Beverly Hillbillies

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Re: Beverly Hillbillies

Post by m3a1 » October 15th, 2020, 4:09 am

Second and third coats of assorted colors...building all those background colors that all come together to trick the eye...
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Since the welder is still all fired up, and while the paint is drying, let's try to make some more headway on that old tractor seat project shall we?
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Not quite there.....yet. But close. Very close.
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There's always something going on at the Beverly Hillbillies....! :wink:

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Re: Beverly Hillbillies

Post by m3a1 » October 15th, 2020, 9:59 pm

Hit the ground runnin' today...

Replaced an inner tube on the kid's bicycle (and delivered it to his workplace).

Spent a little time working on the tractor-seat-thingy for the Doc. The gear is from a big synthetic web load binder and here, serves to support the seat from rocking while one large bolt up the middle attaches the seat to the pedestal. A bit crude, but it's simple and it works.
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Yes, a little slap dash in the manner of its assembly but hey, that's fine.
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Until it's not fine. I discovered stress cracks in the base. Imagine being perched on this with your feet up when the base separated into two parts. Not good!
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Well, no matter...we have other options for the base....maybe this thing which has been laying around and really needs a job. Or, maybe a rusty old Model A truck wheel (which would be my first choice). I probably have one of those laying around here, somewhere...
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I really liked the diamond plate base.. Why can't anything EVER be easy? :cry:

Ah well.... Cupcakes and a little glass of milk make everything better. Yeah, I made those too.
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Re: Beverly Hillbillies

Post by m3a1 » October 16th, 2020, 5:01 pm

AH-HA! A Model A truck wheel! I knew I had one around here somewhere! Dropped this off at W.W. Tire to have the tire dismounted. They were busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger so, I suppose it will have to wait till Monday to see it done. I will power wash it, being careful not to remove too much of the history. Looks fabulous, doesn't it? I am a big fan of the dilapidated 'grunge' look.

So, I will removed the cracked base and will use this as the base instead. I really love the look of these old wheels.
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I laid in some EPOXY brand stuff around the seat's retaining bolt and sanded it down to fill in the margins, effectively sealing it against the seat. The reason why I did this is it would otherwise have been a place where dirt and moisture would have gathered and no one wants to sit on that. Yes, there are some imperfections in the epoxy but the seat has those throughout. Make one spot perfecto and it'll stick out like a sore thumb.

The EPOXY stuff I used is kinda like JB Weld but not quite (a little more plastic-like) and far more resistant to sanding. After using both, I find I prefer JB Weld.

Some primer and HEY! I like that color! It really pops! I think we're on to something here... I was born and raised in Ohio and seeing the detail on the seat pop out (especially the MANUFACTURED AT CANTON, O) makes me smile. There was a time when Ohio was very likely the manufacturing center of the world (if not the universe).
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So I followed up with Krylon brick red (in satin finish, cause I don't wanna get TOO uppity..) :wink:
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Re: Beverly Hillbillies

Post by m3a1 » October 21st, 2020, 7:58 pm

Found this on one of my junkin' expeditions the other day.

Kinda makes me wonder where the rest of the truck got off to.
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Re: Beverly Hillbillies

Post by m3a1 » October 21st, 2020, 8:11 pm

Also found this heavy duty cast impeller (and have absolutely no idea what it used to be part of) and decided not to use the Model A truck wheel as a pedestal base because, as much as I like the look of it, it was going to be a lot more work getting it at least reasonably presentable, it was far less weighty and of a smaller diameter.
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And, as it turned out, this was a 100% PERFECT fit for the central support!
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Stable? Yeah....like sitting on a stump. Now I have it all apart again, and prepping it for paint.

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Post by m3a1 » October 24th, 2020, 6:57 pm

Done and done!
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Momma enjoys her new seat! Yeah, it's a little tall for her but she was never around for a test fit.
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Post by m3a1 » October 24th, 2020, 7:05 pm

I acquired a big right angle grinder at a yard sale on the cheap. $35 for a tool that retails for $129. It turned out to be the perfect tool for cutting the back panel off the safe and brother, it cut through it like butter. Wow.

Alas, when I got there, the cupboard was bare. Still, we're having fun with it!
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Next up, I remove the inner panels on the doors, exposing the mechanisms for throwing the bolts into place.

Stay tuned!

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Re: Beverly Hillbillies

Post by rickf » October 24th, 2020, 9:14 pm

And there is the relocker I was talking about. It appears that a lot of that mechanism has been ripped out through the hole cut in the front where the dial was.
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Post by m3a1 » October 29th, 2020, 3:31 pm

I'd imagine that most of you have no idea what Warrenton & Round Top, Texas is all about but twice a year a boatload of people descend upon this little wide spot in the road to sell....junk. A whole lotta JUNK, all in one convenient location. There's about 3 miles of it, nonstop, and about 300-500 feet deep on either side of the road. So, for a guy like me who wants to shop it cheap and find it stacked real deep...well, there's just no better place.

I've been in need of one of these industrial work benches for some time and once people get their hands on 'em they rarely turn one loose. This one is no spring chicken but, with a bit of work and a little bit of modification, it will serve me well. It had a big hunk of wood on it when I claimed it as my own and, in case you were wondering, yeah...that price on the billiard table in the background IS correct. $25 gets you your very own billiard table AND a guy with a fork lift to load it for ya.
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The top of the bench needs a makeover. Somebody had been using it to refinish furniture and theres a lot of polyurethane and similar snot gooped up on it. For the most part, the metal below it is well protected. Should be a snap to sand it down and repaint it.
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One of the feet had been bent, creating a stress crack in the metal. Not anymore! I may plunk the feet in a half gallon of white vinegar for a day or two and repaint those but I'm content with the rust, too. We shall see.
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I sourced this overhead bin locally and snapped it up since it was on the extreme end of cheap. This will be mounted above the bench and will serve to keep things out of the way and readily at hand. Even has a convenient light kit mounted below it. Bonus! All of this will sit outdoors so I have no concerns about how pretty it is when it's all assembled.
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There's always something going on at the Beverly Hillbillies'!

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Re: Beverly Hillbillies

Post by rickf » October 29th, 2020, 8:27 pm

You know, I missed the pic with the boy and mom on the seat. What are you feeding that kid now? Horse feed? You at a junk rally, your wife had to be cringing.
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Re: Beverly Hillbillies

Post by m3a1 » October 29th, 2020, 8:48 pm

Yeah, whotta monstah! He's huuuuuuuge.

His head alone must weigh 50 pounds.... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by rickf » October 30th, 2020, 5:21 pm

Better not give him any crap!

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Post by m3a1 » October 31st, 2020, 11:19 pm

Another day at the Beverly Hillbillies...

Started the day with selecting and cleaning up some recycled metal from the GBPOE (Great Big Pile Of Everything) in order to modify the industrial work bench so that it has removable overhead lights and bins. The business of making the bins removable means that come the day when I am working on a project that requires space exceeding that of the table depth, I pull a couple pins and the whole thing dismounts and I'm back to having the utility of just a basic table. 64 degrees out and breezy. Good weather for working with steel.

And then the day suddenly warmed up. So I dropped everything and started putting some color on the Fortune Teller Cabinet...and I hate, Hate HATED the color, which really didn't match the color card Behr provided. Well, my vision of things isn't always the ONLY way to go so I'm willing to give it a day or two, and hoping I'll warm up to this color a little bit. If not...well, I'll learn to live with it, or I'll change it. Problem is my back is giving me fits at the moment (it's not my age...it's my mileage) so I do a little bit and walk away. Come back later and do a little bit more and so on....until it's done.
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But today's biggest victory was finally getting the radiator R&R-ed from my '05 Suburban. Talk about your easy jobs. Sheesh! And being a notorious cheapskate, a swapped in a salvage radiator into it, taken from my previous '05 Suburban. By the way, if you have one of these (99-2013), count on having to replace the lower isolators that keep the radiator (which is plastic :roll:) from shaking itself to bits against the lower radiator mount. They simply don't hold up against the test of time.

Once everything was back together, I had to go get another gallon of 50/50 coolant to complete the job and gleefully hopped into the Gama Goat to go to the parts store. When I rolled up and clambered out, the guys at Auto Zone looked at me like maybe I was Gort, emerging from his flying saucer (The Day The Earth Stood Still - 1951) which IS part of the fun of owning a Gama Goat. One can ALWAYS make a grand entrance.

On the way home, I nearly had an accident when some meat popsicle driving a POS pickup came up behind me on der Hauptstrasse at warp gazillion and passed me on the right just as I was changing lanes to the right. Luckily, I took one last look before making the move and caught on to what was happening in time to save everything and everybody. Some folks just need to have their heads caved in....or their beer taken away.

Happy Halloween (such as it is) to all of you!

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Re: Beverly Hillbillies

Post by m3a1 » November 1st, 2020, 10:08 pm

:shock:

Topic - How to devalue your truck in one easy step.

I always like to point these goofballs out.
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I suppose the thought of going to brighter headlight bulbs never occurred to this idiot.

But hey, nothing says a guy knows how to handle tools like an el-cheap-o $29.95 LED light kit bolted to the center of the hood!

Trade in value....straight down the tubes.

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Post by D Pizzoferrato » November 2nd, 2020, 9:07 am

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