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ZZ, I was in a museum in Yuma that looked a lot like that. [Before you guys get thinking sideways, I was a spectator, not an exhibit].
I'm looking forward to two projects you have going.
 
Nice! I am skeptical about: ... but time will tell.
Yeah, I know it's out of character, but I think I can control my shiny paint urges...


ZZ, I was in a museum in Yuma that looked a lot like that. [Before you guys get thinking sideways, I was a spectator, not an exhibit].
I'm looking forward to two projects you have going.

Yes, that was likely it, out in the lettuce fields, tons of Model T's and other oldies, antique machinery, mining equipment, etc., a gearhead paradise..., yeah if you move too slow, he might prop you up in one of the cars - you could maybe get a cut of the admission fees :D:D

Didn't get the frame pieces cut out, Praxair was all out of Acetylene bottles till next week :( On a brighter note, I did score an organ donor today, 73 F100 with a 360, 4spd, only 64000 miles on it! Ugly but apparently in good mech condition, it comes home on Saturday. Not your usual powerplant but that's what makes it kool I figger. A few hop up parts and it should get down the road OK.
 
Yeah, I know it's out of character, but I think I can control my shiny paint urges...




Yes, that was likely it, out in the lettuce fields, tons of Model T's and other oldies, antique machinery, mining equipment, etc., a gearhead paradise..., yeah if you move too slow, he might prop you up in one of the cars - you could maybe get a cut of the admission fees :D:D

Didn't get the frame pieces cut out, Praxair was all out of Acetylene bottles till next week :( On a brighter note, I did score an organ donor today, 73 F100 with a 360, 4spd, only 64000 miles on it! Ugly but apparently in good mech condition, it comes home on Saturday. Not your usual powerplant but that's what makes it kool I figger. A few hop up parts and it should get down the road OK.

Cool choice of donor, ZZ. You work fast!
 
ZZ, I thought I was the only guy with an FE motor waiting to go in a hotrod.

One day a few years ago, I was slowly walking along in that museum and right in front of that truck where you took the picture, I glanced up through between the two trucks and saw a guy looking at me. I stood there, wide eyed staring at him for a while and he watched me doing it. I ducked back behind the truck and gathered my senses, because that other guy looked just like my neighbour, three or four thousand miles straight north of my present placement. I peaked out from behind the truck again, and he was still watching me. Boy, he looked like my neighbour, Eric. I was embarrassed to be caught staring at this stranger, again. It wasn't more than a couple of minutes later that I thought, what if it really was my neighbour, and not his doppelganger.
I finally went over to the next row and met him. ----- It was Eric.
 
ZZ, look for a pair these valve covers for an FE Ford. They will spruce up even a 360. I have an extra set but they were burnt, so will need some tender loving care.
 

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ZZ, look for a pair these valve covers for an FE Ford. They will spruce up even a 360. I have an extra set but they were burnt, so will need some tender loving care.

You've got some gold there, or at least you'd think that's what they are judging by the prices people are asking :eek:
And to think this stuff was once tossed aside as oddball junk :(
Going to the Coastal Swap Meet in May, maybe I'll get lucky........
 
A fun day today, got the donor truck home, 73 F100. A blazing powerhouse, the 'ol reliable 360 FE, it only has 46574 original miles on it, parked since '91 when the guys 84 year old mom last drove it. Set up for a dump box, the 9" rear diff tag says 3.57 gear an the big N means its a nodular iron carrier - so far so good.
Loading was a gong show, the old guy pushed it on with his tractor, I was just about to block the front wheel when he gave it another shove and sent it right off the deck with the trailer jack shoved right up under the rad :eek::mad:
After several failed attempts to jack it up and pull it back, I separated the truck and trailer, he lifted the F100 up with his tractor bucket and pushed it back onto the deck. Success! .... sort of - next thing he did was back up and ram the snow blade on his tractor into the tailgate of my formerly nice truck :eek::mad:
The topper was getting home and it was snowing - perfect!! Unloading went OK, only one old fart doing it, less chances of a screw up.
 

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Well, it does say RAM on the back.[ddd:eek:

Maybe insurance will replace the tailgate?

That Ford body looks solid, you shouldn't have any problem getting rid of the remains after you pluck the running gear.
 
Well, it does say RAM on the back.[ddd:eek:

Maybe insurance will replace the tailgate?

That Ford body looks solid, you shouldn't have any problem getting rid of the remains after you pluck the running gear.

Ha, Ha, never heard that before...:rolleyes:
Oh yeah, insurance will take care of it. I didn't lose it on the old guy, he felt bad enough as it was - besides, it would have drove a stake in his heart if he knew what I was going to do with his ma's old truck....
 
I think we've all had days that go like that, but it sure looks good on you ZZ for keeping your @#$% together. It seems the older we get the better our perspective is on things.
 
Proof of life!!
You can tell by the fact the fan is a blur that it is actually running[cl
I rubbed the points with sandpaper, scraped the crustys off the electrodes in the distributor cap, hooked up a gas can Roadkill style to the fuel pump to bypass the 30 yr old gas in the tank. Dumped some gas in the carb and she fired right up after 30 yrs of slumber in a field. The accelerator pump is spewing out gas and the crispy plug wires were zapping all over, but it still ran pretty smooth, one ticky rocker shut up after a few revs and it didn't even smoke - a win in my books :)
It will get a make over with a lumpy cam and kit, hi-rise and headers, but for now it's good to know it lives....
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You have the skills for a tail gate rehab w/o insurance getting involved. Possibly a built in tool storage area or one of those fancy steps...
 
This experience brings to mind the conversation about electric powered vehicles - I just couldn't get as excited about flicking the switch on a 50 year old electric motor as I get breathing life into into this 50 year old engine and hearing all the sounds and smells - mechanical porn.....:cool:
 

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