[Autojumble] This got kicked for too many bytes for some lists, so...

Michael Porter mdporter at dfn.com
Wed Jul 8 14:16:39 MDT 2009

... a repeat with abbreviations, and apologies if it's a duplication:
This is a trial balloon... for the moment.

I'm reaching the point where I have to decide about surviving into 
retirement or keeping up with a hobby I can't afford.  I never made much 
money when I was working, and was laid off, more or less permanently, at 
the age of 56.  I tried to buy decent cars cheap with the expectation of 
having time and money to make them better later.  The company for which 
I last worked failed and is still in bankruptcy.  That work was the only 
reason why I stayed where I am, and I've worked for them three months in 
the last nearly six years.  I have a very small house which I can't 
sell, and I have no space in which to do any work toward getting cars 
done, and have stuff eating up money sitting in storage.  I'm going to 
have to live on abbreviated Social Security and the crunch has finally 

So, I'm thinking about disposing of everything mechanical so I can find 
a place to retire I'd like better, but, obviously, I can't do that 
unless I can dispose of  everything that's an anchor.

So, I'm putting up everything for sale, with the proviso that I've got 
to get guarantees from buyers for virtually everything for sale before I 
commit to selling.  Doesn't make sense to take a big loss and still be 
tied to this location because some percentage of the total can't be 
unloaded at a reasonable price.  I'll provide plenty of detail and 
asking prices upon request.  Here's the abbreviated inventory list:
Triiumphs, in no particular order.
1971 GT6
1980 TR7
1966? TR4A IRS
1964 TR4
1970 GT6
1986 Nissan 300ZX
1986 Nissan 300ZX (no, that's not a stutter on the enter key).
1970-or so Bridgeport vertical milling machine, 42" table, 3-phase, 5 hp 
drive, ways are not perfect, but serviceable.
Enco 9x27 lathe--good for small items and about twenty years old, with 
only occasional use.
P&H 3-phase 400A Tig/Stick welder.  A fuckin' brute.  800 lbs of iron 
and copper, with a set of casters installed by a pretend engineer.  
Somewhat of an effort to move around. Antique spark-gap high-voltage 
generator for Tig work, but, hey, it does the job. Needs water plumbing, 
foot pedal, a torch and a flowmeter/gas supply. Downside--can't do 
aluminum welding very well--DC only in Tig mode and no HV AC.  Very good 
for carbon and stainless steel, though.  I built _large_ experimental 
machines for the coal processing industry with this welder.

A real challenge--1968 VW camper, with a 1756cc Lancia twincam 
installed, oh, about 25 years ago.  After ten years of hard use, I put 
full synthetic oil in it and the old, tired engine almost immediately 
shit the bed because of not enough oil pressure as the oil too easily 
ran out of the worn mains.  Complete, right down to a worn red-leather 
driver's seat, a side-mounted radiator and 40DCOEs on a homemade 
manifold.  Upgraded to `72 front disc brakes, `72 rear hubs and 14" 
stud-mounted rims.  Body, despite being refurbished in `87, shows the 
effects of years on Michigan and Massachusetts salted roads.

Misc. spare parts--used A-Type TR4 trans/OD, half-assed rusted GT6 trans 
w/OD shaft, and a disassembled OD with freshly-lined sliding member, a 
few (I think) good synchros, stuff like that.

Oxy/acetylene tanks (B size), no certification available since I 
purchased them three decades ago.  If that's cool with your state and 
local gas supplier, go fer `em. My local suppliers verified compliance 
at the last fill--many years ago.

As one might expect, I can't fit all that into an 11 x 16 garage and get 
anything done.  I expected to work until I was 66 and save the cash for 
a little place in the country with a nice-sized shop, but it was not to 
be.  Details-as expansive as required--upon request.



Michael Porter
Roswell, NM

Never let anyone drive you crazy when you know it's within walking distance....

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