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 on: Today at 06:30:03 AM 
Started by RICH MUISE - Last post by Frankenstein57
In 98, 99, we were planning a major remodel of our 1860s farmhouse,  we would be investing six figures and lots of hours of work. After digging into the walls, and seeing the balloon construction,  I decided we should build a new house, as my yard is 3 acres.  Best call I ever made, we found a builder to customize a plan we liked, frame it up, paid him, and we took it from there. It took 2 years of constant work, but the end result was a modern well built home. I still have my shop in an 1860s barn. Mark

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 on: Today at 06:21:50 AM 
Started by RICH MUISE - Last post by hiball3985
I don't live in a keep up with the Jones neighborhood and have never had a desire to do so. Prior to rebuilding mine I lived in rentals and had absolutely no knowledge of carpentry, electrical or plumbing, it was all learn as I went. My first project was adding a new 300 sq ft bed room, had to remove a huge olive tree first then hand dug for the foundation. Did all of the rebuild with just spare time between my full time job, the bedroom took me three years to complete  :005:, only positive was the building inspector said it was the best dry wall work he had ever seen, I guess I went over board treating like panels on a car.. My big problems came every time working on the old sections that were build with real 2 x 4's on 24" centers. All the floor joist and framing on the old section are redwood and are as good as the day it was built.
If I knew then what I know now I would have never bought it, I basically bought it just for the 200 x 100 lot which I needed for the 13 cars I owned at that time. The drive way goes from the front street to the rear street so it's 200 ft long and the wife won't buy me a street sweeper  :005:

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 on: Today at 05:27:03 AM 
Started by RICH MUISE - Last post by RICH MUISE
Our house was built in 1926, two years before building codes were adopted in Amarillo. LOL..they probably used our house as an example of why building codes were needed. I live in an area of Amarillo called San Jacinto, which is one of the oldest in town, about 3 miles west of downtown and the railroad yards. I hear different things, but I'm guessing San Jacinto started as a housing area for the railroad workers, probably expanded greatly when the Mother Road ran right thru it. I'm just 2 blocks off the old rt 66 tourist area..albeit not too much rt 66 stuff in Amarillo. Anyways, my wife and her sister grew up in San Jacinto back in the days when it was the place to live in Amarillo.
Connie has often pointed out things to me like "this use to be the busiest burger joint in town. When I was 16, Sis and I car hopped there for a summer", or an old theater where bands use to come in on weekends and her sister was a go-go dancer! That sure put a different vision in my head than the one I knew her as.
As I've mentioned before, San Jacinto got pretty run down, lots of boarded up houses, rentals, etc., but in the past few years we're starting to see houses here and there rebuilt and looking really nice, and the house was given to us, so what the heck. I've had the big houses and the upper neighborhoods where keeping up with the Joneses was the way of life, I don't need it anymore.

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 on: Today at 02:14:38 AM 
Started by Ecode70D - Last post by djfordmanjack
W O W !!! that 54 sure looks nice. just beautiful. Jay, I think you should sell off one of your cars to make room for the '54... :003:

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 on: Yesterday at 04:37:34 PM 
Started by brushwolf - Last post by Hoosier Hurricane
I have a T85 tail housing, but I believe it is for a Merc.  It is 23.5" long and has the 1 11/16 rear bushing.  I also have the matching tail shaft with the ring gear.  Do not have the matching yoke.   John

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 on: Yesterday at 02:48:42 PM 
Started by RICH MUISE - Last post by petew
Had a pellet stove when we lived in CT and loved it , great heat and much less work than burning wood in it's traditional form.

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 on: Yesterday at 01:18:33 PM 
Started by Ecode70D - Last post by Ecode70D
Rich
      That can't be a 54.    It has a 55 grill and computers don't lie. HAHA
      Actually it does look like a nice 54  for the money.  And it also has a 292 instead of that experimental 1954 239 cu in eng..
       At this stage in life I ain't looking for another car.   I ran out of storage space.
        If we do have Mass.  forum members,  where are they?????
Jay

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 on: Yesterday at 12:28:37 PM 
Started by RICH MUISE - Last post by Zapato
Did the total rebuild of old home myself, should have torn it down and built from scratch. Spent better part of 25 years doing it at our last house. New nightmare everytime a wall was opened up, much easier to start fresh and then know everything is right and safe right off the bat. House was ''supposedly'' rewired a couple years before we bought it. How it was bought off must have been a buddy deal no honest inspector would have allowed half the stuff I found over the years. And plumbing lines that would freeze and split of course day before holiday house guests show up. Nothing but fun.

So 8 years ago we bought a 3 year old house that my wife proclaimed as ''PERFECT''. Now am aware that perfect means different things to the female of the species than to the male. Since then we've added 300+ sq ft to the house so that the master is truly a master. Of course outside paint color wasn't as perfect so it got painted right away along with almost every room prior to move in day.  Countless projects one after the other hopefully am thinking we will soon be close to perfect.

Think we're on  the home stretch, finish enclosing the pellet stove chimney so it looks like a brick chimney, replace front door, install around 400-500 sq ft of real hardwood floor and am promised a break after that. Master bath can wait for now. And if she can find just the right color combinations the house can get painted again. This time though I'm hiring it out.

Zap- :unitedstates:

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 on: Yesterday at 12:17:07 PM 
Started by Ecode70D - Last post by RICH MUISE
I don't know about '57's in New England, we only have a few Mass. forum members, but there is what looks to be a really really nice '54 for sale in the New Haven area. One of the Hamb members posted a link to it's craiglist. selling price imho is at least half what looks like it'd be worth. Don't know if it's still available...would look nice in your stable. The owner passed away, apparently the family selling it.
https://newhaven.craigslist.org/cto/4644754911.html

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 on: Yesterday at 11:34:49 AM 
Started by RICH MUISE - Last post by hiball3985
I know all about a total rebuild, mine was built originally in 1924 and I almost have it up to 1950 standards now  :003: I'm too old to do any more then just keep it afloat now  :005: The last major project was the garage roof a new door and paint, when the house roof need doing again I farmed it out..

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