Sunday, July 26, 2009

Central Coast British Car Show

I made it out to Oxnard to check out the British car show today. Lots of good cars, the battery on the camera died shortly after the excessive TR6 coverage.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Cat and Luke's Wedding

Pictures from the wedding on Saturday. Funtimes!

Structural failure

I knew that the tomatoes needed some support but I didn't really know "when" they needed the support. Apparently the baskets need to be in place by 7 weeks. Otherwise they fall over. Lukily they're hardy plants and didn't mind being propped back up too much. I did lose a branch with 8-10 blooms on it though. Lesson learned!
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The clunking sound from the rear of the Triumph is no longer a mystery. The rear shock link came apart, the other side did this a few thousand miles ago, it really should have been the first thing I checked. Things that should be connected in this picture: 1 and 2.
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Saturday, July 11, 2009


Today's links of interest

Audi forums

I wasted a lot of time today looking at Audi stuff on the internet. I stumbled on an "Avants Only" forum section (The word 'wagon', or even 'estate' being insufficient for Audi, they pretentiously label their 5 door cars "avant") where this self congratulatory thread is full of people patting each other on the back for treating their luxury sport wagons like pickups. These are my kind people! ( click here to skip to my entry)

Well done

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Cinderella Surgery

I got a coupon in the val-pak mailer that was peddling "Cinderella foot surgery" Can't find shoes that fit? Fit your feet to the shoes! Ridiculous. website / video clip

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Ruben's Tube

To all my past physics teachers, you have let me down by never doing this demonstration! 3 demos... choose your flavor

Cool song
Good wave shapes
Some dude in his garage explains


All back together! What started out as a leaky hose repair, ran 3 weeks late and 10x over budget. But a lot of work got done and now the car *should* be free of coolant leaks, oil leaks, and broken timing belts for at least a little while.
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Cam adjuster oil seals were very brittle and leaky
I just about installed a hose with a packing peanut in it
The end of heater core pipe was crumbling, I cut it back to solid material and put the hose on further up

Work list

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1. Heater hose out
2. Heater hose in
3. Bypass coolant hose
4. Main Radiator hose upper
5. Bypass coolant hose
6. This actually isn’t pointing at anything
7. Oil cooler hose
8. Oil cooler hose
9. Main Radiator hose lower
10. Bypass coolant hose
11. Coolant temperature sensor
12. Valve cover gasket
13. Valve cover gasket
14. Cam adjuster seal
15. Cam adjuster seal
16. Cam seal
17. Cam seal
18. Thermostat
19. Water pump
20. Idler pulley
21. Tensioner pulley
22. Timing belt tensioner
23. Serpentine belt
24. Timing belt
25. Suction pump check valve
26. Vacuum hoses
27. Serpentine belt tensioner
28. Where I met the rat
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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Rosebowl Fireworks!

Great fireworks show!

Pics from the Getty

Friday Holiday at the Getty Museum with the Dyes.

Friday, July 3, 2009

3 hours later...

The gap for the clip has been restored, but I'm having some trouble getting the hose on to the fitting still. bah!
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Thursday, July 2, 2009


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Cheap tools!

There are a few Harbor Frieght stores in ventura county and they are great. Where else can you get a spread like this for $33? (click for larger image)
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Set backs

Lots of set backs with this maintainence job... It's been almost 3 weeks and I'm still not back on the road yet. Tonight brought another fine example. Again caused by using that gear puller on the pipe... the gap where the clip for the hose is supposed slip in has been collasped. I was able to pry the left side open but haven't had any luck with the right side yet as you can see. The one good thing is that the material is very soft so if I can wedge something in there it will open up again as easily as it closed. (click for larger image)
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