Project: GreenMachine

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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby Dreamstate » Fri May 16, 2008 2:02 pm

:(

I don't know why you guys were sprinting to the house anyhow.. the driver wasn't just going to leave :lol:
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby Dreamstate » Fri May 16, 2008 2:44 pm

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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby wide_load » Fri May 16, 2008 2:47 pm

Randy. The benz looks so much better dumped then I could have ever imagined. :o
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby tripwalking » Fri May 16, 2008 3:07 pm

that's a mean rake :heart: I mean, meaner than the rake that you step on and it hits you in the hoo-ha.
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby Dreamstate » Fri May 16, 2008 3:15 pm

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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby Mandeep D » Fri May 16, 2008 11:04 pm

ok - I need a full report on my desk by 7:00 am.

Or Elts. :!:

p.s. Benz is dooOOOOOOOoooope Ran-D!

p.p.s. will caps be done by the show?
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby Dreamstate » Mon May 19, 2008 1:03 pm

VeerKrize wrote:What did I miss?!???!111


I'm not so good at stories, hoping that somebody else would tell it.
I'll give it a try..

Thursday, May 15, 2008
All bits for the front bags were fashioned during the day at TK. Did this during my lunch.. cut them with the saw and had a pro weld up the bits for me. A machine shop supplied a few 4" round aluminum slabs for me to use as washers. I have a good relationship with them. Whenever it's for my car, I mention it to him.. either he does it for free if there's a machining job that my company is doing, or I buy 4 large double doubles and a dozen donuts ($12!).
When I got home, I drilled out the 1/2" x 4" slabs so I could use them as washers. This is where I set my mind that it was going to get done that day. I went into hyper "git'r'done" mode. I think the boys can vouch for that :lol:
Rob came by when I was completing the slabs.. the car was in the air already, the driver's front spring already cut out from the day before.

Assembling the driver's side was easy. After a few adjustments to placement, it was bolted together and fit quite nicely. While I was doing this, Rob assembled the bag and bracket for the passenger side. Twice :lol: Teflon tape Rob!
We put the driver's side wheel on and then I remembered that I forgot to tighten the steering knuckle bolts. Doh! Wheel comes off again.
The moment of truth. I take the jack stand out and lower the car. Holy crap.. it tucks the lip! Weeee! It was exciting.
Rick and Gregosh(!) had come by this time and witnessed the moment of truth. It was epic. We noticed there wasn't a lot of room between the tire and fender. :( I could only angle the tires about 5 degrees before rubbing.. and that was at full height (which was still tucking tire about 1/2").
We rolled the car out of the tent and decided to roll the fender.. with the jack handle :lol: Rick did the honours. He did quite well too! Thanks rick! :) After it was rolled, I could turn the wheel full lock without rubbing! :) :)

I backed up into the tent again.. ready to do the passenger side. We were pretty hungry, I suggested we go somewhere a little faster than Morty's so that I could get the rest done that night. Thankfully everybody agreed :) We had AWESOME sandwiches at the sandwich place across from Morty's. Yummy.

It was starting to get dark when we got back to my place, so I pulled out the 300watt flood light and blinded everybody several times before getting it in place. Got the car jacked up and the passenger side wheel off in record time (I love air tools). I put on my safety glasses and pulled out the grinder with the cutoff wheel. This is when everybody cowered and ran for cover. :shrug: Did it look *that* unsafe? :lol: Rob took pictures while I hacked and slashed at the spring.. I didn't bother trying to take it out the proper way because the other side didn't come apart. I think I will try a puller next time to free the steering knuckle.
I used up 2 cutting disks on the first 3 cuts.. and sliced into my lower a-arm a bit :oops: .. not too bad though. I'll weld it up at my dad's place. The spring still wasn't coming out.. so I put on the last good cutting disk and began to cut through it. The disk *EXPLODED* as the final cut was made.. the spring came out easily after that, thankfully.

The bag and bracket went in very easily, the wheel went on quickly and the car was on the ground in no time. It was about 10:30pm by now.. way past Rob's time to go home and study for his interview.. (sorry rob!)
Clearance on the fender was slightly worse on the passenger side.. alignment would need to be done soon. Rick was a pro with the jack handle by now, we rolled the fender quite quickly. Success! We tested full up and down.. perfect action. Everything looked good. At full deflation it was resting on the stock shock's bump stops.. but the bag wasn't completely collapsed. I guess I could have left the length on that bracket after all. The car was *very* low. It looked great!

We went for a cruise up town waterloo and I felt badass.. I played with the suspension a lot.. a bit too much. I thought I was rubbing on the control arm pivots, but it turned out I was mashing the oil pan :oops: We noticed a major leak when we stopped in front of steve's house. This is where I shut off the car and called CAA. Steve and his household came biking home from the party they were at and we chatted out in the street until about 1am when it was towed away.

It was a great night.. the busted oil pan felt like a great accomplishment. I will not soon forget this.

....a little update on the suspension.... I added 2" spacers on both sides to take it up a bit at riding height... it still lowers down to the same height when deflated! :) Success! I can comfortably ride at 100psi on the 401, taking construction zones at 110psi for a little extra height. No problems! Rides like a dream :) at 100psi, the tire just comes out of the fender a touch.. at 120psi, there's about an inch of fender/wheel gap. Perfect! And still more comfortable to drive than with the springs.
I will do my darndest to get the rears installed this week so we can hit spring fling in style 8)
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby diagnosis » Mon May 19, 2008 1:12 pm

That was A-1 story telling, it felt as though I was there. :D
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby Maraschino Larry » Mon May 19, 2008 1:23 pm

Nice work Randy you truly did do the night justice! :glee:

So stoked to hear you got the spacers in. And happy to hear the fenders look ligit in the daylight :P

If you need a hand with the rears lmk... we could always do it Thursday! *dun dun duunnnnnnnnn*
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby Mandeep D » Mon May 19, 2008 7:58 pm

Excellent report - those of us not in attendance appreciate your effort!

Wish i was there, sounds like an epicific night!

I can help Thursday if anything's going on (really just trying to stake my claim on a seat for Sunday :wink: )
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby professor science » Tue May 20, 2008 5:06 am

fuckin' right randy!

so much fun! if you need help this week, let me know.
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby wide_load » Tue May 20, 2008 8:09 am

Can't wait to see this sunday!
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby Maraschino Larry » Wed May 21, 2008 8:24 pm

hey brah whats goin on tomorrow breh
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby professor science » Wed May 21, 2008 9:07 pm

'sup bro, thanks for the rides last night. looks siiiick.

i come tomorrow and help.
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby Dreamstate » Wed May 21, 2008 9:32 pm

I'll climb under it tomorrow to see if it can be done with what I have at home.
If not, I'll do it at my folks' place saturday.
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby Dreamstate » Thu May 22, 2008 8:29 am

Got out of the car at work this morning to find my front driver's wheel with a major bend in the barrel.
Where is the cry icon? :(
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby square head » Thu May 22, 2008 8:43 am

I noticed that bend last night.
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby Dreamstate » Thu May 22, 2008 8:59 am

I didn't see it until this morning.
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby wide_load » Thu May 22, 2008 9:07 am

Character.
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby professor science » Thu May 22, 2008 9:15 am

ouuuuuch.. 401 sux
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby tripwalking » Thu May 22, 2008 3:18 pm

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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby diagnosis » Sat May 24, 2008 11:09 am

I was in the area of Methes three times this week, after 5:30 though. I drove by anyways, just to see if you were 'burning the midnight oil' (processing the afternoon diesel?) per say, but alas, No Randy. :(
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby Dreamstate » Sat May 24, 2008 6:16 pm

Workin' 9 to 5.
Text me when you think you will be in the area.. we can do supper.
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby Dreamstate » Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:31 pm

Change transmission fluid, once every 300,000 miles or 31 years.

Drives like new. Did a fluid change because the gasket was leaking.
Shop guy came to me in a surprised face "Transmission is in great shape. The fluid looked like we replaced it a half hour ago"
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Re: Project: GreenMachine

Postby professor science » Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:26 pm

holy crapola
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