Even the weather’s fighting me.

I was hoping to have a covered area for working on the MogRod, Mother Nature decided otherwise. The area where the Morgan, the Solstice, and all the related parts are currently stored was in a fenced off area which we’d hung a few tarps over.

I say “was” because the rather severe rain storms we’ve had recently pulled half the surrounding fencing down and took the tarps with it. Fortunately the parts and such didn’t get damaged or, as far as I can currently tell, waterlogged. It seems our attempts to set up the tarps such that they wouldn’t hold water backfired. The sheer amount of water that deluged us, combined with rather high tie-off points along the fence, resulted in the tarps retaining enough water to bend and finally snap off a number of the posts at their bases.

After discussing our options, my father and I determined the best course of action would be to repair the fence and take a “lean-to” approach to how the tarps hung from the side of the house. We’ll likely drive stakes into the surrounding yard and tie off the tarps to those in a direct line from the roof’s edge, instead of draping them over the top of the fence. Hopefully this will result in a dry(ish) work area for me to move forward on the project.

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Part of the reason for downtime on this project…

Stingray washed

Like I said, I had to get a replacement for my poor 2001 ‘vert. I’m happy with the choice…

As for the MogRod itself, we’re still in the middle of some big remodeling projects around the house which have been taking up nearly every one of my weekends since I got back from picking up the Stingray. There’s a huge pile of wood and building material blocking my access to the Morgan and Solstice, but that will hopefully start dwindling away in the next couple of weeks.

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Radio Silence

So it’s been kind of quiet on here for the past few months, mainly due to a large amount of household remodeling that’s taken up my weekends and being at work til relatively late on a regular basis. On the 27th I’m going to be in Bowling Green, Kentucky to pick up my new Corvette, and then road-tripping back for the next two weeks. Hopefully, once a bit more of remodeling around the house is out of the way after I get back from that trip, I can start focusing on the MogRod again. I’d really like to make some more progress while the summer weather’s in effect.

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MOG Magazine article

I’ve got the article about the MogRod uploaded and available for those of you without access to the magazine. James Ball from MOG Magazine was kind enough to send me a digital copy of the article and allowed me to host it here. Enjoy!

MOG Magazine March 2014 – California Reincarnation

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Greetings MOG Magazine readers!

Just want to say “Hello!” to anyone stopping by the site after reading the ‘California Reincarnation’ article on my project in MOG Magazine. Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to ask any questions you may have either here or on the project’s Facebook page (linked on the right side).

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Beginnings of a chassis

First shot of my design on the chassis. Really basic at this point as I’ve just put down the box for under the cabin area. We need to get the garage remodel finished so I can get the Morgan chassis indoors and get access to the Solstice chassis as well.

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Just some more updates

Heya folks, figure I’ll dish out some updates for you on various things.

First things first, those LED taillights. I finally got around to running the circuit board on the CNC router, and despite a mishap I’ll probably be soldering those soon. The mishap may actually have been a small bit of luck. What happened was the router bit snapped off when it was cutting out the individual pieces; it’d hit on the edge of one of the screws. This may have been a good thing as it looks like the perimeter cutout path was a bit close to the actual screw holes. I’ll end up using the already cut out boards as a template when it comes to that, and cut / sand them to shape.

Next up, the chassis. I won’t be moving the chassis indoors just yet as we’ve got another couple weekends worth of garage work to do, and may need to move the Barracuda out of the way. That being said, I’ve started doing some really rough mock-ups in Solidworks off of the measurements I was able to get this past weekend. I need to get access to the Solstice chassis as well at this point for rear end and steering / suspension measurements.

Also in regards to the MogRod, I’ve talked / interviewed with Mog Magazine recently and should be getting an article about the MogRod in the near future. Definitely looking forward to that!

And now, the big news. As of yesterday, I now have a deposit placed for a 2014 Corvette Stingray. The plan is to do a museum delivery at the end of May, all being well, and then cruise on home from Kentucky, with a side-trip up to Minnesota for a cousin’s wedding. The car will be a 2LT Z51 with performance exhaust and magnetic ride suspension in Night Race Blue with a Kalahari leather and suede interior. To say I’m excited is an understatement.

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An uplifting weekend

Adding to the constant list of things that keep me from moving forward is recent garage renovations we’ve started on. Part of that work is to move the storage space from above the secondary garage / work shop to over the main garage. It’ll require a good bit of framework added to above the main garage to support the weight, but will clear out the space over the secondary garage. The other thing this allows us to do is add a four post lift, and that’s what this weekend consisted of for me.

We had a DirectLift Pro Park 8S dropped off this past week, and I got it all laid out and set up this weekend. Once the rest of the framework is removed and the garage door set to run up along the ceiling, the Barracuda will be stored on top and the lower space will have the Morgan chassis rolled in for me to start measuring it again.


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England Green

Ok, first off, sorry about a lack of updates on the Morgan. Since work still has me busy all day and I’ve got a number of remodeling projects around the house, haven’t had the time to move forward on the LED signals or get started on the chassis related works. Those will hopefully be moving forward soon.

Anyways, I’m pretty ecstatic right now. I just received the pdf proof of the two page full color article that is being published about the Barracuda in American Car Magazine (UK magazine) on the 24th. I’ve wanted to get something written about that vehicle for a while, and I never thought that getting something written about the MogRod would result in that happening. I’m attaching a link to the article below, and will be trying to get a hold of some family in the UK to arrange getting a few copies sent over. Yeah, I’ve got a big grin on my face right now!

American Car Magazine – Barracuda Article

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End of an Era

This actually happened this past Tuesday (10/1/2013), but I’m only now sitting down to post about it.

The Thursday (9/12/2013) after the accident my insurance declared my 2001 convertible Corvette totaled. Needless to say, I expected such a result, and considering the damage the car took I was saddened but relieved to hear it. Even if the front frame cross bar and rails going a foot back from it hadn’t been bent 45* to the left from the impact, I don’t think the car would’ve ever been the same afterwards, and I would’ve lived in dread fear of future electrical or mechanical issues. That would’ve destroyed all the fun and enjoyment the car brought to me.

My insurance is paying me nearly what I paid for the vehicle, which was a shock to say the least. I didn’t expect to get so well reimbursed for my loss, and State Farm likely has a customer for life after this experience. On top of that, they allowed me to have it towed home and swap off the aftermarket parts I’d put on the car. After two weekends of pulling parts, I made the call Monday to have the car towed away for the last time.

Now, I didn’t cry seeing it go away or anything like that, and the slight (mental) numbness I’ve got from the shock of having my car destroyed like that has actually helped some, but it’s no fun seeing something you’ve put so much time, money, and attention into getting taken away from you. It’s not how I wanted to see the car leave. I wanted someone else to be able to enjoy it after I was done with it. That would’ve been years away, too.

Now, what am I doing for a replacement? You don’t own two Corvettes (we still have my ’86) for nearly a decade and just stop owning Corvettes. You just can’t. It doesn’t work that way.

Well, I was looking at late model C6 Corvettes for my options, and I almost picked up a Jetstream Blue 2010 manual coupe. The owner decided last minute he didn’t want to sell, which put me back on the hunt. Now, after talking with my father, I’m taking a serious look at the C7. I don’t know what will happen yet, but for what “good” condition C6’s are going for, I’d be stupid to not consider just getting a brand new C7. Who knows? Honestly, at this point, even I don’t.

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