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Old 06-23-2020, 07:52 AM   #1161
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9:05 a.m. appointment with the eye surgeon,(ongoing, wow since October 2016 now), re shingles on cornea.

8:15 a.m. call from the office.....questions....and instructions....one person in the building at a time, wait in the parking lot, (what are you driving, etc?)... someone will come and escort you into the building, (there's a first....escorted out OK...nothing unusual there...but escorted in?)

Minimal staff...surgeon himself waves me in.....no change in the eye....back in the Fall.
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Old 06-23-2020, 07:53 AM   #1162
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.....no change in the eye....back in the Fall.
Very good.
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Started building some buck & rail fencing at the ranch. I have a lot of old cedar posts and rail so won't cost me anything but time.
It is easy and very fast to install and erect. I built a jig to build the bucks and then will take them where they will be setup the fence.
I setup up a few to see how things will go.
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Cleaned, scraped, patched and primed my old wooden deck. Just some touch up painting left to do.
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Went to the local woodworking store for a tool this morning, and another customer arrived at the same time. Door was locked and there was an employee standing at the register with his hands in his pockets looking at me. I tapped on the window and pointed to the door. He held up ten fingers (it was 9:40 am). I pointed to the sign on the door that said they were open 9-7 on weekdays. He pointed straight up. I looked again and saw a little paper sign taped up high over the door that said COVID-19 hours were 10-6. So he wanted us to just stand there for another 20 minutes before he would open the door. We looked at each other, said a few choice words, and left. Two more purchases from Amazon. IMHO this is one of the key reasons why businesses fail.
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Dropped suburban at shop for annual safety and emssion inspection, let them change oil while they have it. Then visited a goodwill, nothing found to buy.
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No, I didn't. My friend, and more experienced mechanic asked me if I dropped hardware into the engine, but I don't believe I did.
I replaced the carb about a year ago, unless something fell out of the carb while driving. (A carb jet?)
The cylinder wall looks smooth and clean.
I'm going for it, and having both heads rebuilt.

Will be thrilled if my old truck is running soon.

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Yikes! I haven't seen a valve lose a chunk like that in 40 years of tearing down engines! Did you find the chunk?
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Opened a youtube account and posted my first-ever video, done in Adobe Premiere Elements, of a FPV (First Person View) flight of a UMX Radian, small sailplane, with a TV camera/transmitter on it and recorded with a DVR in a monitor screen.
Great video, Walt! Thanks for sharing!
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Today was a rerun of yesterday; mtn bike ride, tree trimming, gym. Except today jumped on the mower and added circuits around the back pasture to tame the grasses.

Loving this routine so much better than what was happening a few months ago in pre-retirement; executive briefings, endless project and staff meetings, calls with clients and solving employee issues that they should have solved themselves!
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Opened a youtube account and posted my first-ever video, done in Adobe Premiere Elements, of a FPV (First Person View) flight of a UMX Radian, small sailplane, with a TV camera/transmitter on it and recorded with a DVR in a monitor screen. All-up flying weight is 54 grams, or 1 7/8 ounces. Pilots will notice a "wiggle" from the tail, I suspect either from turbulence caused by the TV camera or the stabilization system "hunting" or a combination of both. It's so minor that I never saw it from the ground but it is definitely there.

The score is a freebee that comes with Premiere Elements and is there because there's no microphone on the camera and I just liked it.

And yes on landing it was "too high and too fast" so I had to go around for a second try.

The photo under the link is of the sailplane and transmitter/monitor on the workbench. Needless to say I don't expect to make a penny from youtube. Oh, and my real name is not Irving J. Smaklebits.

Awesome video Walt! Keep'em coming!
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No, I didn't. My friend, and more experienced mechanic asked me if I dropped hardware into the engine, but I don't believe I did.
I replaced the carb about a year ago, unless something fell out of the carb while driving. (A carb jet?)
The cylinder wall looks smooth and clean.
I'm going for it, and having both heads rebuilt.

Will be thrilled if my old truck is running soon.

Take care, JP
You got lucky. I'll bet the valve piece went out the exhaust and right out the back end, or it's in the cat/muffler. Along time ago I had a air-cooled 4 cylinder VW that swallowed a valve (head broke off) @ 50 MPH and the piston and head was destroyed (beat into submission) plus shrapnel went through the intake to the other three cylinders. Totaled the engine.

Good luck with the truck!

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I went to Dr. to have a "routine" procedure to remove a cyst from my back/neck, as they were stiching me up she kept asking if I was ok. all thru the procedure from the deadening till then I was sitting there just leaned over with no problem. Then I started to feel warm then hot and sweating,which I told her and she had the nurse help her sit me up. Then i became very nauseated and they grabbed a bucket for me. Lets just say I proved to them that I had eaten lunch. It was along time ago after a long night of drinks since I was that sick! Whew after recovering she finished stitching me up and called my wife to come pick me up in case I got sick again.After the feeling came back last night I took some Tylenol and went to bed. no more sickness but some pain this am.I have never had anything like that happen to me but they said it does sometimes.
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I drove and maintained old VWs on a daily basis for about 20 years.
I self learned how to work on cars using the "How to keep your VW alive for the complete idiot" book.
I finally got tired of no heat, and started driving Hondas.
This is my first American built truck. I use it to haul my boat, tools and supplies to my cabin.
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You got lucky. I'll bet the valve piece went out the exhaust and right out the back end, or it's in the cat/muffler. Along time ago I had a air-cooled 4 cylinder VW that swallowed a valve (head broke off) @ 50 MPH and the piston and head was destroyed (beat into submission) plus shrapnel went through the intake to the other three cylinders. Totaled the engine.

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I drove and maintained old VWs on a daily basis for about 20 years.
I self learned how to work on cars using the "How to keep your VW alive for the complete idiot" book.
I finally got tired of no heat, and started driving Hondas.
Fantastic book. Entertaining, easy to follow and allowed me to keep my 1970 VW in good shape for may years.

I finally needed more room and luggage capacity and ended up with a Toyota Corona. Then a Honda Accord with the CVCC engine. I believe it was the last car sold in the USA that did not need unleaded fuel to meet the new air pollution rules. During the two oil embargoes, I remember easily pulling up to the Regular leaded gas pumps while others waited in long lines for the unleaded fuel their cars required.
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I remember being totally ignorant and afraid to work on my car. Got sick of paying too much for repairs, and being at the mercy of some repair shop.

That book was amazing. I rebuilt a VW motor by following that book step by step. The damn engine even ran when I was done.

The confidence and skills I picked up from doing this work saved me thousands of dollars over the years, and allowed my wife and I to save for retirement by LBYM.

Plumbing, home remodeling, appliance repair. Most of these tasks are mechanical and logical.

I don't really belong on this forum. Just a working stiff who followed a LBYM lifestyle, and saved consistently in 401K accounts.

Sorry for rambling. I obviously had fun doing all of this stuff.

I've considered getting another old VW, but so far I have held back doing that. Going 60mph down the freeway in a bug with someone texting while driving a few feet off of my back bumper doesn't sound that fun.

My old truck is fun too, and I can even use it to haul things. I kind of smile driving an old beater truck around town. Most people look shocked that the damn old thing even runs, and that some old fool actually wants to drive it. It is a very crude and rough old vehicle ( 3/4 ton 1971 GMC) .

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Fantastic book. Entertaining, easy to follow and allowed me to keep my 1970 VW in good shape for may years.

I finally needed more room and luggage capacity and ended up with a Toyota Corona. Then a Honda Accord with the CVCC engine. I believe it was the last car sold in the USA that did not need unleaded fuel to meet the new air pollution rules. During the two oil embargoes, I remember easily pulling up to the Regular leaded gas pumps while others waited in long lines for the unleaded fuel their cars required.
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We are in the middle of a severe thunderstorm, with both flash flood warnings and tornado warnings (not watches!). Yikes. We have had over 3" of rain already and it's not even noon yet, plus it is dark as night outside. Not only do we have a thunderstorm, but also today is the day when the African Saharan dust cloud is supposed to descend upon us and impact us heavily for the first time, and F was already having serious trouble with his allergies. I don't know if the rain will wash the dust out of the air, but nobody in the news media seems to think so.

We both independently decided that instead of eating at our favorite restaurant today, we want to stay home. Here at home it is safe, dry, and air conditioned with filtered air.

Even after sleeping nine hours it was hard getting out of bed with all this darkness and rain, and I plan to take a nice long nap at some point later on.
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I had to run some errands this morning and realized I needed gas. I log my mileage at fillups - and when I was logging, noticed I hadn't filled up in more than 2 months!!!!!

I used to go about 1.5 weeks between fillups.

I guess I really have been staying at home. Even with the beach open for walking again I'm only going 2-3 times/week.... vs daily pre covid.
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I've considered getting another old VW, but so far I have held back doing that. Going 60 mph down the freeway in a bug with someone texting while driving a few feet off of my back bumper doesn't sound that fun.
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JP, I restored a 1970 Beetle a few years ago from a non-running, found in a field, junker. One thing I need to mention is that OEM parts are not easily obtained for these cars anymore, unless you buy used (and those are questionable). I spent many $$$ buying Chinese parts, most of which won't fit, are cheaply made, or are not even close to being the correct parts. I could write a book on the junk parts and their "stories".

Anyway, I resurrected the Beetle and rebuilt the engine, suspension, fuel system, redid the interior, etc.

I drove it for a while and got that out of my system after having several of them in my youth. And you are correct, they are downright scary in today's traffic! One good smack in the front and the gas tank is in your lap and the steering column is in your chest.

I sold it to a young guy that was going to make a hot rod out of it. Here's a pic after I redid the brake system completely:

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JP: Nice od GMC, but that driver's mirror back needs a coat of white paint!
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Painting my truck, and going back to work are not in my vocabulary.
(I like the real patina look. Not so much the fake kind.)

Other than the running boards and one door, my truck is original faded out paint from 1971. It was an old ranch truck from Montana.

The bug looks nice. Every bug I've owned needed a complete brake job done to them.

It sounds like you had fun working on it. That is certainly part of the charm.

A bug would work nice for in city driving in a low population area. Otherwise, not so much. Maybe Sunday drives to car shows.

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JP, I restored a 1970 Beetle a few years ago from a non-running, found in a field, junker. One thing I need to mention is that OEM parts are not easily obtained for these cars anymore, unless you buy used (and those are questionable). I spent many $$$ buying Chinese parts, most of which won't fit, are cheaply made, or are not even close to being the correct parts. I could write a book on the junk parts and their "stories".

Anyway, I resurrected the Beetle and rebuilt the engine, suspension, fuel system, redid the interior, etc.

I drove it for a while and got that out of my system after having several of them in my youth. And you are correct, they are downright scary in today's traffic! One good smack in the front and the gas tank is in your lap and the steering column is in your chest.

I sold it to a young guy that was going to make a hot rod out of it. Here's a pic after I redid the brake system completely:

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