@duurtlang thanks mate, I have made the decision to keep my Sorento for now. The MMT is just too great of a risk and, as others have poited out, it is pointless to get rid of a fully functional car to save money on insurance if im gonna end up spending the extra money on repairs. . A year later, I will hopefuly have more cash to buy a Honda Jazz or something.
@BritsnSwedes-was-MINIGTI I just topped mine off with water this summer, and it's probably fine, but I don't trust the testers and I've never changed it since I got the truck last year so might as well. Antifreeze got expensive apparently!
Down here, it's a polite way of describing a person with a high profile social life and either a colourfully eccentric attitude or a questionable source of personal wealth (or a combination of the two)...
The first digital camera I ever had was a Canon PowerShot that had a tiny LCD screen in the view finder. Which meant that any adjustments I made to the camera were reflected in the view finder. When I made the move to SLR, I had to get used to the fact that the great balance I was seeing with my eye was not at all what the camera sees. And the camera is not able to handle wide differences between light and dark the way the human brain can.
In general, in situations like these, I will meter for sky, knowing that I can get the detail out of the shadows in post. I agree that shots can come out looking over-processed with too much fiddling. In fact, I think the finished photo looks almost like it has some sort of HDR filter put on it. But I don't think the camera could have dealt with the photo. But I don't shoot in Auto, so I'll probably never know.
I was thinking about this for a time on the road trip I'm presently in the middle of. Two separate truck wrecks in a stretch of I-40 that has had what seems like more than its share. The first was a dry van tractor-trailer in the median with the trailer's last several feet torn apart. Upstream and on the right shoulder was a yard sale of what I assume were the contents. Not at all sure how that happened.
About 20 miles later, a tractor-trailer lay on its side on the right shoulder, completely burned out. I hope the driver escaped. Haven't found anything on the news about it, and if it had been a fatality or severe-injury accident, I probably would've.
Trucks are scary and the way car drivers sometimes behave on them makes it all far, far worse.
Glad you dodged the bullet. Looking hard for the silver lining, but finding one: When there's no time to think, the primordial part of your brain instinctively does useful things...
@HoustonRunner Makes sense....I got a little bit of Diesel education back around 2008 or 09 when ULSD was coming out at the same time that there was a home heating oil price shock in the northeast.
To be honest, I was a grown adult and had never heard of home heating oil before. When someone explained that a big truck comes to your house and basically fills an underground tank with diesel(ish) oil once or twice a winter, I refused to believe it.
Somehow, people in rural areas with giant propane tanks never gave me any pause. It's all what you're accustomed to...
@FourMalibus My brother has my telescope in storage at the moment, but I'm trying to talk him into getting it out.
But for now, I took my 6D with the 150-600mm lens and got these shots last night. They aren't great, but I can see 4 of the moons. I even tried to focus manually with the LCD screen magnified and couldn't do it well. And I had trouble getting the exposure just right.
I don't mind the wheels, I like the design, but can see why you dislike the black finish, they disappear into the tires and wheel wells. Any option to get them refinished in a proper silver, or even lighter gunmetal like the Mugen wheels from the 8th gen?
Yeah I would definitely go for a refinish if I found a cheap set of stock wheels.
Maybe it is a sound enhancer piped into the interior making it sound worse for you? If present, it may be worth investigating removal of it as that may help.
Hey thanks! It is, a couple of panels have to come off and the module can be unplugged. I'll take care of that the next nice day we get.
@DuckDuckGreyDuck Possibly, I'll have to crawl under there again and see how easy it would be to do it's a lot of rivets in a hard to reach place. Couple of minor issues, 1. The clutch and brake pedal assembly mount to the cross member, I'd have to space them back forward. 2. It would push the trans back inside the cab, which would probably mean I'd need a new shift lever, not a big deal. 3. I'll have to do some more measuring, I'm not %100 convinced if I get it moved back that that extra 2-3" I'll avoid interference with the radiator, it'll be close.
@ibRAD They work well, especially if the hanger is in good shape. A spray of lube makes removal easier, too. If they're old and crusty they'll tend to end up splitting them apart, but still make for a pretty easy removal.
I can't vouch for the particular tool in the link, as it is just what came up in a quick search. The one in my tool box is of that style, but cost all the money off of the Matco truck from back in my wrench turning days.
They're one of those tools that a pro will always have, and that everyone should if they're doing something where it's called for. Like brake spring pliers specifically for doing drum brakes, once you've experienced them you'll never attempt that job without them again.
@AkioOhtori Looks great! But yes, it takes a lot of time and energy. On my Spider, the issue was that the sides of the car had a very thick layer of old wax build up. When I hit it with the orbital, it would heat up and turn an opaque, milky colored mess. It took a lot of compound, a lot of fresh pads and a lot of elbow grease to get the old wax off. Only then could I polish the actual finish on the car. A lot of work, but usually worth it for how good it looks afterwards.