Monday, July 18, 2016

Lin's special pony

Lin hasn't had a Mustang since her 68 coupe , back in 1970. So when the six speed MINI didn't work out for her, ( more than she needed in traffic ). We decided to sell it . Also sold the Harley Sportster . We knew it was time to move on with that as well . Getting too old for two wheelers . Time comes when you have to move on . Sold the enclosed trailer along with it .

This would allow us to purchase a late model Mustang convertible . I decided it had to be RACE RED . Lin decided that it had to have the SADDLE LEATHER interior . We also wanted it to be either a Pony Pkg or better still , an MCA edition . I really didn't want to have to travel more than 600 miles one way , to make the purchase . Not easy to find . Spent almost four months to locate the one that fit all the criteria .  Price was also a factor .

Found this one in Kentucky . Long drive in two days last Sept .

The first five pictures that follow , were taken by the dealer , before we went to get it .

Rear and right side .

Rear with dealer plate .

Saddle interior .

Side view .
Front view .
As you can see , this is a very special Mustang . The M C A Edition has some unique features not found on any other factory built Mustangs .  Billet upper and lower grille inserts. Mustang badge in upper right grille . Fade away M C A stripes on both lower sides . Custom painted 18 inch wheels .
The M C A editions also share in the package with the Pony editions the following . Factory mounted lower fog lights , and the rear deck spoiler . 

In 2013 Ford only produced 92 M C A convertibles in RACE RED . And of the 92 , only six with the SADDLE LEATHER interior .

No wonder it took more than four months to find one ! 

M C A Editions only came with the 305 HP V6 . This one has the shiftable six speed automatic transmission . 

Lin is very happy with this six speed .

She has not put a lot of miles on it yet , didn't use it at all in the winter . It seemed real happy in the barn . Did take it to the all Ford MCA Show in Little Rock late last Sept . Before putting it away .

M C A Regional Show at Crain Ford Little Rock .

Missed a really nice local show last month because of weather . It was 95 degrees and extremely humid , so decided not to go . Not a lot of shade at the shows . Hope for cooler shows to come .

The plate , (TAG) that Arkansas issued to it was ok , but just generic . We wanted a plate that would be special to this model . M C A centered was available so we put in for it . Got it in about four weeks total . We think it looks good on it . 
Sitting in the barn sporting the new tag .
This brings us up to date , on Lin's Mustang , We hope to have more to post soon .



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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July 2016

Well we have made it past the forth of July. Always a big deal out here by the lake. They do like their fireworks around here. At least five nights of big stuff, from 9PM to midnight.
Our family was spread out all over the country. Some were flying and some were driving. That always makes us nervous. Everybody has made it home safe and sound and all is good. One group went to grandson's graduation from Navy Training at Great Lakes center. A 3200 mile round trip drive for them.Our youngest girl flew to Buffalo N.Y. for long weekend. Grandson from VA flew to Denver and than on to Oregon for a wedding of a friend of his.
All trips were a big success.
And again , no work on the barn. Weather in June turned from rain and wet to hot and humid. So far it has stayed that way.
No major problems with us or our stuff and we are grateful for that.
We now have a new little pony living in the barn. He belongs to Lin and she loves him very much.
We will be posting more on him shortly.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

2016 update

Need to bring this up to date for 2016  Had some health issues late last fall. the Blog is only one of the areas that got set aside. We did manage to get our Christmas decorations up ( and down.) But the weather has been real cold and it bothers us more now than when we were younger. No work on the barn. Did rework the web site, hope it now makes more sense and shows even more of the build. Will try to also update on some other things in the very near future. Having to relearn how to post on here as well. Hope this works.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Lots of rain , not much work .

   The rain just keeps on coming . Lots of rain in the last month , not much work on the barn . We got the pieces made for the area above the small addition roof . Lin was able to get them stained and dried . They are in the barn , waiting for two good mornings in a row to put them up . The sun is on that roof for the whole afternoon , and the tin really gets hot . Too hot to work  on . So the plan is to do it two mornings in a row .

    Some of the pieces , on the porch , drying overnight .

    The rest of the small boards , on the staining horses .

   Close up of the small filler boards .
   What little sunny weather we have had , we spend catching up with the lawn and garden work .

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Flashing on the Addition

   Trying to get back at work on the addition . So far the weather in 2015 has not been very cooperative . We have had all the parts to do this next step since last year . The roof where it attaches to the back , needs flashing and splash strips under the flashing . It is a six twelve pitch , so needed to use the walk board again to stay on the metal .


   Had to bevel the back of the seals , so the fit under the flashing would be correct. This will keep driven rain and insects etc. out , yet let the roof breath .

   Flashing fit now was real good . Pre drilled all holes . Than used window type fortiflash to seal up the wall , will use two layers of special paper over this , as did on all of the barn .

   Good to get this done . Have received over six inches of rain on it in the last three days . The only thing doing well around here is the grass . But we did miss all the violent storms , and had no damage , so all is good .

Monday, April 27, 2015

Our Barn Project

   Let me start by saying , welcome to the blog . It is our hope that you will enjoy the barn . Linda and I have been working on this project for the last seven years .


   We started it in 2008 , when we were both 69 years old . The only help that we hired out , was for the site work , to fill and level the area . And also to pour the actual cement , to do the pad . I decided that 18 yards of cement , was more than I could handle by myself . Also I did not have the equipment to bring in the 13 loads of SB2 fill , required to level the site .
   All of the rest of the build , has been totally done by Lin and myself. The barn measures 24 ft. by 32 ft. and is approximately  22 ft. high . I would have liked to have built it larger , but because of the size of our land and the fact that the septic system would have had to be moved , we did it this size. Probably a good thing too , any bigger would have been tough for us . It is a post and beam style frame and consists of four eight foot bays . I did the plans myself , with the overall design based on a traditional Monitor Barn . The next logical size would have been to go to each bay being ten feet , and that would have made it forty feet by thirty feet . Nice size , but more than we could fit in . Also it would have made the footprint larger than our house , and we thought that would look odd.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

View of the Interior

   Would like to show a couple of pictures of how the interior of our barn was done . The posts are Douglas Fir , as are most of the bookshelve grits . The diagonal walls are local grown , cedar. The interior is actually the first layer of the exterior . We then cover the first layer with a special black paper , and than add the vertical outside siding . Lin did all the interior walls with clear coat lacquer .



    The boards are just square cut , no matching or ship lapped . I select and match them for fit , most of the stuff from this local mill is very good . The boards that are not , totally straight , we use on the exterior . Once in a while if needed , I would plane an edge to get a better fit , if the board was extra nice . In both pictures you can see , tarps have been hung on the outside to keep the walls dry , while we constructed them . These two pictures are from July 2012 .

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   Thanks again for your interest .