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Old 05-16-12, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
I don't know if my lathe qualifies as a restoration. All I did was take it totally apart, clean it, and put it back together. Much like a C&V bike. Is that a restoration? Or only an overhaul?
if it works, call it a restoration
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OK, I found a few of the boat.





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In a previous life I used to restore vintage race cars. This is the only picture of me working and the second picture is the end product.



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WHOA! still have that?
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Originally Posted by otg View Post
OK, I found a few of the boat.





Nice boat.
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Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
WHOA! still have that?
Not mine. I'm nowhere near that rich. I did get to do a session with it. About a dozen laps at Road America. Our guess is I was doing about 190 through Kettle Bottoms and into Canada Corner.
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I always thought the GT 40 was one of the best looking sports/race cars. A privilege to work on that car, I imagine.

A great era for design. The GT 40. The McLaren M6. The Ferrari 275 GTB, and on and on. And, of course,
the bikes.

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To drive - maybe. To work on? I spent at least 120 hours sanding. All for a "nice" paint job. I lost my fingerprints for a while. It was mind-numbing. Probably spent another 120 hours welding shut the rock dings on the underbody of the tub. I think the steel fumes fried my left hemisphere. I hate to think what was absorbed into my body at the parts cleaner.

Why is it the harder yo work, the less you get paid?
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Waaaaay back in the good old days (you know: thicker hair, thinner waistline), I used to restore British sports cars of the 50's and 60's. This is my 1961 MGA Roadster. In the stable at that time were also a 1964 Austin Healy, 1968 Alfa Romeo Spider, a 1972 Mercedes, a 1972 Toyota Landcruiser, and a 1959 MGA Twin Cam Coupe, which was a blazing fast four banger. The insatiable Japanese demand for British sports cars priced me totally out of the hobbyist market about twenty years ago. Heaps that I used to pick up for less than a thousand dollars were suddenly worth fifteen times that (or so sellers seemed to think! Local C&V bike sellers seem to have similar ideas these days...)
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Forty years ago, I restored this 1910 Gray hit n miss engine.

Then I got married and it sat for thirty five. My Dad has it now and the pic is of it running two weeks ago.

Antique campstoves. One of about 50.


Current project. 1979 Honda CX500 aka The Twisted Twin

In the process of un-Cafe-ing it.
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Old 05-16-12, 08:45 PM
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I restored old Muscle cars for a long time , and the last oddball Item I restored was a Micro Seiki DD40 Turntable.
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Old 05-16-12, 09:23 PM
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Cars. Rebuilt player pianos for a while, my first job out of college. Did a few organs, too. Used to have a copy of Stairway to heaven on a player piano role. Did an old Victorola once, too.
Then there were the boats. The Prince of Persia gave this one to Rita Hayworth, https://macmagicians.com/Mahogany/ind...art&Itemid=272
That was a fun job.
This was my tug boat, made in '29 by the Knease Brothers in San Francisco;

I found this one in a barn and talked the widow out of it, it's a 27' Herreshoff S class;

Getting the barn off the boat was the tricky part. I wish i had some after pictures.
I'll fix most anything. If I've never fixed one before that's even better.
Here's the car pics;

The Honda 600 might be the most unusual, certainly one of the funnest;

My first was a '51 Buick woody;

Here's the '69 Riviera that Grandpa left me when he died, this is right after I painted it;

Random dead cars;

Oh yeah, and some Vespas, too;
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1906 Craftsman Style Bungalow (seven year project)

1934 Arts and Crafts style Rock Bungalow (my avatar, five year project)

1934 Arts and Crafts style duplex (my current project + workshop, who knows how long this one is going to take....)

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Old 05-17-12, 12:30 AM
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Well I cant say I restored this one, but I did restore the teak taffrail when I was there.


then there was Sopwith's the 12 meter


here is my Herreshoff from 1874


A thames skiff
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Old 05-17-12, 12:33 AM
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back to metal things

my vespa gs 150


the vespa allstate - from start to finish in 3 weeks!


my vespa gl thats all new zincplated and not a spraycan


the first motor I completly rebuilt-
lets see who can figure out what it is???the alternator is an upgrade-it was a generator
the carbs are weber but originals were also side drafts.
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This, I suppose

I have an old Logan also. Awesome!
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I have an old Logan also. Awesome!
Thanks Frank. I have to admit, that one really didn't require much of a "restoration". Clean machine.
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Originally Posted by puchfinnland View Post
here is my Herreshoff from 1874


A thames skiff
Absolutely beautiful *!*
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Absolutely beautiful *!*
Agreed.

I'm not one bit into powerboats, but otg's has a nice appeal.

Looks like she'd be a great Muskie boat for Minnesota waters.

I love to see all of these sailboats, as that's my primary hobby, not bicycles.

We are looking into a 1957 Rhodes Sloop 32 footer next weekend for a long term project.

Love to have her up in Duluth Harbor on Lake Superior by this time next year.


edit:

Sailorbenjamin, your tug is awesome as well.
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Waaaaay back in the good old days (you know: thicker hair, thinner waistline), I used to restore British sports cars of the 50's and 60's. This is my 1961 MGA Roadster. In the stable at that time were also a 1964 Austin Healy, 1968 Alfa Romeo Spider, a 1972 Mercedes, a 1972 Toyota Landcruiser, and a 1959 MGA Twin Cam Coupe, which was a blazing fast four banger. The insatiable Japanese demand for British sports cars priced me totally out of the hobbyist market about twenty years ago. Heaps that I used to pick up for less than a thousand dollars were suddenly worth fifteen times that (or so sellers seemed to think! Local C&V bike sellers seem to have similar ideas these days...)
I had a string of British and German sports cars in the 70s and 80s.

Was an enjoyable hobby and somewhat lucrative pursuit while it lasted.

I still do a one off here and there. Just did a 1972 BMW 2002 tii two years ago with my boys.

Matching numbers, so it was well worth our time.

Just found another in central Minnesota priced correctly, so maybe by next summer I'll have some other projects under control.

Anyone have an Alpina tuned 2002 they can share some interior pics of?

Primarily the dash please.
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1966 Ford Galaxy 500 Convertible .
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Several vehicles, a Coke Machine, but probably the most unusual...a 49' Cockshutt Tractor.

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in 1986-9, something like that I worked at a shop and we had a really rare bmw.
2000 Tii Alpina -thats a hatchback version of a 2002. I remember there being an extra instrument cluster on it, and a 2 tone paintjob that looked great. I think there was less then 100 of them produced
vented discs on all 4 corners, adjustable swaybars, 5 speed and really nice original wheels-might have a picture if i look hard enough.
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Originally Posted by puchfinnland View Post
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the first motor I completly rebuilt-
lets see who can figure out what it is???the alternator is an upgrade-it was a generator
the carbs are weber but originals were also side drafts.
Volvo B18 without the strombergs?
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those cannons seem interesting-is there a video link?
I've never uploaded any videos to the web. There are plenty of videos of carbide cannon firings on YouTube, however, I've never seen one of the projectile firing Gas Cannon.

I did a video frame analysis of my cannon firing to try to estimate the muzzle velocity on the basis of the frame integration time and length of bullet blurring. If my numbers were correct, the speed was slightly below 300 feet per second. A +/- 15% error wouldn't surprise me, though. Phil G.
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