19 July 2017

Memorial Day 2017 - 40 goes to PDX

So this happened back in May...
After the 6 month work probation ended,
it was time to figure out the big move.
I thought it best to start by driving
our 2nd iron baby up.
Now that I'm a union guy,
Memorial Day weekend was perfect,
as I could finagle an free paid vacation day in.
Who da thought I'd have vacation days
a year ago!
My plan was to fly down,
weld up a trailer hitch,
and haul up a small load of chit.
The 40 has a 5.0/t-5 and disc brakes,
just like many ford trucks.
The prep didn't go as planned.
We ended up changing the leaking corroded timing cover,
and some other mechanical wrap ups.
Best to get there then to get stranded.
It's always tough to leave the wife and kids.
Jaxon took the morning off school,
my mom was the photographer.
What a send off!
There also is an underlying tension
driving a 77 year old car 1000 miles.
Will the countless modifications maintain?
If it makes it the first 60 miles,
most likely it'll be good to go.
I left at 2pm just in time to get stuck in LA traffic.
At a stopped spot on the freeway,
a guy ran out and gave me a real Cuban cigar!
He said anyone driving that car...
LA ain't so bad!
The straight shot up the 5 went without a hitch.
I pushed it past Sacramento around midnight.
On the last few miles looking for a rest stop,
everything turned black.
No headlights and no street lights!
I babied it a couple miles to the next gas station.
Fortunately just a fuse.
A few hours of cramped sleep,
and the mountain pass was calling.
The perfect day,
jus enough clouds to keep it cool.
A 4000' summit pee stop,
allowing a few obligatory shots texted to the family.
The 40 ran great up and down the hills,
any worries were forgotten.
That's usually when something happens!
The main concern was running out of gas.
The gauge isn't calibrated,
so a few backup jugs were always full.
At a rest stop near Eugene,
a jug was needed.
I'd passed too many tourist gouging gas stops,
waiting for the neighborhood deal.

This was the spot to eat the day old carne asada burrito,
nothin like San Diego Mexican food.
Hopefully we'll find a PDX replacement.
We better for the amount that we eat!
The trip lasted about 27 hours,
not bad with a nap, 
sightseeing and choosing to drive
in LA and Porland traffic jams.

Power parked at the different track events,
lotsa people dig the car,
well both hot rods.
There's something about a driven ride.
Months later,
they finally found a home.
A 2 car garage is a rarity in these parts.
More later!

18 July 2017

Amelia Perich turns 101!!

Our Nana reached 101 years old 
over the weekend!!
There's been great times and hard times,
she keeps on charging through.
It's amazing!
I was bummed to be so far away during the festivities.
Checkout all her great-grandkids!
That's the best present ever...
xoxo Nana!!!

16 May 2017

Portland Tranny

Portland Tranny.
The not so perfect nickname for a spring car show. 
Months ago I'd met a guy named Carl
at the local flea market,
who was eyeballing the old hot rod.
He happened to have just bought
that blue roadster pickup model,
said "here take it".
Come to find out,
He's had dozens of old hot rods, drag cars etc.

Fast forward to last week,
and he hinted of a local car show,
down at Portland Tranny.
"Get there early it's over by 11,
hundreds of cool cars!!"
I researched it online,
which was about as surprising as you'd expect
if you were going to research "Portland Tranny".
WTF people these days...
Refined to Portland Transmission...car show.
Much better for my interests...
Saturday arrives.
I woke up "get to work" early,
but peering outside...
Rain, rain go away!
I'd rather play my tank game.
Yea this is my crutch,
or my weakness.
Hey I don't have a TV up here!!
No movies or tv shows in 6 months!
To me it's a super fun and challenging game,
driving a realistic slowish tank around,
shooting other real-time players doing the same thing.
Look it up,
it's a free game for iPads!
"World of Tanks Blitz"
The huge positive,
is it keeps me from drinking late at night.
I kinda suck at winning with a buzz,
and it's very statistic based.
By 930,
the rain wasn't letting up.
Gotta make or break here.
Driving in the rain is a blast,
with the proper gear.
That could be a nice jacket,
or a garbage bag with poncho holes in it.
You pick...
I passed a few hot rods that had left.
Uh oh...
Driving by the address,
the show wasn't as big as Carl had predicted,
and I passed right by the building.
It was close to 10 and raining steadily,
what'd I expect.
5 blocks away I thought F-it gotta double back.
The second run i spied the closed off side street,
and snuck up to an open spot,
on the edge of the main parking lot.

"Sneaking" late into a car show parking lot,
full of hot rodders quietly standing in the rain..
with an uncorked flathead exhaust...

Well that's like a dog squeezing out
a majestic steamy poop on a hot windless summer day.
Like flies...
A quick back story.
Remember the Portland Roadster Show article?
Well I had concurrently posted an Instagram shot,
of one of the coolest cars there,
along with a not so glowing caption,
about a 3rd brake light.

If the caption was a 34 watt light bulb.
it would have a sharp stream of water shooting at it,
and I'd be standing in the puddle underneath barefoot...

The problem with writing online chit,
is that puddle continues to grow.
The chances for doom increase.
Months later I had gotten caught,
and the owner gave up an explanation.
What was I to say.
At the show,
I had the chance to say something in person,
as the owner,  his son and car club (slo-poks)
were all there for my roasting.
But guess what?
We all ended up having a great time!
When I finally whipped out the camera-phone,
we were the last cars there!
Great meeting you Neil, Neil Jr, Mark, Mitch and others!

11 May 2017

Toro 580d - meadow killer - v2

After months of wrenching and welding,
mowing season has begun.
I'd been warned that this was part of the job.
Of the 300 or so acres,
about 100 are basically civilized,
and a lot of that needs mowing.
The main mowers are the Toro 580d's.
There are two.
One is 4wd,
the other is 2wd,
used mainly for the flatter areas.
As the main mech I get first pick.
The wet weather has brewed some soggy ground.
This heavy beast loves eatin mud.
Fortunately we have flip phones to call in the cavalry.
I can understand why they need fixin!
This fuel tank vent was plugged up,
creating a vapor lock situation.
It was tricky to figure out but an easy fix.
I cut the new hose on an angle.
We'll see how that works.
Sometimes the grass is too thick to cut,
especially in soft ground.
It helped following John in the tractor mower.
I got stuck trying to get that last little part,
which is typically the trap to avoid.
Fortunately he had a chain.
Much of the surrounding area is not flat.
There are berms and banks.
Most are outlined by fences,
bogs or ponds.
Fences like to catch the mower guide.
It'll snag and swing ya in.
Tough to get out once it slides down.
Fortunately we've got the winch truck.
Now I know why these ball joints get so worn.
They are the stabilizers for the wing decks.
I had to cut this one out.
It seems like every time I took a picture,
I'd get stuck right after.
This was a too thick-too soft situation.
Now I scout it and make sure its cuttable beforehand.
The other mistake here was starting low,
and not doing half cuts,
basically chippin away slowly.
This was some tall bog grass I shoulda known better.
So far I've gotten stuck 5 times.
Every situation I've learned what not to do,
and why not to do it.
There's a learned reaction controlling the hydraulics,
letting the deck weights counterbalance on berms.
The sloped parts are like driving a boat in rough water,
kinda like rock crawling-fun!
The flat sections aren't too exciting,
although a spiral pattern,
or repetitive S's are funner than long straight lines.
People looking at satellite pics are gonna wonder 
what the heck was that mower guy doing...
Also gotta watch out for electric cables.
Fortunately this wasn't used any more!
Here's one of my last fence traps.
I couldn't resist trying to get that tuft of grass.
I've gotten better at unhooking out of the chain link,
not over-reacting helps.
The past two days were stuck free.
There were some creek or slough side sections,
good drop offs.
I felt kinda bad cutting down ecosystems.
There's pretty meadows I've buzzed down.
The crows and swallows swoop in
and nab the newly uncovered bugs.
Right when things were going smoothly,
a bypass hose blew.
Conveniently located behind all this muck.
It was nice to have a shop day.

07 May 2017

Sloppy's Revenge - stingray chopper

Our good friend Sloppy has a knack for making
cool stuff out of junk remnants.
One of his master pieces is this little stingray chopper.
It's been to Bonneville,
el Mirage and the Big 3 swap meet numerous times.
Well after this swap meet he was so packed,
it seemed safe to leave it at the house for a bit.
We've been lucky the past few years,
only a couple things have been snagged,
that we know of anyway.
Well days turned into weeks,
which turned into months,
and of all things,
someone opened the garage door and ganked it!!
Holey chit...
Hard to say exactly how much time had passed,
but Jaxon quickly posted the loss on "snapchat",
and guess what?
One of his friends spied it on the way to the skatepark!!
Holey double chit!!
They rounded up a posse,
and were able to collect it from the thieves,
most importantly without getting into a scuffle.
Someone had ridden it hard enough to crash,
and wrecked the front springer a little,
while also replacing the front wheel.
The bright green,
most likely why DJ happened to see it.
Good job guys!!
The fiasco spurred Sloppy to head down,
and retrieve the rest of his mechanalia,
before our luck ran out.
I don't think he realized how much stuff he had stashed!
A relief the story had a good ending...