Sunday, September 12, 2021

Working on old cars

Well, it is true I have not been posting.  The new job as a Program Manager is a "bit" more involved than my old 'sit in the cubicle and stare at computer screens" job!   Makes me look forward to weekends so much more!

i have never mentioned it, but I am a bit of a car nut.  have been since I was a pre-teen, drooling over cars in Hot Rod and Car Craft magazines.  At 18 I owned a 1970 RoadRunner (383 w/4-speed), a 1971 Cuda (340 w/ auto), and a 1970 Barracuda (383 w/ auto).  so here I am, 40 years later, and i can't afford a single one of those cars without taking a 2nd mortgage out on the house!!

To "feed my need' I have been carrying around a 1986 Mustang LX convertible, with a not so fancy 3.8l V-6, for the past 20 odd years.  It was my daily driver when stationed in Camp Lejeune, and then went into a 12 year hibernation in a storage unit is SW Kansas.  My son and I took a trip across the US and brought it back so we could work on it again.  And we did!  we replaced the fuel tank, all the ignition components and, with the help of the auto shop down the street, go it back up and running again.  Then the fuel injection system, an antiquated POS gave out.  

this leads us to where we are now.  The car sat, under a car cover in the driveway, for a couple of years.  I slowly acquired the parts and knowledge to dive back into the project, only this time I am converting the engine from that god forsaken fuel injection computer controlled garbage to a much more simple carburetor and electronic ignition.   

So, this posting is not to tell you that "HEY!!!  ITS ALIVE!!" but to give you an idea of what i have been up to lately.  The fuel system is completely redone.  I have made the wiring loom and installed the new distributor.  Now I have to do the most scary part......wiring.  I am not real comfortable with wiring and electonically issues but...it is my car and I am going to do it!  Of course, I have a guide to do it!  I follow a blog called 'Four Eye Forum" which is dedicated to 1979-1986 Mustangs.  A great source of information and assistance.  

so...a few pictures!


When she first got home to Virginia


Wearing her new shoes!


I always wanted one of these gas pedals!!!


That is a lot of the old computer controlling nonsense that I removed.  Swear, after all of it was gone the front end of the car raised an inch or two!


This is the new fuel regulator and the ignition box.  I am using an old Ford Duraspark box as "disguise" for the GM HEI ignition module that is inside it!  Turns out they are easier to wire in and use than the Ford piece!  


Before you get the idea I am some sort of mechanical automotive genius......here is the schematic that i am following to do this!






Sunday, August 15, 2021

Rainy Day Dreaming

 Ever just day dream about getting away?  Find yourself looking at real estate ads for cabins on 5-10 acres of land in a rural part of the state?  No?  Just me?  Well, you should try it sometime!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Let me see your WARFACE!!!!!


 

Marine Corps Ball 2004.  Probably the best I ever attended be cause of Gunny.  Damn happy I wasn't on the ceremonial guard detail for this one as the man in the pic on the right, R. Lee Ermey, had the entire place laughing and having a damn good time!  

Afterwards, he stood in the back and took pictures with every person who wanted one...and of course, every one did!  The man had so many beers lined up on the table behind him he could have stayed looped for a week!

When I got to see him I told him I wanted to see his warface.  He looked at me, smirked, and said he thinks we could do that.  

Rest In Peace Gunny.  

Thursday, July 29, 2021

 Well, it is said that everyone has an excuse for everything...and I am no exception.  Truth be told, when I was working from home I had lots of time to do things on this blog...that no one ever read!  But, unlike many folks out there, I absolutely hated sitting at home working so, an opportunity came up in the company I work for and I jumped.  I am now a Program Manager overseeing contracts for the repairs to US Navy ships.  So consequently, my time for bringing you "fascinating" pictures and witty commentary is limited!

It is a pretty good gig and I enjoy it...for the next 3 1/2 years!  I plan on retiring at 62...which means that I will still work, just not doing this anymore!  My dream is an orange apron or red (camouflage for vets) vest at either Home Depot or Lowes running herd on the bolt aisle!  "Say, what do you have there?"  "A 2" long, 3/8" course thread  carriage bolt."  Come right over here...I got you covered"!!


Friday, March 19, 2021

Random thoughts....

 "Our forefathers’ worst nightmare has now come upon us. They created a free government, limited in its powers and a servant to the people. But today the United States has become an empire, fast decaying into tyranny, and we their children have become strangers and subjects in the land our fathers won. Instead of a free and just social and political order, today we are threatened by a Godless national culture and a corrupt, despotic federal government that knows no limits to its power.

We are NEVER going back to the America that was. The America we once knew is DEAD! Our children and grandchildren deserve so much better.

Freedom is not reserved for those unwilling to fight for it."


The above was lifted from the "Bayou Renaissance Man" blog, who lifted it from "NC Renegade".  


It sums up exactly what i have thought about for a very long time.  The America that I grew up in is long gone and my children will never enjoy what I was able.  Before my weapons were lost in a "tragic boating accident" to avoid controversy in my neighborhood, we used the secret hte "evil black rifles" out of the house to the open doors of a vehicle to go targe shooting.  

When I was a kid, maybe 12-13, I walked down the street with a .410 single shot shotgun over my shoulder and a pocket full of birdshot shells to go shooting BY MYSELF just out of the city limits.  Police drove by and did not even look my direction.  Try that these days.  

So many things have changed, not all for the better.  I do not even know the neighbor next door to me and i have lived in my house for over 15 years.  They are private and I leave them to themselves.  But still, growing up I knew literally everyone in a 3 block radius of my house.  

I am sure it is like that somewhere.....just not where i am now.  And that is too bad.