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    2014 Genesis Coupe

    Tried McKee's #37 paint coating. Used the Prep polish with my Flex DA. Very Slick, we'll see how it lasts. <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <img...
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    14 years ago today, we lost the Columbia

    <a href="" target="_blank"></a> Late January, early February has been bad for the space program <a href=""...
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    F-4 Phantom II has retired as a target drone

    <a href="" target="_blank"></a> Last QF-4 target drone flights this month. Not sure if the Greeks are still flying them or not. We...
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    Toyota Tacoma frames part II

    <a href="" target="_blank"></a> I have a 2010 that I bought new and had rust proofed and kept the annual inspections up to date. I have not noticed any rust yet...
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    Gov't wants to lower speed limits for trucks

    <a href="" target="_blank"></a> Recently there have been some pretty bad semi accidents in my area, I don't...
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    Aluminum Floor Jack recommendations

    I recently had to change a flat tire along the road on my wife's Genesis Coupe. Before I left home I grabbed my floor jack, air tank, a 1/2 ratchet, extension, and correct size socket for the lug nuts. I didn't want to have to fiddle with the scissor jack, etc... Of course my floor jack wouldn't...
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    Hudson auto museum visit

    My riding buddy and I rode up to Shipshewana yesterday to visit a Hudson auto museum. It was pretty cool with a pretty large collection. My grandfather was a Hudson man (although long before I was born). He owned a couple of new Hudson Hornets in the late 40's / early 50's. <a...
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    Motorcraft Battery?

    I forgot to put the tender on my 2008 Mustang GT last fall. The original battery discharged badly. It's on the charger now. I knew it would likely need replaced soon. I probably should put a new one in anyway. I'd like to put a Motorcraft battery in it. Are they any good? Searching around the...
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    Founder of BlackStone Labs passes away

    I just got my newsletter and found out that Jim Stark, founder of BlackStone Labs here in Fort Wayne passed away in November 2015. Reading the story at the end of their news letter, it sounds like he was an interesting guy. He served a tour in Vietnam as a helicopter mechanic in the 1st Cav...
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    I just registered with the FAA as an UAS operator

    Great fun, surprisingly the website actually worked. I don't think that we had a problem in this country with RC model aircraft until you could walk in to Best Buy as an example, and walk out with a 5 pound quad copter and an hour later be at 1000 feet with little or no skill.
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    Next Buick built in China

    <a href="" target="_blank"></a> My initial thought is anger (defense mechanism I guess). Then I thought, GM doesn't make anything I'm really...
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    Yesterday was Sky Maint. day

    Wife's car, 2008 Saturn Sky 2.4L manual, 30,000 miles, oil change, tire rotation. Found the positive battery terminal corroded, fixed that. We bought it new. 1st GM car that I didn't know the service advisor on a 1st name basis. Only issue I know of is Left side mirror adjustment stopped...
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    Are there members that Fly RC Aircraft?

    Just curious, don't see it mentioned often, other than the typical "Drone" discussion. I have a small quadcopter, but can't get real excited about it. I guess since it's not a scale model of anything. Over the years I have sold off all of my nitro stuff and have gone full electric. Brushless...
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    Trust Your Feeler Gauges?

    Do you see the problem in this picture? <img src="" class="post-image" alt="" /> <img...
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    New car for my Wife

    From 2012 Scion TC 6-speed manual. To; 2014 Hyundai Genesis coupe 2.0T Premium auto. <img src="" class="post-image" alt="" />
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    My Honda 750 project

    Down to the empty cases. Head and cylinder are packaged up ready to ship out for machine work. Engine will be mostly stock and used in a café racer style bike. A little more cleaning and I'll be ready to plastigauge the mains / rods. <img...
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    Stud removal tool experience

    Rebuilding a Honda 750 motorcycle engine and need to remove the cylinder studs to install heavy duty studs. some of these are 1 foot long. They neck down to 6mm diameter. I'll be attaching the tool down low, on the smooth part of the stud, near where they enter the engine case. Does anybody...
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    Aluminum Body Panel Repair

    This was mentioned in another unrelated thread, with enough dialogue that it probably deserves it's own. There is a lot of concern in the industry and on BITOG about how these panels should be repaired. I have seen everything from not that big a deal, to advocating complete clean room...
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    Snake and Mongoose Movie

    Has anybody seen this yet? I watched it last night, it was OK. I actually liked the documentary on the disk better. I remember this as a kid. I always had a lot of respect for Don Prudhomme, heck all of them really. I think it was a story that needed to be told.
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    2013 VW GTI Liqui-Moly Top Tec 4100 5W-40

    First run of this oil, was in car from December to June. <img src="" class="post-image" alt="" /> Link to oil; <a...