Up, Up, and Away!

   Posted by: kdavis

I decided to reclaim 50+ square feet of my shop by hanging the body and buck from the ceiling.

When you don’t have friends to help, but you have a lift, you tend to get creative. Thanks to some ratcheting tie downs, some rope, a couple of 2×4′s, and sawhorses, the body is now suspended about 8″ from the ceiling on the 12′ side. I basically made new supports for the buck, ran a 2×4 across the middle, then took the original platform off of the bottom. This probably cut 100lbs total off the weight. I could easily lift each corner with one hand, so I’m guessing the total weight is less than 150lbs, under 40lbs per corner, so the bike anchors will work just fine.

The only downside is that I have to back the suburban in so that I can clear the body and lift it up as far as it’ll go. I changed the oil last night, and it worked perfectly. Backing in wasn’t a big deal.

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Great Time in Billings Last Weekend – But it’s Going to Cost Me!

   Posted by: kdavis

We enjoyed a great time with my buddy Mike Mueller and family at the International Mustang Meet over Labor Day weekend.

We went up to Billings on Saturday for a Mustang Car Show, then out to Yellowstone Drag Strip for some drag racing, funny cars, and jet cars. Mike got to run his roadster out there, and did well, 13 seconds and 106mph. Not quite the 250mph of the jet car, but pretty respectable.

Sunday we got to watch some autocross, and even got a ride through the course with Mike. This is where it all started. After Michelle took a ride, she decided she was ready to build her own car, so we’re starting plans for her to do a Roadster as well (when funds allow), and she decided to paint hers pink. Should be fun.

The shop is about 80% organized, and I’m anxious to start on the car again. I’m going to be hanging the body buck from the 12′ ceiling to get it up and out of the way during the build. Not 100% necessary, but that extra floor space will come in handy. Pics will come soon.

Videos and Pictures from this Weekend:



Autocross:

Drag Racing: