Thursday, October 25, 2007

Two weeks of busy

The last two weeks we have been very busy at the shop. Nothing on the Edsel or Cobra has occurred. Because of that, I decided to take a afternoon of on Wednesday and head out to the farm and get some paintball in with my brother and his classmates from MATC. It was a relaxing day of shooting newbs and stalking people. Something about taking aim on unsuspecting persons and lighting them up with some .68 calms me. So, I decided to dig up some old pictures from years ago when we where playing on a almost weekly basis out at the farm and had a pair of Tanks roaming around laying waste and destruction to those brave/dumb enough to try and attack them. They lasted a good two seasons if memory serves me. We had some great games out there and everybody enjoyed it. I built both from donated vehicles, the 85 Ford Van being the better of the two. The 82 Citation didn't hold up to well in the mud, rocks and stumps on the farm. I can remember it's last day of battle. I was in the rear hatch laying waste to some enemy in the marsh. I called for the driver to pull forward and the numb skull decided that driving up and over a rock pile was a good idea. The rear axle ripped in two, and then the fuel tank punctured. It was all over but the screaming. The Ford Van was a pain in the arse to fight. Only a few people managed to take it out or kill it's crew through all the games played. My brother-in-law Chris took it down often, he had a knack for attacking in such a way no one could counter it. I think I also managed a grenade kill on the crew one time.

Maybe in the future, when Troy wanders back to Wisco, we can have more games out there. Just this time not get to out of hand...... Ya right.....


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Cobra motor

Late Wednesday a buddy of ours picked up and dropped off the engine we will use for the Cobra. I know it doesn't look like much and many people will wonder "what the hell" but if you can envision what it will become then you know what we have on the engine stand is a good base to start from. It's a 302 out of a 69 F-100. We wanted to find something older to start with and where lucky to grab this one. It was stored for years in a nice, dry location and when I inspected it I was happy it rolled over very well. Once it is torn down and sent off for machine work we will start collecting parts to turn it into a 347 cubic inch beast to power the Cobra down the road.

In the mean time, we are still on the hunt for a rear carrier for the independent rear suspention and other assorted parts. Dan has riveted some sheet metal to the front of the car and has made another order for some trick parts from FFR.

Thursday, October 04, 2007


Considering the poor month we had last month in sales I was surprised that Dad let me talk him in too a new toy this month. My old scan tool does the job for the basic stuff I need it for, Snap On MT2500, but it's slated to be obsolete in a few years so I have been bugging him for a extra scan tool with a little more juice to complement our other Snap On scanners we have. After a few months of my constant, annoying, 5 year old begging he relented and let me get a Ethos Deluxe 7.4 for the shop.

So for the next few days I'll be plugging into everything and anything to get used to it. And while I am plugging and playing I'll listen to the new tunes I will have since a iPod shuffle was included in the whole deal :)