This was taken yesterday by Miss Crabgrass:
After struggling with a particularly recalcitrant fastener, I commented that the old aphorism, "lefty loosey, righty tighty" was indeed a truism, at least in this case. Unlike the passenger side of International Harvester trucks and older Pontiacs and Packards, I believe, which feature the always forgotten "right hand thread". Also my acetylene bottle threads.
Anyway, the radiator was removed and seems to "hold water" as it were. The starter, being a Ford design was easily removed by the simple expedient of removing the entire exhaust system, which brought it's own set of joys, having been contentedly fusing itself with rust for the past 45 years. That's right. It is the original system installed by the dedicated FoMoCo employees in Lorain Ohio back in October of 1964. In fact, as far as can be observed, the only non original parts on this beauty are the ignition parts, battery and relay. Even the radiator hoses are marked "FoMoCo". Too bad they're rotted out.
Mrs. Doclee had a fun time in D.C. at her seminar/pub crawl. She even managed to take in some of the sights and did not get mugged even one time. She was relieved upon her return home to find that not only was her house not burned to the ground, but that no one had even "messed with her stuff". Some of us were too busy for that kind of tomfoolery.
Also, as may be surmised, Miss Crabgrass is back and will likely gain employment or otherwise become a benefit to society. Idiot Nephew #3 was naughty and is now contemplating his missteps at leisure as a guest of the county. Hope it works out for him. Miss Sunshine is now actually nearly living up to her name, as her stolen riding lawnmower was replaced by an even better one at no charge courtesy of a Good Samaritan at Simmons Foods. She even built a proper fence. Mr. Murphy (breed: Oaf Hound) is still her prisoner, but he has a lot more space to patrol.
Back soon. Don't forget to write.