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8/30/21 4:40 p.m.
EvanB said:

surprise

There's rust, and then there's daily driver in the rust belt rust.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
8/30/21 5:02 p.m.

In reply to EvanB :

That was your BIL's car?  Somehow I remembered it being silver.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
8/30/21 5:03 p.m.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ said:
EvanB said:

surprise

There's rust, and then there's daily driver in the rust belt rust.

He lives in Ashland (or was it Mansfield?), though, south of the Divide.  Those arms were breaking at five-six years old in Cleveland.

 

I won't forget the first set I did... I unbolted the front of the horseshoe brace and it fell off, leaving the back third of the two legs in place.  surprise

EvanB
EvanB GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/30/21 5:05 p.m.

In reply to Pete. (l33t FS) :

Yep, they have threatened to sell it a few times but this was the final straw. He was going to scrap it rather than deal with selling it so I couldn't let that happen. 

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
8/30/21 5:06 p.m.

In reply to EvanB :

Good call!

EvanB
EvanB GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/31/21 5:47 p.m.

This certainly shouldn't rust in half. 

EvanB
EvanB GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/2/21 6:36 p.m.

Everything is back together and it's driving. After I took it around the block I had to polish the headlights.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
9/2/21 7:47 p.m.

Things are looking up at the COJ!

 

i spent a bunch of time today in the next generation Forester, which still had the EJ255.  It was a bit underwhelming compared to the smaller one you have.  Lots more metal to shift even though on paper it should be "better" because the intercooler is like twice as large.

EvanB
EvanB GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/2/21 8:17 p.m.

Yea the difference in size between this and my girlfriends's 2015 Forester is noticeable. The 2004 is very similar in size to the XJ. 

Time to get some more of the non-running cars out of here, the MINI will likely be parted out soon. 

The Miata is in the garage to swap the suspension back to Bilstein. I haven't yet decided if I want to run the event on Sept 11 or just wait till Nationals to run again. 

EvanB
EvanB GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/10/21 5:30 p.m.

This weekend I went to VA with my GF to visit her family. I took the DR250 along to ride some trails near their house. The Taskers Gap trail was very rocky, I didn't get any pictures of the really rough sections but most of it was large rocks sticking out of sand and some sections of loose rocks. I didn't see any other bikes, mainly jeeps and atvs. 

Then on the way back, 15 miles from home after driving nearly 400 miles, my rear window exploded. I was going through a single lane construction zone downtown and heard a loud pop. I initially thought it was a strap on the dirt bike giving way but it didn't seem to be moving on the hitch carrier. I was able to pull off at an exit after a couple miles and saw in the mirror that my left rear window was shedding glass. It must have been a piece of concrete or debris that hit it but I didn't see anything. 

My plan is to replace the window with sheet metal and add a RV style sliding window with a screen since that is right where the bed is and would add nice ventilation. I'll have to figure out something quick though since I am camping in this at rallycross nationals in 5 days. 

EvanB
EvanB GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/27/21 4:22 p.m.

I should be removing parts from the MINI to sell but decided to look at the turn signal switch on the RX7 again today. 

I took the switch apart, re-flowed the solder on the contacts and found one of the traces on the circuit board was broken so I bridged that with a piece of wire. Didn't take any pictures. 

Put it back together and plugged it in, tried the turn signals and nothing happened, flipped it back and forth a few more times and noticed that when the switch was activated the dash lights came on dimly, that's new. While I was noticing that the headlight switch let some of its smoke out. After turning the key back off and unplugging the switches I gave up. Next time I'll have to take a look at all the grounds in the interior. 

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