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brad131a4 (Forum Supporter)
brad131a4 (Forum Supporter) Reader
2/21/24 9:55 p.m.

Well almost 3 years since his last post. I'd like to see how it's doing now. Plus if he fixed that abortion of a PVC pipe for the garage panel. That would get any apprentice kicked off a job around here. I'd fire a Journeyman if he did that. 

metty
metty Reader
2/22/24 9:27 a.m.
brad131a4 (Forum Supporter) said:

Well almost 3 years since his last post. I'd like to see how it's doing now. Plus if he fixed that abortion of a PVC pipe for the garage panel. That would get any apprentice kicked off a job around here. I'd fire a Journeyman if he did that. 

Posts like this remind me not to be an elitist to other people about things i am an expert in....

yes, lots of projects have happened in the shop since it was completed. ill post up some pictures. No regrets about building it and the timing was perfect, materials costs have not come back down to what they were pre-covid yet

metty
metty Reader
2/22/24 9:43 a.m.

one of the first projects was this E30, bought it in a million peices, put it back together, drove it for a while and sold it for a $4k profit

 

rebuilt the carbs on my buddies XS850? midnight special

did some SBC boater-sports

metty
metty Reader
2/22/24 9:47 a.m.

enjoyed that Stingray for a summer, then found this Chap for $1000 in need of a motor also. The catch was that it was on the other side of the lake at a marina with no ramp. Borrowed a second boat trailer and used the Stingray to tow the Chap

built a very sketch gantry out of pallet racking to get the engine over the transom

tore it down and found a broken rod that trashed the block. got another short block off FB and put the heads and accesories from the marine motor on that short block along with brass core plugs

got it back in. no one died

metty
metty Reader
2/22/24 9:55 a.m.

picked this up for free off CL, threw a battery in it and wired up a CDI module from a Banshee ($15 on amazon) and we were on the water with it

boys had a great time with it for a summer and then sold it for $600

metty
metty Reader
2/22/24 9:59 a.m.

somewhere in there my son did head gaskets on the 96 Ranger his grandad gave him

 

had to run out and do a house call to fix my dads CAT skid steer

metty
metty Reader
2/22/24 10:06 a.m.

dragged home a Trooper that i probably didnt need, it was overheating and pressurizing the cooling system pretty bad. I pulled the head off and it was warped like a dang banana. Following some 3rd world repair videos on YT i bolted the head to the block with shims under each end and heated it in a few spots with an OA torch. it flattened out within 0.002" and i bolted it back on with a new HG. all good after that

 

got a fleet of mini bikes for a season, that was fun while it lasted

this is the only picture i have of that hateful day, but i pulled the headliner in our 100 series Land Cruiser to replace the sunroof cables and guides. 

got COVID in January of '22, had to quarantine in the shop for a week. kids came out to play remote chess with me 

metty
metty Reader
2/22/24 10:12 a.m.

dragged this BGT home, should have left it where it sat because it turned into way more of a project than i wanted it to. 

took 18 months to get that thing back together.....

 

bought this dodge for $1k to be a parts hauler. did a dirty scuff and shoot in the shop

taught the kids to drive manual in the dodge

metty
metty Reader
2/22/24 10:19 a.m.

picked up this '01 Bear Tracker to keep up at our hunting property in the mountains. it was smoking like crazy and ran like crap. the timing chain was so stretched out it was out of time and the cylinder was so wore out it just drank out. luckily parts for these are cheap

BGT was still getting worked on....

bought yet another boat that i ended up just selling and losing money on

finally got the BGT to where i could start painting it

some assembly required

metty
metty Reader
2/22/24 10:20 a.m.

painted the wheels

back together and mostly done. been driving it for 6 months or so

 

metty
metty Reader
2/22/24 10:24 a.m.

those are a few of the projects that have been going on the last few years. definately getting some use out of the shop!

Slippery
Slippery PowerDork
2/22/24 10:55 a.m.

Really cool thread and one of the most used shops in here :D

I need to go back and reread the whole thing, the first and last page are awesome so far.

chandler
chandler MegaDork
2/22/24 11:19 a.m.

That's a heckuva update! Thanks!

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