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About smartnhappy

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  1. Maybe think about a chase vehicle. Have Liz and your daughter follow behind in a Smart car. That way you'll have a way to get parts for the Land Crusher when needed. Just kidding, of course. I'm envious of your trip. I drove from London out west twice, in different Smarts, logging 10,000+Km both trips (un-mapped one trip, one way). Canadian route west and northern U.S. route back would be my recommendation, with various mountain pass routes. I posted both trips, and was able to meet quite a few nice Smart car owners along the way. South from central BC to Idaho and Glacier National Park you'll find the Road to the Sky (I think that's the name). This was recommended to me by everyone as an unspeakably beautiful and memorable drive. Unfortunately I went thru mid-June and hwy was snow bound and still closed from previous winter. It's still on my bucket list. Say hi to MikeT for me. He has pictures of the 4 x Canada1 cars together in Vancouver when I was out there a few years ago. It was like a family reunion. I'd love to be setting out on another voyage to the wet coast. Maybe I'll become your chase car. Keep an eye on your mirrors. Good luck and happy motoring. Enjoy the drive.
  2. The parade is still on for Saturday September 09th. The historic post-parade BBQ event at Glenn & Liz's won't be held this year, as they'll be touring the west of Canada. Maybe a get-together post-parade at Crossings OR The Wayside is in order.. We'll see which one is best able to handle our group. Any favourites between the two ?? Let's see where you'd like to go.
  3. Here's the Canadian version, and I'll raise you a full track version and a poor photoshop version.
  4. It's not looking too promising weather-wise for this evening. Bernie's must not like Glenn., 'cause his multi-page link doesn't work for everybody. Try this link..... Make sure you get directions to their Byron pub if needed.
  5. Make sure you check their web site on Thursday afternoon to confirm the event hasn't been cancelled due to rain. Inclement weather will cause the event to be cancelled for the week. As of 9PM on Tuesday, it's not looking good, according to Environment Canada.... We've had very good luck over the years. Everybody keep your fingers crossed.
  6. Here 's another electric option coming down the road. i like this one..... the Bolinger B1 I like this one. Very utilitarian.
  7. My '05 had regular, on-time service right thru extended warranty period by local MB dealer. At 80,000 km a rocker are broke taking out the lifter, the valve, the piston, the engine and the turbo (due to debris). Repair cost almost $12,000 in parts and labour (new engine and turbo). I got away for $2K. Dealer said mine was not the first 450 they'd seen with this problem. Why do they cheap out on a part like this? I'm sure it and other parts met engineering specs, but by how much? These things always comes back to bite them in the ass sooner or later.
  8. Just a reminder to pencil in Thursday August 03rd for our annual summer charity gathering. Once again Smart cars will be the featured 'marque' at the Lions Club's weekly Charity Cruz'In hosted by Steve Plunkett on the grounds of his beautiful estate. As mentioned above, we've once again garnered the featured display area surrounding the pond. Picture perfect !! Let's have a big turnout. There's burgers, hotdogs and lots of draws, including the big 50/50 draw. So be sure to come hungry and lucky. The evening runs from 5:00 till dusk. Information and location..... Here's a picture collage posted from a past event.
  9. On Friday morning had to replace a broken front driver's spring. Unfortunately the broken spring cut a big rut around the inside tire wall. So now I need a new tire also. Poop !!
  10. I hope everybody can come out to my tool/garage sale on Saturday morning. There's an entire 8' table full of items for only $1. Items like 2 x sawhorse brackets or a new 2pc tire gauge set. I've got a 6' table full of items priced from $2 to $5. Items like new 5l gas can, new 30w soldering iron or 12v spotlight. Plus another 6' table and another 8' table, both full of items. There are also lots of items suitable to flood display. How about abnew PowerFist fluid extractor for $20, a 4 wheel/tire dolly for $10, a full set of Chaftsman sockets for $40. The most expensive item might be the CampbelHausfeld framing + brad nailer kit or the Craftsman miter stand. Both are brand new in boxes and both will sell for well under $100 each. Several items are bundled, like 120 rivets with the pop rivet tool, or a quantity of various shrink tubing with the heat gun. I started totalling up the number of items for sale, but quit counting at 150. Everything is inside, so bad weather isn't an issue. You'll recognize my house two ways...... there's a comFree realty sign with an 'I SOLD' sticker on it in the front yard, plus my red Smart car will be nuzzled up to one of the garage doors. And of course you'll notice the huge traffic jam from the hundreds clambering for an early look at what's for sale. I hope to see lots of Smarties at Saturday's sale. Remember preview is between 8 & 9, with the sale at 9:00AM sharp. Have a safe drive everyone.
  11. I found a lot of other items going thru my basement...... Dremel tool kit with extra fittings kit (both new), hole saw kit (new), plumber's auger (new), laser level with tripod (new), socket/tool kit (new), 4' bubble level, B&D jig saw with 14 blades, pop rivet tool + rivet kit (new), snap pliers kit + 225 assort. rings (new), grip-tite super socket set (new), B&D versapack drill, micro torch (new), cable ties-approx. 1,000 assort. (new), leather tool pouch & belt (new), auto wirestripper (new) assorted nails, screws, nuts & bolts, 500+ cotter pins (all in packages), elect. pencil engraver, 3pc vice grip set (new), Weslock deadbolt (new), Prestone 3/4" flush&fill kit (new), 3 hand floats (new), qty of steelwool, hand tools, fish wire, 12" polysquare, carpenter's ruler, hand stapler (new), sink wrench, glue gun + hot glue kit (new), 30w soldering iron (new), sawhorse brackets (new), 4 wheel/tire strand on wheels, 6'x2' pegboard stand, assorted garden tools, 7' ext window squeegee and the list goes on and on. I can't remember everything that's there. Space is at a premium, and I've got 900 sq ft of it !!! Habitat 4 Humanity is picking up on Thursday afternoon. They're taking wood, building materials from my recent reno, old kitchen counter, light fixtures, taps, doors, entry sets & locks, garage door openers, hand railing, copper pipe, etc. and when they leave, I'll have more room to spread out the tools, and an extra table to do it on. There are lots of things that aren't on these two lists. These are just the highlighted items. Ya know, I'm looking at these two lists and I'm thinking to myself..... Bill, you need some serious help with your acquisition phobia. Or maybe just get off your butt and finish the projects you bought the tools to complete. Either way, I'm semi-cured because there's no room in the condo I'm moving into to collect any 'don't really need' stuff. So look at these two lists and you'll find something you need.... or want.... or just gotta have. Do some price comparison homework on-line at CT, Princess Auto, HomeDepot, etc to find out what new items are selling for. You'll be surprised at the selling prices of all my "new" stuff when you see them. There's no doubt enough itemd being offered to get everybody off their a.... hands to come have a look and shop. So bring a friend, a neighbor, your spouse and/or relatives, your boss, your staff.... anyone that might be interested. Maybe a friend's birthday, maybe a spouse's Xmas present, maybe a hint to your husband of that project you want done. Dont know what'll happen if 2 or more people want any particular item?? Remember, it's NOT an auction. Maybe a fist fight? Best falls 2 out of 3? Flip a coin? Rock, paper, scissors? Maybe it's who'll offer more? We'll see. If I wanted to buy anything listed here, I'd sure be here on Saturday morning before 9:00. And I will.... but I won't....?? If anyone sees my buying anything, use the bungee cords to tie me up and call 'tool collector's anonymous'.... please !! Oh, and bring your own coffee. I sold both my coffee makers at my first yard sale a couple of weeks ago. ((btw... I take milk, no sugar. Just in case.... you know)) SEE Y'ALL ON SATURDAY MORNING !!!
  12. Saturday June 17th starting at 9:00AM. Tools, garage stuff, carpenter stuff, contractor stuff, handyman stuff, etc, etc. I started to set out items that I want to sell off to downsize to a condo, and I can't believe the stuff !! Set up a sheet of 4x8 particleboard on sawhorses, but it's full to overflowing. So... set up a second 4x8 sheet, and filled it up too. A couple of folding tables and lots of floor space in my garage will handle the rest. Things like.... 8 gal. compressor, pipe threader kit, Stanley socket set, 8 paded metal sawhorses (4 just now used to hold up particleboard, 4 still new), 2 x 4x8 sheets particleboard, 16" hedge trimmer, Jepson 10" miter saw + 3 blades, Craftsman miter saw stand and 2 Mastercraft outboard rollers (all new), 2 & 4 ton floor jacks + 12v jack (new), 3 sets of jumper cables, 4 platform dollies (new), 7.3l fluid extractor (new), assorted funnels, 2 workmate benches (new), 40 piece impact socket set (new), 500w halogen I/O light (new), 100/15/2 amp starter/charger (new), battery load tester (new), framing & brad air nailers (new), heat gun (new), Mastercraft cordless screwdriver kit (new), HD outdoor timer (new), impact wrench/ratchet/hammer (new), 16 assorted bungee cords, various lawn edgers, 5l gas can (new), gardening tools, 8l pump sprayer (new), deck sprayer, 9" calking gun (new), 5 rolls burlap & fabric shrub wrap, small ceramic heater (1500w) and the list goes on and on. Tonight I'm going down to the basement workshop to find a host of smaller treasures. I think there'll be far too many to list, so don't look for a rundown of the basement goodies. Please note that when I say 'new', I mean NEW in a box and unused. You might be thinking I'm nuts having so many new tools, but some were from my parent's estate and others from my brother's estate. Others were from projects that I planned but never got started (check the dictionary under 'procrastinators'..... my picture). Everything's in my garage, so weather' not an issue. Address..... 3927 Southwinds Drive, London, Ontario N6P1E6 You'll know the house as there's a comFree realty sign out front with a SOLD sticker across it. If you know anyone in the trades or friends that might be interested, bring them along. The more, the merrier. Plan to come a little early to have a look at everything. It's NOT an auction, but there may be several people interested in some items. Pricing may surprise everyone. I don't want anything left after Saturday. Remember, I'm moving to a small condo. Glenn can attest to my pricing..... he got a new Trivial Pursuit-Beatles game + a new Smart t-shirt for $5 last weekend. Remember.... Saturday@ 9:00 sharp. Come earlier to have a look around. This is going to be awesome !!! PM me if you have any questions.
  13. Well that failed miserably. Maybe not enough lead time? Ron & Dot got 2 lawn chairs with pads for $10 and Glenn got a Beatles trivia game (brand new) and a Smart t-shirt for $5. No one else came. None of the art generated any interest. Maybe one's own valuable and valued possessions actually are thought of as other people's junk. Any local Smarties out there having any interest can PM me. I'm home all weekend. Mounted posters, framed prints, one original, 2 drawer metal file cabinet $10., some FisherPrice, dual aquarium, etc, etc. I want these things to benefit and be enjoyed by local Smart owners, if possible. I'd like to do something for all the folks that have come out and shared friendship and good times over the years. Send me a message.
  14. I've set up this year's annual participation in Steve Plunkett's weekly Charity Cruz'In night for Thursday August 03rd. Once again I requested and received confirmation that the Smart cars can once again ring the pond in the 'featured car' area. Same as last year, with vehicle entry by donation. Smarties must be generous because they keep having us back. I look forward to a big turnout. Maybe an opportunity to provide a hint of any Canada150 Harvestfest parade decorations you're planning. No sign-up needed, as there's ample room to display as many Smart cars as can come. Further info to follow.
  15. I received official confirmation of our participation in this year's parade. Theme for parade is Canada150 (naturally), so they're looking for as much red & white as possible. Think about it. Be creative. More info as it becomes available.