Sunday, July 15, 2012


Yesterday was a real nail-biter.  We had taken Daisy to the shop a few days before.

And after a lot of thought....

and some head scratching.....

Roger decided he was going to need some assistance.....other than me.... to help him remove Daisy's engine.  Our friend, Jim, was forced volunteered to help out.  After the two of them studied the "Engine Removal Manual," they got to work.

Roger had already removed all the various parts surrounding the engine, so the next step was loosening all the bolts to the engine itself.

Then it was time to wrap this enormous chain around it and attach this cool-looking pulley.

Roger made sure it was on nice and tight before they started pulling.

Inch by inch......

little by little.....

they kept pulling.

They didn't stop pulling until that engine was hovering over Daisy like a hummingbird hovers over a flower.  Now this is where things got really scarey.

Roger had to hold the engine steady.....

while Jim supported the transmission and at the same time rolled Daisy back.  The whole time I watched I kept thinking about how I was going to explain to Jim's wife how Jim got run over by a truck with no engine.

Luckily, that didn't happen and the engine was finally free and clear.

They guys took a little breather before starting on the next step......

getting the engine into the crate.

Roger and Jim must be living right because right on cue Jim's son, Jason, showed up to help with this.



It's in!

All that was left now was finishing up.

They packed the engine nice and tight.

Some yellow straps were wrapped around the crate.

Daisy was rolled out of the way.

Jason hooked the pulley onto the yellow straps.

Jim and Jason lifted the crate while Roger backed his big pickup into the shop.

It took some muscle.....

and some team work.....

but they got it loaded onto the truck.

Roger will drop the crate off tomorrow at the motor freight company and Daisy's engine will be on its way to Skokie, Illinois where the guys at Antique Engine Rebuilding will give it an overhaul.

For Daisy's sake, I hope they don't keep it too long.  The old girl looks naked without it.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Here We Go Again.....

Roger was out in the garage the other day making all kinds of racket.

I knew the temperature in the garage was 100 120, so I tried to ignore the sounds and stay inside.

However, my curiosity finally got the better of me and I stepped out into the sweltering heat to see what was going on.

me:  What are you doing?

Roger:  Building a box.

me:  A box?

Roger:  Well, a crate.

me:  A crate?  

Roger:  Yep.

In hindsight, I should of known this would have been a good time to quit asking questions. After all, what you don't know can't hurt you, but, doggone it,  I've never been good at knowing when to quit.

me:  A crate, as in shipping crate?  

Roger:  Yep.

me:  To ship something in?   (I was like a dog with a new bone.)

Roger:  Yep.

me:  What are you planning on shipping in it?  

Roger:  Daisy's engine.

After I picked myself up off the concrete floor and dusted the saw dust off,  I casually walked back into the house and shut the door just like nothing ever happened.

But my thoughts were racing.  Oh, man, here we go again...........

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Rio Concho 4th of July

For those of you who have asked, yes, Daisy was in a parade on the 4th of July.  And for those of you who didn't believe me when I said the parade route was through a retirement community, here's proof.

Oh, and Roger had a blast!

A Rio Concho 4th of July from Joy Banks on Vimeo.