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Reader's Exchange: Box car kit or components wanted

School is back in session, but many classrooms are still in need of the basics. Tim Armstrong of Clearwater is participating in a charity event that will benefit the Pinellas County Classrooms through the Pinellas Education Foundation grant. The event features a downhill box car race, much like the Soap Box Derby. In order to participate, Tim is in need of either a box car kit, a complete box car (chassis, wheels, braking and steering system), or any portion thereof. He will gladly pick up any items available. The event is coming up soon, so he would appreciate any help. Tim can be reached via e-mail at

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This is a great offer for a small business or organization that gives presentations. Jo Anne Cortis of St. Petersburg has a Vivitar slide projector and instruction manual that she would like to give away. She doesn't have trays for it, but she does have a large beaded glass screen and a projection table with a plug built in. She says all pieces are in perfect condition. If you are interested, call Jo Anne between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (727) 576-8138 to arrange a pickup.

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Ed of Largo has traveled with his son to Georgia several times to see GranDad (who is Ed's father and his son's grandfather). Ed's son was quite taken with GranDad's johnboat. After trying to sell the boat when he was no longer using it, GranDad decided to give it to his grandson. Off to Georgia father and son went to retrieve the boat. Ed has refurbished the oars, but the boat needs a motor. Ed is looking for a current model 10-horsepower outboard engine to fit the 14-foot aluminum boat. He hopes someone out there has one, so that his son can add new memories to the one of them rowing together in the bay. E-mail Ed at or call him at (727) 581-5848.

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Sometimes Reader's Exchange puts people together who are looking to learn a skill from one another. Judy Prevost of Spring Hill is hoping to find someone near her who can help her learn about dollmaking. She says she has a lot of materials, including about 10 reproduction antique doll heads that have been fired, but need painting and additional firing. She would be happy to exchange these with someone who can give her some instructions. Judy has molds and soft-fired heads that she would like to paint and fire herself, and she also has a kiln, paints and brushes. Judy needs help identifying the heads and using the paints. If you can help, she may be reached via e-mail at or by phone at (352) 540-6158.

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Julie Morio of Spring Hill has a Smith-Corona Deville Cartridge I electric typewriter, in very good condition in a carrying case, complete with the instruction manual. If you are interested, call Julie at (352) 686-1033.

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Calling all sewers! Toni Van Pelt of Seminole has a sewing box with buttons, needles, pins and thread that she inherited from her mom and would like to give away. If you are interested, call Toni at (727) 391-8459 or e-mail her at

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Reader's Exchange: Box car kit or components wanted 09/03/10 [Last modified: Friday, September 3, 2010 4:30am]
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