Please see the M38 Gallery.

The M38 was bought almost 15 years ago, but serious restoration work began in November 2013. The 1951 vehicle, which had been rear-ended, had the entire rear-half of the body cut off, and heavy steel diamond plate welded in its place. The original semi-gloss olive drab paint was covered in white, brown, yellow and light blue paint.

Brittany found an M38 body on ebay for a fantastic price (after I mentioned I missed one at three times the price-and we would never find another). The new body can be seen in the gallery; it was painted green, purple, and black, with very thick layers of bondo. The front half of the new body was in very poor shape, so we cut the two bodies in half, and welded together the best of both. Paint and bondo were painfully removed with wire brush and angle grinder. Matthew did all the serious mechanical work, while I did electrical and body work.

The tranny was rebuilt, radiator flushed, and brakes rebuilt. In order to get one of the brake hubs off, Matthew had a gear puller engaged for 25 minutes with a propane torch blasting the hub. (About 3 gear pullers were destroyed....Habor Freight).

The best summary of the vehicle is:

Originally 24V, the electrical was long ago converted to 12V. The alternator appears to be from a Ford tractor (replaced summer 2014). All wires except ignition were replaced during the restoration, and a fuse box was added (!). All lights are new, and the badly corroded front blackout lights were retrofitted with new 12V sockets.

As of Junuary 2014, the M38 runs fine (a little rod knock), is street legal, and regularly used on and off road.

Sage Conditions

  • Local Time: Fri Aug 23 4:04 PDT
  • Today's Sunrise: 06:21
  • Today's Sunset: 19:35
  • Today's Moonrise: NO RISE
  • Today's Moonset: 13:46
  • The Moon is UP
  • Moon age: 22 days
  • Moon phase: Third Quarter
  • Next new moon: 8/30/19 3:38 PDT
  • Illuminated fraction: 51.7%
  • Moon Distance: 388514 km
    measured from center of earth
  • Astro. Dawn: 04:52 - 06:21
  • Astro. Dusk: 19:35 - 21:05
  • Outside Temp:
  • Inside Temp:
  • Obs Out. Temp: 57.8 °F
  • Obs In. Temp: 49.6 °F
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A weather page for this location is at Weather Underground

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Cabin & Observatory Info

Information is here on cold weather water startup, cold weather water shutdown, and playing movies on the computer upstairs.

A GPL raytrace program, for telescope design is available here: raytrace.tgz.

The philosophy behind an observatory design is documented here.

Andrew's site is here and blog is here . Angels and Ministers of Grace, defend us!


NGC 1499: The California Nebula

Drifting through the Orion Arm of the spiral Milky Way Galaxy, Drifting through the Orion Arm of the spiral Milky Way Galaxy,

Nearby Spiral Galaxy NGC 4945

Large spiral galaxy NGC 4945 is seen Large spiral galaxy NGC 4945 is seen

The Orion You Can Almost See

Do you recognize this constellation? Do you recognize this constellation?

Animation: Spiral Disk around a Black Hole

What would it look like to orbit a black hole? What would it look like to orbit a black hole?

Lenticular Clouds over Mount Etna

What's happening above that volcano? What's happening above that volcano?

Human as Spaceship

You are a spaceship soaring through the universe. You are a spaceship soaring through the universe.

1901 Photograph: The Orion Nebula

By the turn of the 20th century advances in photography By the turn of the 20th century advances in photography

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2012-04-03 17:59:09


By: Awact
2012-04-03 17:59:09

Outstanding job.

By: RooseveltC89
2012-04-03 17:58:27

Hi all Your website inculudes usefull information. I added your website to Google Reader and i will follow it when i have time. Best regards...

By: Benoalcolocky
2011-07-23 12:27:53

Hello, Cool site. I think I might have done a burnout somewhere in that picture but that was before my new years resolution of not doing dumb things that cost me money

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2011-07-20 21:30:53

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