February 29th, 2012
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 9th, 2012
With everything out… it was time to get some painting done.
Tiff & Anna both helped out with the trim and the walls.
Can’t really see it in these pics, but there must have been a million holes in the walls that were filled and sanded.
Trim = Done.
February 7th, 2012
The wooden garage doors have seen some weathering over the years.
Everything was cleared out after laying down the flooring, so I took the opportunity to clean and stain them.
A major problem with the garage that had to be addressed was the lighting.
That 100w single bulb just wasn’t cutting it.
So I ran 2 fluorescents closer to the ground.
Even light coverage was the goal, but the area between the garage doors was always the dim spot, especially with them open.
The void between the doors created a perfect opportunity for a storage/lighting rack.
Almost done the main section.
Running some wiring for the fluourescents & pull down extension.
Found an L bracket that fits the extension reel perfectly.
Quick test to see that everything’s in working order.
Up she goes. Quite a bit of research was done on roof trusses to make sure the rack lighting was adequately supported.
Flashing was inserted in between the doors to prevent further weathering.
Finally the vertical storage shelves.
February 6th, 2012
It’s been a while, but the dust is settling.
This weekend was spent sorting through thousands of photos.
February 14th, 2011
I’ve had this blank diy munny doll for a while now.
Thought I’d put it to good use as a small wedding gift…
I basically took this pattern… A parade they went to in London… (Each elephant was decorated by country)
1/2 way done.
February 3rd, 2011
Redemption of my failed first attempt.
With smaller patterns cut and machine stitched… I started hand stitching the pieces together… The end result was looking similar to yesterday nights… not good.
After a bit of tugging and pulling of fabric and thread tensions… everything tightened up!
Nothing close to perfect… But a pass in my books. Here it is with the boot attached.
With the boot frame adhered.
I had sketched this out in the previous post… but due to all the stretching of the suede the exposed aluminum portion just wasn’t a perfect circle… I couldn’t stare at that without being annoyed.
I found a piece of scrap leather from the Healey’s steering wheel and started skiving it with a file.
Not too bad.
Much better… I do like the subtle contrast of materials… but no one’s going to notice.
February 3rd, 2011
I wanted to try something different…
Here’s the sketch… I want the shift boot and knob to be one by wrapping the entire unit.
I didn’t think it was going to be difficult… you know… top piece… bottom piece… boot… sew.
Until I started.
Yeah… not as easy as it looks… I will try again tonight with smaller patterns.
January 17th, 2011
Over the past few days… Plotting, cutting, and assembly has finally commenced… As much as I planned… I found myself improvising just as much… which I don’t really like doing… but my sub par sewing/knowledge renders me with the need to do much of the latter.
Here’s the concept… an over-the-shoulder man purse (professional) that can be converted into a back pack (go time)… the red cord system (rope) will constrict as you pull from the back side and become the back pack handles.
Laying out the material…
Patterns cut… time to sew.
Sewing the box stitches at the bottom… btw… I hate box stitching (I suck at box stitching)
So the front pocket is a combination of a fisherman’s pocket and an iphone sleeve… basically you open the flap and pull on it… the flap is connected to the front fabric panel (body) and lifts the iphone to your hand… this pocket satisfies my inner geek.
So yeah… the opening of the bag had a curve… 4th time’s a charm…I did mention my sub par sewing right? Don’t judge…
Not too bad after ironing right?
Stitching the topline down.
I quickly roped it up and snapped a pic… it was kinda taking shape.
Here’s the back side of the bag… as you can see, the rope runs through the entire bag.
As you pull on the back side of the bag, the over-the-shoulder handles constrict… on thing to note… the rope carries all of the weight… so there is no strain on the material itself… making it capable of carrying a laptop and other goods with no problems… hopefully.
January 10th, 2011
Grey canvas + tonal paisley + mutli-colour cord = …………
December 17th, 2010
One last horrah before the holidays… We made a quick stop off at Harbor Freight to grab a bending brake first… WHAT A DIFFERENCE. It made everything so much faster.
The rear quarter panel… (I can’t believe I’m calling it a rear quarter.. ha..) was very difficult to figure out. There were 3 folds that converged to one point.
Here’s a pic of the pattern drafted onto the scrap aluminum panel.
Quick fit test… not finished… but pretty damn close… it was 12am… so I shot a couple more pics and peaced.
The massive new intake manifold that surprisingly fit the bay.
Don fitting some turbo piping.
Don: “Hey… what do you fink about thees exhaust?”
Me: “Are you going for the Bōsōzoku look?”
Don: “BO SO ZOOO KU!!!!!!”
CF cockpit with the 5 point… just a quick note… the webbing on that 5pt is 3″ wide!
The ice box for the air/water intercooler… I really like how Don used the stock mounting points on the water cooler.
Shot of the gas tank straps.