Midwest X1/9 Open House, on a wing and a prayer. DL Warn!

Midwest X1/9 Open House, on a wing and a prayer. DL Warn!

Joined: December 31st, 2006, 9:00 pm

May 21st, 2008, 1:58 am #1

Here is part 2 of photos from Matt Brannon's Midwest Open house party last weekend, but first, a little history.
I bought Thomas's blue X, BB-4RE last winter, and he held it for me until I could collect it this Spring. Since
there was an open house party going on, I thought I'd coordinate the time so I could attend & meet some folks at
the same time. Thomas was kind enough to allow that, so that's what I did.

I bought a 1-way ticket from New Hampshire to Columbus, OH. About 700 miles. (That was the wing. The prayer follows!)

Thomas informed me prior to the sale that the throw-out bearing behind the clutch was bad, so my plan was to pull
the transmission when I got there and replace the bearing. I was prepared for the task.

Here's a photo of turning an OH car into a NH car....


When I got there, the blue X was waiting for me. Thomas & I barely got it to Matt's place and I began working on
it right away. Friday PM was spent taking it apart & Saturday was spent putting it back together again.
Along with a bad clutch bearing was also a bad clutch assembly. This is a photo of what was left of the clutch
pressure plate... Notice anything in peculiar?



So while I was in there, I changed out the flywheel to a lightened (and balanced) one, put in a new clutch for
good measure and finished the assembly. And not a moment too soon, as Matt and Marnie needed the space for tables.

And so it was. And I want to publicly thank Matt and Marnie for everything they did, and especially Matt for
lending a hand (and some badly needed parts) to finish the job. I guess when you get nearly as old as Tony Natoli,
your shoulders give out and you have to get help at times. Ha! But seriously, I appreciate beyond words Matt
opening up his workspace and the use of all his tools to allow me to do this. There are few folks in our lifetime
we'd meet that would do this.

My 700 mile trip home was relatively uneventful. Only 1 rest into a traffic jam where the engine got a little too
hot, so I pulled over for 15 minutes to let things cool down, and got back on my way. I had daylight all the way.
(barely!) But a success story is a good story, for me anyway. Prayer answered!

So, on with the photos...

I'll start with dinner, though I only have 1 picture to show. We were waiting for tables (and the rest of the
party) so Matt treated us to a couple drinks. Here you see their son fitting in comfortably with the group. And
yes, that's root beer!



After the dinner, I made my way back to the Hotel (about 3 miles) with NO HEADLIGHTS. Fun-Fun-Fun! Lots of
reminders... The morning of the show, I wired in a set of insertable headlight mods to get lights working
directly off the battery. Missed some socializing with the group, but got through it.

Here's Thomas & Eric...


Bob G, Jim D, Thomas B...


It will take me too long to post all the names with the photos, so I'll go light with the intros... Enjoy the show.

Jim D, and (?)


Bob, Marnie, Eric


Chow down!


Matt showing some old prints


Now on to the cars...












This is a BEAUTIFUL red...




Thomas B. taking some final looks...


Bob (?)


Bob G.




Can you tell by this photo that this is a SERIOUS X1/9 shop?








It's Dayton Tom and (?) (sorry for lack of name!)


Matt enjoying a brew...


One of Matt's racers


Dallara!












Hope you've enjoyed the show. Until next year!

Bob Brown
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Joined: August 6th, 2005, 6:03 pm

May 21st, 2008, 2:39 am #2


You don't think that lightened race cltutch would have made it home, eh?



From the glass lined tanks of old Bertone

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Joined: November 21st, 2007, 2:40 am

May 21st, 2008, 2:42 am #3

Here is part 2 of photos from Matt Brannon's Midwest Open house party last weekend, but first, a little history.
I bought Thomas's blue X, BB-4RE last winter, and he held it for me until I could collect it this Spring. Since
there was an open house party going on, I thought I'd coordinate the time so I could attend & meet some folks at
the same time. Thomas was kind enough to allow that, so that's what I did.

I bought a 1-way ticket from New Hampshire to Columbus, OH. About 700 miles. (That was the wing. The prayer follows!)

Thomas informed me prior to the sale that the throw-out bearing behind the clutch was bad, so my plan was to pull
the transmission when I got there and replace the bearing. I was prepared for the task.

Here's a photo of turning an OH car into a NH car....


When I got there, the blue X was waiting for me. Thomas & I barely got it to Matt's place and I began working on
it right away. Friday PM was spent taking it apart & Saturday was spent putting it back together again.
Along with a bad clutch bearing was also a bad clutch assembly. This is a photo of what was left of the clutch
pressure plate... Notice anything in peculiar?



So while I was in there, I changed out the flywheel to a lightened (and balanced) one, put in a new clutch for
good measure and finished the assembly. And not a moment too soon, as Matt and Marnie needed the space for tables.

And so it was. And I want to publicly thank Matt and Marnie for everything they did, and especially Matt for
lending a hand (and some badly needed parts) to finish the job. I guess when you get nearly as old as Tony Natoli,
your shoulders give out and you have to get help at times. Ha! But seriously, I appreciate beyond words Matt
opening up his workspace and the use of all his tools to allow me to do this. There are few folks in our lifetime
we'd meet that would do this.

My 700 mile trip home was relatively uneventful. Only 1 rest into a traffic jam where the engine got a little too
hot, so I pulled over for 15 minutes to let things cool down, and got back on my way. I had daylight all the way.
(barely!) But a success story is a good story, for me anyway. Prayer answered!

So, on with the photos...

I'll start with dinner, though I only have 1 picture to show. We were waiting for tables (and the rest of the
party) so Matt treated us to a couple drinks. Here you see their son fitting in comfortably with the group. And
yes, that's root beer!



After the dinner, I made my way back to the Hotel (about 3 miles) with NO HEADLIGHTS. Fun-Fun-Fun! Lots of
reminders... The morning of the show, I wired in a set of insertable headlight mods to get lights working
directly off the battery. Missed some socializing with the group, but got through it.

Here's Thomas & Eric...


Bob G, Jim D, Thomas B...


It will take me too long to post all the names with the photos, so I'll go light with the intros... Enjoy the show.

Jim D, and (?)


Bob, Marnie, Eric


Chow down!


Matt showing some old prints


Now on to the cars...












This is a BEAUTIFUL red...




Thomas B. taking some final looks...


Bob (?)


Bob G.




Can you tell by this photo that this is a SERIOUS X1/9 shop?








It's Dayton Tom and (?) (sorry for lack of name!)


Matt enjoying a brew...


One of Matt's racers


Dallara!












Hope you've enjoyed the show. Until next year!

Bob Brown
the BLUE Club!

Great to see some names and faces. This virtual thing is getting more and more real all the time.

RMMJ
1986 Bertone X1/9 a.k.a BlueTooth
www.socalx.com
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Joined: September 25th, 2004, 5:43 am

May 21st, 2008, 3:31 am #4

Here is part 2 of photos from Matt Brannon's Midwest Open house party last weekend, but first, a little history.
I bought Thomas's blue X, BB-4RE last winter, and he held it for me until I could collect it this Spring. Since
there was an open house party going on, I thought I'd coordinate the time so I could attend & meet some folks at
the same time. Thomas was kind enough to allow that, so that's what I did.

I bought a 1-way ticket from New Hampshire to Columbus, OH. About 700 miles. (That was the wing. The prayer follows!)

Thomas informed me prior to the sale that the throw-out bearing behind the clutch was bad, so my plan was to pull
the transmission when I got there and replace the bearing. I was prepared for the task.

Here's a photo of turning an OH car into a NH car....


When I got there, the blue X was waiting for me. Thomas & I barely got it to Matt's place and I began working on
it right away. Friday PM was spent taking it apart & Saturday was spent putting it back together again.
Along with a bad clutch bearing was also a bad clutch assembly. This is a photo of what was left of the clutch
pressure plate... Notice anything in peculiar?



So while I was in there, I changed out the flywheel to a lightened (and balanced) one, put in a new clutch for
good measure and finished the assembly. And not a moment too soon, as Matt and Marnie needed the space for tables.

And so it was. And I want to publicly thank Matt and Marnie for everything they did, and especially Matt for
lending a hand (and some badly needed parts) to finish the job. I guess when you get nearly as old as Tony Natoli,
your shoulders give out and you have to get help at times. Ha! But seriously, I appreciate beyond words Matt
opening up his workspace and the use of all his tools to allow me to do this. There are few folks in our lifetime
we'd meet that would do this.

My 700 mile trip home was relatively uneventful. Only 1 rest into a traffic jam where the engine got a little too
hot, so I pulled over for 15 minutes to let things cool down, and got back on my way. I had daylight all the way.
(barely!) But a success story is a good story, for me anyway. Prayer answered!

So, on with the photos...

I'll start with dinner, though I only have 1 picture to show. We were waiting for tables (and the rest of the
party) so Matt treated us to a couple drinks. Here you see their son fitting in comfortably with the group. And
yes, that's root beer!



After the dinner, I made my way back to the Hotel (about 3 miles) with NO HEADLIGHTS. Fun-Fun-Fun! Lots of
reminders... The morning of the show, I wired in a set of insertable headlight mods to get lights working
directly off the battery. Missed some socializing with the group, but got through it.

Here's Thomas & Eric...


Bob G, Jim D, Thomas B...


It will take me too long to post all the names with the photos, so I'll go light with the intros... Enjoy the show.

Jim D, and (?)


Bob, Marnie, Eric


Chow down!


Matt showing some old prints


Now on to the cars...












This is a BEAUTIFUL red...




Thomas B. taking some final looks...


Bob (?)


Bob G.




Can you tell by this photo that this is a SERIOUS X1/9 shop?








It's Dayton Tom and (?) (sorry for lack of name!)


Matt enjoying a brew...


One of Matt's racers


Dallara!












Hope you've enjoyed the show. Until next year!

Bob Brown
So exactly how many cameras were you using Bob?!?!?!

Great pics. You can really see the difference in the quality of your camera and my old HP point and shoot digital.

More names to faces:

This picture from left to right: JimD(me), Cari and Jim Vota


This is Bob Martin in his VERY BLUE X.


Bob Grasch in his red X.


Matt and Marnie are wonderful hosts and I am already looking forward to next year.

jd


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Joined: June 17th, 2005, 11:39 pm

May 21st, 2008, 4:20 am #5

Here is part 2 of photos from Matt Brannon's Midwest Open house party last weekend, but first, a little history.
I bought Thomas's blue X, BB-4RE last winter, and he held it for me until I could collect it this Spring. Since
there was an open house party going on, I thought I'd coordinate the time so I could attend & meet some folks at
the same time. Thomas was kind enough to allow that, so that's what I did.

I bought a 1-way ticket from New Hampshire to Columbus, OH. About 700 miles. (That was the wing. The prayer follows!)

Thomas informed me prior to the sale that the throw-out bearing behind the clutch was bad, so my plan was to pull
the transmission when I got there and replace the bearing. I was prepared for the task.

Here's a photo of turning an OH car into a NH car....


When I got there, the blue X was waiting for me. Thomas & I barely got it to Matt's place and I began working on
it right away. Friday PM was spent taking it apart & Saturday was spent putting it back together again.
Along with a bad clutch bearing was also a bad clutch assembly. This is a photo of what was left of the clutch
pressure plate... Notice anything in peculiar?



So while I was in there, I changed out the flywheel to a lightened (and balanced) one, put in a new clutch for
good measure and finished the assembly. And not a moment too soon, as Matt and Marnie needed the space for tables.

And so it was. And I want to publicly thank Matt and Marnie for everything they did, and especially Matt for
lending a hand (and some badly needed parts) to finish the job. I guess when you get nearly as old as Tony Natoli,
your shoulders give out and you have to get help at times. Ha! But seriously, I appreciate beyond words Matt
opening up his workspace and the use of all his tools to allow me to do this. There are few folks in our lifetime
we'd meet that would do this.

My 700 mile trip home was relatively uneventful. Only 1 rest into a traffic jam where the engine got a little too
hot, so I pulled over for 15 minutes to let things cool down, and got back on my way. I had daylight all the way.
(barely!) But a success story is a good story, for me anyway. Prayer answered!

So, on with the photos...

I'll start with dinner, though I only have 1 picture to show. We were waiting for tables (and the rest of the
party) so Matt treated us to a couple drinks. Here you see their son fitting in comfortably with the group. And
yes, that's root beer!



After the dinner, I made my way back to the Hotel (about 3 miles) with NO HEADLIGHTS. Fun-Fun-Fun! Lots of
reminders... The morning of the show, I wired in a set of insertable headlight mods to get lights working
directly off the battery. Missed some socializing with the group, but got through it.

Here's Thomas & Eric...


Bob G, Jim D, Thomas B...


It will take me too long to post all the names with the photos, so I'll go light with the intros... Enjoy the show.

Jim D, and (?)


Bob, Marnie, Eric


Chow down!


Matt showing some old prints


Now on to the cars...












This is a BEAUTIFUL red...




Thomas B. taking some final looks...


Bob (?)


Bob G.




Can you tell by this photo that this is a SERIOUS X1/9 shop?








It's Dayton Tom and (?) (sorry for lack of name!)


Matt enjoying a brew...


One of Matt's racers


Dallara!












Hope you've enjoyed the show. Until next year!

Bob Brown
And glad you made it back safe and sound.

So, how did the car perform..?



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1982 Fiat X-1/9 (the pee'd off bumble bee) Soon to be Turbo'd

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Joined: December 21st, 2004, 3:04 am

May 21st, 2008, 8:56 am #6

Here is part 2 of photos from Matt Brannon's Midwest Open house party last weekend, but first, a little history.
I bought Thomas's blue X, BB-4RE last winter, and he held it for me until I could collect it this Spring. Since
there was an open house party going on, I thought I'd coordinate the time so I could attend & meet some folks at
the same time. Thomas was kind enough to allow that, so that's what I did.

I bought a 1-way ticket from New Hampshire to Columbus, OH. About 700 miles. (That was the wing. The prayer follows!)

Thomas informed me prior to the sale that the throw-out bearing behind the clutch was bad, so my plan was to pull
the transmission when I got there and replace the bearing. I was prepared for the task.

Here's a photo of turning an OH car into a NH car....


When I got there, the blue X was waiting for me. Thomas & I barely got it to Matt's place and I began working on
it right away. Friday PM was spent taking it apart & Saturday was spent putting it back together again.
Along with a bad clutch bearing was also a bad clutch assembly. This is a photo of what was left of the clutch
pressure plate... Notice anything in peculiar?



So while I was in there, I changed out the flywheel to a lightened (and balanced) one, put in a new clutch for
good measure and finished the assembly. And not a moment too soon, as Matt and Marnie needed the space for tables.

And so it was. And I want to publicly thank Matt and Marnie for everything they did, and especially Matt for
lending a hand (and some badly needed parts) to finish the job. I guess when you get nearly as old as Tony Natoli,
your shoulders give out and you have to get help at times. Ha! But seriously, I appreciate beyond words Matt
opening up his workspace and the use of all his tools to allow me to do this. There are few folks in our lifetime
we'd meet that would do this.

My 700 mile trip home was relatively uneventful. Only 1 rest into a traffic jam where the engine got a little too
hot, so I pulled over for 15 minutes to let things cool down, and got back on my way. I had daylight all the way.
(barely!) But a success story is a good story, for me anyway. Prayer answered!

So, on with the photos...

I'll start with dinner, though I only have 1 picture to show. We were waiting for tables (and the rest of the
party) so Matt treated us to a couple drinks. Here you see their son fitting in comfortably with the group. And
yes, that's root beer!



After the dinner, I made my way back to the Hotel (about 3 miles) with NO HEADLIGHTS. Fun-Fun-Fun! Lots of
reminders... The morning of the show, I wired in a set of insertable headlight mods to get lights working
directly off the battery. Missed some socializing with the group, but got through it.

Here's Thomas & Eric...


Bob G, Jim D, Thomas B...


It will take me too long to post all the names with the photos, so I'll go light with the intros... Enjoy the show.

Jim D, and (?)


Bob, Marnie, Eric


Chow down!


Matt showing some old prints


Now on to the cars...












This is a BEAUTIFUL red...




Thomas B. taking some final looks...


Bob (?)


Bob G.




Can you tell by this photo that this is a SERIOUS X1/9 shop?








It's Dayton Tom and (?) (sorry for lack of name!)


Matt enjoying a brew...


One of Matt's racers


Dallara!












Hope you've enjoyed the show. Until next year!

Bob Brown
My best,



Tony
Black Tooth and me... since 1983!
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JimV
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May 21st, 2008, 12:06 pm #7

Here is part 2 of photos from Matt Brannon's Midwest Open house party last weekend, but first, a little history.
I bought Thomas's blue X, BB-4RE last winter, and he held it for me until I could collect it this Spring. Since
there was an open house party going on, I thought I'd coordinate the time so I could attend & meet some folks at
the same time. Thomas was kind enough to allow that, so that's what I did.

I bought a 1-way ticket from New Hampshire to Columbus, OH. About 700 miles. (That was the wing. The prayer follows!)

Thomas informed me prior to the sale that the throw-out bearing behind the clutch was bad, so my plan was to pull
the transmission when I got there and replace the bearing. I was prepared for the task.

Here's a photo of turning an OH car into a NH car....


When I got there, the blue X was waiting for me. Thomas & I barely got it to Matt's place and I began working on
it right away. Friday PM was spent taking it apart & Saturday was spent putting it back together again.
Along with a bad clutch bearing was also a bad clutch assembly. This is a photo of what was left of the clutch
pressure plate... Notice anything in peculiar?



So while I was in there, I changed out the flywheel to a lightened (and balanced) one, put in a new clutch for
good measure and finished the assembly. And not a moment too soon, as Matt and Marnie needed the space for tables.

And so it was. And I want to publicly thank Matt and Marnie for everything they did, and especially Matt for
lending a hand (and some badly needed parts) to finish the job. I guess when you get nearly as old as Tony Natoli,
your shoulders give out and you have to get help at times. Ha! But seriously, I appreciate beyond words Matt
opening up his workspace and the use of all his tools to allow me to do this. There are few folks in our lifetime
we'd meet that would do this.

My 700 mile trip home was relatively uneventful. Only 1 rest into a traffic jam where the engine got a little too
hot, so I pulled over for 15 minutes to let things cool down, and got back on my way. I had daylight all the way.
(barely!) But a success story is a good story, for me anyway. Prayer answered!

So, on with the photos...

I'll start with dinner, though I only have 1 picture to show. We were waiting for tables (and the rest of the
party) so Matt treated us to a couple drinks. Here you see their son fitting in comfortably with the group. And
yes, that's root beer!



After the dinner, I made my way back to the Hotel (about 3 miles) with NO HEADLIGHTS. Fun-Fun-Fun! Lots of
reminders... The morning of the show, I wired in a set of insertable headlight mods to get lights working
directly off the battery. Missed some socializing with the group, but got through it.

Here's Thomas & Eric...


Bob G, Jim D, Thomas B...


It will take me too long to post all the names with the photos, so I'll go light with the intros... Enjoy the show.

Jim D, and (?)


Bob, Marnie, Eric


Chow down!


Matt showing some old prints


Now on to the cars...












This is a BEAUTIFUL red...




Thomas B. taking some final looks...


Bob (?)


Bob G.




Can you tell by this photo that this is a SERIOUS X1/9 shop?








It's Dayton Tom and (?) (sorry for lack of name!)


Matt enjoying a brew...


One of Matt's racers


Dallara!












Hope you've enjoyed the show. Until next year!

Bob Brown
Bob - It was great to get to meet you. How full was your car when you left? I'm always amazed at the amount that can be packed into one of the little cars.

JimV
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Joined: August 7th, 2006, 3:12 pm

May 21st, 2008, 12:26 pm #8

Here is part 2 of photos from Matt Brannon's Midwest Open house party last weekend, but first, a little history.
I bought Thomas's blue X, BB-4RE last winter, and he held it for me until I could collect it this Spring. Since
there was an open house party going on, I thought I'd coordinate the time so I could attend & meet some folks at
the same time. Thomas was kind enough to allow that, so that's what I did.

I bought a 1-way ticket from New Hampshire to Columbus, OH. About 700 miles. (That was the wing. The prayer follows!)

Thomas informed me prior to the sale that the throw-out bearing behind the clutch was bad, so my plan was to pull
the transmission when I got there and replace the bearing. I was prepared for the task.

Here's a photo of turning an OH car into a NH car....


When I got there, the blue X was waiting for me. Thomas & I barely got it to Matt's place and I began working on
it right away. Friday PM was spent taking it apart & Saturday was spent putting it back together again.
Along with a bad clutch bearing was also a bad clutch assembly. This is a photo of what was left of the clutch
pressure plate... Notice anything in peculiar?



So while I was in there, I changed out the flywheel to a lightened (and balanced) one, put in a new clutch for
good measure and finished the assembly. And not a moment too soon, as Matt and Marnie needed the space for tables.

And so it was. And I want to publicly thank Matt and Marnie for everything they did, and especially Matt for
lending a hand (and some badly needed parts) to finish the job. I guess when you get nearly as old as Tony Natoli,
your shoulders give out and you have to get help at times. Ha! But seriously, I appreciate beyond words Matt
opening up his workspace and the use of all his tools to allow me to do this. There are few folks in our lifetime
we'd meet that would do this.

My 700 mile trip home was relatively uneventful. Only 1 rest into a traffic jam where the engine got a little too
hot, so I pulled over for 15 minutes to let things cool down, and got back on my way. I had daylight all the way.
(barely!) But a success story is a good story, for me anyway. Prayer answered!

So, on with the photos...

I'll start with dinner, though I only have 1 picture to show. We were waiting for tables (and the rest of the
party) so Matt treated us to a couple drinks. Here you see their son fitting in comfortably with the group. And
yes, that's root beer!



After the dinner, I made my way back to the Hotel (about 3 miles) with NO HEADLIGHTS. Fun-Fun-Fun! Lots of
reminders... The morning of the show, I wired in a set of insertable headlight mods to get lights working
directly off the battery. Missed some socializing with the group, but got through it.

Here's Thomas & Eric...


Bob G, Jim D, Thomas B...


It will take me too long to post all the names with the photos, so I'll go light with the intros... Enjoy the show.

Jim D, and (?)


Bob, Marnie, Eric


Chow down!


Matt showing some old prints


Now on to the cars...












This is a BEAUTIFUL red...




Thomas B. taking some final looks...


Bob (?)


Bob G.




Can you tell by this photo that this is a SERIOUS X1/9 shop?








It's Dayton Tom and (?) (sorry for lack of name!)


Matt enjoying a brew...


One of Matt's racers


Dallara!












Hope you've enjoyed the show. Until next year!

Bob Brown
^^

Jim W. (in the Northeast)
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Joined: January 25th, 2005, 3:33 pm

May 21st, 2008, 1:29 pm #9

Here is part 2 of photos from Matt Brannon's Midwest Open house party last weekend, but first, a little history.
I bought Thomas's blue X, BB-4RE last winter, and he held it for me until I could collect it this Spring. Since
there was an open house party going on, I thought I'd coordinate the time so I could attend & meet some folks at
the same time. Thomas was kind enough to allow that, so that's what I did.

I bought a 1-way ticket from New Hampshire to Columbus, OH. About 700 miles. (That was the wing. The prayer follows!)

Thomas informed me prior to the sale that the throw-out bearing behind the clutch was bad, so my plan was to pull
the transmission when I got there and replace the bearing. I was prepared for the task.

Here's a photo of turning an OH car into a NH car....


When I got there, the blue X was waiting for me. Thomas & I barely got it to Matt's place and I began working on
it right away. Friday PM was spent taking it apart & Saturday was spent putting it back together again.
Along with a bad clutch bearing was also a bad clutch assembly. This is a photo of what was left of the clutch
pressure plate... Notice anything in peculiar?



So while I was in there, I changed out the flywheel to a lightened (and balanced) one, put in a new clutch for
good measure and finished the assembly. And not a moment too soon, as Matt and Marnie needed the space for tables.

And so it was. And I want to publicly thank Matt and Marnie for everything they did, and especially Matt for
lending a hand (and some badly needed parts) to finish the job. I guess when you get nearly as old as Tony Natoli,
your shoulders give out and you have to get help at times. Ha! But seriously, I appreciate beyond words Matt
opening up his workspace and the use of all his tools to allow me to do this. There are few folks in our lifetime
we'd meet that would do this.

My 700 mile trip home was relatively uneventful. Only 1 rest into a traffic jam where the engine got a little too
hot, so I pulled over for 15 minutes to let things cool down, and got back on my way. I had daylight all the way.
(barely!) But a success story is a good story, for me anyway. Prayer answered!

So, on with the photos...

I'll start with dinner, though I only have 1 picture to show. We were waiting for tables (and the rest of the
party) so Matt treated us to a couple drinks. Here you see their son fitting in comfortably with the group. And
yes, that's root beer!



After the dinner, I made my way back to the Hotel (about 3 miles) with NO HEADLIGHTS. Fun-Fun-Fun! Lots of
reminders... The morning of the show, I wired in a set of insertable headlight mods to get lights working
directly off the battery. Missed some socializing with the group, but got through it.

Here's Thomas & Eric...


Bob G, Jim D, Thomas B...


It will take me too long to post all the names with the photos, so I'll go light with the intros... Enjoy the show.

Jim D, and (?)


Bob, Marnie, Eric


Chow down!


Matt showing some old prints


Now on to the cars...












This is a BEAUTIFUL red...




Thomas B. taking some final looks...


Bob (?)


Bob G.




Can you tell by this photo that this is a SERIOUS X1/9 shop?








It's Dayton Tom and (?) (sorry for lack of name!)


Matt enjoying a brew...


One of Matt's racers


Dallara!












Hope you've enjoyed the show. Until next year!

Bob Brown
What a car load! 4 wheels, 2 with tires, full replacement dash.. just for starters!



Dayton Tom
1974 X1/9

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Joe Forlizzi
Joe Forlizzi

May 21st, 2008, 1:32 pm #10

Here is part 2 of photos from Matt Brannon's Midwest Open house party last weekend, but first, a little history.
I bought Thomas's blue X, BB-4RE last winter, and he held it for me until I could collect it this Spring. Since
there was an open house party going on, I thought I'd coordinate the time so I could attend & meet some folks at
the same time. Thomas was kind enough to allow that, so that's what I did.

I bought a 1-way ticket from New Hampshire to Columbus, OH. About 700 miles. (That was the wing. The prayer follows!)

Thomas informed me prior to the sale that the throw-out bearing behind the clutch was bad, so my plan was to pull
the transmission when I got there and replace the bearing. I was prepared for the task.

Here's a photo of turning an OH car into a NH car....


When I got there, the blue X was waiting for me. Thomas & I barely got it to Matt's place and I began working on
it right away. Friday PM was spent taking it apart & Saturday was spent putting it back together again.
Along with a bad clutch bearing was also a bad clutch assembly. This is a photo of what was left of the clutch
pressure plate... Notice anything in peculiar?



So while I was in there, I changed out the flywheel to a lightened (and balanced) one, put in a new clutch for
good measure and finished the assembly. And not a moment too soon, as Matt and Marnie needed the space for tables.

And so it was. And I want to publicly thank Matt and Marnie for everything they did, and especially Matt for
lending a hand (and some badly needed parts) to finish the job. I guess when you get nearly as old as Tony Natoli,
your shoulders give out and you have to get help at times. Ha! But seriously, I appreciate beyond words Matt
opening up his workspace and the use of all his tools to allow me to do this. There are few folks in our lifetime
we'd meet that would do this.

My 700 mile trip home was relatively uneventful. Only 1 rest into a traffic jam where the engine got a little too
hot, so I pulled over for 15 minutes to let things cool down, and got back on my way. I had daylight all the way.
(barely!) But a success story is a good story, for me anyway. Prayer answered!

So, on with the photos...

I'll start with dinner, though I only have 1 picture to show. We were waiting for tables (and the rest of the
party) so Matt treated us to a couple drinks. Here you see their son fitting in comfortably with the group. And
yes, that's root beer!



After the dinner, I made my way back to the Hotel (about 3 miles) with NO HEADLIGHTS. Fun-Fun-Fun! Lots of
reminders... The morning of the show, I wired in a set of insertable headlight mods to get lights working
directly off the battery. Missed some socializing with the group, but got through it.

Here's Thomas & Eric...


Bob G, Jim D, Thomas B...


It will take me too long to post all the names with the photos, so I'll go light with the intros... Enjoy the show.

Jim D, and (?)


Bob, Marnie, Eric


Chow down!


Matt showing some old prints


Now on to the cars...












This is a BEAUTIFUL red...




Thomas B. taking some final looks...


Bob (?)


Bob G.




Can you tell by this photo that this is a SERIOUS X1/9 shop?








It's Dayton Tom and (?) (sorry for lack of name!)


Matt enjoying a brew...


One of Matt's racers


Dallara!












Hope you've enjoyed the show. Until next year!

Bob Brown
And thanks for adding another blue X to the ranks here in New England.

It sure looked like fun. I wish I could have been a fly on the wall when the beers broke out!

Joe F
87 Bert
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