March 8th, 2015

Sightings | Pot Dealer

If I ever make it to Istanbul… I will definitely check out the Grand Bazaar.
Here’s a great little short about Culture, food, and the love of making things.

January 23rd, 2015

Sightings | Something I must see

Inside Studio Ghibli

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.

October 5th, 2011

Aujourd’hui | Only one

January 22nd, 2011

Chop Shop | Success

So I disconnected the power for 1/2hr and went to town…airbag connector off… T25 torx x 2 off…

Airbag off…

New wheel on!

I like…a lot

January 21st, 2011

Chop Shop | That’s a wrap

With the pattern cut… I have to note… I made a rookie mistake when calculating the circumference… You have to take the stretch of the material into account…. what I did to remedy this was to make two breaks in the pattern… which in the end turned out to be quite functional.

With a bit of a fight… it fit… I was surprised.

Oh yes… One thing I forgot to mention on the last post was how I marked the wheel as I removed the stock cover… This helps align the new pattern piece.

Starting to stitch it together.

So far so good…


Spoke detail.

QC this ish.

The bottom spoke wasn’t too bad.

The stitch consistency varied a bit as I set the tension low on the sewing machine… The next one I do will be tighter.

August 24th, 2010

Chop Shop | Carb cleaning part 2

The garage is filled with an aromatic mixture of gas and carb cleaner.

Measuring the gas float bowls to make new seals.

Time to cut.

One down…

Cleaning the linkage up.  I have no clue why it was painted.

Second carb apart.

The buildup of crap on this one wasn’t as bad inside.

This is my newest contraption.  Great protection from splashback.

August 16th, 2010

Chop Shop | Weekend update.

So this weekend was productive to say the least.  Friday night, the glass went back into the driver’s side door, and I started stripping the valve cover.

Just getting the window to fit and test rolling it.

I noticed the ding on the valve cover when I took it off, looked at it and said “might as well”.

So I tapped it out.

Saturday was Fab day.

Radiator shroud done, time for the battery box.

Here’s a shot of the new glass.

The battery box was a challenge, it had to be smooth on the bottom, and mount to the body without drilling new holes for fasteners.

Placing the template onto the scrap aluminum.

All marked up.  ready to cut.

Yes, I occasionally cut aluminum on a table saw.

All bent up.  Time for a test fit.

Prepping for an angled cut.


Done and done!… I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

That was how it all fitted in.

Exhaust manifold and carbs out…  I was talking to Don about how poorly the motor was designed. Seriously, 3 exhaust ports for a 4 cylinder car?  On top of that, you put the intake and exhaust ports on the same side.

Moving on.  I grinded all the rust off of the headers and resprayed it.

Headers back in.

I’m not too sure how the rad got so banged up.

Putting all the bits and pieces in on the valence.

And… We’re in!  Still have a bit of tweaking to do, but I’m pretty happy with the results.

It’s going to be a rainy week.  Perfect for a carb rebuild session.

April 13th, 2010

Contest | Name this car

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Send your entries to robertvtang at gmail dot com…. Winner gets a pair of shoes.

April 6th, 2010

Chop Shop | Dash woes

So I commited to stripping the dash…  I relabeled everything and went to town.

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I don’t know what was more difficult… the chips in the paint… or spraying autostripper on it.

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Yeah… spraying that autostripper on the dash was like keying your own car….

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Painful to look at right?

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Not as bad as this… the first coat didn’t take too much off… I was really worried.

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See what I mean… not good…

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Laid down a coat of stronger stuff… it’s looking better… but it was 3am… time to wrap it up.

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Time… to… sleep.

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