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  • Birthday 04/11/1955

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    Warrenville, SC
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    Ship, plane, and train modeling, history, science.

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  1. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Hey, at least with this type of contamination you don't start smelling bad and try to eat healthy peoples brains, or alternately glow in the dark!
  2. Nautical Adventures.

    A week sailing with the Boy Scouts, with two kittens and an adult cat on board. Including a "Man Overboard" incident when one of the Scouts dropped his hat in the water! Wouldn't wait for me to get the boat hook, and my boarding ladder had been left ashore.
  3. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Running a steam launch would be fun!
  4. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Yesterday I did something I haven't done in 15 years, I went to a Live Steam Meet! My wife Christine was contacted by my friend, about the meet, and enthusiastically encouraged me to go. For the uninitiated a Live Steam Meet involves riding on (behind), and working on (in this case) 1/8th scale steam or diesel locomotives. The club that was hosting the event (North Georgia Live Steamers) does so 10 times a year on the third Saturday of the month. Events are not held in July or August, due to the heat. Rides are given to the public from about 1PM to 5PM. A friend in my HO scale club invited me to the event. Unfortunately his car broke down, and he was unable to attend. The club members were quite nice and showed us around before the general public arrived. I was able to fit in 4 rides on different trains two steam and two "Diesel" (actually gas powered). The third ride was actually about 3 or 4 normal ones behind a Santa Fe 2-8-2 steam loco. The owner was testing it out, and I didn't object to the long ride! I have a in-need-of repair gas powered 4 wheel switcher buried in my shop, that I now need to resurrect. Originally it was in good shape, with just a few minor repairs needed, but somewhere in 2 moves the mechanism for shifting the transmission vanished! It also has not been run in over a decade. The club hosting the event lost their space back in the late 90s, when the museum owing the land sold it, due to increasing land values in the area. So my loco sat, as there was no nearby tracks to run it on. Then my shop was broken into and all the castings and steel for my planned steam loco were stolen. Discouraged I gave up on that hobby. I kept this one loco, but sold another 4 wheel switcher and all the other car bodies and parts I had. I didn't know that about 10 years ago they found new land. I'll be joining the club soon, and fixing up my loco.
  5. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Sorry to hear about you Mother In Law! Best wishes for a good outcome!
  6. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Took the truck to a mechanic today. It checked out OK mechanically. Now I have to find 4 used tires to replace the worn ones presently on the truck. After that will be several sessions of removing the house paint they used to disguise the truck.
  7. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Agreed, I've learned much from this forum, and recently joined NRG, and bought the first 40 years of the magazine, on DVD.
  8. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Today I went to the scrap yard and got almost all the pieces I needed to replace the damaged done by the guys who stole the truck. Cost about $150. I have to wash down the carpets and reinstall them. Getting the multicolored paint off the truck will be a bit more difficult. Till then I'll be driving a Clown Car.
  9. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I got more than $300 for the truck, the $300 was what they deducted as scrap value from the amount I got, as I kept the truck. We may use the rest of the money toward getting a second vehicle. Today my neighbor and I finished replacing the front hub bearings on both sides. 3 of the 4 bearing had gotten wet and were rusty. the rear seals didn't hold back the mud when they took it out in the woods (or where ever they found the mud), and changed the differencal oil. The truck runs well now. Tomorrow we're going to the junk yard and getting the rear window, and some interior trim. I like the truck and it has sentimental value, as our family pulled together to help us get it after our old truck died 120 miles from home. I'm not a Ford fan, but this Explorer has been both reliable and durable. At this time, though, it looks like a Clown Car, the way they painted it. I expect they will get caught soon, as they stole another car, trashed it, and painted it just like mine. Repeating a crime the same way gets you noticed quickly, once the police know what to look for.
  10. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Admiral relented on keeping the truck. The salvage value was only $300, and it still ran. The initial look so far. I had to remove the interior to pull the mud soaked rug, and hose out the floorpan. We replaced the passenger side front hub bearings. The bearing cap was dented and the mud had gotten in, and the bearings were rusty. We're replacing the driver's side this morning, just in case. Once that's done, I'll run out and get new lube oil for the diff, and change that also. I don't think it needs it, but the truck is 25 years old, so changing it it not a bad idea anyway. At that point the truck should be back on the road, though a lot of interior fixes will be needed in the hatch area. These will wait for a week or so, to see if the truck develops any mech problems, if it does, I'll take it to the scrap yard and get the $300 dollars for it. A week's worth of rental car would have cost me almost as much. In the meantime we can look for another vehicle, if we need to.
  11. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    The Admiral has rather vocally forbidden me from buying back the truck.
  12. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Pictures of the truck, was burgandy. Insurance says they will almost surely total it! So not enough to buy another.
  13. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    A friend found our truck! I was so happy, until I found out that the insurance company will likely total it, thus leaving me without enough money to replace it. They removed everything removable, even part of the roof rack, spray painted it, and ripped out the interior behind the rear seats (hatch area), and went mudding with it. They left it when it ran out of gas. I could fix most of that (except paint), myself, but if the insurance totals it they will want the truck.
  14. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    The truck was just an old somewhat beatup 95 Ford Explorer
  15. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    On a happier note, just before I found out about the truck, I joined NRG and ordered the set of CDs of the first 40 years of the magazine.

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