11.17.12

Balance your Car, Balance your diet, Balance your life

Posted in AC 24, Batteries, Drive Train, Tuning, Uncategorized at 7:56 pm by Administrator

I had one heck of a time loosening the gland nut from the flywheel. I tried to do it using the combination a breaker bar and various methods of immobilizing a flywheel without the starter ring. Before coming up with a workable solution I broke one bolt, bent another, snapped a 914 motor mount bar, split an SK breaker bar at the swivel, and bowed a Thorsen breaker bar.
I finally cut and welded a tool that I could use to immobilize the flywheel using the clutch bolts to hold a steel plate in place. I did have to buy a very sturdy breaker bar made by a company called Proto Tools from an outfit called RAYCO. Using this new tool and a steel tube I attempted to loosen the 36mm nut again, this time with success. While applying torque pressure to the nut with the Proto bar and steel tube extender, I persuaded the thing to come loose by gently beating the life out of it with a hammer! The Proto breaker bar cost 50 dollars but when I felt that gland nut come loose, it was worth every penny. Once that task was done I took the fly wheel up to Valley Balancing and dropped it off. The whole process took two days. The next morning Steve at Valley Balancing called me and said my flywheel was ready. Ken who did the actual work has also done some work for NASCAR. I was right in thinking that the vibration was in my flywheel as he did a lot of work to get it balanced. By that I mean a lot of drilling. It was way off. I couldn’t wait to get it in the car. I was on my way home with it when I got a phone call from Cars Etc, that my 914 was ready to be picked up. They are somewhat overflowing with work and didn’t want to put the newly painted and buffed car out in the weather so I needed to make arrangements to trailer it to my house. I called Little Dave and he said he could help but his van needed new brakes and shoes. He already had the brake pads for the front and the shoes for the back so it was a simple matter of helping him put those on the van. Which we did but not before having to make a trip to the auto parts place to exchange some brake shoes which were the wrong year. Which incidentally Little Dave had purchased the year before and did not have the receipt for. O’Rielly’s auto parts not only were willing to do the exchange but Dave got $11.00 back on the deal. We finished his brakes and got my newly painted 1973 Porsche 914 roller from the shop. It was late and rain was expected that night so we dropped it off at Dave’s place under the carport. This gave me time to bring my 95 Jag back to life and move it out of the garage so that the Porsche has a place to keep out of the elements. Which is where it resides now… in my garage, out of the elements.
Keep On Pluggin

07.15.10

Sweep The Problem Under The Rug…

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:20 pm by Administrator

The entities which have control of where I can park my car are now telling me, through a third party, that I can no longer step foot in their facility. I have not been given an explanation for no longer being able to work there, but this means that my hours have, in effect, been cut in half.

We are in a time when alternative energy should be embraced and not feared. The Senate just passed a bill, which President Obama signed, that will reduce greenhouse emissions by letting people work at home through telemeetings and telework.

This fight that I am going through is petty on the Juvenile Justice Facilites’ part. Sooner or later, the responsible parties making future decisions concerning policies for accommodating ZERO emission vehicles are going to have to face the fact that alternative energy is here to stay.

The major auto manufacturers have taken a giant step forward and will be putting plug in hybrid electric and pure electric vehicles on the market for purchase as early as this year. What are the Counties throughout the nation going to do when there are more people driving these amazing Zero emission vehicles? Are they going to say “you can’t park that here, you need to go spend $4.00 gal on gas and pollute the air to work here.” Of course not.

Well, I didn’t expect to have to fight for the right to drive an electric vehicle AND be able to work. I am a Veteran of two foriegn wars and am willing to fight for those in the land of the free to plug in.

To Be Continued…

07.14.10

Narrow Minded People

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:45 pm by Administrator

I built a car and now I am in a conflict with the County. Not the entire County just the entities which control where I can park my car at work. The Merced Sun Star wrote an article about it. Lets hear what you have to say. Follow this link to read the article http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2010/07/13/1493067/not-everyone-charged-up-about.html