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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #7060 on: March 31, 2019, 03:29:01 am »
Earlier in the week I spotted this old beauty driving South along US 1.

It is a Ford, circa 1928 Model A. I know this because I restored one for my cousin back in SA. Well, I did all the work while he watched, learned, and helped.

@grizz hope you like it man, pretty much standard except for the dropped suspension and wheels. it didn't have an engine cover fitted at the side and it looked just like the original engine too... 3,0 litre 4-cylinder IIRC...   :thumleft:
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« Reply #7061 on: March 31, 2019, 07:05:53 am »
Stunning old model T. Motoring has come a long way.
They are obviously not that scares in the states for people to modify.
I'm sure they much more valuable in origional condition.
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #7062 on: March 31, 2019, 08:06:39 am »


Rustic sit en braai - onder toesig van Maggie !
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Trust Mr Zog to remember to take the fence around the end to neaten it all up
and to provide a subtle yet secure place for his rum and coke on the fence post !  :thumleft:
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« Reply #7063 on: April 01, 2019, 02:16:15 am »


Rustic sit en braai - onder toesig van Maggie !
 :sip:
Trust Mr Zog to remember to take the fence around the end to neaten it all up
and to provide a subtle yet secure place for his rum and coke on the fence post !  :thumleft:

that was a brandy and coke  :deal:  8)

not Klippies unfortunately, but the cheapest brandy they had in the liquor store. around $12.99 for a 750ml  :lol8:


But rum and coke would also have been a pleasure  :thumleft:  :drif:

I also ran a strip of fencing "plankie" along the top over the fence posts on the side and the back, just to neaten it up and have a place to put drinks, spices, and other assorted paraphernalia  :ricky:
« Last Edit: April 01, 2019, 02:18:21 am by Mr Zog »
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« Reply #7064 on: April 01, 2019, 02:23:41 am »
Right, so I didn't go fishing. I even slept late, only woke up at 7am  :eek7:

First order of the day was to put a bead of caulk along the top of the beam above the doors where the awning mounts to. The previous beam that had rotted out was nailed to the beams inside the shed, so there were holes that I needed to keep closed. I did caulk them before I fitted the beam, but I decided to add the caulk just a safety. Then I found a tin of white (ish) exterior paint in my shed, and after a light sanding I painted the wood that I had fitted to the shed. I think it made a big difference, now the shed looks like it belongs at the beach  :biggrin:
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« Reply #7065 on: April 01, 2019, 02:44:23 am »
The plan with the shed is to build a ramp going up to the two doors, and then to build another little corner like the first one, just to finish it off nicely.

But first I need to build the ramp, I want to dig a few holes and sink some 4x4 posts to support the weight of the ramp and whatever I put on it. I don't want the shed beam to carry that weight...

The next order of business was the mess at the back that I called my woodpile...

I did originally start to pack it nicely when we first moved in, but after 6 months of getting bits and pieces out, and then dumping other stuff back, got it looking like a "hoersehandsak". It was also getting dangerous, stuff was falling off onto the ground, with the potential to break a toe or hurt a doggy.

So I unpacked it all into three piles; the junk went directly onto the trailer, the still good fencing stuff, and the still good timber (2x4's etc.). I was very ruthless with the junk pile, throwing away lots of wood that I had salvaged for later use, but that was realistically rotten or warped etc. I also had a small pile of steel stuff, and most of that also got dumped as it was rusty and it's strength could not be trusted.

Then I made a new stand with some cinder blocks and 2x4's, and carefully packed the good stuff back. I tidied up the rest of the area, swept up all the leaves, and even cut the grass with the weed eater. Now it looks good again, and Maggie can go hunt in safety as a special treat once a week or so  :ricky:

But getting there wasn't easy. The job took most of the day, it was moerofa hot and I was sweating heavily. You don't want to know what I smelled like by the end  :eek7:

I also loaded up all the bits of old concrete and broken pavers and edgers that had been lying around. The little trailer is again heavily loaded, and hopefully I can get to the dump in the next few days.

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1 before
2 most of the woodpile unpacked onto the back lawn
3 the timber pile
4 the fencing stuff
5 old steel pipes and old pvc pipe etc
6 where the pile once stood
7 getting there...
8 done  :biggrin:
9 back lawn clear again
10 the little trailer straining under all that crap  :o

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« Reply #7066 on: April 01, 2019, 02:53:14 am »
After I had a shower I fired up the grill again.  O0

I braaied two very juicy pork chops that I had bought for around $4.50. Lightly seasoned with some "imported" Freddy Hirsch spice  :biggrin: and grilled to perfection.

Of course I had help, my sidekick seldom leaves my side when there is food afoot  :imaposer:

I got a pic of the squirrels too, eating away in the feeders and on the ground where the seeds fall. They run the gauntlet on the ground though, Maggie watches them like a hawk, and makes mad dashes every now and again, but she has yet to catch a squirrel napping  :imaposer:

It was the Melbourne airshow this weekend too, we had the sound of jets all weekend. I snagged a pic of this one speeding overhead. F15? F16? whatever  :P

and during the heat of the day the dogs find coolth under the AC unit in the porch  :lol8:
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« Reply #7067 on: April 01, 2019, 03:00:05 am »
Tomorrow I'm up at 03:30 again, to be at the shop and leaving for Lakeland by 5am.

I am really hoping to get the job finished tomorrow, but will only be home very late, if I get the job finished. If not I will stay over again and get it done Tuesday.

So an early night for me, I'm fubar  :o
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #7068 on: April 01, 2019, 06:27:56 am »


Nicely stacked. (You just need a tarp over to keep the rain off.)
I like the way it is all off the ground on blocks so Maggie can patrol underneath for critters !
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« Reply #7069 on: April 01, 2019, 07:18:54 am »
Love that pic of Maggie on the stool next to you at the braai - man what a dog you got there  :thumleft:

Good job with all the stuff you got done - it's looking good now hey!

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« Reply #7070 on: April 01, 2019, 09:05:29 am »
Excellent progress and finishing.

Braai is perfect.
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« Reply #7071 on: April 01, 2019, 10:12:32 am »
Kom kom nou Mr. Zog, you was mos in the SAAF! That looks a bit like a F18 Hornet, maybe even Super Hornet  >:D
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« Reply #7072 on: April 02, 2019, 01:26:46 am »
Kom kom nou Mr. Zog, you was mos in the SAAF! That looks a bit like a F18 Hornet, maybe even Super Hornet  >:D

Ja, and I flew choppers.  :deal:

Flamgatte were not my forte, and seeing as we only had a few (mirages, bucs, impalas, pielneus cheetas) I didn't get to know them much.  :peepwall:  :ricky:


apparently they also had the brand new F35 at the show, but I didn't notice.  :sip:
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« Reply #7073 on: April 02, 2019, 01:30:31 am »
@Casting from Turd

is there something you want to tell us?

This bakkie was at the jobsite I was at today over in Lakeland

plumber was a solid redneck, playing his country music over his phone  :imaposer:  with a big beard and lots of tats  :ricky:
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« Reply #7074 on: April 02, 2019, 02:09:01 am »
So last week we had a moefofa storm.


Some parts got pretty bad hail, the news was calling it a "storm of a lifetime", hailstones up to 2 inches across!  :eek7:

This morning driving to Lakeland I heard an ad on the radio for one of the car dealerships that must have had some damage. Most dealerships around here just park their stock outside, hail is something that virtually never happens.

They are selling off their damaged stock, brand new vehicles, at 50% off!

If I was in the market for a new car I'd buy one, who cares about a few dents when you get it that much below book  :eek7:

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« Reply #7075 on: April 02, 2019, 03:56:45 am »
 :eek7: 50% off! dam thats decent, and as-is or repaired... trade in your bakkie for a bigger one Mr zog  :deal:
 

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« Reply #7076 on: April 02, 2019, 06:24:27 am »

This morning driving to Lakeland I heard an ad on the radio for one of the car dealerships that must have had some damage. Most dealerships around here just park their stock outside, hail is something that virtually never happens.

They are selling off their damaged stock, brand new vehicles, at 50% off!

I guess that their insurance cover pays the difference...?

I could never understand this about US drivers and businesses.
Either their cars are to cheap to worry about maintaining their value,
or UV and hail isn't a problem.
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« Reply #7077 on: April 02, 2019, 10:53:26 am »
@Casting from Turd

is there something you want to tell us?

This bakkie was at the jobsite I was at today over in Lakeland

plumber was a solid redneck, playing his country music over his phone  :imaposer:  with a big beard and lots of tats  :ricky:

He is a distant cousin ..

Give him regards out of Africa :imaposer:
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« Reply #7078 on: April 02, 2019, 04:11:38 pm »
@Casting from Turd

is there something you want to tell us?

This bakkie was at the jobsite I was at today over in Lakeland

plumber was a solid redneck dutchman, playing his country music over his phone  :imaposer:  with a big beard and lots of tats  :ricky:
 

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« Reply #7079 on: April 03, 2019, 03:00:35 am »
I did not have a good day  :xxbah:

I'll not get into details, but a co-worker really pissed me off, and I'm getting piled with more and more work, more than I can handle. Remember that Florida is a "right to work"  State, I'm not completely sure what that means, except that an employer can fire you on the spot for no reason at all.

I need this job, so I bite my tongue. But I will have to raise the subject with the boss at some time in the near future.

Carrying on like this will kill me.

Rant over. Sorry for the kak post.
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