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    Re: Latest Side Projects

    I'll post up some photos shortly. I need to do another photo hosting site since I filled up my Flickr one.

    I remember when R13s cost around $600. They are several times that now. I...
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    I'm kind of learning as I go along. I am changing out all the pads, but there's a learning curve. That's why I'm using an old hard rubber clarinet as my cadaver before I attack the Alberts.
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    Wind instruments don't work that way. If you lengthen one thing, then the position of the tone holes are wrong. I might be able to try a longer barrel at the top, but doubt it would give me...
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    So, I ended up buying two more Albert system clarinets. One was another "parts" clarinet, a Buffet from about 1881. It's missing keys, too. Hoping that between the two I can make one good...
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    Re: Electrical Troubleshooting Advice Needed

    Deoxit is good stuff. I've used it on all kinds of music and sound gear, and yes, I've used it on my Sprite. Depending on how much is on the connectors, you might be able to get away with hitting...
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    Re: water pump installation

    When I replaced the water pump on mine, I pulled the radiator. I also took out the shroud -- gave me an opportunity to refinish it while I was working on that part of the car.
  7. Re: Pertronix Ignitor: reliability & suitability

    Have not had any trouble with the Pertronix in Baby Blue since I've owned the car -- 6 years now, if you can believe that. You could probably add a couple of years to that number when...
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    Re: More Sprite progress finally

    Nice. It's always interesting to see these cars stripped all the way down to the shell.
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    Re: how to have music/radio when driving

    One of the P.O.'s of my Sprite installed a pair of 8 inch 2-way speakers into the board between the trunk and the passenger compartment. That usually works. I have an older Clarion AM/FM...
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    Re: Latest Side Projects

    Yes, but just like cars, if you can't tell the story behind it, then it's just an old instrument. It's the human side of the equation that gives an old object its value.
  11. Thread: Seat belts

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    Re: Seat belts

    The retractables from VB seem to work reasonably well. Sometimes a little too well as once they lock, I've had to do some serious fiddling with the adjusters to get them going again.

    Yes, I'd...
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    Re: Sumitomo 13 inch Tires

    I put a set of these on my '69 Sprite when I had to replace all four Uniroyals due to bent rims. I really like them, but I probably don't push my Sprite as aggressively as some of you do. Compared...
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    Re: Latest Side Projects

    Good looking work that you've done there. Honestly, I couldn't tell that is a modification.
  14. Thread: Sprite woes

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    Re: Sprite woes

    Even some rudimentary diagnostic equipment -- test light and voltmeter as TOC indicated -- would probably go a long way to finding your problem. If you're really unsure of the problem, the best bet...
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    Latest Side Projects

    Because you can never have too many projects to work on, I decided to add a couple to my plate this summer.

    A friend of mine was clearing a house that had been in his family since 1911 when they...
  16. Thread: Seat belts

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    Re: Seat belts

    I upgraded my '69 Sprite to 3-point non-retractable belts, and then later 3 point retractable belts. Like you, I just feel uncomfortable in a car without seat belts. My daughter kept slipping out...
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    Re: Thanks ALL - time for me to let go......

    Pretty color. You see a lot of this happening on Bring A Trailer of cars that have been in owners' hands for 20 to 50 years or even more.
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    Re: New Build Stock Wheels?

    It's entirely possible -- I mean they are building just about everything else for these cars in the aftermarket now.
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    Re: Aircraft, WWII, and relatives

    What makes this story even more unusual is by August 1944, the P-39 was pretty much phased out, having been replaced by the more capable P-38s and P-47s.

    We have tall tales in our family as...
  20. Thread: Mexicanicos

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    Re: Mexicanicos

    I usually don't watch much TV -- too much garbage. I figure if I have time to be watching TV, I have time to do something productive, like turn wrenches.
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    Re: Don't Tick Off a Woodpecker

    We've had a population explosion of woodpeckers in our area due to the Emerald Ash Borers. The neighborhood woodpeckers liked my Bradford pear and would leave concentric circles on the limbs. ...
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    Re: external sealant for oil leaks

    Definitely interested in this, as my pan gasket is pretty much toast. If I can squeeze a bit more time before I have to pull the motor, that's always a plus.
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    50 years ago this week...

    ...my 1969 Austin Healey Sprite Mark IV was assembled. I wonder if any of the workers on the line would have any clue that one of the various Spridgets they were sending down the line would still...
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    Re: How could someone do this?

    I drove by again. On second look it was a rubber-bumpered MGB and not a Midget. It's further down in the pile. It is possible this car was so far gone to be useless as anything else but scrap,...
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    How could someone do this?

    Near my work there are a couple of metal recycling places. One of them takes junked cars and crushes them outright, as opposed to some of the junkyards that are nearby. Vehicles seldom last more...
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