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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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                        • I spend two or three 8-10 days a week in my shop. Tuesday I

                          Stripped my 93 Heritage (Ole Blue, which I bought new over 25 years ago, and repainted about six years ago) down to replace battery, pull out speaker system that can't compete with my Sampson Dual Fishtail pipes, pull off and order new dash, bib and lowers - and make it easier to detail, wax and condition leather seat and bags.



                          Been wanting to change the Baby Ape bars to Full Ape, but maybe next year.

                          In my 46 Olds, which has been a ten year project turning into a Street Rod - replaced the leaky trans pan, finished all new electrical, and finished a kick ass stereo system. Also got the engine started and running for first time in a year.



                          It's getting close to ready for interior. I sure need a good recommendation on a good Interior shop in the Houston area.

                          I mowed the five acres the shop is on.

                          Installed four new dead bolts and door knobs keyed the same - so I have one key for eight locks, instead of four. Also, Installed and configured two Atlanta Pro 3rd Generation smart locks. I've been getting into Home automation at my two homes and Shop. Smart cameras, alarms, thermostats, locks, lights, TV, sprinkler system, drapes and blinds and more that I can control with my cell phone anywhere in the world - and get text notifications on certain events.



                          Its obvious I need to clean and paint those doors.

                          Finally, I set up a cart with various sanding and grinding tools and supplies, as I'm going through a lifetime of hoarded parts to clean, prime and list for sale.



                          And that's a typical day at my shop, a couple times a week
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                          • Monday at 9 AM I left my shop in Beasley, TX and drove 950 miles to Evansville, IN., arriving at my room at 10 PM. Not much of the route is on Interstates, so I made pretty good time.



                            I showered and decompressed for a couple of hours before falling a sleep. At 7:30 I met my bestest racing bud, Doug Duell, at his Evansville KIA, where he showed me the major remodeling going on there. We hopped into my truck and headed next door to his Evansville Hyundai dealership, where I got to see the major expansion he did there late last year. He'd been storing my trailer there and shuttled my wagon to the Wrapper when she was ready to do the car. So we hooked up the trailer, headed over to the Wrapper, and loaded up the wagon.



                            Yes I bought Jim Bailey's aluminum trailer, after he sold his Drag Pak to Jeff Frees. So I dropped Doug back off at his Kia dealership at 9:45 am, hit the trip meter on my truck, and headed back home. Doug went above and beyond helping on this wrap. Took a little longer to get back with the trailer and construction slowdowns, but I was there before midnight. Since I'd gone to Colorado a couple days earlier, I drove about 5000 miles in a week.



                            This morning, I unloaded the car into its spot for next six months (while I put it back together), put on jack stands, and dropped the trailer.



                            I didn't have the flag that Mark Artis painted on the roof 13 years ago wrapped over.



                            Also going on in the shop today, was my 64 Imperial Convertible getting a new set of plugs, wires, cap, rotor, points and condenser. The car hadn't been run in years, but fresh fuel and she purred like a kitten. The valve covers came off, got sanded down, a coat of primer, and a coat of Mopar blue - before going back on with new gaskets. Master cylinder came off as it needed to be replaced anyway, and it made it easier to get to #7 plug.



                            All four of the wheel cylinders are garbage, so lines were broken loose to drain and new wheel cylinders were be here in the morning. Drums haven't been pulled yet, so don't know if I'll be ordering shoes and getting drums turned yet. Obviously needs an oil change. There's a Sanden AC 134 retro kit with all of the hoses compressor, bracket, drier, condenser, and other misc parts that are in the Imperial's very near future.

                            Last week I disassembled Ole Blue, my Harley I bought new in 1993. I took off the speakers and other stereo equipment I couldn't hear over my Sampson Dual Fishtail pipes. While apart, I had my daughter (who works three days a week in my shop) detail the sheet metal and chrome; and I ordered a new dash, tank bib, knurled seat bolts, and leg wind deflectors. Hope conditioned the 25 year old leather seat and bags. I got it all but the bags assembled today, before the 97 degree heat and lack of sleep got to me and I had to call it quits.



                            I'll finish the bags tomorrow so I can get it Inspected and renew the registration. I put Baby Ape bars on Ole Blue, my Geezerglide, and my Drifter 1500 last year; but as I work on freshening this bike I might go to old school Full Apes like I use to run on my bikes in the 70s.

                            Hope also detailed my 78 little Red Express, and I photographed and listed it for sale this evening.



                            Pretty busy day today, and I have a busy day planned for tomorrow - then Friday off to my little cabin on the lake as I haven't been there in three weeks and have work I need to do there.
                            Monday at 9 AM I left my shop in Beasley, TX and drove 950 miles to Evansville, IN., arriving at my room at 10 PM. Not much of the route is on Interstates, so I made pretty good time. I showered and decompressed for a couple of hours before falling a sleep. At 7:30 I Ö Continue reading Screamin Woody in the House! →
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                            • For the last 35 years, I've always had a large Chrysler vert. There's nothing like cruising down a country road at 70 with the top down on a land barge. In the 80s I had a 67 Newport and then a 64 300 vert. in the 90s I had a 65 300 vert. About 20 years ago I bought a 64 Imperial vert off the original owner and sold the 65.









                              So about six or seven years ago I parked the Imperial and haven't driven it since. Last week I decided that I need to get it running well again and start driving. Yesterday the bad fuel was pumped out and fresh fuel put in, along with new battery. The car started but ran like crap. The plugs, cap, points, condenser, points, and wires were change, and it now purrs like a kitten . Also the value covers were pulled, sanded, primed and painted Mopar engine blue. I'll do oil change next week.

                              There were no brakes, so today a new master cylinder was put on, and front brakes got new wheel cylinders. The drums and shoes were good. The back was a little more of an issue. I did have an old school drum puller to get the tapered hubs off, but they weren't budging with any of the impact guns I have. I had to get my largest breaker bar with a jack handle slid over it - and put all of my 300 pounds behind it to break the press loose.



                              Again the drums and shoes were good, but the wheel cylinders were garbage. Replaced those, but couldn't get the fluid to the back, so I ordered a pair of 72" x 3/16" brake lines, and a 36" and 24" and some couplers to run new lines front to back. That'll be next week.

                              Moving onto Ole Blue, my 25 year old Harley. I finished getting the bags back on it, and adjusted the right handle bar controls so I can see out of my new right mirror.



                              Mounted a 50' Goodyear air hose (a Doug 'the Thug' Duell tip from last month's race) to my Coach's 150 psi air supply - so I have air to power a pair of air bottle jacks - should I have a flat on the coach or stacker.



                              Also mounted a door cabinet on the stacker for cleaning supplies, and to hold a 25' hose reel. Now I can plug the reel in and air up the race car's tires without dragging my compressor to each wheel.



                              This was another theft of a Doug Duell pit tip

                              The parking light hole in the front bumper of the Texas Thug was filled with amber Plexiglass.



                              Finally, in the 80s I drove a pair of GT Hawk as my Daily Driver. Over 20 years ago I wanted to Kustomize one of them with a rack and Pinion steering, 340ci Motor, 5-speed transmission, Fins from a 60 Plymouth, and a front clip from a 53 Commander. The car would be "MoHawk". It has been at various shops in that time - coming back worse than than it was when dropped off after paying tens of thousands of dollars. Anyway, it has been pulled out and cleaned out.



                              In the near future, I'll separate the body from the tube chassis to handle making the chassis right at my shop, and I'll find a decent metal working shop to cut the silly fins from the first shop off, graft on the 60 Plymouth fins, and make the body ready for paint. Then back to my shop for mating to the chassis, drive train, wiring, paint, trim and interior.

                              So that was my Thursday July 12, 2018.
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