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Old 12-22-19, 07:14 AM
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going fast in my modified S197 bullitt mustang.
all mods were done by me.
list of the major body mods
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have hit 180 mph road america on the long straight. fastest 1/4 time 9.98 @ 136 mph

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I have retired recently, and I've had the opportunity to put my life into perspective. They say that a lot of retirees do this, but I can tell you that it requires a bit if effort if you want to truly succeed. I've downsized a lot of my past obsessions that were still laying around. Remnants of collections that cost dearly and are now mostly forgotten. I was a diver a long time. I've been a PADI diver since 1978. Doctors have said that I shouldn't scuba anymore due to the brain injury I suffered a few years ago, and given the troubles I have now because of it, I agree with them, so all the scuba stuff I collected for 40+ went up for sale on CL. All that along with old carpentry and woodworking tools, machinist tools, metalworking machinery (some of which I regret selling), and raw materials, metals, Jeeps, Scouts, tractors, chainsaws. All gone. The place is clean as a whistle with only a few dozen bikes and frames, and a dozen or so plastic totes full of components remaining. I still have all of my guns and my fly rods, which are coveted by the rest of my family because they can't fathom my lifelong fondness of all things bicycle. To them, my Bilenky and my Holdsworth are just bicycles and they cannot discern the difference between them and the bikes at Walmart. I am saddened by the thought that someday when I am gone, my decades of devotion to a few pastimes will be discounted and wholesaled to whomever steps up to buy it from my progeny.

This is the state of affairs in my life right now, right this moment. Were I to endeavor to seek out another black hole that sucks into it all of my discretionary income - and then some - it would probably be travelling to every place Guy Fieri has eaten, or something equally ridiculous.
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Well put, NoControl. As we get to a certain age, perspectives change, eh? My biggest fear is that I may croak unexpectedly and my wife will have to deal with all of this crap around here. And I've got some GOOD crap. But it's still just stuff.
My goal is to get rid of it all before I expire but.... one never knows.
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Model trains and RC cars/trucks. I donít race them; mostly they just sit around on a shelf. But I like having them around... As for trains, I have a thing for old Athearn blue box stuff.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
You folks sure have some spectacular ways to spend money!

For me, it used to be two vintage British cars. I've posted these pics before. In the second pic the car is there but just not visible. It is white, or was. You have to trust me on that. It's the only pic of it I have online at the moment.

Those cars were replaced by this one. We have no space for other toys, alas.
The P car is great but I love the GT6. A TVR is my dream...
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Antique electronics, both radios and stereos. Vintage motorcycles and riding my Harley Road King. Vintage camera equipment. Basically, anything like me; vintage and old.

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I've been trying, hard, not to spend money. Too Much Stuff syndrome and trying to de-acquire some of the too-numerous collections of stuff I have around here.
I'm getting to that age. However, I've recently rekindled an interest in mechanical wrist watches thanks to an old friend of mine out west who's gotten into them.
I used to have a bunch of vintage hand wound watches from the 50's and sixties. Nothing fancy, mostly old Breitlings I found in China when we were there.
But have recently picked up a few new Chinese watches. They're making some interesting and affordable watches these days, including this one, which I recently purchased. Couldn't resist. A chronograph with a Seagull ST19 movement in it based on the old Venus 175, The Chinese bought the machinery and tooling from the Swiss company in the early 60's in order to fulfill a government contract to build the first Chinese made chronograph for the Chinese air force in 1963.
The originals are very scarce, but these reissues are very cool, I think.
I went though a watch process a couple of years ago. Wound up with five Bulova 23's, and one Universal Geneve pole router. I kinda thought the old self winding models were very nice. Then thought about newer models and now have two Festina 2005 tour watches and a couple of the later ones that are still in the shop for crystal replacements. But my watches are at N+1. Smiles, MH
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Old cars.....among other things...

1939 DeLuxe Ford w/392 Chrysler Hemi

1984 Vanagon that I converted to Subaru power. It has faithfully taken us from Baja to Banff and all points in between.

2003 Boxster S. I bought it with a dropped valve and learned to take apart a 4-cam Porsche motor...
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These two. A 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV (currently under restoration), and a 1978 Alfetta GT.

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More bikes, the self-propelled type.

My first Norton Commando back home in Canada. a 1972 Roadster Combat

Foolishly sold that after I moved to Australia. Within 18 months I'd bought another, from Canada, as they're about twice the price in Australia. A 1971 Roadster

I had heaps more bikes over the years, but have recently sold all but the Norton and the 'modern' Gas Gas EC300 to clear out the shed and simplify my life. Even sold or gave away several bicycles. This way I can concentrate on keeping just a couple on the road and enjoy riding them. Leaves me more time to spend with the kid and wife as well. Recently purchased a 1981 Suzuki PE175 (so much for simplifying)

After selling lots of other stuff I liked collecting, such as vintage mowers and stationary engines, etc, I consolidated all that junk into one big piece of junk, which my daughter loves driving around in and working on. A 1976 Land Rover Series 3. Opposed to the Commandos, these are cheap here in Australia, and astronomical in North America.

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The P car is great but I love the GT6. A TVR is my dream...
Thanks. The GT6 was fun but noisy and smelly. I rebuilt the gearbox myself twice. Got so I could singlehandedly pull it out and put it back in a day, all with hand tool and a floor jack to support the engine. The Spitfire was similar. Replaced the diff tie rod ends, brakes and lines, various other stuff. A TVR would be neat. So would lots of other cars. But a new car is so much better!
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These two. A 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV (currently under restoration), and a 1978 Alfetta GT.

I had a white Ď69 1750 GTV and a red Alfetta GT. Fun cars! The Ď69 GTV was the best year with the nicest motor and interior of any year.
When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.
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Do you mean bobber and bait?

+1...With bobber & bait, I never caught 2 fish in a row on 2 casts soon as line hit the water, but it is a frequent occurrence with flies. Don
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Funny this topic has resurfaced! I am, at this moment, going through EVERYTHING I own before a move to the big apple.

I have 15th century combat equipment (I study Fiore) I have a collection of canvas half shelters I like for camping, along with frame packs from the 70ís, milsurp wool clothing from the 60ís-80ís.
I have most of Hamiltonís rail road grade pocket watches, a bunch of Vanson motorcycle coats...

Then stuff from hobbies past, snow camping gear, snowboarding gear, a couple nice longboards (the wheeled kind, one I built myself) rollerblades, motorcycle and all that goes with that...
I have a pretty comprehensive set of Cannondale panniers, three sets of rear, one of front, two bar bags, and one trunk box thing that fits on the top of the rear rack.

It's all very cool stuff, but it's too much. Oh! I have a motorcycle mechanic's tool set, a roll-away, top box, and carry box worth, that I've been supplementing with bike tools.

Writing about it all makes me prepared for ruthless downsizing!
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has anyone said...

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Got this one up and running, 1966 Mustang. Replaced all the brakes and new clutch, etc. Bought it from a 72yo Marine that just couldn't keep up with it.

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Making the 8 year old house we bought last summer 100% ready for the 50 or so years that we plan to live in it for.

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In search of what to search for.
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Here's some better shots, when this stuff's not in a huge pile!
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other things to spend on

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When your not buying bikes what else are you guys spending your hard earned money on? Two years ago I finally made the commitment of learning how to play guitar. Iíve went through several acoustic guitars before finding the right ones. Now that Iím set Iím finally ready to start looking for bikes again. Where does everyone elseís money go when not buying vintage bikes?
Racing canoes and fountain pens are both fun...
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I had 14 guitars at one point. Since I had a major cycling accident, 9 years ago, I stopped playing. So, I sold off almost all of the guitars.
Same guitar addiction here. Starting learning at 50. Broke very (except thumb) metacarpal in my left (fretting) hand in a snowboard crash two years ago and it screwed up my hand bad enough that I can hardly play anymore. Took up mountain biking this year.
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It has been a couple of years since I spent some of what I was earning but I designed and built my own stereo amplifier using AM radio station transmitting tubes and 1000Volts to power it. You cannot buy anything like it, the closest you can get is a $350,000 Japanese stereo amplifier which uses the same tubes at about the same voltage. You can build one for well under $2000 and some of my graduate school physics helped along with experience as an aircraft mechanic and practice building my own vacuum tube electronics. It took me two years to perfect it.
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Good deal!!

Guns and cars.

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That's a lot of money.
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My kids lol. The wife. Weed. Booze. I dunno... Just an ordinary average (Washington state) guy 😀
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Powder, primers and bullets.
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