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Old 05-27-2016, 12:49 PM   #1695
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Not got to it yet Gunner, but every day I get closer!

You would be correct, Paul and Tam.

The after a few distractions, the motor is almost complete, and will be going in next week I hope!





Head are on, and almost done.
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Old 06-28-2016, 05:53 PM   #1696
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:17 PM   #1697
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Time for an update.
I've been MIA for a bit, so here is whats been going on...

The sudden loss of our sweet dog Moose, was a huge emotional setback.
We were in Hawaii, at the time, and the only good thing was that Robyn's Daughter, who actually rescued Moose was there to say goodbye.
She is missed every day, and always will be.
Cole, our Black Lab/Pitt mix is sweet and attached to me, but he is lower energy, and less "in your face" than Moose was.
Love you, miss you Miss Moosey...


We woke the day after she passed to this....
Moosey saying see ya later from the rainbow bridge...


So, with that weighing heavy, I pushed on and got a few projects completed.
The Subaru motor is done, back in the car, broken in, and handed back to the boy, who Graduated UCLA!
After 2000 event free(Touch wood!) miles, I think its good. What I didn't anticipate was rebuilding a bunch of other stuff, like brakes, driveshafts, wheel bearings, etc!



So, that out of the way, I wrapped up the Alfa Spider, and that will be off to paint and detail this week.
I also built this Alfa engine stand for a buddy... Honing my welding and Fabrication skills more.


I added a bunch of "Airstream" related tools to the workshop too...

20T press...


Small, Shoptask 1720 lathe and Mill, which is essential in my plans.





And now I am working on a refurb and modification to an old Beadroller, which I need to do some of the metalwork on the AS.

I am adding a motor, and new dies.



Progress today.


Will be powered by a modified ATV winch.


More soon!
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Old 09-06-2016, 11:43 PM   #1698
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Sorry for the passing of your beloved Moose, Steve.
I'm sure she had a fun life with you.

I can see you were slumming it at Prince Ville Resort. My Hawaii digs are at the other end of moose's rainbow in Haena. Hope you had a good visit.

Very nice tools you are getting set up, I'll admit to being a little green.

Must feel good to be wrapping up some worthy projects. How deep are you going into that overhead cam engine? That Boxster engine cleaned up beautifully!

My 911 is begging for an engine drop to deal with oil leaks.

Would love some pics of your Alfa.

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Old 09-07-2016, 12:51 PM   #1699
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Thanks Richard!
Yes, we were slumming it at the St Regis, as my girl is in sales, and was "forced" to attend a Sales Conference there...
We took a few extra days and stayed at a VRBO place down in Kalaheo too.

The Alfa motor on the stand is not mine.
It is a buddies engine, and will go into his 1960 Alfa Sprint Veloce. He needed a stand where he could roll the motor to build and detail all sides. I owed him a favor, so told him I would build it.
That motor is probably worth more than my Alfa!

Gave me the chance to practice my Plasma cutting and TIG welding...




Here is my '74 Spider..


For those not familiar with what a bead roller is or does, here is an extreme example...
That "Quilted" look, and the punched holes will give you an idea of how I want the detailing in my AS to look. Think backsplash's and shower walls.
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Old 09-08-2016, 06:58 AM   #1700
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Keyair,

You're a man of many talents. Where did you pick up all those skills?
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Old 09-08-2016, 09:02 AM   #1701
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Is it me, or is the Android App for this forum just crap?

Anyway, thanks Vycan.
I am just a practical, mechanically minded and slightly artsy kinda guy. A 5 year engineering apprenticeship, focused on Pattern making, and tooling. The training involved woodwork, machining, fabrication, sheet metal, fiberglass, and plastics Then 25 years doing Clay sculpting on the design side.
My eyesight is not as good as it was, but I am still passionate about making things!
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Old 09-13-2016, 05:28 PM   #1702
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Detailer is done and its ready to sell!'

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Seriously Steve, if you ever happen to get all artsy and decide to make one of these. Too tall for the convertible but the GT fits me just fine. Oh and I'll take it in that colour and with the solid wheels, thanks.

http://www.frontlinedevelopments.com/vehicle/mg-le50/

I'll buy it off you in a heartbeat!

Somebody is getting a jewel of an Alfa. Sorry, can't buy Alfa's as when I swear and cuss at a vehicle, I need it to understand what the he!! I'm saying....It helps sometimes.

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Wow. That is a beauty. You ARE a man of many talents. ��
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:54 AM   #1705
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Pretty detailed detailing job, and presentation.
A truly beautiful car, love the colors, and those headlight covers set off the front end so nicely.

Where are you listing it? BAT has become an auction site.
Is there an Alfa enthusiasts site with classifieds?
I think it will attract plenty of interest.

It has so much eye appeal, have you considered an auction?
I haven't seen the detachable hard top before, is that a rare piece?

Cheers Richard
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Old 09-14-2016, 09:27 AM   #1706
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Thanks for the complements everyone!
We went down to pick up the car yesterday in Newport Beach, and suddenly it started raining! The Detailer told us to come back tomorrow...
From the detailer, the car goes to my paint guy who has color matched the paint and he is going to touch up some chips it acquired over the years.
I have a couple of small things to do, like replacing a n interior door handle.
It will probably go on eBay. It's a media I have used with success with in the past.
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Old 10-24-2016, 10:27 PM   #1707
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Gosh... its been a busy time.

Subaru has been back with its owner, getting him to and from work..
8,000 miles on the motor, so far so good!

Alfa went on Ebay and didn't meet its reserve first time around.
In the days following it came to my attention that a scammer had lifted the pics, and details and put it on CL, Phoenix.
Passing themselves as a Amanda Mckearney, a Female LT in the USAF, posted to Hi, so selling the car, which for a measly $4k, which would be delivered by Military Trailer to you, upon receipt of money sent via walmart to her father in TN..
Ugh.
Banned from CL, and Photbucket and trolled by an Army of Alfa enthusiasts, I hope they wasted the scammers time enough to leave Alfa's well alone... but I doubt it...

Anyway, judge the car yourselves... couple of pics and a link to the Ebay listing...





Lets hope it hits the reserve this time, or it will wait until spring...

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Old 10-24-2016, 10:46 PM   #1708
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The Alfa looks great Keyair! The colors, the wheels, and those great headlight covers all go together very well.
It does seem to have a nose up stance, has it had suspension work?

Very attractive car, hope it finds a new owner.

There do seem to be a lot of scammers on the online sales sites, bummer.

I wish you and what ever cleaning magic you know, we're closer.
I'm about to do an engine drop on my Porsche to fix oil leaks and would love it to look so good as that Subi engine going back in.

Cheers Richard
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