I love your magazine! Keep up the good work. I have a bright yellow '69 C10 Stepside and look forward to receiving Classic Trucks every month.
I thought you might enjoy the attached picture. One night when my 2-year-old grandson, Andy, was visiting I read CT instead of his usual bedtime book. Now he picks out the magazine instead of a book at bedtime. He also now points out all the old, not new, trucks he sees to his Mom and says "Pa Paw's truck". His mom couldn't figure out how he knew the difference until she realized we had been reading CT at bedtime.
Looks like you've got a future classic trucker on your hands! Just keep in mind that in a few years down the road when Andy begins to hound you about borrowing the C10 you only have yourself to blame-or congratulate. RIZ
Great job on Driver's Seat (Feb. '11). The multiple-choice questions are hilarious. I know I got the answers right, and "No, you are not the only one." When my wife and I plan anything, she starts with "as long as it doesn't have anything to do with vehicles." Attached are a couple of evidence photos. I'm restoring a '55 F-100 at home in my garage. Most of the time there is still room for my wife's car on the other side (which is also the paint booth).
Overland Park, KS
Thanks for the kind words-and for taking the time to write. I'm happy you enjoyed my ramblings. That said I want to know more about your F-100! It looks fantastic. You've done a great job so far, and I'd love to share your efforts with the rest of my readers. If you find the time please get back to me with the story and a few more images. RIZ
Regarding answers to the Feb. '11 Driver's Seat questions ... I'm not going to go through each one. Just know that all those silly answers about vacuum cleaners and such are just filler. You can even go back and ask my four (yes, four) ex-wives what I believe. If I could, I'd send you pix of my '53, '57, and '64 Chevy trucks to prove it.
Keep on truckin',
Scott H. Meise
Yeah, in all honesty I did think you guys would back me up-mainly because I think deep down we all think along the same lines. And I do have to admit my better half is nearly angelic-she's put up with me, my projects, and my never-ending parts bills for the past 32 years. But, I did want her to see that I'm not the only one who thinks this way, so thanks for the reply. RIZ
I just finished reading your article about your gantry and the use of the electric winch. I entertained the idea of employing the same winch on my gantry before resorting to the use of an ATV winch. My concerns about the electric winch you used was: Would it hold up being exposed to the elements? I live in a desert area where temps can get well below 0 degrees F and the wind will blow sand around at 60 mph. The final concern was precipitation, rain or snow: Was the electric motor and switch weather tight? The fellow at Harbor Freight I spoke to could not answer that question so it was the ATV winch.
Your reply to Doug in Postage Paid about applying heat to rusted bolts was good advice about not heating the steel cherry red. Using an acetylene torch is a bit tricky, as you know the torch can exceed 2,000 degrees. I use a plumber's MAP gas torch as it will not get much hotter than 1,200 degrees, hot enough to warp sheetmetal, but it will not melt or burn holes through it. I like the penetrating oil and a hammer-driven impact driver as it is all manual, and there is less chance of stripping or distorting fasteners. It looks like your '57 is coming along nicely.
Great to hear from you. I actually had some of the same concerns, but I opened up one of the electric hoists while at the store and took a close look. The Harbor Freight unit looked well built and well sealed. When I got it home, and prior to installation, I did add a bit of insurance in the way of silicone beads at the switch housing and motor cover seams. Mine hangs permanently from my gantry and has been living outdoors for months with no adverse effects-so far.
Also, the use of MAP gas is a good idea. It's a lot less expensive than an oxy/acetylene setup as well, and in these days of plasma cutters most don't use torches the way we used to anyway. RIZ