Post by Scoutpilot on Sept 29, 2017 16:27:24 GMT -5
I just finished watching a program on the Velocity Channel. Two “Hot Rod” guys were supposed to restore a ’45 MB. To say the least, they were NOT Jeep guys. The motor has a Solex carb, but they were able to fire it up so they pronounced it “fit for service”. Brake line up front had been cut. I hope they fixed it. They pulled the obviously-in-need of a lot of sheet metal tub off with the fenders and grille still attached. They darn near ripped the radiator out in the process and had to(?) cut the motor-to-body ground strap. They literally beat the steering wheel off the shaft with a sledge hammer. They soda blasted (or wet sand-blasted) the frame with all the running gear, linkage, brakes, suspension and steering still on the frame. Obvious rust cancer all over the frame in all the usual places. Repair? No. Just paint it. Throw a repro tub on. They didn’t bother to save the front black-out running lights, but did install a ‘70s-era blackout taillight on it. No. The front black-out lights were left off. No inner windshield seal. No windshield to cowl seal. Hardware left unpainted. The exhaust was toast so what do they do? Flex pipe to a solid pipe to a glass-pak and solid pipe straight out the back with a slight down turn.
I guess it took them about a week to do this. The 76-year-old owner was ecstatic. Said he was in the Army in the late sixties, early seventies and this was what he drove! I’m hugely disappointed in the owner and the crew.
Thats why I've gone Oilleaker and watch very little TV. In 01 I installed direct tv so I could watch NASCAR, Diana and I used to like that, it went to hell, then there was interesting things on History channel, discovery, military, they too went to made for tv dramah and the price only increased and the advertisements went out of hand as well. Last March direct tv was canceled and we both miss nothing from it.
Forgive your enemy, but remember the bastards name. (Scottish proverb)
Post by oilleaker1 on Sept 29, 2017 18:42:05 GMT -5
20 minutes of commercials per hour, some repeated 3 times in a row, and faggot news casters finished TV for me. I almost wore the channel change button off the controller trying to miss commercials.
whenever I stay in a motel and try and watch TV, I've usually seen the movie that's on and within 30 minutes, I'm disgusted and back where I was years ago. So, you guys all need to: ( I've gone Oilleaker) Laughed good on that one.
I gave up TV years ago. Right after the great switch to digital. Went from 7 channels to 38, still nothing fit to watch. Tried the satellite but couldn't see spending $100 a month for 250 channels when I only wanted 5 of them. Of course you have to buy the premium package to get the 5 you really want. I've heard that the channels that I used to want have all gone to crap, as Lee said. I still have a TV but I only use it to play movies. You should see the look on people's faces when they ask, "Did you see Soandso on Suchandsuch last night?" and I say, "NO, I don't watch TV". Most can't believe it.
Outside of cartoons with the young'un, I haven't watched the idiot box in over 10 years... There's 4 TVs in the house, and a dish, I just can't stand to watch the asinine reality pap they put on it these days. Used to love the History Channel, discovery and such... Hell, the local PBS station had some good programs on, but not anymore. They went from trying to increase your knowledge and intelligence to insulting it. The dumbing down of the masses has been a great success.
Post by oilleaker1 on Sept 30, 2017 5:20:30 GMT -5
When folks ask me about a TV program last night-----------did you watch it?, I say no I don't have TV and won't until they pay me to watch it. My son made me laugh, he erected a old set of rabbit ear antennas on his house roof and gets 4 channels for free.
Next you read the news on the internet, and get more slanted one side articles written up by different reporters working for Bloomberg news, Washington Post, Clinton News Network, and not much Fox. Depends which internet news you read. We have a mess running our country for us. I don't see the end of it.
When you talk with financial advisers, and base your view on local SD happenings, they just laugh. They say the real happenings are not local, but in large metro areas and over seas. Large concentrations of mass people are where policy is dictated. We are not represented in rural areas. Our ideals are not the same as NY's or LA. The melting pot of ethnic groups into "Americans" has evolved into non Americans. No standing with your hand at your heart at professional games. Long dredlocks and tattos are the norm. When I played football, my coach would check you hair with his thumb and forefinger. If it stood taller that that---------time to get a sports haircut.
I now feel very lucky to Jeep to a location and not see anyone else. that is ending fast. We need to Jeep while the sun shines !
PBS showed Ken Burns 10pt documentary "Vietnam" last week, Annie and I watched every episode. That's about the extent of my TV viewing.. If there's a program about Merle, Waylon or any blues musician I'm there. Annie and I used to spend every Sunday afternoon with her grampa watching the NFL games, time well spent with grampa.. grampa's gone now and the sport is a POS political platform...F-them..
OD MULE MC51986 DOD 01-52 RED MULE '50 CJ-3A "coming soon to a trail near you"!! We have Miles to Jeep before we Sleep!
ya Rick, just got to watchin that series to, what a mess. Im with you all, could give a rats ass what's on the television. Only stuff I religiously watch is two YouTuber guys one that is a fabricator-welder and a homesteader.
Post by airportops on Nov 11, 2017 22:18:16 GMT -5
Now that I am approaching elderly I do enjoy what I guess you could call retrospective analysis of years gone by. Can't say for sure when I abandoned tv but abandon it I did. I think I finally pulled out when NASCAR started racing all the same cars just with different paint schemes. Then all of the comedians stopped being funny. The last baseball game I recall watching was a world series game with the "Big Red Machine" playing while I was in a motel in Grand Junction, Colo. getting ready to go up on the Mesa for mule deer. Mr Oilleaker is definitely correct, it is coming unraveled pretty quick. The airport just hired a maintenance man (boy) who didn't know what an impact wrench was. Took my 06 Express van to a dealership last week because I didn't want to mess with changing the plugs and they wanted $847.42 to put in 8 new plugs - seems they have to take out the front floor boards - didn't even know that was possible! But thank goodness for Grunt (my Willys). On the way back from coffee today we pulled through the gate and he sulled up and died grave yard dead right in the yard. Now that's what I call considerate, AND, tomorrow will be another day without TV.
Post by oilleaker1 on Nov 18, 2017 16:45:30 GMT -5
Spark plugs-----LOL, I had a ford Aerostar like that. 12 hours labor to change the valve cover gaskets and while there do the plugs. I was able to see them with one eye peering through a crack once. The gaskets were $50.00. I sold it. No more new junk for me. That said, can you reach in over the front A arms to get to the spark plugs? Oilly
Hey there Oilly, sorry I didn't get back sooner, its a long way to the kids house and back. No Joy on the reaching the plugs that way. You can get to them BUT the clearance between the plugs and the body panel won't give you enough room to extract them. Who comes up with stuff like that??? Wonder if that is why they came up with 100,000 mile plugs instead of the old Champion .97 cent jobs.
Mechanics of today have a entirely different approach to working on regularly driven new stuff. They remove stuff in tiers or levels. 1, 2, 3, 4. The plugs would be tier two or tier 3. Flat rate is paid in tiers of removal. Costs of new parts ruined by removing the tiers are ridiculous.
Many cars 10 years old with a bad automatic transmission book less than the cost to overhaul the tranny. They are Bic lighters. Throw aways.
The shop across from me works on these. Dangerous high voltage injectors, and new engineering requires special tools. Special training. Ford now has a automatic transmission that is vin # specific. It is built for tire size, engine type, rear diff ratio only. You have to buy a $88,000.00 (that's correct) scan tool to find out what type it is to order the right parts or transmission. He said it would never pay out. So, as you can now see, the auto producing companies are making cars only they can service and charge you more than the car cost in the long run, to keep it going.
Ram trucks have a Cummins engine that has a injector nozzle know to get clogged or caked, that due to the super high injector pressure , will blow a hole through the cylinder wall. All in a effort for better economy, less emissions, and passing EPA requirements. If off warrenty, $ 22,000.00 to replace.
You won't see me driving this junk. I'm glad I'm not just entering the work force and am retired. Hermit time. Oilly