We have lived in Punxsutawney as a family since 1982. Becky was born in Punxsutawney (but moved to Buffalo, NY when she was 6). She is D'Youville College graduate, a retired Immigration Inspector, and the former Rebecca Ann Corthorn.
I've dabled in MIDI files and I've done these:
I am currently looking for information on the Weimer family. My great-grandfather was Frank Weimer of Buffalo, NY, died in the 1930's. He was married to Nora Bridget Keifer. I have no information other than that. Contact me if you have any information!
This car was almost complete when purchased, but in need of restoration. The car has a 6 cylinder engine and a manual transmission with column shift, a.k.a. "three-on-the-tree".
This old Airstream was in sorry condition but was brought back to life. None of the major parts were missing, but what was there was an urgent need of cleaning and reconditioning. The floor was rotted up near the door. I believe it had been left open to the weather for years. I repaired the rotted section by drilling holes every inch or so about 2/3 of the way through the plywood and then pouring liquid polyester resin (with catalyst) onto the rotten section. The wood soaked up the resin like crazy! After it cured, it's as hard as a rock. New floor tiles make the floor look like new again.
The rotted front bed was replaced by a new dining area and table. This folds down into a bed. Also, I rigged up a curb side (over the sofa bed) upper bunk that folds up into an overhead cabinet. I saved all the old parts just in case I want to restore it back to the original. The outside aluminum skin is not polished and there was a large dent in the front where somebody jack-knifed into it. I pounded that out.
The hot water tank burner needed to be replaced to get it working again and, likewise, all the other appliances eventually worked. The refrigerator's gas burner had come loose and was not centered in the chimney. The fridge would hardly cool anything. Once I discovered that, and fastened the burner back down where it was supposed to be, it works fine. The oven was surrounded by insulation that mice had decided to make their home. When the oven heated up, the smell of mouse drove me right out of the trailer. I had to take the oven apart and replace all the insulation. The insides of all the drawers were full of mouse droppings and stains. I washed them out and painted them with a coat of water based polyurethane varnish to seal them. No more odors now!
The summer of 2000, we hitched the old Airstream to the old Dodge Polara (below) and did some travelling. It sure was nice to see all the smiles I got from drivers coming from the opposite lane and hear the nice comments about the rig.
I have a 1937 Dodge D5 4 door sedan. It is complete and drivable (I drove it up to Buffalo last summer ..and back).There are some parts I am looking for to improve it.
Driving a car of this age turned out to be enjoyable. The car is capable of going 65 MPH but the engine doesn't sound happy at this speed. The car seems to cruise better at 55MPH. The car's handling and stopping ability are limited by the old style narrow tires it wears. So, I keep to the back roads where, frankly, the driving is much more pleasurable anyway. The car climbs hills okay and keeps up with modern cars if everyone is driving the legal speed. The car has a rather harsh ride when the road is supposed to be smooth, but when the road turns bad, like on a dirt road, the ride is better than our modern minivan. The car was not designed for modern roads ...but, the roads in Western Pennsylvania are far from modern! Some of our roads are not changed much from the way they were in 1937.
Two door hardtop. 318 engine and auto transmission. It was sitting in a junk yard for five years (and according to my wife, should have STAYED there). The paint was gone and the interior was in tatters. I had to repaint it and make new upholstery for the interior. It needed minor engine work and the usual replaceable items like tires, battery, exhaust system, and wipers, etc.. It drives very nice and is now in daily use.
1968 was apparently a good year for Chrysler Corp. cars. This Dodge has a very smooth and quiet ride. The car feels very solid and is very easy to drive. The gas mileage ranges from about 13 MPG in the city to up to (so far) 19.6 MPG on the highway. The engine is strong and smooth, but being a small V8, does nothing very exciting. The car accelerates briskly and the car climbs hills with relative ease. I've even used it to tow a 4500 pound Airstream trailer. It worked surprisingly well and gave me 13.3 MPG while towing. The mechanical componants are for the most part easy to understand and to work on. These cars can be used as reliable daily transportation, which our daughter did all summer of 2000. In the three months she used it daily, I didn't have to repair anything. When a car can be used as reliable transportation when it is 32 years old, I think that's testimony that this was a well built automobile.
a.k.a. "the battle wagon". It's been in the family since 1985 and has been the workhorse. It has a 440 engine for towing trailers and hauling kids. For restoration I need the following:
In the year 2000, the wagon got a restored engine. The old one had 167,000 miles of hard use and was still working okay, though quite thirsty for oil ! The rebuilt engine has a "high performance RV" Mopar Purple camshaft and a different intake manifold (Edelbrock), but is otherwise stock. The wagon has great power for towing and since it has a new radiator and a heavy duty transmission now, I expect this wagon will be able to tow our 4500 pound travel trailer even better. It's gas economy is dismal. 15 MPG is possible, but only with a tail wind, I believe. It's not used for economy, however. This is a work horse!
This is another project I rescued from the junkyard. In 1996 this car was caught in a terrible flood here in Punxsutawney. The car was under water. At the time, the car was partially disassembled for some body work and a re-paint. When the flood waters subsided, the previous owner lost interest in the car and just dragged it out into a field and left it to rot. When I got it three yeas later, the engine was still filled with water from the flood. What a mess! There was mud all over. The engine had to be replaced and the interior was completely shot.
MG's are very easy to work on and get parts for. Everything is simple and easy to understand. They have their problems with reliabilty, but other restorers of British cars assure me that the replacemnet parts are better than originals and that they can be made to be reliable. I hope so! I still have a long way to go fixing this one!
And here it is with some new paint!
I am no artist when it comes to building them. The first boat was a plywood canoe I made from a kit. It was produced by Clark Craft of Tonawanda, NY. It is a 17 foot "Niagara". It leaks a bit and it weighs too much (90+ pounds), but it was fun and fairly easy to build. It would be a good father - son project.
The second boat is an "Instant Boat" by Dynamite Payson (designed by Phil Bolger). It is his "Diablo" 15 foot motorboat. It is made with 1/4" plywood on the sides and 1/2" plywood on the bottom. The panels are held together with fiberglass tape and the entire hull is coated with fiberglass cloth. There is no lofting involved in making it, nor is there any framing to worry about. It doesn't leak and it is still holding together! It was great fun to build because it was so simple and took no special skills to make. It takes up to 25HP.