Bob: IM S6 posted:

Snow here too, and I haven't prepped the car for storage.  Guess I'll need to fill a gas can so I can top the tank up.

Winter is nice, but...


I went to the station yesterday and topped ‘er off.  I’ve been told topping off allows less opportunity for condensation in the tank...   Next will be stabilizer. 

I knew when I had to wear my funny hat that winter was close.  I wasn’t expecting this though!   Maybe I need a radio in the car to hear the forecast.  Lol 

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Everybody romanticizes winter, until they have to deal with it. Everything from how we build homes, to how we use cars is effected by winter. Roads frost-heave and pot-hole, and are covered in cinders for half the summer. Traffic slows to a near crawl. Ending up in a ditch or pileup is something everybody (every last one of us) will experience at least once. Outdoor work takes 3x as long, and becomes 10x dangerous (you haven’t lived until you’ve been on a sloped metal roof, working on an HVAC unit, in the dark, during a blizzard.

I’m over it. 

RacerX posted:

Hey OB,

Love your car! The wheel detail totally nails it !!! Put another log on the fire for me, 85 here Yesterday. Miss the cold weather myself.

Brian

 

 

Thanks for the compliment on the wheels.  I had posted about wheels a few months ago because I was toiling with what to do.  My Dad was still alive at the time and suggested keeping the rims that came with the kit (30+ years ago) and powder coating them black.  I felt the results were very good and achieved in a relatively cost-effective manner!EEA9B36D-5F6E-4C24-994D-E9EC49BB2DBE_1_105_c

My Dad was smart!  The adjustment modernized rims that screamed 1980.

 

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@Stan Galat When we have cool weather, we enjoy it, but the snow? Not into anything past an occasional dusting. Some places back there just look uninhabitable! I grew up and we lived at the base of 10k ft. Mt. San Antonio in SoCal while the kids were young. I could literally pick them up from school and be into the snow in 30 minutes! But alas, it is California and we must leave ...

 

Stan Galat posted:
 

Everybody romanticizes winter... 

 

You're right, Stan.

I used to romanticize winter a lot.

Every time it would drop down under 20 degrees for a week at a time, I'd romanticize the crap out of it.

Every time I'd step off a curb into a puddle of slush that was a little deeper than it looked and my shoes would fill with ice water, you could hear me romanticizing halfway down the block.

As a news photographer, when everyone else was seeking shelter from the storm, I'd be sent out into the maw of the beast, looking for the god forsaken places where it was wreaking the most havoc and causing the most human suffering.

See, there I go, romanticizing again.

 

First snow of the year here, not much on the ground yet but they say a few inches on the way. It won't last though, even early December snow often doesn't last to Christmas around here.

The final leaves aren't even off the trees, I have a few maples that are still full green....and I haven't raked or closed the cottage. The weather sucks but it's not Winter yet and we'll have a mild-ish few days coming!

ALB posted:

@OverKILLLL Bob- invite a neighbor over, pull out a couple of lawn chairs and a couple of beers from the fridge and watch it come down from the comfort of the front of your garage. As long as you're dressed for it (and by the pics it's obvious you are) it'll be a great way to spend part of the afternoon!

This is often what Friday nights involve... next time I will snap a few pics.  Friday nights with the cars, playing pinball, and having a few adult soda pops!

ALB posted:

You'll have to excuse my ignorance, guys, but Plymouth is where, exactly?

Plymouth is in Wayne County Michigan, a suburb of Detroit... and located approximately halfway between Detroit and Ann Arbor.  If you look at the weather radar, you will see why I think yesterday may have been my last cruise day for the year.  

Anyways hello to you from snowy Plymouth! 

RacerX posted:

837C7F34-E625-4ECA-BDA5-C5574ABC1AE1@OverKILLLL Bob After I saw that post, the wheels started turning and I am seriously thinking about adding the 3pc. Wheel bolts around the perimeter of my 16” Maxilite Fuchs

 

I took a chance with the silver lugs and wheel bolts on the black rims...  I have a few friends that don't like it, but I felt that the rims were difficult to make out without some of the silver highlights to help your eyes see all that is going on.  It was a game-time decision.  But those same friends do not like the vintage amber fogs I have put on the vehicle... so I guess you can't please everyone.

 

Please yourself.  The people on this site are great at being nice.  Rarely do we hear/see a negative comment.  Those are reserved for anyone who is foolish enough to try to advertise their car for sale here.  

But, we all like our cars the way they are, and that's all that matters.   Although, we all have something we think about changing, and that's the fun of these cars.

I can't wait until I show off my new 20" wheels, and my neon running lights...

Bob: IM S6 posted:

Please yourself.  The people on this site are great at being nice.  Rarely do we hear/see a negative comment.  Those are reserved for anyone who is foolish enough to try to advertise their car for sale here.  

But, we all like our cars the way they are, and that's all that matters.   Although, we all have something we think about changing, and that's the fun of these cars.

I can't wait until I show off my new 20" wheels, and my neon running lights...

I noticed that a few salesmen were met with swift resistance once they posted their prospective car for sale on SOC.  I understand it though... if they do not offer insight, help or at least ask for help from more experienced members, then I guess they are using the site to unload a car.  

OverKILLLL Bob posted

I took a chance with the silver lugs and wheel bolts on the black rims...  I have a few friends that don't like it, but I felt that the rims were difficult to make out without some of the silver highlights to help your eyes see all that is going on.  It was a game-time decision.  But those same friends do not like the vintage amber fogs I have put on the vehicle... so I guess you can't please everyone.

 

That's the joy of these cars, Bob; you get to build it your way without any constraints (from P purists or general public!). Make it your vision, and unless you hang a bunch of american hot rod crap on it or trim the interior out like a Parisian bordello we'll all love it. This of course means that if you trim the engine compartment out in mirrors and diamond tufted pink velour you will hear from me!

Bob: IM S6 posted:

Please yourself.  The people on this site are great at being nice.  Rarely do we hear/see a negative comment.  Those are reserved for anyone who is foolish enough to try to advertise their car for sale here.  

But, we all like our cars the way they are, and that's all that matters.   Although, we all have something we think about changing, and that's the fun of these cars.

I can't wait until I show off my new 20" wheels, and my neon running lights...

Aw, come on, Bob, we only get our panties in a know when people are not being honest.

And regarding your last comment- re-read what I said to Bob above and get on the first plane out here 'cause WE HAVE TO TALK!!!

Your Wet Coast Buddy (and fellow Poopiehead) Al

Sacto Mitch posted: 
Stan Galat posted:

Everybody romanticizes winter... 

You're right, Stan.

I used to romanticize winter a lot.

Every time it would drop down under 20 degrees for a week at a time, I'd romanticize the crap out of it.

Every time I'd step off a curb into a puddle of slush that was a little deeper than it looked and my shoes would fill with ice water, you could hear me romanticizing halfway down the block.

As a news photographer, when everyone else was seeking shelter from the storm, I'd be sent out into the maw of the beast, looking for the god forsaken places where it was wreaking the most havoc and causing the most human suffering.

See, there I go, romanticizing again.

Winter Expectation and Reality

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One more rant, and I'll leave this until the darkness creeps in around the edges again, and I come back to it.

This is a phone shot out my truck's windshield, back on April 23, 2014 (the third day of "spring" that year, or rather the 113th of January):

Hartsburg Blacktop, April 2016

The winter of 2013/14 was particularly harsh. The picture below is what we contended with on a daily basis that year, but this is what every January and February are like. Encased in that block of ice is a disconnect switch for a unit-- we have to shut that off in order to work on something. My son decided he'd rather not take the business over during that winter, and went to work for Caterpillar. I couldn't blame him-- he spent the entire winter on one roof or another.

Back to the disconnect-- what do you suppose the likelihood is of:

  1. Being able to turn this thing off without breaking it.
  2. Being able to turn this thing back on without breaking it.
  3. The customer wanting to pay for the time it takes to simply turn the thing off and back on, assuming we could do it without shattering a $250 disconnect into pieces.

 

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For 20 years, we've been blessed to be able to escape to Mexico for a week or two in Jan./Feb. Last year, we had a blizzard back here while we were down there-- which would have been awesome, except that my recently widowed mother lives in a house right next door to me, and I didn't think to arrange snow-blowing for her. She was snowbound for 3 days. I was not the favorite son (even though I'm the only son).

I've spent 54 winters in the Midwest, and two glorious Januaries in Papua New Guniea.

I gave at the office-- I'm over winter.

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Right again, Stan.

I didn't really start romanticizing about winter until I landed here. Twenty miles from where I'm typing, in almost any direction, the roads mostly look like this:

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This was Friday afternoon. Probably looks about like that today. Forecast is the same for the next two weeks.

This, and about a month in the spring, are the best times of the year for driving here. You can go out in the middle of the day without getting fried like a taco. And days like this can pop up almost any time through the, uh, 'dead' of winter.

I know, just what you want to hear.

 

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You longer term members will remember when Kathy and I bailed from South Carolina to a triumphant return to the snow-belt of Massachusetts, followed up the coast by Hurricane "Sandy", right on our heels.  Actually, our daughter, in the western "Worcester Hills", is really in the snow belt.  She's 1,000 feet higher than we are and that means that when the rest of the state gets 17 snowflakes, Anna gets a foot.  don't worry, though.....  She has a big, burly husband who takes care of the yard for her.  He looks just like the "Butt Naked" guy from the "Duluth Traders" commercials.

Anyway, we returned to the coldest winter in old timer's memory and that lasted into something like July.  Not having suffered through bone-chilling, finger-numbing, butt constricting cold for a decade, it wasn't kind to us, believe me.  We figured it couldn't get any worse than that.

HA!  We were so wrong.

The very next winter we got the heaviest overall snowfall on record - 11'-3" at the North Grafton Fire Station over the whole winter.  Three of the storms dumped around 3' each!  After a while, you run out of places to put it.  Snow blowers couldn't blow it up and over the sides of the driveways.   You can't see anything at intersections and the tips of the fire hydrant flags - the TIPS, mind you - were often buried by the snowplows.  You could drive all around our beautiful town common and not see any of it because the snowbanks obstructed your view.  Leaving our garage was like driving through an 80 foot long white canyon, six feet high.  Miraculously, my mailbox at the street survived all of the snow plowing and pushing back, while few in the neighborhood did.  

Wintering in South Carolina was so nice!  Even with a week or two of frosts every night in February, it would at least warm up during the day to 40 or so.  Now we look forward to Caribbean cruises or a Disney resort each winter and hide out inside where it's warm the rest of the time.  

And so, from Stan and me, here's my yearly tribute to "Old Man Winter":

winter 

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Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight
We're happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland
Gone away is the bluebird
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song
As we go along
Walking in a winter wonderland
In the meadow we can build a snowman
We'll pretend that he is Parson Brown
He'll say, Are you married?
We'll say, No man
But you can do the job while you're in town
Later on, we'll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid
The plans that we've made
Walking in a winter wonderland
 
Thanks Gordon Nichols posted:

To heck with your naysayer friends, Bob - They probably don't drive cool cars.

Those wheels look great!
(and I like your amber Fogs, too!)

New England may be following your lead - Looks like some snow hereabouts in the next few days.   

You might be right Gordon!  The storm is past us now... and heading East!  😬

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I’m the blue dot!!  Because I’m cold!!! 🥶 

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We had perhaps the nicest Fall in recent memory; a bit of rain but tons of sunny mild days. So this is a cruel trick for mid November. Warmer weather on the way though so this will mercilessly melt again but cruising days are over in the north.

WNGD posted:

We had perhaps the nicest Fall in recent memory; a bit of rain but tons of sunny mild days. So this is a cruel trick for mid November. Warmer weather on the way though so this will mercilessly melt again but cruising days are over in the north.

Yeah.  We really got a dump up here, and I still have a lot to do for winter.  We certainly did not expect this amount of snow this early.  Some will melt, but perhaps not all.

And I've just been told my new wheels are finished...

Bob: IM S6 posted:

 something blah blah blah about that white stuff called snow...

And I've just been told my new wheels are finished...

We're gonna need pics, Bob, even before they're on the car!

Cool shot @OverKILLLL Bob!

PS- I'm not envying you, @Stan Galat!

And yeah, I don't think I've ever had to suffer through the 113th day of January. That does sound brutal. I can only remember 1 serious ice storm in (relatively) recent memory- 22? 25 years ago? As much as I complain about the weather here on the Wet Coast, it really is pretty great place to live (when it's not raining!). I was out yesterday running some errands and the remote thermometer on my (new to me) FJ Cruiser showed 53 and 54° F in the middle of the afternoon (and it wasn't raining!). I'll shut up now... Al

@Jim Gilbert - Madison, Mississippi- as great as it sounds where you are, except for maybe a visit (at which point I'll have to agree with you that it is a wonderful place!) I think we'll be staying up here. Roots, family, being on this side of the border- that kind of stuff. Besides, if we all came down there, it would no longer be the great place you remember...

Poor ol' Lane has been suffering through heat indices of over 100º F all summer long with 8,000% humidity (and that's not really fit for Man nor Beast.  His Dachshunds don't even like it).  That has lasted until a few weeks ago, according to another friend of mine in Charleston, when it got nice for the past couple of weeks.  Supposed to be a really nice low 70's all day, today.  

Nice, huh?

And then.........  

Tonight, when everyone is sleeping, "The Revenge of the Canadians" descends upon Charleston and both Lane and my friend Donna are gonna wake up to:

(Brrrr!)     32º F!    

And it'll struggle to get to the 50's - 60's, daytime, all week!

Welcome to Winter, Lane! 

Not that anybody cares, but it's a balmy 80ºF in Nassau in the Bahamas all week.

Stan Galat posted:

DD761C83-E13F-46C6-84C2-D155FC291EFA7°F this November 12 morning.

Yippie-skippy. 

YIKES....7 degrees@Stan Galat

7% is what our relative humidity in SoCal has been hovering around for the past few days (re: fires in certain areas of CA.)

The attraction of living in California has eroded tremendously over the years. With what has become a single-party government, an over-reaching 'Nanny' state, constantly increasing taxes to fund bogus projects (a bullet train folly), rapidly deteriorating infrastructure,  always the highest gas prices in the country (currently @ $4.75) due to the cost of refining the 'Special Fuel Mix' required in CA. & superfluous fuel taxes that are never used as intended, blah blah blah....

That being said, during the 'winter' it's nice to be able to leave the local mountains after a weekend playing in the snow...DSCN0734_2DSCN0749

... and 3 hours later, be doing this...IMG_20191102_124439

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MusbJim posted:
Stan Galat posted:

DD761C83-E13F-46C6-84C2-D155FC291EFA7°F this November 12 morning.

Yippie-skippy. 

YIKES....7 degrees@Stan Galat

7% is what our relative humidity in SoCal has been hovering around for the past few days (re: fires in certain areas of CA.)

The attraction of living in California has eroded tremendously over the years. With what has become a single-party government, an over-reaching 'Nanny' state, constantly increasing taxes to fund bogus projects (a bullet train folly), rapidly deteriorating infrastructure,  always the highest gas prices in the country (currently @ $4.75) due to the cost of refining the 'Special Fuel Mix' required in CA. & superfluous fuel taxes that are never used as intended, blah blah blah....

That being said, during the 'winter' it's nice to be able to leave the local mountains after a weekend playing in the snow...DSCN0734_2DSCN0749

... and 3 hours later, be doing this...IMG_20191102_124439

UGHH! I am happy for you...  but Jealous!  I can drive a considerable distance and I will still freeze to death! 

MusbJim posted:
OverKILLLL Bob posted:

That is why I was saying that I got REALLY lucky that I went cruising for a few hours on Sunday!  I had no idea we would get 10" of snowfall on Monday!  

Below is a photo I took on Sunday...  what a difference 24 hours makes!

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@OverKILLLL Bob THAT pic defines Bad-A$$ery!!  

MusbJim posted:
OverKILLLL Bob posted:

That is why I was saying that I got REALLY lucky that I went cruising for a few hours on Sunday!  I had no idea we would get 10" of snowfall on Monday!  

Below is a photo I took on Sunday...  what a difference 24 hours makes!

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@OverKILLLL Bob THAT pic defines Bad-A$$ery!!  

Thanks for the compliment! 

I have been waiting forever to get the car on the road.  I am glad that it has brought some fun into the world.  Some young people look...  but 100% of all guys my age and up give me a thumbs up or hurt their neck trying to figure out what this is am I am driving by 

Bob: IM S6 posted:
WNGD posted:

We had perhaps the nicest Fall in recent memory; a bit of rain but tons of sunny mild days. So this is a cruel trick for mid November. Warmer weather on the way though so this will mercilessly melt again but cruising days are over in the north.

Yeah.  We really got a dump up here, and I still have a lot to do for winter.  We certainly did not expect this amount of snow this early.  Some will melt, but perhaps not all.

And I've just been told my new wheels are finished...

There's 10 straight days of plus temps coming starting Sunday-Monday. Could be low 40's for a couple of days in there.....it will all melt. I need to do my raking at the cottage and put patio furniture away here!

RacerX posted:

@OverKILLLL Bob I must say that last shot is very artsy...a lot of texture. My pics usually are back-dropped by my 15 yr old Camry or my green yard waste trash can ...

I have a bunch of those photos too. 

I am 49 years old, just started an Instagram account to try and create a tribute to my Dad's car.  So I have been trying to take nice pictures (like the one you commented on) to share on that IG account.  I am getting an education on how social media works... and it still confuses me! 

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