18 April 2014

A new leaf

I've never been known to have a green thumb.
I've tried and have good intentions,
but there's a certain amount of patience,
and upkeep I tend to forget about.
Even house plants tend to whither away.
However one of us has to have the magic touch.
A couple weeks ago we started our seedlings,
and it's taken about the same time
to weed this little stretch of dirt,
partially anyway!
The sprouts were transplanted,
and now we'll reap the benefits.
Maybe over the weekend we can finish that last part too!


17 April 2014

bottom's up

As you have read in the back to black series,
over the week a major milestone had passed.
That was the easy part.
Over the weekend,
some negative energy fueled an even stronger push.
I'll get to that story later,
for now let's focus on the good stuff.
Back in February I started to tackle the bottom rust.
Piece by piece sections were replaced.
Patch panels were rough hammered out,
and fit into place.
These pieces had only been mig tacked,
Waiting for finish welding.
Funny cause here was a time 
I could have lived with the rot.
As each corner became whole,
there was no turning back.
Finally the last of the easy pieces was finished,
and the big TIG was brought in.
So much nicer to use the tig for sheetmetal,
even if wind blocks are needed.
The finish welding took a couple hours each day.
At this time the corner points were also buttoned up.
A big step.
You know what happened next.
A little hammering and sanding...
...and time for some black primer.
So cool to see it like this after all these years.
Now for the hard part.
The front end is a mess.
The lower sections are toast,
And they aren't simple flat pieces.
The good thing is after I've got a plan,
Totally different from a month ago.
Stay tuned...

16 April 2014

Back to Black - part 2

The boundaries were pushed for the rear transformation.
The rear decklid is a rust pit.
The outer edges are disintegrating,
The inner structure is nonexistent on the lower portion,
and the surface looks like a dirt field.
I've seen decklids in the $200-400 price range,
and figured after all the time in metalwork,
that may be the wisest direction.
The only mod is rounding the corners.
Two hours of grinding and scouring,
and this is as good as it was going to get.
Holey Chit.
Bring out the Ospho!
The phosphoric acid based rust converter is magic.
The liquid penetrates deep into the pores,
the oxidation process put on hold.
Out came the killer 2-part epoxy.
So much better even with the dents and holes.
The primer is amazing.
The next day it was sandable without clogging!
The wavy fender to body joint was reworked,
and the second coat rolled on.
While this was not the ideal procedure,
it felt right to get it done.
The rust is underneath there,
but will be in long-term hibernation with the chemicals.
In a way this is the perfect experiment,
to see how the steel, rust and paint coexist.
Mark your calendars!
The fender to body line still needs a bit more work,
and you may have noticed the unpainted bottom section.
The patch panels needed finish welding,
so stay tuned for part 3.


15 April 2014

Back to Black - part 1

For years I have been torn
on how to finish the rusty 40.
Can you tell from this pic the direction changed a little?
No more rusty 40!
This has been my problem from the get go.
A solid surface rust layer.
I've seen media blasters clean up rusty bodies,
but in many cases there is still root rust,
deep in the pores.
Instead of risking any warping of the body,
I decided to chemically combat the rust,
the same procedure I had used on the roof section.
After almost a year it is still holding up.
The surface was massaged with a wire wheel, scouring pad and sand paper,
then topped off with a dose of ospho.
It was like putting aloe on a sunburn.
Meanwhile Jaxon had removed all the rubber
from the runningboards.
Awesome job!
Next up was my secret weapon.
That military/marine grade epoxy,
and a cheapo roller kit.
At this point I was still working on the lower patch panels.
You may cringe at the application method,
but I've got a technique!
This is a primer,
and the goal is to apply the thickest layer possible,
basically suffocating the sheetmetal in plastic.
So far I've gotten two coats on.
I'm happy to have bitten the bullet.
I loved the patina,
and had thought about a waxed or oiled surface.
Living by the coast with the salty fog,
it's a never ending battle.
I want to be able to leave this outside,
and not watch it deteriorate after all this work.
At least now I can also experiment with paint.
Next up the back half...

14 April 2014

Sunset sesh

Just a couple shots of a sunset sesh.
Kids in nature...
The longer we were there the more they wanted to stay.
The waves were blown out,
so kayakers took over the sets.
A good way to clear our heads!


11 April 2014

Candid Camera

You know how the saying goes,
"birds of a feather flock together."
Another gearhead dad from the kids
elementary school has a bitchin corvette.

He actually has two of this year,
a roadster and this coupe.
After work (or play) he did a drive by.

The car is so sweet.
A couple neighbors gave the thumbs up.
Our uptight neighbor that likes to call the cops even took a video,
although I don't think it's cause he liked the car!
Maybe he wanted to study the interactions of the human male in society?
That's just a wild guess,
what do I know I like pie!


10 April 2014

happy sticks™

Within days of installing the big auditorium speakers in our living room,
I became painfully aware that while powerful in their sound,
the cabinets had a fragile flaw,
especially in our confined space.
I haven't played a Liar's Club in a while,
so let's see how long it takes to figure this out.
I had many ideas for a design,
but was limited to the scraps lying around.
Sure I could drive and get some 1/4" round,
but where's the fun in that.
A couple Model A Ford brake rods would do the trick.
A rusty scrap of flat bar was dug up.
This had the perfect patina to match the 1930's brake rods.
The modified band saw worked it's wonders yet again.
I get asked if I'm a welder all the time,
well a couple times a week it seems.
It's a common term for a metal worker to the common folk.
There usually is more time cutting, filing, fitting, drilling, etc.,
then actual welding.
Can you believe no grinder was used in this project?!

Obviously I'm trying to stall right now.
Have you you figured it out yet?
Here's some choices...
1 - mechanical Xanax
2 - big booty reducer
3 - point guard
4 - happy sticks™
Okay the top pic was actually the finished deal.
What did you guess?
Here's before the install.
See that point?
Well it's sharp and dangerous looking...
...but is defenseless against a clothes bin.
Remember these Klipsch La Scalas were made for a stage.
In this household,
the 7' spot inbetween the couch and the TV is also our folding area.
If your gonna waste time in front of the boob tube,
the #1 reason for the big booty syndrome,
may as well get something done.
Clean clothes need clean hands,
which means no greasy snack food too.
It's a win-win on all fronts,
and bottoms...
#2 it is!
This is also the primary wrestling area for the kids.
When you combine bodies and boxes,
what would be expected.
Things get knocked around.
I'm telling you this is prime real estate.
#3 it is!
I had a holey chit moment when I saw a really light mark.
After a wtf moment with the family,
it was easier to build the guards 
then to limit fun and chores over mashed points,
and sound like a raving lunatic.
Yep #1 it is too!

So if you chose #4...
Ding ding ding winner winner chicken dinner.
These guards are basically are recipe for happiness.
No more stress about ruined speakers,
a toned butt brings better self esteem, comfort and well happiness,
and really this helped justify keeping these!
I almost gave them up when they became to much of a liability for damage.
Yes I did contemplate on the round bars effect to the sound wave.
There's engineering involved in designing that bass cabinet,
and if it was water flow  it would definitely make a ripple.
Well I can't tell a difference!