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How is everyone doing
« on: April 08, 2020, 11:00:43 AM »
With all.this  orona virus stuff goi  around i was just thi king that maybe we should check in every so often to let folks know we are ok..

Thinks are good here in texas so far.

Just tinkering with finishing up my new intake manifold project.
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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2020, 11:05:21 AM »
Things are normal here in AB - north of Edmonton.

Except for spring....it's not here yet ! Way late.....

I am a recluse anyway. Not working I stay home & the wife is the same.

LOTS of shop time & working on two cars !

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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2020, 11:28:34 AM »
All are well here. I too would be termed a recluse. My life has change about..., 2%.  I do know four people with the virus. Husband is a fireman, his wife got it and then her parents. Three of the four said it was rather brutal. My wife is the main care provider for her 92 year old mother. Our main goal is to protect her.

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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2020, 05:49:40 PM »
    You all know my days are numbered. Almost nothing has changed for me at all. Chronic fatigue took away my life over the last seven years. I am still walking, I am amazed. I continue to deteriorate, yet can still walk around the house 25' at a time. 
    I am aggravated with the news media. Complain, complain, no one has experience with this.  Mistakes will be made.
    It makes me think of a man trapped in a car, and emergency crews are working to extract him. All he can do is complain that they are doing it wrong.
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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2020, 06:48:01 PM »
The biggest concession I've made is that I can no longer frequent my favorite breakfast spot.  Other than that, due to the essential nature of my employment, the same of my son's and daughter-in-law's employment, and my wife's disability, our household is functioning almost exactly as it was before all this started.  The three of us who are working have had to add masks to our daily work wardrobe.  Otherwise, all is good!

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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2020, 10:17:35 AM »
Still here and marking the days until I retire , could have last year but decided work a extra year and a few months to pay for inprovments to my pinto barn , now they have cut my hours so now I have extra time to maybe finish early  ,  do not know anyone here that has the virus here and hope this goes away soon ,  everyone stay safe , later Blaine
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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2020, 10:59:31 AM »
pinto_one doubt it's going away quick , more on the way: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/E-9-2020-001063_EN.html

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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2020, 09:22:26 AM »
Doing well here in Va. However, due to being a type 1 diabetic for 45 years, l have had to self-quarantine. I am a tech at a Ford/Lincoln dealer and have been at the same place for over 40 years. My Dr said get out now!! So l have been off for a little over a week now. I have made a list of chores that need to be done in and around the house and property so l have been staying busy. Luckily l live in the country with only two neighbors wayyyyyy over yonder and farmland as far as you can see so l'm fairly isolated and it's safe to go outside. l already knew l was high risk so l had been using gloves and masks at the gas station and grocery store, this week l ordered online and go pick up today. And of course l have a Pinto project to keep me busy as well lol! But for the first time in my life l'm not going to work and have applied for unemployment. Unreal. Stay safe everyone!
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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2020, 10:30:44 AM »
Well pintoracer it sounds like you deserve some off time anyway.

Do stay healthy and best wishes.

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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2020, 01:48:38 AM »
Doing well here in Va. However, due to being a type 1 diabetic for 45 years, l have had to self-quarantine. I am a tech at a Ford/Lincoln dealer and have been at the same place for over 40 years. My Dr said get out now!! So l have been off for a little over a week now. I have made a list of chores that need to be done in and around the house and property so l have been staying busy. Luckily l live in the country with only two neighbors wayyyyyy over yonder and farmland as far as you can see so l'm fairly isolated and it's safe to go outside. l already knew l was high risk so l had been using gloves and masks at the gas station and grocery store, this week l ordered online and go pick up today. And of course l have a Pinto project to keep me busy as well lol! But for the first time in my life l'm not going to work and have applied for unemployment. Unreal. Stay safe everyone!

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Sorry to hear the COVID-19 outbreak has put you in quarantine but when you're high risk it's always better to be safe than sorry!  Will look forward to seeing you once we have all this mess behind us.  Be safe, my friend!
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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2020, 09:30:53 AM »
Well at least if everyone is staying healthy it gives us more time to tinker with our cars.

Staying healthy is the main thing...
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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2020, 11:05:36 AM »
How are you folks in  the south doin with the tornados
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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2020, 01:09:48 PM »
no damage to my knowledge in extreme north bama .. i`m near the tenn bama state line .. all the worst went south of me .. i dont think Scott was in much jeopardy  in Huntsville either .. the virus thing has had no effect on me .. i work at what is considered an essential business .. lowes hardware . we have never been busier ,,

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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2020, 10:09:40 AM »
Horders can be a funny bunch  ;D

I thought I knew every part in my very crowded shop.....thoug ht I needed a set of these for the Yellow car




I moved a new (NOS) windshield in a shipping box to a new area for more room beside the white car.
Digging through a pile of parts I've not looked at for years......and there is a set !

Cool  ;D

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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2020, 11:52:14 AM »
Interesting how the Stay In Place Order can cause us to look in boxes and nooks and crannies of our property. The strange thing is that as I get older (north of 60) I remember the stuff I acquired 5 years ago and going back. But, a lot of stuff I've acquired relatively recently (5 years or less) I'm like, "When did I get THAT?"

Cast exhaust manifolds use to be a dime a dozen and you couldn't give them away for free. But today people want them for originality (if you have the right part #), engine swaps, turbo builds etc.. So, the few that remain have gained value. Honestly on a street car with mufflers I doubt just how much headers help in the typical driving range (idle to 3,000 RPM). Years ago there was a somewhat mild Mopar 360 build where they tested everything from the lowest of the low (318 cast manifolds) to $800 TTI headers. The difference..., 10 HP at 5,800 RPM. And that was without mufflers. Throw mufflers into the equation and it was probably even less HP gained.

I always found it "apples to oranges" when a magazine in the 60's/70's would take a cast manifold, small, single exhaust, choking mufflered car and convert to headers, dual exhaust, larger diameter pipes and turbo style mufflers and then claim that headers added all the power.

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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2020, 05:20:21 PM »
I kinda share your opinion on headers..

I have spoken to many and there seems to be an opinion that headers only help at high r3vs..

Also, years ago when folks were building vw s that headers actually reduced low end torque dur to loss of back pressure and over scavaging the cyllenders..

Anyway i think that a lot of us who are staying home are using the time puttering around with our cars more and fixing all the little things that we put off due to lack of time..

Best wishes from.Texas and stay healthy..
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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2020, 06:34:37 AM »
Funny things people get into with all this time off....on a Mustang site a guy from OZ posted : I was just going to change the spark plugs.



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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2020, 01:16:30 PM »
Wow... he MUST have a bit of cabin fever!!! :o


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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2020, 06:01:45 PM »
This was my Sunbeam Tiger at one time. Sometimes that angle grinder has a mind of its own!




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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #19 on: April 17, 2020, 09:32:30 AM »
after seeing what staying at home and having a angle grinder nearby I played it safe and gave it to a good home ,  (to a neighbor , he has a chev)    8)
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« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2020, 12:08:15 PM »
Rest assure things did get back together - sort of (and I still have an angle grinder..., or three).  ;D  Unfortunately this picture is from 2004..., ..., and that was the last time I worked on the Tiger. Every year (for 16 years now) SOMETHING came up. Sometimes even a Pinto that was screaming for a 2.3 Turbo/5 Speed. The main thing is sheet metal work around the rear wheels. Once that is done I can put the quarter panel located saddle gas tanks back in and it could move under its own power.

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« Reply #21 on: April 17, 2020, 12:48:55 PM »
My fire wall was done. Even had it coated with POR 15 in the engine compartment !

Then decided I want the radiator BEHIND the support......



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« Reply #22 on: April 17, 2020, 03:37:15 PM »
Will any of the alpine sheet metal fit
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« Reply #23 on: April 18, 2020, 10:42:53 AM »
Yes, most anything Alpine sheet metal except the older tail fin quarter panels will work. In fact my front clip is from an Alpine.

 Tiger people are VERY particular. Put a V-8 in an Alpine and they are fine with that. Do it and call it a Tiger and they will hang a large red "A" (Alger) around your neck. There are many subtle difference between an Alpine and a Tiger - many hidden. There is a Tiger authentication community that requires three judges (one a Sr. judge) to inspect the car and they will certify that it is an original Tiger (BTW, I passed!).  They do it to preserve the integrity of real Tigers as well protect perspective buyers from fraud.

They are more than willing to appreciate the labors of a well built Alpine V-8..., just not call it a Tiger.

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« Reply #24 on: April 18, 2020, 11:42:17 AM »
Hmmm...

Most British car guys are like that but there were a lot of things that really needed improvement to make them driveable since they were basically just one off customs.

And the base Alpines were pretty much hand built and mods were added during production as problems or parts availability issues were encountered.

I wonder what they would have said about Caroll Shelby when he buit the first one.

Or when he and Ak Miller did the first AC Cobra..

I read that when Ak Miller got one of the early AC Cobras he spun the spokes out of the wheels.and had to put on alloy wheels.

I worked on MGBs in LA before i came to Texas and had a 68 that i upgraded the electrics and some stuff to make it more driveable. 

In 1968 my brother bought a Tiger up in Tacoma, WA for $1100. It had a 289 4 bbl and aluminum flywheel.

With stock tires in the rain it was almost uncontrollable and he had a lot of trouble with the hydrolic clutch. It was bright yellow and he was about 19 and the cops used to follow him around and harass him.

He finally traded it off for something more practical.
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Re: How is everyone doing
« Reply #25 on: April 20, 2020, 09:00:57 AM »
just think that a V8 in a pinto is tight , here is a Tiger at cruising the Coast last year , there a few of them every year , and they must spend the rest of the time cleaning them , yep you can eat off the bottom floor plan they are so clean
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