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The Garage

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#51
I'm on their low cost plan that just knocks out the advertising. Been there for many years. Sometimes on weekends they are terrible for uploading at times. I have thousands of pics already with them. Really need to get another solid state usb drive and download them all just incase I need to go else where with them.
Good luck with download. Tried 3 times, always locked up.

Larry
 
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#52
I just downloaded a pic off of one of my albums to check it out. No problem and very fast. But, I did a check and every pic I have with them I have stored on other solid state drives also. So really, they could cease to exsist and I would not lose any.
I just use them to share with people.
 
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#53
I see your problem now.

Not enough garage/shop. Time for an addition/separate building.

Just trying to be helpful.;-)

Larry
LOL Larry, I'm out of room for any other buildings.



But, I did change out the rear tire on the Bandit and started a batch of Lemon Wine. The Bandit is still on the lift so I'll take a pic of it tomorrow. ;-)
 
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#54
I've got 1600 Sq. Feet on 2 floors. Little rat-trails allow me to move through it during projects. Mostly, it's the 25-foot-long stack of new roof steel I need to move out of the 2-story bay.
Beer and barbecue in return for help hoisting it?
 
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#55
Did get my rear tire changed out and balanced on Suzy Da Bandit a few days ago.
Went with a Continental this time just to try it. Being as I can't do LD stuff anymore where at times I was putting 6 to 8K miles a trip and can play more with tire choices.


Then , put Suzy back at the Ready and the lift out of the way.


After shutting down the shop, went to the garage next door to check on wine and Da Vette and Da KLR.
Vette and KLR doing just fine. I was out in the Vette this afternoon so it's all good.


Then checking progress on the Lemon Wine I started a couple days ago. Slow going due to low temperatures the last few days but percolating slowly as the yeast is having fun with the sugar content.


And, that's it for the day
 
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#56
Front tires for Da Car came in yesterday so we treated it with getting them installed. But first it had the duty for the morning walk about.


And then to Walmart to pick up tires , to the garage to jack up and take fronts off and to a friends tire shop to install and balance these

Now, for the weather to behave so I can go check them out.
 
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#57
Was glad I got to roam about town a bit in the car this morning. Wuz gonna go cruisin the back roads for some pictures but here come the rains. So car back in the garage to wipe down and the bikes got it also.
Then just smile at the rain outside.
 
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#58
Well, it dried off enough for me to want to get the Vette out for a ride about.

With the outside temp at 39°F , I was wanting to see how good the heater works on Auto.
So down the back roads we went at a leisurely pace.


And, watching the farm life scenery drift by



About 50 mile round trip and did find out the floor vents for head did not work so equaled cold feet. But on cruise control and drawning them back to the seat helped much. Some else to work on when my world warms up enough to have the want to's.
 
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#62
Checking the garage and shop this afternoon and came across this hose art. LOL! The water was off but the freezing push water out of the hose as it froze. My 1st and only picture in 2018. LOL. And the Canon G16 was the weapon of choice due to it will fit in my jacket pocket.
 
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#63
Been slow on the picture taking but still pretty active even with the weather.
Did have a few days of just cruisin' down the roads less traveled and checking out life in general


Did make and bottle a batch of Dew berry wine. Had to do something with the berries in the freezer. ;-)


Did do some work on the Vette in the past few days. Changing the idler pulley and tensioner for the a/c. Last week it did warm up to 70F and I put the ac on while out and about and no cold air. Oh well and when getting home left the engine running and open the hood for a look see. The compressor was not turning, it didn't have a belt on it. Yikes. So fixed that to the tune of about 140 bucks and about 4 hours labor. And all works now. LOL.
 

FCBH

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#65
I really like the image of you looking over the top of the engine. The garage items blends together really well with your face in the middle giving the image balance.

RB
 
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#66
In my detached garage/shop:
TW200
VSTROM 650
GS1000
MazdaSpeed3
Cub Cadet XT1 Mower

I could fit another bike for sure but would have to remove bikes or whatnot from the garage to be able to work on anything. Right now I have a Comfortable amount of space to work in while everything is undercover.



In my wife's garage which is part of the house:
Honda Pilot
Beer Fridge
Deep Freeze
and TOns of dog and horse stuff.
 
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#67
Yes, my garage is a separate building from my shop also . It's used to be my only building in the back and I've had up to 4 bikes stashed in there, having to roll all out to work on one. Now, just keep one of the bikes in there at times, but usually both bikes and the Vette in the garage and the truck sleeps outside under the shed.


The white mark on the rear tyre is a piece of the sticker on new tyres. Had just change the tire on the Bandit and no roll time yet.
 
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#68
3 Yamahas, 3 bikes, 1600 Sq Ft on 2 floors, 3 band saw, table saw, drill press, and walls lined with cabinets full of power tools, parts, hand tools, welders, torches, 3 Windjammers that can't find homes.
Scott's seen it up close. Nothing but rat trails through it when I finish a project.
But the wooden ski boat finally found the decendents of the O-riginal builder in Maine, so it headed home last fall!
 
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#69
3 Yamahas, 3 bikes, 1600 Sq Ft on 2 floors, 3 band saw, table saw, drill press, and walls lined with cabinets full of power tools, parts, hand tools, welders, torches, 3 Windjammers that can't find homes.
Scott's seen it up close. Nothing but rat trails through it when I finish a project.
But the wooden ski boat finally found the decendents of the O-riginal builder in Maine, so it headed home last fall!
I don't know why I hadn't thought of this earlier.... Can I use your shed for a photoshoot? Man that building has a lot of character and STUFF!
 
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#70
Well, a few more projects started yesterday and near finished today.
First was getting a tool chest on rollers on sale from Harbor Freight and assembling it. Instructions not that great but finally got it together and in place.

Main reason for this was to keep more tools in the garage so I didn't have to walk back and forth to the shop.

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Then, getting the Corvette up and serviceable was the next concern. I had though about a small 2 post lift and to get something portable and low lift since my garage is only 10 ft high, I changed my mind after seeing some vids on the Quick Jack system. So , bought one of them and 2 boxed came in 2 days ago and the 3rd box yesterday.
After completing the tool chest project this morning I tackled that project. Promise it was much much easier than the tool box project.
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So now, need to go to the store and get 3 qts of hyd fluid to complete and test.
 
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#76
Since putting the nose back on the car after repairing so damage, I had been wanting to smooth the paint out for a couple light runs and some overspray. But, since it's acquired some rock chips , decided next time I sand it down, I'll just do a better paint job. So, decide to add a sticker to the nose just for the heck of it. My original broke when taking it off and not gonna pay 50-75 bucks for a replacement. ;-)
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#77
Had a quest to finish this morning so me and my pardner got in the car.
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Then took off going out of town to get 9 more miles on my 03 Vette coupe so we would have this across the ometer
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Then returning home to wash and vacuum the car, clean the garage and driveway.

Finding a large can to gray paint and looking at the old beat up KLR, decided it was time to leave the green behind and start going gray with it.

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Might take the rest of the week but we'll get it mostly gray. ;-)
 
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#78
Several happenings in the Garage and Shop to mention. First thing was another batch of wine and this time fig wine as my little tree did a fine job on figs this year. Even a few weeks ahead of normal production.
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Then came the final move turning the Ex-green machine into the Grey Ghost and doing some electrical stuff on it for grins. As in running a separate wire from the start button to the starter solenoid bypassing all the safety stuff so gotta think old school when going to start it now.
As far the paint job, no high tech, just light sanding, wiping and hit it with a spray can and a bit of clear. So don't expect it to last long without touch up.
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Then came the 4th time I think, on repairing the transmission on the old Craftsman self-propelled lawnmower I've been having for 15 yrs now. Problem is that Sears-Parts-Direct is in turmoil at present and one phone call and one chat with them just lets me know that they are changing suppliers to be patient. But they wasted no time in charging my credit card the day after I made the order on Oct. 16th. So, it sit's waiting on my bike lift.
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And last for the last few months but not least is the completion of a fine batch of Banana wine and it's being loved by my friends that have sampled it so far.
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Yesterday was pickin' satsuma's from a friends tree and getting them ready for ? Well Satsuma wine of course. ;-)
 

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#79
Great job on the bike. Did you you use that plastic paint stuff called fusion paint made specifically to bond to plastic?

All your doings around the garage is becoming a neat thing to tune into :popcorn:
 
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#80
Really just a very light sanding and not sure what the can said. It wore though pretty fast on the tank where the tank bag was sitting after just a few trips down some ruff roads so just touched it up again. Think it's just a Krylon paint or something kin to that. . Not a great job or preparation ,but the plastic is very ruff and deteriorated. Was just getting tire of the old beat up green after near 19 yrs with the bike. ;-)
 
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#83
Tell me about this banana one. What’s the recipe?
Scot, I kinda followed this one.
Ingredients
4 1/2 lbs. (2.0 kg) peeled bananas
1 3/4 lbs. (0.79 kg) finely granulated sugar
6 1/2 pints (3.1 L) water
1 tsp. yeast nutrient
1 Camden Tablet
1 pkg Red Star Côte des Blancs or Epernay wine yeast


I heated up about 3 gallons of water, put the chopped up bananas in there and churned it up with an egg beater. Mixed in the yeast nutrient and added sugar till I got a 1.100 gravity on the mix.
Let it cool down and put it in a plastic 5 gallon bucket , mashed up a Camden tablet ( kills the natural yeast ) put a towel over it and let it set for 24 hrs.
Then warmed up so water for the yeast , put it together and let the yeast come alive a bit ( about 4 or 5 hours ) . Then stirred that in and put a lid on with a bubbler attached.
Took about a day for the yeast to come alive and start producing CO2 to activate the bubbler.
I would shake the mix everyday for about one week.
Then take the lid off and strain into a 3 gallon water jug with a bubbler attached to it also. Shake it a bit about every day till pretty near stopped bubbling. Let it set for a few day and transferred to 1.5 liter bottles with screw caps and leave the caps loose till you know the yeast has died.
With the cooler weather this batch was done in about 1.5 months.

Next is some satsuma wine. ;-)
 
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#84
Scot, I kinda followed this one.
Ingredients
4 1/2 lbs. (2.0 kg) peeled bananas
1 3/4 lbs. (0.79 kg) finely granulated sugar
6 1/2 pints (3.1 L) water
1 tsp. yeast nutrient
1 Camden Tablet
1 pkg Red Star Côte des Blancs or Epernay wine yeast


I heated up about 3 gallons of water, put the chopped up bananas in there and churned it up with an egg beater. Mixed in the yeast nutrient and added sugar till I got a 1.100 gravity on the mix.
Let it cool down and put it in a plastic 5 gallon bucket , mashed up a Camden tablet ( kills the natural yeast ) put a towel over it and let it set for 24 hrs.
Then warmed up so water for the yeast , put it together and let the yeast come alive a bit ( about 4 or 5 hours ) . Then stirred that in and put a lid on with a bubbler attached.
Took about a day for the yeast to come alive and start producing CO2 to activate the bubbler.
I would shake the mix everyday for about one week.
Then take the lid off and strain into a 3 gallon water jug with a bubbler attached to it also. Shake it a bit about every day till pretty near stopped bubbling. Let it set for a few day and transferred to 1.5 liter bottles with screw caps and leave the caps loose till you know the yeast has died.
With the cooler weather this batch was done in about 1.5 months.

Next is some satsuma wine. ;-)
Thanks.... Thinking I'll have to give this a try. I've got a Welches Concord grape and an Ocean Spray Cranberry/Apple going at the moment. Almost done with primary fermentation, probably rack it off the gross lees this evening. Just bought a 60l primary fermenter. Sheesh, that's like 15 gallons. Hoping the Welches will work well and then I'll just scale it up.
 
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#85
15 gallons = Wow! I used to do 5 gallons at a time but got to be such a hassle with the bottling and getting rid of that I tuned it down to about 2.5 gallons a batch. Have some satsuma is the freezer to work on today for the next batch. Then comes grapefruit and cumquarts and lemons and maybe some muscadine grapes.
 
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#86
Well, we at it again. Just started about 4 gallons of Satsuma wine yesterday. Wrapped an electric blanket , then a blanket around the electric one to keep the temperature above 65F. Just started doing this when making wine and the garage/shop temps get down to 40F once in awhile.
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Being as I gave a young lady and her mom a ride in our Christmas parade last Saturday. And of course had the targa top off for her to sit up there. I decided to see how the dark see though top would be like. I keep a top on due to noise when cruising down the back roads with my music on. It is different when riding about for sure but the jury is still out on if I kept it on or back to the stock silver one.
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And shooting murals during the afternoon ride to see how I liked it. A bit about the photo. The Wave Cafe was at Lake Arthur , La. and a common go to place in the '50's - '60's. Maybe into the '70's. Not sure when it got torn down.
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Being as I gave a young lady and her mom a ride in our Christmas parade last Saturday. And of course had the targa top off for her to sit up there. I decided to see how the dark see though top would be like. I keep a top on due to noise when cruising down the back roads with my music on. It is different when riding about for sure but the jury is still out on if I kept it on or back to the stock silver one.
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And shooting murals during the afternoon ride to see how I liked it. A bit about the photo. The Wave Cafe was at Lake Arthur , La. and a common go to place in the '50's - '60's. Maybe into the '70's. Not sure when it got torn down.
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I thought this story was going to take a totally different direction when you started talking about a mom & daughter connection.... :eek2:
 
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#90
Yes it started with the reason I took the top off. I don't take it off generally due to noise and wanting to just chill and listen to the music. But, a pic of the young lady at line up for the parade.
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Today, finally got the Vet's Home car show in after 3 re-schedules due to weather. A very fun event for the old vet at the home and really brings back memories of their youth. I put all the photos I developed on my photobucket account and will put the URL to a slide show here.
I decided to break out the Canon SX50 for a change so see how it would do in the cloudy conditions and play with the big zoom. I was surprised at how clear the duck pic came out as they were about 30 or so yards from me and I was doing hand held on the pics with pretty much zoom on them.
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Well, today ordered 285 bucks worth of bearing hubs and axle bolts for the rear of the Vette. Getting a howl out of the left rear bearing. Crossed the 130K mile mark a few days ago. Changed all the wheel bearing and stem bearing on the Suzy Bandit at 60K miles. And the KLR was getting rears about ever 15K miles and front were changed at 30K miles . When I pull the wheel and the bearing feels the slightest bit ruff, I change them.
 
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Well , did get the left rear wheel bearing on the Vette changed out after about 4 hours total time messing with it. Had to use the heat gun for some of the bolts and ball joints to get them to turn loose. But, tis together again and about 150 miles later , it's nice and quiet still. When I do get around to changing the right side, won't take as long as this was a learner for me.
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Then today was Cumquat wine making day. Or more like the work to get it ready to make the wine. Picked about a 1.5 gallons off the tree,
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sliced and washed them.
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and put them in a pot on the stove and brought to a boil. Then fire off and egg beater time. Then some more.
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Now in a 3 gallon jug with a bubbler on top with a few chemicals to kill the natural yeast , and nutrient for the coming yeast.
Tomorrow is add sugar and bring the gravity to 1.100 and later, introduce the mix to some wine yeast.

Now, time to get ready for the playoff game in which a young man from Jennings is the running back for Clemson. The whole town is in the Orange Mode at present pulling for our #9.
 
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New shocks ordered for the car yesterday. AC/Delco soft rides for the C6 Vette. Most all suspension parts for the C5 and C6 interchange so wanted to try these. Bout $285 to my door from Rock Auto. With over 130K miles on the car, and, no record of them ever being changed, due time.
 
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