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Old 02-08-2018, 05:18 PM   #3051
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Not me. I'm well into my second childhood. Getting younger every day.
Hey Robin,

Don't you have to PROGRESS BEFORE you regress?????? Just askin'...



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Old 02-08-2018, 07:42 PM   #3052
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Yeah, I've seen better days. I'm pretty sure my progressive period is basically over. Every day I do a little wheel spinning and some gear slipping and there goes another day. I'm on the permanent sick, lame or lazy list or in other military terms I've got a permanent profile against physical activity due to a severe neurological disorder. I've been put out to pasture. I don't have to be progressive. I vegetate very well. I've finally got all the time in the world to do things but I can't do much now. Its wonderful how things work out, isn't it?
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Old 02-08-2018, 09:56 PM   #3053
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Got a buddy just down the street who is a world class sculptor. At 80, he decided to start counting back down. As near as I can tell he is now about 70...and still working day in and day out making giant concrete sculptures. David Adickes. He is one of my heroes.

Meanwhile...back at the ranch house...

More headway on the battery box. Some grinding...some wire brushing...some drilling...some welding...etc., etc.


I realized the hinge would never lay right if it was on top of all those diamonds, so they had to go.


Cleaned up the metal then drilled some 1/4" holes down each side of the hinge. Welded one side...nuts & bolts on the other.


Eureka!...it opens and closes with a nice, snug fit.


And to keep it snugged down, I drilled and tapped for some 1/4" x 20 bolts. I am lovin' these low profile, hex head bolts.

Still need to paint & insulate but getting closer. The search is on now for some watertight through wall electrical lugs to connect the battery cables.



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Old 02-08-2018, 10:52 PM   #3054
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Man, you're getting closer and closer. Have you reserved Rehab, for the grand revel?
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Old 02-08-2018, 11:00 PM   #3055
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Howdy 1ol --- No need for reservations since I'm there pretty much nightly. But...I am actually working on a deal with the owner for a reserved parking space with electric hook up when I'm in town.

I'll be building another big bench to cover that.
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Old 02-09-2018, 06:02 PM   #3056
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"One small step..." --- Well, actually, three small steps. Spent way too long cleaning up the metal. Diamond plate is a royal Beotch to get down to bare metal! Can't sand it...paint stripper make a mess...so it was a wire wheel or go rent a sandblasting rig. The wire wheel won out.

BTW...NEVER EVER use a wire wheel without a full face mask. Those little stainless needles fly off at about two hundred mph and will sink deep into your eyeballs. My clothes were filled with them by the time I was done. Even had one stuck into my shoe.


Once all the wheeling and dealing was done, I applied a rust converter. Will paint tomorrow.

One more BTW...Read the instructions on any rust converter you use. Nearly all require a 24 hour minimum cure. Paint over it too soon and it can actually cause rust to form.

Everyone have a splendid weekend working on your Skoolies!
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:13 PM   #3057
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:46 PM   #3058
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Thanks Jack...still a ways to go but still hammering at it.

But then...screw Baby Steps! I want to win the Lottery and pay someone to wrap this thing up!
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This projects comin' along fine Tango! Can't wait to see the finished piece.
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Thanks Jack...still a ways to go but still hammering at it.

But then...screw Baby Steps! I want to win the Lottery and pay someone to wrap this thing up!
I have that same thought quite often.
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