Saturday, March 18, 2017


This year we made the March Good Guys show in Scottsdale AZ. Last year we had to cancel as I was  working in San Diego. The weather was great with the temp in the 70's and low 80's. We had another  trailer tire blow out on the way, in a bad location, on the 101 loop freeway in Scottsdale and the trailer lights plug in the back of the truck keep coming unplugged so it took 6 hours to get to West-world rather than 3. Arrived on Thursday, set the camper up and checked in then on Friday took the Kaiser into the show.

 The first day I went down to the polo field area and park on the pavement in front of the vendor area.

 This car, parked next to us, is from Wickenberg Az beautifully done with a great owner the was nice to visit.
 Model "T" with a big block Ford engine stuffed under the hood.

 On Saturday Karen helped set the car up in the Builders Choice area where the top 10 cars are picked from.

 This 51 Ford took the top 10 and a Builders Choice award's. It is chopped and sectioned.

 Big block Lincoln engine. The car is on of those you would call an over the top build.

 This Chrysler Saratoga parked next to us also won one of the top 10 award, note the stitch work in the upholstery below.


 How about a chopped Edsel station wagon.
 Builders Choice award went to this dropped Lincoln convertible.
 Karens Kaiser won the Wildcard award and on Sunday we parked in the winners circle area. 

 Karen tried to stay out of the sun as it was a in the 80,s on Sunday.
 During the show the car backfired while starting it in the afternoon  and bent the butterfly in the throttle body. I was able to straighten it some what but could not get the throttle to close properly so it was hard to drive with the fast idle but we got through it and got the car loaded up Sunday afternoon for the trip home on Monday.
 This is the award Karens Kaiser won. 
On Monday I unloaded the car and camper then went to Discount Tire in Kingman and had 4 new Goodyear tires, made in the USA, put on the trailer. A new butterfly for the throttle body has been ordered.

Sunday, March 5, 2017


The Caboose is getting closer to completion of the exterior withe the East end and under the porch roof metal panels to do.

 The porch ceiling panels will be gray roof panels. Above and below are before siding and after.
 The doors and window's are all duel pane. Below all the roof panels are complete.

 The scaffold is a must on this project being done by one person.
Still have the interior framing to do after it is water tight. Below is a shot of a finished roof section.
 In February my Dad passed away at 91 and we went to Fresno CA. to close things out.
 He left a 2011 Ford Ranger XLT that is in very good condition with 100,000 miles on it. We decided to buy it from the estate and bring it home as our backup car.
 We stayed at a good friend of my Dad who lives on a orange orchard ranch.

 All loaded up and ready to go home the next morning.
The 65 Thunderbird project has been delayed with me doing other projects but will get back on track in March with the body and paint work.

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Last post I got the deck finished and the South walls up, it is now starting to look like a Caboose.

The North and East walls were put up then the East 12' roof beam and roof panels.
 After the roof panels were in place the East Cupola end wall panels could be installed on top the roof.

 The operation was moved to the West end where the 17' long roof beam had to be lifted and placed using the scaffold and cable come a long.
 The beam hanging on the scaffold looking at the completed East end.
 Above and below are pictures of the beam supports that I fabricated from 2" square tubing and 3/16" plate steel. Two (2) of them support the upper and two lower roof beams. 
 The beams fit in a notch built into the end walls on one end and on the post on the other.
 With the beam in place the roof panels were installed.
 Another angle of the 2 post's and upper roof.
 I put the first 4 roof panels up on the West end then installed the East Cupola end wall so the upper roof beam could be put in while the scaffold was set up.
 The upper beam was hoisted up and set in place.

 The rest of the roof panels were pulled up onto the roof by using a extension ladder leaned against the side of the building and pulled up with a strap by hand.
 All the panels are in place.
 This is a look at the interior looking East to West.
 The "Rustic Red" metal siding offered a new challenge in doing all the work by my self as they are 9' and 12' tall and had to be fit at each window.
 It's slow going but it's getting done.
 Hold down straps were added at 6 locations on both sides to guard against any wind loads that may occur.
 The windows are all vinyl double pain and the roof and trim will be "Ash Gray".
We are expecting weather to come in over the next few days so things will be delayed a little bit. Karen got both porch's painted with deck paint to protect the wood.