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Old 12-22-2011, 08:52 PM   #5941
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That turnbuckle thing was nagging at me so I decided to look this evening to see what I had.

Found this one...
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Good gravy, that is too many numbers and letters there, now I am confused but it don't take much.

Scoggy, you wouldn't happen to have VW bug also would you? I love the little VW bugs, I can't remember how many I have had.
If he does have a bug Jim, he's got it hidden.

But what he does have is a '38 Chevy....yeaaaaahhh!
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Couldn't wait 'til tomorrow, so I put the turnbuckle stretcher together.

I carved out the wood where the ends sit, like so...
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...then I screwed those two wood caps in place, like so...
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...put it all together and gave it the acid test, like so...

And it works really well. I think there just might be an advantage to this over the hydraulic jack - leaks notwithstanding - in that you can tell when the pressure is building up by the amount of force you need to twist the turnbuckle around.

With the hydraulic jack, it is so powerful that there is barely any resistance as the carpet starts to move.

Although it doesn't show well in these pics, the carpet is stretched to the point that the front has lifted up well over an inch and out about the same amount.

I am pretty sure that this will be my weapon of choice out of the two...so, many thanks to Shu for suggesting this one. It really does work like a hot damn!
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Man I love it when a plan comes together, that is a neat setup.

Keith that was a beautiful Sunset, thanks for sharing. All that firewood before breakfast, man!

Now for desert, the 38 chevy and a VW, for some reason I got the mechanicing bug again. I want another bug big time. I had a buddy up in Alaska who built a 2000HP bug he entered tractor pulls with.
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I guess about 7 years ago I took this old Yamaha outboard up the bank with a view to trying to fix it.

Sometimes it would start, sometimes not. But if you were able to get it going it had a habit of running along well for a few minutes, then it would slow down dramatically. This would carry on for the duration of your trip. Up - down, up - down...damn nuisance.

Needless to say, I never fixed it.
I bet there isn't much wrong with that motor, maybe a vacuum leak or carb rebuild, if we were closer we might do some trading.
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Man I love it when a plan comes together, that is a neat setup.

Keith that was a beautiful Sunset, thanks for sharing. All that firewood before breakfast, man!

Now for desert, the 38 chevy and a VW, for some reason I got the mechanicing bug again. I want another bug big time. I had a buddy up in Alaska who built a 2000HP bug he entered tractor pulls with.
What was the name of the TV show where that young guy used to say "I love it when a plan comes together"? Hannibal was the thinker and Mr. T was on the show.

I think us old dudes get the car bug again Jim, 'cuz it's about all we have left! I'm itching to get off the rock and start on the '35.
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I bet there isn't much wrong with that motor, maybe a vacuum leak or carb rebuild, if we were closer we might do some trading.
One of our good friends here thinks it is the module. He had a similar Yamaha, just a little higher horsepower and that's what his turned out to be.

It is the high torque motor, which they gear down to give much higher thrust. It isn't fast, but it puts out good power if you have something slow to push like a sailboat, or if you want to tow logs.
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Keith, did you go get that '35 yet?
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Keith, did you go get that '35 yet?
Oh, I bought the car all right...it's just that it is still 800 miles away!
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Of course! Damned if I could think of the name. Thanks Bud.
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Keith, do you think you will finish your home this winter? I can't hardly wait for you to start diggin into the 35. I looked online for a VW bug last night, I couldn't believe the prices of them things now, I junked a fortune and didn't know it. I had a Baja that would pull through mud as good as any 4 wheel drive, I even pulled a few full size trucks out of the mud with it. Talk about slangin mud, that little dude would pull.
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Years ago I had a friend with a VW Bug. Four of us would get together and drink beer and drive around in the boonies so as not to get caught. None of us were twenty-one at the time. Obviously.

One of our favorite things to do was to drive (too fast) cross-country-style through tall grass and watch the grass just lay over in front of us. The faster you go the more fun it is.

Until you find a wild tree out there in the middle of nowhere. A 4" caliper wild tree will wreak havoc on the bonnet of a VW Bug...let me tell you.

Just a damned good thing that car's front end caved-in like it did because no one was seriously injured and it only took a few days to get all the glass out of our wounds.

Explaining what happened to his parents wasn't all that easy though. We told them we were just chasing rabbits with the car having a little fun on an otherwise boring Saturday night. Beer? What beer? No-no, there wasn't any beer!!!







(That we didn't drink during the walk back to town.)

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