21/03/2008

Friendship...

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When a chapter is about to be achieved, something occurs. It is the kind of thing witch matters or... not. This story holds me on  strongly by this details.
So I am happy to share Totof 's picture with you, my friends. I hope you will feel that happyness !
...And don't worry the matter will be solved... or not !

 

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20/03/2008

The cal look tribute

I think every Cal Looker have to succeed the Fuchs polishing test. Well I must admit I feel some doubts when sanding a spoke but I keep in mind these pieces of aluminum are rought diamonds ! But what a satisfaction when first shine appears !!!

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So these times I spend some evenings sanding one time right to left and one time up to down, Fuchs spokes... You can see my tool a piece of foam and a sheet of plastic from a bottle wrapped in sanding paper. As I do take care of my fingers, I already wear surgical gloves. Dr Fuchs is operating !

Do you see the Fu#&¤^g scratch on the spoke ? It was two time longer before yesterday's session !

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26/02/2008

Wanna get it cool ?

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Dial : 562-944-6311. Botweir Den. 24hours a day, 7days a week. Always on the road next to your house. Thermador services. Tartiflettes, Diots and Herbal drinks from Savoy.

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11ème Monté Carlo Historique 2008

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"Trottinette" 's sister, I guess the race must feel funny aboard... But small cars like this one, should have their drawbacks when you struggle against the clock, don't they ?

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One Key locks it all !

I coded the driver's door according to the ignition switch. This evening, I coded the deck lid handle. I am fond of this job ! Matching brass plates to enable cylinder 's rotation is very funny.

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If you have a key trouble, I am the helpfull guy !

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23/02/2008

17.5k

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So, everybody enjoy shooting...

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18/02/2008

Road trip with Close friends

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We enjoyed so much this trip, we can not wait to plan another one !

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Scrapped Windows

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Already done. The controversy is over now. After several e-mails, main protagonists remain friends. I felt just a bit sad to read scum words on both side of seas...

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15/02/2008

11ème Monté Carlo Historique 2008

Race scene : 

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12/02/2008

Man at Work

For sure this day was an hard one. I even feel satisfied about things achieved today. Yes,  I am proud of it.

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The chrome plated ring of the lid lock is now perfectly fitted... fitted for real ! Pretty cool ! I love this period part, it look so obsolete. Oh well, I test-fitted the rear apron too. These days I enjoy bolting little things, those things whitch make the bus looks like a rolling one. Small pleasures are definatly sweet !

 

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08/02/2008

11ème Monté Carlo Historique 2008

I am currently resizing my pictures. And I am happy to see that some satisfaction pops out this photo-hunt... Some photosnaps could be even appreciated by parisian people...

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05/02/2008

11ème Monté Carlo Historique 2008

A car we enjoyed to see...

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As The Automobile Club de Monaco raise the year of manufacture limit up to 1985. Some "new" are allowed to race again. And I must say, nothing can spoil this great pleasure, nothing like a such snowy weather...

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04/02/2008

11ème Monté Carlo Historique 2008

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A what a day ! We saw plenty of action in the snow !
Monté Carlo Historique passed by the Vercors today. So we decided to climb to the Col d' Echarasson for watching teams struggling against average speed. 
A Z.R. was cancelated by the organisation because some snowy passes are closed by autorities. Due to very slippery roads many cars aborted the race today. We saw at least six crashes ! Luckyly nobody was hurted but every teams had to relie on spectator to get their car on the way again. Only one car was not able race anymore. The Pilot did not manage to keep his car on the way. His MG drived straight to a rock, bending a wing and brake an A-arm.
But fast cars made the show too... Pictures are following...

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28/01/2008

Nose Story

Personnaly, I think a split bus must have a perfect nose. Well mainly, because it provides all the shape of the vehicle. All the body lines start smoothly from this pointy nose. This brakes the shoe box effect by deletting square edges. This is available for both two tones and single tone splitties, I think.
So our Westy had to proudly show a perfect nose ! It carried bondo for years and an approximative welding fixed a past bump. The lower lip was grinded to smooth that bump. As a conclusion, the nose promises to rust without serious cares... This the nose story, an estethic surgery story :

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That leaves me speechless !!!

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21/01/2008

Big Baby Came Back Home

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Did I dream of that garage when I was a kid ? Certainly, but now I dream awake...
But I do not have to sleep on this project !!!

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Damn', The GFK killed Sebby !

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Pretty cool guys... when you don't step on their toes !
(Thanks for this South Park fake Lee !)

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14/01/2008

A Ugly Pic

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I took several pictures of The 54th Neige & Glace on sunday. I spend half a hour showing to kid these race cars. So you will understand easly the poor quality of my snapshots...

The snow you see on this trailer is telling a lot about the fun pilots are having these days...

I hope I will manage to take a tour tomorrow evening at the hotel...

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05/01/2008

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Another year begins... I hope you had a great shopping, and you recieved wonderful presents... In the other case, spring swapmeets will be very interesting !!!

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03/01/2008

Body Shop's X-mas tree !

A new year begins like the previous one finished... Primer and color.
Now, I focus on next jobs : front beam, rear axle, brake and upholstery. I feel a bit lost with all these jobs, I must admit. I will try to overpass step by step thanks to friend's help and my small aknowledge... What a challenge !!! ;-)

May 2008 brings you happyness,love and ca$h...

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14/12/2007

Mr Cab Driver

Olivier bolted and trimmed cab doors. This evening, he proudly presented his great job to Denis, Jerôme, Uncle Jeff and some Norvegian friends... Denis and I can not wait to take a picture of our Combis side by side but this time it was a bit hard.
We will schedule some project photoshots because paint flows these times... First, I have to scedule some work on this baby !!!

A picture of the moke up for you, my friends :

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10/12/2007

F.U.C.H.S

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I am currently spending couple of hours by couple of hours sanding a "Deep Six".  That how I pay for a true California Look wheel.  the price is high but legend worth it, doesn't it ?
I have got to smooth the outer lip for achieving the first polishing stage. Then time to take care of the first pizza cutter will come...

Those Cal Look sweeties are not for the most about to fit them, but, you can trust me : the Oval will try these wheels on ! So she will look like his "OldSpeed" sister from California. Are the Cal Look demons sleeping in my mind ? May be they will wake up in a far future...

The Westy still steps ahead. Some mango juice flowed  again today. Cab doors are drying quietly with a cargo door and the roof lid, waiting for the Seagull Grey in the late week. I restored the lid hinges by pressing in a chromed pin as a new hinge shaft.

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08/12/2007

El Maniaco Pistolero

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I think the outer opennings will be sprayed next week. Will I have to fit genuine wood panels with so nice inner door ?

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01/12/2007

This Day Was Grey...

... Sea Gull Grey, of course. The beautyfull matching of two unglamourous colors... That is what I thought when I held two pieces of adesive paper, one coloured Mango and one Sea Gull. What a wedding !...

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29/11/2007

Spy Shot

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6:15:06 PM - The first layer of Seagull Grey was drying. Olivier was shaking some more paint...

Can't wait tomorrow to see the accomplished paint job without adhesive tape and paper sheets...
Feels like Christmas is early this year... Perhaps the whole job will be done before next year ? Hum... Time does not matter when you share these moments.

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long panel

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Smooth engouth to see my hearth reving up when my kid will ride his bike next the this panel...

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23/11/2007

MANGO JUICE

The lower body was sprayed today.

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Don't need to say how I am happy ?

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22/11/2007

Chapter Two - Slippery Downhill

Scene 1 - Having a Ciney... 

We enjoyed a sweed moment of coolness before action...

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19/11/2007

Remember The Mud Party ?

The second chapter.

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13/11/2007

100% Mango ?

After my first visit, I realised that did not have a look to the engine bay. So during the second, I could check how far did Olivier go with his paint laquer. Every area whitch can be reach is covered by a glossy layer of Mango. It is far beyond my satisfaction ! I guess it will be a pleasure to look for fallen keys and have a look underneath the dashboard...
The drawback of this whole spraying is a little matter whitch is being fixed. Some hidden dust overpass the blowing/cleaning step. And some areas like the dashboard are a bit rought because some dust is trapped in the paint, did you noticed that by the first pictures ?

An happy customer...

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08/11/2007

Mango bath look alike

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The inner shell is fully recovered by a glossy mango paint, slurp... That is just the begining of the dessert !

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