Hi everyone, I've been out of the loop for awhile.. I've been traveling to old car events, shopping, buying and selling. [Trading actually]. Now I'm home for a while, a few weeks at least.
I'm burning propane for now.. the well insulated house doesn't need much this time of year.. so I'll pay the propane bill and wait till
'real' winter sets in,, probably around first of December before I light off the AA260, that depends of course on the weather..
So far we've had a few chilly nights, lows in the mid 20's but it warms to the 50's usually, and those temps don't cost much in propane.
I just don't want to fire up the AA, and have it sit and burn #20 per day idling and not making heat.. just coasting.. When it's cold enough that the heat runs a few times a day, as well as at night, then it makes sense..
The shop is being heated by a waste oil hot air furnace.. I have lots of ATF, motor oil and gear lube to burn.. might as well use the stuff, it takes up a lot of space in 5 gallon pails.
I've traded the '64 Tbird for a '41 Plymouth pickup truck.. the pickup needed all new wheel cylinders and master cylinder. And a gas tank, and tie rod ends. It will also get the thermostat housing resealed, carb worked on [accelerator pump doesn't pump much]. The truck is rust free except for the driver's side tailgate hinge mount.. a very simple fix.. it's on the list..
I've driven the truck, it will be a nice farm truck and errands in town truck.. but not a distance truck.. it's a bit to basic for comfortable long drives over say, an hour each way. And it's geared for work,, it probably is comfortable at 50-55mph. The small 218cuinch engine is in excellent condition, it was rebuilt and driven only for about 6 months before the truck was put up for several decades.. it has lots of mud-dauber nests all over the underside.. LOL..
I also aquired a 1915 Chandler on Labor Day weekend.. it's been a lot of fun putting back together, it was a restoration project stopped for some reason. 98% of the tough stuff is done, and just a lot of fussy reassembly needs to be done.. I've also taken this car out for several drives.. it's as fast as the '41 truck !! It's a fairly rare car, they were made in Cleveland from '14 through '29, then shut down because of the depression.
I've got lots of winter projects to work on,, so I guess I'd better get to them..