‘Cause my butt feels like it is on fire. No it’s not the hemorrhoids flaring up agaiin, but my appearance in Will Burnham’s bi-weekly feature, “In The Hot Seat” is live.
Donna and I drove to the Master’s Miata Club meeting tonight, but she didn’t stay. She was on the edge about going and at the last minute decided to come. When we got to the room we would be in at the Aiken Brewery there were two people at the bar smoking. That was all it took to change her mind, she turned around and headed home leaving me to catch a ride with someone after the meeting. At first I was going to ride with Ray who lives on the southside of Aiken too, but Leroy showed up and he lives a stone’s throw (literally) from me, so I rode back with him. Leroy has a Laguna Blue 95 like I used to have. Even though they came from the factory identically built, it is amazing how differently we went when it came to customizing our cars. One thing Leroy did, that I considered early, but dismissed for cost reasons, was add some of the popular Low-Pro headlights from Brainstorm. Not only are they what I consider expensive at $349, but their has been quite a bit written about their lack of light output. Tonight on the way home I got to see their weakness’s first hand. Driving down some darker roads was an adventure, the high beams helped, but man am I ever grateful for not going that way. Sometimes substance is more important that style.
Comet Gestation Counter: 37 days
Big headline on yesterday’s Augusta paper was “Georgia SAT Scores Move Up.” “This is a great day,” Superintendent Charles Larke said at a 3 p.m. press conference. One local county was very excited because their school system averaged 1,025 which was about 150 points above the state average. Trouble is that 1,025 is still one point below the national average. The state’s average moved all the way up to 987 allowing Georgia to climb out of 50th, i.e. last place, where it has been the last two years into, yippee, 49th. They traded places with my home state, South Carolina, whose average fell just 3 points and that was enough to give us the dubious honor of 50th place.
Been watching a bit of the U.S. Tennis Open on USA. Not that I’m a big tennis fan, but TV holds so little interest for me that anything new seems exciting. Sweaty, athletic women don’t hurt either. During a match this afternoon between two men, after one particularly hard fought point, the loser of that point picked up the ball and smacked it as hard as he could along the sideline. Apparently this is a no-no and he was given a ball abuse warning. A search of the internet unearthed little info about this kind of thing. What is next after the warning? Is there a penalty for continued spanking of the tennis ball? The only thing I can figure out is that some organization called SPOBA or PETOT* is behind this anti-cruelty effort. I wonder at what point in the ever increasing service speed of the men will they cry foul? 135? 140?
* Society for the Prevention Of Ball Abuse or People for the Ethical Treatment Of Tennisballs
After lunch we all (Donna, myself, her mom and her aunt) made a trip to the big Target over in Augusta to do some shopping. While driving back, Donna mentioned that it was really nice that it was Sunday and that we didn’t have to go back to work tomorrow, Monday, because it was Labor Day. Her aunt said that was the hard thing about being retired, you never got a day off…
Totally did nothing today. In honor of Labor Day I celebrated by enjoying the fruits of the fine folks in the union called the Screen Actors Guild. There were three different TV show marathons on cable today, two of which I recently told Will were my favorites and I had to choose between them. There was a Monk Marathon on USA, a West Wing marathon on Bravo and a Law & Order marathon on TNT. I caught the tail end of a very good L&O, then watched a WW. After that I watched Mr. Monk and the Game Show, then for the next 5 hours I watched all WWs.
As a favor for a friend I sell his Brake Lite Blinker to out of the country buyers. He doesn’t want to make a trip to the Post Office and fill out the customs forms, etc.
Tonight he forwarded me a request from some one in Canada. He had a few questions about size and power, etc. His last question was would I list the value of the item as $10 so he wouldn’t have to pay as much customs duty on them. Come on, the things are $15 to begin with. How much can he be saving on duty? I wrote him back:
I’m sure there is a very miniscule chance of anything bad happening to me if I did that, but for all I know you actually work for the U.S. Customs and are trolling the internet looking for violators of federal law, so, no I won’t do that. They are valued at $15 US each. Sorry.
We’ll see if he still wants them after that…
Whilst away this weekend at Miata NirvanaTM we stayed at the Microtel Inn in Robinsville, NC. We stay there because it is new and compared to the other 40s and 50s vintage motels, it is the Plaza Hotel. Microtels are supposed to be cheap and while the web page price quote is $54 a night, by the time they get through tacking on the various accommodations taxes we are right up there at $68. Of course this does include a continental breakfast in its appropriately micro sized dining room. The room consists of three 2 person tables shoehorned in with two drink machines, the noisiest ice machine I’ve ever heard and a short counter that holds the breakfast. That counter holds, for your dining pleasure, coffee, micro muffins (2″ in diameter and about the same high), micro doughnuts (2–1/2″ in diameter and 1″ high), micro bagels (a whopping 3–1/2″ in diameter and 2″ high) and some packs of instant oatmeal. Which is why we usually make the 1 block walking trip to the Wendy’s in the morning.
Great trip, here are the highlights:
- Friday Morning: Oddball side stop on the way up at Georgia’s Stonhenge.
- Friday Mid-day: Lunch at Zanzos in Clarksville, GA. Great Italian food in an unexpected place.
- Friday Night: 2 clean runs through the gap, out and back. First time that has happened in 3 or 4 years and if we had gone home immediately afterwards the trip would have been worth it.
- Saturday Early Morning: 2 nearly clean runs. About 8 miles out of a possible 11 before being temporarily slowed for some motorcycles. Nearly similar result for the trip back.
- Saturday Mid-Day: Carnitas at No Way Jose’s in Gatlingburg, TN.
- Saturday Afternoon: Coming back to Robbinsville through the gap, this time with a little more traffic, but sometimes it takes a slower drive through to appreciate the sights outside the yellow lines…
- Saturday Evening: A Cherohala Skyway scenic overlook with the slowly setting sun as a backdrop on the way to dinner in Townsend, TN.
- Saturday Night: That same Cherohala Skyway scenic overlook with the field of stars spread across the night sky with a background of the milky way overhead on the way back.
- Sunday Morning: A nice lonely drive on the normally crowded Hwy 19/74 through the Nantahala Gorge on newly resurfaced asphalt.
- Sunday Mid-day: A meatloaf sandwich at Cracker Barrel.
- Sunday Afternoon: Home unscathed except for the layer of dirt, brake dust and insects on the car.
Tomorrow, the lowlights…
Comet Gestation Counter: 47 days
As promised, the lowlights:
- Friday Morning: Spray painted graffiti on Georgia’s Stonhenge.
- Friday Mid-day: Road construction in Clarksville, GA kicking up clouds of dust that settle on our cars as we eat lunch.
- Friday Night: The mostly crummy meal served for dinner at The Sweet Magnolia Caf? in Robbinsville.
- Saturday Early Morning: The continental breakfast at the Microtel.
- Saturday Mid-Day: The freakin’ traffic in Gatlingburg, TN.
- Saturday Afternoon: Some members of our group holding up a rice rocket longer than they needed to while transiting the Gap.
- Saturday Night: Driving 49.7 miles on the Cherohala Skyway to dinner in Townsend, TN (although to be fair this can also be listed as a highlight.)
- Sunday Morning: A crowded drive with straight piped Harley cruisers and old folks on the way to church through Maggie Valley on Hwy 19/74.
- Sunday Mid-day: Meeting my sister and her husband at their Asheville hotel to find out they just got water restored after the flooding from T.S. Frances.
- Sunday Afternoon: The drive home always seems so long…
Comet Gestation Counter: 48 days
Vanilla Ice comes to Augusta, GA to play a concert this Saturday. The assault weapons ban has expired. And as if that wasn’t enough to convince me, he is playing at a place called “Last Call.” Coincidence? I think not. Some one or thing is trying to tell me something.
If he is not stopped here, he is off to Germany and we don’t need a repeat of the David Hasselhoff incident now do we?
Sometime during the 5th run through of Deal’s Gap this past weekend the car turned over 15K. One of the other couples we were with had their 2002 Miata reach that milestone a few days before the trip. I got there at least a year quicker than they did, but to be fair our car is the Family Truckster and theirs is a weekend fun toy. I guess I’ll schedule a maintenance stop at Rader for next week. I’ll give them one more shot, but three strikes and they’re out.
The clutch shudder was very noticeable this morning backing out of the garage, so much so it was audible. As usual it is almost completely gone by about the 3 mile mark of the 6 mile trip to work. If it does it like that 2 or 3 mornings more before the service next week, I may just say something.
Comet Gestation Counter: 49 days
There used to be a slight ticking sound that was coming from over on the passenger side. We could make it go away by moving the seat forward and leaning it back or pushing it back and leaning it forward or something. This last time I vacuumed the car I didn’t get it right because the ticking returned. No manner of adjusting has eliminated it. It doesn’t feel loose in any way. Smacking it hard while stationary doesn’t make the noise.
This Sunday while returning from the gap and Donna driving, I did a little troubleshooting and discovered where the noise is coming from. I think it is the seatbelt hitting the side of the seat. It stops whenever you lift the seatbelt up off your shoulder. If you look at the seat there is a slight black smudge on the tan leather where the seatbelt is rubbing. I say I think, because I am 6 foot and Donna is 5′-2″ so the location of the belt is drastically different for each of us, yet the ticking is there for both of us. Also the driver’s side is silent for either of us and that same black mark is present on that seat as well.
My first thought for a solution is a small strip of the fuzzy side of Velcro (in tan) glued to the spot on the seat. Anybody else got a different idea?
Comet Gestation Counter: 50 days
Thanks Barry Bonds. While trying to watch my favorite losers, the Red Sox, on ESPN tonight I had the game interrupted 5 times to watch you attempt to hit a home run. I’m sure 700 is a milestone for you, but the rest of us really don’t give a damn. At 715 and then again at 756, if you get there, maybe, but until then leave the nations airways alone.
Tomorrow I’m going to call and set up the 15K service and mention about the clutch shudder and the TSB that covers it. It has done shuddered the last two mornings, not as bad as Tuesday, but more annoying than recent weeks. It used to be just mornings, but now it has been showing up in the afternoon too on the way home from work, so it is getting worse. From anecdotal reporting I’ve seen on Miata.net this latest bulletin which entails swapping just the clutch disc seems to do the trick.
Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted.
Comet Gestation Counter: 51 days
After 52 days of incubation I had my first labor pain today. Steven from New State Corporation called to say my front lip spoiler had arrived and they would ship it out to me today, or Monday at the latest. If I get lucky it may be here by the end of next week. Stoked. Now to see how much it will cost to get it painted.
Called and set up a date to get the 15K service next Thursday, but forgot to ask how much they want for that. The 7,500 check was $72.13, does that mean, twice the mileage, twice the price. They are basically the same except in the 15K they clean the air filter and they inspect the freon in the AC.
Comet Gestation Counter: 52 days
Well it is on its way. Almost. It hasn’t actually been picked up yet, but I have a tracking number. You can bet there is a shortcut on my desktop for this link. Expected delivery date: Friday, September 24th.
On what will be placed into the dictionary next to the entry: Fall Day, Perfect, the Miata sat unused in the garage all day. I went rollerblading in the morning while Donna went for a walk. Later we all piled into the MSV to take Donna’s aunt to Augusta Regional Airport (Fly Here Fly Home) for her flight back to NJ. What was supposed to be a short wait turned longer by the remant of Ivan pouring down rain and thunder onto EWR. Because the flight departure was delayed a couple of hours we piled back in to the Civic and went in search of lunch. We ended up at Waffle House where we dined in high fat splendor. After returning home one adult shy, we set about decompressing on the couch. Tried watching “Welcome to Mooseport”, but we couldn’t get by Ray Romano. Popped out the DVD at about the 10 minute mark. Now I remember why we stopped watching Everybody Loves Raymond, we don’t. We do love Monk and watched the last 2 episodes of Season 1. Now we wait until they release Season 2.…
Comet Gestation Counter: 53 days
Maybe the Red Sox, after last night’s heroic come from behind victory in NY, went out and caught dinner and a movie staying up into the wee hours of the morning. They certainly played like they didn’t get enough sleep, losing to the Yankees this afternoon 14–4 (and the game wasn’t as close as the score indicates.)
Not knowing they were on FOX this afternoon, I totally didn’t see the game. I guess I got lucky and was saved the agony of watching the massacre. But then if I had watched, could my good vibes have helped them change the outcome of the game?
Today was a perfect companion to yesterday weather-wise and the only time the Miata left the garage was when I backed it out into the driveway to wash it. The car wash soap I have don’t seem to work really well, it gets off the dirt OK, but anything else it seems to leave behind. After I dried the car off I used some Meguiars Quik-Detailer on the nose to get off a lot of dead insect residue. I also used it to clean some sort of road goo off the side sills. When I dried everything off I added a coat of wax to the nose, the side sills and the hood. Probably should have done whole car, but my light was fading fast.
Truth be told, yesterday the Miata did venture out. We went grocery shopping for the week in it around 9:00 PM. It might go out tonight around the same time as Donna has requested an ice cream run. I will have to try and dodge any bugs that come our way, so the car will stay clean though.
Comet Gestation Counter: 54 days
My Cousin Vinny was on the tube yesterday. This is one of those movies that whenever I stumble in on it on TV I have to watch the rest of it. I can’t help it. Yesterday I didn’t. I couldn’t. I have the DVD sitting on my coffee table and it just wouldn’t have felt right. I borrowed the DVD from a co-worker a couple of weeks ago because I love this movie and wanted to see it in wide-screen and with the cuss words intact. For whatever reason I haven’t found the time to watch it. What I should have done was get up and put it the DVD in and watch it right then. I wasn’t really doing anything right then anyway.
Not enough to make me really want one, but I can certainly see how one could be seduced by that siren’s song.
Russ came in to my cube right after lunch and said, “Want to take it for a drive?” We headed out into the lot and after he clicked the unlock button on the key, he handed it to me. First thing that is totally weird, is the key is on the dash to the left of the steering wheel. After the car is running, to lower the top, you undo the center latch and hold down a button until the light goes out. It doesn’t take too long, but it is longer than flopping the Miata’s top. To be fair, when the process is complete, you are done, as the top becomes it’s own boot in combo with the power half-tannau cover. The clutch engages higher than I’m used to but I didn’t stall it. It is not as smooth engaging as the Miata and is a bit stiffer to boot. I just took it for a spin around the long block, all of maybe 5 miles. When you step on the gas the gets up and goes compared to the Miata. Lots of torque and when you get the revs above 5K the sound is just so sweet. Not so much the exhaust tone you get with the Miata, but with the engine right behind your seat, there is this wonderful mechanical whir all the way to redline at 6500.
It was a short drive without any real curves, but I bet it would be fun to take it through some. The shifter is longer than the Miata, but not ungainly and it felt nice and tight with a good spacing. You can’t really put your elbow on the door like in the Miata and I got the feeling you weren’t supposed to in this car, you are supposed to be driving, not cruising. The interior seemed a little fussy. Not unpleasant, but there were a lot of little buttons. Having driven a Z3, a Z4 and now a Boxster, I think the Miata has the nicest looking interior. The exterior of this car takes some getting used to, I don’t find it very attractive, but it does say Porsche. Of the BMWs and the Porsche and Miata, I think the Miata exterior looks better as well. Of course if I was a couple steps further up the corporate ladder and my salary was about 60% higher it would be hard not to go for one of the German sportscars. If I could have the Boxster sound in a Z4.…
Comet Gestation Counter: 55 days
Yesterday was International Talk Like A Pirate Day and it totally slipped right on by. Had I known I probably wouldn’t have talked like one much. Mainly because I pretty much used up all my known pirate talk in the title of this post. But I might have watched the Pirates of the Caribbean on DVD.
Captain Barbossa, I am here to negotiate the cessation of hostilities against Port Royal.
There be a lot of long words in there, miss. We’re naught but humble pirates. What is it that you want?
I want you to leave and never come back.
I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request. Means “no.”
Who knew the sugar, corn syrup, cream, artificial and natural flavors of a Creme Savers candy could be so dangerous? What is our government doing standing by idly while the folks at Kraft Foods of East Hanover, NJ are manufacturing potentionally lethal objects of singular destruction (OSDs)? I hope both candidates address this issue in the upcoming debates.
Only in Aiken (or Lexington, KY or Ocala, FL, etc.) would they name an apartment complex Trotters Run. In a horse town, both of those words can be seen in a horsy context and not as two words that can be mistaken for a couple of euphemisms for diarrhea.
Only in South Carolina. I remember where we first moved here, I was totally perplexed by the meaning of the front novelty tags on so many cars that read “GO COCKS.” Now after 15 years I no longer think of the male member and visualize the banty rooster mascot of the University of South Carolina, a gamecock.
I’ve mentioned several times here that I want to get some lighter 15″ wheels to replace the stock 16s. I’ve mocked up about 4 or 5 different styles to see what they would look like. This is all in anticipation of when I wear out the OEM tires next fall sometime. Well I have a line on some 15″ wheels now that the price is right (free) and I know they look good on a Miata. Russ, of new Boxster fame, is trying to sell his Miata and he has agreed to a do a trial wheel swap this weekend.
Donna is not too sure of this, she likes the 16″ wheels (I do too) and can’t figure out why I’d swap tires with 15,000 miles on them for some with 25,000. I want the, minimum, 2–1/2 lb drop in unsprung weight at each corner. The fact that I might be getting some Toyo T-1S tires sooner is just a bonus. I know Russ is just being nice, but I don’t know whether the bigger wheels will help or hurt his trying to sell the car. I’m getting something for nothing, I’ll be OK with that, as long as he doesn’t lose anything in the deal.
Comet Gestation Counter: 57 days
$183.15 is what Rader Mazda charges for a 15K service on a Mazda Miata. My owners manual says that at 15,000 miles you change the engine oil and filter, you inspect and clean if needed the air filter and you inspect the A/C level and compressor. I guess my mistake was going in and just asking for a 15,000 mile service, because then they were free to do the Rader designed service and not just the plain old Mazda recommended one.
This sounded a little high to me so I called around to a few other Mazda dealers in the area. Andy Jones Mazda, which is about 15 miles closer to me wants $169.88. When pressed for what they did for that much I got the Mazda list, plus rotate tires, service the (maintenance free) battery, and some other quasi unnecessary stuff. Next up I called Wray Mazda in Columbia which is about 20 miles further than Rader and the quoted me $133.00 for the 15K service. Cheaper, but still sounds like a lot. Then I tried one in Orangeburg, SC, Whatley Mazda. When I got through to the service department the woman who answered the phone said, “Oh that’s an oil change and rotate the tires, $40.87.” She forgot the other inspection items, but even when you add those in it is going to be well less than $100. Guess who might get my business when 22,500 miles rolls around?
Enough negatives, the good news is they agree that my car needs the TSB for the clutch shudder and will replace the disc at no charge to me. (It was so easy that it is probably costing them less to do it than Mazda reimburses for the work.)
Comet Gestation Counter: 58 days
Which if Babel Fish is correct in its translation, means “The Comet Has Landed.” The spoiler arrived at work at 3:20pm. Trouble was that I had the afternoon off with a ton of things to do so I couldn’t get back to the plant to pick it up. I called buddy Russ up who I was to meet later and asked him to bring it with him. The spoiler made the trip from Germany to Canada to Aiken inside a heavy plastic bag which was wrapped in bubble wrap and then covered with a layer of thin cardboard mostly unharmed. There is one little scratch on it, but it is no matter as it is getting painted body color before mounting anyway. Speaking of mounting, I put the Mazda OEM front lip and rear skirt on my ’95 and they used numerous screws and clips, but for mounting this one, the folks at ATH have given me hot dog sized tube of some sort of adhesive. I wonder just how secure that will be? Well if worse comes to worse I’ve got a nearly full roll of burgundy duct tape…
I was meeting Russ later where I could pick up the spoiler from him because we were swapping wheels. I now have a set of Mazda 15″ wheels with some fairly worn out Michelin Pilots and he has a set of Mazda 16″ wheels with some half-worn Bridgestone Turdanzas. Amazing the difference in looks of the automobiles. I’m thinking that maybe it would be cool to work a wheel swap every 3 months so you could get a fresh look. You would have to work it out so that everyone had about the same kind of rubber, otherwise someone (probably me, with my luck) would be buying a lot of tires. While we were swapping, Russ went and got his bathroom scale at my request, so I could weigh the different wheels. First I weighed myself, 195lbs. Then I stood on the scale with the 16″ wheel and the total read, 227. Then I hoisted the 15″ wheel and the scale blinked back and forth between 223 & 222. Best guess is I lost 4–1/2lbs of unsprung weight. My sophisticated butt-dyno tells me the car accelerates a little quicker, I haven’t had around any turns at speed or had it long enough to feel a major change in handling yet. I get the feeling that this change to the car will be just like when I added the Strut Tower Brace on the ’95. The change in the characteristics in the car was very noticeably positive right up front, but after a few weeks they melded into the overall feel and were quickly gone. Not that meant it was all for naught, it just meant that you got used to the increased performance and took the new found road prowess as a given.
The front spoiler looks pretty much like the Mazda OEM unit that was for the 99–00 cars, but doesn’t fit the slightly modified nose of the 01 & up cars. This is perfect because that is exactly what I was looking for. It is sitting on the work bench in the garage. It is mocking me, I know it. Like the countdown until it arrived, I will now count up on the bottom of each day’s post until it is mounted on the car. I guess I will ask at the body shop where I planned on getting it painted about whether to paint it first and then installed or vice versa.
Love the 15″ wheels, but I think I may swap back (as long as Russ didn’t sell the car this weekend.) The tires are a bit too worn down for my tastes. When I first looked at them in the parking lot there seemed to be a bit of thread wear left there. Upon closer inspection, there is hardly anything left at all. He thought he would go until the first of next year before he would buy tires, but Russ is a very frugal person and would go until the tires are hitting every wear indicator. Me, I feel a lot better if there more rubber under me, especially when it comes to driving in the rain. There is not enough tire for me to go until the first of next year, when I could possibly swing the cost of new tires. The 16″ wheels have enough tread to last me until late summer next year. By then I might be in a better position to get some new tires and new 15″ wheels.
Comet Incubation Period: 2 days
I am still way behind in my self imposed goals of posting an entry into the three weekly photo memes. I did do a Tuesday and vowed to do the Thursday and Friday ones this weekend, but didn’t get around to it. The only photos I did take were at last night’s Master’s Miata Club Bug Splat Rally and non of them were Furry (Friday) or Creative (Thursday.)
The only thing keeping the weekend from being a total loss was I did watch the My Cousin Vinny DVD.
The Family CFO allowed me to go ahead and buy some fresh tires for the 15″ wheels. So wasn’t real happy with me for getting myself into this position, but agreed to spend the money for tires now as long as I consider them my birthday (today), anniversary (Wednesday) and Christmas (12/25) gifts for this year. And if I don’t behave myself, maybe next years as well. It works out better financially further down the road, because if I went back to the 16″ wheels, when those tires wore out later next year I would have been asking for the $300 for tires and an addition $400 for after market wheels.
Now if all 10 of my occasional readers would donate $5 via PayPal to email@example.com I’ll be able to get them mounted. 🙂
I ordered 4 Toyo T1-S in 195/50–15 from my pals at OnlineTires.com who have that size on special for $59 a piece. For that price and that tire you can’t get better back for your buck in a high performance tire. I just hope they are still selling them for that price around January 2006, because that is when I’ll probably need another set. Of course, if the Miata.net rumors are correct, by then Toyo will be selling the replacement tire called T1R and it will probably be a bit costlier.
Comet Incubation Period: 3 days
Or, How is your German?
The Comet Spoiler comes from Germany, so the instructions that were included are in that language. There are a half dozen somewhat informative pictures, but there might be something important in the text. So today I scanned the sheet and ran it through an OCR program. I then plugged the results into Babel Fish where I got about 1/2 of the total verbiage in an understandable form. Then I went back and fixed the OCR errors and added all the umlauts onto their vowels. The second time through was a whole lot better:
1. Clean first the front in later edition range of the spoiler thoroughly with silicone remover.
2. In order to avoid a contaminating of the vehicle by positioning the spoiler with adhesive already laid on, the later seat of the part is marked by first provisional fixing at the vehicle.
You found the assembly position if the spoiler rests optimally against the outline of the vehicle.
Fixing and marking know vehicle outline with sticking and/or Krepp volume take place-taking place that.
3. Grind the spoiler within the range of the sticking klebesicke with sandpaper of the granulation 100 and clean you the sharpening places. Here must be removed for a later, optimal gluing, all lacquer and priming arrears.
4. Lay on like illustrated the adhesive in full bulge.
The spoiler can now set on the vehicle in accordance with the position marked before.
Note: in the marked place “X” no adhesive is laid on, so that the wheel arches can be further if necessary opened!
5. The spoiler can be set now on the vehicle in accordance with the position marked before. Examine again the accurate position us fix the spoiler for draining the adhesive as shown with tape.
Impurities by the adhesive remove you please immediately with silicone remover!
Please you consider before processing the adhesive:
For draining the adhesive the vehicle in a dry, area if necessary kept at a moderate temperature should remains (18 — 25 degrees).
The vehicle may not be driven in the first 12 hours to the gluing. (wash road at the earliest after 48 hours).
Comet Incubation Period: 4 days
Last week our company had a Health Fair. One of the local hospitals was offering a free Lipid Profile, AKA Cholesterol Check. What the heck, I’m in. The results were mailed to the house and it seems as if I am totally out of the “normal” ranges for most all of them.
Total Cholesterol was 209, less than 200 is the goal
Triglycerides were 271, less than 200 is normal
My HDL was 24, 35or greater is what you are supposed to have of this “good” cholesterol
My LDL was 131, less than 130 is what you are supposed to have of this “bad” cholesterol
My Factor was 1.82, instead of less than .50, I guess this is some sort of mathematical combination of these other numbers.
Got my first estimate for painting the spoiler today. Kelly Paint and Body is right down the street from where I work, so it is convenient, but also they did some painting for me on the ’95 Miata and I was pleased with their work. $63 bucks to paint it. For grins I asked about installation, $76. Total would be $139 for the whole works. I’m considering it. I’m not the most mechanical person in the world and I probably could install it, but if they put it on and it falls off with out me hitting anything, I might have some recourse. My co-worker Brian is getting the folks that painted his truck to give me an estimate as well. I get the feeling I’m about a week off from getting the spoiler on the car.
I’m a little closer to getting the new tires on the car. According to the FedEx site they are due to arrive on next Monday the 4th.
Comet Incubation Period: 5 days
Just dropped off the Miata at Rader so that tomorrow they can fix the clutch shudder issue per TSB 05–001/03. Cross your fingers for me and/or pray to the deity of your choice that they don’t screw up more than they fix while doing this. I’m hopeful that things will be swell, seeing as for the 15K service I didn’t have to get out the breaker bar to loosen the lug nuts and I only had to use touch up paint on one little spot near the hood opening.
Comet Incubation Period: 5 days
I guess I was wrong about this being a money making proposition for the Dealer. They told me 6 hours, yet they had the car all day and it was still not finished when I went to pick it up. Seeing as I went into this with low expectations, this just reinforces my bad feelings. I’m sure the optimist would say that the extra time is a good thing because the technician wants to get it right. I’m sure this means that he doesn’t know what the heck he is doing so it is going to take twice as long as specified.
Because they were keeping the car overnight, they gave me a loaner vehicle. A 20005 Tribute in Dark Teal Metallic which kind of brought back memories of Splash Green Metallic. It took about 15 miles before the feeling of being on stilts subsided enough that I just felt too high up. The drivers foot well seems narrower than the Miata’s so I never got my left foot comfortable. In typical Mazda (and maybe all Japanese car) fashion the seat bottom is too short for my thighs, leaving me feeling unsupported even with the more upright position. Remember me whining about the cheap plasticy feel of the Mini’s interior? Well the inside of this is worse. It is silver (really more gray) I guess to simulate aluminum, but it comes off more like a plastic scale model of a navy battleship. The only good feeling was from the steering wheel, a little from the way it handled (not really zoom-zoom worthy) and a little from the texture, hard to describe, but felt very grippy and comfortable.
Brian returned with is estimate from the folks who painted his car, $200, that is painted and mounted. They felt that they would want to add some pop rivets to go along with the silicone adhesive. This is all well and good, but they have not seen the spoiler. I’m having a hard time explaining that the construction of this thing just doesn’t allow for adding anything else for securing it to the car. I’ve tried to take a picture of it, but can’t get one that will convey the shape right.
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