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Posts posted by Oldestzguy

  1. I think it is pretty normal to not really want to be told what to do, leave your warm giving girlfriend and nice muscle car, or maybe go to a place where you can get your head shot off. This is precisely why the respect was earned by the ones that did go whether they were drafted or volunteered. They did not go to Canada. Some did it for the rest of us. Hence the guilt. If I was hanging around at home getting laid, I would feel even more guilt.


    I have a son that has never been injured at all; except for a separated shoulder in football which required surgery 3 days after season end. He received an inaugural "ironman" award starting in his honor, and was chosen Mcdonalds's scholar athelete of the year (AAAAAA) selection in Central Fl and is somewhat of a hero to his group and the local area.


    Spdsk8r also has a son that started out not injured. He should get a much bigger and better award; especially from the VA. One son is kind of cool; the other is a real hero that has, at least, earned the right to enough money to survive without having to compete too much with the uninjured. My son knows the difference. I hope everyone does.


    Our hats are off to both father and son. I am certain the son is not named Jody. End of story.

  2. I was drafted in that era and was supposed to go directly to Nam. I was trained as a combat field medic at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. A combat medic's life span in Nam at that time was supposedly two weeks. Out of 243 people in my class, all went to Nam except eight. I was sent to the Panama Canal Zone, and seven went to Germany. I, of course, was delighted with my luck. When my orders were announced, a training sergeant/lifer came directly over to me and told me that I received the best orders out of 3,000 men because there was nothing to do there but party and the women were wonderful. When I got there, my biggest daily problem (other than the two week recondo school) was figuring out which beach to lie around on. A quart of good rum was seventy five cents. If you had a $150 dollar car, the island girls thought you were a rich American and would actually fist fight each other over you. It was a MASH unit (601st - just like the sitcom) at Fort Clayton. I lost a few best friends from my old football team in Nam. I have since regretted that I was not sent over and have visited their names on the monument wall in Washington. I am a member of the American Legion now but have never felt I really belonged (because I really don't) and make that feeling clear. God bless them all, they were just kids. For the ones that did survive, what a crappy, life ruining return to their homeland. I know it was not my fault, as if I went to Canada or something; but also, I did not volunteer and I got very lucky. The guilt will always be there.

  3. I had a 91 Q45, and I was going to put the engine in a Z and was following the threads on the process. I run a Mercedes, Bmw etc, shop and can get all parts for about 60% of what other people pay. I still refused to be hijacked by the parts prices so I gave the car to my 18 year old son and he is playing with it, as you can see by the picture on the link below, until it dies. Fabulous engine, outrageous prices and my 50 year old mechanics hate to work on it because everything is so hard to get to. It was also the best driving, running car I ever had. By the way, the front mud flap moldings (with the actual flap part removed) are painted and back on now. He had a low budget, so he prepped the car himself and had it sprayed at a cheap Econopaint shop, (with his mom and I sanding, cleaning and taping also). Good training. The car runs perfect and as stock except for bypassed heater control valve. The interior is the best part.


    Purists, be warned !



  4. I hope I am not hijacking a thread here but I guess we are all talking about our garages and bathrooms, etc. Soooo,


    You guys that need a bathroom out back for your garage;


    check out the one I built and is selling on ebay; item number 200055138183 and can be transported on a truck.


    It is not going to sell there, they have thousands of things to look through before you get to mine.


    Even your wives would like it. Hooks right up to your plumbing exceeding all code req by far.


    Thank god I'm a county boy..... City boys don't look.

  5. I used to get these pains all the time to the point I would walk around looking deformed trying to give in to them. I could not move my neck, right shoulder, back, etc. I went everywhere. All the orthopedic doctors told me it was my back. I even, in desparation; went to a Chiropracter and he slapped me around and walked on me etc. I finally went to a family doctor for something else and in two minutes he told me I had knots in my muscles because of stress. He knows I hate any kind of pills but he told me the knots would not truly go away unless I took muscle relaxers (I think mine was Flexerill) to relax the swollen and tense muscles so the could get smaller and RETURN TO THEIR NORMAL PLACE. He said you have to take the relaxers because swollen tense muscles twice their size cannot go back into place. I took four or five of these in the proper order and the pain was gone forever in 15 minutes. I had one more episode a year later and took two of the remaining pills I still had and it went away. That was 10 years ago. Years of suffering for nothing.


    Yeah, I had xrays also. It did not matter.

  6. What you are trying to do is keep them from.


    1) transferring from the bigger trucks to the smaller ones with the cherry

    picker on the back

    2) go off their normal industrial routes deeper into resential areas with the

    smaller cherry picker trucks


    These two things, obviously cost them, and then you, more money.

  7. Heavy items on a pallet are usually much cheaper if you have it delivered to an industrial zone zipcode and onto an actual loading dock. If you or a friend work in a place where a truck can back up to a loading bay/dock where the truck floor is at the same level as the building floor; then they will just offload it cheaply there as part of a normal delivery. Then you are on your own with it and can place it on an engine stand with wheels if it stays there, or you can load it onto a pickup with a engine crane or a bunch of guys, etc.

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  8. Researching the availability of the old GTU wide bodied Z kit; I talked to this "SHOWCAR" guy for about an hour, a year ago. When I hung up I told myself to never use him for anything.


    I talked to John Washington about the same time for about 30 minutes for the same reason and exchanged some emails. He told me the good, bad, and ugly of how to use his parts, which I understand from other customers; are excellent. This man tells the truth.


    240zttV8 has a great GTU kit now, and in my mind, should make other high quality parts as well and go on to make a fortune.

  9. Your dash is fabulous. I want it and will eventually copy part of it.


    However, if the top of your dash is not dull and dark, preferably black; you will definitely see a major reflection of it in your windshield 100% of the time which is even more maddening at night with street lights, etc. This is why every car is made this way from the factory and is why most complete interiors are gray or two tone gray with the darkest gray starting on top of the dash and even going onto the interior of the doors.

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