I suppose I am now a mini man.
Current fleet, youngest to oldest:
2005 Mini Cooper S
1996 Golf GL
1995 Jetta III
1986 VW Cabriolet
1981 Rabbit LS Diesel
197? Batavus Regency
A pair of Nikes
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Oooh that’s sketchy, I went like 90 in this
Cabby is getting recommissioned for the spring. I did pretty much nothing to this car since I got it, and I plan to do a lot in the next two weeks. Goal is to have it out by Easter.
Enjoy a photo of a probably original strut with 260k miles:
Done so far:
New oil pan gasket, valve cover gasket, install meaty cam (power adders first, then address leaks)
To do, in no particular order:
Rebuilt brake calipers, reshoe etc rear brakes (one drum makes some odd rattly noise and the parking brake does nothing). Install new hoses. Already did master cylinder.
Replace control arm bushings
Refresh steering components: tie rod ends and ball joints
New timing belt
Fix power steering (bracket has gone fucky)
Rebuild shift linkage
Change transmission fluid (hopefully this will make it less grindy)
Fix the top leaks ($$$, whoever owns mk1autohaus, enjoy the mortgage payment. Where are these biden bucks?)
Install subframe brace (improve handling)
Fix heat and radio
Finish deleting AC related vacuum hoses
Clean up the surface rust coming up in spots and do some bodywork
General tune up (plugs, wires, actually do the CIS baselining I’ve been guesstimating)
Fix distributor hall sensor (plastic housing got brittle and cracked, have to install it to the dizzy body very particularly so the cap holds it in place)
Throw a header and exhaust on. Hopefully this will fix the exhaust leaks and give me nice pops
New tires. Federal 595s are cheap and goodish
Made it this far? I know, this is a lot for a month! As a reward for reading this far, here’s a pic of the suspension refresh results:
Back on the road for the first time since September or August 2020. I honestly can’t remember.
What I’ve done since then:
Bigger cam, high lift valve springs, heavy duty lifters, head milled 0.040”, non-slappy pistons, new bearings, new engine gasketry, pinned crankshaft sprocket, header, BFI “stage 0.5” mounts, new clutch kit, Koni sport struts with Eibach lowering springs, high temp brake fluid, Porterfield R4 pads.
It shakes and rattles more than I’d like and track pads are pretty touchy and squeally, but it’s a ripper.
I leave Friday for a weekend at Grattan Raceway. I’ll do my best to not flip it.
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RE: Masks back on because idiots
@future-next-gen-s2000-owner The Adenovirus based vaccines are generally less effective from what I've read. They're closer to a "conventional" vaccine than the mRNAs though so many opted for it.... the Novavax shot that's still in trials is the closest so far to a "traditional" whole-pathogen treatment (it's a subunit treatment). Trial data shows it performs similarly to the mRNA treatments for normal covid, but subsequent variant performance is significantly worse, 86% for Alpha and 51% for Beta variants.
RE: Masks back on because idiots
@someoneatacura Your likelihood of asymptomatic infection is significantly diminished when vaccinated. Uninfected people have been shown not to be a significant vector.
Children can't be vaccinated yet. The nascent strains of the virus are more infectious in the youth than prior strains, but controlled for vaccination, unvaccinated adults are still more likely to get sick by it.
Kids under 12 haven't been shown to have significant symptoms from prior strains of covid. There's plenty of publicly available datasets to play with. They'll be fine.
RE: I'm digging the new 86 more and more.
@dr-zoidberg From Jalopnik:
A TORSEN limited-slip differential; Keyless Access with Push Button Start; LED headlights (low and high beam) with automatic height adjustment; Vehicle Stability Control with Track Mode; 17-inch alloy wheels in dark gray finish; dual-zone automatic climate control; Incline Start Assist; heated exterior power mirrors; power fuel-door lock; power windows with auto up/down and pinch protection; rear center console storage box with USB ports and auxiliary input jack; variable intermittent windshield wipers with new speed-sensing mist feature; and Welcome Lighting.
The uplevel Premium trim level starts at $29,595 with the manual and includes things like 18-inch matte gray wheels, a suite of driver safety aids (Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist tech will be an option for the first time ever), Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires and adaptive, swiveling headlights. A 6 speed automatic can be optioned on both trims for $1600.
Seems the base models are pretty optioned out to start with... I think I could bear passing on the Premium features