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Old 11-15-2017, 03:37 PM   #61
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Well dang! On any other weekend there would be tons of free parking outside my art studios...but this is the weekend of our biggest show of the year and the area will be packed. It is time for the "ArtCrawl". The 25th annual actually and should be a real blast. Anyone who is or will be in the area is invited. Art, music, free beer, free wine. Bring it!

Hardy & Nance Studios. 902 Hardy Street in Houston near downtown.

Meanwhile...when and how long will you need a space Christopher? I can check around.

dang that sounds like fun..

alas so here is the latest.. my Bus is in PIECES until at least friday night..
tearing apart the front end was a scary and eye opening project.. all I can say is PEOPLE CHECK THE FRONT END of your busses.. that little shimmy i felt and small bump steer and a bit of a noise have urned out to be that my bus was pretty unsafe to be driving around in... my drag link was literally ready to fall off.. im not sure much more than the rubber boot was holding it.. the king pins? yeah BAD!! yet the bus drove pretty decent.. the left side king pin was so bad that it and the bushings literally fell out when taking the wedge pins out. Yeooow!! the wear was into the spindles.. everything was greasy so it wasnt dry by any means.. but I guess texas roads and small wheels took its toll on things.. nevertheless waitin on parts that wont be here till friday...


so I could drive my other bus, which i really shouldve serviced ( it should have an oil change, lube, and the like).. or I could simply pack up my tools and stuff in my pickup truck and drive it down.

a grey dodge 4x4 truck in texas probably blends in like sand in a desert.. and could likely be stashed in a hotel parking lot for a few days without issues..

your guys' thoughts?

-Christopher
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Old 11-15-2017, 03:49 PM   #62
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dang that sounds like fun..

alas so here is the latest.. my Bus is in PIECES until at least friday night..
tearing apart the front end was a scary and eye opening project.. all I can say is PEOPLE CHECK THE FRONT END of your busses.. that little shimmy i felt and small bump steer and a bit of a noise have urned out to be that my bus was pretty unsafe to be driving around in... my drag link was literally ready to fall off.. im not sure much more than the rubber boot was holding it.. the king pins? yeah BAD!! yet the bus drove pretty decent.. the left side king pin was so bad that it and the bushings literally fell out when taking the wedge pins out. Yeooow!! the wear was into the spindles.. everything was greasy so it wasnt dry by any means.. but I guess texas roads and small wheels took its toll on things.. nevertheless waitin on parts that wont be here till friday...


so I could drive my other bus, which i really shouldve serviced ( it should have an oil change, lube, and the like).. or I could simply pack up my tools and stuff in my pickup truck and drive it down.

a grey dodge 4x4 truck in texas probably blends in like sand in a desert.. and could likely be stashed in a hotel parking lot for a few days without issues..

your guys' thoughts?

-Christopher
Texas is hard on running gear unless all the boots, etc, are in good shape. The sand and dust gets everywhere and acts like grinding paste.
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Old 11-15-2017, 06:11 PM   #63
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C'mon down and blend in --- If you can't make it by Saturday evening, the show will also be going from noon to 5 on Sunday as well (but I have to admit, the BIG nonsense does take place on Saturday night).

Either way, let us know if you can make it or not. You have a bunch of fans here in the area and we'll try and get a few together.

BTW...we just went live with a new website that'll give you a sneak peek...

https://www.hardyandnancestudios.com/
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Old 11-15-2017, 09:46 PM   #64
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dang that sounds like fun..

alas so here is the latest.. my Bus is in PIECES until at least friday night..
tearing apart the front end was a scary and eye opening project.. all I can say is PEOPLE CHECK THE FRONT END of your busses.. that little shimmy i felt and small bump steer and a bit of a noise have urned out to be that my bus was pretty unsafe to be driving around in... my drag link was literally ready to fall off.. im not sure much more than the rubber boot was holding it.. the king pins? yeah BAD!! yet the bus drove pretty decent.. the left side king pin was so bad that it and the bushings literally fell out when taking the wedge pins out. Yeooow!! the wear was into the spindles.. everything was greasy so it wasnt dry by any means.. but I guess texas roads and small wheels took its toll on things.. nevertheless waitin on parts that wont be here till friday...


so I could drive my other bus, which i really shouldve serviced ( it should have an oil change, lube, and the like).. or I could simply pack up my tools and stuff in my pickup truck and drive it down.

a grey dodge 4x4 truck in texas probably blends in like sand in a desert.. and could likely be stashed in a hotel parking lot for a few days without issues..

your guys' thoughts?

-Christopher
Your Dodge needs some use, I'd imagine! Its probably feeling jealous of those buses lol. It would be easier to find a place to stash a pickup, for sure.

Spent some time this afternoon helping Sandi get her bus prepped for paint.
I'm glad I was there, I showed her how a heatgun makes short work of reflective tape and decals! What took me a couple days on my bus took us about a half hour.
I got the last of the bare metal on RYO treated and primed.
Only a couple more small touches and its ready to head on to its new home in TX.
Funny- I'm sending a bus to TX, and my new bus is coming from TX. This was a real Texas trade!
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Old 11-16-2017, 09:02 AM   #65
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Wire transfer went through, and I got the bus added to my insurance.

SO EXCITED!!
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That makes it official! Congrats ECCB.
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Old 11-16-2017, 10:27 AM   #67
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sweet!!! pure awesomeness! I didnt get to take off this AM like i wanted to.. work stuff going crazy..

ECCB - im assuming monday is the day to pick up the bus? any idea if I should bring a battery just in case the ones in it are dead? I can snag one of the nearly new AGM's from the dev bus.
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sweet!!! pure awesomeness! I didnt get to take off this AM like i wanted to.. work stuff going crazy..

ECCB - im assuming monday is the day to pick up the bus? any idea if I should bring a battery just in case the ones in it are dead? I can snag one of the nearly new AGM's from the dev bus.
-Christopher
I still need to call them and iron out the details, but I think Monday would be perfect. AFAIK its a good running, ready to go bus. I don't recall them saying it needed a jump or anything.
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Hey Christopher...the offer of hospitality stands no matter what the timing.
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Old 11-16-2017, 05:37 PM   #70
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im looking forward to this!!!! not looking like im gonna make it to help Txstreetman swap a 545 in his Bluebird.. unless the freeway gods are good to me.. work was KILLER today so I didnt get to leave.. but thats why I try to leave 3 days in advance because it leaves extra time.. but i'll definitely be down in time to drink that crown royal with Tango and company!!!

I snagged my tools and computer programmer from DedByrd today.. so thats ready for the ride!. the guys in the shop are super cool.. and said if im not there when they get it done, theyll keep it locked up in their shop till i get back.. (alas why Use Local guys often is better than a corporate conglomorate when it comes to repairs).

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