Sunday, December 30, 2007

Christmas Loot....

Hope everyone had a great holidays. I got some pretty neat stuff for Christmas and my birthday. XM radio, new Nikon camera, tools, clothes, some music and dvds. All in all some great stuff.

I may have the TR4 sold. Waiting on the buyer to get back in town next week. If that is the case then the TR6 could be sitting in my garage pretty soon. Already have a to do list for the 6: new front brakes (Toyota swap ins), new seat covers, and a transmission rebuild. I estimate I can do all this work and still clear a profit on the TR4.

Heading back to work for the first time in a week tomorrow. Going to get a plan in place for visits back up north, out west and through my southeast accounts. Planning to be on the road a lot this first quarter of 2008 to really try to expand my customer base and push my companies products into the aerospace industry as well (trip to Florida and Texas possibly.) Also going to look into a trip to South Korea sometime this year.

Looking forward to a good 2008. Hope everyone reading has a great New Years!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Ok, new development on the car front. Found a 1970 TR6 that I am going to look at today. Nice looking car in pictures (but aren't they all?), owner says it is in great mechanical shape and just needs interior work. Guess I'll find out in a few hours. I'll post some pictures of the car when I get back from the test drive.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Waffle, waffle....

I worked on the TR a bit this week. Changed the oil and the spark plugs. Changing the plugs made a HUGE difference the first time I started it up. Still have not driven it around with the new plugs but I look forward to seeing what the performance different will be this weekend. I have been able to drive it a good bit the last week or so here in Atlanta, the weather has been perfect for cruising. Just like my MINI, when I haven't driven it for a while I forget how much fun it is. So I guess I am officially waffling on if I want to sell it now. I caught myself thinking of things I would like to do to it. Paint, Fuel Injection, engine rebuild ect. So what to do? Don't know. I think I am going to have to think about it over Christmas. I still have a few guys interested in the car but no one that has come and look at it in person. I also still need to call the guy with the Datsun and go look at it. Don't want to sell the TR and not have a replacement lined up.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Random Thoughts....

Warning: NON-Car Related Talk to follow (for the most part)

If you didn't know, I went to Georgia Tech for college. Graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering (Yes, my kids will get to say Daddy is a Rocket Scientist one day). Anyway; GT hired a new football coach last week, Paul Johnson. I'm a big fan of this guy. Been arguing with the guys I sit with that we should hire this guy for over a year. Well, know we have and I guess I get to see if he can turn the corner with our program or not.

Had a good weekend seeing my Grandmother and parents in wonderful Boiling Springs, NC this weekend. As always it was great to see everyone. Ended up looking at old baby pictures most of the morning on Sunday. It is surprising how much better it is to look at old actual pictures then to sit in front of the computer and look through pictures. Realized that I need to talk my dad into picking up a 1972 Volvo P1800ES off ebay (Dad, if you buy it I'll do my darnedest to restore it for you!).

I am in Chattanooga this week on bidness (as Dave Thomas would say) again. Going to try to make a quick trip through some twisties on the way home tomorrow.

In music news: Waiting on getting my Radiohead collectors edition of "In Rainbows" this week. By far my favorite record in the past 5 years. Can't wait for my first listen of the unreleased material on the phonograph later this week.

Should have the rest of the items in to build my wall mounted draft beer system later this week. Just have to decide on what kegs to buy first. At the moment I am leaning towards a Pony Keg of Amstel Light and a 1/6 Barrel of Breckenridge Avalanche Amber Ale. I'll post pictures when I get it all installed.

On the car front. Still trying to sell the TR4a. Drove it to work today and realized what a great car it is. So smooth once the engine gets warmed up. Got to thinking of what I would like to do if I keep it....New paint job and then build a megasquirt fuel injection system for it. Guess I'll have to wait and see if anyone buys it.

That is it for know......

Friday, December 07, 2007

No Bugeye afterall?

Well, still trying to sell the TR. I have one guy looking but he hasn't been able to get away and come look at the car in person. Got the pictures of the Bugeye that I was interested in. It is pretty rough. Not sure if it is the type of project that I want to tackle right now. Would involve a lot more body and interior restoration than I would like. The Patrol would need some work but would be much easier to do than the work needed on the Bugeye. Plus, I don't know if I would want to "projects" going on at the same time. So, what to replace the TR with if I can't find a suitable Bugeye? Another TR? Nope, unless I can find a TR3 in good shape for cheap (not going to happen). Hmmm, what neat, rare and relatively cheap classic 2-seater roadster are out there? How 'bout a Datsun 1500/1600/2000 Fairlady? Yep! Love these cars, would like to get a 2000 but could accept one of the 1500/1600 ones. Neat looking cars with performance equal to the TR4a. Guess you'll just have to wait and see.