February 16th, 2013


Affectionately known as Pemby.

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This cozy town is tucked away 1/2 hr north of whistler. (Depending on who’s driving;)
Things I’m missing… no particular order:


Mountains… and riding them.


Black Cottonwood trees…  imagine giant dandelions.


Bike rides.


Random hikes.. (1mile lake)


Durvin’ twisties. (Above | Sea to sky hwy… Below | Lillooet)


After all this mountain driving, I finally understood chassis flex, oil starvation, and o2 depravation induced power loss… sigh… but I digress…Pemby will definitely hold a special place in my heart…


Whether riding through sun showers.


Or her crisp nights and star filled skies…
If you’re ever in Vancouver and have the desire to get out of the city…
This is the place to be.

February 10th, 2013


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.


A typical grocery run/walk into town.


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.


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


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


But those 2 months just blitzed by.


and I was on the road again.

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This time across the US of A.


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


Then to Matt & Mandy’s place in Portland.


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


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


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


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


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!


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!


My sista from anotha motha… Krista & Sean.


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.


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 7th, 2012

Adventures | xcountry

Here goes…

Day 1 – Markham, ON – Sault Saint Marie, ON

Pancake Bay Provincial Park – Conditions… Thunderstorm… that was at least until I finished setting up my tent…

It was THIS ten minutes after I finished setting up my tent.

Temperatures plummeted as it rained throughout the night…  The beach looked almost spooky the next morning.

Day 2 – Sault Saint Marie, ON – Thunder Bay, ON

Only in Wawa do you see awesome shit like this.

Scott: Where are you? Thunder Bay? Beth & Dave live there… go visit them.

After a few phone calls, I was pulling up to their house.  They live on a 15 acres, have animals like Ester the lama! she protects the sheep!

They also have chicken that lay their eggs and then get used for meat.

‘ella is adorable and very lucky to have such awesome parents.

We then went to Kakabeka Falls, Oh yeah, I forgot to mention Thunderbay and Sault Saint Marie was experiencing floods.  The falls were flowing at 12 times it’s average..

The mist it was generated from the falls.

Day 3 – Thunderbay, ON – Regina, Sasketchewan

Finally… Blue skies.

Too much sun can be bad sometimes… pulling over to rehydrate.

Then you hit the Praries… I didn’t really understand why people think it sucks driving through here… I think it’s nice…

Until the sun’s shining directly in your eyeball for 2 hrs. and your windshield is covered with bugs…

Day 4 – Regina, Sasketchewan – Calgary, Alberta

Early morning start.

Told you… one million!

As I got into Calgary… I saw them in the distance… View from Bry’s apt.

Day 5 – Calgary, Alberta – Vancouver, British Columbia.

Banff National Park – Mount Rundle

A view from behind the Fairmont Banff Springs.

Building, sky, mountain, sweet.

Even the hiking trails were beautiful.

Hiking along the Bow River.

After that I headed to Lake Louise.

I know right?

Great camo.

I have a thing with reflections.

Shot to death.

I wonder if I could get this shot at toogood pond… ha

A picture from the other side! that’s how far I hiked!

After Lake Louise… I pinned it for Vancouver… twas a treacherous drive…

But well worth it!.. There I met up with Geoff!!

And the most well mannered happy dogs I’ve ever seen.  June bug.

Day 7 – Vancouver, BC – Pemberton, BC

Well.. Here I am parked outside my new place in Pemby.  That in the distance is Curry mountain!

There it is… another one for the books!

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!

March 12th, 2012

Chop Shop | A moment.





Counter steer.




A split second I will never forget.

Farewell dear friend.

March 8th, 2012

Chop Shop | Scaffold build

Storage shortage 101… build upwards son.

There was really only one restriction.  The scaffold could not be any lower than the entrance height.

Basic framework laid out.  It will be a 5’x9′ platform.  Used for seasonally accessed items.

In retrospect I should have used a 2″ x 8″ to span the length… but the scaffold to the right has held up pretty well over the past 7 years.

A look from the entrance… plenty of head room.

First sheet of ply up…. I ripped 5’x4′ sheets and walked up the ladder to get them up there.

Phew… 1 up… one to go.

What do you mean 1 up one to go?… well the other scaffold was a bit low… underneath it was more of a crawl space than actual usable space.

Everything came down.

Since I was rebuilding, might as well make them the same width.

Set the height and fix the stud into the brick.

It was nice to have the old scaffold there to work on while building the new one.

Beams up.

Rolled the Healey forward a couple feet to up the ply up.

Done and done.  Time to put everything back and clean up.

No more 2×4’s to the dome.

Used the scraps leftover to build a storage rack.

There it is… just a few more things to put away.

March 7th, 2012

Chop Shop | Suspension…

Finally get around to my suspension!

Just picked up my ball joint tool… So much easier.

Everything out.

Billys ready to go in.  The previous shocks were shot.  I now only bottom out under extreme circumstances.

Fronts done. Rears on the way.

Not much change in ride height. But firmed out the ride.

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.





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 27th, 2012

Chop Shop | S40 HID retrofit.


Anna: hey rob.

Rob: what’s wrong with your car?

Anna: How’d you know?

She broke her passenger headlight.

I’m not too sure what was wrong with the factory housing from the get go.  But she was burning through halogen bulbs every other month. Not cool

I ended up grabbing another set of Morimoto Mini H1’s and 5000k bulbs so they’d last .

The chrome shrouds made the retrofit look a bit more OEM.

Typically most people would just cut a hole out of the factory boot to run wires.  But of course I wanted the ability to return it back to factory specs.  So I found a rubber drain boot that fit perfectly to the diameter.  Just a little trimming.

Sittin flush!… bit more wiring and I’m done.


February 24th, 2012

Chop Shop | Sibling rivalry

What is this???

Another E30???

Yissir!  Honestly, I couldn’t be happier that Tiff is the proud owner of this machine.

I mean Look at those panels!  The previous owner was a meticulous BMW aficionado. As a matter of fact, it took us over a month to convince him to sell his baby.

If you thought the body was clean… peep the bay.

Best of all, it was an ix! At least I know she’ll be more than fine when the snow hits the ground.

Unforetunately, Tiff had to leave her with me the first night to look after the caliper.  Six months in and she’s still looking great! Good jorb Ti.

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