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About Rev

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    Track Freak
  • Birthday June 6

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    College Station
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    '05 330i ZHP and '85 911 Coupe

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  1. Yes, OnRamp does both and can be found at www.onramptx.org
  2. Since we're all car enthusiasts here, I thought you might want to hear a relevant data point on this national #blackouttuesday. Since we started our OnRamp charity 2 ½ years ago, we've given away reliable vehicles to 37 families in Brazos County brought to us by our two school districts, large charitable orgs like H4H and FoodBank, and various religious orgs. Of those 37 families, 20 have been African American. That's 54% in a county of just 11% African American. Conclusion: transportation insecurity, which has a bigger impact on generational poverty than even education, disproportionately affects the black community by a dramatic amount. All that to say, if you have the ability, please look for ways to use this hobby to help families in need of reliable transportation, especially from minority communities. Note, this is not a plug for our charity - we're only in the Brazos Valley. But there's a LOT of people in desperate need of help throughout Texas. If you can, find a way to be part of the solution. And if you need advice, all we've learned and developed through OnRamp is yours for free. Our prayer is to help people launch OnRamps throughout the United States.
  3. Sadly no fun car projects at the moment. Between ongoing work and now being a homeschool parent, I'm definitely not getting much time for boredom! In fact, my car has now been repurposed as a filming studio b/c I couldn't find sufficient quiet in my home for recording. Turns out the inside cabin of a car or minivan with the camera suctioned to the windshield makes for a very quiet, comfy spot for filming 😂
  4. While this whole virus situation definitely sucks, one advantage is having huge High School band parking lots empty on drizzly days. Perfect for practicing on-the-limit throttle modulation and discovering the balance of one’s car. Making lemonade outta lemons. Hopefully this is legal!!
  5. Based on his current fleet, this one might be a better fit for Brad.
  6. Rev

    Goals 2020

    Three of those are admirable goals.
  7. It's the annual Day of Giving and most of you probably already have charities near-and-dear to you to support. But for any who don't, if you'd like to help an automotive charity run by a fellow TJ-er, we'd love to have you on our team at OnRamp. My wife and I founded this 501c3 2 years ago to give reliable vehicles to struggling families in the Brazos Valley who'd otherwise have to turn to predatory lenders. We just gave away car #30 a couple weeks ago and have another 7 families on the list. We also support all the cars we give away with a full year of free maintenance to help these families stay on their feet. And, no, I'm not allowed to do any of that maintenance myself anymore - insurance requires it all to go through ASE-certified shops, which makes great sense but does increase our financial needs. If you'd like to help us out, just visit: https://www.onramptx.org/give On a completely unrelated note, I finally got the 911 out to an LSRPCA autocross. VERY fun car to drive... but not fast compared to the Miata's I used to take out there. Really enjoyable to practice left-foot-braking to aid turn-in. And they've got a great setup at the police academy!
  8. Wow... Hard to believe that guy is the same species as the rest of us.
  9. I don't often post stuff here related to the automotive charity I run, but thought this was an important piece of news for you all to be aware of. From Reuters News last week: "For America’s working poor, an often essential ingredient for getting and keeping a job – having a car – has rarely been more costly, and millions of people are finding it impossible to keep up with payments despite prolonged economic growth and low unemployment." We're seeing dramatic increases in the price of reliable used cars. According to Reuters, the price of a 10-year-old vehicle is up 75% since 2010. Think about that for a moment: 75% at a time when wages haven't increased much at all for low-income workers. That means at-risk families are doomed to fall further into poverty without help. I met last night with an at-risk mom of 7 kids in College Station who is working a full time job, but can't afford a vehicle on top of rent and food. She doesn't have good credit, so no legit dealerships could help her. The only used car shark that would deal with her wanted $10,000 for a car with almost 300k miles on it! $10k!! He demanded $1000 down and $750 every other week!! She wisely walked away, but as a result, has to take Uber everyday for work. That's cutting $150 from her paycheck every week. She has no options in our town. So I tell you all this just so you're aware of what's going on in the lives of at-risk families, especially in Texas where public transit is rarely available. If you have a desire to help, find a charity in your community that helps meet transportation-related needs for at-risk families. If you want to help in the Brazos Valley, shoot me a message. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-usa-used-analysis/rising-old-used-car-prices-help-push-poor-americans-over-the-edge-idUSKBN1WQ1AP?utm_source=reddit.com
  10. Rev


    Just bought a set of 5000SLX Quickjacks from Home Depot - a bit over $1000 before tax and free delivery to home. They're awesome! Made changing transaxle fluid on my 911 tonight a breeze. Should have bought a set of these a while ago! Yes, those are extra stands under the rear uprights. I wanted a little extra security since this was my first time using them. Set up is easy.
  11. Man, I don't know what you do for a living, but you are one lucky dude! I am jealous.
  12. My torque wrenches are not fancy enough to have factory calibration as an option. One is a kobalt from Lowe’s, the other is a harbor freight special. I’ve heard you can get a snapon guy to do it if you find them at a local auto repair shop. But that would’ve probably cost as much as the torque wrench itself did.
  13. Robert, I think part of the reason mine were this far off was that when I first purchased them, I did not yet know the "rules" for how to properly use torque wrenches. I used them to loosen bolts that were beyond their range. I also occasionally forgot to zero them for a day or two after use. Those two mistakes can have detrimental impact on a click-style torque wrench's accuracy. Rule of thumb is still to calibrate every year if you use it often. Based on my frequency of use, every few years is appropriate I think.
  14. I finally got around to calibrating my torque wrenches today after four years of use. I'm ashamed to admit that they were way off! One was reading 20% high, the other 25% (meaning when I dial in 50 ftlbs, it's clicking at 40). Not good. Fortunately, adjusting them was easy. Don't be dumb like me... calibrate frequently, or have it done by a professional. Now time to recheck all my lug nuts!
  15. Beautiful Cayman! It's hard to go wrong with that choice. Yes, there will be many 911 guys who crap on Caymans even though, by all objective data, the Cayman is every bit as competent a driver's car... if not better. But we are a remarkably petty and prideful species, are we not? So I have found it best in life to discover what you love to drive and enjoy it to the hilt. My Miatas were "hairdresser's cars." My e46 330i was "not an M3." My S2000 was a "torque-less ricer." Know what? Strung-out on the deserted country road behind my house, they were all utterly perfect in their own way, and brought me great joy. So as a 911 guy, let me welcome you to the Porsche family! It's a fun place to be if you learn to tune out the petty people and fellowship instead with those of us who love to celebrate fun cars no matter brand or price-point. If we ever get to "fellowship" on track, I promise that your Cayman will leave my 35-year-old g-body in the dust!
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