24 October 2014


I've been trying to clear out the clutter.
How many times have I said that?
Is it the clutter or just turnover?
I passed the big Kenwood kr-9600 to a loving family.
At 160 wpc it was a fun in your face unit,
but just didn't have the symbiosis with the speakers and the house.
Could get harsh and sterile at louder levels,
and way too shiny.
In it's place the baby Sansui 2000a.
According to the # code it's a September 1970 model!
(Third digit is year)
The sweet warm tube-like sound,
making me want to relisten old favorites.
Seems way more powerful then 35 wpc.
Even better through those burnt orange grille covers!
The problem with purge mode,
 is making space for deals that are too good to pass on.
This rare 1977 sansui qrx-8001 was a score.
The quad (4-channel) board was out,
but ran perfect as a 2-channel.
The guy even dropped it off.
Thanks Raul!
I love it.
I think it's 80-100 wpc as a 2-channel and has that similar warm sansui sound.
Haven't had time to clean it up,
it'll wait in the queue.
Neat to see how the styles changed.
The top Sansui qr-6500 is 1972.
No meters and a discrete looking tuner.
I actually like the features of the earlier receiver.
There are 3 front speaker outs,
 vs only 1 on the later model.
The other cool thing is the preamp option,
allowing use of 2 external amplifiers.
A great excuse to keep scrounging for junk!
So yeah ya notice the new to us TV?
Thanks to Chip and family.
Now the screen size matches the speakers!
Last but not least,
the canoe did find a new owner.
A little overkill on the pickup vehicle.

20 October 2014

What Canoe?

I'll be the first to admit sometimes I get stuff cause it's a deal,
not necessarily cause we need it.
My imagination can easily justify a cheap score.
When it's dragged home,
there's the reality of how much storage space,
or the time that's needed to use it.
Outdoor goods pop up at the end of summer and daylight savings time.
I couldn't pass up this beater aluminum Grumman canoe.
Maybe next years Humphrey's concert series,
or a road trip to a river or lake...
Any way to get the kids out on the water.
Like we need more little boats in the yard!
Let's see if we could camouflage it to blend in.
Gotta plug Home Depot for having cheap camo paint.
With the help of a neighbors plant,
the materials were less than a 20 spot.
The process was quick and a lot of fun.
It's not about the detail,
but the big picture.
I can see how guys could camo their trucks.
Hard to see but we started right before sunset as usual.
No more big old shiny turd.
You'd step on this one.
Now the goal is to use it at least once.
Anyone need this bucket-o-thrills?

17 October 2014

Creepy Crawlies

We've got a thing for spiders,
you may remember our battle against wasps,
when I realized they were eating our big orb weavers.
Well the other day Jake found a trippy green spider.
I've never seen a green spider before.
I researched online,
maybe it's a Green Lynx Spider.
We added it to our black widow collection,
but since it isn't really dangerous,
may as well let it hunt with it's remaining 5 legs.
Definitely a growing population of black widows over the summers round the yard.
Most were found really close to where hands go.
Halloween is year round at the Perich pad!

15 October 2014


Time to prepare the 40 for winter.
I'm hoping for a wet one,
fill up those dry reservoirs.
For now it's the heavy marine layer,
the morning dew wanting to kill the old car.
Before the hood was plopped on,
I had to take care of the blowby problem.
There's been a pcv valve on one side,
but the other side has been a basic open breather cap.
At speed the suction is strong enough to burn any fumes.
At idle there'd be just enough blowby burping,
the occasional wisp venting into the atmosphere.
The hood would only direct it inside the cab.
Hey this was a beater engine from the get go!
The easiest solution was threading pipe fittings into the air cleaner and breather,
then connecting with a rubber hose.
Adding to the clutter.
Easy but would it work?
With no time to warm up the engine to test the new emissions system,
the hood was plopped on and I took off.
Amazingly enough I'm not breathing in exhaust fumes,
so looks like the hack fix worked.
Next winterization project will be making the missing rear windows...

10 October 2014

Bucket Brigade

Over the summer I basically drove the cars into the ground.
Guess that's what they're for.
How can a 1940 ford be my most reliable car?
The water pump was starting to chirp,
and it was an easy swap,
until I had the bright idea to spray the car with a hose.
I should know better then to spray down a perfectly running engine with a hose.
As expected,
the engine was shuddering and hiccuping.
Time to troubleshoot.
Funny how little problems are found,
that don't cause problems.
I thought for sure it was a vacuum leak from this dried up plug.
Then I thought it must be the custom HEI module.
I had gone through everything else.
Good thing I tried swapping out the distributor cap first.
No more water on a warm engine.
On the parts run,
I found out that NAPA is having a deal month.
Last year it was free hats,
this year it's a bucket deal.
Whatever fits inside is 20% off.
Perfect timing as I had gotten stuck in the van last week.
Had to make a 20 minute walk of shame home.
For a minute I thought that was the end,
of course I had just paid the registration,
and quarter filled the tank.
After cooling down it magically drove home.
4 years ago it had the same problem,
and the fuel pump was the culprit.
This time the tank was much easier to drop.
The evidence of the old repair was obvious,
I had to weld these bolts on the tank straps after they broke!
Like I said the timing was perfect,
and 20% off a $200 pump is a done deal.
For a free van,
two pumps and used tires I can't complain.
Thanks Sepp!
On the flip side we have enough buckets.

08 October 2014

Modern Pirate

There's something about boat people that reminds me of modern day pirates.
Maybe pirates is too strong a word with the killing and thieving,
there's a saltiness that needs to be accepted if your gonna be on the ocean.
Actually you're gonna either accept the saltyballs like a pirate,
or your gonna fight it like a yachtsmen,
a never ending battle.
Well a buddy of mine is a pirate at heart,
really a rat rodder in the small boat world,
acquiring plunder and making it work.
Then beating the heck out of it as you should.
After seeing the progress on our little whaler,
Dino coerced me to make some of his ideas a reality.
How could I resist.
Using a donor windshield and some scrap SS tubing,
a side console unit was fabbed up,
complete with spot lights and switches.
A stern light was whipped out from the remaining scrap.
I'll be making a light for ours!
I gotta admit it was a fun project.
More attention to the big picture instead of the smallest details.
The funky workboat styling,
function before form,
may irk the Boston Whaler traditionalists!
What'll happen is he'll be out there that much more,
surfing off the Point,
or hoop-netting for lobsters,
while keeping dry.
That's what it's all about.
One thing I was surprised about,
was the differences between the 13 and 15 foot whalers.
The 2 foot difference is an additional 200 lbs in hull weight alone,
not including the larger engine and controls.
The trailer must be twice as heavy,
and way wider,
a 2-man job squeezing it into the slot.
Dangerous with bare feet!
I'll admit I got the bug looking for a larger boat,
a montauk 17 would be bitchin.
For our use and space,
the little 13 is way more manageable.
So for now I'll be happy 
balancing the pirate vs yachtsman with our little whaler.

07 October 2014

Pave the world - Part V

Looks like my brick saga is wrapping up.
It's like Lewis and Clark making it to the Pacific Ocean.
The path is set,
now use it.
We met an old brick scrounger on one of our forays.
He was in the process of paving his world.
His insight was to lay a dozen or so bricks every couple days.
Don't get burnt out.
That was good advice.
I or we would knock out row by row,
little by little,
night by night.
Check out that brick stack.
About 430 bricks!
That was the second big score like that we grabbed.
Each row was about 20 bricks,
and planning issues arose.
The walkway was not level with the boat/car pad,
and 20 rows of  20 was barely half way to the end.
This picture sums up the work method,
start at the end of the day,
and work with the good old light bulb,
until I heard "dinner is ready" the 3rd time.
Over this past weekend the final push was made.
The remaining bricks could pave the walkway,
I could deal with the car/boat pad later.
Sorting through hidden treasures made progress slow.
It had been months since this doorway was accessible!
Dang there is a lot of junk to clean up!!
The last push used every remaining brick.
I had to scrounge brick parts to fill the last hole!
No more working in the dirt,
or skipping from paver to pavers weeds.
Big difference when working barefoot!
The aftermath is a ton of haphazard pavers.
Remnant dirt from leveling was spread out,
and the pavers helped to pack it down.
Now it doesn't dip as bad,
and a car or boat won't be on an angle.
Yeah guess I'm not done.