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It’s been a long time since I posted anything here outside of the Chevelle or random quick things. Frankly, it’s been a long time since I’ve had much time to do anything outside of working on said car and working at my actual job. I work for an engineering firm, and my work is all customer projects - this means sometimes (like so far all of 2020) I’m slammed working long days; other times (like most of 2016) I’m out of town a bunch. Other times things are good, depends on the customer, project, and schedule.

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The good news is I should have some time soon - and that’s a good thing, because I’m going to need it.

The Chevelle

As you may have seen, the new engine in the Chevelle runs. Making the wild assumption that all else is well, it’s a hood and check of the valve lash from being drivable. It’s been a long and crazy project, what started as doing a quick refresh on a junkyard 350 to swap in place of the tired 307 turned into a front-half frame-off restoration and a full performance engine build. As of late, I’ve been under a bit of pressure to get it back together already because of some other stuff going on... and only a year behind schedule!

As I’ve alluded to, its first trip (unless the next week and a half contains oddly nice weather and unsalted roads) will be into storage. In fact, in a couple weeks, there is even some storage coming to me! Why? Well...

The Garage

The floor of my garage has been, since long before I bought the house, in Bad Shape. I’d have liked to fix it before moving in, but having just bought a house the funds weren’t there. How bad is it? There are two factors:

1) One side of it has settled a couple inches from when it was poured. Based on repairs I did to the sidewalk, it’s probably poured on sand which has washed out in the past 42 years. This has led to considerable cracking, and uneven breaks in the slabs with inch-or-more steps between pieces. It’s a tripping hazard, really inconvenient, and makes the runoff from the car go down through the cracks, worsening the sinkage. The good news is, by my measurements, it hasn’t appreciably worsened in the past couple years.

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2) Salt doesn’t just destroy cars, bridges, signage, stuff-near-the-road, infrastructure in general, the environment, and The Mood, it also will destroy concrete. The surface of my garage floor clearly has been subject to a lot of salty runoff over its life, and is rapidly spalling, returning to sand and gravel. It makes a mess (you sweep and there is always more dust) and is very painful to lay/move around on under a car, not to mention hard to wheel stuff around on.

Check out the floor in this picture, for example:

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As a result of this, I’ve finally managed to both have the money for and been able to schedule to have what’s left of the floor removed and a new excessive one be poured in its place (6" of wire-reinforced concrete, anyone?). This necessitates completely emptying out the garage. Ugh.

The “storage coming to me” is a ‘PODS’ into which everything will go, to hang out in the driveway for a month while the concrete cures and I apply a sealant to prevent #2 above from coming back too quickly. By the time this gets emptied out and the garage restored to “normal” it will be spring, which means...

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The Fleet

In September I downsized to “only” 3 cars when I got rid of the Crown Vic (rust in piece). While this was a Good Idea it doesn’t mean that I’m not going to buy another car. Having been over a year and a half since I bought the 4Runner, a long-standing desire is soon to come to fruition (I hope).

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In honor of the last time I was car shopping for something to buy in the spring, I’ve named this upcoming to-remain-a-surprise car “SpringCar2"

Thanks for sticking around for a while. How are you doing, and how have you been?

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