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Old December 4th, 2009, 10:15 AM
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Wait Hippert's truck came with a top?
LOL. Clearly never used by Mike :D

I still remember the first time I met Mike. I pulled up at Rausch Creek, snowing or had ben snowing, but crazy cold either way. Mike and Jimmy and few few others had driven overnight and go there shortly before me. Mike had no doors on the truck, was running a bikini or surrey top or perhaps the top with no windows, and a lap blanket... wearing shorts.
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Old December 4th, 2009, 10:26 AM
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You got ripped off... Mike took off the trolly steam whistle!!
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Old December 4th, 2009, 01:04 PM
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I just put my windows back in for a cold LA winter. Space heater in truck and a super hot blow dryer. Blow dryer could easily dry a horse in ten to fifteen minutes
Never talk to someone from Maine about LA "winters"
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Old December 4th, 2009, 01:17 PM
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Never talk to someone from Maine about LA "winters"
LA doesn't have winter... it has an extended and mild fall that shifts back into spring...

If I ever end up moving back to the California coast I'd probably just run a surry top year round and just put the front windows on October - March
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Old December 4th, 2009, 01:52 PM
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Exactly but people here dont see it that way. This morning the lady at the coffee shopped asked me if i was sure I wanted an iced coffee. I said yes why and she said because its "freezing" outside. I had to laugh.
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Old December 4th, 2009, 01:57 PM
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Exactly but people here dont see it that way. This morning the lady at the coffee shopped asked me if i was sure I wanted an iced coffee. I said yes why and she said because its "freezing" outside. I had to laugh.
Let me guess - it's dipped into the 60's?
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I wondered the same thing. And who would have known it had doors.
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Old December 4th, 2009, 03:21 PM
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I was in the elevator with a woman who was in a gigantic wool coat, scarf, and gloves...it had to be about 65 out this morning. You gotta love LA.
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Thanks for the help.I put heavy weights on the ends and a couple of electric heaters.With alot of pulling I was able to stretch far enough.
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Old December 4th, 2009, 04:02 PM
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Never talk to someone from Maine about LA "winters"
So John, where is home these days? L.A. or Maine? You seem to pop up on both coasts with regularity!

(Sorry for the quick hijack, Jeff...)
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Old December 4th, 2009, 05:37 PM
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Hey Garth we are in LA for the winter. We have a new baby and I need to be out here a lot for work so the wife who is a So Cal girl didnt want to be left alone in a cold Maine winter with a newborn.

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Thanks for the help.I put heavy weights on the ends and a couple of electric heaters.With alot of pulling I was able to stretch far enough.
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Do you even have a heater in that thing?
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Old December 4th, 2009, 08:36 PM
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The heater works great..One of the few things that does.
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Exactly but people here dont see it that way. This morning the lady at the coffee shopped asked me if i was sure I wanted an iced coffee. I said yes why and she said because its "freezing" outside. I had to laugh.
On my flight to NOLA back in Oct. I was talking with an airline employee that moved there from Baltimore about the weather. He was saying he's still after 2 years use to the Baltimore wether and will run around the ramp in shorts when its in the low 60s while all the natives are in wool hats and down jackets. Really can't think of 60 as cold.
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Old December 7th, 2009, 09:27 AM
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How to stretch top:
1) put top on truck
2) fasten one side
3) use hair drier in futile effort to stretch top
4) swear when huge rip appears
5) call Badger
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Old December 7th, 2009, 11:41 AM
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I installed a bestop on a customers vehicle that had not been used in over 2 years. It took 3 hours with an industrial heat gun. It was the last time this top will be used. I feel for you guys.

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