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    Hockenheim Germany
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    '72 Triumph Spitfire MKIV X2
    '76 Pontiac Firebird
    '80 Porsche 924
    '89 Wartburg 1.3

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  1. Matthew: Stop showing us shop Pr0n! My wife will ask why MY workshop isn't that clean! 😄
  2. Course it did because you arrive at your destination... 😄
  3. The Germans won't let me become German without giving up my US citizenship. As long as my Mom is alive over there I won't because when I need to be get over there it has to be a "now" sort of thing. When my Dad died I was in the US within 12 hours (including flight time). I had 3 colleagues who gave up being American to become German who had at least one parent die and they could not be there because of the pandemic. Besides, the US does not understand why anyone would want to give up US citizenship.. if you do you get the "red folder" at the airport and they detain you anywhere from 15 minutes to 3 hours as you are already a "statistic". Also the IRS (internal revenue service aka tax monster) checks if you declared taxes "properly" for at least 3 years before they let you go. My Mom, who professionally did income tax for farmers, small business and individuals and couples for nearly 40 YEARS cannot confirm I have been doing my taxes right because the law was written in 1865 and never updated. (Yes we are double taxed, I can deduct what I pay in Germany but only to a cap). Did I mention that unless you are registered in state in the US you can't vote for president because there is no electoral college person to "represent" you? Wasn't there some thing about taxation without representation somewhere in the 1770's...? I have been mistaken for a Canadian though...
  4. There was an ad in the local paper "Learn English for Senior Citizens! 50+..." My wife and I started to laugh... then we started to cry....
  5. Thanks guys, I am going to look at a '72 that was dismantled and stored dry in '82 (according to the owner) tomorrow evening (unless I get my first jab and feel all wonky...). I have no clue what he wants for or if it is as clean as he claims... If that doesn't pan out there is a guy just a little farther away selling an abandoned 1500 project that "needs rear fenders/wings" that he has but hasn't put on. The floors look OK on the pictures and I can see an engine (which I don't need). The frame has been blasted, rust-proofed and treated. Which I technically don't need either. I like the idea of the 3.63 diff (even though I really want a 3.27) and the wider rear stance though... he wants almost 3500€ for the lot but it has been up for months so I could talk him down.... Last on the list is also an abandoned project that has already been patched up and painted but the welding looks very rough and he also want 3500€ for just the tub. He is willing to negotiate but I would only see it as a last resort. A few months back a 1500 came up that had been smashed up in the front but the rest was fun... so they do show up from time to time. Making any mods to a car almost always require TÜV (MOT) approval and without some sort of a certificate can be time-consuming and expensive. Fiberglass body panels often aren't allowed, shock absorbers and and stainless steel brake lines need to have certificates. Heck, even using tires that are 10 mm wider than stated in the papers can render your car un-roadworthy. It is grey area if you chop up a car and transpose the VIN and chassis numbers. There is a movement to try to get some more relaxed rules for classic cars but because there is already a classic car law on the books that requires everything to be original it is problem... With things opening up and the weather being nice I having trouble doing anything on the project... my original plan had been the body shop takes the car for 6 weeks and I do other projects that I need the garage for. Then I take it to the paint shop for however long and when it is back and all shiny I start the rebuild. Not knowing how the body situation will pan out has caused me to juggle a multiple of other things (plus trying to get vaccinated..) so it just hasn't been mega high on the list... Part of the prob is, let's say I get a broken car and it has better bits than mine...? I don't want to waste my time... It is a passion project. I have a general idea what I want to achieve and I am in the very fortunate situation of hopefully being able to afford that as I am taking a "good, fast, cheap: Pick two: I'll take good an cheap" so taking my time.... I would like to have it done before my half-century so I have a year or two yet...
  6. There is a guy in eastern Belgium that breaks up Spitfires. If you ever need anything let me know. I can pass on the contacts. I hope to visit him (and Belgium) soon...
  7. Thanks Matthew, He was very open. He did say it COULD be done but the question was whether it SHOULD be done. The pictures were taken a few weeks ago and I haven't had time to make new ones (rolling the car in and out is a 2 person job and I am usually alone). Since then the holes in the floor have grown as I stomped around the car. The pillars on the windshield frame can have a screwdriver stuck through every 4-5 inches. Rocking the frame makes the walls in the footwell flex. You can almost pull the outer rocker/sill off with your bare hands. The floor is starting to give way and the captive nuts are gone on the driver's side. Every weld seam has rust in it and is starting to burst. The bodge on the A pillar was the stab in the heart for me. Covering that with fiberglass (the hole is about 1 inch in diameter) is down right dangerous. Since I can't do body work myself (No space, no equipment, no knowledge and likely no talent) my goal was to have the car rebuilt so that it would likely never rust again. While you could grind the rust away , treat it and repaint there is a high chance it would come back again. German MOT (TÜV) does not allow any rust to be visible on the body of the car. Decent panels would cost me several thousand easily and they likely won't fit right so if I can find a decent tub that needs little to no work it is likely an easier/cheaper endeavor . He pretty much only works on older cars. A TR6 was in his shop recently. A doorskin here costs between 600 and 800€. He repaired it for half that so I don't really question expertise or cost of labor. Having said that, I am more than happy to house someone who wants to come over and do all the work for me!
  8. I am pretty sure I am part Neanderthal... Oh look BIG ROCK!
  9. Short version: I have pictures uploaded here: https://slotcarp.wordpress.com/spitfire-stripped/ Password Stripped with capital S (sorry about the linking... I can upload pictures next time...) What you don´t see is the gaping hole in the A post that was covered by fiberglass, the 6 inch/10 cm of rust and holes all around the bottom curtain , rockers, sills, and trunk/boot. When body parts started to flex and when we started scraping the weld seams and discovered that rust had started to actually push the panels apart my body shop acquaintance told me to get a new body.... No amount of work could save this... I have not given up yet. Chassis and hood/bonnet are still good so if I can find a decent body it may actually save me time and money in the end. If someone knows someone in Western Europe let me know. I have a contact in Belgium and have asked in my Spitfire club. Otherwise moral support would help me feel better. 🙂 Cheers... Andy
  10. A racoon... still alive ... and very, very annoyed.... he was unharmed but he was such a bastard we just opened the hood/bonnet and put some food out and hoped he would figure it out on his own-.... he did! A friend was driving through Blackpool and there were a bunch of seagulls eating fries (chips) in the road. He drove slowly up to them and assumed they had all flown away.... About 1/4 of a mile down the road someone stopped him... a seagull had got caught "spread Eagle" in the bull horn on the front of the Range Rover and was very cross....
  11. Any idea what the smaller roll is behind the main drum on the typewriters? Some sort of paper to make corrections?
  12. I lived near Lyon and I did see it from time to time...
  13. A Sicilian insisted to me that to speak Italian you just had to use your hands...
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