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Old 01-26-2019, 06:09 PM   #201
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Re: GRIZZ’s ‘79 - 2WD BLAZER Challenge over in London, England. “~It’s not a Project

Up early, then headed out to Romford in Essex in Prozac.

Was headed to see SawdustSteve and wife Jenny to visit, see their cats, chickens and a new Spanish refugee....

Oh and I got to pick up a full load of cut pallets from Steve for my fire place.

More importantly it was great seeing good people again.

Refugee.



Looks a lot less than it is, and the rear sunk a bit.....

No action photos.

The van that can.



At about 11.15 I left Steve’s place and headed over to Henry’s place 15 minutes away.

Of course usually it is him visiting me and doing wiring etc.

Today it was my turn, no work done, just got to play with his best mate, a Siamese cat and try take in everything in his garage and shop.

He has bought himself a Project, and his wife loves it, NOT 😁

1990 Porsche 944 S 2

A former Press Car.





Bought running and on the road, it did not take Henry long to start fixing and upgrading, a lot.

But of course if you see things like the Oil cooler......



And some of the muck that came out of the feeding duct, you will understand why he went down the slippery route of getting things right.



So soon it was Hubs, brakes, suspension, brake lines....



Calipers

Before....



After.




Upgraded, rebuilt shocks.

Everything has been, and continues to be touched with Henry’s magic wand where perfection is the only way.



It did not take long to go past 2.00pm with us talking shop, cars, bikes, vintage bench vices and everything inbetween.

So I needed to get home to work on the Blazer too, before dark, so coffee, biccies etc and then eventually homeward.

Another great day.
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Old 01-27-2019, 08:01 AM   #202
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Sometimes things really do pee me off.

So I ordered a 1/2 inch spacer to get the air cleaner raised and fitted to the Holley carb in the Blazer.



Ermmmm, Nope.

Too tight, just no way of fitting it.

Call in the side cutters, and duct tape.

After correcting it, the gap was about 2mm and I placed it where there was a metal wall.



Done.




I will apologise in advance, but yesterday Harley was on one of her missions, holding tools, inspecting, approving and generally being an absolute pain in the butt. Certainly had the wind up her tail.

Kept on walking about the engine bay, despite me putting her on the ground repeatedly.



It was cold, and the wet and chill combined made me realise she is just mad for being out there.

Typically she to try out the perch.



Settling on the edge while I fitted the PCV valve to the truck as well.



So needed the latest bit of action on the Blazer.
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Boy Rian, does that 944 bring back memories, I had a white 87. Drove like it was on rails,I loved that car. Very expensive to have worked on if you didn't have the special tools it takes.

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Boy Rian, does that 944 bring back memories, I had a white 87. Drove like it was on rails,I loved that car. Very expensive to have worked on if you didn't have the special tools it takes.

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Morning from a chilly UK today Rick, not as much as you guys get, but still chilly at -3’C outside.

Just headed for London to cover a training session for a colleague by train, so it gets chilly in the end.


I recall those Porsche’s from when I worked in South Africa, they were and really still are beauties.

Henry was quoting prices for parts, and most were more than I paid for Prozac the little van...... sure, it’s not a Porsche.



I continue to be amazed at this little car.

I started this thread to find out more on various forums and learned enough to decide to go look at the car today, after speaking to the seller who is the second owner only, having bought it a year ago from the first owner.........

Thread: http://retrorides.proboards.com/thre...tispace-bought

So this was the ad.



2001 model Citroen Berlingo Multispace in 1400cc petrol guise. A rip snorting 75bhp from the factory.

This car came with a full length electric sunroof.







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This is now the third time I am taxing this for the road, at £230.00 for the year, or under £1.00 per day, or certainly under a Dollad a day, it continues to be one of the most efficient tools on my drive.

Add to that the smiles per mile, minimal fuel usage from the 1.4 liter petrol engine, and I keep wondering why I keep looking at other options to replace it.

I seem to be a bit of a car whore when it comes to looking for the next good time. Which I still do, daily.

But right now, Prozac will continue to darken my drive with its all to familiar shadow.
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And.....


For your amusement


This car came in for a silencer repair as it got a bit noisy.


https://youtu.be/qSZy89FMQ-0



Wonder if any other issues were addressed.


Yes, in South Africa.


Thought the Blazer had some issues.
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Been there, done that. Looking back, I wonder what was in that tequila?

Good show for Prozac!
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Thank you Bill,

Prozac seems to be worth a lot more than into weight in road taxes.





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Twin Turbos, they work at 1500rpm.

Some days my job does not suck. This was Thursday.





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That should beef up Prozac just a bit.
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Rian if you put one of those in Prozac, you had better but some stock in a tire company

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You guys are pretty optimistic.

Not to forget, funny




First of the “Not a Project” stickers applied......

Yup, to Prozac’s rear screen.



Half the pallets still in the rear as they need individual dismantling nail by nail, joint by joint.



Parcel in the post this week, contents included two Stars n Stripes flags in shredded, Florida hurricane attacked state, plus some stickers and targets for my shooting, from Gary “Mr Zog”

Also some wheels for my work bag that my good friend Lee the lawyer had managed to get for me.

New and old.....

Loads of miles the last three years.




And the little carved stone bat I had seen in Hannibal in September on the USA road trip, same shop I met her at the time.

I should have bought it at the time.



Love it.





Went down to start the Blazer this morning, not started or moved it in 4weeks, seriously.

Pumped the throttle, then a few pumps while cranking it over and it fired right up.

Pretty impressed, had it running for a bit, looked at the vitals.


Buggerrrr.......




Not charging.

So the question will be: Belt need tightening, or alternator needing to be replaced.


Take a peep.

https://youtu.be/awf0hz1L3t4


Hope to get that sorted soon as well.

Not a Project is it.?
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It still should charge with it loose like that. Have you checked it with a Volt meter? Maybe your gauge just went kaput.
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The alternator has a shaft running through it. On the backside you will find that raised area, si? Whilst motor is running take care in placing a good wide blade screwdriver blade up against raised area and feel for a magnetic pull. The stronger the pull the better the unit is working. Of course a real tester should follow up this 1st step. How bright the headlamps?
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Thank you gents.

Will try get to it today.




Not even started or driven the Blazer in 5 weeks.

Where does the time go to?

Been busy though, loads of random stuff that needed doing for the day job, year end performance reviews etc. So no time for toys or playing.

Also last Saturday over at @CraigRK to hang around and generally get under his feet while we sorted out his 17 year old sons first car, a 50k Miles VW Polo 1.0 liter in 3 door form.
Basically belts, fluids, plugs, brakes and anything else that could be done for a 60k mile service and the rest, in order to set him up with a reliable car, bought, insured and service paid for with the money from the sale of his 50cc motorbike. Way to go Kyle !! Craig gave him a spare 125cc from his stash to use now.

It needs a full size spare wheel as it is missing it, a seat release knob for passenger side and a few other tiny cosmetic bits.

And of course some free alloys, pity I gave the set I had stashed, away two years ago.

Hopefully a thread will follow soon from Craig or Kyle.

Need to complete the pallet disassembly and cutting up for fire wood, though not had a fire this year......

Then clean out Prozac on the inside and get onto the Blazer some time today, inbetween I need to do some shopping as well..

Had a lovely dinner date last night with a lady who lives 2.3 miles up the road. Random? Yes, it is, however.....

When a girl sends you pics like this.




Surely she understands.


Yesterday I collected a small parcel from the postal depot and when I got home, it had a note inside.





For those who do not know, I met Bret in Austin, Texas on my first trip to America and our friendship has continued to both grow and develop.

Some Hotwheels, all the way from the USA to add to my collection of random stuff I love, he previously gave me some others too.



And possibly my faves, the Toaster and Wheely chair.




Right, need to get outside and get started, the fog is lifting and it may be a nice day.

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Sunday....

Fog, really thick fog, even at 11.00 it was still thick.

Started the Blazer up optimistically this morning, I continue to be amazed at just how willing and easy this truck is.

All the electrical seem to be back on track.



Washed it out front.





So it cleared up by 13.00 and I got going and headed down to town with a silly grin on OMG face.

Parked up and headed into Rochester.



Nothing like the smell of Castrol 2 Stroke smoke.

Lambretta blatting around.




Rochester Cathedral.





Front doors.



Detail.



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More walkabout photos








Love these, protective grids around trees.



A bit of art.





Rochester Marina on the Medway river.



Street poet.



And spotted, on a traffic control post.




And finally......

Death in the streets.




Weekend over.....
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Nice!....Now that you're dead who get the Blazer?
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More random pics.

Shared with me by a friend.

And no, nothing for sale, secret location and the rest.













Meanwhile, back in St Louis, Dennis’ son’s house is taking shape.

Underfloor heating, electricity and plumbing going in.




Studwork for both floors going in, my favourite truck in the background.



And while the weather sucks, he continues to build signage for the gas station.







And the Blazer headed home late Sunday afternoon.

Never bought gas.... honest.



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More dripfeeding our passions....




The last few days have been unseasonably warm.
I see my plum tree in bloom outside.
And over the road.....





RIGHT

RIDDLE TIME.


Mickey brought this over tonight, for me to hang on the wall.

He says it is Porsche, I have no idea.

So answers on a postcard or reply on here......

What is it, or could it be from.

Bottom view.



Quite shallow.



Yes it is.




Top view.





And the angry sky tonight, looking over toward Essex.

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My good friend Stas and I were having a loooong chat on WhatsApp today.

Stas who lives in Siberia with his wife Katya (famous in her own right) and two kids, was alone today because he had just sent them off to China on holiday with his in laws.

Yesterday they did what comes naturally and went to watch some local races.


Pics are all you need.



Stas today.

































The race drivers also take the kids for rides on the track, and encouragemgrass roots interest.

Stas’ son Rotislav getting a turn.












That’s all.
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That looks like fun and I hate snow , willing to make an exception though.
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Been a LONG time since I have done snow/ice racing (legal or otherwise).
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Some more random pics from last weekend.

Spent all of Saturday with a lady who happens to live 2.3 miles from me.

Weird ehh?

We went to Whitstable, packed a picnic and ignored our phone, except for using the camera.

Wrapped in three layers at Whitstable



At a really nice vintage fair, some ideas to steal.

Mobile bar.











Village living.










More in a bit.
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Some more, sorry I did fall asleep.

Walking around town, this is what the dogs see.











Harbour.






Possibly my favourite shot of the day.



After our picnic on the harbour wall, we went home via Faversham to Mate Neil who was building an extension to his garage, and I got him to pull down one of the two little Turbos he will be fitting to his Chrysler Valiant V8 when he gets to that point.

A happy man for sure.




Lastly, back home, it seems the season is changing at last, flowers, blooms, green shoots and a multitude of birds in the garden.

This makes me happy for sure.




Looking forward to some Blazer time this weekend.

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Turtles look kool. I get so tired seeing your yard Rain. So much nice stuff to care for. Beautiful!
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