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Old 12-01-2009, 10:20 PM
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3.5 years later

Hey guys and gals of the Oregon FTE chapter. I've not been on, as I'm sure you could tell, in a while. Been REALLY busy. We have our mediation conference on Thursday Dec. 03 from the car wreck that killed mom. It's been 3.5 years. It's finally within the last leg of the race, and hopefully, it can be settled, and closed Thursday. Haven't done much to the big rig, ast he weather, and finances make it hard to work on things that don't fit in the garage. If things go well enough, I'll be replacing the boat anchor CAT with a Cummins in the Big Job. Yeah, I yarded the top off the CAT, and I am NOT thrilled with the appearance of the inards. It's got scale, and rust everywhere. Too expensive to find good parts for the Cat. I can get a 12 valve Cummins for less than it would cost just to get heads, and gaskets for the CAT. Anyhow, I think things will start to slow down a bit, at least enough to get back to where I belong. Talk at you all soon, and will try and get on here more..... lol
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Old 12-01-2009, 10:23 PM
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welcome back hope all goes well for you
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:14 AM
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Great to have ya back in the chapter Joe. Your lucky it's only been 3.5 years. When my mom and dad where in their bad wreck it took 10 YEARS to get it settled................Hope it all comes out alright for you. Sorry to hear about the Big Job, I was hoping to see it on the road this year................Oh well there's always next summer! Don't be such a stranger around here!
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Welcome back, Joe!................Where you been hiding?
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Yup, I'm kinda back. Thanks all. Well, as you already know, Thursday, and Friday were our mediation days. Thursday, they settled dads personal injury claim at $500,000. After attorny costs, and fees, and such, dad will be able to move forward well with around $250K. They settled the wrongful death claim above Oregon's $500K cap, so it was a pretty good deal. They offered $660+K, or a court trial, at which point, we could of lost miserably. So, all and all, it wasn't as good a turn out as we hoped, but in the economic grand scheme of things, we did better then we probably should of. So, within a few months, it should all be distibuted, and we'll finally have our moments of closure.
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I'm glad it's finally settled for you and your dad Joe. No amount of money will bring back your mom, but at least your dad will be taken care of.

Good to have ya back in the chapter and posting again! After I get my panel up and running this winter I'm going to finally put together the 56 F600 I've been saving. It will get a 460/C6 with a Warn overdrive, and will be "bobtailed" to pull the 35' trailer I want to build next winter.

So many projects, so little time.................
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Old 12-05-2009, 11:00 PM
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I hear that. Weather is too cold to even really think about trucks right now, but perhaps in the spring, more progress will be made, and future plans will begin to unfold.
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I hear that. Weather is too cold to even really think about trucks right now, but perhaps in the spring, more progress will be made, and future plans will begin to unfold.
Yeah, too cold to do anything outside on trucks................Maybe by mid/ late March.
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I was wondering what happened to you Joe. Good to see you posting once again, hadn't heard about the Cat going bad on you.
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Old 01-01-2010, 03:02 PM
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The Cat is rebuildable, but it's just not worth it. A Cummins 5.9 turbo, with a turned up pump, and bigger injectors is cheaper than trying to rebuild this anchor. Currently, I've got the truck on hold, due to the weather, and have a '63 Futura 2dr Sedan in the garage. It's getting a warmed over 5.0 roller motor with a T-5. I was going to run AOD, but the T-5 would be much better for the mods I want to do to the engine. I should be in the 400-450 HP range, and can run 3.73 gears to put it to the ground. Currently, I'm cutting out the bad left rear quarter panel, and doing some much needed appearance repairs.
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Does this mean I'm going to have to find teaser pix of Falcons now?? Click the image to open in full size. ,Click the image to open in full size.
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:56 PM
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Good looking '65, and '63.
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well then think high and fast or low and go , Click the image to open in full size. , Click the image to open in full size. ,
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wmjoe, if you wan to be sneaky, here is a daily street driven Falcon with a 250/6 and C4 that gets 26 mpg, Just turbocharged it.Click the image to open in full size.
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