Butch Wires, David & George Take Inventory

Butch Howe

Butch checks a wiring harness before installation

George and I are engaged in the end of the year ritual known as “inventory”.  We have quite a bit of it and it is extremely compressed.  I’m hopeful but not very confident that we can get through it in about a week.  Some of it can be seen to the left of Patrick’s toolbox and to the right of the window which this afternoon’s high winds sucked the glass out of, and is  now temporarily covered with cardboard.

On the upper shelves are instruments, mostly tachometers and oil pressure/water temperature gauges, and then in descending order, temp. senders, voltage stabilizers, speedometer cables, mirrors, “P” clips, seat belts, lights, lenses and sub-harnesses for things like headlights & overdrives.  You get the idea.  It will take about two and a half hours for the two of us to do just this shelf.


installing a wiring harness

And installs it in the gunmetal grey E-type

However it’s not as bad,  as it used to be when I worked at Abingdon Spares and we did inventory in June because it was the end of the fiscal year, which coincided very nicely with the busy season, and we counted every last nut, bolt and chrome pan head screw.  It’s much more efficient to weight them, but Abingdon Spares was, and is, very Olde Worlde about that kind of stuff.  Well we have our own challenges based on space, or more accurately the lack thereof, and some of our bin boxes have as many as 20 different small parts in them.  Think carburetor parts, for instance.


Jay & Nate @ W.C.C.

The Rapture (see text)

As planned, I did make it down to the blasters in Agawam on Monday  to retrieve the MG TF frame, and  I delivered it to Windham Coach & Carriage in Brattleboro, where Jay is seen here dancing a small jig because he already has a shop full of work.  I offered to bring it back on a date certain, but he allowed as how conditions were unlikely to substantially improve between now and whenever that turned out to be, so it was best to just leave it, which I did.  Jay & Nate (on the right) will measure it up and the next time you see it, it will be in chassis black.  Hopefully, we’ll also be seeing the E-type’s front suspension back from Westfield Electroplating next week and that  will allow us to turn the gunmetal grey E-type back into a roller again.

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