Wiring hell

By , October 31, 2007 11:56 pm

Been doing wiring and trying to finish up the kitchen. Still got bits of both to do but getting closer. Put in a bunch of outlets and still got at least 3 more to go. Got to take the couch/bed plywood off to get to where I can do them though. Should have waited till the end to put the frame in. Will know better next time. Bottom course of counter is done. Still got to skin the electrical but still got 12 volt stuff that goes in there too. And more smurf conduit to run to the tongue box which I have still got to build. And so on and so forth. On to the pix… πŸ˜‰
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1968 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow SRH SOLD

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By , October 31, 2007 10:24 pm

SOLD. Basic info is as follows:

1968 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow SRH – English right hand drive.
This is a complete project car ready for restoration. An opportunity to own, restore, and drive one of the worlds most renowned & respected legendary automobiles for only SOLD.

Serious inquires only – For more information call SOLD

Pictures below the fold.
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Teardrops & Tiny Travel Trailers :: Index

By , October 30, 2007 10:29 pm

Teardrops & Tiny Travel Trailers :: Index

Don’t think I have posted this link before, but I have been spending quite a bit (and maybe too much) time there since finding it. It is THE place for info and help on building your own teardrop or tiny travel trailer! They have lots of plans and a whole bunch of scans of old mag articles on building your own camper. Huge forum with build pix and a super nice bunch of folks. Check them out!

Coffee Bean Goddess: I Think I Get It

By , October 30, 2007 10:14 pm

Coffee Bean Goddess: I Think I “Get” It

Traditional Yorkshire Pudding, what it is and how to make it. Tis an eatable bowl of sorts. Gonna have to make one and try it out. Sounds quite good.

iBook drive replaced at long last

By , October 30, 2007 3:41 pm

Finally got around to it. After a daybreak wakeup call from the fan in the external hard drive case dying that is. The previous link I posted to the site with info on doing the replacement is NOT for the same computer. There are quite a few differences between the one he has and the one I have. LOT of the screws are in different places or just not there. As well as a bunch that are in mine that aren’t in his. Such is life in the world of Apple. Stupid asshats!!! There is NO excuse other than greed to make the hard drive in a laptop that hard to replace. And just one more reason that I will NEVER buy another Apple product.

Got it done and only had 2 screws left over at the end. One 3 mm and one 4 mm. It works, so I figure that the 40+ that I put back in are plenty so didn’t take it all the way back apart to find where these 2 go. If and when I get another drive to go in it I’ll look for their location then. One other gripe is the # of different tools that it takes to remove and replace the screws. Got to have a super small philips head screwdriver, a small phillips head screwdriver, a # 2 allen head driver, and something under a #10 torx driver. The torx screws are in the sides of the drive and a pair of pliers work just fine thank you very much Mr. Jobs/chief asshat/greedy bastard!

But it’s got the new drive installed and is now getting files copied over to it. Tis somewhere over 100k files now of 581,672 files and about 22 minutes into the copy. So sometime after 5 pm it should be ready for a reboot to the new drive to make sure it all works. Then I can start clearing more of the unused stuff off.

For now am going to go out and work on the camper a bit more. Had hoped to have the electrical done by now but this has taken me all day so far. About an hour and a half to get the drive in and the rest of the day to get the files on the backup drive paired down to the point that I would have SOME space left on the 80 gb that I put in the iBook. I think it’ll have about 12 gb of free space left when it gets through copying stuff over. Would like to have at least 40 gb free but will most likely settle for less.

One more piece of paneling to install and then can get back to the electrical. Have to put the paneling in so I can run the conduit on top of it for plug, light switch, light plug, and ac plug in this one run. Then 4 more plugs to run and can get back to finishing the kitchen cabinet. Getting closer than I was though. I think. At least I think, I think. Some days I don’t know… πŸ˜‰

* Update – Was closer to 6:30 pm by the time it finished copying stuff over and I got to reboot it. Working fine. Quieter than it’s ever been. Guess the drive had problems from the factory. Don’t have the energy to get on the cleanup yet. Got a head cold or something and no energy to do squat. More later…

Portable Tool Table

By , October 29, 2007 7:37 pm

Portable Tool Table

Interesting design for a table to mount hand power tools on/in. All wood and hardboard design with a few screws and fiddly bits of metal here and there to mount stuff. Looks interesting. Also looks like a cheap way to outfit a woodworking shop. I’m thinking that making something along these lines for each tool. Just takes up a little time and a bit more space.

YouTube – Castlemaine XXXX (Sherry for the ladies) UK TV Ad 90’s

By , October 29, 2007 10:30 am

YouTube – Castlemaine XXXX (Sherry for the ladies) UK TV Ad 90’s

Twas certainly the sherry that did it. πŸ˜‰

No real progress to report

By , October 28, 2007 1:06 pm

Had a airsoft game here yesterday so got nothing done on the camper. Took a fall early in the day when stepping over a log. Had a snag catch my pants leg and put me on the ground. Landed on hands and knees and bounced back up with only a few new back pains. Over the day the worst of the lower back pain (which had been with me for a week or so already) went away. Then last night my right elbow started hurting. Rather badly. Kept waking me up all night. Still quite painful today. Feels just like the tendinitis I had years ago after breaking rock with a 10 pound sledge all day. That time I eventually went to a bone cruncher and he bent my elbow backwards rather forcefully and got the tendon to snap back into place. Since then I have had a flare up several times then a few days or weeks later go away, but never had it in my right arm. Hope this goes away quickly without intervention. Can’t even pick up a coffee cup without wanting to drop it.

Guess I will try to get out and see what I can get done on the camper. Wasted the morning staring at the computer screens.

Blowing an HPV fairing

By , October 28, 2007 12:37 pm

Blowing an HPV fairing

Don’t think I have posted this link before but am too lazy to check so here tis. Easy and simple way to form plexiglas or other plastic. Good stuff!

GrassHopper 1978 – a photoset on Flickr

By , October 28, 2007 12:34 pm

GrassHopper 1978 – a photoset on Flickr

This is going to be the camper that I base my next project on. Not gonna try to make a copy but rather use it as a basic guide. Nice design and well laid out.

Grasshopper Camper

Welcome to the Crocodile Tear Website

By , October 28, 2007 12:27 pm

Welcome to the Crocodile Tear Website

Interesting site by a guy that built a teardrop variant on the cheap. Worth the read if you are looking into building a camper of any size. Lots of good info tucked away here and there.


By , October 28, 2007 11:56 am


Interesting site (other than the irritating java critters crawling on the screen) about Dutch Ovens and cooking with them Australian style. Gonna have to try some of the Dampers as well as some of the other recipes soon…

Camper progress Oct 26, 2007

By , October 26, 2007 11:12 pm

Shore power is in. Got the base level kitchen cabinet framing about done. Still got some paneling to get done. Getting closer and closer.
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Camper progress Oct 23 – 25, 2007

By , October 25, 2007 10:07 pm

Got bits and pieces done. Spent quite a bit of time finding enough tile to do the kitchen counter and then figuring out the pattern.

Decided to start at the top in doing the kitchen so put the top kitchen shelf in first. Then put in the water jug enclosure and added bracing from the ceiling. Supports it fine.
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Kitchen Plans for Patches

By , October 24, 2007 10:36 am

Got to the part that I have been dreading, the kitchen wall. Sat and thunk most of the day yesterday. With the rain it was hard to do much wood cutting so did what I could and spent the rest of the time trying out different bits in my head. The following rough drawing is what Cat and I came up with:
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Camper progress Oct 21 – 22, 2007

By , October 22, 2007 10:08 pm

Been one of those days. Will fill in on that part later. For now here are pix of the bits I have gotten donein the past couple of days.
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Camper progress Oct 20, 2007

By , October 20, 2007 11:23 pm

Still going. Starting to build the inside cabinets, toilet and storage areas. Have now stared at it long enough and finally decided how to built most of it so things should start moving a bit faster.
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Last couple of days work on the camper

By , October 19, 2007 9:12 pm

Been working and not posting. Got all the top pieces in. Finally! Never again will I do one quite this way. But I have learned a LOT doing it. And a lot not to do again. Getting to the point of building the interior now. Should go faster than the ceiling went. Still got lots of molding to do but that can be done most any time. Slowly, slowly getting this elephant eaten… πŸ˜‰
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Me and our camper

By , October 17, 2007 12:14 pm

Steve wanted a picture of me in the camper so folks could have some size comparison so here it is…

Me and our camper

Trying to figure out what make/model this camper was

By , October 16, 2007 10:57 am

Should have taken pix of this thing before tearing it down but hindsight is 20/20. The tag receipt I found the other day shows it to be a 1974 “Harm” model 7ft (???). The heater paper work was printed 5/66 and the water tank has a date stamp of Oct 66. No serial # on the frame that I can find and if there were tags anywhere else I can’t find them either. So, can anyone help me get any closer?

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