Archive for April, 2004

Squeeky brakes

Posted: April 29, 2004 in Lotus

Talked with Aaron about the squeeky brakes and he thinks part of the problem is that the hub nuts need to be tightened. Easy enough to do by myself, but he said just drop by and he’ll take care of it.I have noticed that other than the shimmy that is back (probably due to the hub nuts,) the car seems to be operating better in general. I have had few problems getting it started again when it’s warm. I’m curious if driving it as much as I have been has cleared out some of the “junk” in the system.

Custom interior

Posted: April 27, 2004 in Lotus

Jan is still doing his research into custom interior pieces. The initial cost of some parts are cost prohibitive, but I’m hoping if I can get some time in Justin’s shop I might be able to custom make my own parts on his mill (of course I have to learn to use it first!)

Overhead console

Posted: April 27, 2004 in Jeep

I finally fitted the overhead console that I bought on eBay last year. It’s not a perfect fit, but it’s close. Since I need to recover the fabric parts with a better color headliner I might be able to add on to the material to fill in the gaps between the overhead console and the headliner and make it seamless.I was hoping that I would find the wiring harness for the in-car network, but no such luck. I think I’m going to ditch the electronics in the overhead console and just wire up the lights. I’ll transform the display area into the area for my switches and be done with it. My next major step will be to fit the CB radio into the overhead console.

Carbs…

Posted: April 27, 2004 in Lotus

I got an email from Eurocarb today. The cost for the carb rebuild kit is bit more expensive than I thought it would be. The cost of everything including a set of idle jets and floats is almost $200US. Certainly not a show stopper, but certainly a bit more than I was hoping to pay.

Interviews

Posted: April 27, 2004 in General

Cara and I drove up to go to her Financial Aid exit interview (you know where they tell you how much debt you’re REALLY going to be in.) No real surprises here, vet school is just damn expensive! of course the blessing is that interest rates are pretty close to “free” so I can’t complain too much.Cara also found an apartment in West Bridgewater that she and her new roommate agree on. It’s about time that I start doing my own search for a place to live in the Hartford area.Justin actually emailed me today about the second floor of his place, but I fear that the cost of rent there is just a bit out of my price range (which is too bad, having access to his shop would have been nice.) I’ll probably start the apartment search in ernest next week.

Believe it or not, after searching on various websites and even having some contact with Lotus UK (who at first seemed very helpful, but then totally dropped the ball,) I finally found a pair of the legendary red/red springs on eBay of all places.For those that care, the red/red springs were springs that were put on the Esprit from the factory that were shorter. There are a couple of theories on this, but it seems as though most cars have the longer springs fitted to the car. I personally think the car looks like there’s an extra 1/2″ on the front end (which is why I was looking for the red/red springs.)

Blog update

Posted: April 26, 2004 in Computing, General

Finally I updated my Blog software. It probably could still use some work. I finally started filtering on my topics and such (which I add when I’m editing, but I never did anything with.) Now I can filter out certain subjects and just present them (so I can create tech articles and not have them clutter up my personal stuff.)The other big thing was that I implemented UBB code. I was writing everything in HTML, which is a bit of a pain because you have to add code for carriage returns, etc. UBB is like a short hand version of HTML meant for message-boards and such.

Driving

Posted: April 25, 2004 in General, Lotus

It was a cool but sunny day today so I convinced Cara to go for a ride in the Lotus. She really doesn’t like the car all that much, not that I expect anything more. This is one of the many ways that we are quite different. She’s a “point A to point B” kind of person, with a bit of the added “in whatever saves the most gas.” Although the Lotus doesn’t eat gas as much as the Jeep (although theoretically it’s hard to figure out what kind of milage I’m getting when the speedo/trip doesn’t work.)

Anyway, we went to lunch. She did comment that it was “stinky”. Which is that sweet smell of gasoline and exhaust fumes. I don’t mind all that much, but she is right it does tend to be smellier than need be. Again I attribute some of this to the carbs needing tuning. I guess we’ll have to see how it all smells after that.

After lunch I dropped her off back at home and spent another hour cruising around. Mostly looking for a good place to take a couple pictures, but also, just for the hell of it. I finally found a decent spot to take a couple pictures (which you can see on the mechanical page,) before heading home.

Finally!

Posted: April 23, 2004 in Automotive, General, Lotus

I finally got the Lotus home on Wed. I drove it around quite a bit on Wed and Thursday (and would have done the same if it weren’t for the rain.)

Of course now I just have more projects to do. Starting on Saturday I’m going to pull some parts off the carbs and make sure they are stock before putting an order for a rebuild kit from England.

Hopefully once I rebuild the carbs the car will pass emissions, then I can settle down and do some of the more esoteric repairs that need to be done (like fixing the speedometer.)

Either way, it’s drivable now, and I’m very happy.

Another month goes by…

Posted: April 14, 2004 in General

So here it is… another month since I’ve written. I’m pretty fucking bad at this eh?


So what’s up eh? Well I’ve been busting hump on a shitload of projects. I actually got more done on the new TongueStud catalog, that project is just ginormous (I spent about 16 hours on it in the last 5 days and I still have a lot to do.) I’m also trying to button up the new Victor Research site which should roll out on the 15th (and that’s just the start of that project too.)

Of course I’ve also been doing contract work in Rocky Hill at Foresite (which is one of the reasons I’m moving back to Hartford this summer.)

Of course then we have taxes… arghhh… Self Employment Tax sucks major donkey dick. So all my money will be gone when I write an $8000 check in a couple days.


I’m not the only one who drags heels when it comes to projects… The Lotus still isn’t back in my possession (yet.) I’ve been promised (again) to have it at the end of this week (which of course I’m gone this weekend.)

Of course, then the real work begins on that too. I have to pull the jets on the carbs and see if they’re stock or not. If they’re not I have to order a shit load of parts for the Italian carbs (from the UK of all places.) And rebuild the carbs.

Hopefully then, with a lot of finger crossing it will pass emissions.


So here it is… thirty minutes after midnight on April 14th. And I notice my weather widget shows the outside temp being 60 degrees. Now this is freakish. First off, it has yet to hit 60 this year (it’s gotten damn close though,) it was either rainy or REALLY rainy all day today (the hour drive home was fun.) And it was maybe 50 degrees all day. Now here it is… middle of the night and it’s summertime outside.

Not that I mind.


I’m out….