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Whats your other obsessions/hobbies?
« on: February 02, 2008, 04:55:26 AM »
Ok, I'm bored, and I was inspired by a thread in another forum I cruise. :P So, what are your other obsessions/hobbies?

For me it would be old air cooled Volkswagens, cars in general, woodworking and just generally fixing things that break instead of just buying a new one. ;D

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Re: Whats your other obsessions/hobbies?
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2008, 05:13:54 AM »
Cool, I'm restoring a 74 Kombi Westphalia (new 2.0L dual carbs), previously have done a 72 westfakia, 72 beatle, 67 beatle, 61 and 59 also.   Carve,  both bark carvings and west coast native stuff and dabble in ham radio.
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2008, 05:18:21 AM »
Cool, I'm restoring a 74 Kombi Westphalia (new 2.0L dual carbs), previously have done a 72 westfakia, 72 beatle, 67 beatle, 61 and 59 also.   Carve,  both bark carvings and west coast native stuff and dabble in ham radio.
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Are you on thesamba.com?(VW site) Oh, and by the way its spelled "Westfalia" and "Beetle" ;)
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2008, 07:34:40 AM »
Sadly, I have to say It's been a while since I had a true passion or obsession. When I was younger I had an incredible passion for riding and racing motorcycles. When I look back it was a true addiction. (riding bikes was my crack) I sold my last 3 bikes (an Honda St 1100, a Honda shadow 1100 and a Honda XR600 with a dual sport lighting kit) so as to put the money towards a property I was developing. My one good buddy has always had a bike since I sold mine and has kept riding. He tells me stories of adventure rides he and some of his friends have gone on around Vancouver Island. This same buddy and I went on a street bike tour from lethbridge to Northern California in 1987 and still laugh our arses off at all the things that happen on that trip. Stuff like showing up in Courdelane Idaho at 11:30PM on a long weekend with no chance of getting a hotel or camp spot so you sneak into the local yacht club and set up camp. just when you put your head to the pillow and say good night John boy and maryellen the sprinkler system comes on turning our tent into a life raft. As an act of survival we scrambled out of our sleeping bags to jam sprinkler heads with twigs and whatever else we can find. Must have been quite a sight - two grown men scrambling around in their wet undies! The next morning of course we are greeted by the Yacht club security guard but he sees we have cleaned up the sight and to our disbelief he says come back any time! My buddy has been saying we should go for another bike tour this coming summer so I have been looking at bikes the last few days. When I look at bikes like the KTM 950sm my left eye starts to twitch and my heart begins to beat again. I should say here that Listeroids are kind of like a pacemaker for me these last few years! If this summer you happen to see a 950sm backing it into corners or with the front end climbing for the stars on route to the painted dessert you may have just witnessed a man who has re found his long lost true love.

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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2008, 04:49:15 PM »
Like many others on this forum I take pleasure in making something out of what might otherwise have been cast off as junk. In addition to the Lister and other generating plants, I am restoring a '52 Fargo pickup, rebuilding a Chrysler six for someone else's restoration and helping my son in law restore a Formula S Barracuda. I have just about finished overhauling the Hay Baler and will be planting tomato seeds later today, Groundhog Day.   It is a variety that my grandfather got from Louisiana in 1926 and does well in greenhouses around here. (49th parallel of latitude).    I was just about to go to the OFC  (old fart's club at the local A&W ) but it is snowing ....again.

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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2008, 04:51:41 PM »
OK midle, yuv got mee,  but in mi defence, I've spent 29 yers corectting speling in mi students asignments and I desided when I retird I wasnt goin to give a dam about speling eny mor.  ;)
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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2008, 05:03:48 PM »
High powered rocketry, YouTube slow speed Diesel Porn and AK47's
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Re: Whats your other obsessions/hobbies?
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2008, 05:36:33 PM »
I used to be a biker.   The black one's a '73 Eldorado, the white one's a '69 Ambassador.  Both gone to BC.

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Re: Whats your other obsessions/hobbies?
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2008, 05:37:43 PM »
Gardening, food, landscape management, old equipment, beer making, wood working/construction, biking, canoeing, x-co skiing, low impact living.  Am finally parting with my '65 VW bug, tired of being greasy and working outside in the dirt.  Trying to learn how to play an upright bass.  Being a pain in the ass to local politicians has been a vocation for decades.   ;) 
I do all  of these things, none of them well.
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Re: Whats your other obsessions/hobbies?
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2008, 05:39:33 PM »
This is the Noisy Nova, a 1969 Nova Marine.

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Re: Whats your other obsessions/hobbies?
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2008, 06:42:53 PM »
Here's where the noise comes from.   ;)

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Re: Whats your other obsessions/hobbies?
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2008, 08:02:57 PM »
Stan,

Your spelling of `Westphalia` was certainly clever and seemed appropriate after you described dual carbs.  Also thought `Westfakia` likewise clever.  Our friend M.O.N. clearly is not using an adaptive filter on his language computer or may not have enough fiber in his diet.  ;)

All,

As some of you are aware I spent time operating a high energy, high voltage lab in my recent past and produced some neat artificial lightning generators for science centers as well as commercial insulation breakdown testing machines, etc.  When I was a child I was taking stuff apart with my father`s tools trying to figure out how all this amazing stuff worked.  That trait has stuck with me for my entire life.  I am self taught in most of what I know including SETI radio astronomy for which I actually collected a paycheck from NASA for a while.  That was probably my most significant hobby to which I devoted my most life energy. It involved the largest toys (huge dish antennas) and cutting edge state of the art microwave radio receivers, cryogenics and other neat forms of technology that I found a real joy to play with and exciting to learn.  I enjoyed antenna design and have taken what I learned and found it helpful in my recent hobby work designing very excellent, ultra low distortion, high efficiency loudspeakers for home hi-fi use.   As a generalization in life I have found that the best results can usually be obtained when one tries not to defy the laws of physics.  ;D
 
My speaker building led to setting up a bit of a woodshop here and I do enjoy making stuff with wood as well as my metal creations.

 I had begun to experiment with vacuum tube circuits and audio amps before I was ten and by mid late teens had found something else to feed my curiosity.  Motorcycles!  Had about five into my early twenties then came an interest in four wheel gas guzzlers like mouse and rat motor powered Chevrolets.  My list of money sink holes includes 1957 Bel Air 283 with 4 on the floor (my very first car!), 1964 Biscayne 283 turned 350, 1967 Impala SS396, 69 Camaro 396, 67 Chevelle 283 turned 350.  My last and the one I did the most to by fabricating the speed equipment myself (no chrome on this car) was a 70 Chevelle that got a freshly rebuilt 350 mouse motor and a 6-71 GMC blower.  I made the blower drive from the big cam belt pulleys, stacked to accept 2 inch gimler belt, from taking these parts out of four Vega engines at the wreckers.  1:1 drive ratio.  Manifold was a cast iron Q-jet with the carb box hogged out and a flat 3/8 inch thick steel plate brazed onto the top.  This car went 0-60mph- 0 in 300 feet, and it only had manual drum brakes! That means it spent most of that 300 feet trying to slow down.   8)   0-60 mph time was 4.2 seconds on street tires.  Fun!   Sounded like you were at the airport all the time with the turbine like whistle from the blower drive.  The mechanical education was expensive but the good news is so here I was all prepped and ready to fool with stationary diesel engines when the opportunity recently arose!   8)

My priorities have changed and now I consider MPG the measure of performance, not 0-60 times.  I am using what I have learned to try to make my estate energy self-sufficient.  I built a battery powered bicycle last summer but have not got it on the road yet. The PWM controller for an army surplus 28 volt generator used as a drive motor was a DIY challenge that took me past the riding season to fully sort out.  I had no previous experience in such motor control electronics so as often is the case, I chose in part to make the project for the learnin` I knew it would give me.  This is not your average E-bicycle.  It weighs as much as a Harley (~850 lbs with rider).  The AGM battery bank weighs 400 lbs alone.  It began as a Honda 360 twin and the frame where the engine sat got stretched 12 inches to accomodate the batteries.

I am also trying to make my own large wind turbine as part of the path to firing Ontario Hydro.  A ground source heat-pump all DIY with salvaged refrigeration equipment is also on the front of the important large DIY projects list.  I need to find some money to hire a backhoe and to purchase the collection piping.

I am in the process of finishing a recently crafted generating plant to charge my home battery bank that uses a tiny JD 175A diesel and have just purchased a Changfa 1115 to make a backup for my mission critical VW diesel genset which now powers my machine shop.

If I was ever talked into going on a vacation I would surely have to take my tools and a project with me or I`d certainly not enjoy myself!   :D
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Re: Whats your other obsessions/hobbies?
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2008, 10:32:32 PM »
Mis spent youth trying to make things that common sence tell you are slow go fast ( lawn tractors are a good example ) and compact car pole vaulting ( have the scares to prove cars don't fly ).

Now I enjoy collecting old lawn mowers and gardening ( a mixture of the flowers and things to eat kind ). I do a little wood working of the crude hand tool kind and make functional things like oak tables stands and cabnets for woring on rather than admiring. The wood bit is more about trying to make things that are functional and not unpleasing to look at but nothing meant for wife. I also like to tinker with wood gasifiers and alternative energy stuff of the low tech kind.
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« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2008, 12:48:30 AM »
Mis spent youth trying to make things that common sence tell you are slow go fast ( lawn tractors are a good example ) and compact car pole vaulting ( have the scares to prove cars don't fly ).

Doug,

I pole vaulted my `70 Nova in a moment of stupidity when I drove too fast showing off what it could do in first gear on an unknown road and was uinaware of a sharp 90 degree turn ahead.  Pointed at and hit the smaller of two poles, the concrete lifted out of the ground under the car launching me and two passengers into the air in a hollywood stunt type airborne roll landing on the roof.  Fortunately no-one was hurt except me.  The car was a total write off.  It even caught on fire while I was he last one trapped inside.  Man when I think of the near misses I`ve had I marvel at how I am still here!
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« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2008, 01:08:35 AM »
Ha, you're not the only one.  ;D

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