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October 2015


Friday, 9 October 2015

I got some replacement stainless steel bumper bolts (carriage bolts) from Fasteners, Inc. for my 1949 Plymouth, as some of the current bolts were not stainless and had rusted.

When I got the bolts, they were not polished to match the bumper, so I used my 600, 1,200 and 3,000 grit lapidary wheels to polish them up. I then used my buffer with chrome oxide to put a final polish on them. As you can see, the bolt on the left is how I got them and the one on the right is the finished bolt.

So I guess that the lapidary equipment has other uses than just forming and polishing rocks.

Spokane Metal Finishing completed work on my '52 Plymouth nameplate. Here it is before the restoration:

And here it is after the restoration. Quite a huge difference, isn't there?

Silly sign of the day:

Free/Open Source Software

Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Monday afternoon, I was going to do some errands, including getting gas for the Plymouth. I went out to start it, and I couldn't even crank the engine over. Quite a change from all day Saturday, when I had no problems at all.

I finally figured out that the battery was at least 8 years old and was only rated to last 5 years. I used my Honda instead. On Tuesday, I started up the Plymouth with a portable jump starter and went down to Les Schwab to get another battery. The car now acts like it always has, so the old battery was the culprit.

I picked up a free laptop for one of the car guys the other day. It had the wrong A/C adapter, so I had to get the right one from the user group that I got the computer from. The computer has Linux Mint 17 on it and I am going to re-install that with my own little tweaks. Pete will get the laptop this afternoon at the Miles Coffee Company.

The laptop is a Fujitsu Lifebook T4215, which is a really fancy machine that costs at least $2,000 new. It has pen support and a swivel screen, so you can swivel it around and lock it down so it becomes a tablet. It's got more bells and whistles than you can shake a stick at. I hope Pete appreciates it.

Silly sign of the day:

Free/Open Source Software

Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"

Sunday, 4 October 2015

On Saturday, some of the Phuddy Duddy Cruisers car club went on a cruise. We went from Coeur d'Alene north to Sagle, ID, then east 12 miles to the Bird Museum.

The Bird Museum is an ecelectic collection of cars, planes and inventors gadgets. Forrest Bird, who died a couple of weeks ago at age 94, was an inventor and aviator. He created a respirator that did away with iron lungs and saved many premature babies from death. The museum focuses on things that have improved the lives of people.

The drive was very enjoyable, except for a spot of high wind on the way up to the museum. We took a roundabout way back to Athol, ID, where we had lunch. We split up there to go to our various homes. You can see some pictures of the cruise at the Phuddy Duddy web site. Total mileage for the cruise from/to my house was 110 miles.

I am slowly removing the chrome off of my '49 Plymouth. The pieces I have removed so far are those that need work or re-chroming, and I have taken them over to Spokane Metal Finishing to be restored.

I need to fill in some holes in the fenders where some idiot used sheet metal screws to hold some of the stainless steel trim on the fenders. That trim is part of what I took over to be restored. They will weld the screw holes shut and fix all the crinkles in the trim.

On the way back from Spokane Metal Finishers, I stopped by a place called Fasteners, where I got some of the fasteners that hold the trim onto the fenders.

Silly sign of the day:

Free/Open Source Software

Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"