Archive for April, 2015

The Minkanic Strikes Again

Last Friday and Saturday were nice here in Rhode Island so the Minkanic did a few projects on the ’69 145.  


 Cleaning and painting the B20 valve cover and oil cap was a good activity.  


 Came out great! He says that he wants the 145 for his first car. We will see.  


And the GT is Out

So nice to drive a tight, squared away machine after the long winter.  



The Minkanic is Back

When my son the Minkanic was two or three he used to come help me work on the old Volvos but since then he hasn’t shown much interest…until this past Saturday!

 All of a sudden he put on some work clothes and wanted to help so I let him pull the leaky tappet cover off Cuke’s B-16.


That job done (with a little help from dad), he was ready for more so he helped Tim install early style centercaps on 14″ 240 slotted rims.

      It’s cool that they actually fit. Not a bad look for the 164.

Sunday came and it was time for a new job- cleaning 50+ years of gunk from Cuke’s front suspension in preparation for new control arm bushings.

     He didn’t like this job quite as much but he did enjoy some time in the driver’s seat. Next week maybe we’ll paint a rocker cover for my 145 and adjust the valves.

/photos by Tim & Jim

Uncle’s Holiday Card

I forgot to post this.  

Nice job Uncle Stephen! 

A little work on Cuke

After a bit of spring cleaning my home shop is fit for working on Cucumber, which (who?) is being sold in a month or so to my friend Steve.  

New plugs, tappet cover gasket, front lower control arm bushings and more before it (she?) goes. Steve doesn’t live too far away so we will work on things together as they come up. Practically in the family.