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Old 08-02-2013, 10:05 AM   #1061
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Well, This Is It...

Our vacation is at its end and we'll be heading home tomorrow. I'm looking forward to seeing all my Cigar City Flathead friends and getting back to playing in the garage and posting our fun on the Ford Barn. Ciao for now.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:07 PM   #1062
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Welcome home, Vic and Sherrie!!!
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:03 AM   #1063
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Thanks Bryon, I appreciate that. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I didn't see any early Ford V8's or any "Hemi's" from another manufacturer... I did see a bunch of really cool Italian and other European cars and, with your indulgence, I'll post a few here for your viewing pleasure... First, here's an example of how they park a car...

Here are a few photos of cars I saw in Rome and a few other locations...





A nice '73 XKE.


And a new Jag Station Wagon...

I saw this 2CV in Florence, I wanted to take it home but my wife didn't agree...
Here we are at the 500 year ole Villa we stayed in Luca...
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:05 AM   #1064
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Here's a shot of the 2CV... Don't know why it didn't print the first time...
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:18 AM   #1065
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May not have printed the 1st time because its too ugly, but ugly can be beautiful, love the front plate. glad you had a good trip. Paul
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:21 AM   #1066
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Hi Paul, no "BS" here... Ugly is what makes it COOL!
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:09 AM   #1067
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Garbage Gas


After being gone for over two weeks, I'm looking forward to firing up all the Flatheads and giving them some road time. I did fire the '47 rag top yesterday and the stink of bad gas instantly permeated the air in the garage... That nasty smell still lingers... I hope the rest of the Flatheads don't suffer from the same affliction... We'll see...
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:13 AM   #1068
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How to Generate Good News...

Before we left for our trip to Italy, I had a problem with the generator in the '51 F-1. It turned out to be a rusted connection. I was able to clean it and restore the generator to working. I converted the F-1 to 12 volts and had the generator changed when we built the truck. In preparation for our drive up to Dawsonville for the Moonshine Festival, I checked my stash and found two complete generators. I took both of them to the shop I use, to have them checked out... As luck would have it, they both are in excellent shape and, as an added bonus, one is 12 volts and one is 6 volts... Now I have an extra generator for both the '51 F-1 (12 volts) and the '53 F-100 Panel (6 volts), I love it when things work out...
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:45 AM   #1069
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Good deal Vic. I was able to find a nice and inexpensive spare generator for my 55; I'm in pretty good shape with the on-board spares.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:37 AM   #1070
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Steve, are you taking one of your cars to Dawsonville?

I'm looking forward to seeing you guys.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:35 AM   #1071
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Lord willing I'll be taking the 55 F-100 this year. I may have to use special additives in the fuel in order to keep up with Vic on the freeway. LOL! I also look forward to seeing you and the others at the event. Steve
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:39 AM   #1072
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Steve, if I drive the '51 F-1 up, I'll keep it in second gear...LOL
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Mighty kind of you sir!
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You know me Steve, anything to accommodate...
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And the Wall Came Tumbling Down... Almost...

Today we finally got around to taking the wall down in the garage to install a double garage door and make (what had been our bedroom) additional garage space. Here are a few photos of the fun we've had...
This is the wall,

we had thought that we could simply cut out the opening (it had been framed for that) knock the wall out and trim out the opening...

We quickly discovered that the best made plans don't always work (and not just where Flatheads are concerned) Contrary to popular belief, I actually did help with the demolition...

After several hours we had the wall completely removed.

Now Iíve got to clean up the mess and tomorrow the trim carpenter will trim out the opening, and Saturday (hopefully) the garage door will be installed...
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Old 08-08-2013, 05:52 PM   #1076
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Vic, you look like you completely soaked that shirt in the process. A bit humid is it?
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Old 08-09-2013, 05:34 AM   #1077
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Russ, itís just a bit humid (around 95%) which is the norm here in Florida in the summer. Yesterday the high temp was in the low 90's... That labor is too much like work... Today the carpenter should have the opening trimmed out and the garage door will be installed on Saturday.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:58 AM   #1078
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It is nice to be home and back playing with Flatheads. You may recall my post about a '47 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet a month or so ago, well, we got her running and stopping, so now we have to go through and fix a bunch of small stuff... The hydraulics all work but two of the top support pivots on the drivers side are not staying in place when pressure is applied so, much to my chagrin, I can not drop the top to cruise just yet. Here are a few photos of her somewhat cleaned up.


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Old 08-13-2013, 06:28 AM   #1079
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After the recent flurry of post regarding Vapor Lock, I thought I'd add this to the conundrum... The Lincoln (pictured above) was really not "done right", whoever worked on this car in the past created electrical nightmares in addition to what can only be called mechanical malpractice... The car is still suffering from some electrical issues which we haven't ironed out yet. We did rebuild the carburetor and starter motor, and we cleaned the distributor and adjusted the points, installed new plugs, etc. Even with the lingering electrical problems, she fires up and runs very well. I took her for an extended drive yesterday in 90+ degree heat and she never skipped a beat and did not over heat... And, there was no Vapor Lock...
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A Question for F-1 Owners


I'm trying to find a Tonneau Cover for the bed of our '51 F-1... The shop that I have used for convertible top installations did not want to make one because of the bed sides not matching up with the tailgate... As always, help is appreciated. Thanks, Vic
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