Coffee at Crafty B’s, AND I actually get something done!

Posted: April 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

Since I’m getting sort of tired of having no one to talk to but the dog (Kim’s been in Las Vegas all week) this morning I drove the wagon up to Crafty B’s for Friday coffee.  I was sort of afraid I’d be too late, but there were lot’s of guys there.  I met his wife Donnell, who was there.  Turns out we have something in common, we both do upholstery, and she gave me a tour of her shop in the basement of their building.  She has a much nicer machine that I do, and probably is able to sew a straighter seam, but considering I really don’t know what I’m doing, I’ve managed.  I’ve wanting to see the  progress on his incredible ’32 coupe project, and I wasn’t disappointed.

One of the highlights of the morning was checking out the two incredible scale model coupes another fellow had brought.  One roadster, one coupe, about 1/16 scale.  Not only the cars, but he had an Ardun flattie model as well, same scale.  I can see how one could be consumed by this as well as the real thing, but, one hobby at a time.

As usual, I was smitten by some of the little trinkets he makes, this time the little E & J tailights.  I didn’t take a photo (ran out of battery taking pics of the little cars), but they make the ’40 Ford pickup stainless tailights I have for it look pretty pedestrian.  He offered to whip me up a set, roughed in, that I can finish, so I may upgrade to these.  The danger of course is that once I have them, I’ll want a matching pair of headlights for the truck.  Maybe some projector type halogen bulbs/lenses in them (which I have a pair of) would work.  Let’s see now…   Kim won’t let me go up on Friday mornings if it costs hundreds of dollars every time we go up there…

This afternoon, it quit raining and I got out my abrasive media recycling system (an old cheap blue poly tarp) and blasted the driver’s side of the hood and a couple other little things.  The new compressor makes the chore much easier, it keeps up with the blaster, the pressure doesn’t drop, and I don’t have to let it “catch up” constantly.  The hood cleaned up well.  I may have to hit the stuff again with the DA, but it’s supposed to be warm enough to get them primed in the next few days.

So, a good day.  Had some fun hanging with my friend, made a new one, got some inspiration, and actually got something done.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

  1. gene newton says:

    Hello Brian
    I sure like your newsletters, oh by the way the house next door to me is
    for sale so I thought you could buy it move to california set up shop and
    help me work my wagon, how’s that sound.
    All kidding aside I hope everything is going alright for you. I’m still trying to
    get use to this damn pacemaker/defibrillator they put in me on March 9th
    but I guess I can put up with a little discomfort compared to what the
    alternative is.
    Take care and keep those newsletters coming I have all the time in the world now.
    My Regards

  2. Craig McCool says:

    Sounds like a great day!

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