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Don,

I have closely followed your three most recent projects. I admire your talent, skills, writing abilities and 'courage' -to lay it all out there for all to see. I understand your trepidation's about selling a project that you are so much invested in. Just like the stock market, there are no guarantees but these old cars seem to be a better bet than 'money in the bank'. Again, well done!

There is just a bit of 'finishers remorse' when you wrap up a project. I'll miss your almost daily updates, the friendly banter and the sort of vicarious feeling of accomplishment associated with your projects.

My garage has been very active lately with the Duetto project; often two steps forward and one step backwards. I hit it hard some weeks and take other weeks off. Congratulations to you for pushing through the tough times.

Group hug!

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One never finishes this type of project. I will, however, be done with it at a certain point in time.

When it sells, and the check clears the bank, I’m going to pull out the plans for the Montreal-powered boat. Maybe the mods will allow me to continue my blatherings within the BB, given the Alfa engine.



Don,

I have closely followed your three most recent projects. I admire your talent, skills, writing abilities and 'courage' -to lay it all out there for all to see. I understand your trepidation's about selling a project that you are so much invested in. Just like the stock market, there are no guarantees but these old cars seem to be a better bet than 'money in the bank'. Again, well done!

There is just a bit of 'finishers remorse' when you wrap up a project. I'll miss your almost daily updates, the friendly banter and the sort of vicarious feeling of accomplishment associated with your projects.

My garage has been very active lately with the Duetto project; often two steps forward and one step backwards. I hit it hard some weeks and take other weeks off. Congratulations to you for pushing through the tough times.

Group hug!

Mark
 

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Chris, with Reliable Transport, picks up 1488 tomorrow morning. A couple of days earlier than hoped for, but nothing visible remains undone. It’ll show, and drive. Power-delete display finished, but too big to ride over in the trunk, so it’ll have to fly with me. Along with canopy, chairs, story boards, and a cooler. I hope I can take the rental car onto the course during Friday setup, or I’m screwed. Ditto load-out.

Note to self. Monday, 8/19. Get a life.
 

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When it sells, and the check clears the bank, I’m going to pull out the plans for the Montreal-powered boat. Maybe the mods will allow me to continue my blatherings within the BB, given the Alfa engine.
I think we might see our way to making some allowances for you Don, especially if you keep us so nicely entertained with some Montreal engine pictures :grin2:

I've really enjoyed your restoration of your latest project, stunning colour combination, sympathetic & forward thinking restoration with the Weber conversion. I'd certainly like to have been in a position to hand over a large cheque and park her in my garage

All the best with the show

Ciao
Greig
 

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Good luck Don! Have great weather, a lot of fun and meet some great people. Give us some feedback on the great yellow color. Check my next post on my adventure there in 2016. Mark
 

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Car loaded, and off to back load several Porsches described as “not suitable for street use”.

I can see the several dozen exceptions to perfection, but I’m not gonna worry about it. Just a few administrative elements to attend to, pack the plane, and I’ll be ready for an early Friday departure.

What could possibly go wrong?
 

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Try to switch gears and put mind on the flying part
I beg your pardon?

I’m almost finished with the story boards. Got laundry to do. A teenage boy in full hormonal meltdown. A tournament bridge game tomorrow with one of my regular partners, who had a triple bypass 10 days ago. His playing will be enhanced by oxycontin.

Flying is about the easiest and least stressful thing I do.
 

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I beg your pardon?

I’m almost finished with the story boards. Got laundry to do. A teenage boy in full hormonal meltdown. A tournament bridge game tomorrow with one of my regular partners, who had a triple bypass 10 days ago. His playing will be enhanced by oxycontin.

Flying is about the easiest and least stressful thing I do.
As an ex-military pilot that is precisely why I said it. It was ingrained in us to take nothing for granted. Sorry if it came across wrong... but those things are ingrained . i was just looking out for your safety under duress.
 

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As an ex-military pilot that is precisely why I said it. It was ingrained in us to take nothing for granted. Sorry if it came across wrong... but those things are ingrained . i was just looking out for your safety under duress.
Ah... No duress. Maintain an even strain. I’ve had “Rambo”, my 64 M20E Mooney for exactly 40 years and three engines... the last one of which I rebuilt. Flying him to Monterey has far less stress than taking the Mazda down to Walmart.

To end the day, I ended up in an unexpected meeting with the high school football coach. My hormonally chaotic 16 year old sophomore grandson just got moved up to Varsity. First game six days after Concorso. Coach likes his combination of extreme fitness and feloniously violent tendencies. He dead lifts 415 and can clean 225.

The boy is also first chair Euphonium AND Bass Trombone in the Senior Wind Ensemble, and first chair Bass Trombone in the Jazz Big Band.

Interests and talents not often found in the same body. When combined with a criminal psychology...... watch out!
 

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BTW, Div... I’ve had ten inflight engine failures in single-engine aircraft. I no longer assume “if”. I’ve gotten expert at having one eyeball flying the plane, and the other assessing the merits of landable fields within gliding range.
 

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Sun burned, bone tired, car loaded and headed back to upholsterer to get top installed, happy.

Best of marque (Alfa) out of 102 present.
Pirelli “Best Fit” award.

Prize from Pirelli is a 1/5 scale F1 tire used for wind tunnel testing. Was told they cost $600. Hmmm. Door #3? Maybe use it as a Planter?

Lounging in bed at a B & B in Watsonville waiting for the fog to lift a bit.

Everyone from the local Alfa Club were stupendously kind and generous. Almost made me wish I lived close enough to break my own aversion to clubs. Hale fellows, and gentle ladies.
 

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Stopped in Sac for a look at a Giulia Super Nuovo 1300. Runs well, but the right structural sill is essentially gone. Not sure about left side, but one might assume. I don’t see it as a candidate for restoration, but it might work as a first car for a teenager. I doubt the owner will accept a price appropriate for my intended use. We’ll see.
 

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Stopped in Sac for a look at a Giulia Super Nuovo 1300. Runs well, but the right structural sill is essentially gone. Not sure about left side, but one might assume. I don’t see it as a candidate for restoration, but it might work as a first car for a teenager. I doubt the owner will accept a price appropriate for my intended use. We’ll see.
If it has the 1300 in it and the original rear end. Its peppy enough for a teenager to keep up with traffic.
 
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