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Damn Skippy, we aren't going through this shit again!
You're killin it, Buck! Good work, friend.
Right now GG is back up! Changes are still coming for both this site, and GG though once I get things figured out tomorrow.

While Rusty always handled everything complicated in the past, with him AWOL, I have no choice but to try and muddle through. As it turns out, I think I have the same admin rights as Rusty to change both this site and GG. I did a lot of reading and nosing around in the Admin section tonight, but did not find anything to get GG back up and running. As it turns out this site needs to be updated to the newest available software package too. Tomorrow I will get on the horn with a person and hopefully get some assistance to get GG back up and running and get both sites upgraded to the newest versions as suggested so that both sites will run optimally.

So don't write this site off for sure, and hopefully the GG as well. Hopefully I will have good news to report at some point tomorrow.

GENERAL DISCUSSION TO INCLUDE OFF TOPIC / Re: Guys -- we're in trouble --
« Last post by OldCarGuy on February 21, 2024, 07:23:28 PM »
Have to wonder why Rusty doesn't have a backup party to fill in when he's not available. The good news is that the domain name is active and not for sale. Must be the servers are not working.

In any event I would like to hear from Uncle Buck... That's the purpose that signed in.
« Last post by goodfellow on February 21, 2024, 06:08:10 PM »
This is a notice to all the members here that we may have a HUGE issue with the continued existence of this web forum. Let me explain --

The MG sister site (the GG) went silent a few days ago. Since then no one has been able to get in touch with the owner of the site (Rusty). Rusty is the only one who has the login information and administration privileges to work on the system level of the software. We don't even know where the simplemachines software for this and the GG website is hosted. 

Uncle Buck and some others have administration privileges for managing users and for housekeeping chores, but for true configuration, updates, and trouble shooting, you need access to the hosting system at the web service provider. None of us have that privilege. 

Bottom line -- we don't know what happened to Rusty, and when the "light bill" comes due for the MG, this place may be shut down rather abruptly.
If anyone knows where Rusty is, or has been in touch with him recently please send Uncle Buck a PM and we will try to get things handled. That said, if Rusty has truly "left the building" as far as GG and MG management is concerned, then all of you should prepare to make copies of your important posts and contacts, and prepare for a shutdown that could happen at any moment.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but what happened to the GG may also happen rather quickly over here.

Wish you all the best;


GENERAL DISCUSSION TO INCLUDE OFF TOPIC / Re: Garage Gazette news and info --
« Last post by 34_40 on February 21, 2024, 04:20:42 PM »
This side is pretty slow - so- I think we'd love to see what you have to say!
GENERAL DISCUSSION TO INCLUDE OFF TOPIC / Garage Gazette news and info --
« Last post by goodfellow on February 21, 2024, 08:36:51 AM »
Well it looks like the GG crashed again and we can't get in touch with Rusty. Since several GG folks are also MG members, we hope you guys won't mind if we use this thread to exchange info and try to the get the GG back on the rails.

Many thanks!

Gunsmithing/Knifemaking / Re: Searching
« Last post by jpigg55 on February 21, 2024, 12:05:17 AM »
Years ago I drove down and bought a cannon barrel from Dixie Gun Works. While I was there I saw the reproduction 45-70 Gatling guns they had for sale. They were gorgeous looking and totally legal to buy, wish I could have afforded one. Not sure if they still sell them or if it's still legal, but at the time they were classified as antique firearms with no restrictions to own.
Gunsmithing/Knifemaking / Re: Harbor Freight Gun Safe
« Last post by Uncle Buck on February 20, 2024, 09:05:32 PM »
Some years ago I bought a cheapie cabinet like that with the primary intention of keeping my kids from easy access to my pistols and long guns if by some chance one should go off the beam in my absence and try to get at my weapons. 

I too would have preferred a high quality gun safe, but $ dictated my purpose. I took mine in my bedroom and installed it in a corner of the clothes closet. I used insanely heavy and long lag screws with several fender washers stacked under each lag and screwed one in each corner of the bottom of the box going into the hardwood floor and 4-6 in the back side of the cabinet, top, middle and bottom in the same way into wood cleats between the back of the cabinet and the wall surface.  I filled the open areas between the wood cleats with wood filler strips to close the open gaps and making prying the cabinet front the wall which would make prying the box away from the wall quite difficult.

Even prying the locking door open would take some work since the dimensions of the closet are quite small and would not allow for the use of long prybars to pry the door open.

After that installation it vastly improved the integrity of the cheap cabinet. I totally get it is still a cheap and chincy cabinet, but it did make it much more secure and not easily defeated or violated cabinet.
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