What has happened to our former and old members

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  1. Donny

    Donny Well-Known Member

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    Wow, time has slipped away! Still here albeit not too much on here that much. Cuda Chick sent me the link that this was a cool thread, so, thanks cuda! I've since moved shop to a new location, moved the then projects to the new location and basically shut down all blasting operations for a long time. I'm almost done building a brand new, purpose built blasting room big enough to hold 2 B Body cars in it and have nominal room to move around to blast. Ideally, just one car in there is best. I built the room out of steel and put a large platform on top to hold stuff. I bought an old used paint booth which I am cutting up to size to line the walls and ceiling of the blast room. Putting new sheetmetal down on the floor making it a completely enclosed metal room with a large dust evacuation system to keep things clean and tidy.

    Sadly, metalworking takes so long and so many customers are completely ill-prepared for the cost realities of these tasks. I'm the bad guy. It is not getting better either. This is now a rich mans game, period. I tell people on day 1 this will be expensive, they never believe me as they are so excited about having their car restored. I had this Gran Torino guy come last spring asking me how much to fix his car; I said no less than 30 thousand dollars. He looked at me stunned, and did not believe me. well, at 21k later, he got mad at me and made a scene and it was ugly. So, I no longer do this work, I am wrapping up what I have and telling them all to go pound sand. As I said, this is now a rich mans game.

    I'll go back to just media blasting and working on my own cars' needs and own car projects. What is hot and heavy and actually progressing is the 65 Mustang Fastback I sourced in a storage lot years ago. Gotten pretty busy on high-end work; lots of Porsche aluminum intake manifolds to refinish, and I too have two 928 projects. My GTX I actually gave away to this young man working for me. He asked me a while ago "Donny, help me find an old car to restore" After a few days I decided to give him the best candidate and one worth the most potential money. After all, giving a shitty gift away is not really a gift at all, in fact, it may work against you in the world of Karma! I gave him everything for that car.

    Well, I'll try to be around more! Cheers!
     
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    • kiwigtx

      kiwigtx Crop Duster Staff Member FBBO Gold Member

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      • super-bee_ski

        super-bee_ski FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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        There was one guy I liked, he had a FC7 Charger, long hair...long mane...Burly guy.
        Budnicks and Cranky will remember him

        He got bounced for arguing with a MOD I think.

        Also, Bruzilla and I butted heads often, but he passed at a relatively early age.
        I posted about the Spratley Islands becoming a South China Sea Super Base for the Chi-Coms...he de-buked me every which way...but my INTEL was "Far Superior"
        :rofl:
        Now, we see the Chinese have built an incredible base from those Reefs and atolls
         
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        • super-bee_ski

          super-bee_ski FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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          DONNY!
          I would always POST: "Wishing donny was my neighbor"
          I once was quoted that I could get a car 100 percent blasted here in So Cal for $500 and Donny said NO...
          I took it to the guy and it ended up costing $1,800 I think!
          Donny was correct!!!

          :thankyou:

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          • super-bee_ski

            super-bee_ski FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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            Satman and the guy from up North California Miller Light beer reminds me of him...I liked him but his foot got in his mouth a lot...had a fine looking wife..Budnicks knows his name...

            OH: PABSTER!
            yeah, the Pabster...Remember him anyone?

            Along with the FC7 Charger guy with the Mullet...
             
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            • super-bee_ski

              super-bee_ski FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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              Yeah, the "Snakeyes" has received a Bum Rap from some Corporate BS
              God Bless Snakeyes!
               
            • MarPar

              MarPar If it weighs, it pays FBBO Gold Member

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              That wasn't Dave @topdog or something like that was it?

              dave's RR2.jpg dave's RR3.jpg
               
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              • Budnicks

                Budnicks You Can Just Thank Me Later FBBO Gold Member

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                wasn't that the guy that had the Javelin?
                I maybe combining 2 members into 1

                Another one, I can't remember his screen name
                having a brainfart, everyone called him Dawg

                The one I miss was Propwash (Will) his build Beast RR thread was great
                a great contributor to the forum, avid hunter, from Wisconson
                he was building a 68 Dart GTS for his wife too
                 
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                • 69a100

                  69a100 Well-Known Member

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                  Let's not forget the classic Bruzilla. RIP
                   
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                  • MarPar

                    MarPar If it weighs, it pays FBBO Gold Member

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                    Same guy. He had a Red Javelin or AMX.
                     
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                      MarPar If it weighs, it pays FBBO Gold Member

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                      You can see the ass end in this pic. He had a 66(?) Belvedere too.

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                      • MarPar

                        MarPar If it weighs, it pays FBBO Gold Member

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                        well were waiting-1.png

                        :poke: :p
                         
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                        • Hey-O

                          Hey-O FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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                          I think most people use the site for the invaluable information it offers. Some use it and move on. Of all the members here how many hang like we do every day and how many just search for builds for an answer to that one problem they have. It serves different people different ways. Most of us have more time on are hands the older we get.
                           
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                          • Pops1967GTX

                            Pops1967GTX FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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                            It seems that you have Kick off your Boots and stay awhile
                            BigCowboyBoots.jpg
                             
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                            • Budnicks

                              Budnicks You Can Just Thank Me Later FBBO Gold Member

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                              yeah Ron Wilson was really active on a couple of forums
                              good guy with a good heart/people person
                              didn't know the most about stuff, but a good guy
                              he helped me thru a computer issue
                              & we struck up a conversation, would talk from time to time

                              He was active (MMM) MoPar Muscle Magazine Forum too
                              before it went away basically
                              I use to go there a lot... Daily an hr or more

                              Ron was a regular too...
                              I had found the Chargers forum, he was there too
                              it's a morgue essentially now, shitty ownership & hard to post photos
                              too many hatters & liberals, with no sense of humor etc.
                              I was recommended to come here by a member from over there
                              that use to live here down in Sonora area Dan @68X426 ,
                              with his red 426 Hemi RR, lives in Texas now
                              he's still around...

                              I saw Ron was here too, along with a few others
                              that migrated around from MMM, to DC . com (graveyard)
                              then to here, to the 69RR forum, the truck forum
                              pretty much now I spend most of my forum time here...

                              funny how many names I recognize from the 1st forum I joined
                              Mopar Muscle Magazine Forum
                              Jim @IQ52 (& his son Cody) was a regular over there too
                              I don't see him posting much here much anymore...
                              I think he was going to retire engine building,
                              spend more time hunting exploring etc.
                              he is a real pro, he knows his stuff & a really good guy

                              another guys name eludes me, been a while
                              I think, I'd recognize it if I saw it
                              IIRC he was called Rev or something
                              he was a regular on a few of them too
                               
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                              • MarPar

                                MarPar If it weighs, it pays FBBO Gold Member

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                                Revhendo @Revhendo. He's in Cali too. He's active over on FABO
                                 
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                                  MarPar If it weighs, it pays FBBO Gold Member

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                                  @detmatt1

                                  As long as large and lovely is looked after for me, that's all I care about :D

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                                  • moparedtn

                                    moparedtn Ed on the Ridge FBBO Gold Member

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                                    There were tee shirts?? When was this?
                                     
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                                      moparedtn Ed on the Ridge FBBO Gold Member

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                                      Balderdash! :)
                                       
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                                      • detmatt1

                                        detmatt1 Well-Known Member

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                                        Yes it is along with a growing number of other Imperials.:rolleyes:
                                         
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