What's your hobby?

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Nov 29, 2022
Vancouver Washington
I have owned two 1956 Chevy 210 2 door hardtops. I bought the first one in 1970 for $175.00 and it was six cylinder with a three speed manual trans. The second one I bought for $200.00 less the engine and trans, It originally had a 265 with a auto trans. When I found it sitting in a guys driveway it had a dual quad 324 Oldsmobile engine with a three speed Oldsmobile trans. It was a ex race car and I bought it less the engine and trans. I traded the cheater slicks for a nice Italian switch blade knife, but left the Traction Master traction bars on it because they looked cool. I installed a 235 six cylinder in it. The 210 two door hard top models are very rare compared to Bel Air models. I even found a die cast metal model of a 56 two ten hardtop. In total I have owned eleven 1956 Chevys over the years. The last one for 34 years before I sold it and all my six cylinder speed parts because I got real sick and later got better.
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Nov 30, 2022
I had a model phase in my younger days (I'm not that old yet but...). Here are some I did about 30 years ago.




I have a current project for the first time in decades as one of kids bought me a model for Christmas.


Yeah I went full size. I'm deciding between a nitrous fully rebuilt Police Interceptor Explorer, a Medium/Heavy truck or a M109 motorcycle with a Glamper to tow around.


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Mar 28, 2001
Colorado native, Vermont transplant
I tried to resto-mod a '69 FJ40 when I first retired. Bit off more than I could chew ;-(.

It's in my avatar. Wife gave me her 4Runner as consolation.

My first 4x4 was a '69 FJ40! Back when Toyota bought their inline 6's from Chevy, I think it was 235 CI. And 3 on the tree. Wish I had a picture of it. I've got pics of both of my '78 IHC Scouts but those were also a long time ago. In fact, I sold the Landcruiser to help pay for my first (used) Scout in about 1980. Didn't sell the second Scout until around 1991.

My wife wants a new 4Runner but they are hard to come by these days. She's got a 2011 Rav4 now.


Edit: Weird coincidence... I looked over on the bookcase and saw a pile of old pics I had brought back from Colorado after my mom died and there was this one showing both my FJ40 and my first Scout. I had a Warn winch on the Landcruiser and was working on swapping the Scout's original bumper (leaning up against the house) for a winch bumper so I could move my winch to the new ride. I'm probably 19 there, in front of my parent's house that had no garage.
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Dec 4, 2021
The one I bought had a Chevy 350 in it. I had the drive train overhauled, the early Warn hubs rebuilt, lights done, reworked the elcetrical (brake lights, etc. were "Mickey Moused". I've broken my left knee-cap twice, both ankles, and my right upper arm in 3 places, all sine about 2010. I just couldn't handle the clutch, shifting, and no power steering!

Keep your eyes open; 4Runners are out there.

ps: My wife has a 2013 RAV4 (we had a '97 earlier). They are great cars. We use hers for around town and mine for fossil hunting, visiting Nat'l. Parks & relatives.


Apr 10, 2005
My latest adventure, a '87 Ford T-Bird. I guess racing qualifies as a "hobby"....The first photo was taken at the Lone Star 600 two days after it was built, back when I was only 70. Note the lack of paint and the numbers made from masking tape. That is me on the far right....Second photo was a year later at the little 1/4 mile oval in Ennis. Lookin' better, eh?...Third taken in the garage....The forth was over 40 years ago at the now-defunct Big-H Speedway in Houston. That's a different car and I was much younger then but note that I'm wearing the same race suit in all the photos. Same Rustoliem tractor paint too....put on with roller....Poor folks has poor ways. LOL.


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Sparks, NV
Mar 2, 2022
Great to see everyone is not focused on just one thing. They say variety is the spice of life. I am sure most of us are applying it to/in all walks of life! Have a great, safe and sane day a tomorrow on the 4th of July.


Sep 17, 2013
Southern California
My first 4x4 was a '69 FJ40! Back when Toyota bought their inline 6's from Chevy,
They didn't buy Chevy engines. The made a copy right down to the bellhousing bolt pattern. That is why it was so easy to swap in a Chevy V-8. All you needed to do was put in V8 motor mounts and swap the clutch disc to match the Toyota input shaft.
Never forget the Japanese were copying our stuff long before the ChiComs thought of it.



Dec 7, 2008
Wesley Chapel, Florida
Well, I DID ref soccer at all levels including High school and adult leagues I was a grade 7 Ref ; next step was Grade 6 but the idiots here were requiring you to pass the physical test for college/university refs and made no allowance for those over 40 years of age (me !!) That physical was also much more strenuous than the International test.
Sep 29, 2015
Southport, NC
Now that I'm retired, I took up golf (I am horrible but it's an excuse to hang out with friends, get some fresh air and walk a bit). I also enjoy working on motorcycles, cars and making stained glass. I could start a business in stained glass if I wanted, lots of requests for it.
Mar 18, 2023
Just curious. What other hobbies do you have besides gun related. Spare us the "What else is there?"reply. Being a Gemini (Personally I think astrology is a bunch ofTaurus! I turned 80 this late May) I have usually considered myself ajack of all trades, master of none. I don't know a lot about any onething (not a specialist), but a little about most things and if Idon't I know where to go...Google it!
For a couple of years now, I have beenworking on family history/ancestry/family tree/genealogy kinda ofthing. By the way, when your financial services ask for your mother'smaiden name, ask for a different question (ex.: first pet's name) asit is way too easy to find out your mother's maiden name!
Genealogy can be fun and frustratingall at the same time, starting with a name. Why do parents name theirchildren such formal names and then end up calling them by theirnicknames? As for the last name, it gets harder to find outancestors, especially if they name their offspring by the same nameas theirs. George Foreman for example, he has sons, Jr. III, IV, V,with nicknames of Big Wheel, Red and Little Joey. Two of hisdaughters have a middle name of George and one name Georgetta. But Idigress.
Being of Latin, Spanish, Mexican(whatever) ancestors, it gets very difficult. One of my extendedfamily ancestors had the surname (last) name of "de la Cruz". Hadto look it up that way, then "dela Cruz" and finally, "Cruz".It gets even more complicated, but don't let me turn you off to allthis, when I find some legal documents like certificates of birth,baptism, marriage, death, etc. it can be quite rewarding, I usuallyshout out 'EUREKA'! Those documents might have important dates,parents names and locations. When I find out something, I feel like adetective who just found out a clue to my next discovery. That isrewarding to me. I have hit a dead end in my own direct lineage onlybeing able to go back to my great grandmother who was born in AZTerritory. However, a family tree can be huge, with many branches. Mywife started to track her relatives, but she soon passed away afterstarting. So for our son and granddaughter's sake, I began lookingher family up. I got as far back as one of her ancestors arriving inNorth America in 1620, no, not the Mayflower, but the shipafterwards. Those family members later migrated up to Nova Scotia andtheir records were published in a local newspaper. An editorcollected all that info and published a book about that familybranch. I found this obscure book in a Family Center of the Church ofthe LDS. Not a member, just go there to do research on theircomputers which has a free account to Ancestry, My Heritage andseveral other genealogical web sites. Anyway, my wife's family can betraced back to Fowry, England where I glanced at many records there.Some day, I may dive into that family branch, but in the meantime, Ido have other hobbies to pursue: Recently joined a coin/currencyclub. Working in Reno casinos, I was fortunate enough to collect asmall treasure of Morgan Silver Dollars including one minted inCarson City, other silver coins and tokens. In addition, a great manyolder amount of bills like silver certificates, others with red andeven brown seals, an error $1 bill that was double stamped on theback with the front image. From WWII bills stamped with "HAWAII"both front and back which was to prevent the Japanese from floodingthe market with counterfeit currency. Recently ran into a man who wasgiving out $100 bills, as a joke, that looked almost real, but hadBank of China on it. I guess we all collect different things. Howabout 1st editions of magazines? Sports Illustratedpremier issue from the 1950's I bought for 25 cents. I have seenoffers as high as $300, but I am saving for my son and g'daughter. Ithink the thrill is in the collecting for me, rather than rewardingmyself financially. Another hobby of mine, might be reading,collecting trivia. Remember knowledge is power!
So what hobbies do you have? ...andyes, I do have a small collection of a dozen firearms.
Street rods
Callaway corvette with tricked out S/C LS3 and
1936 chevy coupe 383/700R4


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Jul 18, 2022
Long Island
Shooting, Fishing and fast cars. One of my hobbies is now out of the game and on the bench. I recently blew up my Vettes transmission and the gearbox is now on its long journey to Texas for a complete rebuild.
Leaves more time for the other two but less cash to do them as I'd like to. Just can't win.