Anywho, here's an update because I've been lazy/busy/preoccupied with whatever.
Quoting myself all the way back from Nov 2014. JUST NOW WE HAVE AN APPOINTMENT SCHEDULED TO REPLACE THE DASH. So yeah, took them long enough :bravo: Going to take some high res 'before' shots of the interior in case they manage to mangle the install somehow, who knows with them.Myself wrote:
The first instance of having issues with the GPS and Nav unit happened all the way back in April ...
Well, that was finally fixed and by that time the Nav unit was having issues yet again. Another unit was ordered. They managed to nick the dashboard and the steering when installing the latest radio. Made an appointment for them to attempt a repair, and three weeks later it's "repaired"
Unfortunately the dashboard is textured and the steering wheel was nicked in a high traffic area, so we were left with a flat/non-textured spot on the dash and the steering wheel fix was already starting to come apart. We pushed for a replacement and now we're waiting for the parts to arrive to have the dashboard and the steering wheel replaced.
The Sparco surprise still has to wait, there's custom parts involved and they have to be actually made before I get them hence the long lead time. Not in a rush. I swapped out my winter set for the summers a while back, there's quite a difference in size, our weather was very yo-yo-ey for a while there with +20 one day, and snow the next (wish I was exaggerating)
Learned a valuable lesson about not forgetting you used wheel chocks, eh they were dirt cheap from Canadian Tire and they still work.
Parked the Baja and the Veloster on the same street, and wow the proportions on them are just an odd contrast of mid 2000's vs 2010's. The Veloster looks like a porker beside my minitruck. It just kind of struck, hadn't really compared the two in a row like this before.
I'm also pleased to inform that I am once again gainfully employed. My project was described as better than my resume on the interview, and my resume is pretty damn good. It's an engineering related summer position and I'm really loving it there. So there you have it, a project car can have some return on investment and isn't just a burning pit that's fueled by money.
Look at the lovable scamp that got me an awesome job, oh yes, you!
And the ever faithful Altima has been stripped of it's clean metric bolts and nuts, and assorted valuables (Aluminum rad, strut bar, battery, catalytic converter) and has been towed away to the land of compactors and chop saws where it may begin life again as a toaster, or a refrigerator. Godspeed, you were one of the best beaters I've had.
In non-automotive news I splurged and bought a set of wicked expensive glasses. I really really liked them, and I went all out with the lenses getting some pretty pimp coatings and transitions as always.
Lazyman sunglasses are great, and the future is awesome.
I've also transformed my messy computer room/office from this hazmat location featuring a Gordian knot of wires that would make any self respecting rat insanely jealous. (picture in progress of cleanup, forgot to take a real before pic, woops)
Into this sleek and clean computer room/workspace:
All thanks to the famous Swedish maze/store known as IKEA.
I did also manage to almost get side swiped by an inattentive driver action happens at 12 seconds
And here's some AI popcorn to end off this post:
I would like to begin this update with a short moment of silence for the little O2 sensor that could.
[s]Rest[/s] Rust in piece little guy!
Big things have been happening this month, and it's time for a proper update. First off, the Baja has been as good as ever, so I gave the engine bay a quick 303 shine to get all the rubber bits nice and soaked. Gave it an oil change and threw on that new accessory belt finally, keeping the old one for a need-it-in-a-pinch spare.
While that was happening I stole the new set of hella horns that I was going to install on the Veloster and I replaced the Baja ones. Now they're all shiny and new, and ready for car-show season. The mounting spot on the veloster probably won't be visible anyway so w/e, it can have the slightly beat up horns.
The week before a local subie owner started parting out the aftermarket parts from his car and I managed to pick up the steering wheel I've been lusting over for almost 3 years. It is heavenly. GT-Spec D-Shaped wheel, the leather feels amazing after I did a full day and half leatherique treatment, the grip surfaces on the wheel just fit your hand perfectly, it's incredible. I can't gush about this thing enough.
I went from this:
So now it's time for the big unveil, partially brought to you by SpeedFactor Racing in Winnipeg and Sparco themselves: Sparco Chrono Road front seats with sliders and brackets!
Weight Reduction Bro! (Dirty carpet, and a jealous Veloster in the side mirror too)
All in! Now I just have to lose some weight, they're a bit snug and I've a wedding coming up so time to nut up and get serious about weight reduction.
These seats are comfy! And quite big, they just barely cleared the B-pillar. I thought that aftermarket seats would sit lower down, but they're actually about the same seat height as the factory Baja seats, although with much more support and they're cloth! No more sticky leather in the hot summers, or freezing cold flash-frostbite sitting experience in the winter, should be perfect even without heating elements.
Further pampering the Baja, it went in for tint on Monday and I have to say it looks great. Now the front is just a touch lighter than the rear instead of a huge difference as with just the factory tint. Unfortunately I've been busy and I haven't taken photos. Oh well, you'll see them eventually. Since all this work is being done on the car anyway, I decided to finally refresh the grille. It did not survive winter at all. The finish was garbage and it was time to put more effort into it. I sanded it down, used some more body filler to smooth it out somewhat
Threw a coat of high-build primer
A quick wetsand later I threw on a few coats of duplicolor dark metallic grey (FOR FORD COLORS, uh oh)
I also cut out a new mesh piece for the grille and threw on a coat of fresh black paint and threw some cheap clearcoat on there for a little bit of a shine factor.
Once that dried IT WAS TIME TO BE ALL SHINY AND CHROME. VALHALLA AWAITS! (You have no idea how much will power it took to not shout WITNESS ME and become ALL SHINY AND CHROME)
I still could have done better (seriously, the chrome spray is finicky as hell and the finish is as soft as butter after being left alone for almost 2 days)
Used some of the finest JB-Weld I had available and with the help of some pipe wrenches and a square metal rod, I bent the mesh around the grille and epoxied it in place.
CALL THE :siren: AI BADGE POLICE :siren:
I think I've done a pretty A-OK job (At least it's much improved over my Ver.1 proof-of-concept grille)