Lessons in patience to me

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Looks even better in person.

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I was able to get some of the lift put together yesterday. Back on it today.

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Yup. Just a big heavy erector set so far. Tomorrow I'll string out the cables then air lines. I got the basic unit together today. I was looking for the pink slip to the trailer and found the plates for my car b que'd Challenger. It was funny hearing peoples comments at some shows once they figured them out. My 70 had the T/A hood, T/A-R/T rear spoiler but I used the R/T rear valance and tips. 360 with my old six pack, fitted up the RV2 a/c to it which really made people scratch their heads as it was in stock location.

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Yesterday was an awesome day. All praise to Him. The trailer got sold and is now in the valley to be used for a late model stock car team. Sold it for $7500, paid $7000, cost me $200 to get it registered because it was an Az registration. That was fun. I figured it would have cost me $8k plus to have put the contents in a storage rental with the hassles of unloading, loading, unloading multiple in the equation too. Now we have the funds for the asphalt approach and drywall[ next new trade I get to learn] in the old garage. The other great thing done yesterday was my lift is operational. As 493Mike and others said, its just a big erector set. I asked a friend to give me a hand on some of it due to the weight and bulk but all I heard was Crickets. So used the old noodle and did it myself with my floor jacks and various leverage implements. Next time I get asked for assistance I'll be too busy and /or my lift is occupied. Today I'll get some more stuff put away then service my wife's Flex. Gotta love that little twin turbo rocket ship.

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Yesterday was an awesome day. All praise to Him. The trailer got sold and is now in the valley to be used for a late model stock car team. Sold it for $7500, paid $7000, cost me $200 to get it registered because it was an Az registration. That was fun. I figured it would have cost me $8k plus to have put the contents in a storage rental with the hassles of unloading, loading, unloading multiple in the equation too. Now we have the funds for the asphalt approach and drywall[ next new trade I get to learn] in the old garage. The other great thing done yesterday was my lift is operational. As 493Mike and others said, its just a big erector set. I asked a friend to give me a hand on some of it due to the weight and bulk but all I heard was Crickets. So used the old noodle and did it myself with my floor jacks and various leverage implements. Next time I get asked for assistance I'll be too busy and /or my lift is occupied. Today I'll get some more stuff put away then service my wife's Flex. Gotta love that little twin turbo rocket ship.

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I would have helped but, there is a slight distant problem from my home to yours.
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Plus the airfare and your Gov probably wouldn't let you out or back in the state.:lol:
 

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Serviced my honey's hot rod today. Sooooo glad there was no creeper diving done. I don't feel so beat up after.

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Yesterday was my trucks turn for being on the lift. Needed to replace the rear trans seal on the nv5600. The lift and rolling jack got a workout.

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Our asphalt approach got finished yesterday. Looks fantastic. I want to give a shout out to the contractor, even though he is a GM guy[ but at least they are cool cars], Dave Grassle out if Arroyo Grande. Once he started peeling up the saw cut asphalt and checked out the base under, he found he could use the existing as is and not remove/redo. That dropped the price $1200 which he credited back. Didn't have to do it, just an ethical man. I paid him cash for the work when done, using my trailer sale funds, and he gave me $200 back because I paid cash. How awesome is that!

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I've been working on the old garage the last few days. Removed pegboard and shelves in preparation of upcoming insulation/drywall. When I get done with that, we can get the final inspection done and be getting geared up to re do one of the bathrooms. We found the source of a water leak and had to gut the room out. What I learn on the garage drywall I'll be able to use in the bathroom. On the garage, some of the electrical will get moved and we'll add some lights/switches/outlets plus I'll do some plumbing changes. Get those done before the drywall. We're thinking about making it into a separate pad for visitors or a monthly rental. As a rental we'll be able to offset some, maybe all of our high property taxes. Almost $10k per year! The sewer and some other stuff is part of it plus our "donation to worthy causes/programs" aka freebies for freeloaders.

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I've been working on the old garage the last few days. Removed pegboard and shelves in preparation of upcoming insulation/drywall. When I get done with that, we can get the final inspection done and be getting geared up to re do one of the bathrooms. We found the source of a water leak and had to gut the room out. What I learn on the garage drywall I'll be able to use in the bathroom. On the garage, some of the electrical will get moved and we'll add some lights/switches/outlets plus I'll do some plumbing changes. Get those done before the drywall. We're thinking about making it into a separate pad for visitors or a monthly rental. As a rental we'll be able to offset some, maybe all of our high property taxes. Almost $10k per year! The sewer and some other stuff is part of it plus our "donation to worthy causes/programs" aka freebies for freeloaders.

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You are certainly a busy little beaver!
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I still manage to camp out on the deck doing nothing but going through my Tom Clancy books again.
 

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No progress here beyond some minor around the house projects. We were supposed to do depositions, in August, prior to the arbitration hearing in September. We were contacted by our guy's office stating the he would be out of the area until October/November. He is a JAG attorney for the Guard and the sent him to Gitmo to do trials there. Now we are looking at depositions in March of 22 with the arbitration set for June. His office asked if we wanted his partner to take it over, we said no. Not going to pay $300 per hour for someone to get themselves up to speed. So, news as it happens. Might be able to make the MATS show, will see how things progress.
 

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Its his stuff. I took the 1st and 2nd level classes back in 2013. When I signed up for the second series, I also ordered his equipment package, but I had him keep the two small shrinker/stretcher units as I can do both with the deep one and used the money difference plus a little more to buy all of the dies he made for the roller. I have not used any of it since before we moved from down south. More stuff to get reacquainted with.
 

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That’s awesome. I’ve been watching his videos on YouTube. He’s very talented. His equipment looks very nice too.
 

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The classes were intimidating at first, since I had no clue on the machines, but I realized everyone else there was in the same boat. On the first series we made some pieces just to get familiar with operation, layout etc. The second series continued from from there with us making more complex parts. What we were doing for both classes was making parts for a 33 3 window. On the second series, Lazz started tacking pieces together for the outer body using what we were making. By the time Friday hit, we had most of the main body shell made. He sells those to further fund the class and his business. I would love to take the classes again as I have not used the machines at all since 2017 and almost will before that since 2013. I was working at a shop specializing in old cars but it was just mechanical work, no sheet metal. The sheetmetal work I did was for my 65 for some small easy jobs. I want to get cracking on it again as I've re-thought the air cleaner unit for the planned NASCAR style cowl induction.
 

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Our attorney is back in the country and making progress on our case. He is a JAG attorney for the National Guard. They sent him to Gitmo for 9 months to do trial work for them. It started as 3 months at first, then they extended it 3 more, then another 3. He has so much backlog at his business plus he was away from his family too. Due to that, he put in his papers to get out. Late spring/early summer we do depositions and then late summer/fall the arbitration hearing happens. Can't wait for this to get done as we've put a lot of personal stuff on hold since we didn't know what was happening and when. Of course we hope to win but we also know its in the Good Lords hands. News as it happens!
 

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