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Jim Stabe Avatar
San Diego, CA, USA   USA
I've taken it to a couple of car shows and envied this one guy who had a small pop up canopy that was only 5'x8' and was less than 3' long when packed up. The 10'x10' ones are too large to fit behind the car in a parking space. I have looked for one like it but haven't been able to locate the same one he had. There are some small canopies out there but they only have about 4 1/2' below the outer edge making it difficult to get in and out of a conventional chair underneath the canopy and they cost over $100 (I'm cheap). So I started looking around the garage and came across a 6' diameter Harbor Freight beach umbrella that has been up in the rafters for years and never used because it is too small. I also found some short lengths of 3/4" square tubing and a piece of 1 1/4" steel water pipe. I cut the pipe into three 1 1/4" long pieces and filed out the seam weld bump on the inside. The ID of the pipe was something under 1 3/8" so I turned down the OD of a piece of 1 1/2" aluminum bar so the pipe segments were a slip fit and left a shoulder at the bottom as a stop. I bored the aluminum bar to 1" which provides a slip fit for the umbrella pole. Each arm has a set screw to lock it in place and hold it flat for storage. The legs are slightly different lengths so they nest together. Voilà, car show shade that fits in the trunk and no out of pocket.

I was also given a 2 post hoist by a friend that wanted a 4 post because it was easier to use for car storage. All I had to do was uninstall it and take it away. My garage floor was poured by a moron and there is a 1 1/4" height difference between the spots where the posts are to be mounted. On the low side I grouted a piece of 1/4" plate to bring that side up to level and also raise it 3/8". On the other side I cut out a rectangle from the floor and then dug out 6" under the slab on all sides. The thickness of the new mount is 8" and it sits level 7/8"elow the slab. The bottom mounting plate will sit just below the level of the existing slab. I used 7500 psi concrete and I'm waiting 28 days for full cure before I sink in the 3/4" studs that secure the post to the floor.

Still looking for a rust free 67 Chevy pickup to cut up.



Jim

"If you want me to agree with you then we would both be wrong"

'66 MGB widened 11" with supercharged LT1 Chevy and 6 speed, C4 Corvette suspension
Pictures here Part 1 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,7581
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Continued in Part 4 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,40751
Continued in Part 5 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,48698,48698#msg-48698
Continued in Part 6 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,61672

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V8MGBV8 Avatar
V8MGBV8 Carl Floyd
Kinggsport, TN, USA   USA
I so wish I had the ceiling height...

Jim Stabe Avatar
San Diego, CA, USA   USA
In reply to # 3753771 by V8MGBV8 I so wish I had the ceiling height...

Although the previous owner screwed up the slab, he did frame the walls with 12' studs and I left the area over the car open to the rafters.



Jim

"If you want me to agree with you then we would both be wrong"

'66 MGB widened 11" with supercharged LT1 Chevy and 6 speed, C4 Corvette suspension
Pictures here Part 1 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,7581
Continued in Part 2 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,22422
Continued in Part 3 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,33108
Continued in Part 4 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,40751
Continued in Part 5 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,48698,48698#msg-48698
Continued in Part 6 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,61672

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mjoeb Avatar
mjoeb joe doornenbal
scio, OR, USA   USA
1967 MG MGB "Magdalene"
Jim, you have an awesome car and I hope to see it someday! To answer your question; start an other one! joe

Justinb Justin Broome
Whitmore Lake, MI, USA   USA
Perhaps better than starting another one: Find a younger person interested in cars and help them put a car together. #shareyourskillswiththenextgeneration

Jim Stabe Avatar
San Diego, CA, USA   USA
In reply to # 3753809 by Justinb Perhaps better than starting another one: Find a younger person interested in cars and help them put a car together. #shareyourskillswiththenextgeneration

Great idea. Now to find a kid that isn't permanently bonded to his/her telephone.



Jim

"If you want me to agree with you then we would both be wrong"

'66 MGB widened 11" with supercharged LT1 Chevy and 6 speed, C4 Corvette suspension
Pictures here Part 1 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,7581
Continued in Part 2 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,22422
Continued in Part 3 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,33108
Continued in Part 4 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,40751
Continued in Part 5 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,48698,48698#msg-48698
Continued in Part 6 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,61672

balloonfoot Avatar
balloonfoot Gold Member Lloyd Faust
Southlake, TX, USA   USA
In reply to # 3753956 by Jim Stabe
In reply to # 3753809 by Justinb Perhaps better than starting another one: Find a younger person interested in cars and help them put a car together. #shareyourskillswiththenextgeneration

Great idea. Now to find a kid that isn't permanently bonded to his/her telephone.

If you ask them if they have a telephone......they're going to go huh?



Law of Logical Argument - Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.

"Anyone with an intense emotional interest in a subject loses the ability to observe it objectively: You selectively perceive events. You ignore data and facts that disagree with your main philosophy. Even your memory works to fool you, as you selectively retain what you believe in, and subtly mask any memories that might conflict."

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Jim Stabe Avatar
San Diego, CA, USA   USA
In reply to # 3753964 by balloonfoot
In reply to # 3753956 by Jim Stabe
In reply to # 3753809 by Justinb Perhaps better than starting another one: Find a younger person interested in cars and help them put a car together. #shareyourskillswiththenextgeneration

Great idea. Now to find a kid that isn't permanently bonded to his/her telephone.

If you ask them if they have a telephone......they're going to go huh?

Leave me alone - I'm going to sit down and put a 45 on the Victrola. (Interesting note - the spell checker highlighted Victrola. The old people like Lloyd and me will understand)



Jim

"If you want me to agree with you then we would both be wrong"

'66 MGB widened 11" with supercharged LT1 Chevy and 6 speed, C4 Corvette suspension
Pictures here Part 1 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,7581
Continued in Part 2 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,22422
Continued in Part 3 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,33108
Continued in Part 4 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,40751
Continued in Part 5 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,48698,48698#msg-48698
Continued in Part 6 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,61672

rdgreen Avatar
rdgreen Gold Member Robert Green
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia   AUS
In reply to # 3753975 by Jim Stabe
In reply to # 3753964 by balloonfoot
In reply to # 3753956 by Jim Stabe
In reply to # 3753809 by Justinb Perhaps better than starting another one: Find a younger person interested in cars and help them put a car together. #shareyourskillswiththenextgeneration

Great idea. Now to find a kid that isn't permanently bonded to his/her telephone.

If you ask them if they have a telephone......they're going to go huh?

Leave me alone - I'm going to sit down and put a 45 on the Victrola. (Interesting note - the spell checker highlighted Victrola. The old people like Lloyd and me will understand)

What's a 45?devil smiley

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Aridgerunner Silver Member Bill Bussler
Montoursville, PA, USA   USA
1956 MG MGA 1500 "The A"
1959 Triumph TR3A "The Mistress"
In reply to # 3754106 by rdgreen
In reply to # 3753975 by Jim Stabe
In reply to # 3753964 by balloonfoot
In reply to # 3753956 by Jim Stabe
In reply to # 3753809 by Justinb Perhaps better than starting another one: Find a younger person interested in cars and help them put a car together. #shareyourskillswiththenextgeneration

Great idea. Now to find a kid that isn't permanently bonded to his/her telephone.

If you ask them if they have a telephone......they're going to go huh?

Leave me alone - I'm going to sit down and put a 45 on the Victrola. (Interesting note - the spell checker highlighted Victrola. The old people like Lloyd and me will understand)

What's a 45?devil smiley

Something I can wear on my hip.

Diver648 Gold Member Warren Siringer
Tucson, AZ, USA   USA
1967 MG MGB
1967 MG MGB GT
1971 MG MGB GT
1974 MG MGB
I poured the pad extra thick at the points for the 4 post lift when I built the new garage for the MG's. The problem is I can't find the note about where they are located. X raying the slab is an option although pricey. My wife wanted higher ceilings in the family room so I poured a new footer and built a new wall just outside the exterior and added knee walls to the inside walls. Then put on the new roof and then removed the existing rafters and instant higher ceilings. Nice summer project and really not that difficult.

stuntflyr Avatar
stuntflyr Chris McMillin
Catalina, Foothills, USA   USA
I hope the answer to your question is burn the back tires off of that thing in 3,000 miles like my buddy did his 512BB.
Chris...

lgorg Avatar
lgorg Larry Gorg
Renton, WA, USA   USA
1966 MG MGB "Robbie"
In reply to a post by Diver648 I poured the pad extra thick at the points for the 4 post lift when I built the new garage for the MG's. The problem is I can't find the note about where they are located. X raying the slab is an option although pricey.

This is easy as Harbor Freight is your friend. Get a metal detector, and you will find the pads. Way back in 2009, when I was laid off after working at the old firm for 31 years, I ran into my former Boy Scoutmaster who at 87, was still doing surveys. I ended up on the bid side of the survey work, and used a metal detector quite often, trying to find old survey markers.

MGB567 Avatar
MGB567 Gold Member Barrie Braxton
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia   AUS
1966 MG MGB MkI "Money Guzzler"
1979 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion "Darkside"
What's a 45?

I've got about 600 of them - all originals but sadly no Victrola only a Technics SL-B2.

As for what to do - get yourself a GT6 and build a single seater - you and Lloyd can get together!



Convertible: CKD 11/66 first registered 8/5/67. Owned since 3/77. 90% original sheet metal. 18GB +40 balanced with almost all new internals. Peter Burgess big valve fast road head. Piper 285. Fidanza FW. Basil's followers and pushrods. TR7clutch. TT exhaust. ARP everywhere. 123 ign. Needham 4synchro c/r box.. Stock rebuilt/replaced suspension. Superpro bushes. New brakes all round including all pipes in SS flex. Interior redone. CAMS approved roll bar and side bars. Lots more. Hybrid of o/e and show/fast road car. Not for sale - it's my toy!

GT: UK car built/sold December '78. Stripped back to bare shell (with extensive bodywork to come). Powered by 'worked' Rover 5 litre V8 (ex TVR Chimera) with efi. T5 box. FC IFS. CCE rear attached to Salisbury axle with Quaife. And a whole lot more to yet to come. Stealth is the word.

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Thurlowb Silver Member Brad Thurlow
Coquitlam, BC, Canada   CAN
Take up autocrossing...seriously. Pushing the car that hard will result in things you will enjoy like...

1) breaking things...which means you get to fix things
2) finding the car’s limitations... which means you get to take it apart and try to improve it.
3) an excuse to drive the car somewhere for a race.

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