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.

March 2nd, 2012

Renos | double vanity

The double vanity for the master bath arrives.

The unboxing wasn’t too pretty.

There she is. Mom obviously happy.


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 29th, 2012

Renos | Mirror rorriM

A mirror in the front foyer is your double check before you walk out.

That had been missing for a couple weeks now. With everything painted and buttoned up. It was time to put the new one up.

You might have wondered what that structure was.  Well if you remember removing the last mirror (glued to the wall), I definitely didn’t want that kind of damage. The solution was a few angled cuts off a 2×4, essentially creating a locking system.

The result was 4 screws into studs. Minimal drywall damage, tonnes of support.

Mount and paint the frame. Oh yeah run your wires as well.

Cause shit’s backlit yo.

February 29th, 2012

Renos | Closet coordination.

With the closet finished… I had an Idea.

To put a standard plastic drawer organizer in for the little things.

Here’s how it looked.  I then built a shelving system around it with some scrap.

Quick test fit.  Now to put some shelves and poles in.



February 27th, 2012

Made | Front door threshold

The front foyer was lookin better.

Except when you opened the door.

The extruded plastic threshold took a beating from the contractors.

When they were removing the tiles… they used the threshold as a fulcrum for their pry bar… grrreat.

Of course that piece was so old there was no replacement.

So I ripped my own out of scrap leftover from the flooring.  Wooden extrusion ftw.

Close up of how everything pieced together.

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 27th, 2012

Renos | Foyer & hallway.

I’m approaching the 4th month of the reno… and the little things that were missing began to drive everyone crazy.

For example… the front foyer’s closet.  There was no door for over a month.  Ughh… everything was exposed. I forgot to take a before picture but it was a mess.  I don’t like mess…. Here it is, gutted, ready for a makeover.

Closer look at everything… the hell was I thinking years ago when I installed that closet organizer?

At least the outside started looking respectable.

Hallway return vent centred and painted.

Staircase stringer straightened.

I ended up painting from the hallway to the kitchen.


February 26th, 2012

Renos | Family room. Finally.

The next morning… I started priming.

Blew through a whole can for both sides.

A good paint job is all in the prep work.  I was really happy with how it turned out.  It made all that sanding worth while.

Paint is up.  We just went with the same paint colour as the back wall.

We had the flooring contractors custom make a ledge in cabreuva.

My favourite part was actually the baseboard mitre. Took me a couple tries to get it right.

The post doesn’t look so out of place anymore does it.

Here’s a shot from the kitchen looking in.

Quick shot of the room with the important furniture trickling in… namely the sofa and the television.


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