30 June 2016
29 June 2016
Man I've been lagging with the posts lately...
Fortunately it's been busy,
and now the kids are out of school.
I thought it was busy before!
of heading out to Ralph's for surf sessions.
(A kinda remote spot off Point Loma)
He waited patiently for weeks
while I got my chit together...
with vertical tubes set up in a big square.
He had tubes bent at a local shop,
who crimped them like hacks.
just to save his boards.
No way could I ghetto the old Chris Craft,
even if 90 degree fish-mouth joints
are easier to make.
Now it looks like an old Ski Nautique.
guess he's gotten 4 boards up there!
I need to get a loaded pic...
16 June 2016
The other day I got myself into a pickle.
A project needed a solid multimeter
that could measure ohms/resistance,
and I realized mine were all glitchy.
Yes a fun yawner!
beater Blue-Point MT145.
It's never worked perfectly,
sometimes doesn't even want to turn on.
severely corroded battery contacts.
That blue stuff grows overnight,
every time I gotta twist the batteries or scrape it.
The big problem is it's basically a voltmeter,
doesn't read resistance for chit.
Sometimes it'll work,
sometimes there's this ear piercing beep.
It just sucks.
I'm not a Snap-On guy anyway,
and I like the analog needle swing.
A Knight Auto Analyzer,
nice and heavy so it doesn't slide around.
I loved it for shop use,
other than the knob being broken.
That little thing sucks to twist,
and I never turned it off.
Who uses D batteries any more?
Have you priced good D batteries lately?
They lasted for years,
maybe a decade.
Even at $1.50/yr it's not a bad deal,
but I'll wait for a cheap swap meet deal...
The problem is this only reads high ohms,
so it's limited for basic use,
although there are many engine features.
a 1980's boxed Simpson 260 series 7.
The 260 model has been made since the 1930's!
Many believe it's the best US analog meter made.
The inventor built the compass for Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis!
and admit to never using it.
One reason is it's in such good condition,
I'd probably drop it.
the real reason is these friggin batteries.
A big D and an old school 9-volt,
yeah the one you used to lick as a kid.
Dang these are expensive now!
Mainly because they come in 2-packs.
eBay helped with the broken leather case.
I'll need to zip tie it or something,
but that's the armor it deserves.
nothing was a surprise,
there was a new object to hunt for.
Sure there are dozens of new cheesy $20 units
but where's the fun in that.
Before buying those batteries,
I found this $7 TMK TW-20S,
that looked like an old solid meter.
but there's no info on this TW model.
Time to crack it open.
This seemed to have heavy duty guts.
What's this burn mark...
A 10k ohm resistor?
WTF is going on here at the dinner table!?
See how multimeters are helping other multimeters?
The $2 resistor was swapped and it works like a charm.
While the resistor was being shipped from China,
I found this Radio Shack unit.
I'd asked earlier and he wanted $4,
then price checked eBay.
A Micronta 22-202u goes for $20-30!
Someone had spilled coffee on it
before I returned.
$1.87 was the change I had in my pocket.
Fits into the toolbox no problem.
Now there are enough multimeters for the house,
shop, a mobile one, and a loaner!
15 June 2016
So I'm walking up this boat dock,
and what do I see...
There were a few differences I liked-
The reinforcement of the handle base,
the more level stance pad.
he was checking out the cart
at the BIG3 swap meet in 2012,
back when my cart was new.
He had this crazy mini boat cart...
is still one of the most useful gadgets I've built...
06 June 2016
Nothing's worse than having a car,
especially if it's a hot rod,
that can't be driven.
the old 40 could barely get out of its way.
The 302 lookin 5.0 was smokin,
the AOD transmission was slippin...
That 170k drivetrain was tired even in the lincoln.
and watch the boys tear it up.
How far will we go only time will tell.
Ok and money!
this time around,
there will be some changes.
for some scrounged headers,
possibly squeezing out some HP.
I really wanted to build crazy fenderwell headers,
but these fit perfectly with no mods.
a Ford WC T-5 transmission (5-spd overdrive)
with a S-10 tail shaft,
which puts the shifter in front of the seat.
A trick unit.
Good thing the clutch pedal is still in there.