The gearhead thread.

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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by hugodrax » Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:35 pm

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. . . If they ever put a car guy in charge of that place they could be a challenger again.
I nominate FredS for the Inadvertent Pun of the Month award.
I'm pulling for you for Curmudgeon of the Year. You're not only charmingly grumpy, you almost always have a point, Fred. It's delightful.
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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by FredS » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:18 pm

I think I've posted about this guy before. A racer from my hometown. A few years before my time, Mr Inyard was a schoolmate of my dad.
Imagine, if you will, where Fred's jewels are and what would happen if the rear end or clutch grenaded.
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Remember when guys worked on race cars in the dirt next to their house? Remember when boys rode bikes?
The front 'suspension' on this thing looks sketchy as hell.
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These cars ran in the AG (Altered Gas) class. Altered? Ya think?
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Re: The gearhead thread.

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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by durangopipe » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:01 am

FredS wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:18 pm
I think I've posted about this guy before. A racer from my hometown. A few years before my time, Mr Inyard was a schoolmate of my dad.
Imagine, if you will, where Fred's jewels are and what would happen if the rear end or clutch grenaded.
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Remember when guys worked on race cars in the dirt next to their house? Remember when boys rode bikes?
The front 'suspension' on this thing looks sketchy as hell.
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These cars ran in the AG (Altered Gas) class. Altered? Ya think?
Love those photos!

Along with admiration and a ton of nostalgia, thoughts about sitting on top of a grenade with the pin pulled and sketchy front suspension . . .

those straight pipes aimed right at the driver’s ears in the days before anyone wore hearing protection - I’m guessing Mr. Inyard was asking, “Say that again?” a lot in his later years. (Like I find myself doing now!)
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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by durangopipe » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:11 am

Hovannes wrote:
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Here you go----
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=221&v=aeZ0BUc3kMw
Oh ya. Dat’s a good one, don’tcha know.
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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by durangopipe » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:14 am

I’m not working on a project car these days - haven’t in many, many years - but I do follow this thread religiously, so to speak.

Fred . . .
Have you ever posted a photo of your small block Cobra?
I’d love to see it.
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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by FredS » Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:30 pm

The business office:
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This picture is a few years old and it's still in essentially this condition. I don't care for bodywork and I don't really want to pay a shop to finish and paint it, so I'm at a standoff with myself. Every winter I say I'll take it to the paint shop and get it finished next spring. We'll see. It's still in Kansas City but I may drag it out to CO next week if I can find a trailer while I'm back there on business. I'll have to find a local garage to store it though because Mrs FredS would skin me alive if I crowded her out of our garage.
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The engine is a mostly stock, fuel injected, 1990 FSB. It's bored a little oversized with new internals, a bumpy cam from Ford Racing, reworked heads with big valves, springs and roller rockers. Dependable as heck.
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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by FredS » Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:47 pm

A funny story:
You can see an aluminum tube over the upper steering shaft to the right side of the engine. I think it's from an old set of volleyball poles I scrounged from the kids crap. It was painted white and it took a while to get the paint stripped and to make some mounts to hold it in place. Mrs FredS said she didn't understand why in the world I was spending so much time on something no one would ever see. I said' What do you mean? It's right there in the open!" She said 'Well yeah, when the hood's open. Who's ever going to look under the hood?" :facepalm:
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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by Hovannes » Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:13 pm

I found a 95 GMC Sonoma short bed 4x4 regular cab 4.3 V-6 with a straight body AC blowing cold and needing an ABS brake actuator and a catalytic converter. An ex county vehicle. I can probably pick it up for a couple of hundred.
I was thinking of a project for my son, plus a 4x4 PU is always handy. Worth pursuing, in your estimation?

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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by Roadmaster » Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:22 pm

Hovannes wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:13 pm
I found a 95 GMC Sonoma short bed 4x4 regular cab 4.3 V-6 with a straight body AC blowing cold and needing an ABS brake actuator and a catalytic converter. An ex county vehicle. I can probably pick it up for a couple of hundred.
I was thinking of a project for my son, plus a 4x4 PU is always handy. Worth pursuing, in your estimation?
Around here something like that would probably go for $1000 and up. But around here the catalytic converter and the ABS Actuator would get pitched in the scrap metal pile.
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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by sweetandsour » Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:43 pm

Couple of weeks ago I helped three older ladies jump start their car. I opened the hood and after a minute or two looking for a battery, I asked the driver if she happened to know where the battery was. She thought it was in the trunk, so we opened the trunk and had a look around. No battery there, so on a whim I ask the lady sitting in the back seat if she would please get out. I lifted the back seat and there was the battery, right there under the seat big as you please. I still can't believe it.
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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by FredS » Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:44 pm

Roadmaster wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:22 pm
Hovannes wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:13 pm
I found a 95 GMC Sonoma short bed 4x4 regular cab 4.3 V-6 with a straight body AC blowing cold and needing an ABS brake actuator and a catalytic converter. An ex county vehicle. I can probably pick it up for a couple of hundred.
I was thinking of a project for my son, plus a 4x4 PU is always handy. Worth pursuing, in your estimation?
Around here something like that would probably go for $1000 and up. But around here the catalytic converter and the ABS Actuator would get pitched in the scrap metal pile.
Does a '95 have to pass a smog check? If not you can buy a 'test pipe'. For off road use only of course. Even with a new cat, a truck that old is probably so out of tune and worn out that it wouldn't pass the test. The ABS actuators are about $150. Not worth it if you ask me unless it has to pass an inspection. Even then, yellow warning lights don't usually fail an inspection - it's the red ones that you need to worry about.
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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by FredS » Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:46 pm

sweetandsour wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:43 pm
Couple of weeks ago I helped three older ladies jump start their car. I opened the hood and after a minute or two looking for a battery, I asked the driver if she happened to know where the battery was. She thought it was in the trunk, so we opened the trunk and had a look around. No battery there, so on a whim I ask the lady sitting in the back seat if she would please get out. I lifted the back seat and there was the battery, right there under the seat big as you please. I still can't believe it.
It's the damnedest thing idnit? There's also a second fuse block and probably a computer under there.
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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by Roadmaster » Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:55 am

FredS wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:44 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:22 pm
Hovannes wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:13 pm
I found a 95 GMC Sonoma short bed 4x4 regular cab 4.3 V-6 with a straight body AC blowing cold and needing an ABS brake actuator and a catalytic converter. An ex county vehicle. I can probably pick it up for a couple of hundred.
I was thinking of a project for my son, plus a 4x4 PU is always handy. Worth pursuing, in your estimation?
Around here something like that would probably go for $1000 and up. But around here the catalytic converter and the ABS Actuator would get pitched in the scrap metal pile.
Does a '95 have to pass a smog check? If not you can buy a 'test pipe'. For off road use only of course. Even with a new cat, a truck that old is probably so out of tune and worn out that it wouldn't pass the test. The ABS actuators are about $150. Not worth it if you ask me unless it has to pass an inspection. Even then, yellow warning lights don't usually fail an inspection - it's the red ones that you need to worry about.
Lots of guys want a straight body regular cab and I'm assuming rust free as it's in California for a small block Chevy transplant. As for smog check I have never heard of it. I think cats are required but I don't know of anybody that actually checks for them.
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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by durangopipe » Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:26 pm

FredS wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:47 pm
A funny story:
You can see an aluminum tube over the upper steering shaft to the right side of the engine. I think it's from an old set of volleyball poles I scrounged from the kids crap. It was painted white and it took a while to get the paint stripped and to make some mounts to hold it in place. Mrs FredS said she didn't understand why in the world I was spending so much time on something no one would ever see. I said' What do you mean? It's right there in the open!" She said 'Well yeah, when the hood's open. Who's ever going to look under the hood?" :facepalm:
Great story, Fred.
Thanks for posting the photos.

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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by Hovannes » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:03 pm

Any thoughts on 2001 Nissan Xterras? My son is considering one listed on Craig's. 150k on the clock, manual trans.
Anything special to look out for?

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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by Hovannes » Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:29 pm

We're bringing the Xterra home tomorrow!
The boy's really jazzed about it!

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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by FredS » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:45 pm

My friend Randy and I, circa '83. Simpler - and skinnier - times. One of us grew up, one of us didn't. Randy became a hermit, sort of isolated himself from family and friends. He died last month. This ol' world is just a hard place for some.

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