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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #5235 on: July 27, 2015, 05:44:11 AM »
I think it wants to sample Beerhaven's microbrews with a t-shirted white-tail . . . . . . .

 Is that similar to the pink bellied double breasted mattress thrasher???


Uuuuhhhhmmm, no.

You will need to get the whole sordid story from the midget . . . . . . . .

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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #5236 on: July 27, 2015, 05:51:10 AM »
Sconnie Nation Residents:

Lock up your wives, children, barnyard animals, pets, AND ESPECIALLY YOUR GOLDEN RETRIEVERS . . . . . .


Why?

Lion hunting season has started in Wisconsin!!!!!

I'm stayin' south o the cheddar curtain until Wisconsin's finest apprehend this creature.    Ya just can't be too careful . . . . . . . .

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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #5237 on: July 28, 2015, 12:27:34 AM »
Kate tells me there was another sighting, this time a mother and a cub. . . Which tells me there are at least three.

And yes, some jackass shot his neighbor's dog, alleging he thought it was a lion.

Enough about feline/canine differentiation, let's move on to amphibians.

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I've often thought that the ones having the most fun at Bonneville were the spectators who showed up in hot rods.  I had this vision in the back of my mind, the Pom Rod, parked at the starting area of the short course, leaning up against it, wearing my pith helmet, drinking an Old Speckled Hen and watching the Project '64 Mini rip down the salt.

Dodge the weather and the BLM.

The color is a very light peach, period appropriate.  It's completely slap-dash - the paint is thin, I'm using foam rollers, and after I get a few more coats on, I'll give it a 1000 wet sand, buff it and call it good.

The car falls into the cracks.  It's structurally superior to any typical restorable Sprite, thanks to Podunk Engineering, but the time and effort to get it to a concourse condition simply doesn't warrant the expense.  I've seen completely restored Bugeyes with astronomical price tags, but nobody's paying what's being asked.  Even professionally installed Rover V8 MGB's are losers as soon as they hit the street - nobody ever gets out of them what they have in them.  I've already got too much time and effort in it, so I'm taking a "good enough" approach to aesthetics.

If I quit now, I'm ahead.

The wet sand should give it the appearance of an old patinaed restoration, the suspension and drivetrain are all solid, and at the end of the day, it's going to be a very quick, decent handling hot rod that should be reasonably safe and fun to drive.

And you know what?  That's all I've ever really wanted in a car.
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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #5238 on: July 28, 2015, 05:14:12 AM »
Looking good Chris. Now you need to do the road trip to Wilmington in September!!!!!  :-D   :cheers:

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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #5239 on: July 28, 2015, 10:01:15 AM »
What a fun little ride it is going to be  :cheers:

What a you going to call it,    Bugeightti  ?   :-D
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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #5240 on: July 28, 2015, 10:21:12 AM »

What a you going to call it,    Bugeightti  ?   :-D

I'm likin' "Frankensprite".

We're supposed to have thunderstorms tonight, so perhaps I'll give Igor a call, crank up the tesla coils and the climbing arch generators, slip into my lab coat . . .

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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #5241 on: July 28, 2015, 11:02:12 AM »
"Not.. the third switch!"

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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #5242 on: July 28, 2015, 01:29:11 PM »
It's the "third switch" and an "open cockpit" . . . . . . . . .

Can you hold onto anything carbon fiber for a ground?

Probably give you an "electric" personality . . . . . . .   :-D

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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #5243 on: July 28, 2015, 01:57:34 PM »
It's the "third switch" and an "open cockpit" . . . . . . . . .

Can you hold onto anything carbon fiber for a ground?

Probably give you an "electric" personality . . . . . . .   :-D

 :cheers:

I'm trying to tie this all in with a Teri Garr quote from the movie, but all I can think of is, "Oh, thank you, Doctor" . . .  :wink:
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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #5244 on: July 28, 2015, 04:07:30 PM »
    Sorry Chris, I couldn't resist the temptation.   
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTw1lzxTAis

     That's going to be a fun ride.  [The car, The car]
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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #5245 on: July 28, 2015, 06:04:09 PM »
 :cheers: :-o  :-o :cheers:
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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #5246 on: July 29, 2015, 05:48:02 AM »
"The wet sand should give it the appearance of an old patinaed restoration."  Exactly the patina my bike has from running at Bonneville these past few years; wet salt instead of wet sand.
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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #5247 on: July 30, 2015, 07:28:38 PM »
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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #5248 on: July 31, 2015, 04:06:35 PM »
midget,

Harold has graciously offered some Cosworth valves to the effort.    He'll send them off next week.    As soon as they arrive, I'll check out if they can be made to work.   I'll have to find out if a .280" stem retainer will fit under the existing tappets.    What will fit the existing tappet ID will be the key issue.

Pleasant weather today south of the "curtain".    Methinks it calls for a weissbier . . . . . . . .
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Valves arrived via the brown-shirt Santa Wednesday, around 4:30pm.    Will post up some comparison photos over the weekend.

Thank you Harold.

Let's see if I can make this work without compromising the airflow . . . . . . .

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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #5249 on: August 01, 2015, 12:12:16 PM »
As I'm finishing up the Frankensprite, a bit of sad news.  Ken Costello, the brains behind the MGB-GT V8 passed away this week.

As one of the last racing and performance links to MG's Abingdon factory, his engineering prowess convinced the folks at MG to drop the Rover V-8 into special order MG's in the early 1970's.  They were impressive vehicles in their day.

His vision laid the groundwork for what is now a cottage conversion industry in the MG community, as exemplified by MG Limited's conversion service here in Milwaukee, and similar to what we see today with Caterham's continuation of the Lotus 7 and numerous Cobra replica manufacturers.

http://www.britishv8.org/articles/ken-costello-mgb-v8-1.htm
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