Rob’s Blog: Need a Lift?

Engine hoist photo

If you’re contemplating the removal of your car’s engine, I’m about to become your new best friend.

For years I have stored a huge engine hoist in my garage, anticipating the day I’d have to remove the monster engine from my Jaguar. I used it once to install the current engine at least twenty years ago, and a few other times around the house for miscellaneous “hoisting” jobs.

If you need to pull the concrete base of a basketball pole from the ground, this will do the job without breaking a sweat. If you need to uproot a tree, you won’t even need a pick and shovel.

This hoist is not one of the light weight models you see on sale at NAPA, or O’Reilly’s. This monster is capable of not only lifting large engines, but entire cars off the ground. The upper range is rated at 4000 pounds (2 tons) That’s five Jaguar engines, or a half dozen Bug Eye Sprite’s, at the same time. That’s the good news. The bad news is that with such a massive lifting ability, it is very heavy, and not something you toss into the trunk of your Honda. It does have wheels and the legs are removable for easy storage.

I know as soon as I get rid of it, I’ll probably need it to remove the Jag’s engine. Because Murphy’s Law.

Here is my offer…

So, does anyone want this monster to use for as long as they want, until I need to borrow it back? Seems dumb to hold on to it while someone else in the club might need it.

I know what you’re thinking… “That bum just wants someone else to store his hoist.” Well, sort of.

Feel free to loan it to someone else after you’re done. We can pass it around the club like an unwanted raffle ticket. Eventually someone will need it. A real win-win situation.

In the folded configuration, it is 56″ high and the width between the wheels is 38”. The pump handle is missing, but anything that fits into the opening will work.

If you’re interested in this once in a lifetime offer…don’t be shy. Give me a call and we can go from there. Remember, anything from pulling stumps to lifting the corner of your house is possible with this baby.

Aloha, Rob
808-429-6602

Rob’s Blog: 46th Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade

St Patrick's Day Parade photo

For those of you who like to test the limits of your British car’s cooling system, here is an opportunity coming up in March that should do the trick. The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Friday, March 17th.

The club has paid the entry fee for members of the British Car Club to participate in this event. It is not a British Car Club event so I/we have nothing to do with it except pay the entry fee for our members.

For information, you need to get online and find out who is in charge, and what they expect from the participants that morning. The link below should get you there.

Have fun, and good luck,

Rob

More information at:
http://fosphawaii.ning.com/events/46th-annual-st-patrick-s-day-parade-in-waikiki

Rob’s Blog: Another opportunity to save a classic car

 

Anyone interested in a 1974 MGB project? I got a call from the friend of a friend on the North Shore, who wants to “just get rid of it.”

Whatever that means, it is has a current registration, runs poorly, and has a ratty interior.

1974 MGB interior photo

The owner’s name is Bernie. Call him directly if you’re interested. Phone number 808-589-6242.

Aloha, Rob
808-429-6602

Rob’s Blog: Christmas Brunch Reminder

Next week Tuesday the 12th is the RSVP deadline for sending your check for the Annual Christmas Brunch. It is $16 per person and receipt of your check will be your RSVP.

You may also combine next year’s dues with the brunch check. The dues are going up a little. So a single membership is $20 and a family membership is $25.

Don’t forget… THERE IS NO MEETING TUESDAY.

The years spectacular brunch will be on Sunday the 18th, 10:00 a.m. at Josh Greig’s house. I will be sending a follow-up reminder with directions at a later date. So far there has been a great response to this event. We’re already close to the same number of people we had last year.

Thanks to everyone who has sent their check already. Here is where they go:

Dave Luengen
91-1138 Lanakoi St.
Kapolei, HI 96707
(check payable to: British Car Club of Hawaii)

Aloha, Rob
808-429-6602

Rob’s Blog: Horsepower of a different kind

Hawaii Polo Club image

Due to weather issues the event has been rescheduled to August 7th.

The British Car Club has been invited to take a front row seat at the North Shore polo matches on July 24th. Prior to the actual event, there will be a full-on lunch and time to visit with people outside the confines of our usual garage environment.

Think hitting a little white ball with a stick is tough? Try it sitting on top of a horse at a full gallop. Horsepower of a completely different variety will be on hand. Members who went to a match in the past said it was great fun, and the welcome mat was really rolled out for the club.

We will plan on meeting somewhere and caravan to the venue with lunch and the games to follow.

If you’re interested in going along on this outing, contact me so I can get a rough idea of how many will attend. The Hawaii Polo Club needs a head count.

Also, at the request of our hosts, there is a need for “someone to drive Murph around the polo field, preferably in a convertible Rolls Royce.” I’m sure that one of our members can accommodate this request.

Who is Murph you’re asking?

Murph Dailey is considered the First Lady of Polo since she and her late husband Fred Dailey founded the club 53 years ago. Here is an opportunity to repay their hospitality and show off one of our nicer cars at the same time. If you’re interested in helping, here is a contact number to call: Connie, 202-306-0848.

Gates open at 11:00 a.m. but the first match doesn’t begin until 2:00 p.m. You’re welcome to arrive ahead of gates open or if you prefer to arrive closer to 1:00 p.m. just let me know so we can alert the gate as to we will start arriving.

They have a full bar (credit cards & cash) available and Mexican cuisine (cash only). We are also welcome to bring our own food, beverages, grills, pop up tents, etc., if we would like to have a full day near the ocean.

More details on our arrival plans will come later, but for now, give it some thought and see if you can make room for a different kind of afternoon.

Aloha, Rob
808-429-6602

Rob’s Blog: New Car Joins the Club

Mark Rosen's new Lotus Super-7

When the past, present, and future all meet inside one garage, there’s no telling what might happen. Club member Marc Rosen was at such an epicenter the other day when he parked his “new” Lotus Super-7 next to his recently sold Mini.

He stopped by my house shortly after he picked it up from the Matson dock and, understandably, wanted to show it off. I would, too.

The only improvement I could suggest was a cool pair of leather goggles and maybe a white scarf trailing in the slipstream. The polished stainless bonnet and red fenders make his new baby look like it’s going a hundred miles per hour standing still.

Like any new car owner, he already has a punch list of things he’d like to change. My second piece of advice for Marc: “Before getting into changes, just drive the snot out of it for a while and enjoy your new toy.”

Keep your eyes open around the Kailua area, this little car is hard to miss.

Aloha, Rob