Although I missed it last year due to a pre-planned vacation, I was able to make it to the IPD Garage Sale this year. You can check out my photos (some bad, some good, but all of them are there) in the Garage Sale 2009 Gallery. The weather was beautiful, about 80F, warm and sunny. I got a bit of a sunburn on my forearms (ow!) because I was constantly taking pictures.
The car show of course was amazing, with a great turnout and some truly unique vehicles. The garage sale side of things was great too. As many of you know, you can order your parts directly from IPD that day and pick them up (or have them shipped for free). Anything you order at the garage sale is 10% off as well. So, from IPD I ordered front brake calipers, rotors, pads, brake fluid, and power brake bleeder so that I can fix / upgrade the brakes on the yellow 242. The front calipers both have stuck pistons, and the rotors are warped. The rear brakes seem fine however.
At the swap meet, I bought a GT front air damn (excellent condition), a GT fog light switch, a set of new 242 rubber window scrapers, and a complete set of 740/760 greenbooks, covering 1982-1988. There was some great stuff for sale there, such as a complete set of five Eiker wheels (with tires), many different motors, and several whole cars. I also picked up a relatively rare 1975 240 greenbook.
It will be a while before I get all these scanned. Right now I am working on getting the 140 greenbooks scanned, and doing a higher quality re-scan of the 240 greenbooks, as well as the inclusion of several greenbooks that I hadn’t scanned before. Once I get the 140 and 240 books up, the 740/760 books will be next. You can check out the first 140 book (1974).
I finally found a good WordPress plugin for galleries – NextGEN Gallery – that works well with my site. So far I have added galleries for the IPD 2007 Garage Sale (Gallery 1 | Gallery 2) and for some of my cars. This will make it much easier for me to upload digital photos and put them on the site, as well as enable me to finally be rid of embedded HTML tables, which have really gone the way of the dinosaur as a page layout tool. Tables are really useful for laying out data that just can’t be displayed any other way, but I’ll be glad to see them gone in the future.
I have also made several updates to the site, including new greenbooks and manuals for the 400 series, as well as an update to my old 1982 245’s page entitled: The Horrible Truth – Part II. The tale of what happened with that car is as odd as the car itself.
I haven’t had much time to work on the site, but I put some time in tonight doing three things. First, I went through all the pages and fixed a bunch of broken links and errors. Second, I added three new brochures from 1979 and 1983, which were scanned by Turbobricks member Sabonim. Third, I began work on adding the vintage documentation to the Docs section.
I am working on adding some of the content that I have had for a while including:
- 700/900 greenbooks
- 850 greenbooks
- vintage greenbooks
- misc advertisements and catalogs
- updated stats section
- new articles
I also updated the theme again, with darker colors for people using lower-contrast monitors. Please press the Refresh button on your browser if you’re not seeing it.
It’s been a while since I’ve updated the site. Not much new has happened. I’ve been working on getting the diesel running, but still no-go. I did finally do the DMV paperwork, and I bought a battery for it (Interstate MTP-93, 850 cold cranking amps). The 245 is still running strong, and not much new has happened with that car. Today I added two new greenbooks, one is the 1980 Wiring Diagrams, and the other is another book on the Automatic Transmissions. Both were scanned by Poulson01, so if you see him, say thank you.