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The fence is all done. It dresses up the house further which now is a contender for maybe the prettiest house on the block because of the gardens, pergola, and all the flowering.

Anyway definitely the cutest on the block.

The fence and gate provides privacy to the back-backyard. The new she-shed was too much in view and it was like an invitation to invade the back-backyard. The lack of fence made “Maggie” feel vulnerable.

I engineered a graveled landing for the gate that will be great for drainage. It also is tied into the posts that support the gate which is 3 feet wide and over 6 feet tall.

Dug into my new surf rod which is rated as a great valve for the dollar. Mine is an older model that is no longer made, but it has the cork handle which I like. The new improved version is way more advance, and my rod is kinda old school, which is fine for me.

I don’t really need another surf rod. This one has legs and only cost me $30.00. What a lucky find.

I have not fished in over 25 years, and I lived in NYC for those 25 years. Had to bone up on this new line called “Braid.” I am acquainted with Dacron, and its lack of stretch. It was actually thinner than monofilament so in bottom fishing you could use lighter weights to hold bottom for better feel.

Also because of the lack of stretch you had a better feel and sensitivity.

The new braid is very thin, and this actually can be a liability it seems. The line can slice you like a knife, but because it has such a fine cross section you can cast further.

So 65 pound test Braid has the same diameter as 15 pound test mono. WOW…

The trick is to use heavier lines with braid to avoid some of the problems of UBER thin lines like wind knots, bleeding fingers…

Because the lines are so thin it has changed the game where reels are scaled down in size for a lighter rig because you still cam have 300-400 yards line capacity if you are lucky to hook say a 60 pound Striper.

My Daiwa Millionaire Tournament is a small baitcasting reel without a level wind. 50 pound braid is the same diameter as 12 pound test mono, and with the 50 pound braid I can have 440 yards capacity.

With 65 pound test braid, the equivalent diameter of 15 pound test I would have 370 yards capacity on my spool.

How cool is that?

This surf rig is mighty light. I love it. Since I used Dacron and have the skill to cast a conventional reel this transition will be easy for me.

BTW my rod is rated a good all-rounder. All I need.

One thing I noticed is that young couples with a child or low income people somehow drive vehicles that are not modest in price. Not many compact cars like my A4, and all the cars seemed either a year or two old if not new.

Seems to me that like the 2007-2008 housing crisis that anyone with a driver’s license could get a car loan. I was really shocked on how everyone could stretch themselves beyond their means.

I started to take notice when a Jeep Gladiator came. What a “bloated” truck. I know from not a cheap vehicle and expensive to fuel and maintain. Then I saw a parade of wealth in all these trucks, SUV’s, and upscale cars.

I also know the manufactures created a shortage of cheap cars, so anyone buying a new one had limited choices and had to “buck-up.” This was to support corporate profit margins and was a form of price manipulation. Limited choices were a result.

Still I did not see the headline of the average age of cars going up: I saw too many new cars; were many leases?

Anyways this comes from a guy who never owned or bought a new car or truck… I try to live within my means, but I judge that many do not just from the amount of new or newish vehicles pulling up to view a trash-house. The disparity creates a strong contrast.

It does seem like credit on auto loans is extended. A sad commentary on our economy and the housing shortage.

Thanks for the maps of Blue Mountain, I’ll let you know when I receive them!
The wheels for the Raleigh Mtn Trials are built but the fork is still out at a shop waiting to get a tweak in alignment. Once I get it back, I’ll have the bike built in a day or so.
Now that the weather is nice, I need to get some good cleaner to really get the frame cleaned to prep for paint. I’m just going to be doing some preservative work to prevent rust, nothing too restorative, in order to keep the nasty patina and history of use evident. I just need to cover up the bare metal and primer spots.
Tomorrow evening I’m speaking at National Sawdust in Williamsburg on the topic of moral injury. I was invited to speak on Friday the 2nd as well but I need to be back in Philly for a meeting and some much needed trail riding in the afternoon. I’ll be taking the Breezer out to the Belmont trails in Fairmount Park. I’m definitely going to he getting a rigid fork for that bike. I need to find a proper Ritchey fork though, so it may take some time. It’s a very stable bike with the extra 2.5 inches of lift that the Judy XC gives, but there is a bit of oversteer and wheel flop, definitely a hinderance when navigating roots and tight turns.
Phil Forrest

Back in the day, pre suspension, Ritchey Logic forks were the fork to have.

My Ti Basso mountain bike (rebranded Litespeed) came with one. Bikes that are not designed for suspension end up riding like choppers with the taller suspension forks. Not good.

It doesn’t handle badly since the old Judy raises the head tube minimally and slackens the angle just a little but I know it could handle better.
The cool thing about my two IBIS’s is that the rigid forks were long as if the bikes were built for suspension.

How cool is that? I have both options.

I’m starting to plan on the new garage roof, and the carriage house style 8x8 garage doors. With these in place the house will become a gem. It makes the statement that our house is the oldest on the street, and the look with the gardens, pergola, shrubbery, the front entrance, and the cedar decorative fence capture the 1912 era.

The wood I’ll be using for the garage doors is reclaimed old growth Douglas Fir. Cost is $12.00 a board foot and just the cost of the wood escalates fast. Most garage doors are 7 foot tall and having 8x8 is not the most common. The 8x8 adds some drama and makes a statement.

I talking with Devil Christian I explored the terms thermal barrier and thermal bridging. Pretty much I never considered how studs and rafters are conductors of heat and cold. I also learned about radiant barriers and how they work.

I’ll be including a radiant barrier on the garage roof, and basically I need to have 3/4”-1 inch gap between my radiant barrier and my roof, but my approach will be to create that gap on top of my existing sheathing. Basically a second layer of sheathing with firing strips as spacers that the tar paper and shingles will sit on. I’ll use this mesh used for ridge vents to keep insects out.

I still need the garage to store the Audi and C-10, but I’m proceeding as if I could use the garage as my workspace, and one day I’ll insulate fully the roof, walls and floor.

I spooled up the conventional surf reel with 15 pound test mono. Used a book as a tensioner with some weight placed on it to create friction. The line I ran on Chapter 13 of a Johnny Cash biography I have been reading. This rod is a whip, and pretty much it is made especially for throwing lightweight lures far (1/2-2 ounces).

My style of fishing is light tackle. I think I would go nuts doing salt water fly fishing, even in the surf. Very exciting catching a big fish on light tackle. A bit of a challenge and a good amount of skill is required.

The tourism in my dead end is subsiding. Still a lot of visitors/tourists.

My neighbor offered me some free firewood. I’m jumping the shark here, but we hope to secure this retro fire pit thing for the “landing.”

Pretty much the last thing after the garage doors and roof will be the graveled area on the area of the back-backyard known as the “table.” This area spans the space in between the two cedar sheds that face each other across the yard. The table has view like an infinity pool that presents a horizon that resembles a cliff.

On the slope I weed whacked some of the tall grass. Basically it was becoming a feral field. Still some of that exists, but the flatter area I mowed with my push mower.

The marsh grass is moving uphill at this point since I eliminated competition from Knotweed.

There is a sense of sculpture as the view is very different from the rear facing second story windows. Lawn, gravel, a cliff, then marsh, then hillside seems to draw the eye as an invitation. Then I have stairs and a terraced walkway that spans the slope, and a second terrace by the marsh grass.

My friend Craig gave me another truckload of mulch, and that really built out the new upper terrace along with some logs he also supplied.

All this in not a lot of space, 40x200.


These trials bikes are tall, fast, and twitchy with aggressive handling. A little slower is not a bad thing on these bikes.

My Ti Basso on the other hand was like a “chopper” with even a Judy SL.

I definitely like/love this bike as a rigid.

Had some time to begin assembling the two pickup Cabronita last night. It seems this guitar will be considerably heavier than the single pickup version. Will be interesting because I have two TV Jones Classics that I purposely asked them to limit the amount of wax potting so that the sound is more open and lively.

I don’t do the high gain overdrive thing, and my style is “plug and play.” I should not have any problems with feedback or squeal.

In the single pickup Cabronita I have a higher output TV Jones pickup.

Seems like a dry spring and already a bit of a drought. I have had to water the garden. Last year when it rained though it really poured.

“Maggie” is almost done with her edits. Pretty much today she needs to do a read through, and even though the deadline slipped its O.K. Evidently her editor won’t be in until Monday. Oh-well.

Meanwhile I have been picking up the slack.

Been pushing a stroller all around Peekskill the past two days for 3 hours at a time. The nine month old grandson is about 25 pounds and then there is the weight of the stroller and hills. Pretty much the kid is sleep deprived and these strolls allow him some comfort so he can sleep and not be Hellboy.

He is teething…

My legs are tired and I feel my butt is tight and more muscular from the hills.

Been looking into getting a 292 I-6 again. I can buy a rebuilt longblock for $2774.00, plus $310 core charge, plus $203.00 shipping at JEGS. Figure $3.2K at my door, but what is missing is an oil pan, side covers, valve covers, timing cover. I have to check, but I likely will need a 3-bolt starter.

Some of the parts I could strip off the 250 I-6, but then I could buy the covers as machined parts instead of recycling the old stuff. The oil pan I need to get one for a 292, and I discovered a model oil pan that would increase capacity, run cooler, and would allow for not needing an oil cooler.

The stock 250 has 155 HP at 4200 RPM and 235 Foot-lbs torque at 1600 RPM.

A stock 292 has 170 HPat 4000 RPM and 275 Foot-lbs at 1600 RPM.

Basically only 15 more HP, but 40 Foot-lbs more torque. The 292 surely is an upgrade in power and the extra torque is welcomed. The 3-on-a-tree three speed is rated up to 300 HP and 350 Foot-lbs or torque.

Add 15-20 HP for an upgraded intake and exhaust, and then 8-10 HP for an aluminum radiator with electric fans for close to 200 HP. I would not expect torque to increase.

So this new build would to basically upgrade the engine to a 292 which was an engine available back in 1966. I’d keep the OEM 250 on the side. Pretty much the C-10 would still be OEM except for the gas tank which is now in the bed.

I want to keep the OEM 15 inch steel rims that are 6-lug.

Upgrading the brakes to disc becomes expensive, but this truck will be a local driver, and at best perhaps a long ride to Stormville about an hour away to sell stuff at the airport flea market. I would not be driving far or long trips at all, so I don’t really need the performance brakes. No A/C needed, just a bare bones truck.

Then again disc brakes for me would involve 2 1/2 drop spindles, and since the rear has sagged so much might be a good thing for handling and stance. sells a lot of CNC brackets and covers I would want, as well as that high performance oil pan. The oil pan is offset to the passenger side for exhaust clearance. I love the engineering, and it is small things like this that are trick and clever. I imagine having 6-7 quart oil capacity.

CNC covers not only look great, but will seal better and longer than stamped steel OEM. To me money well spent.

So now a modest engine with mild tweaks.

Of course HEI electronic ignition. Keep the three on the tree, and pretty much the rest of the truck is OEM.

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Chevy Performance sells a HT383 crate motor: 323 HP; but 444 Foot-lbs torque. Basically a truck engine.

I like that it is new, 4-bolt main, forged crank, roller cam.

The price is right, no risk with a brand new engine, and the truck remains a truck.

Since I have auxiliary overload springs and the OEM step rear bumper I’m already rigged for towing.

Consequence is I would have to upgrade the tranny. Oh-well. I could go with the 200 pound NV4500 a tranny I used in my Jeep. Pretty much a 3-speed manual with an underdrive and overdrive.

With so much torque from the motor I would not need a lot of gears. This would be a tow vehicle rigged this way, and be all heavy duty truck all the way. Hmm… Macho-Truck

I figure not only assembling all the parts for a 292 will be difficult, but keeping the 250 I-6 along with the 3-on-a-tree tranny makes sense to keep all together.

The V-8 is about 140 pounds heavier and the beefy tranny will add some weight, so I expect the front end to sag a bit under the load, but pretty much I’ll be running a 1966 stock suspension that organically lowered itself over decades. Keeping the chassis stock saves a lot of money and is cool in itself. This frees up funds for a big brake upgrade.

A side hustle could be hauling/towing. Half-ton capability is not compromised, and towing capabilities enhanced. This seems like the best way to go for being practical.

Got the maps in the mail yesterday evening. Thanks a ton!
Still waiting on the fork alignment for the Raleigh.
I was going to go out riding today but it's over 90 degrees and just awful outside. I'm staying in. Tomorrow's high will be much cooler, so I'll be able to get some riding in then.

The northern end of Blue Mountain is less rocky.

I walked into downtown Peekskill and back today and it was oppressive. The humidity spiked big time. I was a sweaty mess.

Anyways I want to acknowledge that you were correct in your assessment that my 1966 C-10 likely has 161K miles on it.

Still the remarkable condition of the body and being nearly all OEM is remarkable and like a barn find. No rot and a wonderful patina on a dark forest green. The badges are badly pitted though… A lucky find…

Basically the body suggests 61K miles, but in fact the engine indicates 161K. Mucho blue smoke.

Somehow ”Maggie” met her deadline. Now she has a business trip.

Things have settled down with the ugly abandoned house for now. Not so many tourists.

I looked into getting a 4-post lift, thinking I might be able to stack the truck above the Audi. My coworker Joe at Brookhaven labs bought one and was able to store two cars in a one car garage. The top car was a Corvette that was a Sunday Driver. My truck is too tall, but another car would work. Hmmmm…

Kinda crazy, but also clever. A lot cheaper than building out another garage, and also having a lift is useful.

Within Depew Park is Torpy Field, which between 1963 and 1969 was the practice field for the New York Jets.

Depew is part of Peekskill, and it butts against the 1500 acres of Blue Mountain Preserve. There are some mountain bike/hiking trails in Depew Park and Depew is about 200 acres. Having all this close by is great. Also in Depew park is a pool.