i got the whole summer in front of me with a car that is 99% complete, and not just complete, it’s at the point where I gotta look HARD for things that need upgrading/ changing...One missed show is a minor inconvenience.
I love the fact that you are still here. Unlike My conscience, I love having you around and my life would be meaningless without you. For years, I thought Mike M was an ace humourist who worked with a gas axe and old parts to improve Fords. Like "A Study of Humour under Nz Rule".For those that have wondered, I didn’t just go away.
I was exiled. For being a bad boy.
For being an opinionated, self righteous prick. ( Usually my normal behavior I know, but this last time I was all but begging for it) So I got smacked down with Thor’s Ban Hammer.
It took me a few weeks to realize that this wasn’t my “normal” behavior, and the longer it set in, the more I realized that an apology was in order. So, starting at the top, and since he was also one of the “most offended” I reached out to Noobz and apologized, not really expecting anything in return other than to lighten my load.
Since then, we have exchanged a few emails, and he has offered to allow me to come back here and sit in my chair on my front porch, occasionally yell at the damn kids running across the lawn, and blather along nonsensically about this thought or that.
I cant go into certain rooms,..( No great loss, I never went into the O/T forums anyway,...I’d just get myself banned for saying more stupid sht that I know nothing about)
I have to steer away from controversial topics.
I have to leave the How much power, What muffler, What wheel, What color, and Why am I so stupid threads to the nice guys here.
Additionally, I appear to have lost simple powers, like being able to edit my own thread title,..that may just be a glitch IDK.
I know there are some that will read this and think “ that dick-head is back”. And there will be just as many that won’t even bother to look at it. To those that have read this far along, I’m sorry to you as well, because having to watch Me spout off some angry ill informed rant about this thing or that can’t be that much fun for anybody...So.......once again, not the guy I really wanna be.
So,...before you start thinking I’ve become the sites Snow White, and now dance and sing with all the furry and feathery little woodland creatures,...smack yourself..I just cant be such an ass.
Without the Subliminal Mind F...ing America, we are all just Merican Idgeets.Welcome back Mike! Was wondering where your thread disappeared to, then found that YOU had disappeared, then....
And it's not an all-bad thing to try to stay away from political topics. They generally only tend to piss people off. I'm not sure why some people seem to want to do that, but I guess they can't get their egos stroked enough elsewhere or they just want to be confrontational. The only echo chamber anyone should really find here should be about cars and related content. Of course, having said that, I started a BSing thread a while back that is just that - about BSing and whatever floats your boat. Well, except political .....
Oh Mike your so predictable!
On another note thinking about your time out. I do enjoy the days gone by of reading when you first joined your racing stories. Do you know that is 10 years ago now since you joined? You have such a knack at story telling and a way with words. Your a great writer first a mechanic second.
No problem,..and thanks for all the words of support. BTW, What do they call Stalkers in New Zealand Dean?
General karthief, three Question marks from you. I consider it an honor.
PS. If you need an RX4 radiator, just chop an RX8 radiator in half.
Sorry CMA...couldn't resist. When do you fit the 20B Rotary?
* insert appropriate amount of of disgusted emotions in the space below.
I tell Kate that I built this car to show,......not to have it sit in an endless state of dis-repair/modification stand by.
To prove that, i look into the numerous regional cruise-in events that go on continually throughout the year down here, and tell her that even though i just came from one 45 days ago,..my next goal is to make the Bama coast cruise in the 3rd week of April, going on in Orange beach.
I look at the event, and it’s a three day thing, slotted to take place 4/22-4/25..I look into rooms,...I can book a 1 br condo with a private driveway for 775.00 for the three nights....
I book it.
Then,...for whatever reason, I decide to take on the oil pan swap, and the k member swap...and as usual,...sht hits the fan. The k member swap forces the front wheels forward, and they now hit the intercooler that has been in the same space since this build was a baby..
Instead of stopping right there, and solving the problem by replacing the lower control arms with adjustable units that would allow me to not touch the intercooler so that the tires could be effectively moved rearward,. I choose the opposite. Primary reason being that the control arms in question are on back order,...and won’t be available till first of May..
No said the mutherfcking finger...I need this fixed sooner, than later. I choose to modify the intercooler instead.
And...as is typical for all things I touch,..I fck the intercooler up beyond salvage..effectively destroying it, and forcing a redo of the entire cold side, and it’s requisite water supply lines....Which are now too short to reach the yet to arrive new intercooler water ports....
All because i decide to replace the perfectly good, albeit heavy ass factory K member with a lightweight unit instead..
The new one is a straight though design, it’ll fit under the engine, behind the radiator saddle....but,....I gotta build the charge tube, re do the water lines, and make the mount tabs to hold the thing in place.
And...it won’t be here till Thursday, one day after my day off, leaving me only Sunday to figure it out, and get it working. Then get the car to an alignment shop...with only days to go before taking the thing on another 500 mile round trip...untested.
So....the better part of conservatism tells me that being stranded with a project like this 100-150 miles out of town is not the desired outcome, and I bail..leaving the Monster an me free to fight another day.
The next several of these events are dead of summer things,...nothing i’m interested in being part of..I’d rather just do a couple of local,Saturday night cruisins and save the Monster for my one big favorite....The week long Mississippi Gulf coast event in October..And come hell or high water..I’m going.
Provided I don’t change something between now and then.
I have the eBay add popping up for the adjustable front control arms. It’s the ones droopie linked in his responseThis is not a hijacking, but I just pulled up this tread and an add came up. I've never had this happen before. Is this just on my end or did something on the site change?