Sunday, August 31, 2008

Fog Light Pics

Just some pictures of the fogs at night.


A few weeks ago my friends and I finished building the hangar that the monster Miata is currently calling home. Now we have shade in which to work!

Cheap Fix: Buzzing Metal Lining

A while ago I was having a problem with this black metal strip buzzing at around 45mph. Nothing major, just something annoying. To fix it, I just bought some 3/8" rubber faucet washers and stuck a couple down in the seam and it stopped buzzing.

Fog Lights

Yesterday, I was helping my friend work on his '85 Celica GT and he decided to get fog lights for it. Well I decided I also could go for some fog lights and we installed them on both cars. They look great on the Celica, but without a complete front end, they look a bit awkward on my car. They look sweet at night though.

Future Project: Cleaning Valve Cover

As you can see, my valve cover is pretty nasty. I really want to clean it, and if it doesn't entail TOO much trouble, repaint it and make it look all pretty-like.

T-Top Repair Quick-Fix

To stop t-tops from leaking, I use a tube of black silicon gasket goo stuff I picked up from my local auto parts store (Auto Zone, Advance, and Pep Boys all carry it). Just make a small bead around the leaky area and it usually works for a few months. Then just pull it off and re-apply. Cheap and easy.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Leaky T-Tops....Again

Yep. Time to break out the silicone goo and re-seal where the window meets the gasket. Leaks are no bueno.

Colored Interior Lighting

I decided that my boring yellowish bland light for the inside of my car needed to be changed. Solution? Another Wal-Mart run! I bought some transparent colored plastic dividers for a binder, you know, for dividing subjects in a notebook. I took the blue one and cut a piece that fits in the light cover, layered it twice, and now I have blue interior lighting! It looks pretty awesome and tomorrow night I will try red and see which one I like better.

NOTE: Pictures are coming

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Interesting Speaker Issue

I noticed that the front left dash speaker wasn't putting out any sound worth talking about so I figured it was blown. When I took off the plastic cover, I saw why. Instead of a matching OEM paper cone speaker, there was a tiny tweeter connected to a splitter held in place with a homemade bracket. My solution? A trip to my local Wal-Mart provided a $7 speaker and some wire spade ends was the (temporary) answer. I had to cut off 2 of the mounting tabs on the speaker for it to fit but it works great. Hooray cheap solutions! This is of course until I can afford nicer speakers listed in the "wishes" post.

This is the tweeter and splitter that was in there:

And this is the cheap walmart speaker I replaced it with....notice the one side being held in with a zip-tie because it's not a perfect fit for the screw

MR2 Wishes Updated

For realzies this time

Momo Jet Steering Wheel

Kenwood KFC-1061S

Blaupunkt GTx352

RAM Cupholder

OMZ Racing Seats

Kumho Ecsta AST Tires

EBC Brakes GD582

Cusco Rear Strut Bar

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Stereo Swap Successful

I swapped the stereo from the Lumina (Pioneer DEH-P3800MP plus iPod cable) with the stereo from the MR2 (Kenwood KDC-2011S) so now the Pioneer is in the MR2 and the Kenwood is in the Lumina, which means iPod connection in my car. Next step, speakers. I'm looking at Kenwood KFC-1061S for the front and Blaupunkt GTx352 for the back. Even though they are small, they should be a heck of a lot better than the 20-year-old factory paper cone speakers.