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10-31-2003, 03:21 PM
Well the white stuff has come.I'm in the process of putting the cars away.Also finding room to work on them over the season.Man can I ever fill up the garage with non essential sunbeam stuff.
Winter projects.
Replace clutch on the 62.
Replace speedo gear in the 65 Tiger.Safety it and then maybe sell.
Miscellaneous things on the Lister and prepare for the final painting.This took 6 years more than I planned.doesn't look that bad as it's a 10 foot finish.
Do the rust on the bottom of the doors on the 81 Eldorado.Has 157000 kilometers and will probably sell if my wife lets me.
Put the ski racks on the motor home.
Do the Christmas decorating while it isn't too cold and too much snow in the next week or so.
Plan for the summer events as our plans were hijacked by too many other non car things.
How about all of you out there? What have you got planned? graemlins/canpatriot.gif Hey it's still sunny.

10-31-2003, 10:23 PM
Snowed here yesterday and today. Not much on the ground but plenty cold.
I am going to finish the carpeting (probably take it to a pro). Then I am going to start working on my #2 Series I. No engine or trans with car so V6 here I come. First I am going to strip the body to bare metal clear any rust, pound out any dents, then fit the engine and trans. While the engine is off to the machine shop I will work on getting the body work done and painted.

11-04-2003, 02:44 AM
Believe it or not, it is now cold & rainy in Souther California. Ok, we don't know what winter is compared to everyone else!

My project, sadly, is to part out what's left of my '67 after smashing it up. I looked at some rather rough Alpines bodies I could have used, but the the thought of another rebuild didn't sit too well with me. We're both giving up the ghost.....

Good luck to every one else!

11-04-2003, 10:26 AM
Sorry to hear about your Alpine giving up the ghost. I am just starting another rebuild so I know what you mean about wanted to get involved in that. Good luck.

11-05-2003, 09:54 AM
Here in NJ (USA), we won't see any serious snow for another 6 to 8 weeks....right now, I'm up to my ears in fallen leaves!
It *does* eventually start, though....my Miata, last year.


11-05-2003, 11:52 PM
1. Finish "New" race car. ('62 Sprite.)
2. Finish resto on MkI GT6. (Install glass, interior, and chrome.)
3. Rebuild engine in 1500 Spitfire race car.
4. Build spare engine for #1.
5. Find someplace warm!
Jeff graemlins/crazy.gif

11-06-2003, 01:56 AM
Started on my #2 Alpine tonight. Its a bit rougher than I thought but since I only paid $100 I guess I have to give it a go. Going to need new floors and a little straightening on the right rear.
Tonight I got all the old electrics out of the engine bay and started cleaning out the passenger area. That is is mess.

11-09-2003, 10:02 AM

I'm so far away from working on my current project, a '61 Rapier. Just bought a fixer-upper house with a ratty garage. Before anything automotive can happen, the architect whom we just hired has to come up with a design (house and garage) that we like, and then I have to build the garage next summer (what a wife I have - she was the one who suggested that we build the garage before remodeling the house!).

And to think that I thought I could have the car ready to take to SUNI! Hah!

So to the rest of you who have a place to work on a project, enjoy your workspace and happy Sunbeaming.

Tony Fontaine

'61 Rapier convertible

11-09-2003, 10:14 AM
It sure does me good to see that so many of you will be busy.I have found enough floor space to get 1 car in for working.Just need more storage space and I will get the Lister in first as there are a few minor mechanical things to adjust.
Keep on smiling as it's sunny every day.

11-09-2003, 10:33 AM
Chuck, I smile every day I wake up on the green side of the grass!
I really need to update the heat situation in my garage before I start on my winter list that I posted above. My garage was originally a carriage house at the old railroad station, about a half mile away, and was built in 1909, disassembled by my grandfather some time in the '40's, and reassembled here. It's tiny and drafty, but it has served me well so far. I guess with age, my tolerance level for cold has decreased. But, ever optimistic, away we go!

Super 7
11-15-2003, 06:14 PM
It is suposed to be between -30f and -50f here by tomorrow. I will be here for another 5 weeks. My cars are all in a much warmer place, and except for the Seven, will bet run all winter. I don't like to run it on wet roads, and on my part of the Oregon coast, 100" of rain over the winter is close to average I think.

I'm not luuking forward to another sub arctic winter, I'm glad I won't be here for all of it.

11-17-2003, 10:31 AM
Super 7.
Where are you that it will be -30 to - 50 F?
Right now in Winnipeg it is +36 and going to + 40F.Fantastic.

Super 7
11-17-2003, 03:20 PM
I'm in Delta Junction, Alaska. It was -35 F yesterday. Today it warmed up to -19.

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tony barnhill
11-17-2003, 03:41 PM
Super 7...I'll be in Delta Junction end of June...will have an MGB with me...lets do a top down run one day....

11-17-2003, 08:03 PM
Super 7
I guess I won't complain for awhile.Hope its warm enough when Tony is there.Then you say you will be there for only 5 weeks.What are you doing there? graemlins/canpatriot.gif

11-18-2003, 09:54 AM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by thegoodbeamer:
How about all of you out there? What have you got planned? graemlins/canpatriot.gif Hey it's still sunny.<hr></blockquote>

You're selling the Tiger?

I'll be racing next weekend, then the Spridget goes away in my workshop for proper body repairs from the Watkins Glen crash. Engine will get new bearings, pistons and so forth at the same time.
Meanwhile, there's always winter-flying:

11-18-2003, 10:44 AM
I know it sounds ridiculous but I'm actually thinking of selling the tiger.Not in a big way as I never thought I would consider such a thing.However it seems since I retired there is so many things to keep me busy.As well there are just too many vehicles to maintain.Went to start my 85 F150 and no go.I think it is the fuel pump as there is lots of spark.Thankfully the weather is not bad as this has to be done outside.
The Tiger just won't go to any one who has money as money is not the reason to consider selling. It does have Bondo as the body work was done in Calgary before I got it.Main concern is the right side door.Didn't look right.They filled over a long dent.I went over it but it must be redone with part panel replacement or some serious metal shrinking.I will not really sell untill that is taken care of as well as the other little things.Other than a 5 speed it is stock and it is fast.
Well I have to go and look up how bad it is to replace the fuel pump. coolgleam.gif Still every day is sunny. graemlins/canpatriot.gif

11-18-2003, 10:46 AM
Here's another bad weather story: Early last week the weather.com website forecasted "sunny" weather in the 50's & 60's for last Sat and Sun. "Great", I said. This will give me the final opportunity to get out and replace my fuel lines before winter sets in (I have no garage). So, I got the parts and tools ready.

Then, the forecast strangely changed and it was rainy and cold all day Saturday. Sunday morning came and more of the same -- cold & rainy.

So, I said to **** with it, went outside in the rain and worked on the car for 2 1/2 hours. Got really wet and cold, but the fuel lines were replaced!

What lengths we'll go to for our LBCs. . .

Mark Brown, Charlottesville, VA
'70 GT6+
'70 Ford Mustang GT

Super 7
11-18-2003, 02:11 PM
Actually, thats 5 more weeks. I have been here since May, working on a missle defense project. I guess there are missles to be stationed here that are supposed to shoot down other missles in space.

As of today, I have worked 7 days a week minimum 12 hours per day without a day off since since Labor Day weekend, and will continue that way until December 18. I did have 2 weeks off in June, 2 weeks in August, and Labor Day weekend off. On the other hand, I hope to not work until May or June of next year. I don't intend to come back here to Delta, but we are bidding a number of other projects in the Alaskan interior, and in the arctic. I have spent lots of winters in the arctic, from oil field projects to water and sewer projects in eskimo villages. In these places, -20 f is a warm winter day, worthy of a Celebration.

There is a lot of work which can only be done in the winter.

tony barnhill
11-18-2003, 02:13 PM
That's right - you're at Ft Greeley....do you know Hal Swanson?

11-26-2003, 07:29 AM
Well I have been working on Alpine #2 for the past several weeks. I have just about everything that will come of removed so I can put it on a rotiseree and turn it over to work on the bottom side. Still have to remove the rear axle and springs and the front cross member.
Starting const. of the rotiseree next week.
These are good projects for the long winter months.

Joe Litefoot
11-26-2003, 02:58 PM
Long time, no talk. Glad to see your still playing with your cars. Still hope to get out west and see you some day. Still have my 69 Commer Motor Home and the 69 Commer camper van and the 59 Commer work van, but I have sold off some of my Austins as I simply couldn't keep up with the maintenance and excersize program. (that's exercizing the cars).
Joe Lightfoot

11-27-2003, 10:57 AM
Hi Joe.
Glad to hear from you.The time I work on the cars seems less since I retired 2 years ago.I stole time to work on them.Now all the absolute must do,better do,need to do and should do are almost done.Then there are all the things we really want to do around home.Problem is we can't leave things as they are as we constantly redecorate.Then there are the 4 boys who all seem to want my help.I have promised myself I will work on the cars this winter.So far I did the small things I wanted to do on the Lister.It is done and we brought the Tiger in and put it up yesterday.We'll see how fast that gets done.Our social calender is getting full for December.8 grand children and all have concerts.
Enjoy every day and have a peaceful Christmas.
graemlins/canpatriot.gif coolgleam.gif and life is sunny

12-09-2003, 08:00 AM
Winter's finally hitting us here in the northeast USA. I got 10" (25 cm) the other day: our first significant snowfall. Friends north of me (in New England) got almost four times that, from the same storm.
Also, Joe mentioned Commer vans and I can't help but paste in a picture of that most famous Commer, the Ecurie Eccose Jaguar transporter (used when they were racing "D Types".