Sunday, September 12, 2004

not enough time....

i guess this will be a wrap up of the weekend.....
i finally made it back to kendo friday after 2 months of not showing.....since coming back to practice, i was reminded that my shinai was in bad shape and was in need of repair or replacement. i was envious of one of the new students *do*.....its upper center section was a lime green, which stood out among the black border and stitching surrounding it.
saturday i worked on a sidejob at the neighbor's 'rents home....had to tear out a hottub and haul off, along with doing a drywall repair in the skylight. later that night i went to tommy's for his little b-day get together. just some hanging out and bbq'ing. got the chance to see my friend's new baby....i'm confident with my hands with work, catching, holding, carrying, etc.......but holding the child was very humbling for me....no room for mistakes. finally saw tommy's new project.....its a hardtail frame from PCC.....the bike is going to be awesome but at the rate tommy is at with the rest of his projects, i doubt this one will get done any time soon.
today, sunday, i took the opportunity to sleep in a bit. finally finished the radius arm bushings this morning....wasn't as bad as i was expecting. i did some investigating in my tailgate, trying to figure out why it wouldn't open.....think i got it but i might need to open it back up to *fix* it so it won't continue. got the doggy barrier set and finished.....but still shelby manages to squeeze by....i'll just have to *train* him to stay in the back. worked on the yard...pulled weeds, fertilized the tree and roses, and laid down some more mulch. mounted my maglite next to the driver's seat. since i got the tailgate working again and the barrier set, i took the dogs to the park to run around and play ball. they did well in the back. for longer trips in the truck i'll probably flip the rear seat forward to give them more room. i still need to nail down the base trim in the roommate's room tonight.

tomarrow i need to make a note to call about my accident that happened back in january....i still havn't seen anything from it. i also need to call the lady i bought my truck from to see if she still has the key to the sparetire and the security system.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

was it worth it?

welp...after a tiring day at work and going over to my brother-n-laws practice to take measurements for a wall i'm building for him this weekend....i made it home finally to find my front door littered with deliverys! i got my exhaust, the pet divider, radius arm bushings, and a big package in a little box from brother. being most excited about the exhaust, i fumbled through the other boxes like a lil kid on x-mas day.....open one and already on to the next almost before setting the other down.

i pulled out all the tools i thought i needed but that wasn't the case, of course. ended up calling the neighbor to borrow his sawall since i left mine at work. made a quick trip to lowe's to pick up the blades i wanted and the new bolts for when i replace the bushings. got home and didn't even wait for the truck to cool down.....i figure the burns would be worth having cool exhaust before bedtime. so by 8pm i was tearing into the old muffler with a plan....i hope the neighbor next door didn't mind.....cutting metal with a sawzall isn't necessarily quiet. after a half hour past i realized my plan might not work....another half hour and i found out it wouldn't. long story short, i ended up cutting the hell outta my exhaust to find out that this direct *bolt-in* exhaust wasn't a direct bolt-in. i cut off more than i ever thought i had too and ended up welding the new to the old since the supplied muffler clamp was useless in this application. by 10:30pm i was cleaning up. took it around the block and was impressed.....not to loud but loud enough. now i just need to figure out what wheel is squeeking since it was making itself known during the test drive.
i'd have to say it was worth it...i'm more about *built, not bought*...and since i didn't just bolt it on, i feel better about it....even if it was a pain in the ass.

before wrapping it up i threw together the pet divider just to get it in....so now i resemble a psuedo cop car. i'll do the fine tuning of the install tomarrow.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

new tires.....no exhaust...

i left my truk with my buddy, ron, today so that he could get new tires mounted.....
ended up going with the 32's but now i wish i went with the 33' since it looks like they would fit....oh well.
my buddy hooked me up with the tires....he kicked in $200 on the $560 bill, for helping him with his house....he's also going to build the steering linkage for my '76. the '96 looks good with the m/t's...to bad i'll probably never use them for what they're intended for.

after talking to my neighbors tonight.....i just barely missed the fedex truck delivering my new exhaust and pet divider. that sucked cuz i really wanted to get the cat-back mounted tonight! i'll have to wait til tomarrow....along with my new bushings. all i need after all this is the grill insert and tinting the front and rear windows.