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Laminar
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Dec 13, 2021, 05:07 PM
 
Did some garage reorganization this weekend.





I was talking to a buddy a couple months ago about looking for some garage storage, he found an "awesome" deal on a used Snap-On roller cabinet for only $1500. I passed. I ended up getting all of this for less than that.
     
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Dec 13, 2021, 06:18 PM
 
Nice!

Is the tall one the “paint cabinet”?
     
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Dec 14, 2021, 09:35 AM
 
It has a shelf for M3 and RX8 parts, a shelf for truck/wife parts on one side and brake job parts on the other (vacuum pump, pressure pump, boots, specialty tools, fluid). I have a shelf of chemicals - interior/cleaning on one side, engine stuff on the other. The bottom shelf has wiper fluid, spare cooling fans, and my box of electrical/car audio parts.

I have drawer liners coming tomorrow so I can populate the main drawer cart. I got the pegboard hung between the wall cabinets last night so I'll figure out what I want to mount up there.

I have another cabinet on the side wall that holds all my aerosol paints - it's on the right side of this picture.



Sidenote, in looking at that picture I just spotted the roll of drawer liners I bought years ago but never used, so I can actually start the drawer loading tonight.

And speaking of paint, I want to go through all of those cans on the upper white shelf and just record the barcode/color and what it was for and then dispose of the rest of the paint. If we ever need to touch something up we can get some more made, after so many years whatever is left in these cans will be worthless anyway.
     
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Dec 14, 2021, 12:21 PM
 
Good deal!

This is encouraging me to trash the half-dozen cans of paint I have lying around.
     
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Dec 14, 2021, 02:47 PM
 
I've had mixed luck with old paint. Spray paint cans (unused) are usually good, even after 20 years. Housepaint cans are usually bad, unless they were never opened. Or if they're stored upside-down. That works sometimes, but 20 years is pushing it.
     
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Dec 14, 2021, 03:50 PM
 
Obligatory complaint it’s illegal to sell spray paint in Chicago.

This means I either get new cans before a project, or need to be willing to spontaneously drive an hour and restock if my old, unused cans turn out bad.

To be fair, that law totally stamped out graffiti. The Latin Kings just fuckin’ gave up.
     
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Dec 14, 2021, 03:51 PM
 
I am building sleds right now, pulling carbs, skids, building low buck powder toys. Can't wait for snow.
     
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Dec 14, 2021, 03:54 PM
 
No snowmachine?
     
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Dec 14, 2021, 05:33 PM
 
On the garage makeover, I recently discovered label printers.



Went ahead and got a color tape pack also. $30 for the above kit, and about $10 more for the color tapes pack.

It remains to be seen if I'll go on an organize-and-label binge. But it's working good for xmas presents and circuit breaker panels.
     
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Dec 14, 2021, 05:42 PM
 
We have an industrial-size machine at work, once I figure out what's in each drawer I'll be whipping some labels up.
     
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Dec 14, 2021, 05:46 PM
 
And I've had computer printers for years. The beauty of the heldheld model is you can label stuff on the spot. Even paint cans.
     
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Pro-tip: label wall warts with what they power.
     
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That’s not a snowmachine.
     
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Dec 14, 2021, 10:52 PM
 
Yeah, just put that in storage. Salt would kill it.

Here you go, current project, have a backlog of these things now.

     
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Dec 14, 2021, 10:59 PM
 
I knew you wouldn’t let me down!
     
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Dec 14, 2021, 11:55 PM
 
Haha! A Phazer II. I went straight through the windshield of one of those once. Good times.
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That takes precise aim.
     
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Dec 15, 2021, 04:08 PM
 
I picked up my first phazer 2 last march fro $600. So much fun... grabbed another one in June...and a third one in august.... and then this one a few weeks ago. They're like pokemons....
     
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Originally Posted by subego View Post
That takes precise aim.
Well that and a small tree, yes. Laws of physics and all that!
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Dec 16, 2021, 12:56 AM
 
Do people still try to decapitate snowmobilers with steel cables?
     
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Originally Posted by MacNNFamous View Post
I picked up my first phazer 2 last march fro $600. So much fun... grabbed another one in June...and a third one in august.... and then this one a few weeks ago. They're like pokemons....
I’m afraid I am going to ask a really stupid question, but I can’t help it: I reckon riding snow mobiles is fun, but why do you need 4? Is it that you take 4 broken ones to get one or two working ones? Or do you fix them up and plan to flip some of them?
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You want at least two. Generally speaking, snowmobiling is a “buddy system” activity.
     
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Originally Posted by subego View Post
You want at least two. Generally speaking, snowmobiling is a “buddy system” activity.
You mean like skiing? Because if something happens, at least one other person knows where you are?
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Yup!
     
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Originally Posted by MacNNFamous View Post
and then this one a few weeks ago. They're like student loans....
Sounds like fun.
     
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Dec 16, 2021, 12:18 PM
 
Troll.

I got one end of last season super cheap, GF loved it, I loved it, and so I sold my old cat race sled, and picked up a super cheap one with electric start, was going to build that one for her.... then I found one that had already had a long track, RMk running boards welded onto the tunnel, custom front suspension, huge bar riser, finger throttle, about 80% completed into an insane off trail build, for stupid cheap. Had to do it.

Then the one I posted popped up and this one has a custom, ultra rare widening kit, skis are placed 2" wider on each side, custom thermoformed body panels, literal widebody kit sled. Cheap. Runs. Needs bit of love. So.... yeah. 4 at the moment.

Plan is to get them all running ok, and have some friends over and go fuck around in the woods.
     
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Dec 28, 2021, 09:35 PM
 


In case it’s not clear, that first one’s not even an exit.
     
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Dec 29, 2021, 02:19 AM
 
Quality driving there. With snow on the ground, it's surprising the first two didn't include a rollover.
     
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Dec 29, 2021, 01:53 PM
 
One of the craziest deals of my life happened a few days ago, picked up a set of 90s JDM SSR multi piece wheels for... $200. It looks like they're worth $1500-2000 somewhere. They don't fit anything I own, but when you find multi piece japanese racing wheels for $50 each, you buy them. Maybe they'll be wall art? Idk.
     
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Dec 29, 2021, 03:32 PM
 
Any chance they were stolen? Things too good to be true ... usually aren't.
     
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Dec 29, 2021, 03:44 PM
 
$2000 could sure put a dent in something like bills or...you know...outstanding debt.
     
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Dec 29, 2021, 04:18 PM
 
Make a coffee table with them.
     
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Dec 30, 2021, 11:27 PM
 
Nah, not stolen, guy showed me pics of htem on his S2000 like 10 years ago when he first got it. They look amazeballs tho, they're the reddish/orange ones.



I am sort of a wheel whore... but on a budget. I only buy deals, then clean them up, relist, sell, trade, etc. Decent way to make some coin if you keep cash out and nab on deals when they pop up.
     
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Dec 31, 2021, 06:55 AM
 
The white flat faced one at the front looks a "bit" like a Compomotive MO. Would look great on my 205. What is it actually?
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Dec 31, 2021, 08:35 AM
 
Would pair amazing with an S2000
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The white flat faced one at the front looks a "bit" like a Compomotive MO. Would look great on my 205. What is it actually?
Probably the rarest wheel I own, it's a Tom's Racing Vesta, produced for only 2 years by Ray's Engineering. Tom's was/is a tuner for Toyota, and this was produced for the first gen MR2 and the like.

https://kyushashoes.com/product/toms-racing/

Someone used a die grinder to hog out the bore so they could mount it on a Honda at some point, but they did a shit job. I paid a machine shop to center them on the mill and machine out a groove to accept a hubcentric ring. Refinished them using the civic jacked up as a lathe, and sprayed them Frost White to match the 91 civic I posted above. Need to finish polishing out the paint, unsure if I'm going to run a varation of the decals or not. As for what they are worth, I have no idea, they basically never come up for sale. I have the goofy valve stems and centercaps for them too. They're going to look amazing on the civic next season.
     
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Dec 31, 2021, 03:45 PM
 
Love that classic gold BBS 3-piece. Great look.
     
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Jan 8, 2022, 03:16 PM
 
Late winter testing day at a local airfield. Cold, rough and very muddy but fun.

IMG_1420 by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr

IMG_1416 by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr

IMG_1415 by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr

IMG_1407 by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr

IMG_1405 by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr
(not me - my co driver)

The day was billed as "tarmac with some gravel"hence the tyres. Wrong. Stupidly left the gravel/winter tyres at home which would have given us at least some grip on the surface. Ah well.
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Mar 31, 2022, 10:53 AM
 
Mounted up my exhaust...



Engine is pretty much ready to be installed...



If I can figure out how to get it off the the stand, it's time to bolt it up to the trans and throw it back in the car this weekend.
     
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Daily, Summer, 2022. So happy how this is turning out.
     
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Interesting plate. A great choice for an EV owner. Did you have to buy it from a previous holder?

If not, congratulations on registering it before anyone else.
     
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Yeah it's usually on my hybrid, but I transferred it for the summer to this thing.
     
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Coworker’s. It took a year and a half to arrive after he ordered it.
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IMG_1416 by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr
I missed this at the time, but what's the flex hose crossing through the former rear seat area? A new fuel-fill line, routed away from possible crash zone in the fender?

That kind of flexy aluminum vent is most commonly found in houses, routing air from a bathroom or kitchen fan to the outdoors. Or snaking a heating vent through an awkward wall space.

Edit: also used for dryer vents.
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Or in cheesy sci-fi props.
     
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Coworker’s. It took a year and a half to arrive after he ordered it.
Looks like it was sitting for 1.5 years, maybe he should have called?
     
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Where are mustangs built these days? Shipping parts? But chip supply is a problem for all new cars.
     
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Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
Where are mustangs built these days? Shipping parts? But chip supply is a problem for all new cars.
Mustangs are built at the Flat Rock plant in Detroit. The pictured car is a Mach 1 package, which is a bit rare. I like the lighter colors that show off the graphics a little more.

     
 
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