September 30th, 2010

Chop Shop | Jack tote

I know this is a bit ridiculous… but things have been weird without the car in garage…

So I had a few pieces of scrap synthetic… and an hour of spare time.

I need an industrial sewing machine real bad… that singer just can do heavy materials.

Well there it is…  a bit ridiculous… but it’s the little things right.

September 27th, 2010

Chop Shop | Productive weekend.

Spent an entire day Saturday working on the Sprite.

Sunday was dedicated to the E30. Tranny/Diff fluid change, Switched back to my all seasons, cleaned inside out, and did some rustproofing. After all that… I started working on the Sprite’s stereo console.

I’ve been staring at this piece of junk for the longest time.

The black/silver faceplate wasn’t cutting it… and I couldn’t afford one of those fancy retrosound joints.

So some modifications were necessary.

All masked up and ready to get sprayed.

Done… onto the console.

Tracing out the pattern.

Punching out the holes for the speaker.

The speaker floated pretty nicely… I just hope the magnet doesn’t affect the stereo.

There she is completed.

September 23rd, 2010

Chop Shop | Sticker!

I usually hate inspection stickers, they ruin the windshield as they’re tough to take off.

But in this case, it’s the complete opposite! Many thanks again Allan!

September 22nd, 2010

Chop Shop | Photobook

It’s at least fridge worthy… ha

September 19th, 2010

Chop Shop | Temporary housing

Here she is at Allan’s House.  I can’t thank him enough for all he’s done.

September 17th, 2010

Aujourd’hui | BIF 6

Business Innovation Factory.  This collaborative innovation summit was full of inspirational guest speakers.  I think one of the speakers that resonated with me was Dale Dougherty, the Editor and Publisher of Make Magazine.

That was what he closed his presentation with, and I agree.

September 16th, 2010

Chop Shop | She’s Alive!

With a lil bit of distributor and timing tweaks… she’s alive.

This is the first time it’s been out of the garage in 6 months.

So of course a substantial photoshoot was necessary.

It was a pretty exciting time…

I must thank Allan & Joe for all the help.

Enroute to Allan’s garage in Newport.  Stay tuned!

September 13th, 2010

Chop Shop | Quick shout out

I just got back from Toronto after a weird drive home.  Full of close calls, contemplation, and crap weather.

But when it all clears up… it’s quite beautiful no?… But back to the the shout out.  My 2 uncles Eddie & Alfred have been steadily passing down some sweet tools.  I mean look what Eddie gave me.

Mirror, feeler gauges, screw pitch gauges,  files, punches…. I really appreciate it is what I’m trying to say.  Hell, between the two of them, they pretty much furnished half of my toolbox.

I treat them with the utmost respect. Cleaned after every use. Thank you again, the car would not have been where it is without your generosity.

September 7th, 2010

Chop Shop | 10 Gigs of Fail

I have about that much video footage of me not getting the car started this weekend. Bah!

But I did get everything else done.

I drilled holes into the door arm rests, and mounted screws with plastic anchors on the other end.

Add a little stuffing.

that allowed it to just click into the factory holes.

Skiving the edge of the leather.

Close seaming the bottom.

The wrap was a bit small, so I let it sit in the sun for an hour while I grabbed lunch.

Starting the wrap… I had to pull so hard on the tread I ended up with 2 blisters on my fingers.

But well worth it no?

Everything’s pretty much in… I really wanted this to be just one video post of the car starting.  But I guess I’ll have to try again.

Even the packaging is done for the Dinky Toy.

September 2nd, 2010

Chop Shop | Spent

Yesterday was a good day.  Lots done.

Oil change, Tranny fluid, Diff fluid, Fuel pressure regulator/pump/filter. Done.

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