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Monday, July 31, 2006

Stupid fact:
day three

3. The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.


Bonus fact:
My Mamma told me if people disagree with you, there is most likely a good reason.

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Stupid Facts
I will add one stupid fact per day, for the next few days,
just to amuse myself.

1. If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

(Hardly seems worth it.)

2. If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.

(Now that's more like it!)

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What an old Geezer looked like in 1950 when Henry was brand new.
farm boy

What an old geezer looks like today!
Old Greezer

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Stupid Facts
I will add one stupid fact per day, for the next few days,
just to amuse myself.

1. If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

(Hardly seems worth it.)

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

It has been a good week for Henry. I got the Gas tank mounted with the new gauge sender installed, and the electic fuel pump.
The headers and the Carb air cleaner cover came in this week. I did some black smith work under the hood. I built a hidden compartment for the electronics, such as relays, solenoid, fuses, and terminals. This will look like part of the fender aprons and not obvious at all. This will give the under hood space a cleaner look. I also pulled a few wires for the horns and the electic fan.

Ordered some linkage for the carburetor.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

My kitty enjoying all the attention the headers that came today are getting.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The World Divided

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Monday, July 17, 2006


This was when the creat was just open to see the engine for the first time.
High performance street flathead.

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Just for something to talk about!
I am going to put up a list soon about what is yet to be done to Henry.
Henry is a car I'm building. I don't like saying "car". There is street cars, train cars,
and mine cars. So this would be a motor car. Automobile sounds to formal.
So you will see me call it my "Fifty" (1950 Ford) when I don't call it by its name Henry.

The list will show mostly parts that still need to be added. The time consumed will be caused
by me waiting to budget the parts. What the list will not show in the work in between adding parts.

Cleaning, is a big part of the building of an old car.
There be be a lot more cleaning under the body, and will
get undercoated later, after the work is over.
There will be some black smith work, making brackets, and boring new holes
for the AC and other extras. Everything will have to be wired.
More cleaning. I will custom install new gas and brake lines.

The engine is here, so I'm very up beat and very
motivated. I can't wait to hear it run. I will post the engine specifications in
about a week. The paper work will be in the next shipment of small engine parts.

Stay tuned for the list of more things to do.
I still hope to have it on the road by 2007.

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Now I'm getting back on track. My new custom build radiator came today.
I will paint it tomorrow and hang it up till I'm ready for it.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

yeaaaa I my Booin Buuinn is here.
It arrive this afternoon. There was more excitement than when
my son was born. The roadway raindeers came thru.
Pictures will be posted here after the dust settles.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

geezzzzzzzzzs what a blow in the ass.
The wheels came today and they where the wrong ones.
they sent wheels for a 1948... Man the hubcaps are all together
different on the 40's wheels, and the list goes on. Like the rear
wheel and tire will not even go under the fender.

You betya... I done talk to them. The guy know how to talk the talk,
Now I'll see if he can walk the walk.

They are going to make it good at their expence, with a rush order.

Mood: better now

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Well it was about time.
Roadway called this morning to make a delivery appointment.
They will be here tomorrow afternoon with my new Booin Buuinn.

The wheels are on the ups delivery truck today. I will keep my fingers crossed.

I feel like a stood up teenager.

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Monday, July 10, 2006

another day shot from watching the street for raindeer, and still no Booin Buuinn.
The tracking page says Estimated Delivery Date: 7/11
and by the power of the good folks at Roadway express looks like that it is going
then or later. It has been setting on the dock in Marietta since last Thursday.

I have got a lot more done in the basement, fixed lights and put more stuff up in a better place. I got a package today with some small parts that I ordered after the engine was shipped. The tools are getting sorted out more each day.

When that big creat does get here there will be a celebration, you can count on that!

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Some thoughts about the flathead

disclaimer: I am using some of what different people has said, because they said what I think
with a lot better words than I use. But still it is my thoughts about my Flathead.

About ten years ago I was driving my fifty on average of once a month. The car
was original from bumper to bumper. When it was new there was real gasoline
at the pumps. By the nineties it had a lot of additives. As a result I burned a valve.
At this time I knew I was going to keep it Flathead, but was unsure how I was
going to fix it. At the time my parities were costs, performance second and reliability.

So why build a Flathead, and not buy a small block Chevy. Because the Flathead
look great, sound great and have a adequate amount of power for a street engine.
Mine is a 239 Ci.That is small, about the size of a 4.3 V6 Chevy. Boring and stroking
it will bring it up to 296 CID a little shy of a 5.0 l. What will this get me? Well it will
increase the torque of the engine about 20% and remove more than two grand from my pocket.
2006 dollars. This is a critical point.

I have a life long friend that I influenced his getting into the race car engine building.
He is now one of the best in the south.
When he is asked how much will it cost, he will ask the customer how fast he wants
to go, or what place he wants to finish?

Unfortunately a Flathead can be very expensive to build. An all out street engine will
run well over 20 thousand dollars. Why?, you might ask. For one thing the engine
was last produced about fifty years ago and good ones are hard to find. Second,
parts and machine work are expensive. Here's an example: In 1958 you could buy
a complete stroked crank assembly for less than $200. This included everything
you needed: pistons,rods, bearing and a Mercury 4" crank stroked to 4-1/8" with
out a trade-in. Today my pistons cost twice that much and my block cost $1500
before machine work.

At my age now and my economic conditions I don't think I will be using it for competition.
So now I have to consider reliability and then cost and last performance.
Maximum performance is in mind and will be a side benefit.

I want it to run with all the other cars out there on today's gas and at hi-way speed all
day long if need be. I want the reliability to be there day in and day out. I don't want
to carry a tool box every where I go. I'm hoping for a hundred thousand miles with just
up keep such oil changes and tune ups.

I will post a lot more about the working parts of the engine in a few days.
It is sweet and Precious!

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yesterday I was setting in the fifty front seat turning the steering wheel and changing gears saying booin buuinn and bam a name for the motor was born. "Booin Buuinn". Well its better than Vrooom. Anyway I wish my Booin Buuinn would get here.

I sent in my Registration fee for the Dog Days Lunar Bike Ride.
It will be Friday, July 21 10pm till 1am. I always enjoy all the free pizza, watermelon, snacks and beverages you can eat and drink. The DJ has some fun music too.
I think this will be my 6th year. We have been the last to leave 3 of those years.
It did go till 2am and that last hour was the best riding, but by it just being a few riders, they cut it short this year. It just wasn't worth paying the security an hours pay to watch six or so people ride the one mile loop that late at night. Oh well, I'm sure I can get enough riding to be tired by the end of three hours. The t-shirts are nice too. I will have to just and see if there is a micro near-by.

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Saturday, July 08, 2006

no the engine is not here yet. It got to Marietta Thur. night after 10 pm and is still there this morning.

I was asked if I had a name for the motor. I don't usally name that stuff, but I have talked about it so much and will be talking about it for sometime to come I guess it needs a name. Just calling it motor, or engine don't seem right.

If I remember right in the movie Thunder Road they called their motor a "mill".
Not much of a name, just another way of saying motor. I was told that my mill was going to be real "sassy". So maybe a name will come out of that.

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Thursday, July 06, 2006

tracking shipment:
Henry's new engine is in Atlanta this morning.
Will it be here today?
I will be setting on the porch drinking lemonaid watching for it.

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Monday, July 03, 2006

Wild hair.
I had a few this weekend. I watched the race Sat. night. Ok that wasn't a wild hair, but when I got up Sunday morning it began. I started moving stuff around in the basement. Putting things in a better place. I found a gallon of white paint that had never been opened. I painted the new back door that I put up a few days ago. Then the back window that needed painting. I had a got of paint left so the cabinits got painted. That made the tops look bad. I cleaned them, and went on to clean other stuff, like the hotwater heater, and heat and air unit. I found a rubber bat from the spook house days. I hung it over the work bench. Then cleaned the windows, yes I do windows. A day of cleaning.

This morning I did paper work and paid bills. Then I emailed my engine builder and got a tracking number. His wife is the computer person in the family. They called me laughing about my comment saying I wanted to set on the porch drinking lemonaid watching for the truck bringing my new motor.

Everything is coming together, but slowly. That is good. happy happy.

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Saturday, July 01, 2006

I been calling my old Ford by the name Henry this year. Its his new name. I came up with Henry because I am making it a modified Ford but still all Ford. No GM parts on this car. So it will Ford all the way. It is a car Henry Ford would be proud of.

A little update. I started work on it in January.

Work before January was all body work, an all-over paint job.
new interior, uphostery, mats, paint dash and window mouldings, door scuff plates.
All new trim, emblems & much more.

Starting this is what I call building all new running gear, or drive train.
What I have got done so for this year.
1. removed the motor.
2. removed transmission.
3. removed rear-end.
4. removed everything for dash.
5. install new radio.
6 install all new gauges.
7. install new speedameter.
8. removed all wiring.
9. replace all wiring with a new wire harness.
10. rewired dash.
11. install new custom builded rear-end housing.
12. install new 9" third member.
13 install new 11" drum brake kit on rear.
14. clean engine compartment and paint.
15. clean old engine in hope of selling someday.
16. ordered new engine, after much research.
17. ordered 5 new wheels.
18 removed cross member.
19. install rear speakers
20. removed Master Cylinder.
21 removed and cleaned gas tank.
22. other stuff I forgot.

Some on the things I still plan to do.

1. install front disk brakes.
2. replace the king pins,
3. replace all shocks,
4. run new brake lines.
5. run new gas lines.
6. replace the firewall insulation.
7 install a new heat and air unit.
8. Install new power brakes & M/C
9. New radiator
10. new flathead engine & accessories.
11. new C4 transmission.
12. trans shifter.
13. new halogen headlights

more updates later

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