February 10th, 2013

MIA

Damn…I’ve been off the grid for too long.
This post will be an attempt to summarize the tail end of 2012.
More importantly… give you an idea of what’s to come.

Let’s pick up where I left off, in Pemby.

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A typical grocery run/walk into town.

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When I first moved in and walked into the garage, these were the first things that caught my eye.
I quickly learned that skiing/snowboarding, & mtb (activities that were very foreign to me) was life here…The question is… what the hell was I doing in BC anyways?
Well an old friend and classmate Shane, hooked up a helper monkey position @ FYi.

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FYi is a vertical design firm on the forefront of technical apparel.

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From design, to patterning, to prototyping solutions… everything was done in house. I was fortunate enough to learn from the greats.

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But those 2 months just blitzed by.

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and I was on the road again.

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This time across the US of A.

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First stop… Seattle to visit Javor! I haven’t seen her since ’05 i think.

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Then to Matt & Mandy’s place in Portland.

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After catching up with Matt, I was back on the road and beelined it to Utah where I got some needed rest.

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As the next couple of days were packed with a few national park explorations. Bryce National Park.

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Zion National Park… Yes it just keeps getting bigger and better.

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Grand Canyon North Rim… all three parks left me speechless.

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Forgot to mention the entire trip I was nursing downhill mtb injuries… So after the Grand Canyon.. I made every effort to get back home quick… Fresh scabs + unrelenting heat = not good… Finally made it to my cousins new home in Michigan!

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Literally a week after I got home… there was record rainfall in Toronto and surrounding areas…
With my luck… I hydrolocked my motor two blocks away from my home… Two cross country treks with no problem… a small pond that formed on a side street…I had to pull the motor and tranny.

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September was wedding month… awesome to see three close friends tying the knot! Congratulations Cindy & Bri!

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My sista from anotha motha… Krista & Sean.

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Then straight to Boston for Sylvian & Porter’s Wedding…. That was an extremely busy month.

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Wait… One more!… Marris & Matt’s in November! Congratulations to all of you guys… Couldn’t be happier for y’all.

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It was time for backyard beautification projects, starting with the deck.

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Followed by some interlock resetting…

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Finishing off with a shed build!!!

I’m sure there’s quite a bit I left out… But I will get to that with detailed posts!
Well there you have it… the last 4 months of my 2012 in a post.
Lots of exciting things coming in 2013! So stay tuned.

June 5th, 2012

Aujourd’hui | Rewind.

I guess I should start where I trailed off.

I spent the following weekends in Picton undoing everything.

Everything I could take I pulled.

and transferred into whaaaaa????

Yup… convertible…

Still difficult to look at and difficult to let go.

But I guess I wouldn’t have found this one. Vert after the suspension swap.

Scott, Vic, & Izzy catching some z’s…. Thanks for all the help guys.

A couple months and some adjustments and she’s ready for the roadtrip to Vancouver?????
More to come!

February 29th, 2012

Chop Shop | t500rs + ps3 + gt5 = geekfest

When the first floor was about 1/2 way done, I received my t500rs wheel & PS3.  I’m way late on this one yes.  No one could believe I dumped so much on a system, when I haven’t touched a game since SNES. But I think everyone who’s played gt5 with the wheel have since changed their minds.

PS3 Unboxing.

The T500rs was pretty hefty. 40lbs!

Cockpit V 1.0.  You can google t500rs and read about it; solid wheel/pedal set.

Yeah V1.0 didn’t last for long.

I never used my creeper that much… especially with the texture on the garage floor now. That became the chassis I put everything on. The square iron was from an old workout bench.

Seat mounts out of some scrap 2×4.

That was the basic layout of the V 2.0. The wheel pivoted out of the way when getting in and out.

With no weight at the front it got ass heavy… especially if you had long legs… skateboard wheels were perfect for a wheelie bar.

This was a crude setup… but you get the point… It’s pretty sweet.

How approves.

As nice as that setup was, it still wasn’t there. The force feedback was too much for the shotty build.  I knew I needed something stronger.  Since It was going to be a finalized version, I inverted the pedals to “gt” style (upside down).

Here it is set into the frame.

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So I’m not too sure why I didn’t take any photos inbetween… But here it is… Finished.

The final cockpit was compact and there was no steering column between your legs.

The new steering column extended horizontally on a rail system and was set with the wingnut.

Finally mounted the PS3 and the wheel’s power supply.

A look from above… gt5 is so zen and frustrating at the same time.

A look from below.  No column in the middle is way better.  I would definitely like to give the Logitech G27 a try someday to compare.  But I’m more than happy with the current setup.

February 9th, 2012

Chop Shop | Emissions = Fail

It was around July when I finally got my act together and tried getting Ontario plates.

After failing emissions miserably… I waited on new parts.

You know the drill… old out… new in…

but before that happened, I had to give the new cat a few coats.

Polish internals.

and paint the headers.

Done and done. New cat & O2 sensor! Brought her back to the shop and she passed!

September 21st, 2011

Pardon the randomness | Splurge

Roughly 18 years ago… was the time I put down my SNES…
Without touching a gaming system since… I wait on the delivery of this.

September 14th, 2011

Aujourd’hui | MIA

For the past 5 months… things have been hectic. I do apologize for not posting.  BUT… not all is lost.  I have been diligently taking lots of shitty photos as I go along.  Here’s a peak at what’s been happening at home.

Garage reorg

Upstairs reorg

Full tune up… Plugs to port polishing.

Fill. Sand. Fill. Sand. Fill. Sand. Cut Edges. Roll. Cut Edges. Roll.

Kicking up dust.

Tiling and some more painting.

Shoot out to the Cape for Dena & Fred’s wedding.

Scott & Vic’s new home… and soon to be born Isabell.

Then back home to new appliances… and laid tiles

Over a 1000ft of trim.

The Cabreuva arrives!

Sibling rivalry.

I’ll end this post with Isabell.

More coming this way.

April 10th, 2011

Chop Shop | More DIY goodness

So last week I bought a rack for the bm.

Of course there has to be modifications.

Here I am bending a scrap aluminum sheet.

Grabbed two 12′ pieces of pine from the deeps and had them cut to 3′ planks.

here’s the front valence mounted on with the planks.

Quick test fit.

February 22nd, 2011

Sightings | Honey!

So… I was getting something made downstairs in the model shop at work… and randomly see a rack of honey… Workshop & Honey… so I ask Joe… what gives… He schools me on the 7 hives he owns and rents… he nets about 300lbs of honey yearly!… needless to say… I was a happy customer…. Honey + Black Coffee

February 14th, 2011

Chop Shop | I’m a Deer…

Caught up in the light game…
I took the leap…
There’s no turning back now…

Things to come:

All new acrylic lenses up front
Morimoto mini H1 bi-xenon projector kit + 5000k 35w HID kit
3000k HID fog kit. (Aimed lower internally and used occasionally)
3M Protective film all around.

Retrofit time next week… You ready? I am.
I’m hoping for something similar to this…

January 26th, 2011

Chop Shop | Bits and pieces

Short shift kit…check… SS brake lines….check… good weather for installation… no check.

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