The Guess Who – Shakin’ All Over

Halloween is fast approaching, so for this week’s Monday Music Video, I’ve got something more thematically appropriate. It’s the Guess Who’s cover of Shakin’ All Over, originally by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. The video isn’t an actual video, per se, it’s Disney’s Skeleton Dance, matched up with the tune.

Car news and bla bla bla

Well it’s been awhile since I last talked about my car so here goes. I have not touched it too too much this past while. When arranging the garage, removing the stairs and school studying I was a bit discouraged from getting into it. Was a bit hard to get that motivation kick started. But things have started progressing again.

I yanked off the hood and the spring brackets that were attached. The hood itself was quite dirty on the underside and the paint was bubbling on the top in two places. So I am in the process of stripping the hood of paint. I also need to adjust the hole for the air induction. The guy before had cut the hole and installed a scoop however he cut the hole a bit off center where your air filter is. So he fancy edelbrock air filter chrome top got bent in one corner as it catched on the hole.

I cleaned the engine compartment and began painting it. It’s looking pretty hot and making the chrome pop out more. I still have some touch ups in some spots and then painting other areas around the engine. Once that’s done I am going to get my air induction installed. My book was never clear on how to install it. Through school though I discovered the quebec national library had a database of car repair information. I of course subscribed and managed to get some good information on installing it so at least I have things to go on now. But it’s all getting going. It’s just to attack things one at a time with what I have. The more that school goes along the more I think of different things to look at and improve if it’s worth it. In the end the car is going to get sold for a profit or I would take break even since I want to do other restorations.

I really enjoy restoring. There is something very satisfying about it. When i think about vintage cars I think of it as preserving something that deserves to be saved. Often we will see a tv show or movie or even see in person a car we are like wow, that is rare. I know I do and I think it would be cool if cars of today could be more like back then style wise. So if I can save a car or two from the scrapper then my job is worth it in the long run.

Speaking briefly of school, I aced my last two exams. My next course is kind of lame. It’s interpersonal relations which is a snoozer course but one of those things you just have to do. After that though we will be hitting engines which I am pretty excited about.

Ola!

Greetings!! How is everyone doing? Been seeing a lot of activity for Dresdan Files going on which is awesome. I think Salem as a setting has a lot of potential especially with all the locations. It’s like a wicked hub for activity. Things on my side have been pretty busy with school. I passed my shop exam. I got 100% on it. Had to take various measurements with different devices on different auto parts. We also then had to cut a metal block, then make appropriate holes, then tap them (making the lines for screwing) then inserting a bolt. Once the bolt was in, we broke it and then had to extract it. I was pretty happy about how it all went. Now were going into the characteristics of a car. In itself it’s not terribly interesting. It’s getting to know your car parts and how to search various methods to find trouble shooting information. For instance I had to identify all the parts in an Acura engine compartment. I have to give it to them for making it clean. I looked at an older Ford and it was so cramped it was ridiculous.

So with school going on it keeps me busy but I did manage to get the car in the garage. I basically yanked out the garage stairs which made the space needed. I would have been able to do it if I removed the front nose of the car but I didn’t feel the need to plus I wanted all the space I could get. I use a ladder to get down and I have room in front of the car and some space all around. It’s not the best setup but it’s making do with what we have.

I have gotten some tools for my b-day which was great. My parents got me a air tool kit a month ago due to a sale but they also got me some clothes, a wrench set and this cool magnetic LED light which is like a flashlight but you can pull the light end and it makes an LED light bar. Marie got me an impact socket set which is going to be very handy as well as a bolt extractor set with another wrench set. This wrench set has imperial wrenches which are larger then the mixed imperial / metric set my parents got me. I have a basic tiny set which came with my gun but it’s good to have a lot of variety in there. I got a canadian tire gift card from my bro which I will probably use tomorrow. They have a sale on wrenches for brake lines which is on sale. I also got a fairy statue. It is sitting on crystal like globe and is either standalone deco or fancy paperweight. It’s cool but I must say that artists think that all fairy chicks have gigantic boobs.

Aside from that I painted the lower bathroom so that is another thing off the list. Slowly bringing in the patio set into the basement. Got to get ready for winter. With how chilly it has gotten I don’t see snow far off. I do need to construct my crosses. I have a wooden pallette from rona’s that my patio stones came on. I am going to disassemble it and make wooden crosses out of it. I will then make a graveyard on my lawn.

Well off to bed I go, hope your all doing well

Busy bee

Well tomorrow is my shop exam. It’s much more varied compared to welding. We have a bunch of tools to know how to use at the drop of a dime as well as various tasks to perform. It’s been very interesting though. We have mainly been machining. So cutting blocks of metal with a hacksaw, drilling, taping the hole, threading a metal circular bar as a bolt. We also learned bolt extractions which is handy especially when fixing older cars like mine. Sometimes the bolt is just plain jammed so what to do. Now there is a few handy tools I can use to pierce a broken bolt and insert a bolt extractor and twist it out.

So yeah I am pretty excited overall about the course. I’m hoping the exam goes without a hitch. It may seem easy peasy when I talk about it but say exam time by slight mischance you fuck up a drill hole they will fail you on the spot and you have to retake the test later. It’s pretty fucking serious but it’s to impress the concept that when your working on cars, there is not room for error when lives can be potentially at stake whether it be a co-worker or client.

I brought my car in the garage this past week. It’s good to finally be able to work on it in the evenings or in any temperature. I yanked off the hood and the brackets that lift it. I have two spots on the hood that have paint bubbles and the brackets have chipped paint. Well to be honest the hole body needs a paint job. So yeah going piece by piece.

Aside from that I have started playing Fable 2 which is a very excellent game. I also picked up Fight Night Round 4 which I got at Maxi’s on liquidation since they are renovating. Was $10 which is sweet. And I have to admit that I have an addiction to boxing games. I find them quite fun. It’s fast paced, requires some strategy in training and in boxing. The controls are pretty tight though I find that sometimes the punch you want to do doesn’t always pull off so well when using the analogue but it’s a minor complaint though.

Another course down

So I passed welding. The exam itself was not difficult in scope however I landed up with a torch tip that was not very good so at two points it sputtered and blew a hole in the metal. I was able to patch it up however I know I could have done way better with a good torch tip. But that is the problem with school equipment. It’s used and abused, people don’t clean their torch tips. I was happy yesterday when a student thanked me for teaching him how to weld so he passed his exam. However 7 people out of 20 failed their exam. Time already to weed people out. It’s too bad. People just don’t take things seriously. You have guys who like to talk shit on how they know things and surprise, they fail. You have others that dick around and bail on class and surprise, they fail.

Now were wrapping up shop class. I am really enjoying the class however we don’t have a lot of time to get everything down. We missed a day of class to make up for welding when we had a school evacuation however were not getting a day to make up for our shop class and the scope is a lot larger. So sucks in a way but still pretty confident.