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Sarge101st Silver Member Brian S
Carlisle, PA, USA   USA
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Biggles"
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Grrr"
1980 MG MGB "Piddles"
They do share some design elements with the Cortina, yes.

First, an aside: I must apologise for the mild rant regarding American priorities, sensitivities, and humourlessness. My wife was watching the news where the Hollywood people, that sanctimonious culture that revels in telling people here how they should think, have been caught bribing universities to admit their privileged children over those of common upbringing who actually earned their place. Was feeling perhaps a bit cynical last night, I'm afraid.

I still stick with, "Offence is the opiate of the humourless", though. Grin!

Back to Falcons, they were considered a small car here and had their equivalents by Chev (Chevy II later Nova) and Dodge (Dart was it?). Very much the average guy car, with a column shift and a rather delightful six pot. They were a natural for a 289 cubic inch V8 since they shared many of the underpinnings of the first generation Mustang. I also just like the look, a very earnest looking car.

I wouldn't mind a Cortina of that era either, same iconic look really.



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SapitoPR Jorge Olazagasti
San Juan, PR, USA   USA
In reply to # 3907664 by jimbvd Very interesting story, Jorge. I was intrigued by the part you mentioned you went to radar tech training. In '68. What type radar? I'm assuming ( possibly incorrectly ) it was on an aircraft. I worked on AERO-1A and AWG-10 radar on F4B and F4J Phantom jets in the early 70s.


Jim, actually the ones i worked with were ground radars, an FPS 67 range finder and height finder housed in two separate radome structures and of course an operations dark room with a huge plexiglas screen were an airman would write backwards on the back side, monitors were UPA 35. Suzuki and rider shown also the outdoors engine repair and Airman 1st class Jorge ready for action.

Jorge


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Sarge101st Silver Member Brian S
Carlisle, PA, USA   USA
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Biggles"
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Grrr"
1980 MG MGB "Piddles"
Looking pretty "strac" there, Airman First Class!



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healey36 Paul Raith
Westminster, MD, USA   USA
In reply to # 3906926 by jimbvd Sorry to hear that, Tony! It sounds like your DOT folks were a little more idiotic than necessary, coating 60-degree roads. Hopefully you'll get some rain soon and wash it off.

Hey Jim - are you going to get nailed by this "cyclone" roaring up through the center of the country? Looks hideous...I'm hoping it doesn't head our way...I'm done!

Paul

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Sarge101st Silver Member Brian S
Carlisle, PA, USA   USA
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Biggles"
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Grrr"
1980 MG MGB "Piddles"
Are you watching the Weather Channel again, Paul?

Sounds like the clothes-horses who style themselves "meteorologists" are getting people scared over the usual early spring lows that drown the Ohio valley again. Happens every year. Grin!

Check NOAA and forget the scarey Weather Channel, or are we watching it for the scantily clad trollops again (a laudable pastime, to be sure). Grin!

Hope you don't get flooded this week or this spring, Jim!



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Sarge101st Silver Member Brian S
Carlisle, PA, USA   USA
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Biggles"
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Grrr"
1980 MG MGB "Piddles"
Looks like the same sort of blow we had here a fortnight ago, so know we're all hoping it all passes Jim as ours passed us here in the East.



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healey36 Paul Raith
Westminster, MD, USA   USA
In reply to # 3908251 by Sarge101st Are you watching the Weather Channel again?

Ah, no, lol. I was talking to a former associate this afternoon...guy lives in Denver, said they were getting pounded, snow, fifty mph winds. He said they are on the western edge of the storm, headed north-northeast...figured Jim might feel it before long.

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jimbvd Platinum Member Jim Bravard
Hopkinsville, Ky., USA   USA
Thanks for the well wishes guys! We are currently getting pounded with heavy rains right now, started last night about 8 or 9. Four to four and a half inches predicted. 40 mile an hour winds as well.
It was nice while it lasted! I was out driving in 72° warm, balmy air, top down, yesterday. smiling smiley

Nice twisty, hilly road to one of our local craft distilleries. That and the top down accounting for the silly grin! winking smiley



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Sarge101st Silver Member Brian S
Carlisle, PA, USA   USA
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Biggles"
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Grrr"
1980 MG MGB "Piddles"
Looks like the big bugger is going to hook around to our north, blow and rain a good deal less for us (the Appalachians helping). Hope it gets the rest of the salt off the roads, anyway.

Anyway, Paul, our being on the east and south as it hooks round puts us on the weak side of it.

Meanwhile, Jim, keep your head down and your feet up, mate!



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healey36 Paul Raith
Westminster, MD, USA   USA
That's a look of serenity, Jim...hoping to be out there soon as well.

We're supposed to get a bit of rain tomorrow, but as Sarge pointed out, we should be on the leeward side of this thing. A proper dousing will be good to wash off the residuals.

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jimbvd Platinum Member Jim Bravard
Hopkinsville, Ky., USA   USA
Well, we missed the bullet in our neck of the woods. No serious damage here. Paducah, Kentucky, about an hour and a half west of us on the Ohio River, didn't fare so we'll. They were hit hard by a big tornado. A lot of serious damage.
Hope y'all did well, washed the sludge off, and can get back to driving. I drove mine to work today! smiling smiley

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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
1960 Morris Minor Traveller "Boris 2"
1964 MG Midget MkI "Flying Midge"
1964 MG Midget MkI
Hi guys sorry I've been out of it for a couple of days,
Had a lot of family stuff to sort.

Sounds like none of us has fared that well weather wise, we've been suffering high winds and much rain, with the odd outbursts of glorious sunshine (though with accompanying cold winds).

My next set of photos will bring a rye smile from some of you and just brick bats to myself winking smiley
This afternoon I took the Midge out of the garage, to sort a few bits and check my manifold repairs.
As I set about checking the exhaust manifold, I found the culprit causing my oil leak. So the manifold seeming fine, I set to work on the culprit, a perished gasket ( a case of more haste less speed when I fitted it 18 months ago).

Anyway that done now and.........one other thing the recent weather weather plus a 200 mile journey.

Johnny



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Sarge101st Silver Member Brian S
Carlisle, PA, USA   USA
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Biggles"
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Grrr"
1980 MG MGB "Piddles"
You'll get no static from me about the tent, Johnny. This winter has been long and raw; arthritis just giving me fits. I drove all winter under canvas; no choice anymore in the matter, I'm afraid.

Today, though, was glorious. Temps soared into the 60s and a trip round the Long Circuit in Piddles with the tent down. Lovely!

Got my SUs back from getting cleaned and starting re-assembly. Looks like April to tear down the outside of the Spit's engine, barring any issues.



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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
1960 Morris Minor Traveller "Boris 2"
1964 MG Midget MkI "Flying Midge"
1964 MG Midget MkI
You're a better man than me Brian GRIN smileys with beer

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jimbvd Platinum Member Jim Bravard
Hopkinsville, Ky., USA   USA
Johnny, that picture of you through the frame looks as if you're shocked to be caught in the act! If you hadn't posted it yourself, I'd think maybe the mischievous Katie snuck out and took it. Or did she so, post it herself, and you only discovered it after the fact? devil smiley

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