03 May 2016

Hit and Missed Deals

Ok... time to clear the phone 
of missed craigslist deals!

Any longtime reader will know my brick infatuation...
This was a score of scores,
2000 clean ready to lay bricks!
At 2 hrs up this should have been vamoosh,
however a couple days later,
the realtor sent an email with the owner contact info.
Of course it got sent to my junk mail.
Dang it that would've been a haul!

Here's a mystery load...
20 tons of supposedly the cool early bricks.
This was back in winter,
it was raining and I was tied up.
Never even drove by...
Shoulda woulda coulda...

Changing the pace,
here's a neato bike project.
Gone within 13 minutes! 
San Diego is cutthroat like that...
Did I really need a motor-less motorcycle?
Probably best to miss this one!

But wow what about harley parts?!
That'd be a good distraction...
Pretty sure this was a spam ad.

Here's an old beast.
Freebie stoves pop up often.
Certain brands are worth more than others,
and it seems like there's a business
parting them out.
An unneeded distraction...

Now this would have been kinda cool.
Fleetside not stepside but freeside!
Gone within the hour...

This little boat may have been perfect 
for that 75hp outboard I've stashed.
I'll never know... gone in 40 minutes!

This boat was a wild card.
Kid didn't know much about it.
Could have been an easy "just add battery",
or a nightmare "sunk in saltwater" salvage.
I was the second guy and bye bye...
I almost fell for this one.
The $500 could have been traded 
for grease monkey hours.
Problem was the van brakes are marginal,
and that wouldn't have been fun!
Probably made a car hauler out of it.
The neighbors would have loved this in front!

I could have got this outboard.
Do we need two back up engines?

Now this one may have been cool.
The Lido is a perfect family boat
to teach the kids to sail with.
Oh well...

Here's a change of pace,
an actual score!

I'll drop everything for old hot rod parts,
especially rusty heavy yard art,
sold by someone with an encrypted phone #.

1936 rear wishbones and front axle,
maybe an exhaust driveshaft inside...
Thankfully had Sloppy's pickup for this.
Much easier than the van.
Check this 35/36 to 37/38 hub adapter.
Only need 3 more for the set!

This one was a trajectory changer.
I missed it but my ADD kicked in.
The search was on for a shop mule.

I ended up finding this one,
which you'll know way too much about 
in the next couple days...
Happy Hunting!

01 May 2016

Big Three-some

A cool photo shoot at the Big 3 swap...
Three clapped out roadster pickups get together...
Each one looks great in the little phone pics...
Each one had a minor mechanical issue...
But each one has thousands of miles on em!
Thanks Sloppy/Sophorn, Johnny and Justin from Hop Up!

26 April 2016

Dream Onken Speakers

For a few months I had a dream...
Custom Onken Speaker Cabinet
...to build some high end speakers.

The design was an Onken box,
using Altec Model 19 components,
supposedly one of the better DIY systems.
Altec Model 19
Once channeling the correct sources,
it didn't take long to locate the goods,
or most of them.
Here's the starter kit.
The 15' woofers are awesome.
Altec 515b's with big alnico magnets.
Altec 515b
The dust cone had a little screened hole in it.
Great Plains Audio reconed Altec 515b
These were reconed by Great Plains Audio,
a specialty company of previous Altec techs,
using original Altec factory equipment.
Altec 515b
These had mismatched frames,
but tested the same on the ohmmeter.
This one was most likely 1947 vintage,
when Altec was based in Hollywood.
Altec 515b Hollywood
There's a HOLLYWOOD stamp
camouflaged in there!
Altec 515b Hollywood
Another puzzle piece were these bitchin crossovers.
The knobs spun with professional resistance.
Altec Model 19 2-way crossovers
The crooked stickers advertised real veneer.
One capacitor was smashed,
however a recap is typical anyway.
Altec Model 19 2-way crossovers
These horns copied the model 19 style,
using an altec 811 flared horn.
There's a ton of theories on which horn to use.
Altec 811b horns
Plans for the Onken cabinets are free,
and the build is very square.
No crazy angled cuts like Klipsch La Scalas.
I could pull this off...
Onken speaker cabinet diagram
Well the dream speakers bubble kinda burst.
I snapped out of it
after listening to a previous project.
Klipsch KP302
The Klipsch kp-302 speakers were cheap and quick,
and there sound is decently above good.
Klipsch Cornwall with Altec 511b
Our main house speakers are over the top too.
Klipsch Cornwalls with the 511 horn,
with the La scalas in the rear.
The main problems are the amps powering,
as well as the typical fuzzy grateful dead bootlegs,
are much better with speakers not as bitchin!
Kinda like the very top photo,
the guy is using a multi-$$ tube amp.
That's the trap!
Finding the weak links and the spiral starts...
So off everything went!
Now the plan is to rebuild the engine and transmission 
in the green 40.
It's been slippin and smokin a bit undeserved.
Or really a dozen other projects...
Custom Onken Speaker Cabinet
Monster speakers will be on hold...

22 April 2016

Anchors Away

Just a fun project
that took 2 weeks to prep for
and about 2 hours to complete!
I understand this guys dilemma,
docking is the most stressful part of boating.
Especially on a windy day,
and especially with a bunch of gawkers.
He tagged it hard to bend the 1/2"+ stainless!
Definite scar on the dock pylon.
It took the two weeks to come up with the plan.
The owner had an idea to fix it 
that wasn't going to work.
Just leave the thinking to me!
Good ole bumper...
Was made for this chit...
Another simple trick with the clamp party.
Just enough heat to soften,
didn't even turn red.
There ya have it.
Not perfect but not $1500 for a new one!

21 April 2016

Europe 1990 score

Probably one of the dumbest things I've done...
going to see these guys in Europe.
I blew my load on all the tickets
and a eurorail pass,
leaving $250 for the trip.
Yeah smart!
I survived partially 
by selling peanut butter and jelly sandwiches 
to the US deadheads at the shows.
A little piece of home...
Tough to find peanut butter over there!
I'll write more about that trip in the future...
Seeing the dead play in a 2500 person audience,
was totally worth it!
At the time I couldn't afford one of these cool posters.
It would've gotten ruined anyway!
I did scrounge one of these off a wall.
When I saw this pop up on eBay,
I had to jump on it!
Typically this poster is in a higher price range!
This c-note version is funny though...
Why pay $100 for a poster printed 
a year after Jerry Garcia died,
6 years after the tour?
C'mon now,
obviously a desperate attempt at money grubbing.
So yeah thanks but no thanks!
I'll stick with the faded looking 
possible knockoff version!
Perfect for the shop wall,
next to Mike Ferguson's 185 mph El
Mirage  grille shell!