Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Oooooh parts

Well I'm sure that everyone is getting tired of RC related posts... but I'm not so here's more pictures. :D

I got my new shocks installed and they are fantastic. I haven't had a chance to bash the car but they sure work nice on the bench.

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Those with a keen eye and memory will notice the shocks are now grey and not black. I have no idea if that makes a difference but they are new and spectacular.

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Here you can see the little bit of fuel tube I've put on the shock shaft. This will cusion the shock if it bottoms out and this should help it live a long life. It will prevent the cap (on the top) from popping off on a hard landing.

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And here is a picture of my nifty new tackle bo.... I mean RC Tool box. It is a Flambeau Night Ranger. It has an LED light in the lid for evening use. Dunno if I'll ever need the light but it was the right price and size at Canadian Tire.

Well thats about it for now. I have to go back to work, yes it is 6:45pm, and finish some work. Ah well its for extra money and we all like money.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

I am unique

Well atleast in the US I am. I found this over at Breakfast Meat

LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Monday, October 16, 2006

Its happening again...

I find it quite fitting that on the day of the first snow fall of the year the second installment of Canada's Worst Drivers premiers. I love to hate this show, I can not miss it yet it enrages me to watch it. This season looks to be no different.

I can't believe how bad some of these people can be. Somehow they seem to have the same cross section of bad drivers as last time. There is the teenage girl who doesn't give a shit, the middle aged man who drives way too fast, the middle aged housewive who breaks down on the track and the engineer to over analyzes every move. I even think it is going to go the same. I think the first to leave will be the guy with the license plate "SPEEED" because he is exactly like the guy who played bumper tag last time. He can drive, he just chooses to be a moron. I think Canada's Worst driver will be the woman from Manitoba who strangely reminds me of Mark's ex Chantel who used to close her eyes while driving if something bad happened. She could have been on the show. The one I dislike the most on the show is the young girl who likes to hit stuff. She'll scrape the side of a car in a parking lot and giggle then drive away. Nevermind that she just caused hundreds or thousands of dollars of damage but she causes everyone else's insurance premiums to go up. These people shouldn't be allowed to drive. She is from Calgary and has wrecked 5 or more cars in her life, her cars usually last 3 to 6 months before she totals them. She is 22 and I would love to find out how much her insurance costs in Calgary. I would also like to slap her and her parents until my arm falls off.

I could rant all night about bad drivers but I won't bore you to death. Watch the show, it is on Monday evening at 8 on Discovery, thats 26 on shaw, 51 on Sasktel.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Carnage and Snow

I had the nitro sport out on Saturday and finally broke something. I was running around on the street when I hit a bump and the truck did a summersault. I guess it must have landed on the rear body mount because it snapped the rear shock tower.

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A simple $6 part and 10 minutes and it was up and running again.

Well it snowed for the first substantial amount tonight... well its still snowing but here are a couple of pictures off of the balcony

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We'll see how much we actually get but it may make the drive to work interesting tomorrow.

Have fun and stay warm.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Its been a while

Well I've been busy lately and haven't had a chance to post. I'll catch you up.

Over the Thanksgiving long weekend I was out in Edmonton visiting Dad and Nigel. That was a lot of fun. I saw them and we visited Sonia and her kids as well as Wendy and her kids came out. We had thanksgiving supper on Sunday with Nigel's Mom's family and it was awesome. On Saturday night we went to the peeler bar which was a blast and I'll leave the details out to protect the guilty. On Sunday Nigel had a football game at the U of A and they got to play on the artificial turf. Wow it was nice, felt just like real grass. It was a blow out, Nigel's team won 43-0. The poor other team couldn't even manage to get the snap count right most of the time. Ah well a win is a win. Nigel's team is in second place I believe and their next game decides first. I got a really good view of the game as I volunteered to run the down markers with 2 other guys. That was nice as I never got bored and I was always right by the action.

My Nitro Sport is still out of action. I took it apart when I got home and one of the clutch bearings is boned. This gave me an excuse to buy a ball bearing set to get rid of the wheel bushings. So I'm waiting for those as well as two sets of shocks, suspension pins, axle pins and drives as well as some various other parts. Parts for the nitro sport are so cheap on eBay. The Nitro Sport, Nitro Rustler and Stampede are all basically the same car so there are lots of parts out there. I would like to get a pro ball diff but its $50. $50 on a $100 car is a bit much. I'm going to pack the diff with some heavier grease so that it acts more like a limited slip for now. I also picked up a nice tackle box to store all the parts. While I was in Edmonton I stopped in at Great Hobbies and bought some Proline Dirt Hawg tires and some rims. Hopefully these will work better than the bald old tires I was using. :)

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That's about it for now.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

It lives!

Henry Frankenstein: Look! It's moving. It's alive. It's alive... It's alive, it's moving, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, IT'S ALIVE!
Victor Moritz: Henry -- In the name of God!
Henry Frankenstein: Oh, in the name of God! Now I know what it feels like to be God!

Here are some pictures of the Nitro Sport all cleaned up after its first run.

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Now it doesn't look as amazing as I had hoped but if you compare it to the other set of pictures it quite a bit cleaner. It took me 3 hours on Sunday to clean and re-assemble the car.

I haven't had a chance to tune the car much but I did take it out to the park and run it around a baseball diamond. Without being tuned, having a poorly set up suspension and bald tires it was a real handful. I was barely able to get to WOT. The funny thing is I don't have any pictures becuase all my batteries were being used in the car. Besides with just me out there it would be hard to drive and take pictures. But hey atleast it runs.