Saturday, August 31, 2013

Back for a few days, at least I hope that I am.  I was up in Chicago last week working.  Flew up on Monday and returned on Thursday.   While I was there I got the chance to see my sister and her family. We all went out to dinner and then got us some yogurt.  Good times and my nieces are growing up quick.

I didn’t do a very good job keeping up with the blog, nor did I get out and walk as much as I would have liked.   It was hot and humid, pretty rough when coming from Colorado’s dry climate.  So I added up my miles for the month and I was at 48.96 miles.  Now I have a target to beat in September, although I know it is going to be another tough travel month.

Took a little different approach on my shelving, two weeks ago I stood in the lumber department of Home Depot looking at my list and thinking about the task in front of me.  I also started thinking about the fact that the ones I build will be a permanent fixture.    I had looked before for some type of pre-fab shelving that would work, but  couldn't find what I wanted at a price I wanted to pay.   

I looked at Lowes and found a commercial 3-Tier Steel Freestanding Shelving that is adjustable and movable should I want to change.  I decided to go with them and they are going to work out great.   The only thing I want to change up is it came with wire shelves and I want plywood, so I have a flat surface.   Each section is 72-in H x 77-in W x 24-in D and I bought 4 of them and they span the length of the wall.

I came across a 59 Ford Ranchero today.   It was in pretty decent shape and I was told it was a California car.   The body was straight and all the chrome was on it.   Someone had swapped out the motor and made it a 4 speed on the floor.   Needed brakes, new wheels, interior but it was running and drive able.  I would love to have one of these, but would want a 57 or a 58. If you are looking for 59 Ford Ranchero project, this would be one to look at.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Well I made it home this morning after being down in Austin for a few days.   Caught the flight home at 7:30
AM this morning and arrived in Denver just after 9:00 AM.    I only ended walking to the Austin office on Monday and Tuesday.  Worked out pretty well, the route that I took was 2.6 Miles each direction.  In the evening I caught rides with team members as we were on our way out for dinner.

Looking forward to the weekend and getting shelving project started and competed.  Candy is doing a girls trip with her sister this weekend so I have two days to knock this out.

Parts of town are getting some pretty good rain this evening, up to 4 inches in some areas.   Once again we may have flooding.  The local news has been talking it up all night.  They have closed highway 24 into Manitou.   We shall find out soon I guess.  We haven’t seen much rain on our side of town but can see lots of lightning and hear the thunder.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

We headed out about 8:30 AM on our way out to Peyton, CO. to an estate auction.  The auction was already in full swing when we go there at 9:30 AM.   This was so big that they had two auctioneers going at the same time in different parts of the house.   Yeah, that's how big the house is!   Indoor pool, on acreage and with a nice pond behind the house.  We hung out for about an hour, lot's of nice stuff but nothing I needed.  Big crowd today so everything going at a premium.

On our way home we stopped and picked up several cartons of 9 MM ammo.  I have been looking for ammo at Wal-Mart and they never have it so we stopped at gun shop that was on way back from Peyton.  Picked up a couple of boxes of target ammo and two home defense.  Candy keeps saying we need to go target shoot and now we don't have an excuse not to.

Then we stopped in at the Ross Auction House and did a quick walk through.   Saw a few things but nothing that would keep me hanging there for several hours.   So we split and headed back for the house.  Stopped at the German Deli on the way home and picked up some rolls and peppered salami and made some tasty sandwiches for lunch.

After lunch I headed over to the shop, the yard  needed mowed.  Mowed then cleaned up around the shop.  I fired up the Model A's and let them run for about ten minutes.  Hadn't started them in a while, but the fired right up.  Took a few more measurements for the wall that I am going to build the shelves on.   I plan on building them next weekend.

I think we are going to do Section 16 in the morning.   Going to try to get an early start as I have to drive up to DIA as I am headed to Austin, TX. tomorrow for work, should get back on Thursday.  I think I am all packed and ready to go.  Taking a larger backpack with me to carry my stuff.   I am going to try to walk to work and back when I am in Austin.  So I need a bigger pack to carry a change of clothes, shoes and my tools for work.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Well day three that I have made it out on foot. Today I did 4.8 Miles up through BCP and back.  Ended up going on my lunch break as I didn't walk to work today.   I didn't come across anything exciting and moved pretty quick.  For the month I am up to 32.3 Miles, not bad just need to keep after it.

I am making a road trip next week to TX.  I mapped out my route if I was to walk to the office and back.  It works out that it is 2.36 Miles each way.   Just checking the weather forecast and it looks clear for next week and warm.   Only problem is I don't want to be the stinky guy at the office and I have lunches planned and will need to drive.   So we shall see.

I have to go to Denver in the morning and will need to get up early if I want to get some distance in before I go.   I would need to leave the house by 6 AM if I wanted to get out and back in time to shower and head up I-25.

So the last few days I have been working on my plans for my shelving that I am building.   I have worked up the plans and made a list of supplies needed.  Looks like this is going to cost about $450 in supplies.   Building them myself is much more inexpensive that going with something prefabbed.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I turned mine off......

This came across as a post on FB today.  Very interesting and I did turn of geotagging on my photos.  This link also provides a good overview and what you can do to protect yourself.

Smartphone pictures pose privacy risks

I walked to work again today, so I was able to get 5.2 miles in.  At least tonight it wasn't raining!  Last night I had to wear the rain poncho home.   It has been raining just about every day.  What a year we have had.  From the drought, the fire in Black Forest, flooding in Manitou Springs.  

Last Saturday after the flash flood, Candy and I took a drive over to Manitou to survey the situation.  Back in the day, mid 1998 I used to office in Manitou located at 514 El Paso Ave.   We drove by there and low and behold the building was gone.  It looked like they had just done it, as the area was still roped off.  I am guessing it flooded in the last flash flood we had a week ago, not only that it was up against a hill.  I remember several large boulders coming down the back side and hitting the building.  The area was a mess, with mud and debris left by the high water.  We didn't make into Manitou as the traffic was pretty heavy so we turned around and headed out.

Wow, now here is a tool-box from back in the day!  Wish it was mine!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Busy, busy, busy.   I guess it has been a few days since I have posted any updates.   Just been crazy busy with work and home, hard to keep up with it all.   Did manage to walk to and from work today.   I ended up walking home in the rain, which was OK as I had my poncho with me. 

I just finished making my shopping list for the shelves I am planning to build at the shop.   They will be 14 ft long and 8 ft high and 2 ft deep.  I already drew up the plans and I think I have settled on the location.

Tonight we all went out to Chili's for dinner.   Not often we get both the boys together to join us as everyone is working various schedules.  Hey at least we are all working.   Eric and his girl friend are headed to California in a 16 ft U-Haul truck.  Moving some of her moms stuff from Colorado to her new home.   Should be an interesting road trip for him driving that beast across the country.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

What Makes a Car Show Interesting?

I've had the pleasure of attending two excellent car shows in the last 3 weeks and I've come to the conclusion that if you don't talk to the owners you are missing out on a large part of the equation that makes car shows fun.  The stories behind some of these cars bring them to life, and without the stories I just get bored as I see another (insert camaro/mustange/chevelle/etc.). 

I wanted to share some of these stories with you because I think they're awesome and they're what I am wishing were in more car magazines.  I get so bored reading about the tech info on the restoration.  I don't care what duration cam you used, I want to know if the grinder went through your leg causing 8 stiches!

I wasn't taking notes when I talked to these guys, and a week or two have passed so forgive me if you know the details on any of these and I'm not spot on.

The owner of the below Chevelle has put 100 miles on the car since finishing his 7 year restoration.  For 7 years this car was a garage ornament.  I applaud his patience.  Can you imagine his joy the first time he got to drive it?  He hasn't even really set the rings yet.  I bet he gets a big ol' smile the first time he gets to put his foot to the floor.  I'm fighting to restore my MGA ( and I just don't have that sort of patience.  And the end result will probably show that his car is much nicer that mine.  Nice work!

 This fastback mustang was driven to the show by the parents of the owner (since new).  I've seen them several times and talked with them and they always mention that their son is "busy today".  They are so proud of the car though.  You can see it's a reflection of their pride in their son, and even if he's too busy to be with them today, at least they get his car which reminds them of him.

 The below mustang was brought to the show by two ladies in memory of their late husbands who built this car and another.  I didn't actually talk to them about it because the topic was a little... (sensitive?) for my comfort but I thought it was touching.  I also thought it was funny that they chose to place roosters in the seats; I wonder if they were, in a good natured way, representing their husbands in a humorous manner.

This MR2 is my buddy Andrew's car.  Andrew's fit an aftermarket turbo with 18 lbs of boost into this car.  He let me drive it once, and when the turbo kicks in you need to make sure you have the wheels pointed the right direction.  I'd never experienced turbo pull like that before and I now understand why all the hot rodders are ditching their superchargers for twin turbos.  What a rocket!

The owner of this 240z with a giant Ford motor talked cars with me for a long time.  Even though I had one of the ugliest cars at the show, he came over and hung out with me talking about British cars he's owned.  I think he got bored with British power. He obviously decided to go the Carol Shelby/Sydney Allard direction and jam an american motor into a foreign car that can turn corners.  He says it's well sorted and sticks to the ground on the autocross track. That's gotta be fun!

This shopping cart custom is a great example of a story that needs to be told.  The owner wasn't by the car so I couldn't ask... why?  But I wanted to know.  I'm guessing epic late night hill runs, possibly ending with road rash.  Ah, youth.  I sometimes miss my college late nights.

The below truck is just awesome.  A couple of brothers that go to the local church built this and a bunch of other contraptions.  I love it.  It reminds me of the stories my dad tells me about the early 80s and the ridiculous car projects they built because parts were cheap and plentiful.  It's great to see young guys that are still having fun with cars, even if they're the last of a dying breed.  I hope they're not.  I think auto's are way better than PCs or Xbox.  If nothing else, at least to enjoy them you have to be outside in the real world.  Make sure you note the vice grips and tie straps holding parts of this truck together.

Both events were hosted by local churches and both were exceptional.  I thought it was funny when a church service ended one of the shows in front of the MGA.  It was the first church service the MGA has attended!

I applaud the churches for putting such effort into reaching out to the gearhead community.  Free food, bands, 50's DJ's, awards, silent auctions; these churches went all out.  My heart hopes that the shows brought someone closer to knowing the love of Christ; I can't imagine going through life without knowing the Savior.  And funny as it sounds, when you have the knuckle bashing curse inducing hobby of car restoring, it sure is a nice change to take a shower and go be around some great people at a good church.  I pity the guys that don't get to do that, they're missing out.  There's only so much knuckle bashing someone can take before they get that sour puss car owner look. Car guy?  Live in the Portland area?  Maybe try one of these churches, you might enjoy it!

The below shot of me in the 'vette is cheesy, but I appreciated that the sign in the front of his car said something to the effect of, "Climb in, take pictures!" instead of "DON'T TOUCH!!".  I voted best of show for this car simply because of the sign.  Funny thing was, the corvette steering wheel hit my thighs and I'm not a big guy.  I prefer the MGA's layout!

If you want the younger generation to be interested in these cars, let them sit in them.  Let them smell the leather.  Let them feel the wheel and the gear shift.  Let them drive them.  If you just ask them to look at them at car shows, of course they'll be bored.  They don't know that the car can give them adrenaline and a sense of freedom when they step on the gas.  You do, that's why you paid so much money to have it.  You're frame of reference is different and you need to share your positive experiences with the younger generation or they're going to think old cars simply mean sitting around fields trying to win trophys (BORING!).

Here's another one where I wanted a story.  I've never seen a truck Corvair, but alas, the owner was not camped out with the truck.  How cool is this pickup though?!

When I engaged the owner of the below Chevy stationwagon, he hold me that this car won custom car of the year in the late 90's.  I would have never known if he hadn't told me.  We also started talking about the price of chroming.  It's disgusting!  The front bumper, to get it perfect, cost him $3k back then.  He said now, probably $6k.  Someone needs to invent a cheaper chroming process!  And I mean chrome, not the plastic paint the Malaysians put on so many of my MGA parts.

This Chevelle was interesting because the story was posted right at the front of the car.  Because hot rods were (mostly) a young man's thing in the 60's, and there was a war going on, it's not a story I haven't heard before but it is well worth the read and reminder.  Take a minute and read the plaque in the picture below the car.

The below Porsche sure was pretty and I thought it was excellent that it still had it's tool kit. When I was talking to the owner about it, he told me it was his father's car.  That's got to be pretty fun, having your dad's old car.  My dad had a Corvette red 66 Chevelle.  If I was driving it now, I'd have a car that looked an awful lot like the Chevelle above.  I wouldn't complain!

One of my favorite guys there was the below old guy, who brought an ancient truck and tractor combo (it's a video so you can click on it to play it).  It wasn't because he brought them, but because he fired the John Deere up for everyone that I really appreciated his setup.  Well, that and the fact that he's at an age where many people have retired to the home and he's still building projects.  I hope I can be more like this if I make it to that age.

The below Porsche was another one owner car.  On the rear view mirror he had his name printed onto a piece of label maker tape.  When I asked him why he stared at me for a couple seconds and then said, "Well,... I can't remember".  That's a long relationship with a car!

Well, those are just some of the stories that I can remember and have pictures for.  There were others I heard and can't remember now, or ones that I wish I knew but couldn't find an owner.  But the moral of this story is, when you're at the car show, talk to the owners.  Find out why they built the car.  Ask what they love about it.  You may find that the car show becomes much more interesting than when you were only concerned about how nice the paint looks and how big the motor is.