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AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter)
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1/6/22 11:27 a.m.

In reply to dculberson :

Technically it's a "looks good to me" job, but I did talk to a few people beforehand who have done construction and similar projects before and they agreed that it would work fine.

That lower rafter tie is really just keeping the rafters from spreading and doing a split. The old ones were just 2x4s, and some of those weren't even a solid 2x4 for the whole length. You could also tell once I had the "attic" floor removed that they weren't under tension. Again when I cut them out, they didn't "pop" apart like there was tension there, which of course is very good since the raised rafter ties were in place before cutting out the old ones. 

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4/4/22 9:59 a.m.

Well, it's been another long while since I've updated the thread here.


For the most part that's because much of my time in the beginning of the year was put towards doing a kitchen renovation. At this point it still needs trim and a backsplash, but the cast majority of the work is done, and the side by side comparison you see below I think really captures the improvement. I'm really happy with how it has turned out, and more importantly, so is my wife. 



Now that that was mostly done, the other outstanding project was fixing the leak going into my mudroom. This time last year I did a lot of work to the structure of the mudroom, but sadly it still had a very intermittent leak. Some rain storms it would leak pretty good, and then some rain storms wouldn't leak at all. Very frustrating, but we're pretty sure the culprit is the siding on the section of the house above the mud room. My brother in law offered his assistance, so part of the last two weekends we got to work. 

This is the stage where I had gotten all the old siding off. You can see it was done in sections, the rightmost being the oldest. The left is where it was leaking into the mud room, the big rot in the top right of that section was dry, so we're thinking that must have been from before the roof was replaced some time ago, hopefully. And that lovely middle section... had no sheeting on it at all, siding was put directly onto the studs. No house wrap under any of it. (Fortunately upstairs that is just a closed in laundry area, but still...)

So we added sheeting to the middle and house-wrapped all of it. The Lowe's bill hurt, but as long as it fixes the leak I'l be happy.

Most of it is done now, I should be able to finish it up this week in the evenings. 



In other news, I've also been helping Blair out as much as I can with getting his shop and vehicle situation situated. I helped him shuffle some cars around on Saturday and then brought one home with me...

I'm not a Honda guy, but this thing is too cool to pass up. No engine/trans at this point. I am going to get the title work sorted out before I go too much further. The general plan for it I think is:

  1. Title. 
  2. Engine/Trans/drivable.
  3. Finish fab work on the bed. 
  4. Spray bomb. 
  5. Enjoy. 

Now, when all that happens will probably take a while, but still. It's cool. I do want to get the "Motley Miata" on the road first. I have most of those parts already so once I have time for that it shouldn't take too long. 

ian sane
ian sane Dork
4/4/22 10:31 a.m.

Utes rule!


Man, houserepair always feels good but there's just such a huge bill to tangible "fun thing in your hands" ratio.

AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter)
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4/4/22 10:35 a.m.

In reply to ian sane :

I love your e30 ute! 

Honestly depending on how this one goes I could definitely see doing a BMW ute because I like RWD, but for now this one shouldn't take t00 t00 much to be functional. (Not necessarily pretty.)

ian sane
ian sane Dork
4/4/22 11:45 a.m.

Haha, I drove my e30truck yesterday for the first time in many moons since it's really my girlfriend's daily and I was commenting that I don't like driving it because all I see is the things I HAVEN'T done to it yet to "finish" it off and she told me to shut up and it was exactly how she wanted it.

Would there still be room in that honda to throw the crv AWD stuff under it? Then it could be really rowdy!

GameboyRMH MegaDork
4/4/22 3:42 p.m.
ian sane said:

Haha, I drove my e30truck yesterday for the first time in many moons since it's really my girlfriend's daily and I was commenting that I don't like driving it because all I see is the things I HAVEN'T done to it yet to "finish" it off and she told me to shut up and it was exactly how she wanted it.

Sounds like marriage material laugh

AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter)
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4/4/22 4:04 p.m.

In reply to ian sane :

I can relate!

AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter)
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4/4/22 4:05 p.m.
ian sane said:

Would there still be room in that honda to throw the crv AWD stuff under it? Then it could be really rowdy!

Blair would love that idea, but my wallet isn't that deep. 

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5/3/22 10:33 a.m.

Since I bought the truck the throw out bearing has been a little noisey, not too bad though. Until the last couple weeks the noise got loud and pretty much constant. 

Ordered parts last week, and then we dug into it over the weekend since we were all hanging out anyway, might as well do something too. 

I had to move a bucnh of stuff out of the way, but I was able to get the truck into the garage and close the door. Only because the barn door sits on the outside of the block instead of a standard garage door would sit inside of the block. It's that tight. But it fits, and working on concrete beats gravel by a long shot. 


This what the throw out bearing looked like...


As of now, the trans is back in place with the new clutch and flywheel and throw out bearing. Need to finish bolting it in, and put in the new clutch hydraulics this week and it should be good to go. 

Then I can prep the Miata for Carlisle IPN, and assist my brother with his RX7 before Carlisle as well. 

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5/11/22 2:11 p.m.

Couple pictures from my prep for Carlisle Import & Performance / NICO Fest this weekend. 


As this picture says, different springs, welded diff, and alignment. 


New diff bushings were in oder as well. This is getting the old rubber off the washer holder things that hold the diff up. 


Off with the stock springs (taller ride height for rallyX, etc.), on with the FM springs. 


The internet hates spring compressors, so this should really fire some people up. Works fine though, especially with such tight springs. 

I don't get the hate on spring compressors, like any tool, respect it and you'll be fine. 

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5/15/22 8:17 a.m.

In reply to AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter) :

I agree 100% on the spring compressors. Using your head a little and they are decently safe. 

AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter)
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5/18/22 10:57 a.m.

Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals (IPN) recap!

Got there in decent time Friday morning and got teched with no issue. Had my normal street tires on to start so I got a couple good runs in on autocross. It's a pretty small course, but still fun. NICO Club puts on the autoX/drift event and they run it pretty well. Lots of seat time as you just make a run and hop back in line, no course work. 

AutoX results aren't up yet, but I recall my best time was a 1:01, last I heard FTD was like a 55 or something. I'm happy though. (Timing was done by stopwatch due to rain, it's more of a fun event than super competitive, so this is fine by me.)


Friday Drifting I was having a heck of a time. Kinda frustrating as my 3rd event since my hydraulic handbrake install and I was still figuring out how to properly initiate. Fortunately there really weren't many drifters on Friday so I got a ton of seat time. By the end of the day I had the initiation down fairly well. I could consistently initiate the slide into the turn without immediately spinning out or going into the grass. Making it all the way through the turn was still in progress. 


Saturday I was repping my Dead Skunk t-shirt. Got there a bit later on Saturday, still had plenty of seat time. I progressed through the day, and was getting fairly consistent in drifting the course. At the end of the day I hopped in with a couple groups and was the last car chasing. I hung back mostly on the one run, but the next run was with a guy named Bon who drifts a Monte Carlo, at first I kept my distance, but he kept egging me on to get closer, and towards the end of our run I was drifting within 10 feet of him or so. It was a blast!

Mid day Saturday Carlisle does a "Drift Limbo" event. It's a little gimicky as far as competitive drifting goes, but still kinda fun. Basically they have two cones setup that you have to drift through and over time they keep moving them closer together. It's much simpler than a normal lead/chase drift competition, so I can't knock it. It's a little hard to give perspective of how it works, and why it's gimicky, but it works. 

I guess it gets a lot of spectators, so that's what Carlisle likes. As long as you're registered to drift, you can participate, so I did, and normally there are quite a few entries. I think last year there were probably ~20 cars competing. 

This year I took 5th place in Drift Limbo!!!

(There were only 5 entries...)


Anyway, here's some action shots. This batch is from the Carlisle Event staff:


Some from another photographer there: (@mkii.717 on instagram)


My other highlight from the show was getting to see this car in person and talk with the builder a bit. I've been following this build on Tik Tok for over a year, and it's been amazing to see the progress. I was so excited whenever I heard it was coming to Carlisle. 

996 wide body slantnose conversion form Crucible Coachworks in York. (Subsidiary of Translog) All of the fenders, quarter panels, rockers, duck bill, and diffuser were hand formed and built by Ryan. 

My pictures really don't do it justice.



All in all a very fun weekend, here's the results!

AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter)
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5/18/22 11:01 a.m.

The high quality versions of these haven't come in yet, but here's some pictures from @m.inman_shotz on instagram. 



And Monday I grabbed some more wheels because there's never enough... (Especially 15"s right now. I have lots of 14"s.)

Came off some VW, should work on the Miatas fine. 

iansane Dork
5/18/22 11:14 a.m.

Looks like a blast! It's nice to feel progression in things like the drift initiation over the course of the weekend.

AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter)
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5/18/22 1:21 p.m.

In reply to iansane :

It was! I forgot to mention it earlier, but besides progressing on the initiation I got a much better feel for clutch kicking through the turn. The main turns on the Carlisle track are basically a big 180*, and for me to keep the Miata in 2nd gear and not bog down I had to clutch kick 4-6 times through the turn... More power would be nice, but I know more seat time is also key. I'll work with what I got for now. 

AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter)
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5/23/22 9:19 a.m.

Been keeping an eye out for a donor car to put an engine/trans into the civic truck and get it on the road. Talked with Blair and Dave a bit and I ended up picking this up last night... Loaded it up at 10:30-11, got home by 1:30am. Just a casual Sunday. 


Kid said a shop diagnosed it as no fuel no start because of clogged fuel lines. Engine does crank, though at the time I picked it up it didn't have an ECU plugged in. Came with a stock ECU and a "chipped" ECU. Sounds sketchy, but it appears to be a Mugen chip, and possibly programmable, so it might bring some resale value. I'm not really trying to turbo this car or anything. 


Plan will be to get it running, drive it around enough to make sure the trans feels ok, and then stick the drivetrain into the civic truck and get it street legal. Still working on some house projects trying to finish up loose ends, but it's coming together. I also still have a Miata shell out back I want to get street legal too. Lots of work to do. 

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