It's been a little while since I dropped in and I've received a few
emails asking if I'm OK. (personally I suspect they may be
bottom-feeders hoping there may be an estate sale in the wind...)
I don't have a lot of time to myself this year due to a new job and
living away from home all week. Still, I usually try to scan the group
once every two weeks or on a weekend.
Today I spent the morning with a guy from another newsgroup who
dropped in to see my saw (?) and we had some fun chatting about all
sorts of WW issues. After he left the owner of the WW store that I
normally haunt^H^H^H^H^H err, visit, dropped over with some items he
thought I may be interested in - on spec!
One of them was the hardbound Lon Schleining "The Workbench - A
complete guide to creating your perfect bench". I bought it and now am
torn between opening it and reading or leaving it till I am away from
home for something to do in the evenings <sigh>, it's a tough
I missed jo4hn when he visited Melbourne due to work commitments,
something I regret as it would have been great to put a face to the
I hope everyone is OK and having a good year (except the trolls of
course - I hope they have to repeat a year of school).
Every ten years or so, most of us have at least one episode of a big dose of
dumbass. Today was mine. Tried going someplace I had no business trying to
go, hit a BIG bank of packed snow, bounced part way into a ditch about 8'
deep. 1st wrecker got stuck trying to get close enough, 2nd wrecker tried
winching it out, but mine kept trying to slide the rest of the way into the
ditch. 3rd wrecker finally enough cable & smarts to tie off a snatch block
to a tree across the road and pull it out sideways so it didn't slide/roll
into the ditch. Total cost so far . . $195.00, plus I apparently have a
broken front brake line, so have to find it and fix it.
Now do you know why I ask what DHS is?
I think Larry was referring to the Department of Homeland Security. Unless
he has another acronym for it, reflecting his Libertarian bent.
Not that there is anything wrong with Libertarians. I mean, I go there all
the time for the books.
On Sun, 13 Mar 2005 00:35:07 -0500, the inscrutable "Norman D. Crow"
Department of Homeland Security.
Were you thinking dumbass honky sh*thaid? Condolences on your stunt.
The last one I can remember was building two matching wooden hinge
blocks for the carving bench. They were supposed to be reverse parts,
not identical. Luckily, my little stunt cost considerably less to fix.
P.S: I'll bet that was some ride you took.
Life's a Frisbee: When you die, your soul goes up on the roof.
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You hit the words right on the head! Remember Bill Cosby's story about the
clean underwear? First you say it , then you do it? Almost but not quite.
Last time I had a ride like that was the Tilt-a-whirl at the fair.(LOL)
Verdict's not in on that yet. Got it to SIL's garage today, got it thawed
out a little, found problem & got it apart, but I had gotten the wrong size
steel line. Will get right size tomorrow & be back on the road tomorrow
night. I originally thought it was probably the hose to one of the front
calipers, but it was the crossover line from the left side over to the right
side. Basically, it's going to cost me a quart of brake fluid & the steel
On Sun, 13 Mar 2005 20:52:10 -0500, the inscrutable "Norman D. Crow"
And $195 in towing plus a helluva lot of blood loss to the face, eh?
BTDT, luckily nobody had a camera. I slid my Javelin into a bank of
iceplant at about 50mph showing a friend how fast I could take the
curvy road by my house once. The friendly pine tree had saved up all
the moisture in the air and deposited it under its branches just prior
to the turn that got away from me. It turned my white car green and
put about 5 lbs of iceplant in the wheel covers, but that's it. The
guy in the back seat was amazed at how I could toss him from side to
side as I made the curves up to that point. That thing stuck to the
road tight as a farmer superglued to his chicken! And I've always been
thankful that was iceplant instead of concrete block, lemme tell ya.
On Mon, 14 Mar 2005 10:29:04 -0600, the inscrutable Patriarch
Hey, that was a Mark Donahue Special, not just an AMC. After I rebuilt
the 390, it was putting out over 400 horses @ 425 ft/lbs of torque.
The Borg Warner T-10 close-ratio gearbox was bulletproof and the 4:10
rear nut would wrap the rear leaves around itself getting all that HP
to the ground. It was by far the fastest, best handling, most fun car
I've ever owned or ridden in, period. And you can quote me on that.
Me, either. I had to buy one after my back injury. I couldn't wrestle
(manhandle) the manual steering on the Scout and needed something
simple and cheap to get to and from Coleman College where I was
retraining for a new career. No more tossin' trannies or diffs around
the yard for me. Luckily, I'm back to 85%+ strength today (but I still
don't toss trannies around any more.)
I always thought Javelins was pretty cool lookin'
No idea how they drove.
The absence of accidents does not mean the presence of safety
Army General Richard Cody
They were considered, to paraphrase Mr. Dingley, to be the automotive
creations of the Blind Fugly Brothers, in the days of my youth.
But what did I know? I thought the Avanti was kinda unique.
One thing for certain: It takes all kinds, to make the world go around.
Thank goodness for niche markets.
On Mon, 14 Mar 2005 20:33:58 -0700, the inscrutable Mark & Juanita
Javelin and AMX were AMC's versions of the Corvette, with the AMX
being the shorter, sportier, ballsier little guy. They drove very
well. I've driven quite a number of big-block weighted vehicles and
the Javelin was the only one which didn't feel like it had that big
chunk of iron up there.
I speak 2 languages fluently: English and foul.
I'm safe! When SIL took "blackmail" pics, he didn't realize there was no
film in the camera!!!!!
The tally so far is $195 for towing, $100(50 ea. to SIL & his friend the
fire-chief who was there helping, so they could take their wives out to
dinner), about $15 for brake parts, and another $200 for the deductible
against the slightly over $1K estimate.
On Sun, 20 Mar 2005 17:20:00 -0500, the inscrutable "Norman D. Crow"
Huh? Did you turn in an estimate and are fixing it out of monies paid,
less the deductible? I don't grok your math otherwise.
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