Black Betty

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  1. On 6/28/2020 at 7:23 PM, Zappo said:

    Another week, another flat.  This is why I run crap tires for the summer.

    Worked on replacing the exhaust on the spider, header back.  It fought me trying to remove the old exhaust.  Need to get smaller bolts as the stock ones don't fit with the larger pipe now.

    Nothing is ever truly bolt-on.


    Nails? Potholes?....

    I honestly expected the road to be better when moving out here. Doesn't help my work is next to a logging plant and we also run semi's down the road constantly too

  2. 29 minutes ago, gmsgltr said:

    i have all the 20v dewalt shit so i bought their brushless trimmer etc - the blower is perfect for  drying the car ;)

    anyway, for 1.5 acres the dewalt wasnt enough... to small a swath so i got the honda 4 stroke trimmer and its sweet


    did you research the rheem hybrid water heaters? i just got the 65 gallon one 

    Yeah my property is 6500 sq-ft so I've been managing with corded tools. 

    The Rheem was a Corona special. Local plumbing business was desperate to clear old units. My heater was installed in a small alcove in the garage and only short heaters fit. This is what he had in stock and we cut a really nice deal for install, delivery and haul away. It seems to me that all the big box stores heaters are the same. A real AO Smith would be the best bet (not from Lowe's).

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  3. On 4/6/2020 at 8:12 AM, CAAnglin said:

    Been doing a little bit of work here and there on the E46 330i. I was getting it ready for the local BMW CCA AutoX and the occasional HPDE but who knows how this season will go now. 

    H&R race springs
    Koni Actives (came on the car, not fan. Not enough travel for the H&R's. Looking at ST XTA coilovers.)
    E46 M3 front sway
    ECS Tuning rear sway bar
    Turner Camber front plates
    Godspeed rear camber arms
    Ultra Racing front strut brace
    Garagistic rear strut brace
    Garagistic stainless brakes lines
    ATE Amber fluid
    EBC Yellow Stuff brake pads (damaged box dirt cheap 🙂)
    Corbeau FX1 Pro seat
    DS1's with Federal RS-RR's

    Also did a tune up. Coils, Plugs, hot air intake (factory box was cracked / broken), fuel filter, valve cover gasket, diff fluid and transmission fluid. Also might throw on the mechanical fan delete I have sitting in the garage.
    Still need to install the Bimmerbrake headers. And at some point do the  manual swap (picked that up for $300 😁).

    It came with some rice-tastic headlights and taillights swapped them back to stock. 



    How's your diff mounts look? I rent out a Barumn tool, still haven't made my money back :laugh::laugh:




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    already replaced:

    • Cooling system
    • Oil Filter housing gasket
    • CCV/PCV system
    • Fuel Filter
    • Air Filter
    • Oil & Filter
    • windshield cowl
    • windshield washer pump
    • Intake Manifold gasket
    • throttle body gasket
    • disa valve o-ring
    • all vacuum lines
    • Spark plugs
    • 2x window regulators
    • Air Intake boots
    • All belts and pulleys

    Need to replace

    • Oil Pan Gasket
    • Valve cover gasket
    • VANOS o-rings
    • flex joint on drive shaft
    • Engine/trans/diff mounts
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  5. On 8/19/2018 at 8:01 AM, gilber33 said:

    Said goodbye to the R on Friday. Didn't want a car payment anymore and wanted a wagon. Couldn't find any halfway decent P80 wagons around here so got this instead. 05 325iT. Trunk is a few inches shorter than than the R but the backseat is significantly bigger which is important with 2 car seats. 


    How many places does it leak from? Also surprised to here it has more room than a P2. I can barely fit the front facing seat in the back of mine. Get some good tires in 245 width all around and enjoy it. 

    My '03 330 with Koni FSD's and Eibach springs.



  6. On 6/21/2017 at 7:07 AM, ruecatinat said:

    Running separate snows?

    I'm fairly sure they make Conti DWS 06 in SUV sizes...

    Love the DWS 06 on the BMW. We had two small (1-2") snow days here but it was the wet slippery stuff and the tires were great. Nothing compared to a dedicated snow. They are also pretty quiet and grip well in the dry/wet. I'm not so sure how much of that will translate over to an SUV though.

    DicountTireDirect may have a good sale for the 4th. I think I got ~$200 in rebates when I ordered mine between the sale, Conti rebate, and DTD credit card rebate. 

  7. On 6/2/2017 at 9:10 AM, gmsgltr said:

    As long as you are within the range (distance) of both, the cheaper one should be good enough for a hobbyist. 

  8. 22 hours ago, gmsgltr said:

    Haha my dad has one... we machined a blade that we bolted on so it shreds up the leaves etc better to fit more in the bag

    some come with the metal impeller already. This one does. It's not sharp by any means but it chops up leaves, grass and small twigs in no problem. 

    Also bought a few year old Honda Push mower for $100. Need to do the oil change and spark plug before I run it too much. 

  9. On 2/11/2017 at 11:13 AM, Dick Dastardly said:

    Yeah cars are expensive now.

    The original 91 Sentra SE-R back in 1990 was $14,500. I remember because I had enough for a dp on one and was going to buy one..and then realized I couldn't afford the insurance. (It was more than the car per month) 

    So I bought a '80 RX7 instead for cash. 

    Just for the sake of argument, $14,500 in 1991 is $25,500 in 2016 dollars.

    2017 Sentra Nismo MSRP is $25,855 with delivery. I'm not sure where the $32K came from.

  10. 5 hours ago, Dick Dastardly said:

    I've considered both. This car is driven off track @ 2500-3k miles a year. 

    Looking now like I'm probably going to with Hankook Ventus R-S3. They're on close-out and they're great tires for the $. Falling just a hair under the RE-71R

    i don't care about mileage, I'm fine with 5-7k miles. These will also be auto-X'd and used on track temporarily if it's wet. 

    The DW is also on closeout. However at that little street mileage the DW's might dry-rot before they wear down. 

  11. On 1/21/2017 at 6:56 PM, Dick Dastardly said:

    You wash about as often as I do.


    Between the house and the bmw I spend a good majority of my "free" time on maintenance tasks. We need to pour ~ 4 yards off gravel on the side yard, then tear up and completely replace the front flower bed. I also need to re-tape every single drywall corner. Then there's all the "Daddy and Mommy" projects that turn into me mangling pieces of wood to look like whatever she saw on pintrest.

    Maybe when Bethany is in college I'll finally be able to break out my orbital polisher.

  12. BIL does security installs. He put Arlo camera's up in the house. Checking the retail prices for these I wouldn't have bought them. They are nice because they are wireless but that means having to deal with batteries and conserving battery life. So you end up turning down the quality, and not recording continuously. They also take a long time to detect motion.

    They have only been up for 4 days so I haven't seen the true battery life yet.

    All we really wanted was a baby camera to watch on the kid. Ended up with a whole security system ( 3 glass break sensors, 2 smoke sensors, sensors on all windows and doors, and 3 Arlo cameras) so I can't complain.


    edit: the arlo camera's blow big time. The main issue is that they don't record until motion stops, they just record sessions at whatever you tell it to. The maximum you can record per session is 2 minutes then there's a long lag time to save the file and restart the next session.