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« on: November 13, 2012, 05:34:59 PM »

Figured I'd post up and see what everybody's winter projects are.  My list is feeling overwhelming.  Good thing I've got all winter:

- refurbish used trailer I bought (paint, wiring, lights)
- fix the axle in the Civic
- put a suspension in Danielle's Miata
- replace cracked exhaust manifold in Caprice...with a set of headers Smiley
- swap 1.8L from parts Miata into LeMons car
- rebuild ~45yr old lawn tractor hydraulic system

What is everybody else doing?
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2012, 06:50:47 PM »

Here is what I see coming:

upgrading my torsion bars from 21 - 27 to 24 - 31, that should help to avoid to destroy my rear flares. Not cheap, but realistic.

Next step:

Dreaming:

Get rid of the street normal Bilstein Sports, and replace them with some 2 way adjustable shocks..... oohhh boy....

Switching from 15" wheels to 17" with something like to crevette's  glue the the assfold, but just forget aboutit.

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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2012, 08:30:03 PM »

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Borla Stingers (scheduled for Jan 2nd)
Paint brake calipers (going to paint them black)
Change all fluids
Detail the car (fix paint! I messed up a small area of paint using the wrong cleaner!) Done! Paint looks great! Thanks to John for the tips.

House
Paint all the bathrooms.
Rake leaves (I have a crap load, and I already raked once) Done. Prolly have one more round to go!

Me
Just joined a gym (lose 10lbs)

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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2012, 07:51:31 AM »

Miata

Clutch & Flywheel
Exhaust from header back (so maybe it will sound like a real car)
Body stiffening stuff ('cause everyone loves a stiff one)
New computer (because its 8088 running DOS 1.1 is just too slow)
(maybe, a little turbo)

The first 2 are already sitting... waiting...
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2012, 10:21:47 AM »

Lose 10-20 pounds (Driver)
Weld spring perches and install front coilovers with higher spring rates.
Order Rear coilovers with #175 spring rates
Order front upper strut mount bar
Order some Weber IDA 48 sidedraft carbs
Relocate battery
Install steel braided brake lines
Install and set timing on the street port motor
Leave the word procrastination out of my vocabulary.  Learned from last off season!
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2012, 06:42:03 PM »

I need to find a Porsche Tractor and put a turbo on it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yHl24QynOM



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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2012, 07:05:55 PM »

Yes!  That is so sweet.
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2012, 11:50:03 AM »

325 - Replace water pump.
Z4 - New rotors, new pads and maybe some Koni shocks.
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2012, 02:42:26 PM »

I hesitate to publicize a to-do list, as things never seem to go quite as planned!
But there are a few options on the table for the MR2:

  • New steering wheel (got a cheap hub adapter that mostly works, wheel has shipped)    done!    oops, needs some rework    Really done now!
  • New Quaife rack & pinion (came this week)  Done! 
  • Coilovers (waited all summer for them, they finally arrived!)  Done! 
  • New seats (just starting to look into this)  Driver's side done!

  • Li'l bit of body work (grind off that rust; look for some help welding repairs)
  • Cool paint job & wing (okay that's more of a fantasy than a plan)

  • Recharge battery that went dead while doing all of the above....  (oops)  Done!

Of course I should probably preface the whole list with "organize the garage"...
the problem with accumulating cool tools is that after a while it gets hard to find
them when you need them.   (in progress!)
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2012, 07:35:24 PM »

Just in case some may think to paint the car for next season

http://youtu.be/_qPJTTRWttQ
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« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2012, 08:33:39 PM »

rolling on rustoleum is no joke.  Mindy painted our miata with two quarts and a foam roller.  unthinned (I think) with no sanding and it looks pretty decent.  sanding between coats and thinning it down a little would definitely look pretty good.
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« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2012, 09:35:01 AM »

Back to that tractor.....He has to be the bravest driver alive. I've scared myself on my 23hp Kubota, and I was hardly moving. I've seen some healthy V8 powered Ford "N" series tractors too.
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« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2012, 10:23:17 AM »

Found a new exhaust system for my car.

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« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2012, 03:43:50 PM »

Do the headers really connect on the bottom?  I never noticed that!
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« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2012, 06:41:40 PM »

Looks nice and open ! I bet it will sound awesome !
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« Reply #15 on: November 26, 2012, 07:55:21 PM »

Well, I made some progress on the trailer.  Enough to get it out of my garage and start knocking out all the other stuff I have to do.  I always regret not taking pictures...I wish I had some "before" pictures.  The trailer is 12 years old and the underside was quite rusty...almost all rust, in fact.  If I ever have to do this again, I will find a way to flip the trailer over.  Grinding, painting and soldering while rolling around underneath really sucks.

Progress:
- Tire rack welded up and painted w/ POR 15
- New tie-downs and ramp doors welded in
- Frame rails and underside painted w/POR 15
- All new LED lights
- All new wiring running in conduit, everything soldered and heat shrinked, grounds at the trailer connector and every box

To do:
- Shorten trailer connector
- Cut 1/4" plate ramp doors to size (thank goodness Paul has a torch!)
- Finish retainer bars for tire rack - cut to length, weld on ends, cover in plastic
- Inspect/re-pack bearings
- Spray deck with bedliner (will wait till Spring, Danielle will kill me if I do it in the garage)









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« Reply #16 on: November 26, 2012, 09:27:00 PM »

Looks good man! It came out really nice! Should last forever and a day now. Feel free to come up whenever. Pat got his cage tubing in today, so I'll be up there this weekend, Friday and Sat.

 Luckly I don't have any winter projects to post...
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« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2012, 08:14:15 PM »

Well, I made some progress on the trailer.  Enough to get it out of my garage and start knocking out all the other stuff I have to do.  I always regret not taking pictures...I wish I had some "before" pictures.  The trailer is 12 years old and the underside was quite rusty...almost all rust, in fact.  If I ever have to do this again, I will find a way to flip the trailer over.  Grinding, painting and soldering while rolling around underneath really sucks.

Progress:
- Tire rack welded up and painted w/ POR 15
- New tie-downs and ramp doors welded in
- Frame rails and underside painted w/POR 15
- All new LED lights
- All new wiring running in conduit, everything soldered and heat shrinked, grounds at the trailer connector and every box

To do:
- Shorten trailer connector
- Cut 1/4" plate ramp doors to size (thank goodness Paul has a torch!)
- Finish retainer bars for tire rack - cut to length, weld on ends, cover in plastic
- Inspect/re-pack bearings
- Spray deck with bedliner (will wait till Spring, Danielle will kill me if I do it in the garage)



That trailer looks great ! I can bring you another one that need some work

Cheers
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« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2012, 07:42:54 PM »

Hi guys. I have a winter project to share with everyone. I would like to solicit ideas on storage and things that would make YOUR timing trailer more user friendly. So boys and girls don't hesitate to chime in with your ideas. So far there is an eight foot oak top fold down table installed, a shelf holding the PA system, and new storage drawers installed next to the securely mounted shelves. Pictures will come later.

Beth had a great idea for storage and work station equipment. 5 gal. buckets with work station  number on them with fire extinguisher, radio and flag in them, then empty and nest buckets for storage!

To do list:
rebuild timing display
buff exterior of trailer
install exterior shelf for timing transmitter
label drawer contents
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« Reply #19 on: November 28, 2012, 08:20:16 PM »

Beth had a great idea for storage and work station equipment. 5 gal. buckets with work station 
number on them with fire extinguisher, radio and flag in them, then empty and nest buckets for storage!

For the record... I wasn't the first to think of it!   But looks like Bud's the one who's actually going to make it happen,
which is the most important bit.   Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: November 29, 2012, 06:32:13 PM »

a few fwiw ideas
Power strip across back of fold down table
Improved FM antenna mount - which I can do
External antenna for "home" wireless box which Gunny and I can look at
Think about new speaker setup - Blue ridge has for horns on a board, that they set on top of trailer

John
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« Reply #21 on: November 29, 2012, 07:09:12 PM »

How about a session between Weihnachten and Neujahr.

I can bring some powertools, etc.

I have a polisher to do the exterior.

How about some Pizza and B99r for lunch ?



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« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2012, 04:10:33 PM »

Great ideas coming in!

John, I was looking at the power strip over the table. Found one priced reasonably on Amazon. I'll get that on order. I talked with Gunny a while back and discussed the home antenna box on a shelf on the side of trailer. Are you saying to mount the antenna on the exterior with a cable?

How about a session between Weihnachten and Neujahr.

I can bring some powertools, etc.

I have a polisher to do the exterior.

How about some Pizza and B99r for lunch ?



Sorry Englebert but my German is a little rusty so you my have to translate your first line.
Polish needs to be bought for the polishing. I can get a polisher too.
I think the Pizza and B99rs are a good idea. Give me a time and date.

Send me a PM for Phone #
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« Reply #23 on: November 30, 2012, 05:01:13 PM »

I have a great donated computer. I reinstalled windows on it and it's pretty nice. I need to get one of the other ones so I can recreate the file structure onto this new computer.
plan is to create a little network and use all three. Black one for registration, silver one as a little web server on race day and the new one for timing.

Gunny

Oh and the stingers are on the horizon! just waiting on a good weekend to bring the car to zips.
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« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2012, 06:43:28 PM »

Great ideas coming in!

John, I was looking at the power strip over the table. Found one priced reasonably on Amazon. I'll get that on order. I talked with Gunny a while back and discussed the home antenna box on a shelf on the side of trailer. Are you saying to mount the antenna on the exterior with a cable?

How about a session between Weihnachten (Christmess) and Neujahr.(newyear)

I can bring some powertools, etc.

I have a polisher to do the exterior.

How about some Pizza and B99r for lunch ?



Sorry Englebert but my German is a little rusty so you my have to translate your first line.
Polish needs to be bought for the polishing. I can get a polisher too.
I think the Pizza and B99rs are a good idea. Give me a time and date.

Send me a PM for Phone #

Edited ! Does it make more sense now ?

Anyway I will send you PM.

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