Hello folks, I hope everyone is doing good. Things are pretty good over here. Lot’s of work lately so been pretty tired. I am back more working in the garage these days so getting more in shape for the upcoming rush. Should go good this year but will be tiring. Been thinking a lot about work lately. Been looking for something a bit more normal schedule wise. Feeling worn down and just tired of the always fluctuating schedule. Fortune smiled upon me though.
So it seem’s there is a new garage being built in Ville Lasalle. My old assistant manager is working for them and setting up a team for this new location. He asked me to go work there for a much better pay day. I would pretty much be paid on par to what I was earning in IT which is great. I told him fuck yeah but I wanted to take two guys with me from my current work to come with me. If we are setting up a new garage I want a team that can work well together, get things done and as a bonus already familiar with. So I got my wish. Works out for all involved so I am pretty psyched. Should open shortly after christmas time. Look forward to working with modern equipment.
I hit the ripe age of 33 last week. Was ok. Wish my day had been a tad more exciting however I worked and by the time Lucas was in bed I totally dozed off on the couch. Nice way to celebrate eh lol But I got an awesome Dr Who t-shift from Marie along with a Tassimo coffee machine. I was leary about these machines but holy crap is the coffee good! There are some brands better then others so trying out all the brands out there.
Been getting some gaming in. Got Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. What a fantastic game. Holy crap is it good. From what I understand it follows the Transformers Prime universe so not exactly G1 canon. That’s ok but there are some things like the Dino bots that have their roots being created on earth. Not sure if this gets addressed somehow in game. At any rate it’s plain old awesome. I do hope for more games in this series but would also very much like a true G1 game.
For Marie b-day I got her classic french literature from 1862. It’s impressive to hold a book that old in your hand.
I also watch Walking Dead Season 3 which was most excellent as well as Breaking bad till Season 6. Now I started on Weeds which is a very humorous show. Highly recommended.
And yeah that is it. Wish there was more going on but unfortunately not. I am just looking forward to a more steady schedule. It’s much needed at this point. Hope all is well with everyone.
Sup guys, hope all is well. Things are going good over here. Cannot particularly complain. Work has been going good which is always a plus. Assistant manager got the axe recently so I think I am being groomed for the position. Slowly getting more responsibilities, etc. Not holding my breath as I have been screwed over many a time for a promo so not raising expectations. We finally hit our slow period of the year. Kind of that awkward moment where everyone is too busy with school but too early for winter tires. Makes for a few boring days but we manage.
Fiero is at work now. Got a notice from the town to move it so luckily I am able to stash it at work and now working with some friends to get it going. Well actually it is going now. We started the engine roughly two weeks ago. Was very nice to hear it roar for the first time. It is fun though as my friend who is a master mechanic is helping me learn along the way. The goal now is to make it pass a CAA inspection so it can be plated here in quebec. They tend to be strict so we are working out all the details. It’s a big investment in one shot to do which I am not happy about but on the other hand the fine from the town could be much more painful had I left it there. Also not that the car is mobile in a worse case situation I could put it in the back yard by removing a fence panel and driving it through.Mind you it is a worse case scenario.
But we have been putting time after shifts to work on it. Major problem of the engine not starting is out of the way. Injector was missing an o-ring so the engine flooded almost immediately and couldn’t budge. With that fixed it fired right up like a champ. Had to replace the exhaust manifold as it was cracked. With that done now it’s minor stuff. I have a friend who is a professional body shop guy who will paint the car with new material called Plastic Dip. It’s as the name suggests in that it is a plastic paint. It seem’s to be the new wave now because the day you decide to repaint, you essentially need to scrap a chunk off and pull. The whole coating tears away. It sounds fragile but it’s actually very durable. Ideally the car should be done mid september. Need parts from the states still. But were there. I have been actually quite lucky as all problems we encountered we managed to resolve without any huge expenditures. I think the most expensive thing right now is the tires. Bought the most cheap I could but it add’s up.
It’s funny though as the Fiero comes off as being a “cheap” car. A sports car for the poor man. Maybe in the day it was. Driving it though is a lot of fun. You really ride low to the ground compared to all other cars.Also with the way your dash in setup by being flat on a 90 angle in front of you is old school and interesting. Oh and the flip lights? Yeah those are fun just for the sake of it. I think all the guys at the garage have fallen in love with that one feature alone. It seem’s silly when you think about it but the concept of flip lights is still cool to this day.
I commend GM for making a car that is infuriating at times to work on. One of the problems we encountered was the seat not moving forward. So to take it out you have two bolt in the front. Very tight space but doable with a flat wrench. But the back ones….OMFG!! You literally need to use a mini jack to lift the front so you can “try” and reach the back ones because they thought “let’s put the bolts under the seat in the back rather then facing outwards to be more accessible”. It’s the little things that drive you crazy sometimes.
Carl can’t be the only one keeping this blog alive.
Just sitting at work waiting for a client to finish recording some audio for a webcast they are doing tomorrow.
Been playing a few things on steam. Finally got a legit copy of portals 2 during the steam sales and me and Sarah have been popping in there every now and then.
We have also had some success with a few mouseguard and marvel sessions over at Curts. Loving both, and can’t wait to play again.
Went to Washington this weekend on a whim. Never been, thought it would be nice…. we decided to drive so I snuck out on Friday and we headed over. Only light traffic, still took us till one in the morning before we got there. It was nice, but we didn’t get to go to the spy museum.
We got a good deal on the hotel, we stayed on capital hill, and we could see the capital building from our hotel, nice. We headed out from there to the washington monument, then the whitehouse, natural history museum and finally the Lincoln memorial, which was getting washed because of a vandal apparently. It’s not everyday you see a man power-washing Lincoln’s crotch. We hoped in a cab just before it started to rain and headed back to the hotel. I highly recommend the visit, especially if you like museums; the place is littered with them.
Anyways, it’s nice to see the blog is still here, I visit it now and then, even if it is only to lurk.
So things have been busy here on all fronts. Job is going good. Not sure if I mentioned to everyone that I am now a service advisor. Better pay and now work in air conditioning lol Well it’s pretty fun though awkward because essentially I became everyone’s boss in the garage. It’s a bit weird but it goes well. Hours I kinda all over the place however I am finally getting consistent weekends off.
Things at home going good as well. Got to start on my basement project. Been procrastinating a bit on that but been trying to get the car done so been back and forth. I got the new fuel pump installed and the tank is now raised in place. I tried to start the car however ran into an electrical problem. Boy did I curse lol I was able to diagose the issue today and luckily it was a fuse for the ECM computer. It’s funny when you look at old vehicles and how they work you really wonder what they were thinking especially one more unique cars. So now I just have to install a new brake switch and we should have action. Fingers crossed as I really want to drive it lol Seem’s to me it would be a very nice car to drive just for fun in the summer and heck, maybe do a road trip to visit my Ontarian friends
Aside from that I have played a bit of Ni No Kuni which is thus far quite excellent. I highly recommend the game and it’s around $30 for you PS3 folks. The animation is quite spectacular that you feel like your watching an anime without it feeling gamey at all.
As you all got emails about Cthulhu I have been working on getting some props done for the game. I mentioned while it is a play by post campaign that I wanted to provide some props for fun. I have been fiddling with aging paper. Tea staining works great for that old look and you can get some decent effects too. There are some fancier techniques to enhance the look and oldness of the paper by trying to keep things low cost as must as I can lol But I am pretty excited about the premise of it all and I think the play by post medium will fit well with Cthulhu.
Been working on the Fiero recently now that the weather is getting nicer and I can finally work outside. To update on the project, the car was bought on the cheap. No engine start. Ok so we discover A) we have no spark B) no fuel reaching the engine.
Before the holidays I managed to put in a new ignition system. So you have the ignition module which sits on the side of the engine with two coil packs on top. Module gets electricity, sends to the coil packs and then to the spark wires. Poor design concept to begin with as the heat from the engine eventually fries the module or the packs.
With no wasting time I decided to change the whole thing. Start fresh and any other problem concerning spark is a wiring issue.
Now for the fuel we got none coming to the single point injector. Car was sitting for a few years with no use meaning you could have a few potential issues. For one the relay for the fuel pump could be malfunctioning. Gas in the tank over the years makes the gas almost inert making it not really very combustible anymore as it’s a mix of gas, water and contaminants. Fuel pump filter also gets clogged and the pump can malfunction.
That being said I decided to go the change the whole thing route. I got a fuel pump and new relay. The relay installs simple enough located in a friendly area in the engine compartment. Fuel pump unfortunately has me taking the tank off the car. The tank on a Fiero is slim and runs the center length of the car. Interesting in space saving and keeping center of gravity through weigh distribution.I managed to remove the tanks straps and dropped the tank somewhat today. I saw some of the contents of the tank come out when I disconnected one of the lines. I got a nice little waterfall of gas luckily caught mostly by a tub. The rest was on my arm lol
Hopefully Tue and Wed when I have off I will disconnect the rest so I can finally completely remove the rank. I plan of doing a flush of the interior. I checked out various articles on hot roding and mechanic web sites. They say you empty contents, put some acetone and if you can either roofing nails or medium sized gravel. Slosh it around and that will discharge any rust and clean it out. Rinse and all should be good. From there I can fill it again or for further prevention there is a liquid sealer I can also slosh around to make a protective coating. I plan on cleaning the exterior and also changing the gas straps.
Where I am at right now is getting that done and then we will see where we are at. The engine can turn so it is not seized. This is good. So now it is just getting the basics going. Once the car starts anything else can usually get diagnosed electrically or systematically.
It’s a fun project. Less to do in things compared to the Camaro which is good. Just takes some time when you have to put finances to it.
Hey folks, how is everyone going? Hope all is well. Been pretty busy these past couple of weeks. Had the seasonal summer tire rush so been recovering from that. My shoulder is a bit fucked up now and my lower back is also a bit wonky but I always had problems with the back so no surprise there. But while aches and pains show up all has been pretty good. Have been trying o find some jobs closer to home but being the off season now it’s rather difficult. Hoping something bites as something a little more permanent then seasonal would be great.
With my off days now I have been tackling the fiero to which I can say is 85% done. I have a muffler arriving soonish from the states so with that installed the car will be done. That will be good. It was a shortish project car which was nice. So now will enjoy it for a bit and sell it off. I don’t think too much trouble will be had selling it.
I did get a wicked sunburn working on it though. Holy cow is it hurting today lol But who can complain about awesome weather. Anyways, back to work I go. Hope everyone is taking it easy and having fun.
Hey peeps, how is everyone doing? I’m doing pretty good. Very tired but good none the less. I wish I could be more there but since I started working and going to school my time has pretty much been swallowed. I started at Canadian Tire in end of October or mid October and been working as a service man / car jockey. It’s pretty good for a basic job and foot in the door. It’s right next to my school so yay convenience. I am pretty much up from 5:30am till 1am (got to cram in studying somewhere) so usually my weekends are sleep oriented. Tire season started hardcore about two weeks ago. Basically all day is constantly changing tires and oil changes. I do roghly 40 – 48 tires a day. That means about 12 cars max during my shift. Really it all depends on if the tires are already on rims, low profiles, etc. I have had some really nasty ones like low profile 19 inch BMW ones but those are rare. I like the car jockeying aspect as I pretty much get to try all cars out there that come into the garage. Nothing too out there though but I have done some new BMW sports cars and plenty of luxury cars from other companies. Sometimes despite the price tag your better off getting a regular car for the average person. The worst car I drove by far was the smart car. Oh my god those are horrible. Not so much in the sense of speed as the car is fast but you just KNOW that if your hit then you are toast. It does not matter any safety inspections you feel the cheapness of their cut corners. I also lost a lot of weight. Roughly 20 pounds so far but toned some muscles much to Marie’s happiness LOL
School has been going quite excellent and passed some more modules. Right now were doing ignition so that’s pretty interesting stuff but mostly it all comes down to basics of electricity and diagnostics which I am pretty fucking good at. On my rare spare time I have been playing some Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I play this usually with Lucas watching. He loves all the scenery, monsters and all that. He gets so excited for boss fights. Sometimes he hides or screams woah!!! It is really incredible to see how he is turning out. He is very quiet usually, keeps to himself around others but when at home he just likes to hang out and help with whatever your doing. I’m pretty impressed. Sometimes I wish he would play on his own with his toys but as long as he is happy hey, who am I to bother him.
Anyways, I hope you are all doing good. I will hopefully have a friday off soonish. If I remember right I should have one coming up. I will keep posted on that. Would be nice to get together even for a movie or whatever.
Here’s a fun one this week. Matt and Kim play music in all kinds of places that they probably shouldn’t. It’s like catchy guerrilla music! Not to be confused with gorilla music. That’s something else entirely.
Hey everybody, hope all is well. Just want to say thanks for the b-day wishes from people. Much appreciated. I haven’t really had too much time to take to even thank people. I started working at Canadian Tire last monday. I do roughly 30 hours right now plush my school so it’s pretty tiring. I had some days where I wake up for 6am, go to work for 8 and then come home after school at 11pm. But despite it I actually really enjoy working at CT. They are a pretty good bunch and potential horror stories of unqualified people and not true at least at my location. Pretty much the job is tire changing, oil changes, light changes but I also go opportunities to jump on doing actual mechanic work by changing a ball joint and starter. I got to drive some pretty sweet rides. We even had a lambo come in last weekend for tire air which was pretty fucked up. But hey, will not complain about a lambo in the shop. I particularly enjoy things because you see a wide variety of cars and not the same old ones. Diversity is always a plus. School is going good. In fact I have an exam tonight on heating and cooling. Pretty easy stuff. I should be ok seeing as how I helped teach people how to do diagnostics on the system. But hey, you never know. So the Camaro engine is done. Did that about 2 weeks ago. It’s pretty that is for sure so now just tackling the body stuff. Almost done mwahahaha Well, I must head off, Lucas to daycare and me tackling some things around the home. Take care everyone. For halloween the saturday may be a no go with work now but should be briefly there friday, of course for the typical send off brunch. But my schedule is subject to changes so will have more info when the time comes. Oh and very nice army Chris. i wish the sisters were much easier to collect.
We watched a fair bit of Game Center CX on the weekend, and if you have even a passing interest in video games and don’t mind subtitles too much, you HAVE to check it out. A number of the full episodes have been fan-subbed on YouTube.