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Online ClydesdaleKevin

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Arizona, 2020!
« on: February 09, 2020, 10:16 PM »
Winter vacation is officially over, so thus begins a new chapter!


We just finished opening weekend at the Arizona Renaissance Festival...and it was as expect...Meh.  Just like every opening weekend here.  Next weekend will probably me more of the same...and then we'll start making some real money.  We did okay, but it is pretty cold for Arizonians this time of year, and the first two weekends are the "bargain" weekends, kids free and two for one tickets.  So sales are usually pretty low.  We did okay though...slightly better than last year's opening weekend.


Tomorrow morning I have to ship out some catapults, and then get a few parts for the 1981 Ford F-100 we just acquired...like front wheel bearings and brake pads, and a valve cover gasket.  It is supposed to rain pretty bad tomorrow morning, so tomorrow I'm just going to get the parts, and materials for this week's catapult run.


I'm also going to go to Scottsdale, AZ and pick up the camper shell I found for the Ford...it will actually fit (99" long by 73" wide), and is a pretty nice one for a good price.  I'm really digging OfferUp DOT com...WAY better than Craigslist, and easier to get in contact with sellers and buyers. 


Kev
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Re: Arizona, 2020!
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2020, 01:39 AM »
I just got a VERY good package deal on three service manuals:  Clymers, Haynes, and Chiltons manuals for my 1981 Ford F-100 truck.  All three manuals, delivered, for less than I could buy a Haynes manual at Autozone.  Only the Clymers is in good used condition...the other two were advertised as new condition.  I'm pretty happy getting all three for 25 bucks, delivered!


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Re: Arizona, 2020!
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2020, 08:01 PM »
The camper shell is acquired! And it a is Leer!  Limo tint all around, moon windows, a 4 sets of slider windows with screens on the sides, two per side.  It came off a mid '80s F-150 longbed, and the angle where it meets the cab is perfect...and the slider window mates up perfectly with the rear slider on the truck.  100 bucks!  SWEET!!!  No keys, but since it is a Leer, locksets are readily available.


It is more of a silver/gold color and doesn't match the truck...but it doesn't look horrible.  When we have the truck eventually painted (the same factory eggshell yellow tan), we'll have them paint the shell to match.  No cracks at all!


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Re: Arizona, 2020!
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2020, 08:03 PM »
Found it.  I will be following along.

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Re: Arizona, 2020!
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2020, 10:00 PM »
Found it.  I will be following along.

Thanks!  It can get pretty boring though...lol!

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Re: Arizona, 2020!
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2020, 08:12 PM »
Thanks!  It can get pretty boring though...lol!

Kev


Nah.  Love your trips.  If you ever get to PA, look me up. 

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Re: Arizona, 2020!
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2020, 06:34 PM »
The booth is all set up and all the catapults are built for the three day President's Day weekend!


The F-100 still runs rough...but surprisingly keeps on running...lol!  I haven't had time to do jack to it aside from fixing a wiring issue and putting new tires on it.


At least it is registered now, and we received our new title and registration from Florida in the mail this morning!  We were running on AZ Temp plates, and the new registration came in just in time before the temp plates expired.


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Re: Arizona, 2020!
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2020, 07:31 AM »
 :)ThmbUp  Hey Kev, been a while since you've posted any pic's of your display at a renfair and your workshop. I'm sure some newbees and some old dudes would like to see it.

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Re: Arizona, 2020!
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2020, 11:02 PM »
President's Day weekend is going well so far...one more day!


And I came across this in my research.  If Superior Driveline still makes one of these that will fit my 1981 Ford F-100 truck for a reasonable price, I'm really going to want one of these Remco driveline disconnects eventually!  Pretty cool!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=703&v=qhQukbD8JV4&feature=emb_logo


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Re: Arizona, 2020!
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2020, 12:17 PM »
Kev,


        I priced one of those disconnects last year for a GMC van.  I was quoted an estimate of $1400 to $1600.  That did not include shipping.  FYI.  I was surprised they cost that much. The quoted price included a new drive shaft.  It would be cheaper if you used your existing driveshaft but you need a local shop to modify it.


Shawn

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Re: Arizona, 2020!
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2020, 10:39 PM »
Kev,


        I priced one of those disconnects last year for a GMC van.  I was quoted an estimate of $1400 to $1600.  That did not include shipping.  FYI.  I was surprised they cost that much. The quoted price included a new drive shaft.  It would be cheaper if you used your existing driveshaft but you need a local shop to modify it.


Shawn

Thanks!  I was planning on using a local shop to just modify my driveshaft if I go this route, since Superior Driveline listed a local shop that can do the work...but I'm waiting to hear back from Superior Driveline.  It will all depend on the price.  I don't mind disconnecting the driveshaft manually and hanging it out of the way...but it sure would be nice not to have to crawl under the truck on my back and get dirty before and after every trip.

Kev
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Re: Arizona, 2020!
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2020, 09:55 PM »
It rained ALL DAY here at the Arizona Renaissance Festival...so the crowd...and the sales...were pretty sparse.  Thankfully the weather is supposed to be beautiful and cool tomorrow!


And then we have the dreaded Student Days on Tuesday and Thursday.  Yuck.  LOL!



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Re: Arizona, 2020!
« Reply #12 on: Yesterday at 08:26 PM »
We survived Student Days, 2020 at the Arizona Renaissance Festival!


Now, one more day of frantic catapult building before Pirate Weekend!  This is the weekend we start making good money here in AZ. 


Next week I have to play catch up on a LOT of projects, including replacing the front wheel bearings and brake pads on our Ford F-100, the valve cover gasket, and then ordering the correct rebuilt carburetor for it (if we do as well as we usually do this coming weekend...otherwise the carburetor can wait until after next weekend).




Kev
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