Friday, March 28, 2008


Some light, funny, not safe for work reading for your weekend. Credit for this find goes to 1990CamaroRS over at the that I am a member of. Nice find '90!

The gist of the story is a young member of the forum posted a pick of a Mercedes and claimed it as his. Only problem was the real owner of the car found out and posted proof that it wasn't the young mans car. Then posted pics and information to prove it was his.

Anyway, if your up for some immature ribbing, lot's of "LOL u gt owneds" and more laughs read on.

The owner comes in at page 27 and shows his proof threw the pages after that.

So crack a beer and enjoy!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Ford 347

On the engine front things are shaping up very well. The 347 cubic inch Ford is almost ready to be mated to the 5 speed transmission and then installed into the Cobra. The only thing we are waiting on is the water pump, motor mounts and transmission mount and then we will have at it.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Toyota's never break

Ya right....

The golden child of the automotive world, Toyota, is on the rise to be number one overall in automotive sales worldwide and in the U.S.A . It just seems to be a matter of time. One of the arguments I hear from customers is "Toyota's never break" which, if you work in the auto repair industry, you know is false. Every car breaks, it's just a matter of when and how often. Now, I'm not going to go on a Toyota bashing spree since there are Toyota's I think are very well built and dependable. Are they better then the domestics offered in the same class? In some cases yes, in some cases no.

Which brings me to why I am babbling about Toyota. In this case a 2004 4-Runner in the shop today. Engineers can build and design some excellent stuff but in this case I think they just plain are brain dead, I'll get to my reasoning on that later. Mice found their way into the bowels of this 4-Runner and plugged up the HVAC system and also the Air Cleaner housing. Easy enough fix, pull the blower motor for the HVAC and take out "Speedy" who was chewed up by the fans blades (sorry, no pic of him) and then pull all of the debris and nesting they put in. This went easy enough, the blower is in a accessible spot and takes only minutes to remove with a Phillips head screw driver for the plastic cover then a 5/16th socket and wrench on the blower motor. The Cabin filter above it, just pop the glove box down and there it is. Once they where out a shop-vac solves the problem.

Then I went on to the Air Cleaner itself. I pulled the intake off and took the air cleaner out, everything was full of corn the Mice snuck in. Then I looked at the NON-serviceable air cleaner portion to see what shape it's in. Well, this part was starting to be plugged up good. This section of Air Cleaner, pictured in the box, is not serviceable. Meaning, when it plugs up your either going the cheap route and just breaking it out and put only the serviceable Air Cleaner in, or going the expensive route and replacing the Air Cleaner Box.

My thinking was to replace the box assembly since Mice are having a field day, and if they where to go after the truck again they could chew past the serviceable Air Cleaner and the non-serviceable isn't there then get into the intake portion of the engine since there are passages for them to crawl threw. I gave a call to Toyota to see on the price and availability of the Box.

$576.00 dollars........Yup, no kidding.

Used route, $300 and no guarantee the non serviceable air cleaner won't be plugged.

What am I told to do? At this point it's up in the air. The cheap route is ready to do, the expensive route is just a phone call away to get ordered. I didn't design it, I didn't build it, I didn't buy it, I didn't break it. I'm just trying to fix it to the customers satisfaction and if that means taking this section out so they are happy, so be it. I've told them doing it right is the best way but it's still their decision in the end and if I don't pop the part out, anyone could easily pop it out.

Brain dead thinking on this Air cleaner box. This could have been made to be serviceable, heck, maybe it is on newer models but all my looking and digging so far in TSB's and threw Toyota show it isn't. Phone calls to parts houses all have the same answer, buy the whole box.

Small tabs hold the section in place, it could have been design to have locking tabs that seal it in. It could have had other ideas, but anyway, never thought I'd see a $576 air cleaner.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Spring Break Rush

Dan has about a 10 day window of nothing to do so this should be the time to catch up on many things that haven't been done on the Cobra. It was nice to see two big boxes from FedEx come in this week to give him much of the parts he has been waiting on. Thursday night we finished up rebuilding the rear CV shafts by putting FFR's shorter main shaft in. The boots supplied from FFR didn't work with the aftermarket shafts from Carquest or US Autoforce. Two of our suppliers I get parts from for the shop. In the end I actually had to get a shaft from each since both only had one on hand. The boots didn't work because the two shafts used a CV boot that had lips on the edges to cover the ends of the shaft. Oh well, no biggie. We also needed to step up to 109mm CV boot clamps on the large end to tighten the boot to the shafts and will likely change the smaller clamps because I am not happy with how they fit.

We also finally received the replacement valve spring for the World Product head that came with one faulty valve spring. We where lucky we looked it over when opened the box or we may have missed it then wondered why #1 cylinder wasn't right. Along with the spring we also received 7/16th by 7/16th rocker arm studs. The World Product Head listed they would have both but only shipped with the 3/8th by 7/16th stud.

Dan has been a little frustrated by the screw ups in parts but is learning it is apart of working on and building cars. Parts can come wrong, parts will come wrong, you just hope to avoid it as much as possible by checking and then double checking everything you look up and order. Then hope the guy on the other end of the phone or web is also doing the same thing.

Spring Break for him next week, this should be a good week to catch up on the Cobra. I really hope to have a drivable car by or around the first of April. Drivable being move under it's own power, the body work and placing the shell on the frame will come last so as not to have a fresh coat of paint being leaned on and over by all the looky-loo's up here.

Friday, March 07, 2008

March Edsel update

I received a comment in a post below from "Misawa77" so instead of replying below I'll answer the questions here.

Yes, we are still shooting for a May finish on the Edsel. At this point we are waiting on all the interior carpet, seat skins, and padding for the seats from Kanter. Once they are here I'll go to work on the interior and have that finished up. With 57 days left before we would like it finished we will be pushing hard to get done. May 3rd is a special date, it will mark the 25th year of business for Willie's Repair. I can't believe it has been that long since Dad first opened the door. We plan on having a party on the 10th which marks the actual day he started working. He opened on May 3rd and promptly took the day off for the opening of Trout season.

What is left on the Edsel? Interior, clean and paint the rims, mount and balance new tires, exhaust from the engine back and then odds and ends with fuel lines, putting a proper floor shifter for the automatic in. We would have redone the Tele-touch but would rather not since it can be tricky and we'd rather not have a issue with it if someone else happens to get in for a drive. Also, getting the brakes bleed, electrical gremlins that are bound to pop up and a quick test drive. Not much really when you think about it. Once the interior arrives things will go fast.

During the renovation we left the data plate in place, covered it with tape then trimmed the tape around the edges. There wasn't any body work needed in the area so it was a matter of just sanding and getting the area ready for paint. It wasn't to hard to work around it, just taking our time not to damage or scuff it up. It went very easy since we had the doors off for repair and paint. We choose this route so we wouldn't have a issue with putting rivets back in or loss the dang thing. ;)

In the future I'll throw up some pics of the other projects we have done, or have. The Metropolitan is actually due next to be restored. It was restored in 90' by Dad and he drove the heck out of it up until about 2002 when the clutch, column three speed and brakes gave him issues. We didn't attack them then because we looked the car over and realized it was really in need of some structural work, new paint and interior work so we decided then to finish up my Camaro and bring it in. Then the Edsel was pushed ahead of it so the little Met was put off. It now sits in the barn under cover patiently waiting it's turn in the shop.

Thanks for the comments and questions, I hope I answered them and if anyone has a question feel free to drop me a line or comment. I'm more then happy to answer them.

Off to work!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

ARCA Sim Racing

Sim Factory LLC finished and shipped "ARCA Sim Racing 2008" on the first of March. My copy is inbound sometime in the next few days so I think I'll be going into hiding for a undisclosed period of time as I blast around some of the coolest tracks in the country. The racing sim looks to be one of the best made to date. Considering EA Sports has the noose around the Na$car rights this was a great idea for the makers, can't run the Na$car name, go with another series that wants some coverage and attention. The game looks to be very modable and I'm sure COT paint schemes and cars from Na$car won't be far behind. I'd bet guys are all ready planning mods for the sim.

Glad I'm my own boss, kind of, figure a long lunch hour the day this comes in. Here is a link to some beta testing done with some of Na$car's own drivers.