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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #330 on: September 25, 2014, 12:24:35 AM »
We'll see. If I don't get paid Friday it will be borrowing from the parents again. At 55 I had really hoped that I would be past that.
But at least for now we aren't living with them
Russ

Hey Russ,
Lots of us have been there at one point or another along the way!  I'm sure they understand.  Be thankful you have parents and that they are williing and able to help.  I lost my Dad 10 1/2 years ago, and Mom just a little over 2 years ago.  Both were only in their seventies when they passed.  Then, one year ago, I lost my only sibling, and in June and July of this year, two of my very best friends.  I feel rather alone sometimes... thank God for my wife and children!
When you finally get that first paycheck, it will make up for the two-week delay!
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #331 on: September 28, 2014, 12:24:08 AM »
well, I got the check in the mail today. So one less thing to stress about.
I have to do the back brakes on my Subaru before Thursday. I should replace the rotors, but I am just going to do the pads for right now. Should be fun (not), the Pinto is on the only flat piece of concrete. And it isn't moving anywhere soon. Maybe I can get back to it a little this week before I have to work Thursday.

this shift bites, and Intel has a caste system, and contractors are low in it. But it is a paycheck for now. I'm still looking, but nothing at all is out there right now.
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #332 on: September 28, 2014, 07:40:51 AM »
Better than no paycheck, something will come up eventually..
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #333 on: September 28, 2014, 10:04:53 AM »
Hopefully.
I really need medical insurance.
Thanks,.
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #334 on: September 28, 2014, 10:10:12 AM »
It's funny. I am a green badge at Intel, which is second class. Not the best thing.
Yet I am now a green name here, and that is a great thing.
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #335 on: October 01, 2014, 04:28:45 PM »
sigh. 4 days off and nothing happened with the Pinto. Had a semi family emergency that wasted Sunday and part of Monday. Yesterday I did the rear brakes on my Subaru finally. No more metal to metal squealing.
Today was more family stuff related to Sunday. It involves my wife's ex.
Still more to do today, so no chance of Pinto stuff. I feel guilty, but nothing I can do about it.
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #336 on: October 01, 2014, 06:07:52 PM »
As the saying goes, tomorrow is another day.. :D Hope everything is ok with the family.. 8)
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #337 on: October 02, 2014, 01:37:42 AM »
As much as I enjoy my cars, family matters always come first.  Don't feel guilty about it... that's the way it's supposed to be!  You'll get back to the car next time you're off.
 
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #338 on: October 02, 2014, 07:53:08 AM »
As much as I enjoy my cars, family matters always come first.  Don't feel guilty about it... that's the way it's supposed to be!  You'll get back to the car next time you're off.
 
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #339 on: October 02, 2014, 07:59:08 AM »
Well, at least we Andersons are in agreement on that!  lol


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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #340 on: October 02, 2014, 08:04:51 AM »
Well, at least we Andersons are in agreement on that!  lol


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Yes indeed, LOL..
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #341 on: October 02, 2014, 10:12:18 PM »
I don't feel guilty, just sad.
Well, some guilty too.
I miss my late nights working on the Pinto.
Thanks,
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #342 on: October 12, 2014, 02:28:32 PM »

Just wanted to let you know I am still around. Nothing at all going on
with the Pinto. The job pretty much has me drained 24-7 like I was afraid it would.
I don't even have the energy to shop for it.

I did have one thought though. I think that I will use a pickup truck bed floor replacement panel for the rear of the cargo floor where I cut out the spare tire well. That way I won't have to deal with a flat piece of metal, since I don't have the tools to form it.

Been dealing with my wife's ex's health problems. They have been friends since the divorce, my wife says they should just have been friends all along. they have a son who is about to turn 30 in Jan.

He was in the hospital and now is in a nursing home for 4 weeks for rehab. He won't be able to go back home alone again. Mainly due to mental issues. What brought all this to a head was that he was sick, fell and couldn't get up off the floor about 3 weeks ago.

The  plan is for him to move to Myrtle Beach SC to be with his son and his family. He has to have someone to check on him daily. There is a chance the state is going to commit him, which would really screw up the plans.  The guy was living in total filth the last couple of years apparently. Knee high garbage in his house. Toilet not working so he was wearing depends. Rat infested, big rats. He essentially just gave up caring I guess. He has the money to fix things up, but wouldn't allow anyone into his house. Not even before all this started.

We are also wondering if he has had a stroke, his mental capacity isn't what it used to be. He has no insurance and hadn't been to a doctor until he had to go to the hospital a few weeks ago. The house is so bad the firemen didn't want to go in to get him out, and they had to carry him out, couldn't get a stretcher in it. One of them, I think it was the captain, said it was the worst house he had ever seen. One of them wore a respirator into the house. Wish I had one for today.
I have to go over to his house today and get some valuables out. Not going to be fun. I literally have to shovel a path in the house wherever I go, and having the rats watch me is creeping me out. I go over there every night after work to check on the cat and feed it. We had to put her outside so the rats wouldn't eat her food or her. They are almost as big as she is. I want to bring her here, but my wife is right saying we don't know what her health is, and she probably has fleas and stuff and we don't want to get our cat sick. But I really hate seeing her there. She is better off outside, but still I am sure she feels abandoned. At least the weather has turned to fall finally for the most part. She does have a big covered area.
My wife is supposed to get a power of attorney so she can take care of his business, including selling the house.

She would like to have that house, they lived in it when married. It is paid off, he inherited it from his mother, but he is needing the money from a sale to help him move apparently, and we don't have any. Even in the shape it is in the lot itself is probably worth close to $100K here in Phoenix. He does have an inheritance worth quite a bit, he is considering giving it to her. We would have to spend probably at least $20K just to get it livable. NO heat/ac, the roof had been leaking for years and the ceiling caved in above the kitchen. The rats are what are called roof rats, which are a problem in that area (24th ST and Indian School for anyone familiar with Phoenix), the walls are all bad(plaster), bathroom and kitchen need complete renovations just to use. I don't like the area, but if my wife wants it and can get it I would do it for here. Not likely though. Since he won't tell the state he can afford treatment, they are likely to go after his stuff and take the house. He has always been secretive and extremely stubborn, so that hasn't changed much. Although now he has told my wife about the money and is letting her pay his bills. So some good has come out of this.

Wow, I didn't mean to let all that out, guess I needed to talk to someone about it.








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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #343 on: October 12, 2014, 07:09:35 PM »
WOW that sucks, best of luck sure hope things work out.
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #344 on: October 12, 2014, 08:02:44 PM »
Wow!  You hear about these sorts of things happening, but you never think they will happen to someone you know!  You are a good man Russ Osborne for doing what you can to help out with the house, the cat, etc. 
 
The friendship that can develop out of failed marriage is an interesting thing.  My ex-wife and I have been apart for 24 years this month, but we get along better now than we ever did when we were married!  We live less than half a mile apart, so tend to see one another frequently.  We are both in much healthier marriages now, and are both happier people because of it.
 
I think your idea of using a pickup bed floor for the rear compartment of your Pinto wagon is an excellent one.  It is bound to look better than anything that could be fabricated out of flat sheet metal.
 
Hang in there, buddy!
 
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #345 on: October 13, 2014, 10:43:46 AM »
Well, thanks, but I didn't post that to be praised.
It is just something that has to be done. I am doing it for my wife, since she still cares about him.

Went over to that house yesterday intending to try to clean it up some. Got two trash bags full and had to stop, couldn't take the smell any longer. I did get a couple of supposedly valuable paintings out that he wanted. Couldn't find some other smaller stuff like checkbooks. It might take going thru the trash by hand to find some stuff he needs, and I am not sure I am up to that. He isn't even sure what room the stuff is in. Need a dumpster to put the trash in, would make things much faster. I uncovered a dead microwave in the living room while working yesterday.
But we may end up just selling the house as is to some company here that advertises they buy such houses. He won't get as much for it, but then he won't have to spend money on it either. The other reasonable option is to have a real estate agent list the house, but realistically the house needs gutted at the least. My wife is waiting for him to get some more strength before she talks to him seriously about what to do, it is his place afterall even though he told us to do what we thought best about it. Me. a cleansing fire would be a good start.

Pinto stuff. I put a bid on a 15 gallon fuel cell on ebay. Find out around 5pm local if I got it. Then I find a similar one as a buy it now with free shipping that would be about the same price if the one I bid on goes to my max with shipping. I don't know why I want to get one now, I guess I am thinking if I got one that would motivate me to get it and the battery installed and get that part done. Maybe it would. I am trying to get some energy to go out and work on the instrument panel I am making. I think I am going to bite the bullet on the leaf springs and take them to be sandblasted. I should take the 8 inch housing as well.  I am just worried that the price will give me a heart attack. Suppose I should just call and see if they can give me an estimate.
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #346 on: October 13, 2014, 12:56:03 PM »
i should know better I suppose.
Tried to do the instrument panel, found out I got hole saws that don't have the pilot bit. Tried anyway, one hole is way off.
It is only cheap material, so no big loss other than time.
I might have to see if they sell a hole saw around 3.25 inches. I got the 3 inch one, but it is a lot smaller than the 3and3/8ths the tach is.I thought I would be able to just file the hole bigger, but it is probably too small for that.
The 2 inch is pretty close to the small gauges, that will be workable.

I had used a compass to draw the circles, I may not have had it set right or the tach is a bit bigger than advertised. Not sure if the layout I had is going to work, the holes seem a bit too close to enlarge the proper amount.

This is going to be one of those things that takes several attempts to get right I think. Not what I had wanted. Sometimes it seems that when I just eyeball things and go it works out better than when I plan and measure and do all the proper things.

Speaking of, I might go back and redo the battery/storage box since it looks like I am going to put the battery next to the fuel cell like some have done here. Without the battery, I can lower the box to be flush with the floor. Not sure yet, it is nice the way it is and usually when I go back and modify stuff it doesn't end up as nice as it had been before.

Main problem right now is I seem to have lost my confidence in my abilities. I thought that the instrument panel was small enough to fix that, but oops.
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #347 on: October 13, 2014, 11:50:38 PM »
Well, interesting day.

I found and bought a larger air compressor on craigslist for $100. 5hp and a 20gal tank. Both are major improvements over the little one I have. It is a DeVilbis(sp?). It is sitting by the Pinto for tonight, then I need to move the old one and put this one in it's place. The cfms are also much better. Now I have to hope it doesn't trip the breaker when used. I will find out tomorrow. Then sooner or later I need to buy a small HF sandblaster for it. Should be ok for smaller things like the springs and axle housing if I go slow.

I also got outbid on that fuel cell. The other one I had mentioned was only 10 gal, I hadn't noticed that earlier. So I bought a 15 gal one, buy it now. $160 with free shipping. Polished aluminum, -10 an fittings. http://www.ebay.com/itm/201154322213?item=201154322213&viewitem=&sspagename=ADME:L:OC:US:3160&vxp=mtr
I hope I didn't buy a pos.

I shouldn't have bought anything, but I did. Going to see if I can buy some angle steel to mount the cell and battery with what cash I have left to spend. Then no more spending for quite a while.

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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #348 on: October 14, 2014, 07:33:56 AM »
They're ok, friend of mine put one in his truck feeds a 496 I'm sure it'll take care of of a 2.3, lol...
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #349 on: October 14, 2014, 12:12:04 PM »
What's a 2.3?  ;D

I'm more worried about the quality of it, but I imagine the only thing that could go bad would be the sender.

Trying to wake up and get over a dream I had. Used to have these frequently, this is the first time in a long time. Was driving my high school Mustang, only it wasn't high school.  I hate those dreams. Very depressing to wake up and find the car isn't here. It has always been either that Mustang or the GTO I used to have in those kind of dreams. Usually I find it, drive it for a bit, and then it disappears again and I am looking for it and can't find it where I left it.

Oh, I forgot. I also bought just under 5 yards of marine grade black vinyl from JoAnn's for 50% off, so only $9 a yard. Wanted a couple of yards more, but that was all that was on that roll, and the coupon was for a single cut. But it ought to be more than I need for the door panels and dash pad. Hope to use it for the console as well, once I get one built. Now I need to get the foam for the pad and panels. No rush, got a long ways to go before I am at that point, but I have been wanting to at least get the vinyl. It won't go bad sitting in the house until it is time to use it. Might not be the greatest type to use, but it should be good.

Thanks,
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #350 on: October 14, 2014, 11:59:32 PM »
another day, another spent more money on the Pinto confession. :-[

I bought 20 feet of 2x2 14 gauge tubing for the subframe connectors. I would have liked to have gotten 1/8th thick, but just too much money. This should be plenty strong for this purpose. If not it will be a good practice session.

I also bought 20 feet of 1x1 1/8th inch thick angle steel for the fuel cell and battery mount. This might be too small. :( I thought it would be big enough, but after seeing it I was like "oh shoot, that might not work." Probably should have gone 1.5 inch, but hopefully this will be usable. I didn't want the mounting to be the thing that catches the eyes.
The angle was only 68 cents or so a foot, so not too bad if it doesn't work. I can always use it for welding practice.
$70 total for all the steel counting the cuts I had to pay for. Having an enclosed vehicle limits the sizes I can transport. Had the 2x2 cut into two 7 foot lengths, and then a 6 foot leftover piece. Figured that 7 is probably too long for the connectors, but it is a lot easier to cut off than to add on. Plus I plan on going as far forward in the front subframe as I can. I am planning on these being one piece from front to back.  The angle is cut into 5 foot sections. That is more than any one single length will be, so should be fine. I'll be able to cut them with the next paragraph.  ;D

Then I bought a 14 inch 3.5hp cut off saw at HF for $100. It was on sale, normally $150(prices rounded off). I can't do the connectors free hand. My metal cuts have not been very straight.  :-[ I also bought a face shield there. Not the best quality I am sure, but better than nothing. The saw is rated for over double the sizes I am cutting so hopefully it won't be a strain for it. It comes with one cutting disc, I need to get some quality ones. I don't like buying grinding or cutting discs at HF. Heard a lot of horror stories.  :(

Now I am really done spending on the Pinto for a while. Unless I find a really good deal that is. OOPS, did I say that out loud? :P

The fuel cell should be here by Friday if not sooner. So I hope to get started on mounting it and the battery during my next weekend, which will be Sunday-Tuesday. I think I need a different fuel gauge, pretty sure the one I just bought last month is a Ford style. I need a GM one now for the sending unit that comes with the cell.
Only a 3 day weekend this next time, then work 4 and off 4. I am going to be on my own at work starting this Thursday, so that will be a big relief.  ;D ;D ;D
The trainer I had is very nice and very good, but has a hard time letting me work on my own, so it has been stressful at times. The job is too simple, but I think he has had some real idiots come through there. I came up with an analogy. Take an F1 driver. Set him on a kids tricycle. Then don't let him pedal or move without supervision and instructions. Really, it is that bad. But I keep trying to tell myself it is a paycheck. Problem is I need more than that to feel satisfied. And my career certainly needs more than this.

Oh, almost forgot. I ran the new to me compressor until the tank was up to 120psi, and the breaker never tripped. Looks like I got lucky with that.  8)

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Russ
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #351 on: October 15, 2014, 01:20:55 AM »
It sounds like you have your upcoming weekend pretty well planned out.  I'm glad to see you excited about working on the Pinto again!.
 
It's funny; you talking about those dreams.  I had a recurring dream for decades... finding my long-forgotten orange '74 Pinto Runabout sitting in the garage, a little dusty but otherwise just as I left her back in '76.  In dreamland, of course, she fired right up on the first try and I was so happy to be driving her again!  Interestingly enough, I haven't had that dream since I bought another Pinto!  Last night I dreamed I was trying to get away from somebody or something and driving a rusty '48 Packard.  Go figure!
 
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #352 on: October 15, 2014, 02:20:18 PM »
Yeah, when I had another 69 project I quit having the dreams about the high school Mustang. Now they are back. Same for my 70 GTO. When I had the 70 Lemans project those dreams stopped, now they are back as well. I'll be driving the car, park it somewhere, and then can't find it again.
Didn't you have an old Packard, or was that someone you went to school with?

I've been excited to work on the Pinto all along, it is just not having the energy to do it. Not having the energy to do anything really. And then when I do try something it doesn't work out right, like the instrument panel. Speaking of, I did find and buy a pilot bit for the hole saws. I wish I had seen them when I bought the saws, but I didn't. Only a couple of bucks, I would have bought one then. But I did learn that my layout isn't quite right, so it wasn't a complete waste of effort.
The fuel gauge I had bought only cost $7 something from Pepboys on ebay. Can't find a 0-90 ohm one for anything close to that with a black face, which is what the other gauges are. I could but don't feel like messing with adding resistors to change the sending unit's ohm range. I'll just have to bite the bullet and spend more on a gauge later on when I need one. Oh, can't find a 2 inch one either, going to have to be 2 and 1/16th. I hope that difference won't really be noticeable since the others are 2 inch. Still need a speedometer also. That will really have to wait for now.

Got to go, it's the wife's turn to spend money. JoAnn's, here we come. At least we have a coupon, 20% off entire purchase including sale items.

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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #353 on: October 16, 2014, 12:29:54 AM »
Actually, I DID go to high school with a guy who drove a black '48 Packard in 1973-74!  His was nice and shiny.  Hard to realize now that it was only about 25 years old at the time!  It was so big and round!  lol  It definitely stood out in the student parking lot!  Unfortunately, the one in my dream was a rustbucket and wouldn't run worth a darn (which is bad when you're trying to get away from someone/something).  Don't know where that came from... I've never actually driven one.  The mind is a strange and complex organ!   
 
As to your instruments, I can't see 1/16th of an inch making much difference to the naked eye... I think you'll be just fine, there.
 
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #354 on: October 18, 2014, 04:14:21 PM »
Well, I think I did screw up with the 1 inch angle. I kind of forgot that the cell will be holding 15 gallons of gas.  :-[  OOPS.
What little of instructions there are with it also state that the bottom of the cell needs to be supported. I guess that means I will have to have a bottom piece on the mounting frame. Maybe I can get the larger angle this Monday. I shouldn't need anything like 20 feet, 10 feet should be plenty I hope. Although since this is a short weekend for me and we have lots of things to do I might not make it to the steel store. Buying the metal at HD or Lowes is way too expensive, and I don't think there is a steel place near Glendale.

Maybe I should just surround the whole cell with some sheet metal. But then no one would see the nice polished aluminum it is made of.
 
The cell has mounting tabs on the bottom of it. Something I will have to remove. Apparently the makers of it assume you are going to be mounting it on the trunk floor.
 
Not sure if I will get anything done with it this weekend. Besides having to buy some larger angle, I feel like doodoo. This shift at work is not good for me physically. I am at work right now btw. Got a dr.'s appt Monday afternoon. Cost $100 for the office visit. I am willing to bet he is going to want to run a bunch of tests which I can't afford. I am hoping he is willing to go to one of the med's I am supposed to be on website and apply for me to get the meds free. It has to be a dr. to do it, and the meds go to his office, not straight to me. Wish my antidepressant had such a program.
 
Well, back to work. If I don't fall asleep on the way back to the test room.
 
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #355 on: October 19, 2014, 01:14:04 PM »
Speaking of dreams, I had one about the Pinto last night. Not sure exactly what I was doing with it though. I think this was the first with the Pinto as the car. :-\

I slept for over 12 hours, although I have to get up every couple of hours these days(more often if I remember to take my water pills). I am feeling much better than I did yesterday. Good enough to maybe do something with the Pinto.  ;D

I've only been getting about 5-6 hours of sleep a night this past week. Not good, especially when I can't take a nap during the day.  :'( :-[
We've (my wife really, but I have to drive) got some running around to do, but hopefully I am still feeling better later on and can do SOMETHING with the Pinto. Strip the carpet out, work on the instrument panel, start fitting the fuel cell, something. Even just taking pictures of my latest acquisitions would be a start. I haven't posted any pictures for a while now.  :-[ :(

Weather wise it has still been a tad warm out, I like it better once it stays in the 70's during the day. Right now the Pinto can still be a bit hot to the touch. Yes, I have turned into a temperature wimp after living in Ohio for 8 years. :o

I was reading Dave1987's posts, he is doing what I had planned on doing, driving the car and working on it at the same time. So much for those plans, huh? ::)

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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #356 on: October 19, 2014, 01:49:09 PM »
Glad to hear you're feeling better.  Sleep is a great healer!  I scrape by on 4-5 hours sleep per day most of the time, but then every couple of months I'll come to a day when I might sleep fifteen or more hours straight.  Heaven only knows what that does to our bodies, but sometimes it just can't be helped.  Hope you get to spend some time with your Pinto this evening.


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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #357 on: October 19, 2014, 08:40:59 PM »
1x1 angle should be more than sufficient. 15 gallons is under 125 pounds so it will be plenty.
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #358 on: October 20, 2014, 01:19:37 AM »
Wish I had read this earlier, I just got back from being out and about, and one of the things I did was to go to HD and buy 16 feet of 2 inch x 2 inch 1/8th inch thick angle. Oh well, it is only money. I will go ahead and use the bigger stuff  for most of it, the smaller stuff will work for the battery and miscellaneous supports. Plus welding practice. I haven't touched the welder since a couple of days after I bought it. At least now I have thick enough metal that I shouldn't have to worry about burn thru. Learn on the thick stuff, then work my way up (down) to the thin. At least that is my plan.

didn't get anything done today on the Pinto, we were just out way later than I had planned. Hopefully tomorrow evening.

Sleep. My problem is that the 12-15 hour sleep day comes about once a week if I keep on like I have been this past week. Started out in the Navy doing that. We called it an "equalizer". There were no drills or training on Sundays on the sub, so that was the day to catch up on sleep. If an alarm went off on Sunday, it was for real.

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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #359 on: October 27, 2014, 09:39:46 PM »
Got a little more in the way of tools. Bought a sand blaster at HF, the one that is on sale for $34.95.
Then I went to Tractor Supply to get some blasting sand. Got out to the car and realised I bought glass bead instead. I thought I had grabbed the sand. I imagine the glass bead will work, but just another sign my brain is going bye bye.

Why did I buy the blaster? Because I realised that I should have the rear end installed before I mount the fuel cell. And the rear end and leaf springs  need blasted and painted before I put them back on. So hopefully I can get that started tomorrow.

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