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Re: FYI: I'm getting one assertive billy-goat station wagon!!
« Reply #195 on: April 06, 2017, 03:10:41 AM »
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Biquette is transported home (Re: Billy-goat station wagon!!)
« Reply #196 on: April 15, 2017, 11:12:42 PM »
Dear WeatherCat automobile enthusiasts,

Orinda Motors finally was able to pull the big-block engine out of my trusty wagon by Friday morning.  I still think it is one handsome machine:



With that done it was time to send Biquette home so that Orinda Motor could take on another classic car customer.  So yesterday I arranged for her to be transported on a flatbed truck.  Here she is being loaded:



You can just make out the "Orinda Classic Car Center" sign under the roof.  At home the process was reversed and she was unloaded on the driveway:



Finally with some human muscle power, she was wiggled into her normal spot in the garage:



Today I went through all the parts and labeled the boxes to make reassembly that much easier.  Sometime next week the engine will travel back to Arizona to find out what in the world went wrong.

Definitely a gloomy time for da' trusty wagon and owner .  . . .

Edouard

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Re: FYI: I'm getting one assertive billy-goat station wagon!!
« Reply #197 on: April 18, 2017, 04:14:36 PM »
Sorry for your loss but it will be interesting to see what they discover.

Now that you have let us peek into your garage, I have a comment and a question.
  • In my opinion, the best garage door openers are manufactured by LiftMaster®
  • Is that blue tarp protecting from a water leak?
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Engine on its way to Arizona. (Re: Billy-goat station wagon!!)
« Reply #198 on: April 18, 2017, 11:38:31 PM »
Dear Blick and WeatherCat garage maintainers,

Sorry for your loss but it will be interesting to see what they discover.

The engine was packed in a heavy-duty wooden crate and was supposed to be picked up today for its transit to Scottsdale, Arizona.

In my opinion, the best garage door openers are manufactured by LiftMaster®

That was the brand provided by the company when we upgraded from a wooden garage door to a metal sectional door.  The opener has worked just great.  We've only had one problem with it.  The motion sensor controlling the lights failed about a year after installation.  The company that put in the garage door replaced it for free.

Is that blue tarp protecting from a water leak?

*Sigh*
, yes it was.  The leak has been fixed but I forgot to remove the silly tarp!  :-[

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

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Re: FYI: I'm getting one assertive billy-goat station wagon!!
« Reply #199 on: April 19, 2017, 01:53:28 PM »
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*Sigh*, yes it was.  The leak has been fixed but I forgot to remove the silly tarp!
You didn't "forget"! You're simply planning ahead! ThU5:-) [cheer]

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Ain't that the truth! (Was: Billy-goat station wagon!!)
« Reply #200 on: April 19, 2017, 11:29:28 PM »
Dear X-Air and WeatherCat home maintainers who are all too painfully aware of Murphy's law.

You didn't "forget"! You're simply planning ahead! ThU5:-) [cheer]

Ain't that the truth!  [rainyluck]

Edouard

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2017 Orinda Classic Car show. (Re: Billy-goat station wagon!!)
« Reply #201 on: September 09, 2017, 10:52:27 PM »
Dear WeatherCat automobile enthusiasts, 

Alas, the engine for my trusty wagon remains in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The engine builder over there had an machinist quit and that created a backlog of work that delayed progress on the engine.  So my wagon was, for the second time since 2010, unable to attend the Orinda Classic Car show.  However, I went over there and took quite a few photos of my own.  I uploaded all my photos to an online photo gallery that you can find here:

https://canebas.smugmug.com/ClassicandCustomAutomobiles/Car-Shows/2017-Orinda-Classic-Car-show

If all you've got to view these photos is a smart phone, you might try this link instead:

https://canebas.smugmug.com/ClassicandCustomAutomobiles/Car-Shows/2017-Orinda-Classic-Car-show?mobile=true

Not surprisingly, most of the cars are American, but there were a few exceptions.  There was another Morgan this year:



There was also a 1955 Jaguar XK140 drop head coupe:



Since "caravans" are a topic of interest around here, there was a Rotary fund-raiser project in the form of a wood teardrop trailer:



Here is another view:



The trailer was being raffled off as a fund raiser.

Finally, here is homey survivor for sure:



This is a 1959 Nash Metropolitan!  Here is one more photo:



If you need more pics to satisfy your classic automotive cravings, click on the gallery links above.  There are 54 images in all.

Enjoy!  :)

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

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Re: FYI: I'm getting one assertive billy-goat station wagon!!
« Reply #202 on: September 09, 2017, 11:10:18 PM »
Nice work, Edouard. Here's to hoping engine #2 runs better and lasts longer.
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Engine being repaired not replaced (Re:Billy-goat station wagon!!)
« Reply #203 on: September 10, 2017, 11:15:46 PM »
Dear Blick and WeatherCat fans of "assertive" station wagons,

Here's to hoping engine #2 runs better and lasts longer.

Mostly a technicality, but for the record.  It is the same engine that was delivered in late 2012.  In 2014-15 it went through a first round of repairs that fixed a damaged crankshaft bearing and changed the design to be more of a passenger car engine, instead of a racing engine.  The only parts that didn't get a careful going over where the cylinder heads.  It turned out they also needed to be reworked. Ultimately the original castings couldn't be prevented from leaking and were replaced.  So hopefully the last parts of this engine that hadn't been reworked are now is top condition.

I am hoping the engine will be shipped before the end the end of this month.

Cheers, Edouard