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« Reply #210 on: May 12, 2007, 03:27:25 AM »

You talkin' to me ? grin Hey Grumm , Clever Clogs( "I'm pretty good at thinking in 3D"  ) is off to Erop or is it You-rop? to be feted and backslapped for a couple of weeks and I'm well tired of working on mass produced crap, like today I did a metal finish welding job on a low-rider ute ( yeah bless you Henry) and scratch allergic new bikes so I reckon you and me get busy on the thing because I feel my appetite returning even if the finances are still a little tender .How about it??

Two people saw the tank for the first time in the last week or so , it re-instates your faith in what you're doing ....and to be honest the faith has been a little strained of late huh

The race meet cancellation reminded me of the Gram Parsons song " Thousand Dollar Wedding"    Sad ......well , we're making a new cake and this time we're gonna get to eat it
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« Reply #211 on: July 01, 2007, 09:41:01 PM »

It finally Runs

The good Doctor got it to start this morning

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« Reply #212 on: July 01, 2007, 10:23:42 PM »

Yes , don't want to sound like we're completely STOOPID or anything but there has been lingering issue with the motor in the 'tank.......it hasn't run properly .What with Speedweek being cancelled this year and the ridiculous amount of effort that we put in to get the car finished we kind of ran out of steam. It was lucky  we didn't get to the lake really 'cause there were a bunch of things that would have been difficult or impossible to diagnose and fix while we were there . It's been hard to get motivated to re-start on the whole thing but steadily we've been building up steam. Last week we narrowed the engine problem down to the injectors not pulsing properly......last night the Colonel (Grumm 441) traced the problem to a broken solder join hidden in the loom.....I was off playing music while the other two ( he and the Reverend) tinkered and emptied my liquor cabinet......I returned home to find a note on the kitchen table " put fuel in it , it should run"..........so........I put fuel in it .........flicked the switches ........pressed the starter and it roared , and I mean roared into life.......so for the first time this morning I sat in the drivers seat started it and stepped on the throttle , it sounds like all hell breaking loose , yeah I know it's a V6 but it sounds savage , really savage...........I don't think I'm gonna stop grinning for a week.....
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« Reply #213 on: July 01, 2007, 10:48:55 PM »

You need to play that same song again right away while your Buds still suffer from the after effects of the refreshment you made available and they hear the best.
Even just the smell might help them to clear their systems at both ends. wink
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« Reply #214 on: July 01, 2007, 11:06:12 PM »

ha ha , don't worry Jack I've been out there every five minutes cranking it over and getting the local dogs barking just to make sure I wasn't dreaming , I just put the full exhaust on it , tamer , more refined but still LOUD......I'm as happy as a pig in a pile of S*** grin
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« Reply #215 on: July 01, 2007, 11:08:55 PM »

..............I'm as happy as a pig in a pile of S*** grin

Hey I think I am too for you guys  grin  grin  grin ,

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« Reply #216 on: July 02, 2007, 12:06:57 AM »

A pig pile might not be my first choice, I think it might be more of a sailing moment, but I am pleased none the less. smiley
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« Reply #217 on: July 02, 2007, 12:25:55 AM »

oh no 'ere we go.
 
Jack's "going about" "jibing" me on my choice of words...well the motor is out of a Commodore no less , I think he's getting " tacky"...a little "close to the wind" as it were...I think I'd rudder be in a pile than sipping Pims on the poop... grin shocked grin wink


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« Reply #218 on: July 02, 2007, 12:35:22 AM »

It ain't right the Americas Cup went down under, and we are prepared and armed for it's rightful place back in San Diego.
The restoration of our title as the "Sailing Center of the World" is only a matter of time now.
I don't want too talk about it ! wink 
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« Reply #219 on: July 02, 2007, 01:20:44 AM »

It ain't right the Americas Cup went down under, and we are prepared and armed for it's rightful place back in San Diego.
The restoration of our title as the "Sailing Center of the World" is only a matter of time now.
I don't want too talk about it ! wink 

..we haven't got your Auld Mug anymore the Kiwis have..... we didn't have it for very long at all, in fact we're about as likely as getting that thing back as Dennis Connor is of staying away from the solarium grin grin grin grin afro
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« Reply #220 on: July 02, 2007, 01:39:51 AM »

The winged cat that tested against the sail version was sold but the slower one that sent Sir Fay packing can be booked for rides.
You guys down there are all the same !
I don't want to talk about it !  LOL wink
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« Reply #221 on: July 02, 2007, 02:56:05 AM »

Jack, a mate of mine, Mark Fogarty is the Aussie Journalist that dared to ask Dennis Conner at the penultimate news conference the question, "So what's it like to be the first U.S. captain in the history of the Cup to be one race away from losing it."

Apparently his Australianess wasn't appreciated either in that room.

(Incidentally, I think he was also the last person to interview Ayrton Senna too...)

I remember the day well, our Prime Minister Bob Hawke wearing this incredibly loud jacket was on TV and said, "Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum."

Just hoping you guys get good enough at soccer too so that one day we can beat you at that too...



Back on topic, yes engine running. Very good. We designed and cut out the preliminary pieces for the aluminium petrol tank too. This will allow room for the parachute, protect it from heat from the exhaust pipe, and looks much better.

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« Reply #222 on: July 02, 2007, 04:49:39 AM »

"A good effort is measured by the continued interest over the lifespan of the project.
The best effort is one that brings friends together beyond their life span that is surely extended." (me)   wink
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« Reply #223 on: July 02, 2007, 08:55:36 AM »

Goggles:

I like your new avatar.

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Your going to have a tough time ever topping that last statement!

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« Reply #224 on: July 07, 2007, 06:04:43 PM »

......yesterday we got organised so we can keep the car running in the shed without dying from fumes or a neighbor jumping the fence and hacking us to death with an axe .We put an extension on the exhaust to run a pipe right out of the shed , pretty funny......the Reverend cut a very nice hole in the weatherboards so from the kitchen it looks like the shed is idling.We took off the water tank and fitted up a radiator with a fan  because with the water tank on it's difficult to see or do anything in the engine bay .Then I put on an air cleaner because when you have a less than surgically clean environment  like my shed ingestion of foreign matter is more likely than not.....So for the first time we ran it up to operating temp. no problems . Also for the first time we went through the gears with it on the stands .For reasons that don't bear explaining I wasn't sure which way the shift went until yesterday...it works in a cross pattern , you know, like a cross ,not an "H" . Well I was hoping that left/right was first/second...and forward/back was third/fourth...well, no..and due to a peculiarity in the linkages it's not as simple as just swapping them over....I'm glad I've forgotten exactly how long I spent building that bit because it won't be quite as frustrating REbuilding it . cry

Today is the six-monthly club meeting .....usually there is much discussion about "amenities"and the like but it's a good chance to have a catch up with other fellow sufferers in the Salt Lake Victims Support Group . wink
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