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I must be living right of something. Aside from a 1-2 week delay on a pair of rear drums from JBugs (that didn’t matter anyway, I still haven’t installed them) I haven’t had a single delay in anything I’ve ordered during the pandemic. Last month I order the complete set of bits for a 968 belt service from 3 different suppliers and all came in as planned. I just ordered a new PS pump for my Mercedes from Rock Auto and the reservoir/seals from Pelican and both arrived one day earlier than the original tracking info said.

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Windows?

You want windows in your garage door?

It's troublemakers like you, Stan, who are making things difficult for all of us. Do you know what it does to the supply chain when some smart guy in Peoria asks for windows?

This is why container ships are stalled at anchor off Long Beach and why kids in South Carolina won't be getting their Nikes for Christmas.

The rest of us learned to go without windows years ago. What goes around comes around.

First you want two plugs in every cylinder, now this.

Sheesh Stan, show some compassion for your fellow man.

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@Stan Galat posted:

I'm on rosuvastatin (Crestor), so I'm golden.

Fluvastatin (Lescol), pitavastatin (Livalo), and pravastatin (Pravachol) are all OK as well. Atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Mevacor), and simvastatin (Zocor) are not. I've been on at least 2 of the no-go in the past, so I guess I'm just lucky I didn't get on my Squirt kick until recently.

Seriously - add the lime juice. It takes the entire Squirt thing up to a solid "9" from a "take it or leave it" soda experience.

I'm so glad that the only medication I am on is a good cup of coffee in the morning - and that's decaf.

And I can pronounce it.

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My daughter and her husband are like the developer couple on “Home Town” on HGTV.   They find local homes needing a lot of TLC then find someone to buy it to get it renovated.  Lumber and supplies were tight for them for a while in the first half of last year (getting anything for a deck was almost impossible) but things are improving both in pricing and delivery so they’re currently working right out straight on four homes.  Scheduling can be challenging at times, but apparently not all that bad, considering.  

OTOH, I needed a couple of 10’ 2” X 12” planks for my new lift and bought them locally at the town’s lumber yard (Buy Local!)   They had plenty of 8’, 12’ and 16’ but no 10’s.  🤬

I ended up getting two 12 footers for about $30 each after taxes.  Thought that was a little high, but then, I haven’t bought anything that big in 30 years!  They look really good on my shop floor, too.  

For all you guys on Statins,  An BMJ article on Statins. these researchers call for review

"Globally, drug regulators have approved statins for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD), although their use in primary prevention has been controversial. A highly publicised debate has ensued over whether the benefits outweigh the harms."

Asking questions of your care giver might be helpful or due.



Addendum:  

https://pharmaceutical-journal...t-insulin-resistance

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With all the wonderful advise (thank you all!), I am hoping this new game plan will work. Still need to connect with Greg about it, but I think it minimizes the work his shop/guys need to do and I will take of the rest... I know I'm capable... just need to stop being lazy...

Plan:

- Ship coupe to carpet shop (instal headliner, cut carpet to car and interior pieces)

- Ship coupe from carpet guy to Greg (glass install)

- Ship coupe from Greg to home (I'll finish the rest)

I will need to get the engine that is sitting on his shelf. I'll tap @MusbJim to help with the engine install like he did in my Speedster

Basically, I just need Greg and his guys to install the glass (front, door frame and windows, quarter windows, back glass). I'll do the rest

I'll source all the missing parts I need from Greg (at least that continues to give his shop business).

Now, to see if I can get a hold of Greg

@*LongFella

My Brutha, whenever you're ready to move your coupe from your crib to those shops then eventually back your garage, give me a shout and I'll hook up the tow bar and move that bad boy for you.

I imagine those projects will spread out over a few days to a week or so, but it'll take the guesswork outta the handling of your coupe (tow company staff) and hopefully more peace-of-mind for you.

@MusbJim posted:

@*LongFella

My Brutha, whenever you're ready to move your coupe from your crib to those shops then eventually back your garage, give me a shout and I'll hook up the tow bar and move that bad boy for you.

I imagine those projects will spread out over a few days to a week or so, but it'll take the guesswork outta the handling of your coupe (tow company staff) and hopefully more peace-of-mind for you.

My brutha from anotha mutha!! Awesome!!

@*LongFella posted:

With all the wonderful advise (thank you all!), I am hoping this new game plan will work. Still need to connect with Greg about it, but I think it minimizes the work his shop/guys need to do and I will take of the rest... I know I'm capable... just need to stop being lazy...

Plan:

- Ship coupe to carpet shop (instal headliner, cut carpet to car and interior pieces)

- Ship coupe from carpet guy to Greg (glass install)

- Ship coupe from Greg to home (I'll finish the rest)

I will need to get the engine that is sitting on his shelf. I'll tap @MusbJim to help with the engine install like he did in my Speedster

Basically, I just need Greg and his guys to install the glass (front, door frame and windows, quarter windows, back glass). I'll do the rest

I'll source all the missing parts I need from Greg (at least that continues to give his shop business).

Now, to see if I can get a hold of Greg

Look at that, coming up on almost a year since my last post.

Got a quick update:

There is tiny minuscule of an update to give.

I've got a pair of seats sitting in my garage covered collecting dust. An engine I paid cash for sitting on a shelf somewhere in Greg's shop collecting dust for over 2 years. Quarter windows installed, headliner, and rear seat pad. The rest of the interior sits in his shop collecting dust.

His last word/agreement to me was having it back at the end of August 2022. My wifey and I were traveling in Europe all July so that worked out. Please he had vacations, etc.

Not sure what to do anymore. You ALL know I have been extremely patient beyond any customer/friend should have to. And I know for a fact all the cars being push out now were ordered well after I started this build and engaged Greg.

What do you all think I should do???

Options:

1.) Extend Greg another olive branch and give him a little more time -OR-

2.) Pick it up as is, collect the parts I paid for and have deposits on and finish it up myself (sourcing another shop for help where needed)

3.) Any and all other thoughts you maddening friends can think of

@MusbJim what do you think my brotha?

So if it's sitting on a shelf there was probably no fuel in the carbs, so they might need a quick cleaning, but there should be no stale fuel worries.  Assuming the engine was put on the shelf with fresh, or fresh-ish, oil I wouldn't expect any issues with bearings, or cylinder walls, or rings as long as it was dry. In a damp basement, maybe.  

I once stored a Ducati 2V aircooled engine on a shelf  for 3 1/2 years after it had been broken in on the dyno.  When I finally finished the frame I drained the oil, gave the carbs a hosing down with some carb cleaner, squirted a tiny bit of oil in the sparkplug holes, and turned the engine over by hand a few times.  She fired right up!  I ran it in for a few minutes and then drained the oil again (I don't know why I did that again, but I did). I sold it 5,000 miles later and it still ran like a top.

Even a car sitting in a humid area develops surface rust on discs brakes and you can even have the pads stick on the disk needing some machine.

As to an engine, It cannot be good for any engine to sit for a long time.  The question  I would ask is how long will the oil adsorb on the cylinder walls and on the journal of the bearings.  Since I do not know the answers to these questions that I would want an experienced engine builder to answer them.  Just saying.

So if it's sitting on a shelf there was probably no fuel in the carbs, so they might need a quick cleaning, but there should be no stale fuel worries.  Assuming the engine was put on the shelf with fresh, or fresh-ish, oil I wouldn't expect any issues with bearings, or cylinder walls, or rings as long as it was dry. In a damp basement, maybe.  

I once stored a Ducati 2V aircooled engine on a shelf  for 3 1/2 years after it had been broken in on the dyno.  When I finally finished the frame I drained the oil, gave the carbs a hosing down with some carb cleaner, squirted a tiny bit of oil in the sparkplug holes, and turned the engine over by hand a few times.  She fired right up!  I ran it in for a few minutes and then drained the oil again (I don't know why I did that again, but I did). I sold it 5,000 miles later and it still ran like a top.

Awesome! Thank you!

My friend (my daughter played softball with his daughter) is working on restoring an old VW. Like me, he is not much of an engine person... and I offered to reach out to my madness group of friends ;-)

@IaM-Ray posted:

Even a car sitting in a humid area develops surface rust on discs brakes and you can even have the pads stick on the disk needing some machine.

As to an engine, It cannot be good for any engine to sit for a long time.  The question  I would ask is how long will the oil adsorb on the cylinder walls and on the journal of the bearings.  Since I do not know the answers to these questions that I would want an experienced engine builder to answer them.  Just saying.

Hmmmm... Ok, I will need to do that than so that I don't give him any wrong info

Quick update on the coupe:

Greg and I connected today and narrowed some "to-do's" down. There is one dependency we have to wait on that Greg can't control so that is a factor on "when" I can go pick it up and finish it at home

I did get more insight to how busy things are at the shop

I'll post a few pics of the Coupe shortly so you all can see the interior (it's not complete, but if will give you a sense of color)

@*LongFella posted:

Added some art work to the man cave. Our new Nieghbor happens to be an artist. He does all the tour art for some major bands (Pearl Jame, Blink-182 to name a few). He gave me some limited numbered editions that he signed for me. Pretty cool!

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That reminds me. As part of my life purge I need to dig out all my automotive art and list it. It’s all been sitting in boxes in my storage unit since I moved from Las Vegas in 2010.

I’m going to put it here first.

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