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Wanted / High-temp insulation (spaghetti)
« on: August 15, 2018, 08:53:36 PM »
I wonder if anybody has some high-temp spaghetti, the woven kind that you'll find in the wiring for coffee makers and other heat producers.  I need a 1" piece--yeah, one inch--with maybe 1/4" ID.  It's for the replacement connector that goes to the lamp holder for my Mustang driving light.  The original used a rubber insulation. 

I usually have something like that in my stash of Very Valuable Junk That I Will Need Some Day, but it seems to be hiding.

Chris Campbell

Chat / Another car question
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:03:36 PM »
Hey, it's summer, so my attention is diverted to outdoor stuff like cars, boats, and bicycles.  Tonight I gave the Mustang its annual wash.  It deserves more frequent attention but time is a scarce commodity.

So as  get older and older (somebody rudely pointed out that I have entered my 8th decade--ouch!) the future has fewer and fewer years left and I start thinking about paying somebody else to do some of the projects that I don't have time for, at east until I retire.  So I figured that maybe it's time to have the Chevy engine rebullt.  When it was stored, it was belching lots of fumes from the road draft tube.  There's a sign....  Plus the fact that it won't start.  So I stated calling around to find an engine rebuilder. Geez, here I'm trying my best to spend money and nobody wants to take it.  They all start explaining why they don't really want to take it on. 

 I've got a few guys I'll ask to see if they know any, but online searches haven't yielded much useful info.  So I wonder whether anybody has good advice in finding an engine rebuilder.

Chris Campbell

Chat / High temp adhesive?
« on: August 06, 2018, 08:24:13 PM »
OK, guys, save my butt here.  One of the Mustang driving lights was dim.  It's the same one that was out until I wiggled the bulb in its holder a year or so ago.  I took it apart and the little slide connector broke off.  Came home where the pars are and crimped a new one on.  But before putting it together I decided to check resistances.  Across the bulb, a halogen, it was very ow.  But at the socket lugs, it was high.  I cleaned all the contact surfaces--still high.  That meant that the little rivets that hold the lugs on must not be making good contact.  I tried to use a center punch to firm up the rivet. But then the bulb holder fell off my little anvil--a pin punch--and BROKE.  Aargh!!!!  I thought it was plastic but it was ceramic--because it holds that hot bulb.

These things are unobtanium.  Even the whole lights go for $$$ on eBay.  Many that are offered lack the bulb holders. 

So is there any glue (adhesive) that tolerates high temp that I can use to glue my little ceramic device back together?

Chris Campbell,
aka Clumsy Fumble-Finger

Chat / restored WW II movie
« on: August 02, 2018, 09:23:48 PM »
Our film festival is on this week.  A friend always gets me a ticket to something good.  This year it was the restored version of a film about the B-17 "Memphis Belle," the first to survive 25 missions over Germany.  The film had deteriorated by Erik Nelson found the original footage and restored it to full color and resolution.  It's called "The Memphis Belle."  If you seek it, make sure to get the restored version.  Nelson showed a sequence of before & after images--night and day difference.  The film was made by famous Hollywood director William Wyler, who flew--with three cinematographers--in real combat over Germany, some of the most dangerous action in WW II.  Wyler was too old for the war but volunteered to do this (unlike John Wayne, who stayed home).  Erik Nelson then made a new film, "The Cold Blue," using Wyler's footage (some in the original film, some never used) with voice-overs by actual B-17 crew members.  It's not quite finished so we saw only the first 40 minutes ("the good stuff," Nelson said).

There's a documentary about five famous Hollywood directors who went overseas in WW II (Wyler, Ford, Stevens, Capra, and Huston) called "Five Came Back."  I haven't seen it, but there's a great review here:

Chris Campbell

Chat / Car question (Chevy)
« on: July 21, 2018, 05:32:28 PM »
OK, so this is OT, but maybe somebody can tell me the likelihood of getting my Chevy 283 to start if the compression is about 25 lbs.  My brother is here and he cranked while I held the compression tester.

Later I'll post photos of the '38 Buick, which I rolled out of the garage for the first time in 40 years.

Chris Campbell

Chat / The friendly corner of the internet
« on: July 12, 2018, 08:03:55 PM »
I read an article today by a woman whose hobby, pottery, led her to what she called a "saner, friendlier corner of the internet."  Unlike most social media experiences, she found that her hobby groups valued "collaboration, persistence and shared ingenuity."  There was no arguing about political issues or attempts to sound smarter than everybody else. The people in the hobby groups are "folks who are only too happy to help you learn whatever you are trying to master."

This group came to mind right away.  I don't recall ever seeing a snarky comment or an attempt to make anybody feel stupid.  Instead, we all get help when we ask for it.  Will Rogers said, "We are all ignorant, just on different subjects."  The older I get, the more I find that I don't know.  But then, there are also the things I do know but once didn't, and those are the things to share.

You can read the whole article here:

Chris Campbell

Chat / Where is everybody?
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:47:29 PM »
Not much activity lately--maybe everybody else is distracted by summer and its projects, like me. I've been dealing with weather events.  A big storm in April washed out the front yard of my tiny cottage on Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay, taking the concrete-paver sidewalk.  Saturday I built a new one from treated lumber and will weigh it down with a really heavy section of rail from the railroad that used to run behind the cottage, so it doesn't float away in next April's big storm..  The railroad bought an inland railbed in about 1986 when high water washed out its rails.  I saved a 5' section that they left behind. 

Then on Monday I heard a big noise while shaving and getting ready to go to work.  A street tree had broken and fallen on my house. 

Chris Campbell

Chat / BBC in Scotland
« on: June 09, 2018, 12:05:10 PM »
I'm just back from two weeks in Scotland.  For somebody named Campbell, with a grandmother named Murray and a great-grandmother named Sinclair, this qualifies as "homeland."  I took along a little portable radio.  The broadcast options were disappointing.  News coverage was kinda thin on BBC Scottish Radio. It makes me appreciate my local public radio organizations for FM, and the high-power AM broadcasters that we can hear from all over at night.

The radio just barely fit in my carry-on luggage bag because I took along a bunch of layers for cold and wet weather.  It was sunny & warm every day.  Even the Scots were surprised.

Chris Campbell

Magnificent Magnavox / My 1951 (??) Magnavox
« on: March 19, 2018, 10:25:54 PM »
I snapped some more pictures of my early '50s Magnavox.  First is the record changer, a Webster-Chicago model that is not often seen.  The speed knob is chrome, tall, 1 inch or so, with a "reject" button in the middle.  The size selector (7" or 10") is chrome also.

The dial face is copper-plated and the raised area around the dial itself is uniformly sized & raised (later ones had some taper).  This was a no-flash handheld natural light attempt, with hand-shake.  My camera is not happy.  You will notice that Magnavox had not yet become Magnificent.

Here's also a full frontal shot, taken previously, just for reference.

So tell me--what year was this sold? 

Chris Campbell

Chat / ID of entertainment center?
« on: March 02, 2018, 10:25:54 PM »
I went to see a truly awful movie tonight--Get Out.  It's an Oscar nominee.  It's really, really bad.  Do not waste your money.  You will receive more benefit by burning the bills for their heat content than by seeing this really bad movie.

But in it, in a later scene, there is a big console with TV.  The identity is removed but there is a "color" symbol a circle divided into three segments, with red, green,and blue in them.  I've seen it before but cannot remember what brand that is.  Surely one of you will know.

It's not worth wasting money on this movie just to see the console.

Chris Campbell

Music / Abyssinian Baptist Gospel Choir
« on: March 01, 2018, 12:29:22 AM »
My radio station has an hour of "new age" music at 11 p.m. so I always leap for the source switch to play a CD or LP instead.  Tonight it was a thrift shop LP by the Abyssinian Baptist Gospel Choir.  Turns out I've got the re-release on CD, renamed "Shakin' the Rafters.".  It;s a big choir with piano and B-3 so I cranked the bass up a little bit to shake the rafters.  I did hae to jump up and flip the LP.  Pretty good stuff from about 1960.

Chris Campbell

Chat / ARF status?
« on: February 26, 2018, 09:37:25 PM »
I know that several other also follow and participate in ARF.  A couple weeks back they migrated to a new server.  Tonight I got a message "Board is disabled--moving to a new server."  What's up--is my computer migrating backward in time, or is ARF migrating to a new server again?

Chris Campbell

Chat / Repairable (?) equipment
« on: February 25, 2018, 06:47:56 PM »
Out in my shop I have a big old Sears shop vac, called a "dust collection system."  I inherited it from an old family friend when he was in his 90s. I got his drill press, radial arm saw, and  big old jig saw from a pattern shop.   He did a lot of wood turning and was allergic, as he got older, to many cool woods like walnut and apple. I think he was using this vac to keep turning without consequences.  It' a cool old device--a big 55-gallon cardboard drum with a fan system atop it.  A number of years ago after sucking abrasive bottom paint while sanding on the boat the bearings got noisy so I took it apart and used some old roller-blade bearings "temporarily."   Well, they've been noisy again so today was the someday-project day.  After disassembling and reassembling there was some little metallic thing loose in the fan.  It was pretty well sealed up--sheet metal formed over a pot metal motor body.  Couldn't get at it or even see it. Maybe it won't matter....  Plugged the vac in and yup, it did matter.  Little flakes of metal were coming out the exhaust and something sounded bad.  So I had to get the Dremel tool out, mount a cutting blade, and start cutting slits in the sheet metal part of the housing. Eventually I got a stray washer out.  Problem solved.  Now I've got to drill and tap for some screws to hold it back together.  But it's repaired.  And you know, the bearings felt OK.  One was a bit dry.  I squirted some grease in.  Sounds fine now.  And the brushes on that motor--geez, they'll be going strong when the next person inherits the device.

The big lesson, which most of you know, is that any project that you think will take X hours will usually take X times 3. 

Chris Campbell

Music / Benny Goodman
« on: February 24, 2018, 11:30:19 PM »
I listen to a public radio show called "Exploring Music."  There's usually a theme for the week--a composer, or performer, something.  This week has been "Carnegie Hall."  Friday night it was mostly Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall performance with the band and the quartet/trio.  I had forgotten what really remarkable music they made in that performance.  Gene Krupa is on drums, relentlessly driving the various ensembles, and the music is superb. Goodman had integrated groups at a time when black and white musicians generally did not perform together, and he hired Fletcher Henderson to do arrangements.  Teddy Wilson on piano, Lionel Hampton on vibes....

I knew I had become mature when I could listen to and enjoy music if I liked it,whether it was critically-approved or not.   This is just great music, creative and inventive and moving.   

You can hear the week's shows online here for the next week or two.  The Goodman show was at the end--Friday.
Online listening doesn't quite compare to good ol' FM radio, but the music's quality will overcome. Just turn it up.

Chris Campbell

Music / Still more LPs
« on: February 13, 2018, 07:01:33 PM »
Today I had to be in an out-county and just down the street from the courthouse there's a local charity thrift shop.  I'll stop in from time to time to check out the LP selection. Today's haul:  another ten.  Cast albums for Guys and Dolls and Unsinkable Molly Brown.  Two RCA discs of music from Victory at Sea (I've like that music since playing it in high school band).  American folk songs by the Roger Wagner Chorale.  Misc. jazz:  Cakewalkin' Jass Band, Benny Goodman Sextet, Oscar "Papa" Celestin, Jazz Hall of Fame, Vol. 2 (misc. jazz & blues guys).  Lind Ronstadt & Nelson Riddle.

They've all just gone through the record washer and are drying.  None were pristine except the Ronstadt.

At a buck a pop, buying these is like buying scratch-off lottery tickets. 

Chris Campbell

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