Hello, welcome to our web site. I try to document a few things that I think other people might find useful, or just enjoy reading. Feel free to email me if you have questions or comments.Contact:
This is a description of a project where I installed a small-block Ford V8 motor (289/302/5.0) into a Datsun 240Z:
Here's a motor stand project:
Here’s a project where I made a new Harley Sportster look old, and from a different continent:
I enjoy a Model-A Ford, here’s a little about it, and modifications I've made:
I tried doing my own metal plating, here's a report about it:
This is a story about how an old Datsun transmission turned into a car project:
If one Morris Woody is good, the two is twice as good! Here's the story of my second car (the one that went on the 48-state trip). It discusses switching from RHD to LHD, installing a better heater, and some odds and ends:
A very simple project to allow the John Deere Gator to haul more "stuff":
Wondering if the mail or paper has arrived yet? Here's a transmitter/receiver project that lights an alarm LED (and makes a chirp) when the box is opened:
How about a crab-pot puller with capstan windless:
Here's a 49" RC-controlled boat that I designed to catch fish, I call it the "Fishing Machine". This should probably be in the "too much times on his hands" section:
Here's the start of a new project, a 1949 Victory Pedicab (variant of a rick-shaw):
I'll try to keep this updated as projects come up, or as I do more on the projects above.
I enjoy writing up this odd collection of projects, and I hope that they are a little help in some cases. Or inspire you to do even better projects. Since quite a few people happen to run across them, I get requests to make some of the parts that are shown or described. Unfortunately, even though I'm retired, I just don't have time to make more of these parts for the number of people who request them, I'm usually busy on my own next project. Instead, I've tried to include drawings so that you can make the parts, or have a machine shop make them. I'm happy to try to answer your questions, though.
In about 2004, my brother Mark and I headed east to recover a Bugeye Sprite that he had purchased. It didn't go smoothly, here's the story:
In 2012, I decided to head cross country in my '58 Morris Minor Woody to go to a car show. Then I expanded my trip to include being in all 48 contiguous states. Here's the story:
I went to truck driving school to get my CDL. If you're interested in big trucks or getting your commercial driver's license, maybe you will enjoy reading this:
For many years, a group of us have gone fishing for a week in Eastern Washington. Here are some reports on the trips. These are only of interest to those who attend:
I've run across a couple of older manuals that might be of use to you as PDF files. I don't suppose the manufacturers would mind since they don't sell them anymore.
Once in a while I write something for submission to a paper or magazine, or just for fun – here are a couple:
Here’s a handy chart to print out and hang on your shop wall. If the wrench you are using doesn’t fit, it’s an easy way to find out which wrench (metric or US) is just a little bigger or smaller. Also includes a conversion chart for Newton-meters to Ft-lbs for torquing fasteners:
See this web site (my hobby business) for a couple of products that can be used for automotive conversions. MeterMatch is a converter to let most gauges and meters with resistive senders to be interchanged, yet still work. It can also be used to improve the accuracy of a gauge. TachMatch is for making tachometers work even though the cylinder count might be different between the engine and tachometer, or if they are electrically incompatible. MotorMatch is a motor and transmission mounting set for installing a small-block Ford V8, such as a 302/5.0 into an early Datsun Z-car, such as a 240Z or 260Z. Diff Mount (based on R/T Mount) is an extra strong front differential mount for Z-cars with too much power.