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Old March 8th, 2018, 02:29 PM
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Definitely no chance of getting hit by a hurricane in Arizona, good luck.
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Old March 9th, 2018, 01:33 PM
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Definitely no chance of getting hit by a hurricane in Arizona, good luck.
Duststorms or Tornados and Floods yes Mel, Hurricanes no. Doug in P.R.
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We will welcome you and yours back on the mainland, PM me if you need anything. Glad the Sunbird is still alive and at least that is still working for you!
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Old March 12th, 2018, 01:23 PM
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We will welcome you and yours back on the mainland, PM me if you need anything. Glad the Sunbird is still alive and at least that is still working for you!
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Update:
Picked up 2 new tires for the old Bird, Nika Avatars, put them on the rear. Picked up at PepBoys for $76 a pair out the door. Mounted my manual tire changer on a pallet to mount them myself but couldn't inflate them cause the beads were too narrow. ( Smaller 185/70/14s than the 205/70/14 larger size ones on the car) I got one inflated with the ether trick and balanced it on my bubble balancer, the other one I had to take to a tire shop and it took 3 trys to get it to seat. Then balanced it at home and installed it the next day.
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I remember back in the 60's/70's the tire shops had a tube sort of like a bicycle inner tube but much larger in diameter. They mounted it around the tire and inflated it which forced the sidewalls to flex out towards the rim. Not sure if that technique is used anymore plus you need a compressor to inflate the tube. That was an incredible price for the tires. How is the power situation going for you now?
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Fine Mel,
Box fans don't seem to have the speed they used too
. It may be we are powering the north side of the island with our powerplant down south here. They brought in 2 giant generators they used in Katrina to power it up but that was supposed to happen in January, but it didn't. A dummy cut down a tree yesterday and knocked down a 50000 volt line that ran south to north. They were going to be without power for 12 hours but it came back on at 11pm last night instead.

Tried the ratchet strap trick on the tire mounting but the beads on the tire too were narrow and the sidwalls were too soft.

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April Update:
Installed 2 used tires on the front till I can the front end aligned. Was riding on basically slicks and was all over the road in the rain the other day. Got them for free and mounted and balanced them at home on my handy Harbor Freight tire changer and balancer.

Just when you think rust never sleeps quietly, it hit me hard on the way home the other day. First it was the front driver's bolt that pulled through the floor support. No biggie I thought, but to my surprise, the bracket broke on the seat itself opposite of the first break. So you can imagine driving with the just the rear bolts holding me in the seat. More like a carnival ride in my opinion. Had to fix it as soon as I got home in the hot sun. Welded the seat bracket on the seat by watering down the fabric around the bracket to keep it for bursting into flames. I then had to tackle the floor brace issue. I had some 1/2 square tubing scrap laying around and doubled it and it fit inside the floor brace with a piece of scrap 1/4 flat steel . I cut out the rusted section of the brace and welded it all with what was left of the brace. Then the seat hold down bolt to the top of the 2 pieces of square stock. Eyed it up with the cut out rusted piece and it was right on the money. I have to go back and fix the other side of the brace towards the console and more holes in each of the 4 floorboards. Rust never sleeps on this island.

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Lucky you have the tools and skill to do it yourself.
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