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post #1 of 8 Old 04-13-2010, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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new from calgary ab

i love this site already. i'm the only diyer that i know. and my wife is begging me to find some friends so she doesn't have to do shop talkall the time. when someone talks to me about there car, its to complain about their last mechanic bill. i usually just smile and then i find it hard to find things that could make me a friend rather than a buisness aquaintence.

the diyer seems to understand , it's like speaking another language. trouble is i don't enjoy talking when im not understood

i'm also on light duties due to an SI joint in my hip so i'm really trying to take it easy, and limit my man cave time. it sucks having it happen right at spring thaugh.

i nioticed there isn't really anything on here about cars. i'm no expert but i have been known to be able to solve mechanical issues pretaning to cars and off road use trucks like big 4x4s and i'm well versed in obd(on bord diagnostics) 1 ans 2. its not my favorite it must just be a gift. i've been trying to quit since 2008, but word got out and now... i'm just not allowed...lol

thanks and i hope nobody gets sick of me. i have 6 weeks of doing nothing... 5 weeks after today

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Welcome! I'm currently cleaning up an apartment after a chain cigarette smoker and chronic cougher. Lived there over two years and up and moved in the night. Took every working light bulb out of the whole apartment. I'm experimenting with ways to remove phlegm balls from painted walls without removing the paint. I've narrowed it down to Simple Green and a green scotch-brite pad. Next I'm going to tackle the semen stains and pubic hair on the ceiling.

I've made my living in cabinetmaking and real estate the last 35 years. I'm not good with cars. I used to keep my flat head Fords running all by myself. The last serious car work I did was to pull the heads on a 1959 Cadillac 390 in 1969. That car got 16 miles to the gallon and rode like riding on a cloud. It had real power brakes, not partial assist.
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i've worked on a bit of everything from model T, 50s' 6 volt dodges. really, anything i can get my tools on i can generally do something with
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Some friends of mine say you live in the prettiest part of the world. The closest I've been is to Red Lodge. It was so cold on that pass up there that the mountain goats were wearing long johns and ear muffs. We did our serious touring on motorcycle. I was so tense on that trip that a logger couldn't have pulled a pin out of my ass with a bulldozer. We settled on a camp site in Glazier park and started to make marathon fajitas by camp fire.

We took a rubber raft trip on the river. I looked straight up and saw the front of the boat. Then I looked straight down and saw the front of the boat. Those were the small rapids. They took us up the hill for miles in an old school bus and we came down in minutes. What a ride!

When I was about 14 my dad brought home a 1948 Cushman scooter in a pail and one basket. We got it running and my brother and I rode that thing miles from home. When I went to work in Minnesota after high school, that Cushman got sold. In 1972 I found an exact replica of that scooter and I bought it. I still have it. It's not restored but it was running when I put it in dry storage.
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Some friends of mine say you live in the prettiest part of the world. The closest I've been is to Red Lodge. It was so cold on that pass up there that the mountain goats were wearing long johns and ear muffs. We did our serious touring on motorcycle. I was so tense on that trip that a logger couldn't have pulled a pin out of my ass with a bulldozer. We settled on a camp site in Glazier park and started to make marathon fajitas by camp fire.

We took a rubber raft trip on the river. I looked straight up and saw the front of the boat. Then I looked straight down and saw the front of the boat. Those were the small rapids. They took us up the hill for miles in an old school bus and we came down in minutes. What a ride!

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When I was about 14 my dad brought home a 1948 Cushman scooter in a pail and one basket. We got it running and my brother and I rode that thing miles from home. When I went to work in Minnesota after high school, that Cushman got sold. In 1972 I found an exact replica of that scooter and I bought it. I still have it. It's not restored but it was running when I put it in dry storage.

just be glad you don't have to deal with the winter up here! i consider 10c deg compairable to the bahammas. have you ever felt what -55c windchill really feels like? we really don't live in igloos... but i'm sure an igloos insulation factor isn't much worse than my home
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You Canadians showed us how to build shopping malls. I think the icon mall is in Edmonton. The coldest I ever saw it was in 1963 north of Minneapolis. It was -40f. I had a 1953 Oldsmobile engine in a '52 Ford and it started. I had a can of 10 weight oil I wanted to add to the car and it wouldn't pour. Not at all. Stuck!

I set the can by the car heater and drove 50 miles to St Cloud and it still wouldn't pour. That's the coldest I ever saw a can of oil.
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You'll fit in here! Welcome, eh!
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Welcome from Texas !!!

Welcome to the forum Cowboy Dan. !!!

Tools are like guns, You can never have enough.
Where did I put that tape measure???
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