What I Think
I set up this page to express some of the thoughts I have about different things. You may not agree with everything I say, but this is America, and you can think what you want. That is what makes this country the greatest in the history of the world.
Again, I have set up this page to voice my thoughts about different things. I am not trying to cause any kind of controversy. I am just trying to get some of you to think about the world around us. I will mainly try to post about light-minded, trivial subjects, but you never know what might set me off.
"My advise to a you man who is on the verge of marriage. Enjoy life now and have fun. Once you're married what your girlfriend found funny and amusing your wife will find annoying and embarassing."
Yours truly, Bob Jones
"Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. I'm not sure about the former."
"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."
"If you're not a liberal at 20, you have no heart, and if you're not a conservative at 40, you have no head."
"I want to die in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming yelling like the people in his backseat"
Well, I thought I'd give myself a few days to mellow out a bit before posting my feelings about the presidential election so here I go.
To somewhat paraphrase Michelle Obama, I have never been so disgusted with my country until I saw the results of the election. For you
self centered, dependent idiots who voted for the worst president in our history all I can say is you have just handed our country over
to a bunch of lazy, whining takers. I fear we might have reached the tipping point, there are not going to be enough makers to support
your dependent life style.
Great news since my last post, the people of Wisconsin, and it seems, our great
country as a whole, have come to their senses and have elected government officials
that might do what we want. I say "might" because members of either party seem to have
difficulties doing anything for us when it becomes easier to do things for their own finacial and
political gains. I have great faith in newly elected Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
He has a proved tack record in his many years as Milwaukee County Executive at cutting spending
and facing over compensated government workers and their unions. Also, Ron Johnson I believe will
make an excellent senator. Heck, almost anyone could do better than Russ Feingold. He was a
real "maverick". He boasted about his record of voting against his party on tough decisions. Yeah, he
did, when the vote was so overwhelming for a poor bill that his single vote didn't matter. On the bills
he knew his constituents didn't want he would ask his party to be allowed to cast one of the few
opposition votes to make him look good. He was a complete joke. I have faith we are going in the
right direction. Now we just have to get rid of the joke that's in the White House.
On a lighter note, I spent a cold Saturday helping my friend and neighbor Grant retrieve a '50 Hudson Pacemaker from a 3 foot snow drift in a old farm yard:
The trip was fun. We started out on nice crisp January Saturday morning at about 7:00, it was about 15° and the sky was sunny. As we were headed up to a small town just outside of Sturgeon Bay on Hwy 43 I hit a patch of glare ice and the truck with 20' car trailer, started to fish tail over both lanes of northbound 43. Very interest 5 seconds or so of my life only to be followed by a repeat about a mile up the road. Finally we got through the bad stretch of icy road which was only about 2-3 long. We arrived at the old farm and there wasn't much snow on the ground, maybe averaging an inch, at most, except where the Hudson was parked. Seems the wind whipped the snow from the open fields behind the old barn right around the Hudson. We spent the next hour or so digging out the hard, crusty snow from around the Hudson. The temperature never got above 20° all day although it was very sunny most of the day. All in all it was a great day. I would rather freeze my butt off digging an old car out of 3 feet of snow on a freezing day with a good friend than working at job in a climate controlled building. Personally, I would rather retrieve an old car on a cold January day than in the middle of August in 90°+. I've done a lot of both. You can always add clothes to keep warm and I'd rather not contend with the nasty stinging and biting bugs that usually accompany an old car.
The seller of the Hudson also had this '38 Buick:
I was interested in it but the seller wanted $1200 for it and I know it wasn't worth that much. It had a lot useable parts but it was in worse shape than my original '37. The floors were completely gone and even though the seller said the car ran it was missing the valve cover and the the valve train was exposed and rusty. I would have offered him $400-500 for it, tops. It does make a nice picture.
It's been a while since I've added anything to this page, it hasn't been because I've been swamped with work. Thanks to the Anointed One, the great Barack Husein Obama I've had a lot of free time to catch up on a lot of neglected old truck repairs I needed to do on my F-2 and panel truck. Not that I have the money to do much but I've been gathering parts to do the repairs and finally I have time, lots of time.
I must apologize, I stated above that I set this page up to post my opinions, mostly light hearts humorous rants but I feel our country is in dire danger,thanks to our great leaders in D.C., of becoming the biggest socialist country in the world and I must voice my thoughts or my head is going to explode. I've called both of my senators, Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl, both Democrats, to voice my opposition to the current bills pending in congress, mainly the health care overhaul. Additionally sent emails to both but only got one form letter reply from ol' Russ telling me we we need health reform. Ol' Russ like to promote himself as the maverick senator that doesn't vote with the pack. Russ does this by voting against bills that he knows are going to have enough votes to pass without his, then he votes against it and calls himself a "maverick".
Now Ol' Barry, I personally don't think this guy is smart enough to tie his own shoes by himself. All you have to do is listen to on of his unprepared, non-teleprompter assisted speeches. The "UMs" and "AHs" take up to 75% of his responses. The guy is an idiot. To me he only furthers this assumption by his horrible economic policies. Even a person like me, with a little better than a public school high school education knows you can't tax people in a down economy and have something good come out of it. Like I stated above I've had a lot of free time lately. I am not one of the "Funemployed" the main stream media was promoted a few weeks ago, I own my own small business and when I don't have work I don't have money.
Now our great government leaders are contemplating another stimulus package, the first one gave our economy such great boost. Also, the great "Cash for Clunkers" program. The program that was suppose to last six but ran out money in four days. These are the same morons who want to screw with our health care. Not to leave our very own Jim Dolye, the great governor of the State of Wisconsin. Ol' Jim hasn't met a tax hike or government entitlement he didn't love, especially if it benefits one of his campaign contributers. Ol' Jimmy doesn't even try to hide the improprieties of his actions. Whenever he signs a bill or tax hike he has one of his three main contributors, the teachers' union, trial lawyer or American Indians, standing behind him fighting amongst themselves trying to hand Ol' Jim their official pen to use to sign it. Oh,Yeah, one more thing for you who voted for Ol' Barry, how's that "Hope and Change" working for you?
Wisconsin's new logo to encourage economic growth and tourism.
They only paid $100,000 for it, what a deal!
Found on the Ford Barn-Posted by FRANK PKNY
February 14, 2009
Well, I guess my hopes for the country have been dashed. A small majority of US citizens who were stupid enough to elect a person with absolutely no administrative experience, who is a socialist who in his first two weeks in office has caused more damage that most likely spells financial ruin for generations to come. I hope the idiots who voted for this fool are happy.
I know I must sound like a spoiled sport and I would never usually post such strong statements but I can only see irrepairable problems resulting from the actions of the president and the liberals running congress who are only concerned with their power and what they can get for themselves. What they have done is going to haunt our country, both economically and socially for generations. They have been successful in making our country come closer to becoming a socialist country. I am sure our founding fathers would break down and cry if they could see what has happened. The only silver lining I see in this whole situation is that, hopefully, the people in this country will come to realize the huge mistake that has been made and try to right the wrong buy going into the voting booth at the next election and take their heads out of their butts and vote for some one who has the country's interest ahead of their own. The fear I have is the liberal morons in charge of the country now will cause too much damage to our great country that will take decades to rectify, if it can be repaired at all.
September 3, 2008
The Republicans might have got it finally
Finally the Republican Party got it right with the nomination of Sarah Palin. She gives the presidential
ticket something that John McCain didn't, some conservative guts. I personally think the Republican primary
was a farce. I think the Democrats elected McCain because I haven't met a person who voted for him. With
McCain as the presidential nominee it made it very hard for me, or any of my acquaintances to vote this year.
We all felt we only had a choice between a tax and spend liberal Democrat with absolutely no idea of what he
is doing and a tax and spend liberal Republican that seems to do everything he can to as far left as he can. McCain
is a terrible choice but fortunately Palin came to the rescue to pull the conservative people together and has
given us hope and some one to vote for.
October 4, 2007
The other day a friend of mine sent me an email with the following column, titled "Made in the USA: Spoiled brats ", by Craig Smith of the World Daily Net, www.worldnetdaily.com. At first I thought it might be another cyberspace hoax column everyone gets on a regular basis so I did a search of the author and article to verify it's truthfulness. I was able to verify it and decided to post it here because everything Mr. Craig said I agree with:
April 3, 2007
~~Is there a new version of Metallurgy?~~
I know, it's been a long time between posts but I've been busy.
Anyways, I am trying to figure out if there was a revision in the science of Metallrygy. The reason I am questioning this is because of research I have done in the old car hobby. It seems a lot of people are mistaking rust for gold. The more rust there is on a vehicle the more it seems people think it's worth. They also like to add the phrases, "It's rare" or "You can't find a better one." Yeah, rust is rust and if the part or car is 90% rust it's still useless. I had two recent experiences of this phenomenon last weekend. I answered two ads on Craigslist that had old trucks listed for sale. I went to look at both trucks to see what was being offered. Even though I have my small fleet of Bonus Build trucks that my wife thinks is excessive, I still like to check what's out there and, hopefully, find some parts trucks I can use parts off of.
The first truck I went to see had nothing left to it. The bottom ten inches of the cab were rusted away and just barely sitting on the frame. There was no box, the doors were as bad as the cab and there was nothing else on it that was of any value except for the hood. Although the hood was still useable, it had a couple of coats of scaly paint and surface rust on it. After looking the truck over and deciding there was nothing left I started talking to the guy who was selling it. I asked what he wanted for the hood, just to see what he would say. His reply was,"I'll take a $150 for it." Yeah, right.
The second truck I looked was stored in a pole building, up about fifteen feet on a pallet rack shelf. This truck was in a little better shape than the first but, was still a total rot bucket. The doors might have been useful but I didn't want to my life to crawl up a rickety ladder to check it out ( I don't like heights). I asked the guy how much he was looking to get for it, he replied, "I'll take $750". Again, I said, " Ah, no thanks". I was thinking possibly $100, $150 at most.
I have run into the above situations many times over the last few years. I just find it amazing that people think just because a vehicle is old it's worth a small fortune. After looking at these two trucks, and other parts I have inquired about, I came back to my shop and started to assess my parts stockpile,("junk", as my wife calls it, I prefer to call it my "good stuff") and thought it must be worth at least $25,000 to $30,000, if I guage the value by the junk I saw over the weekend.
For now, I will just sit back and watch my retirement fund grow in value.
~~Colin Powell's United States of America~~
I love this country. Although I might not always agree with the people running it, I believe this is the best country that has ever existed in the entire history of the world. I really despise it when people from other countries try to knock us down. It even makes me more upset to hear our fellow countrymen deride our country, but that is the main reason this country is so great they have the right to do it.
The following response from Secretary of State Colin Powell pretty much sums up what I feel is the ultimate response when someone tries to cast our country as world dominators out for our own advancement.
The following is from the Friday, February 15, 2002, issue of the Media Research Center’s online CyberAlert.
The last paragraph really struck me I feel it pretty much put the woman, and the rest of the world, in their place. I think this quote should become one of the most famous quotes in our history if it doesn't I think we will have lost something very valuable.
November 7, 2002
Saved by the Fat-Fendered
Well, I didn't get the "Old Girl" stored as I planned, and it was a good thing. My new modern designed 1996 Dodge 4X4 decided it didn't like the new fuel pump transplant it got fourteen month ago (two months out of warranty)and decided to reject it. Fortunately, I didn't have the Ford in storage yet and am now using it while the Dodge is going under the wrench.
I know the newer vehicles are a lot nicer when it comes to scheduled maintenance, but when they decide to break down, there is not much you can do. Other than opening the hood and hoping there is something very obviously wrong like a disconnected wire or a hose spewing something there is not much the shade-tree mechanic can do. After seeing that there is nothing you can do, you have to call the tow truck.
Last night the Dodge decided to have pump failure fifty miles from home at 6:00 at night. After finding a towing service, in a unfamiliar area and hoping I wasn’t going to be taken for a bundle, I got it home and had to call the Ford into duty. Hey, the bright side is I get a good reason to drive the truck a little longer, I suppose that’s the golden lining in my otherwise cloudy day.
October 14, 2002
~~One More Weekend~~
It happens every autumn I get depressed. It is time up here in the “Rust Belt” to store my truck. I despise this time of year. I always wait until the last minute before succumbing to the realization that the old girl has to go for her winter nap. I store the truck in a shed in the back forty of the farm. Every fall we have to pack it away like a sardine between the farm machinery.
I always wait until the last minute and the coldest day to do the dirty deed, because I always think “just one more weekend”. I get my old clothes on, grab a sweat shirt to put under my winter work jacket, slip on my gloves, dump some gas stabilizer in the tank, and check the condition of the coolant. I then drive her down in back to the shed. After rearranging the other machinery, we tuck her into her little corner.
It’s usually so cold that you don’t notice you smashed an appendage until a few minutes after it happens. I fog the engine with oil, place the mice poison under the seat, and stuff fabric softener sheets throughout the interior. I finally throw the old sheets over it and say good-bye for the season.
Once in a while, if I’m down there for some reason, I will go into the shed and say "Hi" (we all talk to our trucks, admit it) and dream about the wonderful day next spring when life comes back and the old girl starts, after a little gas pedal pumping, and smokes for a few minutes and I can feel my infusion of “Old truck” for the year.
July 31, 2002
he rescue of the nine trapped miners in Pennsylvania is enough to make everything else seem insignificant. An event like this one that starts out with what seems like a very slim chance of having a good outcome and finishes with such a happy ending can lift a person to new heights. I personally felt a extreme sense of relief and joy when I found out they were all safe. It made for a very happy weekend.
Maybe this is a start of better things to come.
July 20, 2002
I know I stated above that I will try to concentrate on light-hearted matters, so here I go. In the last month I have attended two events that have made me feel good about the world around me.
The first was the Arthritis Foundation show in Dublin,Ohio, on July 6, 2002. I have been emailing back and forth with Jack Brown for the last three years or so. Finally I decided, after being asked by Jack quite a few times, to go to the show. It turned out to be great a show. The variety of cars and trucks was amazing. There were modified and vintage and everything between. I met many nice people and talked a lot of "car" with them. At night there were great musical acts. The weather was beautiful.
The only thing I regretted was that I wasn't able to bring my F-2 to park next to Jack's. I was a twelve-hour drive in my '96 Dodge at 70 mph with air and cruise, I don't want to think what the trip would have been like in the F-2 with a flat six and four speed. Thanks again, Jack.
The second event was this last week, July 14 through 20. My two sons are in scouting, Germantown troop 151. My oldest son, Charlie, attended Boy Scout camp this week. All of the boys at the camp, from many different troops, showed the true spirit of scouting through cooperation and friendship. I spent two separate days and nights as an adult supervisor. I found all of the boys to be very polite and well behaved. When someone accomplished a requirement, all of the boys complimented each other, and when someone had a problem, the other boys provided encouragement and suggestions so the boy could achieve his requirement.
The world still has a lot of good.
July 11, 2002
~~Old Car Suicide~~
I have been working on cars and trucks for nearly thirty years. I started working with my dad at his service station in the early 1970s. I pumped gas, checked oil, and cleaned windows when I was ten years old. I am now 39, soon to be 40. I have always gotten my hands dirty working on cars. Although I am no longer involved in the auto repair industry and I run my own business an industrial control panel shop I still like to work on my own trucks, doing the mechanical and body repairs.
I have been lucky in the past with finding parts for my trucks. I have done a lot of horse dealing to get parts. Sometimes I have paid too much for things; other times, I have gotten extremely good deals. Recently I was able to get my hands on a truck that was rotting away in farmyard. I hoped I could use it for parts for my latest project truck, the '48 F-1 panel. Unfortunately, the one main part of the truck that I wanted to use for the panel, the floor, proved to be in worse shape than I thought. Fortunately, I was able to sell some parts that I didn’t need and make a little money to put toward the panel. I am still going to use the running boards and radiator for the panel.
I feel I sold the parts at a reasonable price, first trying through this web site and then on eBay. I did not want to gouge anyone on prices, and I hope the people that bought the parts from me feel they got a good and honest deal.
This brings me to the point of this “Thought”: I feel the old car hobby may be a dying one. Lately, when I attend car shows, most of the cars and trucks are being slammed and modified and painted pastel colors. I know whatever the owner wants to do with his or her car is up to them, but I sure hope there are young people interested in preserving stock versions of the vehicles, too. Our hobby is under constant attack by the “Tree Huggers” and others who pass crush laws and attack the old wrecking yards where our vanishing supply of parts lay.
I also feel our hobby is being attacked from the inside. When I go to swap meets and on my regular rounds on the Internet web sites, I am constantly amazed at the prices some people are asking for parts. At the swap meets, I am able to see firsthand some of the junk people think is worth a fortune. On the web sites, you can’t really tell the condition of the items, but a lot of it, no matter the condition, is not worth what the person is asking.
A lot of the people I see at the swap meets, I see every year with the same overpriced parts. I know something is worth only what you can get for it, but be real! How is a young person suppose to get into this hobby if the prices for parts are too high? Also, how many times have you seen an old rusted-out car or truck on the side of the road, and when you stop to inquire to the price, the owner tells you $3,000 or $4,000? The vehicle in prime, restored shape would only be worth about $8,000 at the most.
You all know what it takes to get a fair-condition runner restored, not to think what a rust bucket would cost. How is a young person, or any person with modest means (I being one of the latter) supposed to afford to restore a car or truck? It is a lot easier to fabricate a nonstock part or use nonstock items from more modern cars than it is to find useable, reasonably priced stock parts.
I suppose I should face the real world and realize that there is no fairness rule in life. I feel everyone should work for what they have, but I don’t believe people should try to screw each other, either. I feel that, by trying to get every last cent for a part, we are killing our hobby. We don't have to do this we already have a government, and others, that are more than willing to do it for us.
Just my opinion.
July 11, 2002
I have revised my site to include a link to the Pledge of Allegiance, as recited by Red Skelton. With the recent ruling of a Circuit Court, I think this recitation is very pertinent and a good reminder that we are slowly losing some of our freedoms.
Being involved in the old car hobby, I see many instances of our rights and freedoms being legislated away by our elected officials. It is very upsetting to have every aspect of our lives being controlled by people thousands of miles away, and the most shocking thing is when the state and federal Supreme Courts, who are there to interpret the laws, contort their own ideas to make new laws. I try to do my part by voting every election and contacting my elected officials whenever an item comes up that I feel strongly about.
Last updated on April 4, 2007