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Craig Smith

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... and the other Smith brother is entertaining the current debate: should I upgrade this to a small block Ford?


I've also got a new toy in the garage called a "vapor blaster". Think of it like a sandblast cabinet, yet this one is powered with water. I've currently got it loaded with 25 lb. of aluminum oxide, also have glass bead for a finer finish. More info can be found at: http://vaporhoningtechnologies.com/

If you have parts that need to be seriously cleaned, I've got a CACC family discount O0
 

hbeck

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The big project: Continued working the fit for the hood. I have to move on to the hard part soon, welding in the side walls to the nostril opening and extending the center section down to the bottom of the radiator.
Picture here is the latest fit up on the car. The hood is still a little out of correct shape, more tweaking is required. It's still pretty rough and I may need to do another. Patience and practice is the name of the game.

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hbeck

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The other weekly project Marti and I have been working at the food bank one day a week.
Our family project,

We had been working with a lot of other people on Fridays but we told the manager, Amy, we didn't want to work with so many people during the Wuhan virus. All of s were doing the prep work on Fridays and distribution on Saturdays.

We suggested we come in on Mondays by ourselves and do a prescribed amount of unloading cartons of canned food and packing bags for the distribution on Saturdays. She liked the idea, Now different couples come in each day and do all the prep work for distributions on Saturdays.

The number of people coming has been increasing every week. We are averaging close to two hundred families each Saturday. We had stopped getting fresh vegetables and fruit a couple of weeks ago and the packages of frozen chicken has stopped coming in. The demand has become so great in all the communities, it was beginning to disturb me. There are food banks all over the city trying to keep people afloat. This past week looked to be the worst. No fruit, vegies, bread or fresh meat. I figured somethings got to give.

I guess God was watching out, late in the week some other stuff showed up:
Every family received the prepack bag of groceries canned goods, cooking oil, pasta and rice, cereal, juice and coconut milk.
Every family received venison that Fairfax County had donated later in the week from the urban dear hunt to cull the dear population in the county.
Also, each family received a loaf of bread, apples and oranges and a block of cheese from I don't know where, but they showed up.
The process starts all over again next week.
Good thing there is a God and we live in the land of plenty the USA.
Hope this virus ends sooner than soon.

Hope you are all safe,
Howard
 

Don Schlusemeyer

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Finally had the headers and side-pipes ceramic coated but, my other Cobra related projects have not been accomplished due to work. Construction has been an essential industry and it has not slowed at all. When I built this car 17 years ago (hard to believe) I didn't get around to putting power steering on it. That is one of the non-started projects along with thinking of changing to an EFI stack intake system.Cobra 5-10-20.jpg
 

Scott Harrison

"Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional"
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Despite my good intentions, I was unsuccessful in getting any pyrotechnics upon the first startup of the 351. I have to admit it took me much longer than I expected to get this running. What Kevin "Ripoff" Moses failed to tell me when he sold me this "virtually new" engine, was that BOTH the fuel pump and the distributor were "non-starters".

First Crank:


Second Crank & Start:
 

jkobra

Crop Duster/FUMES
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Despite my good intentions, I was unsuccessful in getting any pyrotechnics upon the first startup of the 351. I have to admit it took me much longer than I expected to get this running. What Kevin "Ripoff" Moses failed to tell me when he sold me this "virtually new" engine, was that BOTH the fuel pump and the distributor were "non-starters".

First Crank:


Second Crank & Start:
WOW !!
We have a real youtube star among us !
 

Hector Rodriguez

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Mike, I have been debating to buy one of these RC planes, and may be you can help me make my decision. I don't have very little experience in flying this things. Once or twice, I have flown small Piper Cub type RCs, and as soon as I get them up in the air, down they come, banking one way or the other, and BANG!!, get totally destroyed. I would like to buy an electric motor, RC plane, preferably a war bird, that I can EASILY handle and fly, made of STRONG material capable of accidents without coming appart, that allows for my stupidities without penalizing me, crashing and breaking up. What would you recommend for me to buy, who would the manufacturer be, how can I go about buying it, do I go to Amazon? I keep seeing a lot of F-22 advertised on Facebook at a cost of about $49.00, however they are "Chinese" made which I do not trust. The other thing I noted on these "Jet" planes is, they go fast as hell, and I'm afraid that their speed will not allow me to make the proper corrections in case they are coming straight down FAST, and since I do not have too much experience in flying this things, BANG!! it will crash. Thanks for your help.
 

dfarhood

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Hector, you probably want to invest in an RC flight simulator if you plan to get into it. They are not cheap, but they can teach you to save tons of money in not crashing all the time. One of my friends growing up was into RC planes and helicopters and the frequency of crashes before and after getting a simulator was huge. Just a weird learning curve since you have to remember you are controlling it third person not first.
 

dfarhood

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Of course plenty of people learned to fly RC planes without simulators, but depending how quickly you learn that can cost you greatly varying amounts of money.
 

Mike Holt

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Hector,
Best advice...go to your local club and find an instructor. They can Bluetooth in two radios and take control if you get catawampus.
After that advice, the newer electric planes come with stability systems that will help prevent those over controlling inputs. It’s called SAFE technology. Another helper is AS3X. But, it is only to help keep it stable in winds.
Stay away from the jets for. A while! They’re cool, but damn hard for a newbie to fly. I get most of my stuff from Horizon Hobby. When I got back into the hobby, I bought the yellow carbon Cub you se3 on the first post of this thread. It is extremely forgiving and gentle. Another good airplane is the Apprentice. It will allow you to eventually do a bit more later on. Both come with the SAFE technology.
One tip, use the SAFE to get the basics down. But, turn it off as soon as you feel comfortable...it can teach bad habits as you can use full deflection on the controls without fear of crashing...a bad habit for an airplane that doesn’t have that system!
If you do, keep us posted!
 

Hector Rodriguez

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Thanks guys, I'm about to order my toy!! I'm a little old for this but, here goes nothing.
When I was a very young boy in Cuba, I use to fly the "U control" planes, with the Mcoy piston engines, boy they were a pain in the a..., gas, starter battery and balsa wood, however, I spend many hours flying them, FUN!
 

Bill Magruder

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Thanks guys, I'm about to order my toy!! I'm a little old for this but, here goes nothing.
When I was a very young boy in Cuba, I use to fly the "U control" planes, with the Mcoy piston engines, boy they were a pain in the a..., gas, starter battery and balsa wood, however, I spend many hours flying them, FUN!
Hector:
I too, had a short fling with a gas engine plane that was controlled by two strings attached to a handle. Mowed grass and shoveled snow to earn the money to buy it at the old Peoples Drug store. Took a while in those days to make and save the required $8. After what seemed a lifetime, bought it and figured out how to get it running without chopping off my little fingers. Got my sister to hold it while I ran to the control handle and proceeded to fly that thing which would only go in circles...round and round I went (probably should have had longer strings so I could go slower) round and round hoping not to crash my prized toy until it finally ran out of fuel. Once the thing came to a bouncy landing, I immediately fell to my knees as I was to dizzy to stand and threw up! First and last time as a pilot. (Later in life I had a similar experience with a cigar and a pint of vodka.)
Several months later, when returning home from playing with my friends, I discovered some familiar pieces from the plane in the backyard. I ran into the house and pulled the box that held the plane from its sacred place on a shelf in the basement. Sure enough. There it was in the box in about a hundred pieces! Now in a panic to find out what happened, my Dad who was now cooking a Saturday dinner, casually and sheepishly, explained to me that he decided to try it out and flew it into the big maple tree in the backyard. He did explain that here would be no compensation on his part as I was not using it anyway. After getting over my hurt...well sort of...I screwed the engine to a piece of 2x6 and often fired it up and ran around the yard. Even though I was covered in spent fuel and it took several days for that exhaust taste to leave my lungs I was a happy boy. Got to make a lot of noise, play with an engine and did not puke.
Strongly recommend the airplane you are getting be RC and electric. Just not a pretty picture of a man your age on his knees puking. Suggest you wear your Hector the Protector hard hat just in case you perform the dreaded first flight boom-er-rang stunt to avoid another of Mary's "I told you so" lectures.
Enjoy my Friend,
CB
 

Mike Holt

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Thanks guys, I'm about to order my toy!! I'm a little old for this but, here goes nothing.
When I was a very young boy in Cuba, I use to fly the "U control" planes, with the Mcoy piston engines, boy they were a pain in the a..., gas, starter battery and balsa wood, however, I spend many hours flying them, FUN!
That’s where I started! Ringmaster with a McCoy .35. Flew the hell outta that thing!

What are you ordering?
 

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Hector:
I too, had a short fling with a gas engine plane that was controlled by two strings attached to a handle. Mowed grass and shoveled snow to earn the money to buy it at the old Peoples Drug store. Took a while in those days to make and save the required $8. After what seemed a lifetime, bought it and figured out how to get it running without chopping off my little fingers.
I wasn't quite so fortunate. No fingers were lost, but there sure was a lot of blood!
 

Rob Burton

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After I wrecked my gas powered plane, I mounted the engine on the front of a skateboard and with one push, it would pull me down the street!!
 

Scott Harrison

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So, I'm not the only one who got bloodied with a model airplane engine.
 
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