Recently I was sent a copy of Southern Wheels magazine by the guy in Texas who rebuilt my mechanical fuel pump (Terrell Machine). He had circled an article to help me visualize fuel delivery problems in older, carbureted cars. The piece was about heat soak, or percolation, and that’s a topic for another day. Let’s just say that this is a great magazine for those of us who like to tinker with our cars. You can find it downloadable at http://www.southernwheels.com/ Well worth your time, and FULL of great articles, such as shimmy in the steering, high hard brakes, low soft brakes, leather interiors, and so forth. Go check it out! See you on the road
PS. While I was messing around I found a neat piece on Shop Safety Thoughts, and I figured this might be a good one for our Cadillac Clinic regulars. Here it is, from Wayne Smith at Dependo Rent-All:
“The more we work around tools the more careless we get." Would you agree? Human nature.
Every once in a while I need to be reminded about how bad things happen. The way my brain is wired I learn by pain. If it hurts, I will try not to do it again. I should learn by others’ mistakes, but sometimes I think ‘this will only take a minute.’ You know the rest. God gave most of us ten fingers and two eyes and he expects us to use them to his glory. I don’t want any of you to feel pain from a shop accident, so I’m going to list just a few things to remember while working on our projects:
1. Don’t wear gloves around rotating equipment. Gloves can get entangled in rotating parts, resulting in serious injuries.
2. Never remove safety guards. I know, they get in the way but…
3. Never work without proper eye protection. Don’t use the cheap stuff. What are your eyes worth?
4. Never work with rings, loose jewelry, and long hair. They can get caught and pull you into the machine.
5. Always dress your punches and chisels before using. A mushroomed head can chip off and lodge in your arm or something worse.
6. Don’t use your air hose to blow off your body. Trash can get into the air hose and get lodged in your skin.
7. Never use equipment when impaired. Be sober and smart. When you are on medication, are sick, too tired, stressed or hurried you can hurt yourself before you know it. I know from personal experience if you are tired before you start, nothing goes well.
There are more of course, but I just wanted to get you thinking. Remember:
Keep it safe, keep it fun!
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