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Ok.

Peter Bacque was a good friend back in the 80s, when I lived in Richmond, VA. He was a pilot, and highly regarded local newspaper reporter. He also had an interesting array of inner demons, so in spite of being brilliant, and charming, he struggled with relationships. Alas, he was promoted to the celestial newsroom a year or so ago.

He used to brag that he was mentioned by name not once, but twice, on the wall of the women’s bathroom of a Charlottesville pub that he used to frequent when he was a cub reporter at their local newspaper. One said “Peter Bacque will screw anything”, to which some other lady replied “yes, so long as you’ll listen to him rant and rave for awhile”. I hope they’ve not painted over those memorials.

Anyway, after one of his serial romances had gone south, he shared his “27 hour rule”. This was based upon his own experiences, and the time referred to hours of actual contact, not calendar hours.

Typically, he would meet a lady at some high level function such as a gubernatorial inauguration ball, a local debutante’s coming out, or a political fundraiser. She would be beautiful, smart, sophisticated, and probably accustomed to finer living. Conversation and engaged eye contact, resulting in the exchange of phone numbers.

1-2 hours.

A day or three later, lunch. 2 hours.

The weekend arrives, dinner, symphony, later drinks, and..... a visit to someone’s apartment.

5 hours.

Weekend dates, Friday and Saturday, planned well in advance. 10-12 hours.

One Friday, he would show up at her home, but without planning ahead. She would be a little confused at the lack of specificity, but happy he’d come by. 2-3 hours.

One Friday he doesn’t appear, and hasn’t called. On Saturday, she calls and asks “where were you last night?”, to which he would reply, “huh? We didn’t have a date, did we?”

At this point, having more or less reached 27 hours of contact, the RULE would kick in.

You can make all sorts of mistakes with a woman. You can forget her eye color, or favorite scent. You can fail to take into account various of her needs and preferences. You can dislike her mother or best friend. You might get away with outside flirtations that cross the line.

You will not get away with ignoring her.
 

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Maybe I'm thick, but I'm still trying to understand the 27 hour rule :blush: ... so he deliberately did not call her on the Friday? and this was done to see if she was going to call back? If she called back this helped him understand something versus if she did not call back helped him understand something else?

Or was the not calling a way of getting rid of them?
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Maybe I'm thick, but I'm still trying to understand the 27 hour rule :blush: ... so he deliberately did not call her on the Friday? and this was done to see if she was going to call back? If she called back this helped him understand something versus if she did not call back helped him understand something else?

Or was the not calling a way of getting rid of them?
Pete

How long were you in a Tibetan monastery, and from what young age?
 

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Lots of fiddly today

Broke another 4mm tap today. At least it wasn’t stuck in a visible, painted surface. With some fiddling and cursing, I worked it free without surgery.

I need ONE seat back pivot bolt. I’ve contacted John in Holland, but he has not yet let me know.

I attempted to fit a freshly rebuilt wiper motor tonight. Had a problem, gave up and called it a night.

Carpet on rear, structural cross member partially in place. Maybe all the way tomorrow.

Here’s pics of headlight relay panel.

Installed a new pedal box cover plate. Not sure where I bought it. CA? Anyway, it looked nice on first glance, but it’s a rough piece of kit. Mounting holes averaged about 1/4” to 3/16” off from correct locations. Got it sorted. I made my previous one, and recall using a heavier gauge of aluminum. My goal in buying premade was to save the time. No winner on this one.

Got the convertible top “sling” about half done. Had to clean/tap the holes, which is where I broke the tap. Can’t finish the job until the back upholstery panels are redone.
 

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Maybe I'm thick, but I'm still trying to understand the 27 hour rule <img src="http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/images/smilies/blush.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Blush" class="inlineimg" /> ... so he deliberately did not call her on the Friday? and this was done to see if she was going to call back? If she called back this helped him understand something versus if she did not call back helped him understand something else?

Or was the not calling a way of getting rid of them?
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How long were you in a Tibetan monastery, and from what young age?
Obviously too long ...
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Obviously too long ...
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You did kinda step into that one with both feet..... Pete... Good to laugh a bit in between broken 4mm taps, I'm enjoying this build thread & all the side-bars that go along with Don's narrative

"Young Aussie Lass".... I'd call that a triumph of optimism over experience :wink2:

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"Young Aussie Lass".... I'd call that a triumph of optimism over experience :wink2:

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I may adopt that on my coat of arms...
 

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Thank you Don for your picture with the relays.
According to the picture I guess that you have only one relay to power both sides : I'm right ?
 

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Boy! I am learning a lot more from this thread than I expected. Unfortunately, I am about 50 years too old to benefit.
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You will not get away with ignoring her.
Ya, that is probably where I went wrong -well that and her boyfriend.

I used to get a kick out of telling the ladies in our Divorce Care group that I had four Italian mistresses and an addiction to bass.:surprise::surprise::surprise::surprise:

All their ears would perk up; it was a good ice breaker when dealing with a tough subject. Then I'd explain that was 'bass fishing' and Italian sports cars...:wink2:

Small taps are the worst!

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Thank you Don for your picture with the relays.
According to the picture I guess that you have only one relay to power both sides : I'm right ?
I used one relay per high and low. An H4 pulls about 6 amps on high beam, and about 5.5 on low. I bought a bunch of Bosch 30 amp relays several years ago, along with matching sockets that I forgot to use. Anyway, that’s a 150% overhead on the load, so using one for high and another for low seems adequate.
 

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Boy! I am learning a lot more from this thread than I expected. Unfortunately, I am about 50 years too old to benefit.
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Larry...

It seems to me that denial is the best attitude to use when confronting the onset of old age.

When I was 27 I was suddenly confronted with a dilemma. Young women, Italian sports cars, and airplanes. As stupid as I was, I recognized that $18k/yr would cover, at best, only two. That’s when I sold my first 10204, and watched it drive off into an Indiana blizzard in January, heading to New Jersey.

I later discovered not very many cute, young women like flying.

There’s a moral in there somewhere.
 

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Some check point progress.

Although my original wiper motor worked, it tended toward intermittent operation (one of the standard Lucas operational modes), and all of the cloth wires were tired and fraying. So, I found a fellow in Delaware that rebuilds them, and had one in stock. It arrived shortly, and worked great! Except no parking function. After some futzing around, I determined that the internal park-set switch had corroded contacts (another Lucas feature). A little emory paper, and all was good. Now fully installed, and tested. Works so well, I may send the motor from 00072 out for a makeover.

I remain staggeringly pleased with Art Brass Plating. All of the chrome and polishing is totally first rate. Not cheap, but very much what I was hoping for. There IS a difference.

I’m futzing with the rear cross member carpet. Hard to get a perfect lay-down over and around the hump in the middle. I know it can be done, so I’ll get there. It’s a little different with the dynomat in place, but so far so good.

I’m expecting the driving experience to be less raw and rattly than 00072, with its lack of deadening, one less resonator, and high revving nature. 1488 is getting the same cams, so maybe it’ll be civilized, with an edge. I’m hoping one or more of you guys will help arrange for us to drive each others’ cars. I’d very much enjoy a real-world, side-by-side comparison. Maybe a driver’s review article will result? At, before, or after Concorso next year?

Anyone have a dead trunk lock that I can scavenge the lock “tumblers” out of?
 

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Larry...

It seems to me that denial is the best attitude to use when confronting the onset of old age.

When I was 27 I was suddenly confronted with a dilemma. Young women, Italian sports cars, and airplanes. As stupid as I was, I recognized that $18k/yr would cover, at best, only two. That’s when I sold my first 10204, and watched it drive off into an Indiana blizzard in January, heading to New Jersey.

I later discovered not very many cute, young women like flying.

There’s a moral in there somewhere.
I'm pleased to report I understand this one :D

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I used one relay per high and low. An H4 pulls about 6 amps on high beam, and about 5.5 on low. I bought a bunch of Bosch 30 amp relays several years ago, along with matching sockets that I forgot to use. Anyway, that’s a 150% overhead on the load, so using one for high and another for low seems adequate.
That is the way I wired my 2600, plus another relay for the fog lights. I did not drive much at night but, at the modest speeds I was driving, I thought the lights were very good.
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That is the way I wired my 2600, plus another relay for the fog lights. I did not drive much at night but, at the modest speeds I was driving, I thought the lights were very good.
Larry Bono
It didn’t occur to me to boost the fog lights. I haven’t checked the current draw on those, but now that you’ve brought it up, I may check.

Meanwhile, the accumulated erosion of any such switch is a combination of current and quantity of use. The fog lights get used mainly when dramatic, late afternoon, high saturation photos are to be taken.

But, in for a pennny....
 

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Just received two Bose “Soundlnk” Bluetooth speakers, as a Xmas present to myself. About 4” square and 1 1/2” thick. Now sitting in my two bedside, tall, narrow bookcases, being tested by playing King Crimson’s “21st Century schizoid man” from their 2017 live album “Meltdown”, recorded in Mexico City of that year.

19 thumbs up, both speakers and recording.

Just in case you wanted to know.
 

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I've asked for Bluetooth speakers for Christmas, we'll see what is procured.
 

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Santa is not done with you yet. The pride of Texas is coming your way....
 
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