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  1. wow! Has it been 3 years? Changing jobs makes it harder to keep up with all the forums. Update on the 5215.5. Swapped out the armature, for an updated one. Mildly helpful. THe aramature comes part and parcel with two spark plug wires. But, still a finiky starter. When I picked up the Armature from my favoroite Lawn and Garden repair and parts shop, the parts guy asked, "Did you try removing the ground wire?" I said no and asked for details. He mumbled something and avoided a direct answer that might make me a better Briggs mechanic. THen I got to thinking there is a small 22guage, I guess wire coming out of the armature that screws to the case... a ground. Interestingly, it is a wire with a spade terminal that slides onto a mating spade and ring terminal The ring is screwed to the case. It is a quick disconnect. ... brilliant, I thought. When the new armature didn't help immensely, I pulled the little ground wire off and she fired right up! Diagnosis, bad switch, the installation of which is another harrowing story! Since then a set of new steering tires, and a new crank shaft seal. This fall she gets a new set of rear skins.
  2. I think you've translated it correctly Scott. I wonder what they call that plot of land where they grow veggies and their flowers? I love to mow too. Not nearly an acre. What do you mow with? I picked up a Simplicity 5212.5. I installed a new set of drive belts this spring. She works like a champ. A finicky starter, but for 300 bucks .... oops, wrong forum.
  3. Oh, let's bump this again so it doesn't fall off'n the internets. BTW, "Epi" is still holding after all these years!
  4. Pretty, pretty, Loretty! Love her! And, she still has that very Excellente.
  5. Don't cha just love the Arm Candy? The era of BIG hair, Nudie suits, and over the top pick-guards.
  6. I can't attest to the specific model, but that is a mighty awesome photograph. And the MOTHER of all mother of pearl! However, comparing the FT110 and FT120 shown in the EPi WIki: http://epiphonewiki.com/index.php/FT-Series#FT-110_through_120 shows that the FT120 has a mustache shaped bridge. Tubb's is rectangular like the FT110 Frontier. And, the MO-mop pick guard more closely resembles the Frontier. My money is on Frontier. Only a view of the back and sides would tell a tale. Frontier - Maple back and sides Excellente - Rosewood back and sides. edit- The lightness of color of the back as seen through the sound hole would seem to indicate maple, i.e. Frontier.
  7. Alan Mulally, newly appointed CEO of FoMoCo attended his first meeting with the sales dept. The perfectly coifed, pearly toothed sales managers all extolled the postiveness of Ford Sales. Mulally asked what was Fords most profitable line. "Taurus" was the answer. "That's fantastic, how many did we make last year?" Veep of the sales department told him the number. Then Mulally asked, "How many are we going to sell next year?" Looking a bit sheepish, the veep replied, "None. You see we dropped that model for next year in favor of ..." Mulally, said, "YOU WHAT?" >end of meeting< Before the sun set new, "Taurus" name badges were ordered for the impending model year. Had Mulally not done his job, FoMoCo would have been there right next to GM with it's corporate hand out. Check his resume. He is a bona fide rocket engineer. Apparently, knowing enough to continue selling folks what they want, especially when it makes the company a boat load of money is Rocket Science. Mulally's 'retired' now. I can't wait to see what he does with "Tesla".
  8. "... someone who knows her and he said she's "not a bad person" but has a long history of drug and alcohol abuse and allegedly was scheduled to enter into a local 30 day rehab. She also 'talks to people who aren't there'..." Now there are a set of words that don't belong in the same paragraph. ... Not a bad person vs. History of drug abuse history of alcohol abuse Just sayin'. I'd have no trouble putin' one of these away. I've done it before and I'd do it again. They get by with it for so long as good citizens just don't want to see someone suffer, or they try to look for the 'good' in someone. I know I was one of those good citizens myself, ... not anymore. But at some point you just get fed up or they hurt a family member or they invade your property, you just gotta take a stand and..., stand your ground. Nope, you'll never see monetary compensation, but one has to stand up to childish stupidity that degrades the neighborhood. From the physical description of her fall from grace, I'd say hillbilly heroin is the likely medication of choice. If it's in the 'hood, locking doors and keeping an eye on your kids is now part of your reality, whether you realize it or not. To be brutally honest, if she did someone else damage,... real damage with your vehicle and you didn't secure it so as to not be stolen... you the owner could be held responsible for other people's damage, especially if you have a steady job, are a responsible citizen with assets. Think about it. That's why the sheriff asked if you okay'ed the theft. Even so, if she'd have killed someone, you'd be living in a van down by the river after the sheriff's auction. It appears to jean-de-arms is taking point on this and you're just a witness. Let the law sort her out and let the chips fall where they may, but don't minimize her actions that adversely affected you.
  9. Re: Dad's 4X4 trade-in. I was trying to sell cars when your current Blazer (T-Blazer?) was new. When any 4x4 entered the lot, you should have seen the salesmen scramble. Each and every one had a 'list' of potential buyers for the yet to be traded truck. Sold before Dad left the lot with the new one? Mores the likely it was sold before your dad's tail lights crossed the curb heading INTO the new car lot. 4X4's back in the 80's were hot, Hot, HOT! In my short tenure at car sales, I sold a short wheelbase, conversion van to a newly wed couple, he 52, she 22, they had a beat up K-Blazer. Not an un-rotted panel on it, ugly dog s&&t brown. As I had no prospects for a used 4x4, some other salesman had a customer on the line that was all, "I'll take it!" while the owner's new Missus was just test driving the van.
  10. Serial numbers of the Norlin Era, Japan made FT guitars were anything but serial. Best you will be able to do is get to a 2 or 3 year range of possibilities based on description. Label color features are the usual tell tale evidence of an approximate age. Do you have any pictures.
  11. The 147 was either a blingier or less blingier version of the 145. Some of the 140-ish models were labeled as "Texan", some not. Early on the marketing types decided to make hay with successful names used on similar guitars during Epiphone's Hey day. (pun not intended but it does cause me to chuckle). The 120's had Caballero The 570's had Sheraton. THis link will show the flat tops of the Norlin era. http://epiphonewiki.com/index.php/FT-Series#FT-550 "Texan" was applied to even some 12 strings and some upscale dreads.
  12. Plastic bridges, or so we are told, was an attempt to use a lighter bridge to get livelier top action. Not sure the results were positive. Years ago discussion was had about re-bridging a Gibson to rosewood or such and if this would degrade the value from not being 'original'. Consensus was, the better quality bridge did not detract from the value, except for a very, very few fastidious collect.
  13. Hummingbird: Mahogany all around with a spruce top = Warm and Woody tone. Dove: Maple all around with a spruce top = Cool and Bright tone. The choice is yours. Might try to record the vocalist (yourself?) accompanied by both, then compare. For me it's Warm and Woody, gimme a 'Bird.
  14. Epiphone has offered 12 string versions of many of it's models; Hummingbird, J200, etc. The 12 string is kind of a niche market, so there are not a lot of them around of any variation. 12's have a bad habit of imploding. I'm not sure if it's due to the basic design of the acoustic guitar not being conducive to applying upwards of 8 or 9 strings. or just being less forgiving for being misused or abused. True there have been harp guitars with a gazillion strings, but they were built like battleships. Today's demanding guitarist expects a certain volume and tone in modern guitars which demands they be lightly built. Congrats on your 12. I've often thought of procuring one, but never have had the opportunity to purchase whilest having the finances to afford one.
  15. I've done voluminous DIY stuff around the house, yard and cars. I'm a fair hand at electrical work and have done some minor electronic repair. Recently I've gotten a hankering to build a small, battery powered, portable, guitar amplifier, think PigNose size without the price. I'm hoping to be able to keep a Squire Strat at work then take it, the amp and a sandwich to the court yard to practice some Jazz licks at lunch. My regular amplifier is heavier than sin and takes up too much real estate in the small closet. I've got a number of speakers in derelict speaker boxes that I would like to re-purpose. I've also considered purchasing a small, used, FirstAct or similar, amp from a re-sale shop. Reasoning that 110 volts is probably stepped down, at some point, to something more battery like, I figure one could tap a battery pack into the power supply after the transformer, then dispense with the 110 power cord. Or, keep the cord, then add a selector switch to alternate between household electricity and battery. Where do I start?
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