Who’s Working on What This Week?

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Dec 31, 2020 | Projects

Life seems to slow down during the week between Christmas and New Years, meaning one just thing: projects.

So, what’s on your to-do list this week? And who here can use some inspiration (persuasion?) to get something on the list? Now's the time to spin some wrenches, knock out those lingering projects and, in general, make some progress, right? 

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/26/20 12:30 p.m.

And I'll go first:

I'm about to replace our thermostat with one of those fancy ones that talk to the cloud. Why? So we can adjust the temp when upstairs. 

Then some garage cleanup.

And maybe a run to drop off some oil to be recycled. 

Later this week: some car detailing and more garage stuff

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/26/20 12:35 p.m.

Oh man.

I'm working on the laser cutter, fine-tuning settings. I'm doing wiring cleanup on the V8 Miata and may finish the upholstery. I may start building a custom gauge cluster for the same using Pi-driven stepper motors for stupid reasons. I'm going to build a custom controller for the lights on the Christmas tree because the one that came with them has burned out and only half the string illuminates. I may rework my DIY fancy thermostat to solve some problems with the screen because I've learned more since I built it. Hopefully the blue Miata will go on the lift for a bit of attention.

And there will be excessive baking.

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy MegaDork
12/26/20 12:36 p.m.

My wife's Honda Pilot TPMS light came on.  I'm going to put air into 2 tires.  Might get crazy and do all four.   

Patrick (Forum Supporter)
Patrick (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/26/20 12:44 p.m.


 

finishing walls so i can wrap and put windows/door in and work on interior framing

Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter)
Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
12/26/20 12:44 p.m.

If we finally get the headaches cured,  ill be trying to finish the restoration and detailing on my 1997 acr. 

And clean the shop. Its atrocious. 

hybridmomentspass
hybridmomentspass Reader
12/26/20 1:17 p.m.

Well about an hour ago I started a coffee table project. Step one was staining some pieces of wood. Currently letting it dry and then I'll do some more in a short bit. I have about 30 pieces to stain total, hope to start 'assembly' tomorrow evening maybe, maybe have it wrapped up by Tuesday night.

Wednesday morning me and the girlfriend are leaving for the mountains of North Carolina...Im thinking of taking the SW20 MR2 on this trip. I dont know, need to see the weather report, she (the 2) doesnt do so well in the slick stuff.

But then once we're back from our NYE trip the MR2 is getting some parts Ive been accumulating. Biggest thing is a new TCS Motorsports intercooler kit with hot and cold pipes, the fan kit etc

But I have a gen 3 swap on mine and had found a Japanese market sparkplug wire cover piece that was standard on the 2 on ebay, so I want to put that on...thinking of pulling the valve cover (ordered new VC gaskets from twosrus.com) and painting it because...well, I sort of want to. Never done it before.

New T-Top centric guides to, hopefully, stop it from leaking on me if I get stuck in some rain.

Bought some silicone vacuum hose to start replacing some of this old hose and maybe re-route the rats nest of Toyota hoses. Staying black, nothing flashy.

Putting an Omori boost gauge in the stock gauge's location in the dash, get rid of the A-pillar mounted unit, get more back to a clean, stock look.

Got a good condition trunk carpet to put in (mine didnt come with one, got one for free from a friend, but had been hacked up and has a spot missing from it where an aftermarket ECU was mounted).

IS300 gas pedal to match the clutch and brake pedals that are already in the car.

Oil change, new plugs.

Got a shop vac (finally) a few weeks ago, so I'll go through and suck up anything in all the little crevises that's been accumulating for 30 years.

Might get one of those headlight/taillight polishing kits from HF and try that on my tails while Im in the garage showing the MR2 some love.

Stefan (Forum Supporter)
Stefan (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/26/20 1:57 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

And I'll go first:

I'm about to replace our thermostat with one of those fancy ones that talk to the cloud. Why? So we can adjust the temp when upstairs. 

Then some garage cleanup.

And maybe a run to drop off some oil to be recycled. 

Later this week: some car detailing and more garage stuff

You know you can sometimes add a wireless thermostat upstairs so that it can monitor that temp and adjust.

BoxheadTim (Forum Supporter)
BoxheadTim (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/26/20 1:58 p.m.

I've got some IT-related projects for this week and am trying to get out of the house as well, but I'm planning to do a bit of work on at least one of the motorcycles, the Maxton and the 911.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/26/20 2:01 p.m.

Oh yes, fixing the smoker thermostat that failed on Christmas morning as I was getting ready to throw the brisket on. There were bad words. 

Jim Pettengill
Jim Pettengill HalfDork
12/26/20 2:20 p.m.

Finally finished the 2020 budget versus actual tabulation for the Ridgway (Colorado) Railroad Museum so we can set our 2021 budget, so now it's time to start painting the back stairs and laundry room floor, write an article about a little known Arizona ghost town called Total Wreck (gotta love that name) for Wild West magazine, finish reading the current issue of Analog, and play some on the various saxophones so my lip is still OK when I get back to playing with the rock/blues band about March (post-vaccine for us oldsters).  Plus fix a table lamp and plan a couple of small projects for the MR2.

Stefan (Forum Supporter)
Stefan (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/26/20 2:25 p.m.

Hopefully gonna fit a set of pull down attic stairs to the attic space above the garage.

Last ditch effort to try and get things organized in the garage so I can work on things and not be encumbered by household items.

This spring, the garden supplies should be able to move to their own shed outside where it will be easier to access and organize.

Looking forward to it.

Tom1200
Tom1200 Dork
12/26/20 2:26 p.m.

I'm finishing the top end on my F500. I may also assemble the 1500cc short block for the Datsun. Got a couple of oil changes I need to do.

I'm intentionally keeping it light because this is my annual stay-cation relaxation week.

1SlowVW
1SlowVW HalfDork
12/26/20 2:28 p.m.

Managed to do a little more sanding on this. Was hoping to paint before the new year but doesn't look like that will happen.

 

  • Photo by Luc on December 26, 2020. Image may contain: table.

 

tb (minimally supportive)
tb (minimally supportive) GRM+ Memberand Dork
12/26/20 2:33 p.m.

Lots to do, if the weather cooperates...

 

Get started on rewired the challenge miata. Good news is that is a small and relatively simple car. Bad news is I have never owned one before and only have about half of the harness deciphered. With any luck I'll have it running early next year.

 

Simultaneously I will prep to install the roll bar. The entire interior is out which should help make it easier. I just need to be ready to install the related parts around the roll bar which will make it more difficult. 

 

Before that, I would really like to pressure wash the underside and surrounding area so I don't have to lay down in cold mud and storm debris.

 

Now, to post a want ad for a front sway bar. I think I have just enough room left in the budget and then I would be able to quickly move to the suspension once the engine is firing.

 

The usual stuff...

WillG80
WillG80 GRM+ Memberand New Reader
12/26/20 2:42 p.m.

I'm working on Christmas leftovers today.
 

Maybe later I'll put the rear main seal and engine cover back on the 7.3 ambulance. I'm in the middle of a 4wd and 5 speed conversion. 

ProDarwin
ProDarwin MegaDork
12/26/20 2:47 p.m.

I bought a Maker Made CNC.  Put the frame 95% together, but the top beam has a bit of a twist to it.  Unfortunately I don't own a vehicle that can transport 10ft lumber, so I'm on hold until I can get a friend to help me pick up a good straight piece.

 

Other than that I am working on finishing up a few Doom megawads, and eating as many cookies as possible.

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
12/26/20 3:29 p.m.

I need to get the suspension and brakes on the EGT buttoned up, my body has been fighting me in getting it done the past two weeks. 

 

I'm working on keeping my father, who just had bypass surgery, from overdoing it. Which means fixing a few little things around his house so he won't try to. 

He's damn hardheaded though. I'm not sure I'll be successful.

 

dean1484
dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/26/20 3:55 p.m.

Server migration at the office. I actually got it done Wednesday.  The office was down for about 2 min while I changed IP addresses taking the old one off the network and then giving the new server the same IP address and name with the same share paths.  I just closed all the ports in the router so no one could remote in during the switch.  I only got one call from an employee asking why we now have 8x the server space  :-).  It is amazing how much snapper the new server is.  I also went from a Rade 0 to Rade X.  

I need to shut everything down and pull the old one out and install the new one in its permanent location. Going to do that tomorrow (because Sunday). I need to pull a couple new network cables so I may do that tomorrow as well. 

dean1484
dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/26/20 4:07 p.m.

Car related I am dusting off a MS system I have and I am going to bench test it with all sensors connected and the stimjim. Then I am going to rummage through my parts stash and start a new parts pile for my next project. Then I will see what is missing and I can start trolling eBay and other places for the rest of the stuff. The plan is to actually have all the parts in hand for a massive weekend thrash next spring. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/26/20 4:22 p.m.
ProDarwin said:

I bought a Maker Made CNC.  Put the frame 95% together, but the top beam has a bit of a twist to it.  Unfortunately I don't own a vehicle that can transport 10ft lumber, so I'm on hold until I can get a friend to help me pick up a good straight piece.

 

Other than that I am working on finishing up a few Doom megawads, and eating as many cookies as possible.

I approve of all of these.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/26/20 4:54 p.m.

I'll be working on waiting for my delivery from Atkins Rotary so I can finish assembling a 12A.

loosecannon
loosecannon SuperDork
12/26/20 5:14 p.m.

My beautiful co-driver, Briget, and I have been perfecting the bodywork on the 1969 Suburban 4x4, getting it ready to paint. Since Covid shut down our business, we have spent over 500 hours replacing rusty bits and smoothing it all out. We are down to fixing very small imperfections and pretty soon it will get a shot of bedliner on the underside and (hopefully) a few coats of smooth, shiny paint everywhere else.

parker
parker Reader
12/26/20 5:29 p.m.

Replacing the clutch in Felix, my 1998 4Runner

Cadman5
Cadman5 Reader
12/26/20 5:43 p.m.

Just got the final inspection in the house addition, so of course there are still things to do, like trim, carpet, paint, etc. but I've been putting off a fuel delivery issue in the 1993 Astro van, so the trim will have to wait and the Astro gets some attention. 
Probably won't get around to swapping the transmissions on the 2 1996 Camrys, but I need to do it soon so one of them can go away. 

NOT A TA
NOT A TA SuperDork
12/26/20 6:23 p.m.

Finish weeding the gardens & mulching. Already put down 70 bags of mulch in the front yard now have to do the back & sides.

Mow lawn. S FL so even though it's winter still have to cut regularly. Fertilize & weed killer.

Power wash driveway & patios then spray Wet & Forget. Wash exterior of house windows while I've got the power wash rig out.

Prepping and painting parts for '67 Camaro. Need to break out the big sandblaster I use outside for stuff that won't fit in the cabinet. Will do the rear end, driveshaft, and exhaust system as well as an old Haro BMX frame. And continue reassembling the car.

Organize all the parts for the Camaro and order things I'll need.

Fix band saw.

sir_mike
sir_mike New Reader
12/26/20 6:30 p.m.

Way to cold now...about 20 degrees in the daytime....to play with the cars.Have to fix one garage light though...stay safe everyone

dxman92
dxman92 Dork
12/26/20 8:49 p.m.

I've got a model biplane to put together, learn how to use the Keurig I got for Christmas and if there is a warm day in the mix, sand and paint the shower rod tropical blue.

sergio
sergio HalfDork
12/26/20 11:08 p.m.

Doing valve cover gaskets, valve adjustment, plugs, thermostat and coolant on the TL. Speed 3 needs the same, so it's next.  

JTT
JTT New Reader
12/27/20 6:48 a.m.

Doing a suspension swap on my DE Miata, but waiting on parts, so moved over to the other car, my 996.  Fixed a little squeak in the dash, and repaired the heater flaps, so they will stop shedding foam out the vents.

einy (Forum Supporter)
einy (Forum Supporter) Dork
12/27/20 6:49 a.m.

First oil change on the new Si, fix the whole house humidifier, and play some more with the new (to me) 3D printer are on tap for me this week.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/27/20 7:00 a.m.
sir_mike said:

Way to cold now...about 20 degrees in the daytime....to play with the cars.Have to fix one garage light though...stay safe everyone

https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/off-topic-discussion/what-portable-heat-do-you-use-to-heat-your-shop-or-garage/179555/page1/

Don49 (Forum Supporter)
Don49 (Forum Supporter) Dork
12/27/20 8:00 a.m.

Working on outfitting the new race trailer. I've assembled 7 cabinets for the living quarters and am installing a sink. I have installed 2 tire racks in the garage area, made a battery mount for the winch, installed a workbench, will be moving and installing overhead cabinets. Then I'll be putting a back up camera in the F-350 to help in hitching up the gooseneck. On the race car I'll be installing a front and read rear camera system and finishing the install of the AEM wide band. I almost forgot, I've assembled the new Quick jack and will be testing it and setting up it's storage in the trailer.

pimpm3 (Forum Supporter)
pimpm3 (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
12/27/20 8:15 a.m.

Cleaned up the engine bay in the corvair.

I have also been working on re dying the seats in my pontoon boat.

APEowner
APEowner GRM+ Memberand Dork
12/27/20 9:05 a.m.

We've lived in this house for over 7 years and I'm finally getting around to setting up the shop the way I want it.  We started at Thanksgiving and I hope to have the bulk of it done by New Years.  I'm going to do a build thread somewhere.

KyAllroad (Jeremy) (Forum Supporter)
KyAllroad (Jeremy) (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
12/27/20 10:11 a.m.


 

swapping the ACT clutch onto this engine, installing the coolant reroute and stuffing the whole thing back in the Miata.   It still doesn't have an ignition system and I'll spend the best part of the next year sorting out wiring.  But the goal this week is to make it LOOK like a car.

And my family bought me a table saw for Christmas so I have shelves to build out at my sisters farm.

Vajingo
Vajingo Reader
12/27/20 10:17 a.m.


replacing the top on the NC2. Loads of fun. First time I've ever done this. About every hour my brain says "who the #### came up with this?"

my fingers hurt. My harbor fright rivet gun is now well used. But last night the wife helped me get it closed. Just have to put the interior back in today. 

Peabody
Peabody UltimaDork
12/27/20 10:23 a.m.

Routine transmission rebuild 

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
12/27/20 10:26 a.m.

If I can deal with the cold and wind, I'm hoping to clean the carb on the Spitfire and get it to start, so I can test the clutch out and maybe finally get it into winter storage.

Otherwise, I plan to continue work on my basement and getting car parts out of the house and into the shed.

No Time
No Time SuperDork
12/27/20 10:47 a.m.

I need to help my youngest son paint hi bedroom in NY rangers colors, and then put up a lundqvist Fathead. 
 

I need to set up the portable garage to have a sheltered place to work on cars and snowmobiles.
 

One that is up the priority will be to help my older son repair the damage of his first accident:


Ranger50
Ranger50 UltimaDork
12/27/20 11:09 a.m.

I'm going jy spelunking for a manual brake master cylinder.

After that it's time to test the levels of tolerating family...

84FSP
84FSP UltraDork
12/27/20 11:22 a.m.

Basement storage and organization.  With a heavy dose of E36M3 removal.

The first step to getting better is realizing you have a problem.


 

The second step is organization and setting a limit on how much space will be allowed to store E36M3.  Thankfully I had snagged and stored about half the needed wood for the next steps.


 

Have I mentioned I need to buy a truck.

chandler
chandler UltimaDork
12/27/20 11:47 a.m.

Try to finish this


and go get this

914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/27/20 1:40 p.m.

1975 Goldwing has been sitting for ~30 years, the luggage rack and rear grab bar are rusty, I understand they're rare.  The previous owner bought up every chrome bolt on that JCWhitney offered.  Valve covers are aluminum coated with chrome which it badly pitted, on the left side, just missing all chrome down below.  So.  Do I pecker up the parts with media blast, use a good sealer and paint silver, send it out for powder coat or just polish what I can and ignore the bad?

Down in the basement with a few beers, stereo and a coal stove, I roughed up some surfaces with 100 emery and steel wool but not done yet, my fingers ache.  Eastwood used to sell a great primer called Adhereto, bonds anything to anything; I couldn't find it on their website.

Four bars on the left are hit with chrome polish and 0000 steel wool.  Paint the rusty part and polish the chrome? 

Maybe I'm too anal for projects ........

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/27/20 1:46 p.m.

In reply to 914Driver :

Hm.

 

When I was a teen, my mom used to restore old floor lamps.  One of them had a beautiful base that was badly corroded.  We went to a lamp shop where they would strip the stuff down and plate it.  I remember that they were able to do chrome as well as gold plating.

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/27/20 4:12 p.m.

I need to order some stuff in order to detail the exterior, so today was interior cleanup: vacuum, all surfaces cleaned/treated, glass, jambs, etc. 

Reaching the inside of the rear window is a pain. Explains why it was filthy. 

Doesn't look a whole lot different in the photos, but now things that are supposed to be black are now black. (Also, Rigby is my copilot.)

BlueInGreen - Jon (Forum Supporter)
BlueInGreen - Jon (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
12/27/20 4:30 p.m.

New front end control arms on the wife’s Mazda, had me a little helper :)

PMRacing
PMRacing GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
12/27/20 4:57 p.m.

Waterpump and thermostat on my S4 today. 

Huge props to FCP Euro for their how-to videos. They had one for this car and it was a huge help. Had the video on the garage TV. I watched a segment, did the job, repeat until finished. It wasn't too bad. It seemed like 20 15 minute tasks to get the whole job done. 

Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/27/20 11:12 p.m.

Been needing to do this a long time - make a real stand for my bandsaw.

A few weeks ago I snagged this old bench from the curb. Cut a hole in the top, and set my bandsaw in place. Even made a cord and switch from old renovations (why do I keep junk like this? Don't encourage me) so that I don't have to use an irwin clamp on the trigger. Also I welded wheels to the bottom of the legs and added the lower shelf.

Anyway, not bad for a free bench, some scrap wood, and some other junk I already had laying around! Best part is I get my vice back.

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/28/20 1:55 a.m.

Dug out the Lionel HO train stuff that I've had since 1974 (they were already old when I got them) from the coolest wooden box ever, set up the smallest circle of track possible, and tested four old transformers to see which ones still work (all of them!). 
 



That's pretty cool. The box is probably worth more than the trains. 

 

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/28/20 7:14 a.m.

In reply to Toyman01 (Moderately Supportive Dude) :

I love the box. I'm going to get rid of the trains, but I'm keeping the box forever. 

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/28/20 7:16 a.m.

I got the trains from my uncle. He used to build reservoirs for the water company in the 40s and 50s. Lots of dynamite. 

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
12/28/20 7:17 a.m.

I'm in the same place I always am this time of year. At work. 

gearheadmb
gearheadmb SuperDork
12/28/20 9:33 a.m.

I'm working on illuminating the loft in the barn workshop project. I need to update that thread. I've been working on it a lot, it just doesn't feel post worthy, know what I mean?

ShawneeCreek (Forum Supporter)
ShawneeCreek (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
12/28/20 10:04 a.m.

Finish removing the engine, transmission, and wiring harness from the '90 GMC. And if I'm feeling frisky, get the engine on a stand and start tearing into it. I want the remains of this parts truck gone soon to get my parking spot back.

iikakholiqi3148
iikakholiqi3148 New Reader
12/28/20 1:21 p.m.
No Time
No Time SuperDork
12/28/20 1:36 p.m.
iikakholiqi3148 said:

https://shrinke.me/kIPQ7

I didn't click the link, but it looks like someone's building a canoe.

calteg
calteg Dork
12/28/20 1:36 p.m.

Spent some quality time with the angle grinder yesterday. Turbo + Texas Summer = running a bit too warm for my liking, even with the upgraded radiator. Hopefully this solves that issue. If not, I shed at least 2oz of aluminum

 

Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter)
Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
12/28/20 2:15 p.m.
Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) said:

If we finally get the headaches cured,  ill be trying to finish the restoration and detailing on my 1997 acr. 

And clean the shop. Its atrocious. 

Today i started! So, its definitely game on around here! Assuming all goes according to plan, i may actually have the car finished by the weekend!

docwyte
docwyte PowerDork
12/28/20 4:53 p.m.

Doing fluids on the 996 Turbo.  Dumped the 5+ gallons of coolant and bought an air lift tool to help me suck in the new stuff.  Also changing the transmission and front diff oil and doing an oil change.  Going to wrap up the wiring for the tow hitch and put the rear bumper cover back on.

Hasbro (Forum Supporter)
Hasbro (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
12/28/20 5:06 p.m.

Leaving at 3:00 this morning, driving to Jacksonville for some car parts, should be home by 4:00 or 5:00 pm.  700 miles but no trailer.

Three weeks ago did 970 miles to Tampa and pulled the X1/9 back in 19 hrs. so this trip will be a lot easier.

Had one meal today and just enough water to not dehydrate. Will sip 20 ozs. green tea during the trip and eat some nuts and a couple of apples. One pee brake when I arrive in Jax. It works really well and you don't get tired.

ascott
ascott GRM+ Memberand New Reader
12/28/20 7:58 p.m.

I'm (re)building a car.

If anybody watches MAVTV, they may have caught glimpses of a white Ford Probe in the Optima Ultimate Street Car show footage from the 2020 season. The clever amongst us would have gone, "HOLY $#%^, was that a PROBE?!?!?"

The car was a $500 Ebay purchased parking lot rescue that inherited suspension from Cold Lotion, who was featured in the magazine and several video shorts awhile ago. My car made it to the Optima Invitational at COTA this past November. It was still GRM Challenge budget friendly in that trim. 



Making the invitational was a goal. I hit it. 2021's goal is to podium an event.

That means more power, but the power was nothing if I couldn't stay in the seat, which begat better seats and a roll bar.

Started here:

Landed here:

Currently here:

Still waiting on some wiring parts from the Amazons so I can get my Pi based E-dash working, then I can button up the interior. Then I get to work on this part:

Ebay T3/T4 kit. Should be epic, either in success or failure. Putting boost to a 267,000 mile engine is always a dicey proposition. It does have fresh rod bearings, though.

If the budget (and the rings) hold, I should be a hair shy of $5,000 all in on the car. Total, without GRM Challenge allowances. If I pop the motor, that'll be another $800 for an Ebay long block. Shooting for the SCCA TT National Tour at VIR in March for the car's Turbo Debut.  No garauntees I'll hit that, though /elonmusk

Full gallery:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/gyKP3E4VuJfk7uzx5

I'm on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube: @inkyracing
Build Blog: https://www.andrewdscott.com



 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/28/20 8:01 p.m.

In reply to ascott :

Rock on. 

I am working second shift covering for the half of the crew that is COVID-tagious Monday-Wednesday then I am going to try to get the Panhard and Framey-McFrameface on to the trailer for the people who deserve them. Once THAT is accomplished them I will be trying to deliver them to their new homes. Hopefully by Sunday.

bruceman
bruceman Reader
12/28/20 9:07 p.m.

1985 Rx-7 rear suspension upgrade.  Panhard and Tri-Link install. Lots of fabrication and welding involved.

AaronT
AaronT Reader
12/28/20 9:32 p.m.

I'm saving up to move out of a condo so I can do projects. So my holiday project is not spending money.

I also thought about grad school. That would take up all my free time for a few years but would ultimately result in more $ for fun.

And I tried to hike Mt Mitchell, but was unprepared for the ice and had to turn back about 75% of the way to the top.

johndej
johndej Dork
12/28/20 9:45 p.m.

Drove from Richmond to Charleston and back yesterday. About 15 hrs total trip with my brother to pick up his new 8th gen civic SI. It appears to have passed VA inspection today!

300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
12/30/20 12:37 p.m.

300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
12/30/20 12:38 p.m.

Trying to finish up this long term resto of a 1984 ZX750E before Spring springs.......

newold_m (Forum Supporter)
newold_m (Forum Supporter) New Reader
12/30/20 12:49 p.m.

Trying to fix a persistent leak around the thermostat housing in the Miata. Put in a coolant reroute and the blanking plate has been a pain to seal for some reason. 

I spread it around. 

The Miata got new clutch hydraulics and a wash.

The truck got repacked wheel bearings and a look-over.

And I dug a pit for a sump pump in the basement.

 

Cooter
Cooter UberDork
12/30/20 5:24 p.m.

I've been working on minding my own business.


I failed...

Well I screwed up. I went on Facebook Marketplace and found a set of 2004 Cobra clone 17x9 and 17x10.5 wheels that I am going to pick up tomorrow that will remove a very large sum of money from my Challenge budget. I'll be well under the $1000 mark with these wheels and the new computer, speaking of the computer, they sent me the incorrect one so instead of $500 it's now $225 by sending my original in. See 2020 didn't totally suck!

ShinnyGroove (Forum Supporter)
ShinnyGroove (Forum Supporter) Reader
12/30/20 8:26 p.m.

Been getting my Miata ready to race SCCA SM.  This week's job was to deal with the chalky pink paint and apply some swanky new tech-compliant decals. 

Before:

After:

Shiny paint has to be worth at least 2hp. 

ProDarwin
ProDarwin MegaDork
12/31/20 9:51 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:
ProDarwin said:

I bought a Maker Made CNC.  Put the frame 95% together, but the top beam has a bit of a twist to it.  Unfortunately I don't own a vehicle that can transport 10ft lumber, so I'm on hold until I can get a friend to help me pick up a good straight piece.

 

Other than that I am working on finishing up a few Doom megawads, and eating as many cookies as possible.

I approve of all of these.

Its a really weird year when I have the CNC together (just calibrating now), I've eaten all the cookies, but I haven't finished the Doom megawad.

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