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January 30, 2006

Nissan is Gone

The Nissan Stanza taking up room in the yard has left for greener pastures. It belongs to our friend Kim, who decided it was not worth fixing after the clutch and a number of other things went out, or were on their way there.
It really wasn't a bad car, but it needed a good $1500 worth of work to make it an acceptable vehicle (in my opinion).

I didn't take any pics, as it was all so confusing, but I did learn the intricacies of how a trailer hitch works, after not getting it hooked solid to the Silverado1500 provided for towing. And she forgot to bring her key, which I stupidly handed to her the last time she visited, so they had to leave and come back whilst I shuffled vehicles around. I did manage to move the Stanza around a little even without the key, but the steering was locked. I could start it, but couldn't steer.

Anyway, after much car shuffling, the Nissan is gone, and the trailer is gone. The trailer should come back soon.

So... Kim's got her Nissan back. I don't know what she'll do with it.

January 27, 2006

picture submission

Here is a pic sent to me today by Pher, who graciously gave up some of her life last winter/spring to ride with my brother down to his race in Florida after his heart attack. This scene is outside of a St. Petersburg FL Motel where the sign says that they FAX pets. I think it's called the George Washington Motel, and we did sleep there, but I don't believe he ever did. I had been staying with my mom in FL at the time, so their secondary mission was to pick me up and bring me back to Raleigh.
Yes, Our Lady Of Perpetual Motion does require a bit of oil now and again. And yes, that is my hat.
PS don't eat wild oranges growing next to the road. They taste like car.

Van accessories

I'm fixin' to throw down a slew of pics.
First I want to apologize for the non car related hotdog thing. It had to be said though ;)

Anyway, on to business.
"The Van" was formerly owned by St. Louis Christian College. Now she's formally known as "Our Lady Of Perpetual Motion", and hereafter may be referred to as Our Lady. Our Lady is, well, an affront to the eyes to put it mildly. It runs, it wont die, and it can tow almost anything. She was inexpensive to purchase, and also is so to maintain. She has travelled through many states again and again. She also seems to attract some sort of algae to the exterior panels.

Anyway, for some time Our Lady has had this bare 12V wire drifting aimlessly around metal parts. It is used to power CD players, MP3 players, and other such things one cannot live without.
Notice the plugged hole for the optional cigarette lighter slightly above the bare dangler. Our Lady never had a lighter, thus the dangler.

This dangler has always bothered me, so I decided to do something about it. I thought putting it where the lighter would go might be a good idea.

OH NO! There is no where to mount it... just a big hole! Let's do something about that.
I stumbled around the garage and managed to come up with a pipe fitting of some sort. It just happened to not only have the correct inner thread pitch for the lighter, but also the outer threads fit the hole in the dash. What luck!
Now, i realize this is going to have the lighter stick out a tad, but that's OK with me.
The wires are now routed behind the dash, and everything seems to be going well... until....
The hole is too small ;(
It's just plastic, lets fix it with a dremel type attachment ;)
Ta-daa! Sure sticks out though. Oh well. Our Lady sticks out wherever she goes. In nice neighborhoods the neighbors peer out of their windows to see who could drive such a thing.

Anyway, does it work?
It doesn't work.
Why doesn't it work?
No power.
Why no power?
I dont know and I dont care. The fuses are all good. The seach begins for an alternative power source. I picked the wipers' circuit because it should be strong enough to handle whatever gets plugged in there... like
Success. No more hot dangling wires. Maybe someday I'll hook it up to an accessory or 'always hot' wire so it can power things with the ignition key in positions other than 'run'.


I think one of the first thing you should do with a blog is link to another blog. So check out http://hooptyrides.blogspot.com for a lovely link to some dunebuggy nostalgia, and the linker Coop has a very sane post on Dev2.0. I love those internets. I know saying "Meta meta" is probably bad english, but I soooo feel like saying that.

Flickr account

I'm having some trouble uploading images, so I'm going to try Flickr.com to see if it can taylor my images a tad.




January 26, 2006

Cold hotdogs

Dont eat'm. that's all i have to say.
well, I suppose i actually must have more to say if i intend to be read.

Just dont eat'm. Trust me.
They're gross.
I'ts like eating unsliced cold bologna, except more disgusting for no apparent reason.

Hotdogs, whether turkey, piggy, or otherwise, must be hot, and must have a vegetable.... so says I.

Vegetables may include, but not be exluded to: Relish, onions, sauerkraut, errr somp'thin damn it.

Either ketchup and/or mustard of some sort should ALWAYS be included.
edit: If I am not mistaken, ketchup, or catsup, was determined to be a vegetable during the Reagan years. http://www.straightdope.com/columns/040716.html

Please include some sort of bread.

Friends do not let friends (or brothers) eat uncooked, unbreaded, un-vegetable--d, uncondimented doggies.
Please help me.


Good news everyone ...
You're going to planet stumbles 4, where the intense gravity means you will most likely be crushed by the weight of your own hair.

Well, did a little work to the bird today. Found out the #4 cylinder has slightly low compression. I suspect the head gasket or uneven mating surfaces, though the head itself has many miles since it was redone... by a Belleville machinist who just might be on his way to my 'dead to me' list. It still runs very well, and the rings test good... Plus I finally have the shift linkage hooked up how i like. It shifts a bit too early for my taste, but that is another matter.

Here is a current engine pic. Note i finally got the front cover painted to match the top cover, and i added some cheap little cap nuts to the top bumper carriage bolts. Did i mention they were cheap? And the paint was free! Yayy for Christmas and parents!

I'm of course still missing the support gussets, and need to replace those little rubber deals where they mount... and the belts are on the opposite way from stock...
OH! I got new belts. 3/8" shorter than the ones i had on there which squealed when cold. Now the adjustment slot tightens the belts at halfway, instead of being maxed out with loose belts. Hooray!

Anyway, not much else today. Installed a new thermostat which i should have replaced on prior assembly, and replaced the oil gauge sender adapter... and i got the nightworker at the corner store in trouble with his boss for refusing to sell me beer AND NOT TELLING ME WHY! I think it's because i'm white (trash ;)

I would like to thank my "brother in law"-ish friend Antny, for driving me around today, and all the little people who made this award possible...
hey, where's my trophy?
Plated plastic?


January 24, 2006

just wanted to see if i could post

looks like i can :)

CV Joint Haiku

Ice coverd lug nuts
breaker bar groans in pity
the bearing revealed

Test pic upload


I uploaded this picture using the MovableType interface.

Okay, still need a bit of tuning

I don't think I got much done on my cars today, but I got this blog started. Let's post a pic:

This is my first weblog entry.

Let's see if this works. Then I can jazz it up a bit.http://pleasurizer.com/redsatin.jpg