Good evening, One and All-
I think I have mentioned that I've been trying to "sun burn" test a piece of my foam core fiberglass material to see how it does in all day sunlight. I think I may have mentioned that it has rained every single day since I started trying to do the test. Well, if that wasn't bad enough...
Friday I was sitting at my desk (at home), talking on the phone when I heard a "Ka-Whump" sound. I finished the call, walked thru the kitchen looking out the back windows to see if a tree limb had fallen, or if my neighbors had blown something up (and if they had without inviting me, I was gonna be PO'd!!!)... Finally, opened the garage door... And the ceiling had collapsed over about 1/3 of the garage. Apparently, my roof leaks... DAMMIT...
So, all the body panels had to be cleaned up and checked for damages. Then I had to put them somewhere safe. So... You guessed it... We gots Slotus parts in the dining room again!!!
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That'll be two rear fenders sitting next to two sidepods, with the rear section tucked in just in front of the china cabinet. Gayle is taking things surprisingly well... So far... I think...
And I told y'all this, slightly out of order. There was one more body part that y'all haven't seen. It used to look like this:
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It's the piece that fits in behind the nose cone, wraps around the radiator and will connect to the hood, sort of... I'd been struggling with what to call it. "Radiator Surround" seemed to work.
Then, on Thursday night, I brought it into the house to show Gayle. We looked at it, talked about shape and air flow and stuff and then I put it back in the garage. A few minutes later, HamDip came out of her room, and I said, "You missed the art exhibit." She wanted to see my "work of art" so I went and got it. Walking in, I said, "Behold, it is ART!" HamDip says, "Hi Art, how ya doin?" to the radiator surround. So, now it's name is Art... And he's a he, not an it...
Well, when the ceiling fell in, a big chunk of it landed on Art. He didn't fare too well, and I had to glue him back together. Today, I took Art with us up to GA to check the fit. First off, the gluing back together had warped poor Art until he didn't fit right. Then I discovered that one of his arms would interfere with the steering shaft. So, Art had to get another rebuild this evening. James said that was what they meant by "suffering for your Art."
Anyway, here's Art, recuperating nicely in --Wait for it-- the dining room!
Notice the nose cone in the background.
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Enough about Art... We went to GA with some green paint, intent on touching up the frame now that we had it all stripped down. And, surprisingly enough, that's what we did.
I pulled out the two spindles and the rear UCA that needed painting, James and I cleaned up the frame, did some sanding here and there and we shot some new green on things. It came out looking good!!! I'm likin' that green more and more as we go along.
Remember that upper intake that I had so much fun with, painting lime green and purple and generally torturing Gayle with the garishness of it all? Well, we atoned for that sin today, and gave the intake a good coat of Slotus Racing Green--
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I'm workin' a a little special "Something" for that name-plate that goes on top there, stay tuned for that later in our program...
And, last but not least, today we presented Son of Attack Hose to the world. He doesn't look much like his Daddy, being all snazzy black with a yellow stripe, but he seems to understand instinctively his duty around the shop. As evidence, note the picture of Son of Attack Hose, taken moments after we plugged him into the compressor-
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He immediately assumed the correct stance, ready to take down anybody walking past the beer fridge. Unfortunately, the only ones walking by were me and James...
Tune in next time when we hear Bubba say, "I've always wanted to be a roofer!"
Until then, Slotus Fans...
Peace, Love and "Art"!