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Nothing car related yet today (except spend money :unsure:), but I did pull a few boats out that’ve been sitting for years. I’m going to clean them up and change the left two to electric, and fix whatever is wrong with the right one (broke probably 15+ years ago, can’t remember what’s wrong with it).

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On 8/27/2021 at 8:25 AM, Grumpy pants said:

Big day today, I’m going to hand my notice in after 3 1/2 years of long slog building a new career and business within a business.

Time to readdress the inbalance between home, work and health 👍

I take at the very least 1200 train journeys a year, the reality is a lot more, as on a tough day it can be 9 or 10 different tubes or trains in 1 day. 
 

Let’s shake it up a bit today and see what happens 😂

👍🤞🏻

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Finished off the last mod I had on hand for my Chrysler 200 today. Last weekend Dad and I swapped the ignition coils out for units from MSD and the stock lower intake manifold out for the current piece going on these engines from the factory (I’m positive Dad’s ‘20 Grand Caravan has one) but was having trouble with the intake resonator delete tube and managed to lose a head light bulb in the process🤦🏻. Here’s the difference in the lower intake manifold, right side being the new factory part and the left being the one we took off the car, that hump in the runner made a bigger difference than expected!

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This is with just the lower and coils reinstalled, pretty straight forward here too as it’s stock shaped parts for stock shaped parts, just better performing.

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here was after the stock upper with the throttle body was reinstalled. Since that is still the same on most of of these engines, nothing special is needed here other than care, patience, and torque specs.

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Dad swapped out the bulbs while I was working yesterday and I got the larger clamp needed for the throttle body end of the intake tube assembly this morning and did the install at about the worst time this after noon as it was around 90*+, humid, and in direct sunlight…….which does not go well with middle aged and obese in darkish clothing🥵

This is one way to change the bulbs, if I ever replace the battery and/or switch to LED or HID from the Halogen it’s got in it, the bumper cover will need to come off🤬

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the intake tube is pretty straight forward, the parts on the table by my mug are the stock corrugated tubes and plastic resonators, which make it quiet under throttle, bur are restrictive, I do need to insulate the aluminum tube since it’s within a foot of the cat for the right cylinder bank and has a plastic cover over the top of the engine.

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Once I got it back together today, Dad and I took it for a run, we saw an improvement from stock with just the coils and lower manifold that was better than expected and this tube seems to have added to that and add a little growl to it as well!    
Luckily, what we’ve done intake wise is pretty discreet with out that cover in place and nearly invisible to all but Chrysler Techs and wrench turning Avenger/200/Journey owners with the cover on and even with the hood closed.  One thing that drew me to it is that other than the exhaust and wheels and tires, it doesn’t look much different from the 4 banger and 4 speed auto rental cars that would get derided for being garbage but still had the 280+hp flex fuel V-6 and 6 speed auto from the minivans while weighing about 1/2 ton less that made it a factory sleeper. Now as it’s going down the road or sitting at a traffic control device the only hint that there is anything different about this car from the 4 cylinder 200s produced is the factory dual tip exhaust, unusually wide and aggressive tires, gigantic yet stock appearing front brakes , and that little extra snarl when I get on it😁

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Not strictly today, mostly Friday, but catching up ! Clicked on the pesky buy button on our wonderful sponsors , Fusion hobbies website, which for some reason was on the same page as a Brat🧐

Also ordered a Blackfoot body and ancillary bits from various places. I feel a build thread coming on but don’t expect box 🖼🥸

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4 hours ago, Busdriver said:

@BJoe76 love a sleeper!!!!

Same here, I’m digging the Chevy Bolts for the same reason, hoping that GM and LG can get the battery problem figured out and fixed.

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I haven’t had the monster truck summer I had envisaged this year as el kid has been busy with a large Lego project and I kinda lost my RC mojo.

Mrs BC suggested I get a battery charged this morning and we went for a picnic at our local tarmac running spot.

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One full 5000mah Nimh pack depleted and one very happy kid.

That’s our much loved stock Dual Hunter @Busdriver.

I was happy too - not one thing broke or got lost! Though I have determined that I have a fault with one of my cheap Carson tx / rx combos (swapped it out for a working one and put it aside for some testing before it heads to small electric item recycling).

Hmm, maybe I could get back on the RC horse sooner than I anticipated…

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The track is in the garden, and it's a sloppy one, big, but sloppy... Turning is always a challenge in those conditions...

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@Badcrumble Sounds like fun!  Hope you get back into RC.   I've been slacking myself with RC after the 3 Billy's as they took some soul out of me.  :lol:  

Today I was going to start on the GF01, but my 1:1 was suddenly interrupted by a guerilla storm ambush that came out of no where within 30 min undocking from my garage.   No way to get my hobby car back to my garage without getting her wet, I just decided to go for a drive in the rain.  Took me 2 hours to clean her up after the drive (still not completely done) which usually only takes me about an hour since I only take my cars out in dry weather.   My full detail is a 24-36 hour affair.  Took a shower and no time left for RC today.   Oh well.. :D  Maybe I can work on it tomorrow..

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Day 13 of lockdown here, and our lockdowns are incredibly strict so I've only left the proprty twice. Looking for stuff to do so got my box that contains most of a TA07Pro (my Pro has been upgraded so much iI have more parts leftover than used) and realised its only about USD50 to have a TA07Pro as well. I haven't placed the order yet, but will. My son's TT02 breaks at race meets (they all do, the number of dnf in that class is crazy) so I'll build this for him to run in kids and allcomers (stock touring is too competitive and people take it too seriously for him to enter, but thats the logical next step).

Do I dare try it to see how much faster the upgraded one is? Probably $500 per second!

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Not much rc stuff today, got the HPI Q32 out for some impromptu jumps with my 4yo, miss 6yo is sick so spent the whole day in our bed, so didn't want to keep going into our wardrobe to get truck stuff out.

So ordered a new m-chassis car from up north. 🤪🪓

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Made a start on the DT03 tonight.  A "start" is actually about 80% of the chassis completed since it's such a simple kit to put together.

I'm debating ordering a few parts for the dampers to replace the stock metal pistons.  Probably not worth the time and effort.  I'm trying to resist the temptation to overspend on hop-ups for this one.

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We had a little blast on the beach. I spent most of the time driving away from small children and excited dogs😅

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Replaced 12 older un-compressed  photos with compressed ones. This saved me 14 MB of my attachment limit. :)

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Over the course of the weekend I attempted to rescue the stock tires off my SMT 10 to fit them to new wheels . Unfortunately, a few got torn up and I think I’m going to invest in the JConcept 2.2 Fling Kings. 
I also ran my HPI Wheely King for a while while I went for a walk. Oh and changed oil, new wipers on the mini van. 

More exciting things this morning, however. I have officially submitted my application for retirement. 

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having to the cab of the merc truck nearly 2 months ago to add a new receiver and do a right hand dash conversion i deceided today to tidy up the spaghetti of wires  with spiral wrap(well sort of):lol:. combined 2 sets of roof light wires into 1 plug so i can use the vacant slot for the dash lights  started to reassemble the seats with driver to the dash then my brain got cooked and that was as far as i got 

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Opened my new GF01 to build it with no hop ups.  :D This kit comes with their red painted body which I have to say follows the poor quality as the 3 Billy’s injections I recently experienced.  wow Tamiya, you really are taking a nose dive in quality..  how can this be okay for a professional finish?  Looks like some 5 year old painted it.. :blink:  Lol 

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Good thing I’m not going to be using this body.. will paint it olive green later.  :lol:

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54 minutes ago, Willy iine said:

Opened my new GF01 to build it with no hop ups.  :D This kit comes with their red painted body which I have to say follows the poor quality as the 3 Billy’s injections I recently experienced.  wow Tamiya, you really are taking a nose dive in quality..  how can this be okay for a professional finish?  Looks like some 5 year old painted it.. :blink:  Lol 

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Good thing I’m not going to be using this body.. will paint it olive green later.  :lol:

Blimey.....even my masking puts that to shame and im terrible at it. Are there stickers that are supposed to neaten the edges between different colours?

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I did a bit of crash test of the new version of led holders for the Super Hosthot successfully

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At the end of the run, no damage, but I had to do some clean up (following pictures were done before the cleanup)

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Not even sure the driver was able to see where he was going, but he should have get faster than usual, as normally, he is afraid :D

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2 hours ago, topforcein said:

having to the cab of the merc truck nearly 2 months ago to add a new receiver and do a right hand dash conversion i deceided today to tidy up the spaghetti of wires  with spiral wrap(well sort of):lol:. combined 2 sets of roof light wires into 1 plug so i can use the vacant slot for the dash lights  started to reassemble the seats with driver to the dash then my brain got cooked and that was as far as i got 

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LOL any chance you have a 1/10 arcade game cab to put that driver/seat in front of??

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3 hours ago, topforcein said:

having to the cab of the merc truck nearly 2 months ago to add a new receiver and do a right hand dash conversion i deceided today to tidy up the spaghetti of wires  with spiral wrap(well sort of):lol:. combined 2 sets of roof light wires into 1 plug so i can use the vacant slot for the dash lights  started to reassemble the seats with driver to the dash then my brain got cooked and that was as far as i got 

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I particularly like the rolled up denim and the Adidas 

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3 hours ago, Superluminal said:

Blimey.....even my masking puts that to shame and im terrible at it. Are there stickers that are supposed to neaten the edges between different colours?

Thanks for that, I looked at the instructions and there are decals for the quarter flare top line to clean it up.   Good to know, it has been a while since I painted mine and in my case, I did not use those decals.. I remember now that decal started peeling back after some use and decided not use them on my 2nd body.  :D

Also for the roof line they include decals to cover up the uneven line.  I think I'll just use my white vinyl pin stripe for that one.  

 

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3 minutes ago, Willy iine said:

@silvertriple looks like birds made nests on your car while driving!  :lol:

Well, the different position I tried to break the new reinforced led attachement may have participated into this proofs of the testing efforts :-)
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NB: the screw which revendicated freedom is back in jail and everything is fine :-)
 

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