socket screws.



            I replaced intake lid screws with new, and used longer stainless where fuel regulator mounts, as the bolts weren't catching threads.

            Fixin to load up both cars (wagon going to get wrapped) into stacker. Were spending weekend at lake before heading out Monday evening. Virtually everything on the car is new and there was no time for Test ad Tune. The Dave Duell Classic will have to be our test season, so I expect that a lot of tweaking will be required.
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            • #96


              Pulled the intake and all of the lifters are Ok. Drained oil and cut apart oil filter to look in folds. Not a spec of anything. Put new rocker arm on, and the geometry is a little off, so I ordered a set of .080 valve lash caps.



              The Thug's bumpers were removed and I hit the flat areas with 400 grit on a random sander. My shop rat with wet sand the curves and the entire bumpers tomorrow and wipe down with grease/wax remover. I'll spray with black primer and he'll wet sand again next week. I'll apply the chrome base coat wait two days, apply the chrome, wait two days, and then hit with Top Coat.



              In other shop news;

              I've decided to sell my 40000 mile Grand National that I've had since 1999. So I broke out the polisher to give light polish with Liquid Ice, and a coat of Mothers Carnuba wax. I only got half finish. I'll finish tomorrow and take photos so I can list for sale.



              I also have a like new, low mileage, factory AC Little Red Express that I've decided to sell. I will detail and photo over next week or so.


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              • #97
                The Thug's fiberglass bumpers got a wet sanding with 400 grit, and wiped down with wax and grease remover.



                Then I hit with 24 ozs of black primer.



                Tomorrow they'll get a light wet sanding and I'll hit with the Liquid Chrome's Base Coat. They'll need to cure for two days and then I can brush on the Liquid Chrome. A day to cure then the Top coat gets sprayed on.



                The Thug's shifter is located too far back and and too low for my comfort. So I used some scrap aluminum to start fabricating a shifter pedestal that will bolt in where the shifter currently is, but will raise the shifter 7" and move it forward 7".



                Tomorrow I'll locate and drill the shifter mounting holes, scuff it up with 180 grit, wipe down with wax/grease remover and hit with primer. After that dries for a day, I'll paint gloss black, and then a couple coats of clear. I ordered some black marine grade vinyl and 6" thick memory foam. I'll make a 7"W x 7"L x 6"T armrest on a piece of 3/8" plywood, and attach it in back of the shifter by running a couple of wood screws from under in the predrilled and countersunk holes. Then I can attach the shifter and mount it to the floor. The decorative holes also allow getting a wrench in to install and remove the mounting nuts.

                While not related to the Thug, I finally located the Uber rare chin that mounts under the 60 Plymouth Wagon's front bumper on eBay - after eight years of looking. Knock off the rust and I'll take to my bud's body shop to fix the dent and skim with filler.



                Then finish sanding, primer, and take to the lady wrapping the wagon in a new theme so she can wrap it with the car. I should have that car back next month so I can start reassembling it


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                • #98
                  Started with hitting fiberglass bumper with gloss black over primer. It was so freaking hot that Iíve got some orange peel to wet sand out before chrome base coat.



                  Next, I got the Thugís shifter unbolted and test fitted in car and drilled proper holes. Tomorrow Iíll sand and paint. A wrench was put on every nut and bolt under car while in air. Only a couple nuts lost a little torque, but were tight. A transmission line had a leak and was fixed. The fuel return line was rerouted.



                  I had Ole Blue (my 25-year-old Harley) in a few pieces in my garage at the house in Katy Iím selling. We got word Sunday that the garage door was open and a black man (none on our street) was inside looking around. So I went down there to put a battery in it and reassemble to ride to shop in Beasley. Last gas I bought for that bike was in October, and I didnít run it out. So my 40 mile ride to shop was having a lot of coughing past 1/2 throttle, even after a bottle of Gumout and 2 gallons of Super. At the shop I put a quart of Berrymanís in tank and rode about 20 miles. It got a little better. I turned off Petcock to run carb dry, and then opened to take for another 20 mile ride. Didnít get any better. Hopefully the Berrymanís in the carb will dissolve the scummotes from todayís shitty gas blends, but Iím sure the carb will have to come off to be cleaned.



                  Power widow lift are finally in the 46 Olds, but I need to locate new upper window channels. Any leads?


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                  • #99
                    Recipe for Dave Schultzí patented Alligator finish by rattle can

                    1. You have to be very rushed, in my case it has to be dry by 8am tomorrow as engine builder is coming over to fire up car, hot lash, and inspect lash caps after I hammer it down the road
                    2. It has to be a hot Texas day of 95 or hotter
                    3. Select an even hotter room that is another 20 degrees hotter, like a metal container having the full sun beating on it
                    4. After a flawless coat of primer and color, go the extra step of using a whole can of clear, one coat after another with only 2 minutes between coats.

                    5. Get busy doing something else for a couple hours, and then go back to see that the combination of heat and not letting clear dry between coats has the paint crawled into a puddle look
                    6. Panic and start wet sanding even though clear isnít fully hardened yet because it was applied so thick
                    7. Now hose down and blow dry with compressed air
                    8. Immediately hit it (because youíre in a hurry) with primer again.
                    9. Come back and see it has crackled
                    10. Say screw it, it almost looks cool and hit it with a half can of year old (cuz you have no other left and Loweís is 20 miles away) black paint that didnít have the nozzle cleaned by the person who last used it - and have dribbles and splatters all over you, the project and concrete
                    11. Find a nozzle off can in trash and finish.


                    12. Take next month trying to decide if you like the look, or need to strip and try again
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                    • This morning, a stock (and shorter) Hemi dual 4bbl throttle cable replaced the single 4bbl that was binding from being too long.

                      Since the broken rocker arm was replaced, and .080 valve lash caps are now being used to deal with rocker interference, I took the car for a hard run on the road in front of my shop to make sure it would stayy together. Before I got to the road, I heard/felt a miss and turned back. Number 6 plug wire came off again and Number 8 looked a little burnt, so those wires were replaced. Back out and I quickly bought the car up to 7,000rpm in third gear twice. It felt and sounded good.

                      I gave up on trying to do Chrome paint on the Thug's bumpers. It's just been too damn hot to get the base coat on wet enough without being too wet and running. It was up to 99į at one point when I was chasing down paint today.



                      Anyway, I sanded, primed, hit with a couple coats of metallic silver, and some clear and called it done Bumpers go back on Thursday.

                      I took my golf cart seats and new covers to an interior shop, and they wanted no part of putting on. I obviously need to find another interior shop. Part of the problem was one seat was separating from its base, and I was told it takes expensive glue and has to be put on a vacuum machine. I took back to the shop and recovered three of the four cushions my self. On the one needing "expensive glue and vacuum machine", I used a full 14oz caulking tube of the clear strong RTV that I use on my Charlie's oil pan, a couple of clamps and a tire. I'll recover it and reassemble the cart on Thursday.



                      Not so much racing related, I hadn't started one of my Harleys in six months, and today's crappy gas had all kinds of Scummotes in my S&S Super E carb. I couldn't get the bike over 70, and that was a struggle. Rebuilt it, changed the plugs and took it to about 95mph and its back running good. I bought Ole Blue in 1993, and repainted it about five years ago.


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                      • Deb and I arrived at Beechbend Raceway in Bowling Green, KY at about 1pm, and set up out pit with my pit bud Doug Duell.



                        This was the largest HRR ever, with over 500 drag cars. As such the line to tech in cars was about a 1/4 mile long and a two hour wait, so I waited for it to die down some, and at 3:30 hopped in line.



                        I was one of the last cars to make it before the 5pm cut off.

                        The next morning the First Qualifying started at about 9:30am. It was hot as Hell the whole weekend, and I was flying blind between all the engine repairs and a no Time Trials. I took a wild guess and declared the 9.75 Index and added 55 pounds of ballast. I was pretty close and ran a 9.79.



                        That would actually stand as my best of the three qualifying passes as my foot slipped off the gas (first time ever) on Q2's launch, and I had too much weight in the third qualifying.



                        I wasn't feeling comfortable with the engine on all three qualifying passes. In the first pass the car had three minor hiccups in the mid RPM range. Quite honestly they started running us as soon as we got there, and my engine was about 20 degrees cooler than normal, and those rat roaster Intakes need some heat. I pulled the valve covers off to inspect the new rocker arm and the valve lash caps.



                        On Friday, the second pass was wasted when my foot slipped off the accelerator. The third pass 9.83@136 was not strong, and I was wondering if I was too fat for the heat with 113 square on the jets in both carbs. Clay helped with running the valves and we found eight loose and three tight - and I put the car away for the night.



                        Saturday morning I was matched against a 11.75 index car, meaning I was going to have to wait two full seconds at the light on my converter. The motor sounded better driving to the staging lanes. When I left on yellow, I was surprised that he wasn't as far ahead of me as I expected. I caught him at about the 1/8 and paced ahead of him about a fender from about the 1000' - crossing the line at a leisure 9.80@122mph. It was all in the lights we had. Mine was decent and his sucked bad. I calculated the run completion and I would have gone a 9.72@137 if I'd stayed in it. The car felt great!



                        It was after 5pm before we had our next elimination. I was against an even slower car, a 12.50 second 65 Buick driven by Division 3 regular, Jimmy Gower.

                        He left and 2.75 seconds later I left. Again, he was closer than I expected, and I assumed I had a good reaction time margin. Then my car stumbled bad. I lifted and instinctively jumped back on it, and the thought better of it and lifted until I could analyze. I had oil pressure, saw no smoke in the mirror, and the motor sounded good so I drove off. The car drove fine, and the time slip showed that while my reaction was as bad as its ever been - he still gave me .080 to where it was nearly impossible to lose, but my car found a way.



                        It felt like a fuel problem, but I loaded up for home, watched Kurt Neighbor win NSS against Butch Cassidy, and Doug Duell win Top Stock in his Barracuda. We spent the night, and left for the 900 mile trip home early in the morning.

                        Today, the problem was found to be a broken crimp connection on the negative lead of the fuel pump - making a loose connection. That and the positive was soldered. The valves were ran again, the plugs inspected, a new cap and rotor put on, header bolts tightened, and a through clean and polish.



                        We're ready for the next race, hopefully with a better outcome.
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