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    Michael Davis


    Some time ago, I spoke of my front ballast box woes. It was sooo heavy it took two men and a boy, literally, to lift it out. Filled with concrete.

    Well, it sat in the corner until today. I decided to break it up and throw it away. So a hammer drill, a 5 pound hand sledge and 45 minutes of my time later, it was destroyed and disposed of.

    Here’s the kicker….not only was it filled at least 80 pounds of hardened concrete, it was also filled with no less than TEN RAILROAD TIE PLATES! Really? What the hell? They couldnt find any lead bars handy? All of the battleship anchors were spoken for?

    Anyhoo…its gone, Im happy, the wifey is happy, and the car is doing great.

    Paul Mossberg


    That’s pretty funny. The Classic¬† Roadsters Ltd. assembly manual recommended filling the box with sand. You end up with about 150 pounds. I cannot guess what that weighed with railroad tie plates!

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

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