Re: [bolger] 55 foot sharpie
> Now this is one very ugly boat,Interesting word 'ugly'.
As analogy consider the word 'ugly'
in context of comparing shoes,
specfically some women's high heel shoes
versus some sturdy flat walking shoes.
How much does function and economy
relate to ugly?
- In a message dated 5/9/05 1:49:03 AM Central Daylight Time,
> Peter Lenihan, who still feels a warm rush of pride when recallingThis is about as far off-topic as one can get, but I can't restrain myself! I
> the first time I actually removed and replaced all 4 spark plugs, all
> on the same day and the darned car started
still feel the cold sense of chagrin when recalling the first time I changed
My first motorized vehicle with more than 2 wheels was a surplus 1950's
vintage R(ailway) E(xpress) A(agency?) van-bodied truck with a Canadian Dodge
I was 16 years old and I had just received a generic automobile repair manual
as a B-day present from a grandfather. Flush with cash from a summer of
bagging groceries and mowing lawns, I decided not only to change the plugs, but the
plug wires, distributor cap, rotor, capacitor and points! There either was no
fitted plug wire kit for this model at the local parts store, or else the
"universal" plug wire kit fitted my budget better. (I needed to buy an
inexpensive timing light and a feeler gauge, too, after all.) The "universal" kit
consisted of a single length of plug wire, which needed to be cut into individual
lengths and then have the appropriate terminals crimped on.
I pulled out the plug wires (not marking any of them, of course), cut the new
ones to length, crimped on the terminals, changed the rotor, points and
capacitor and went to install the new wires. Alas, the length of the wires proved a
less than adequate guide to which plug needed to be attached to which
terminal on the distributor cap!
I've forgotten if it took merely lots and lots of hours or lots of days for
me to get that truck running, but it seemed like forever at the time. A big
part of my problem was that I could never be sure if the engines inability to run
was due to improper firing order, improper point gap, improper timing,
improper something else I did, or whatever ailed to motivate me to do the work in
the first place.
There is a lesson to be learned here, but have I learned it? Only at the
margins, as far as I can tell. I continue to wander through life consoling myself
with the mantra "Education is expensive!" and only occasionally not wasted!
Ciao for Niao,
Bill in MN
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