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    So after a short nights sleep, filled with three lots of Ibuprofen and paracetamol before, during and after, I went back out to complete the job I started yesterday. Last night I had two hot water bottles in succession on my lower back between 6-10pm last night, they made a huge difference.

    Anyway, after breakfast I pulled the tools out.

    I also optimistically fetched the chainsaw from deep inside the garage where I stored it about three years ago if I recall correctly.

    Now being a Stihl, I know it is a decent bit of kit.

    But I expected to be pulling and pulling and pulling and swearing for some time.......

    However, seriously, it started on the third pull, without the choke.

    What a shock.



    So I cut back some branches by hand, then followed the stump side with the chainsaw.

    What a pleasure.



    Getting them all out, and then the branches from yesterday as well.



    Done.



    More there than it looks. Cleaned up, will pack them away on Monday.



    After cleaning up and packing the tools away, I got my faithful cordless drill that Craig gave me and and a 13mm bit, plus a bottle of concentrated Roundup weedkiller.

    Resulting in this........



    Covered it all over n an old rubber car mat and plonked a concrete ornament on top of it.

    That's me done then for now.


    A Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all who check in on this thread daily, weekly, regularly.

    Have a wonderful Festive season and let's make 2017 another good year.


    Even though it's still a few hours before prezzie time.
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    And one last thing.

    Lets hope the link works.

    https://www.facebook.com/terminallan...4758525338608/

    Reminds me of boarding school.

    Made me laugh.
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    Merry Christmas to you as well Grizz thanks for keeping us entertained through the last few years & a Happy New Year to you atb Andy.:

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    Rather than heat to your back try icing it....Wrap an ice pack (blue picnic type) or two in a tea towel and place them as per the hot water bottle, it works better...I can't vouch for it but the wife has had 2 discs out after they exploded and she uses it, when she does I sleep better lol

    Merry Christmas and keep posting
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANDY S View Post
    Merry Christmas to you as well Grizz thanks for keeping us entertained through the last few years & a Happy New Year to you atb Andy.:
    Quote Originally Posted by MYTHING View Post
    Rather than heat to your back try icing it....Wrap an ice pack (blue picnic type) or two in a tea towel and place them as per the hot water bottle, it works better...I can't vouch for it but the wife has had 2 discs out after they exploded and she uses it, when she does I sleep better lol

    Merry Christmas and keep posting

    Thank you guys.




    Christmas Day, along with Valentines and some others really get up my nose.
    The whole selfish, commercial nature of them drives me to despair and into my own burrow.

    So yesterday I had been invited to spend the day with Katy and her whole family etc about 8 people, but declined as I hate these days of eating and eating a doing nothing constructive.

    So by 09.00 I had the grass cut and last if the leaves In the garden beds gathered and in the wheely bin.

    On Christmas Eve I had spent the afternoon with my friend Darren Hardy and his dad at Unit Engineering, their engineering shop on the Isle of Sheppey, after which I popped over to mate Scott "Jabbo" for a cuppa and the harras their three dogs.

    While at Darren's, we always chat cars, hotrods etc, and I tend to get to see what he is busy making or building.

    He has been running a metal sign making business for some time and will make up pretty much anything you order from him.
    Powedercoating service available on site too.

    He always lets me rummage in his rubbish piles and the laser cut cast offs were in the scrap pile.........

    I was good, only picked up a few bits.

    One of the pieces (two actually) were lovely, but the result of either operator or machine error........ you go figure it out.

    The "A" was AWOL.

    Does it bother me?? Not a bit.




    In one of the sheds, you are talking space for 6 cars easily we found this........

    To be used for a bit of racing fun.

    Early days.



    Also found this little gem elsewhere on a shelf......

    Need I say more?

    Future reference.



    So back to my Christmas Day

    I wanted one of the signs as a rusty hanger outside the garage.

    Windy, squeaky dangly.

    CLICKY LINKY.





    The other one I prepped, etch primered and painted and it may be headed out to a friend in the Royal Mail soon. Not sure which I prefer to be honest.










    Once done, I headed over to mate Kevin and Terri's place in Maidstone for a late lunch after 2pm and had a great time.
    Followed by a short visit on the way home to an old friend and her kids.

    Back home I spoke to Dennis in St Louis, Missouri.

    He had got a few presents, my favourite was a model made by his son of the NASCAR race truck based C10 truck he is building.

    Brilliantly accurate.



    Lastly, remember Kelly from Ethel's restaurant?

    She sent Festive greetings via Dennis too.

    My day certainly made.



    Boxing Day ........ gluttony and not doing a thing.

    Roll on new year
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    i guess daz couldn't sell the coat hook as it was too deer, boom boom
    need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.

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    Last night was chilly here in the Kent and South East.



    Today I had planned some garage time, but a text or two from mate Craig meant I had all the excuses needed so I could escape my place.

    So up early, did some stuff here, then the hour drive to his place.

    Got there at Chill -o- Clock but noticed his neighbour now has a 59 Sedan Delivery.



    Plan was to work on the 47 Aerosedan as some of the jobs needed two sets of hands or a bit of strength.

    But before that we needed to go to his Unit to fetch some parts and so I could get a good look at the 49 Chevy truck he had bought for Lorraine for her birthday.

    First thing to charm me.......

    400cc of brutal Japanese motivation.



    Then about 30 minutes with the truck. It was cold in the unit, but I like it.



    First four handed job.....

    Refit new fuel tank and straps.





    Every day is a school day.

    Simplest tool solution.

    New inline fuel filters with new Jubilee clips and hose. Plumbers pipe cutting tool. Perfect.



    I have seen some championship winning bodies and redneck fixes.

    This has to be one of the best.

    Hole cut in the rust free floor and a fan mounted under passenger seat.



    After the tank, adjusting the handbrake, some fuel in the tank and an attempt to get the 6volt car started and fresh fuelsucked through from the new tank.....failed.

    Battery needs to be charged.

    But we ended up removing g brake, clutch pedals and the actuating arms as the newly fitted master cylinder caused it all to foul on the firewall.

    So we needed to bend them in the vice.

    Much of the work is done in very limited space.



    By 4pm we had lunch and called it a day.

    I will go back tomorrow early so we can bleed the brakes and do some other jobs, before maybe getting the car off the trailer and onto the road for a first test.....l

    Fingers crossed.
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    It was day two at Craig's place and the result is in a few videos below.

    The rest of the repot is here in his thread........

    Click the link..

    http://retrorides.proboards.com/thre...-ahead?page=12


    For those who cannot be bothered

    Here are a few clips of stuff happening through the day.

    After a load of other stuff, this was a neat cold start.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMR1QcyT1wo

    Checking out the three on a tree.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdrknZ7I2I8

    And at the end of the day, getting around on its own steam.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOmvNZWo0qE


    Tomorrow another friend, Henry "Rider 51" is coming over and then we will be rewriting and fitting new lights through my garage.

    This has been a good holiday so far.
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    I normally like to update threads as I go along.

    Last night.......? Naaahhhh.

    Yesterday my friend Henry, "51Rider" not "Rider51" as I had thought, (CAN ANYONE FIGURE OUT THE DIFFERENCE) was visiting for the day to help me replace the strip lights I had got from mate Euan "Moosevan" a few years ago and fitted in my special way...........

    For a start, this was the temperature in my uninsulated, unseated garage.



    Outside, neighbour Mickeys blue Ford looked like this.



    So when Henry arrived, he bore gifts, best being M&S iced spicy buns and biccies.



    Cuppa tea, chat, Harley all over Henry, and we were headed for the garage.

    The old lights being removed, three working, one not, are looking for a new home. Collection only. Send a PM if you want them.



    Henry assembling, I did not know how much OCD he had at the outset..... and hated it, as I tend to just get on with stuff, but the result was worth the tape measures, spirit levels etc.



    I did actually make all the tea, sandwiches and operate the mains switches too, but inbetween he let me help a bit.

    I have never in my life measured 300mm between saddle clamps while fixing a power line to the DB. Henry made me....... but the result did look smart.



    Head torch and a halogen spotlight on an extension cord.
    Poor guys arms and shoulders must have protested in the end.
    At least I got to hold the P-clips, screws and power driver.



    By the time we got to mains hookup it was dark, so more head torch and LED light action.



    Henry let me switch on the new wall mounted and dedicated switch to the light, no more plug in an extension cord.



    Last pic is for all the "screw clockers"

    Yes, it seems He is a screw clocker too. OCD to the last.

    This one is for 1/2 Cup and the crew.




    Today I am actually doing nothing, my first rest day, but I will head to the garage in a bit to look at my welders goose neck and trigger as it needs attention before I start the welding on the truck parts.

    In other great news, Henry discovered an unused 16 amp circuit (is that what you call it?) in the garage DB, which he will return to then wire up as a dedicated exit and plug for my welder as that is on a 13 amp plug as indicated by original instructions, but we know more is best in this case.

    Time for a cuppa tea now then find something to do.
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    .............. And then it it hit me hard.

    Been walking with a threatening chest infection for two weeks, kind of ignoring it, but as you,know one cannot let stuff slow you down.

    On Thursday after Henry left, I really felt rubbish, tired and coughing a lot more, had started taking Benelyn the day before at Craig's place, but I guess weeeks of not sleeping enough etc caught up. So I did not write up until yesterday, and ended up spending all day indoors except for honestly walking to the garage early morning to gloat at my new lights down the one side of the garage and to use the new switch...... yes, sh!t like this does give me a lot of pleasure. I even took a photo to text over to Henry as a thank you. Mad yes.



    The second time I left the house was to go to the village 3 miles from here to fetch more cough syrup, bread and milk. And that was less than pleasant, cold, foggy and miserable outside.
    I came straight back and indoors. Possibly my first day of doing absolutely nothing. But my body just said no.
    So I never got to go to Machine Mart to get a new swan neck and parts for the welder.

    I did however manage to binge watch 6hrs of recorded television, not even porn could keep me that busy that long.

    I had recorded a programme on National Geographic called "Harley and the Davidsons" a three part series very much romanticised about the beginnings and progress of Harley Davidson
    Really thankful for that.

    I mentioned that Henry had noticed that my home DB was fitted with a 40 amp circuit feed to the garage, but the garage had a 60 amp DB.
    So when the garage trips out, it happens in the house, necessitating a walk back to the house........ why would It be fitted like that ????
    And of course we now will be able to fit a dedicated 16 amp outlet for the welder which obviously pulls the most current when it is working.



    Today I am again just keeping a low profile, which is massively frustrating for me........

    But at least I can look around on EBay for stuff I do not need, and cars I want but should not have.

    I also need to start thinking about what I can do with these two massive headlights, think rugby ball, or teenagers head size.

    They belong to a good friend and he asked me to give some thought to repurposing them.



    Answers on a post card.


    Ohhhhh, and of course Happy New Year when you get to it.


    Here's to a better 2017.
    IF YOU CAN'T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU'VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM MATE.

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